Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

I have little sympathy for Julia Banks’ bullying claims – it is the job of a member of Parliament to stand up to the executive and hold them to account. MPs are insulated from many of the pressures everyone else labours under so that they can resist bullying.  At the same time, however, the person who maintains party discipline is called ‘The Whip”.  The Parliament is not, and cannot be, an environment for petals.

Today Ms Banks has doubled down.

The thing that happens with bullying is people were afraid. They started becoming really concerned that Peter Dutton was seriously going to win. Men and women were being harassed and bullied.

The “fear” that Peter Dutton might become PM is not in and of itself bullying or harassment.

Then this:

 I think John Howard is his mentor and it was only two years ago, the week before my maiden speech, I remember when John Howard said, we will never get to 50-50 representation in politics because women focus on their caring responsibilities. … I think that view is quite entrenched.

To be clear – John Howard did many things I didn’t agree with.  But I don’t think you can or should be a Liberal member of Parliament if you’re going to be so contemptuous and dismissive of John Howard. Not in public anyway.

This is going to be controversial:

 Most of the men in the Liberal Party, their wives don’t work. They’re at home with the kids. Now I don’t have an issue with stay-at-home mums but I do in the sense that I believe all women should be, if not at some period in their life, they should ensure their financial independence … and not to be dependent on anyone.

Judging other peoples marriages is not smart.

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118 Responses to Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

  1. Mak Siccar

    She’s an oxygen thief and a look-at-me look-at-me media tart who, one hopes, gets thoroughly trounced at the next election.

  2. RobK

    Judging other peoples marriages is not smart.
    Indeed.

  3. gbees

    Too many non-Libs in the Lib party. Photios has a lot to answer for. No wonder so many LNP voters have abandoned the party. It’s a conservative free zone. The LNP conservative vote has fractured, with many parking their votes with alternatives until the LNP comes to its senses, if at all.

  4. candy

    , they should ensure their financial independence … and not to be dependent on anyone.

    Ms Banks apparently owns about six properties, beach houses and townhouses, a very wealthy lady with her parliamentary salary and perks.
    I’m not sure she is in a position to comment on ordinary women’s lives and financial independence, because she would be in the top 1% of women surely.

  5. Ivan Denisovich

    Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

    Let’s get it straight from the horse’s mouth:

    Deserter Julia Banks now claims she was never elected as a Liberal

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/julie-banks-wasnt-elected-a-liberal-anyway/news-story/23440040fe75b5bf3c16d60e14fd5cf0

    So if her allegiance wasn’t with the Liberal Party, where was it?

    I was elected under Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop’s brand

    Aah, with fellow party loyalists Malcolm and Julie. Of course.

  6. If she was ‘never elected as a Liberal’, might she like to think about refunding the money the Liberal Party spent on her campaign?

  7. Garry Eyles

    Another nail in the coalition coffin. Shorten doesn’t deserve to win but he’s going too!

  8. Julia Banks is a middle class chancer.

  9. Cynic of Ayr

    She “thinks” this and “thinks” that.
    She “thinks” she was bullied.
    She “thinks” Dutton was going to be leader.
    She “thinks” John Howard “thinks” the same as everyone else who isn’t her.
    She “thinks” MP’s wives don’t work.
    She “thinks” women in general should “think” as she does.
    She “thinks” she was really not a Liberal.
    Pity she can’t really “think it through.”

  10. MACK

    Ms Banks is another example of the Dunning–Kruger Effect: “poor performers in many social and intellectual domains seem largely unaware of just how deficient their expertise is.”
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780123855220000056

  11. John Constantine

    Evolutionary theory holds that if one experiment results in infertility, then it is an evolutionary side branch that may have short term success, but is doomed to become a dead end at the first major selection event.

    No kids no future.

    Comrades.

  12. Roger

    I was elected under Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop’s brand

    Were her electoral volunteers members of the Turnbull-Bishop “brand” or the Liberal party?

    What a perfidious ingrate.

  13. John Constantine

    Homo Turnbullites may leave impressive status artifacts behind in the historical records, but the State will euthanise it’s barren burdensome activist wymynsys in mass numbers when the time comes.

    They no work, they no family, they no eat.

    Comrades.

  14. Entropy

    $200k plus per year. This pathetic excuse for a politician gets over $200k per year, plus perks.

    It seems she thinks it’s bullying if whenever she expresses an idea, if she doesn’t get “What a brilliant idea, Julia Banks!” It’s bullying.

  15. Tombell

    The so called Liberal party is awash with detritus such as Banks. Remember, the spill motion only just passed. Some of the men are simply garbage. But the women, the women, they confirm almost every male stereotype as soon as they open their privileged gobs.

  16. JohnA

    This is going to be controversial:

    Most of the men in the Liberal Party, their wives don’t work. They’re at home with the kids. Now I don’t have an issue with stay-at-home mums but I do in the sense that I believe all women should be, if not at some period in their life, they should ensure their financial independence … and not to be dependent on anyone.

    Judging other peoples marriages is not smart.

    This reminded me of a conversation I had a long time ago with my immediate boss when we were travelling together to an appointment. I had just begun working for him as my direct report, and he was asking about background things like “what work does your wife do?”

    I answered somewhat sheepishly that she didn’t do paid work but was full-time at home raising our two boys (the family eventually has grown to seven).

    He roundly (and rightly) berated me for my apologetic attitude, from which I learned to NEVER, EVER apologise for my wife as my closest companion on this earth, and the highly skilled nurturer, teacher and carer of our children.

    Julia Banks, I was previously in your electorate, but I could never vote for you again.

  17. Entropy

    This clown thinks women are free to choose only as long as they choose the way she thinks they should.

  18. Win

    Thanks to Julia Banks who has now told us she was “never a Liberal,” we now know there has been insidious movement within the Liberal party to unseat sitting members eg Bronwyn Bishop and replace them by Team Turnbull candidates.
    What an unprincipled bunch. I think they called them Quislings once.

  19. Notafan

    We all knew Turnbull was trying to rebrand the liberals as the Turnbull party.

    Banks had no problem with the Gillard house husband.

  20. Roger

    This clown thinks women are free to choose only as long as they choose the way she thinks they should.

    The propensity to judge other people and meddle in their lives is a mark of the left liberal leaning modern career woman.

    Remember Triggs’s comment that it’s a pity she can’t control what is said around the average Australian dinner table?

  21. candy

    Julia Banks is a middle class chancer.

    Upper class chancer, in the elite bracket with Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull, is my take on her.

  22. min

    I have met Mrs Banks , she came to talk at our Current Affairs group approximately 60 members that day. Firstly She told us that she had married someone to get rid of her Greek name however an impressive history to get where she had. She asked how many of us where in her electorate and only 2 put up their hands. After the break she suddenly found she had an urgent meeting to go to. That has never happened to us before and we have had many politicians. A friend who is in her electorate said she had written three times to her and not even an acknowledgement. She has had a letter from her recently saying she was standing as an independent. I do not think my friend’s reply would have given any encouragement and that is the general feeling in Chisolm I believe. I had heard she had to join the Liberal Party to get preselection and was approached by Turnbull.
    She does not know too many Libs , my member’s wife has 2 small children and works. However I have spoken to MPs in the government to say that to go into politics a women has to have family support, a husband who does not have a demanding job or the kids just left with a nanny. I was speaking with a Senator one night out at a non political do ,who has small children who would be in bed by the time he got home. He agreed if his wife did his job she would not see her children too often. Perhaps Liberal women a just too family oriented.

  23. JC

    Julia, you get eye rolls because people think you’re a fucking moron. It’s nothing to do with your sex or bullying.

  24. Infidel Tiger

    Her type dominate the party now at all levels.

    The Liberal Party must be physically and mentally destroyed.

  25. Ivan Denisovich

    Thanks to Julia Banks who has now told us she was “never a Liberal,” we now know there has been insidious movement within the Liberal party to unseat sitting members eg Bronwyn Bishop and replace them by Team Turnbull candidates.
    What an unprincipled bunch. I think they called them Quislings once

    Yep:

    Dumped Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull engineered the resignation of Julia Banks and is assisting independent MP Kerryn Phelps after she won his blue-ribbon seat in a vindictive plan to ‘bring down the government’.

    That’s according to Liberal sources who claimed Mr Turnbull has been ‘consumed by’ plotting the demise of the party since losing the leadership and exiting the Sydney seat of Wentworth, which was won from the Liberals by Dr Phelps.

    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6439933/amp/Malcolm-Turnbull-engineered-MP-Julia-Banks-ditch-Scott-Morrisons-Liberals.html

  26. Senile Old Guy

    Roger, JC and IT get it spot on.

  27. Rossini

    Is the preselection committee that selected this princess still in position to select the next !!!!!!!

  28. Mark M

    Incompetence cares not what you have between your legs.

  29. Oh come on

    Yeah she’s a Liberal.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    To be one of the 150 people who run this country you have to be prepared to work your arse off.
    That is what each of the CEOs of the top 150 companies has to do.
    If you aren’t prepared to work your arse off you aren’t qualified to run a 1.5 trillion dollar company.
    Which is effectively what Australia is.

  31. struth

    To be clear – John Howard did many things I didn’t agree with. But I don’t think you can or should be a Liberal member of Parliament if you’re going to be so contemptuous and dismissive of John Howard. Not in public anyway.

    She’s not a member of the Liberal Party.
    Her word is proven to mean nothing.
    Even more so now.

    She’s nothing.
    A useless tax hoover.

  32. John Constantine

    Reported that Andrew broad could have bought off the godless commo wymynsys he picked up on the gold diggers website for thirteen hundred bucks.

    That was too much of his own money for him.

    The labor system of overwhelming vengeance inflicted for treachery actually seems to work.

    Unless you are shorten. Which should warn us what is coming.

  33. Infidel Tiger

    To be one of the 150 people who run this country you have to be prepared to work your arse off.
    That is what each of the CEOs of the top 150 companies has to do.

    This is completely incorrect.

    Most CEO’s are lazy spivs.

    The exact same people become MPs.

    Corporatism infects all.

  34. Old Liberal

    Contrary to this thesis it has been common for Liberals to make unflattering remarks about other Liberals, including leaders such as Howard and Fraser. I think some prominent MPs were once caught out in referring to Howard as a “rodent”.
    What has changed is the narrowing of the membership to the point where it begins to appear as a copy of the regimented ALP, with rigidities that in sharp contrast to its once diverse “base”.
    If Banks chooses to join the Liberals then she is a Liberal. It appears that she did not like what she found.
    My own observation is that the rump who have so much influence today rely on having party support and often are quite disconnected from the community. I think this will destroy the party just as it did for the ALP.

  35. Dr Fred Lenin

    There is still a liberal party? I thought ot was dead and buried when Abbots DLP mob took over from the krudster and the u.n. communist giliard . I suppose Howard was bit of a liberal but turnbull was a dyed in the wool scum of the middle class alp aparatchik . Not sure about morro hes nether chalk nor cheese.

  36. Iva Right

    She was as liberal as most of the rest of them.

  37. Robbo

    Julia Banks is a no nothing nobody who is lucky she won endorsement from the idiots who run the Liberal Party. She is not the first disloyal treacherous individual the Liberals have had in Parliament, (who mentioned Malcolm Turnbull?) but she is arguably the nastiest and certainly the most stupid. The Liberals need to have a good clean out of the time wasters and seat warmers who currently hold seats in Federal Parliament and then put in a regime that will guarantee their like will not be endorsed in the future. The Party needs people who will give competent, honest and loyal service to their electorates, and the Party, for at least 15 – 20 years. There should be no place in the Party for any others like Banks.

  38. min

    Well Scomo will have to change how he is doing things now the over 50’s have given up on him.
    By the way I got something from Josh which said how much was being put into emissions reduction . Billions . How ridiculous is that when the Chief Scientist said under oath that if we stopped all emissions it would do nothing to the world temperature. They are trying to be all things to all people and if prices of energy do not come down , which they cannot whilst there are subsidies they will not win votes.

  39. Rafe Champion

    Dont forget Tim Wilson MP!

  40. Tintarella di Luna

    Ms Banks is an insufferable snob, she has much in common with the Crepey-legged Skinned Rabbit-armed One. From the outset she was a Turnbullite, vainglorious, over-reaching and prideful, in her first speech she damned with faint praise the stay-at-home mother. Why am I hearing these words You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately… Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

  41. Marcus

    Mak Siccar
    #2892828, posted on December 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    She’s an oxygen thief and a look-at-me look-at-me media tart who, one hopes, gets thoroughly trounced at the next election.

    I’ll make a prediction. After she loses she’ll become a regular panelist on the ABC to provide “balance” as a former Liberal MP, where she can explain to Q&A and The Drum’s audiences how she didn’t leave the party, the party left her and had to be taken back from the extreme right wing. Of course, her admission that she was always a Turnbull loyalist before she was ever a Liberal will be conveniently overlooked by every presenter of every show she appears on, and will in due course become a regular feature in the “Can You Bear It?” segment on the Media Watch Dog blog.

    In fact, she might even get a segment named after her. May her name live on in infamy.

  42. Marcus

    Rafe Champion
    #2892982, posted on December 27, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    Dont forget Tim Wilson MP!

    Tim Wilson, Kelly O’Dwyer, Craig Laundy …

    The electoral drubbing will be a lot more bearable if some of those guys lose their seats.

  43. Tintarella di Luna

    Laundy is a wealthy man the son of a wealthy man. He recently purchased a house outside his electorate, a paltry $8m hovel. The spivs of the Liberal party are all just like Julia Banks, bereft of loyalty and honour.

  44. Marcus

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2892995, posted on December 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    Laundy is a wealthy man the son of a wealthy man. He recently purchased a house outside his electorate, a paltry $8m hovel. The spivs of the Liberal party are all just like Julia Banks, bereft of loyalty and honour.

    Did you hear Peta Credlin’s revelations in the days after the Wentworth by-election? Apparently he sent his rich daddy to get him to beg Tony Abbott to support his preselection.

    Bereft of loyalty, honour and shame.

  45. Driftforge

    I believe all women should be, if not at some period in their life, they should ensure their financial independence

    So she’s an anti-civilisational entryist. Appropriate punishment should be meted out.

  46. Tintarella di Luna

    Did you hear Peta Credlin’s revelations in the days after the Wentworth by-election? Apparently he sent his rich daddy to get him to beg Tony Abbott to support his preselection.

    I missed that Marcus thanks for the tidbit, rich daddy has a lot to answer for, thanks for nothing Arthur. These days I’ve come to think that while Catholics in the past promised their first born to the Church, now they promise them to politics – I don’t know about the girls Danielle and Justine but it’s said Craig Laundy is the brains while brother Spu got the looks -so there you have it,

  47. Ian of Perth

    Oh my….can’t think of anything else to say about this woman that would add to the coversation!

  48. Tom

    As a wannabe Liar rejected by his original party of choice, Trumble has destroyed Menzies’ party of forgotten people. He and harlots like Banks are the social-climbing Marxist spivs who see themselves as communist revolutionaries sent to entrench a one-party UN state in the large white trash island south of Asia.

    If you thought the DLP split from the Liars devastated the left in the 1950s, just watch the legacy of Trumble and sucker fish like Banks in paying the way for the coming Venezualan communist devastation Down Under.

    Enabled by unprincipled political ladyboys like Tony Abbott.

  49. Mindfree

    I think I posted this a couple of months ago but this my ode to Julia expressing my deep gratitude (sarc off/)

    Please appreciate if you can if this gets through Doomlord’s moderation

    Hi Julia

    After unsubscribing about half a dozen times, you or your people keep sending me your self-serving drivel

    Well, I’m glad that you have confirmed you’re disappearing into the toilet hopefully never to be seen in public like again

    You’re destructive hero Malcolm has spat the dummy and gone away with his odious wife and good riddance to those lower than life pieces of shit

    And you spitting the dummy about bullying given you are a fucking politician who is supposed to weather political taunts and fellow party members (men of course) simply asking for support is about as low as you can get and have vindicated to myself why I think you’re a complete waste of human space

    Regards and Love

  50. Mindfree

    That was posted to her on the 18/10 and probably never reached her courtesy of her staffers – apparently she only responds to supportive voters (her own words)

  51. miltonf

    Agree Tom, the longer Tony Abbott remains in the Liberal Party, the more his credibility drains away. At the risk of repeating myself, what sort of party makes someone who despises ordinary, every day, working men and women its leader?
    Sure, Trumble has destroyed Menzies’ party of forgotten people- but that party allowed him to do it. Unreal.

  52. sabena

    We have never heard from her acquaintances and fellow employees in her life before she was an MP.I rather suspect that when we do hear something about that,it won’t be to her credit.

  53. PB

    50% representation just isn’t worth the 100% of trouble they bring.

  54. lily

    Not too many of the over 50 club are impressed with Scot Morrison, could it be because the ‘happy clapper’ is a false prophet?

  55. Tintarella di Luna

    50% representation just isn’t worth the 100% of trouble they bring.

    It’s the privileged gals every time — Theresa Gambaro was another who gave me the irrits, check them all out — Juliar Banks, a lawyer elevated beyond her competency- a Turnbull clone, then there’s that other lawyer Crepey-legs, Skinned-rabbit-Arms aka the Performing Stick Insect, then there’s that other lawyer with the voice straight out of and episode of Kath’n’Kym, Michaelia Cash, then there’s that other lawyer elevated beyond her ken and kompetence the lank-haired lantern-jawed Kelly O’Dire, I have to stop I’ve just eaten and I’m prone to politician-caused nausea

  56. miltonf

    Domination of Australia by lawyers is a BIG problem. I think TRumble said the laws of Australia were more important than the laws of physics or am I misquoting him?

  57. Senile Old Guy

    Misquote but got the idea.

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the laws of mathematics come second to the law of the land in a row over privacy and encryption.

    “Well the laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia,” he said.

  58. Leo G

    Most of the men in the Liberal Party, their wives don’t work.

    Implies that Liberal Party men who are not parliamentarians are not worthy of consideration. How did this moral imbecile gain preselection?

  59. Cassie of Sydney

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2893053, posted on December 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm
    50% representation just isn’t worth the 100% of trouble they bring.

    It’s the privileged gals every time — Theresa Gambaro was another who gave me the irrits, check them all out — Juliar Banks, a lawyer elevated beyond her competency- a Turnbull clone, then there’s that other lawyer Crepey-legs, Skinned-rabbit-Arms aka the Performing Stick Insect, then there’s that other lawyer with the voice straight out of and episode of Kath’n’Kym, Michaelia Cash, then there’s that other lawyer elevated beyond her ken and kompetence the lank-haired lantern-jawed Kelly O’Dire, I have to stop I’ve just eaten and I’m prone to politician-caused nausea

    Tinta darling, you’re on fire tonight!

  60. Miltonf

    Thanks sog. Yes I’d like to know how she got preselected. Brach or Exhibition st?

  61. post

    Julia looked good and now she doesn’t. She exploited avenues that have since dried up.

  62. Cassie of Sydney

    I find most female politicians of all political persuasions to be utterly mediocre….across the western world….sadly we will never see the likes of a Thatcher again. But the Liberals……just look at what they throw up…..Gladbag….utterly useless…..the creation of that scumbag Photios, the performing stick insect of Curtin….who yesterday when I heard that she had jumped off Wild Oats I prayed fervently that people would just leave her there in the water……awfully cruel I know but I don’t care any more. As for Juliar Banks….she is grotesque…a supine slag hypocrite and I am still being too kind. Didn’t John Howard campaign for her in the lead up to the July 2016 election? And now she is slagging him. Oh and as for her bullying claims, I am waiting for her to name names…I guess I’ll wait and wait for that because they don’t exist….Juliar Banks is a fraud and a dumb one at that.

    Robert Menzies must be weeping.

  63. Old School Conservative

    Julia banks has a brilliant career in front of her…as a comedienne.
    Look at this for belly hurting, gasp inducing, throaty laughter inducing material:
    “If it wasn’t going to be Malcolm it had to be Julie. She’s 20 years in the parliament, lauded as the best foreign minister in the world, communication skills of a genius, and a woman”

  64. Robber Baron

    The vagina Banks has a pair of bolt-ons. More fakery from the fake conservative and fake non-Greek. She can fake right off.

  65. Tintarella di Luna

    Tinta darling, you’re on fire tonight!

    It’s the fire of reflux – much too much pasta al forno, gelato cake and panettone at the Italian get-together for Boxing Day. Worth it though, I have QuikEze close at hand

  66. Muddy

    The Liberal Party has been clinically dead for many years, but a combination of no authority willing to make the official pronouncement, and others for nostalgic reasons inserting various sized batteries in the orifices in the hope of jump-starting the corpse, has given the impression that they remain a functioning political party. So many people just don’t have a sense of smell anymore though, so the Libs have gotten away with the decomposition with the help of backyard plastic surgery.

  67. miltonf

    Don Harwin allowed the NSW LC to call the Donald Trump a revolting slug. Josh Fraudenburg called him a drop kick. John Howard said a Trump presidency made him tremble. The Donald has made them reveal their true colours.

  68. Davo

    So, Malcolm corralled a whole set of dim witted munchkins, promised them support and when he totally predictably failed, they are astounded others don’t pretend they are worth feeding. Politics is meant to be a contest of ideas and if you can’t compete I don’t play. Bullying my arSe.

    What’s really sad is they inability of the liberal party to select decent candidates (but esp women), it’s time for politicians to work for the country not themselves ( completely self entitled morons)

  69. Tintarella di Luna

    The Liberal Party has been clinically dead for many years,

    so true Muddy and the only reason it appears to be moving is the same reason corpse can appear to move – maggots and it stays afloat is the reason all corpses float, putrefaction.

  70. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “If it wasn’t going to be Malcolm it had to be Julie. She’s 20 years in the parliament, lauded as the best foreign minister in the world, communication skills of a genius, and a woman”

    She scored eleven votes in the leadership ballot.

  71. Chris

    She scored eleven votes in the leadership ballot.

    Eleven Liberals need sectioning. Julie is my local and made a damn fine backbencher, with a talent for own goals at odd intervals.

  72. Marcus

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2893113, posted on December 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm
    “If it wasn’t going to be Malcolm it had to be Julie. She’s 20 years in the parliament, lauded as the best foreign minister in the world, communication skills of a genius, and a woman”

    She scored eleven votes in the leadership ballot.

    And none at all from the people who knew her best.

  73. Boambee John

    Muddy
    #2893107, posted on December 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    The Liberal Party has been clinically dead for many years, but a combination of no authority willing to make the official pronouncement, and others for nostalgic reasons inserting various sized batteries in the orifices in the hope of jump-starting the corpse, has given the impression that they remain a functioning political party. So many people just don’t have a sense of smell anymore though, so the Libs have gotten away with the decomposition with the help of backyard plastic surgery.

    JC

    Which has been dead the longest, the Liberal Party or Ruth Bader Ginsoaked?

  74. Craig Mc

    Of course she’s careerist scum who believes in nothing but her own gravy train.

    Why should anyone be surprised? That accounts for 80% of parliament.

  75. miltonf

    And yet Tony Abbott won with a thumping big majority in 2013- I think it was the odd stuff that went on after that election that hinted that something was seriously wrong e.g. the appointment Spott-destroyer to that wimmins job.

  76. pbw

    …John Howard said, we will never get to 50-50 representation in politics because women focus on their caring responsibilities…

    To be clear – John Howard did many things I didn’t agree with.

    How can you disagree with this, Sinc? The first requirement for a viable culture is that is be able to reproduce itself in increasing numbers, while passing its precepts on to those new members. When women cease to focus on their caring responsibilities that first requirement cannot be met. Sadly, that is the plughole around which we are circling ever faster.

    … I don’t have an issue with stay-at-home mums but I do…

    Nice touch, Julia.

  77. Tezza

    Banks is a dope. The more she speaks, the more she trashes her own and Turnbull’s standing.

  78. John Comnenus

    People elect a representative to represent them in parliament. The clue is in the name. Now these people who MPs represent want their MP to go in and fight for them against the excesses of State, over zealous and officious public officials, and other local power brokers. So one might expect that an MP might have some courage and spine to robustly represent their constituents. So who would want a piss weak woman (or man) like Julia Banks to represent them? Someone who claims to be bullied by some people robustly representing their electorates for what they think is in their constituents best interests. Can one imagine Julia Banks ever having a role representing Australia’s interests overseas? My god, imagine her trying to deal with actual bullies like China? Julia Banks might like to be role modelled by some strong successful female politicians like Margaret Thatcher or Golda Meir.

    And she still hasn’t mentioned a single actual incidence of bullying, nor lodged a formal complaint against the bullies for bullying her in the workplace. She is simply a petulant arse clown who cracked the sands because she didn’t get her own way. I like forward to Bill Shorten, Adam Bandt and Dr Phelps taxing the crap out of her independent wealth. Pity the rest of us will suffer the same fate.

  79. tombell

    The more she speaks, the more she trashes her own and Turnbull’s standing.

    And what standing was that precisely?

  80. Oh come on

    I think the more pertinent question is who cares whether she’s a Liberal or not.

    It seems to me that she fits perfectly well within the current Liberal Party. So what? What does the Liberal Party stand for? She can go and sit on the cross benches as a ‘centrist’ and rejoin the party at any time of her choosing – they’d welcome her with open arms. They’d love to have her back. They’d happily admit a culture of bullying or whatever she dictates. They’d do it hungrily. They’d earn her preposterous endorsement.

    The problem is the Liberal Party. It has got to go.

  81. struth

    Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

    Was the pope ever a catholic?

  82. None

    Well said Sinclair.

    I keep saying it: get rid of women in public office and deport the Greeks. Start with Julia Banks. There’s a lot that I didn’t like about John Howard either but he was very right on the 50/50 question. In fact if you have something like 60/40 male/female participation in the workforce you’re just about at full “equality” because at any given time women of a fertile age will not be at work because of giving birth and child care responsibilities. The only time the female participation rate may get higher is during times of War when the men are away fighting. Anyone who’s ever worked also knows that many women go off on mat leave and then come back part time because despite all their feminist rhetoric they realise that being home with the kids really is a fulfilling as well as an important job and in many cases more important than anything else they can ever do in their lives. In fact he number one thing that women want is not equal participation in the workforce but flexibility to make the sort of arrangements that suit their own family. Julia Banks is a fuck wit. She’s one of those typical peasants that got an education thanks to the generosity of the Australian people, couldn’t hack it in the world of corporate law and so became a glorified HR woman and thought that gave her bragging rights as some sort of hot s***. No she’s just another whinging grasping peasant who thinks the world owes her.

  83. None

    there’s that other lawyer elevated beyond her ken and kompetence the lank-haired lantern-jawed Kelly O’Dire

    Hell yes. Wasn’t she that Costello staffer, Why the fuck do these bloody idiot MPs endorse their fuckwitted staffers?

  84. None

    Cassie of Sydney

    #2893081, posted on December 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I find most female politicians of all political persuasions to be utterly mediocre….across the western world….sadly we will never see the likes of a Thatcher again. 

    +1000

  85. Mark A

    struth
    #2893182, posted on December 28, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

    Was the pope ever a catholic?

    Tha’s a bit unfair on Julia, she might have considered it?

  86. None

    post

    #2893080, posted on December 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Julia looked good and now she doesn’t. She exploited avenues that have since dried up.

    haha. I don’t think she ever had the looks. She has one of those angry faces. Scowler. She probably just spread the legs. An old Greek granny neighbour explained to me once that Greeks refer to a woman’s looks as broken as in the same word as a broken plate. Sort of in the same way that we might remark that someone we haven’t seen for a while has aged. Oh I saw Julia they will say. My, she’s broken. Frankly I’d say that Julia never had it and if she did she’s now well and truly smashed.

  87. None

    And none at all from the people who knew her best.

    The crack up was reading that text message exchange where someone was encouraging the liberals to vote for Scott Morrison and someone piped up saying has anyone told Julie and Pyne chimes in to say that he did gently or respectfully or done such nonsense word. Like hello they couldn’t give a f****** toss about who would be the best leader they were just willing to throw one of their own under the bus in order to stop someone they hated. Here is something else that intrigued me: when Birmingham was education minister he vetoed some research grants on the pretext that they did not pass the Andrew Bolt test now why exactly would a Lefty like him do that except to set up a poison pill for a conservative colleaguess? This is today’s Liberal Party. They are willing to sell the country down the toilet in order to play their undergraduate games. Sack the lot of them.

  88. Tintarella di Luna

    I think it was the odd stuff that went on after that election that hinted that something was seriously wrong e.g. the appointment Spott-destroyer to that wimmins job.

    I personally asked Tony Abbott about that Just-A-Spoiler’s appointment and he said to the effect: That was Julie Bishop’s idea. — Abbott’s big mistake was giving any credit whatsoever to coat-tailers like Pyne, Bishop and Turnbull, Abbott won the election in an landslide but the fix was already in with the Black-Handed Circle Jerk having decided on replacing Abbott – Turnbull was always a Loser but able to prey on Abbott by using the vain, talentless and clueless – his ministry choices were a joke.

  89. Tintarella di Luna

    Sack the lot of them.

    Amen and the more I see John Howard the more I’m reminded that he was responsible for lazy policy by resorting to the bribery that is middle-class welfare – e.g. from a personal perspective Howard spread a whole lot of BS when it came to family carers he doled out pin-money, pittances and platitudes not help.

  90. Louis Hissink

    She excels at voicing non sequiturs.

  91. miltonf

    his ministry choices were a joke.

    that’s for sure- look at Hockey

  92. miltonf

    It’s things you find out years later about PMs like Howard and Fraser that leave you feeling conned. I only found out recently that Downer signed us up to the ICC in 2002 or there abouts.

  93. miltonf

    Certainly not the Menzies of the 90s.

  94. Crossie

    lily
    #2893052, posted on December 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Not too many of the over 50 club are impressed with Scot Morrison, could it be because the ‘happy clapper’ is a false prophet?

    He is a worthy successor to malfeasant Malcolm, he claimed to have voted for Tony Abbott in the spill after working assiduously to make sure there were enough votes to depose him. He is a snake.

    I’m over 50 and I wouldn’t vote for ScoMo’s Liberals in a pink fit.

  95. Crossie

    As for Juliar Banks….she is grotesque…a supine slag hypocrite and I am still being too kind. Didn’t John Howard campaign for her in the lead up to the July 2016 election? And now she is slagging him.

    John Howard used to have pretty good political skills and judgement but since leaving office that’s all gone to the dogs. Whoever he supports from now on should be avoided like the plague.

    I expected him to advocate for Tony Abbott in 2016 seeing as Tony was his faithful attack dog during the Howard government years but he abandoned him to the spiv Mal he encouraged to remain in parliament.

    Thanks for nothing John Howard.

  96. Tintarella di Luna

    It’s things you find out years later about PMs like Howard and Fraser that leave you feeling conned. I only found out recently that Downer signed us up to the ICC in 2002 or there abouts.

    That’s exactly my feeling on John Howard, from the perspective of time, I feel red-faced and gypped

  97. Tel

    Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

    Was the pope ever a catholic?

    Did the tree fall in the forest?

    If you can’t observe it happening, you have to presume it never happened, else you end up believing all sorts of nonsense. Stay skeptical.

  98. Crossie

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2893203, posted on December 28, 2018 at 6:36 am
    I think it was the odd stuff that went on after that election that hinted that something was seriously wrong e.g. the appointment Spott-destroyer to that wimmins job.

    I personally asked Tony Abbott about that Just-A-Spoiler’s appointment and he said to the effect: That was Julie Bishop’s idea. — Abbott’s big mistake was giving any credit whatsoever to coat-tailers like Pyne, Bishop and Turnbull, Abbott won the election in an landslide but the fix was already in with the Black-Handed Circle Jerk having decided on replacing Abbott – Turnbull was always a Loser but able to prey on Abbott by using the vain, talentless and clueless – his ministry choices were a joke.

    The Stott-Despoja appointment always mystified me but that it was the stick insect’s idea certainly makes sense.

    Abbott’s mistake was in sharing power with the nonentities around him. He alone won the 2013 election and should have made it clear who was in charge.

  99. Crossie

    miltonf
    #2893214, posted on December 28, 2018 at 7:39 am
    It’s things you find out years later about PMs like Howard and Fraser that leave you feeling conned. I only found out recently that Downer signed us up to the ICC in 2002 or there abouts.

    Downer name was certainly a downer for his daughter in the South Australian election. People are sick of the dynasties and nepotism. Georgina Downer may be perfectly competent but the association was not an advantage.

    What’s more, Downer’s involvement in the Mueller investigation of Donald Trump’s so-called Russian collusion before the 2016 election could cost us dearly. Trump is known for getting even with his enemies.

  100. a happy little debunker

    What is clear to us all is that Banks resigned the LNP in retribution for her candidate not winning the leadership spill.

    What a small and insignificant person she is.

  101. Tintarella di Luna

    Abbott’s mistake was in sharing power with the nonentities around him. He alone won the 2013 election and should have made it clear who was in charge.

    That’s exactly what I said to him when he launched Making Australia Right a book of essays edited by James Allan

  102. Tintarella di Luna

    What a small and insignificant person she is.

    The Turnbull doppelgänger in a skirt

  103. Tintarella di Luna

    He alone won the 2013 election and should have made it clear who was in charge.

    The Jesuit humility was his downfall – he sure was the mongrel for Howard but no mongrel looked out for him and he certainly had no mongrel to protect himself, he would have regarded that as prideful.

  104. Tel

    What a small and insignificant person she is.

    The real challenge is getting her to understand that.

    Humility is probably the most important quality you want in a leader. John Howard could fake humility with great skill and a lot of voters were attracted to that.

    You might also like to have some leaders who know something, perhaps they have had a successful career doing something other than politics. Too much to ask for.

  105. hzhousewife

    Hell yes. Wasn’t she that Costello staffer, Why the fuck do these bloody idiot MPs endorse their fuckwitted staffers?

    They don’t know anybody else.

  106. hzhousewife

    You might also like to have some leaders who know something, perhaps they have had a successful career doing something other than politics. Too much to ask for.

    It is up to us to keep trying to put good people forward.

  107. Real Deal

    I personally asked Tony Abbott about that Just-A-Spoiler’s appointment and he said to the effect: That was Julie Bishop’s idea. — Abbott’s big mistake was giving any credit whatsoever to coat-tailers like Pyne, Bishop and Turnbull, Abbott won the election in an landslide but the fix was already in with the Black-Handed Circle Jerk having decided on replacing Abbott – Turnbull was always a Loser but able to prey on Abbott by using the vain, talentless and clueless – his ministry choices were a joke.

    Brilliant analysis Tinta, simply brilliant. We adored Abbott, but he was too nice. His great gift in opposition was being a mongrel. Maybe like any human being, the hate and bile from your enemies can be overwhelming and you try too hard to be liked. The really successful leaders are the ones that can be ruthless and charming at the same time. Turnbull couldn’t manage it and neither could Abbott. ScoMo is a bloke who likes to be liked. At least Latham doesn’t try to be a people pleaser. He is wasted where he is, though.

  108. Tintarella di Luna

    It is up to us to keep trying to put good people forward.

    Foiled at every turn by the Don Harwins and Michael Photioses of the Liberal party — they don’t want good people they want soulless wooden-headed, wooden hearted puppets, you know like Craig Laundy.

  109. Tintarella di Luna

    they don’t want good people they want soulless wooden-headed, wooden hearted puppets, you know like Craig Laundy.

    oh and of course Juliar Blanks and her ilk

  110. Senile Old Guy

    And she still hasn’t mentioned a single actual incidence of bullying, nor lodged a formal complaint against the bullies for bullying her in the workplace.

    Yes. It is all BS. And a media beatup. Had this happened with the ALP…crickets.

  111. littledozer

    Hell yes. Wasn’t she that Costello staffer, Why the fuck do these bloody idiot MPs endorse their fuckwitted staffers?

    Costello Staffers:
    Kelly O’Dwyer
    Scott Ryan
    Michael O’Brien

    I have put a few people forward in the Vic party. They talk about a women problem but really they have gate keepers, it’s who you know and where your support is likely to end with.

    That’s how Julia Banks won her preselection, she was up against a staffer from Graham watts office and nobody in the party rated him so she didn’t have much opposition but was clearly a wet strongly supoorted by the above 3.

    It’s ironic that Costello left because he didn’t want to be undermined by Turnbull, yet his 2 Federal staffers proved to be be massive Turnbull boosters.

  112. struth

    At least Latham doesn’t try to be a people pleaser. He is wasted where he is, though.

    Could be a more surprising result for one nation than we all expect.

    Jeez I don’t half laugh at these Abbott admirers.
    “He won in a landslide”

    Bullshit.
    The Rudd Gillard Rudd years were pure chaos and they lost in a landslide.
    The opposition leader at the time could have been a card board cut out and he would have won.
    Abbott won, and went into hiding for a year bringing out disastrous socialist budgets.

    He stopped the boats they cry……………

    Yep and that isn’t a hard thing to do.
    The actually task was left up to others.

    Because the truth is he won the election before they stopped the boats, based on the fact Labor had started them again.

    The political capital the Liberal party had after the RGR years was immense.
    It should have seen at least fifteen years of Labor in the political wilderness.
    All gone almost immediately after Abbott took power.
    Taking power actually means making good decisions once there.
    Abbott was useless.
    He is not and never will be a leader.

    He is no more than a party hack with no political conviction when it counts and a very, very poor judge of character, an ability vital to being a good leader.
    Proof is he is still in the Liberal party and hasn’t gone over to the Australian conservatives.
    He loves his party more than his country.

  113. iamok

    The UAE is s shithole yet one of the richest places on the planet, because they control oil. If the useless LNP want to win their simple plan should be to sell sell sell us as the controllers of the world’s coal and uranium. Tear up whatever deals we have and take control of our resources again. Then shut down the bloody borders and get law and order on the streets and in parliament.

    They may not win but it might be just enough to get the self interested off their lazy arses and consider a vote. As they are the LNP has no hope, they might as well sow some seeds on the way out.

  114. John Constantine

    The crime cartels that had been selling tickets to australia on boats were handed the concession to sell airplane tickets to australia through the visa rort scam.

    Two million visa holders now in australia, not counting those remaining on expired visas.

    Ready for shorten to sign full voting rights into law for these aussie dreamers.

    And family reunion rights.

    Sort of points out that the boats weren’t anywhere near effective enough as a vector of provision of consumers of property services for the property Ponzi scheme.

    Australias elites had to move to airlifts and hand the concession to sell australian citizenship to crime cartels to fill australias cities up with the worlds poorest people fast enough.

    Comrades.

  115. AlanR

    This is a woman so out of touch with the real world she claimed she could easily live on $40 a day. But just to get the hang of it she was going to practice living on $40 an hour first.

  116. LGS

    The breathtaking arrogance and conceit of this woman who says she was “never elected as a Liberal”, while riding into parliament with the financial support and backing of the LNP and its supporters, is unbelievable!
    Hopefully she will well and truly be consigned to the dustbin of history at the next federal election.
    The LNP is far better off without the likes of Banks.

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