Kelly O’Dwyer to quit Parliament

ViA Andrew Bolt.

Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer, has seldom, if ever, laid a glove on Labor or the Greens but, like her protégé, is adept at causing enormous damage to her own side. Picture: AAP

KELLY O’DWYER QUITS

Kelly O’Dwyer complained the Liberals didn’t have enough female MPs and seemed anti-women.

That’s after she helped to ruin the Liberals’ image by backing fact-free claims by MP Julia Banks that make Liberals bullied women – claims not backed up by a single example.

Now O’Dwyer completes the damage by becoming just the latest female Liberal – after Ann Sudmalis and Banks – to jump the sinking ship of the Morrison Government:

Kelly O’Dwyer is quitting politics…

Ms O’Dwyer, 41, who serves in Cabinet as Minister for Industrial Relations and Jobs and also Minister for Women said she will continue on with her ministerial duties until the May election but will not re-contest her seat.

Her resignation is yet another blow for the Morrison government as it begins an election year.

In a statement and media conference today Ms O’Dwyer cited “personal reasons” for her shock move including the desire to spend more time with her children Olivia, 3.5, Edward, 20-months and also husband Jon, 43.

“Family reasons”, she says.

Fine. I understand that. In fact, O’Dwyer’s reasons are precisely why you’d expect fewer women to put up their hand for federal politics. Don’t blame the patriarchy for the matriachry preferring family to parliament.

But it should also be noted that O’Dwyer, of the Liberal Left ,actually looked like losing her once-safe seat to Labor at the next election.

By leaving her resignation so late, she’s given her yet-unpicked Liberal successor little time to establish themselves before the election in May – or earlier.

But no doubt we will once more see her blame the Liberal Right for losing a seat held by the Liberal Left.

Now, with all these Liberal women quitting, remind me again of the argument for hiring many more fighters just like them.

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69 Responses to Kelly O’Dwyer to quit Parliament

  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    we needz wahmen in de politik like we needz an enema

  2. Muddy

    The Lieborals: Another Blue Velvet Vulva Short.

  3. Tom

    Truly great female political leaders come along no more than once in every hundred years — and the more feminism is subsumed into a branch of Marxism, the more it will behave as communism’s ladies auxiliary with the sole aim of destroying all enterprise and initiative, not just capitalism. And it would take a truly great female leader to see through and rise above the immense power women have appropriated for themselves as the de facto leaders of the 21st century communist left, for whom leftist males are obedient powerless eunuchs (like Monty).

    Socialism comes naturally to most women — which gives female traitors like O’Dwyer a purpose in life as one of the lieutenants of the movement commanded by Turnbull to destroy Australia’s last opposition to communism’s beachhead in Australia.

    Watch now as she becomes the ABC’s preferred rent-a-quote to attack the Liberal Party’s non-communist right.

    Saboteur does not begin to describe the mine-clearing she has conducted on behalf of the incoming Shorten regime. She might as well be the CFMEU.

  4. Shy Ted

    “Family reasons”. Maybe the kids look like her and need facial reconstructions.

  5. Entropy

    If ever Peter Costello made a mistake, it was endorsing this lightweight as his replacement.

  6. Baldrick

    The collective IQ of the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party just rose 5 points.

  7. stackja

    Lyons, Dame Enid Muriel (1897–1981)
    by Diane Langmore
    This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012

    On 21 August 1943 Dame Enid Lyons was elected member for the Tasmanian seat of Darwin (Braddon). She was the first female member of the House of Representatives; Dorothy Tangney was elected to the Senate at the same time.

    In her maiden speech on 29 September 1943 Enid spoke on social security, the declining birth rate, the need for an extension of child endowment, housing, the family, and the importance of looking ahead to postwar policies.

    Tangney, Dame Dorothy Margaret (1907–1985)
    by Carmen Lawrence

    This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012

    Tangney unsuccessfully contested the State seat of Nedlands for the Australian Labor Party in 1936 and 1939. She failed in 1940 to gain a seat in the Senate representing Western Australia but, in the Labor landslide of 1943, she was unexpectedly elected to fill a casual vacancy. A single woman and 36 years old, she became Australia’s first woman senator.

    Tangney was prominently involved in women’s political organisations, and in the Senate she championed equal pay and equal opportunity for women. Yet, she projected a fairly conventional view of womanhood, describing herself as ‘not a Feminist’. She was strongly anti-communist and opposed to the left wing of the women’s movement, as represented by Jessie Street. A good debater, she was renowned for making long speeches. She headed the Western Australian Senate ticket in 1946, 1951, 1955 and 1961, but was defeated in 1967 after changes to the preselection system had transferred authority from branch members to the State executive. Amid rumours about her ill health, she was relegated to the third (‘unwinnable’) position on the Senate ticket. Although campaigning vigorously, she lost her position and retired from parliament in 1968. From 1954 to 1968 she had been a lone female voice in the Labor caucus.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ms O’Dwyer, 41

    No wonder the Libs have a “women problem”.
    They have little staying power.
    You want to run a whole nation you have to earn that right with discipline and endurance.

    Next time someone complains about lack of female ministers in a Liberal government get them to ask Ms O’Dwyer why there aren’t enough experienced women in the party.

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    Another global fascist so called liberal preparing Australia for one world soros owned unselected government ,she will be suitably rewarded like turnbull and the rest. In my dream on the gallows .

  10. Behind Enemy Lines

    Another entryist makes her exit, in a manner calculated to do the most damage. Imagine this weepy sow ever being in public office or a position of responsibility.

    I suppose it’s unrealistic to hope the Libs will learn anything from this. It’s unrealistic to hope the Libs will learn anything, ever. Even when they win government they remain pathetic, stupid, pusillanimous, weak, politically-inept losers. Not as bad as the left, but bad for Australia all the same. The sooner they’re smashed into oblivion and pushed aside for a party with some fight in it, the better off we’ll all be.

    So, which entitled crybaby goes next? On what flimsy pretext?

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Family reasons?
    Yeah, nah.
    Talking to someone from her electorate over Christmas and the word is that the local branches are furious with her (mainly over her commo superannuation pronouncements) and she was going to have almost zero campaign cash and volunteers.
    For the first time in memory, the member for Higgins would have had to go cap in hand to the State and Federal party for campaign funding/volunteers.
    She has turned a safe Liberal seat into a marginal in no time flat.

  12. John Constantine

    The commo saboteur occupied a non-commo seat and dynamited it from within.

    Hoping for a job with a union super fund now.

    If the pitiful wreck roxon gets a huge job because she knows where the shorten clean up file is, commo kelly could be expecting a payoff for the damage she did the libs from within.

    It isnt treachery when they do it to save the planet.

  13. min

    I reckon her husband is getting sick of running a household around a an MP. How much time would she get with the children ? I know the male politicians hardly see their young kids.

  14. GoWest

    More questions about the ability of public servants to support and guide female ministers to be answered… Too many females in the PS perhaps…

  15. egg_

    She has turned a safe Liberal seat into a marginal in no time flat.

    Teh great Diverisdee candidate.
    Maybe one of those talking toilets can run?

  16. John Constantine

    Credlin to nominate, to make the turnbullites explode with rage.

    [ understanding malcom would have been told first, so a turnbullite can stand in her stead,]

  17. Behind Enemy Lines

    Harken Now
    #2911740, posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:34 pm
    But sure: there is no “women problem” on the Right of politics atm. Lulz.

    A quick change of nappy, and it’s off to bed for you.

  18. Ian of Brisbane

    First thingshe has done that was noticeable.

  19. Rafe Champion

    It is against my Christian upbringing to criticise a person on account of their looks, but to hell with it, she is apparently as stupid as she looks.

  20. Old Lefty

    No, Harken. Credlin is the obvious pick if they have more than half a brain.

  21. Behind Enemy Lines

    Harken Now
    #2911754, posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:44 pm
    Failed to answer my question then, Enemy Lines?

    “Lulz.”

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Oz post on this story, so far has 160 comments. Only one is supportive, in any way. The vast majority are along the lines of “goodbye, and good riddance.”

  23. min

    She is much better looking in the flesh. My beef is that she had really no experience in the real world and it showed in the portfolios she was given.

  24. Tom

    A quick change of nappy, and it’s off to bed for you.

    Quite so, BEL. The Cat’s commo trolls have an average mental age of three. And the latest one is so stupid she is probably unable to feed herself.

  25. wal1957

    …will anybody notice?

  26. Leigh Lowe

    The most appalling thing this jumped-up private school prefect managed to lisp out of her gob was that superannuation – my private savings – was a “national asset” (clearly with a view that it should be used for “nation building”, like, say, Snowy 2.0).
    No, you fucking bint.
    It is our money so keep your grubby mitts off.

  27. Snoopy

    Why the Roger Ramjet photo?

  28. Runaway Roger

    Is it unusual for women to leave high paying jobs and focus on spending time with their children? Could this be a possible reason for that dastardly pay gap?

  29. Muddy

    Why the Roger Ramjet photo?

    Hahaha! (I don’t do ‘LOL’). Ah, memories of childhood. Of course, ‘proton pills’ would only come in suppository form now.

  30. Squirrel

    As others have suggested, the true issue here may be more about age than gender.

    It would be nice to see people with much more life experience (and therefore, likely, more independent children) pre-selected for Parliament. Such people are considerably more likely to understand the people they seek to represent than the typical young-enough-to-know-everything staffer/apparatchik, and because they are likely to be better established when entering politics, are perhaps less likely to be thinking about post-politics career options when making crucial decisions affecting the national interest.

  31. she is apparently as stupid as she looks.

    “Brave” call.

  32. MatrixTransform

    As others have suggested, the true issue here may be more about age than gender.

    Judging by the photo, I think they may go by weight

  33. sabena

    My thoughts:
    Good riddance!

  34. Empire 5:5

    Harken Now
    #2911740, posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    But sure: there is no “women problem” on the Right of politics atm. Lulz.

    Farken Cow is 100% on the money.

    A party of self hatred and envy like Liars or Gangrene can get away with preselecting overweight unattractive sycophants with vagina, but this is a suicidal policy for any centre right party.

    Winners want winners. Preselect 7.5+ wimmins or pay the price at the ballot box, stupid Liberals.

  35. Iva Right

    I’d say her super payout just became viable. Pair that with the fact that anyone over 55 can’t stand her after her comments on super. Oh! And did I mention she’s ugly?

  36. Many…many fries.

    That could be the problem.

  37. Tintarella di Luna

    Kelly O’Dwyer’s super certainty must have just come good. A typical useless careerist with no real-life practical experience. Good bye and good riddance and I know it is a forlorn hope that we don’t get any more women like her in parliament.

  38. miltonf

    So a Costello staffer got parachuted into his safe seat when he bailed. This sort of thing is all too common. An insiders’ club. Surprising though that he was cool with someone of her caliber succeeding him.

  39. miltonf

    Costello quit in Oct 2009

  40. Empire 5:5

    O’Dwyer managed to shift the Overton Window hard left in a safe Lib seat in less than 10 years.

    Antitalent of the highest order.

  41. egg_

    There’s a harken lotta comments here.

  42. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    Cats in Brisbane have only one more day to RSVP to this invitation by QUT Law to hear Mark Dreyfus outline why a National Integrity Commission is needed.

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/20190121-event-why-australia-needs-a-national-integrity-commission-public-lecture-with-the-hon-mark-tickets-54894251183

    Might be interesting? Or just stay home and wait for the press release I guess.

  43. Davo

    Thank god, she was/is completely useless….actually worse, she was counter productive and damaging for the country ( and the liberals)..now its too hard, let’s run away and take the spoils and later blame everyone else.

    Seems to be the way…but thank god she’s going

  44. John Stankevicius

    The damage has been done regarding her idiotic super proposals. As astutely already mentioned from her payout and super idocies, O Dwyer has killed super for th3 individual by banning independent accountants fron advising the public on this topic. The FAESA bill will reduce people’s choice to Union funds, retail funds and govt funds. She will be offered consultancies to these bodies for her connention to the law makers and the spirit of theses idiotic laws . It’s easy money compared to practicing law and charging people directly hey Kelly.

  45. 3d1k

    Never was an O’Dwyer fan. But I’ll cut her some slack and say that it was clear, post babies, her heart was not in it anymore. She often appeared dishelleved, distracted, disinterested. Who can blame her with a couple of gorgeous kids at home.

    She may have been some kind of affirmative action selection? Who knows. The Libs better find a tremendous candidate quick or goodbye Higgins.

    All that said, the female candidate brouhaha is a bit of a furphy. Very few vote on gender alone.

  46. jupes

    I always thought Kelly O’Dwyer was a fantastic minister.

    Good looking too.

  47. Rockdoctor

    Good riddance… my 2c worth.

  48. Robber Baron

    Finally. She made the correct decision for the country.

  49. RealWorld

    That the liberals pre- selected a person like this is the reason they’re stuffed

  50. Motelier

    And just think, here we have the Stupid Fvcking Liberals making the Liars party look good.

  51. JohnA

    Squirrel #2911795, posted on January 19, 2019, at 6:56 pm

    As others have suggested, the true issue here may be more about age than gender.

    It would be nice to see people with much more life experience (and therefore, likely, more independent children) pre-selected for Parliament. Such people are considerably more likely to understand the people they seek to represent than the typical young-enough-to-know-everything staffer/apparatchik, and because they are likely to be better established when entering politics, are perhaps less likely to be thinking about post-politics career options when making crucial decisions affecting the national interest.

    At 41, she would have just qualified for entry to the Parliament at the next election, according to my theory.

    And with children aged 3 and under 2, she already has a full-time job/career – raising the next generation of Australians.
    Why should she knock herself senseless with two jobs? It seems clear that the MP job got the rough end of the pineapple, right?

    FINALLY, she makes a sensible decision! Wisdom has come with age in her case, but it is clear in too many cases that age arrived alone.

  52. Texas Jack

    Another termite self-exterminates. No big deal really, since I’ve been readying my finances for at least two terms of Shorten since June. Morrison could maybe hold on if he wasn’t shackled to the Titanic wreck that is the Greiner-Photios Liberal Party.

    O’Dwyer has done her level-best to create as big an inconvenience as possible, what with the remarks about male bullying, and now the exquisitely-timed exit.

  53. CameronH

    After all of the disloyalty and incompetence of these women why should the LNP get more women in their ranks?

  54. Crossie

    Ian of Brisbane
    #2911750, posted on January 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    First thingshe has done that was noticeable.

    Oh, she was noticeable but for all the wrong reasons. This is the first thing she has done of which I approve.

  55. None

    I hope her family reasons are her husband and kids and not a serious illness. Or worse, some excuse for a cushy diplomatic job or similar.

    Meh.

    Bye Felicia.

  56. None

    Listen to wise None when I say get rid of all women in politics be it local, state or federal.

  57. John Constantine

    The Libs could have set up a decent female candidate in this safe seat.

    They could have a decent female candidate with years of experience and voter public recognition.

    Instead the corrupt and inept creatures of the property Ponzi dogbox developer billionaire Landsharks Class installed a cancer cell to bring down the body of the Tories.

    Like having a strategic bridge fall into enemy hands through treachery.

    When people wonder how their shorten looting kleptocracy got elected, the answer will be that it took the left years of bribery and corruption and treachery to destroy their enemies from the inside.

    And install the shorten puppet regime for capitulation and collaboration duties.

    Comrades.

  58. Henry2

    I just saw her speech from the ABC. Never mentioned Abbott but thanked Morrison, Turnbull and Bishop. For that alone, she is a cow!

  59. miltonf

    Henry that’s just more evidence the the LP that the Liberal Party is not the friend of everyman.

  60. Mark M

    8 year maximum time allowed in parliament, and then back to the real world.

    This example is just another positive point to the argument of 8 years max.

    The best example is Barnaby Joyce, who wants wives to be included in the work place, living off the taxpayer forever in entitlement.

  61. old bloke

    Are we looking at a return of Peter Costello?

  62. LNP insider

    The word I have is Credlin is more likely for Mallee than Higgins. There are at least three female candidates with decent support in Higgins.

    More likely than both options is Credlin waiting for Menzies to open up.

    I don’t blame Credlin for not wanting Higgins. The Victorian state election has the whole party fearing a very big wipeout of urban Melbourne seats. Higgins is well and truly likely to fall. They are now worryong about Goldstein, Casey, Aston and even Menzies. There has even been fear expressed about Flinders, tho that isn’t urban I guess.

  63. Mindfree

    Jupes

    You forgot the /sarc tag

  64. Percy Popinjay

    Another useless mediocrity cursed with the “potential grateness” tag.

    What’s with the disgusting roxonesque hair?

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