A female Malcolm clone

The Libs have a handful of candidates who represent me – conservative, free market, and repulsed by the global warming con that is ruining Australia among other things. By a last minute Prime Ministerial throw of the die, Craig Kelly will run again in Hughes. But it was in the face of the nitwit wing of the party trying to do Kelly over. Now they are after Tony Abbott.

So who is it this time? Young. Female. Sports star. Legal beagle. Another Julia Banks in the making, although here running as an independent but an obvious stalking-horse for the Turnbull Wing: Four-time Olympian Zali Steggall launches bid to topple Tony Abbott in Warringah.

“I am in this to win it,” Ms Steggall told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “I want to beat Tony Abbott, who has been a handbrake on Australian progress on many fronts but particularly effective action on climate change.[How many other power stations does she want blown up?]

“I know what I am getting into but I am not a wallflower – I am tough. [Incredible that she thinks being tough is the opposite of being a wallflower!] I learnt from sport that you have to put the work in, and can’t just turn up on the day hoping for the result. [What a deep and original example to us all about the need to learn from experience.] I will do the work for this, just as I did the work for sport and law.” …

The barrister wants federal Parliament to do more on climate change and [folks, prepare yourself] has been consulting former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery on policy options. She said an emissions trading scheme model had been “overtaken” by private sector investment in renewables [any government subsidies here, Ms Steggall, or don’t they matter?] but unlike Mr Abbott is not opposed to a mechanism that ties the economy to emissions reductions.

“It needs to be a multi-faceted strategy. It’s not a quick fix, it won’t be a quick solution. it has taken years to get into this mess and will take time to get ourselves out of it.” …

The former prime minister, who has fought and won nine elections in Warringah, faces a Melbourne Cup field of candidates at the election and has previously described independent aspirants as “Labor in disguise” [although in this case not all that much of a disguise].

“That actually shows how out of touch he is,” Ms Steggall said. “A broad part of my support base is the extremely dissatisfied, long-term, moderate Liberal voters who are looking for [unspecified] sensible financial policies [MMT perhaps?] but progressive social attitudes.

“Tony Abbott does not represent me, or the views of most of the people I know in this electorate [she really should get out more often], and I want to replace him.” …

“Winning the seat is not enough. I want to do something with the position. I would like to be part of coming up with solutions for climate change, so I can look my children in the eye [as they shiver freezing in the dark].”

I can see her point: where would the Winter Olympics be if there were no snow? I can also see that with her specialty in downhill, that she would be quite an asset for the direction a Labor government will take us. But if the Libs really truly wish to drive people like me away, propping candidates like her up is a surefire way to do it. Meanwhile, in the non-surprise of the week, Labor considers preferencing independent Warringah candidate Zali Steggall.

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27 Responses to A female Malcolm clone

  1. Pyrmonter

    Hmmm. Abbott waxes and wanes on whether there is climate change, and if so what to do about it (but whatever that is, eschewing the orthodox neoclassical economic solution of a Pigouvian tax, using doom-laden rhetoric that equates one with the tax regime of the 1940s); embraces a form of Danegeld in the form of ‘Direct Action’ (the coalition’s 2013 policy, which involved buying off large CO2 producers); leaves the RET unreformed (unlike even Turnbull proposed), while rallying a ‘base’ that our electoral system requires to turn out and vote anyway. And then you complain that some lightweight comes along with feel-good nonsense? I mean, as if this wasn’t going to happen. The man has been exposed as an utter opportunist, unable to govern when given the chance, but determined that none else should either. If this hastens his (and his fellow DLP-entryists) departure from federal Parliament, all the better – we can get back the sort of sensible, competent centre right politics that flourished under Howard, Peacock and Hewson.

  2. stackja

    The ‘science’ that created ‘AGW’ was accepted until scepticism showed the error. Why blame JH/TA? I blame others.

  3. candy

    She was brought up in France to ski in championships, by a very wealthy family who gave her everything,
    is my take. So no financial worries but wants to save the planet and make ordinary folk pay more for their power bills.

    Much of a muchness with Di Natale and his paying $6.00 per hour to his au pairs etc. The thing is Warringah may be similar demographically to Wentworth and the peoples there find this calibre of person suits them? Time moves on and things change.

  4. John Barr

    Just what Australia needs. Another Money Grubbing Lawyer in Parliament. Ay.

  5. stackja

    Do voters accept ‘AGW’?
    Then turn off electricity.

  6. Gerard

    Why isn’t Flannery in prison? Isn’t he guilty of fraud?

  7. Hay Stockard

    What a ghastly woman.

  8. Dr Faustus

    It really doesn’t matter if Ms Steggles tips Abbot into the abyss.

    As Pyrmonter points out, Abbot has no credentials as a future saviour of conservative politics – and far less as the leader of any recovery movement picking up the pieces after two, or three terms of Shorten/diNatale.

    Australia is about to embark on a major learning experience. Chirpy twits like Steggles will not change a thing.

  9. Boambee John

    Pyrmonter

    we can get back the sort of sensible, competent centre right politics that flourished under Howard, Peacock and Hewson.

    LOL, almost had me there!

  10. Morgan Ellison

    Hmm. Could it be ‘Stevadoring’ that the Liberal Party actually wants votes more that it wants you?Let’s find out = after the next election, when I expect that the Abbott-led antifada approach will have delivered a big majority to the appalling Shorten.

  11. min

    She probably believes 97% of scientists say that AGW is man made and the result of fossil fuel emissions . A pretty face parrotting propaganda.with no ability for critical thinking or bothering to read the research. I cannot believe anyone with any brains could agree with Flannery ‘s predictions that observations have proved wrong. Snowfall predictions she would have heard about.
    Tell her to go to Fort Dennison and look at the sea level gauge or read the Report from Germany on their transference to renewables. Or ask her if she knows about Maunder Minimum, Erik the Red , Medieval warming orhow many HELE powers stations are being built areound the world. Noticed in her interview this morning she is good at lawyer talk.

  12. Muddy

    Polarazi: Celebrity politician.
    OR
    Papatician?

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    She must be a member of the photios left centre clique of the National Gangrene Laboral Pardee .
    Vote NGLP the party that represents the u.n. Global fascist narxist / crony capitalist group seeking unelected power .

  14. Squirrel

    We can almost certainly look forward to “our ABC” doing its bit in the campaign against Tony Abbott – with further helpful interviews of Ms Steggall between now and election day, and don’t be surprised to see a nice warm, fuzzy Australian Story episode as the cherry on the cake.

  15. Tator

    the fact that she spoke to Tim Flannery should automatically disqualify her from Parliament. The guy is a loony toon.

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    Flannery is a criminal he “obtained financial gain by deception”, the huge house he bought with the money he got by fraud ? Has the rising sea inundated it yet? Has the rain stopped alltogether ? Was that dinosaur bone buried by the dog? Can I make lots of money out of lying? Answers NO NO, MAYBE ,YES

  17. Up The Workers!

    Ho, Ho, Ho…

    “Labor considers preferencing independent Warringah candidate Zali Steggall.”

    No surprises there!

    They already evidently write her scripts for her.

  18. vlad

    Does anyone else remember Maxine McKew MP?

  19. Dr Faustus

    We can almost certainly look forward to “our ABC” doing its bit in the campaign against Tony Abbott…

    Dutifully undertaken by ABC Sydney 7:00 news and 7:30 Report.

  20. PB

    Another short-haired woman who is VERY concerned. At least there’s no blue hair, trouble glasses and proud plus-size clothes.

  21. Rob MW

    You missed this bit Steve:

    A self-described fiscal conservative who has never voted Labor, Ms Steggall is also expected to be offered major contributions from wealthy Liberal Party figures who want to see the back of Mr Abbott after 25 years as the local MP.”

    Juxtaposed to:

    “The barrister wants federal Parliament to do more on climate change and has been consulting former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery on policy options. She said an emissions trading scheme model had been “overtaken” by private sector investment in renewables but unlike Mr Abbott is not opposed to a mechanism that ties the economy to emissions reductions.”

    Flannery’s greatest claim to fame is cloning morons.

  22. Bushkid

    Tator
    #2919922, posted on January 28, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    the fact that she spoke to Tim Flannery should automatically disqualify her from Parliament. The guy is a loony toon.

    Nailed it

  23. Iampeter

    The Libs have a handful of candidates who represent me – conservative, free market, and repulsed by the global warming con that is ruining Australia among other things.

    Who in the Liberal Party supports free markets? Tony Abbott?
    Who in the Liberal Party is repulsed by the warming con, since the Liberal Party led the way in building the environmentalist bureaucracy that is “ruining Australia?”
    You realize if you support things like tariffs, then you’re not a supporter of free markets either, right?

  24. Myrddin Seren

    “A self-described fiscal conservative who has never voted Labor, Ms Steggall is also expected to be offered major contributions from wealthy Liberal Party figures who want to see the back of Mr Abbott after 25 years as the local MP.”

    A quote follows I have been pondering on since I first read it.

    From our Cassie on January 11th

    I live in Wentworth and this morning I went to catch a bus on Oxford Street….saw a familiar cashed up Wentworthian wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Time’s Up Tony”….WTF.

    I think you can safely assume that Zali is is literally Turnbull’s agent in Warringah.

    Her campaign finance declarations would be of interest in due course.

  25. duncanm

    The liberals deserve all they’re going to get this election. I only have sympathy for the conservative stalwarts, but there are so few, it barely matters.

  26. Myrddin Seren

    All is proceeding as per The Great Prophecy

    PETER:

    Well, okay. I found the name Zuul Zali for you. The name Zuul ‘Zali’ refers to a demi-god worshipped around 6000 BC by the – what’s that word?

    DANA:

    Hittites. Turnbullites

    PETER:

    Hittites. Turnbullites, the Mesopotamians Photosians and the Sumerians Stupid F**king Liberals.

    DANA:
    reading PETER’s notes

    Zuul ‘Zali’ was the minion of Gozerbull. What’s Gozerbull ?

    PETER:

    Gozerbull was very big in Sumeria Wentworth. Big guy.

    DANA:

    Well, what’s he doing in my icebox *?

    *For the younger readership, an icebox is a simple device loaded with a big block of ice to try to preserve food in the pre-refrigerator days. It did not rely on constant, stable electricity.

    Expect to see their return, as well as the Return of Gozerbull.

  27. Tim Neilson

    a mechanism that ties the economy to emissions reductions.

    Like a millstone.

    Plunging down fathom after fathom till it crashes into rock bottom.

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