Exit the 60 billion dollar man

I suppose Mr Pyne wants to spend more time with his family.

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56 Responses to Exit the 60 billion dollar man

  1. Robbo

    I don’t care what Pyne wants to do. The sooner he fucks off the better.

  2. Perhaps the ‘Mincing Poodle’ wants more time for his mincing.

  3. candy

    I remember when he was Education Minister. He did not seem to be able to explain anything much.
    It all seemed a jumble. Like Malcolm Turnbull trying to explain his plans for NBN, hard to make heads or tails of it.

    His talents were in the House as manager of business, I guess. And his hair looks nice straightened.
    I think he could get a good gig on The Project.

  4. Ubique

    A truly awful politician, without any redeeming quality. Very glad to see the back of the smarmy bastard.

  5. Chris M

    Feeling the smug factor drop already. Pity his family…

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A truly awful politician, without any redeeming quality. Very glad to see the back of the smarmy bastard.

    Well said. Good riddance.

  7. mem

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    truly awful politician, without any redeeming quality. Very glad to see the back of the smarmy bastard.

    Not to mention the entertainment bills in Canberra will drop back significantly. Good riddance to the party boy poodle.

  8. Roger

    The nation’s security was compromised for the sake of Pyne’s electoral prospects.

    And he responds with this.

    Yes, good riddance, but this exemplifies why the the perfidious Liberal Party must be destroyed.

  9. Big_Nambas

    I feel very sorry for his family (if he has one). I’m sure (if they exist) they did everything possible to talk him into running again.

  10. Contrary to the views of some reporting on this I am seeing this as a major positive for the Coalition.

  11. Miltonf

    Was originally a Vanstone staffer I believe. Exemplifies all that is wrong with oz politics.

  12. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    Robbo,

    Let me take issue with your comment

    Hear hear

    What a f💩rken disgrace. Left this country wounded and weaponless.
    F.O. The Sooner the better.

  13. Up The Workers!

    “I suppose Mr Pyne wants to spend more time with his family.”

    Well, I sure couldn’t imagine him wanting to spend more time with somebody else’s family (or vice-versa)!

  14. Up The Workers!

    “The Mincing Poodle minces, and having minced, moves on with his Parliamentary Pension…”

    -The Rubaiyat of Omar Turncoat

  15. egg_

    Will Abbott cut a chocolate cake to celebrate?

  16. egg_

    The Chinese lunch in Parliament House’s ministerial wing was shared by Mr Abbott, Mr Dutton and about a dozen conservative MPs. For dessert they enjoyed chocolate cake, baked by Mr Abbott’s “landlady” and former aide Peta Credlin.

  17. Petros

    We gave billions of dollars to South Australia to build inferior technology submarines so they would vote for this douchebag. Another Liberal disgrace. FMD.

  18. John A

    Exit the 60 billion dollar man

    Can we cancel the contract, then?

    It would be a nice little saving over the Forward Estimates and could be explained away as a Budget Repair Measure.

  19. Bruce in WA

    I reckon (hope) he was actually given the arse over the backlash from the “sumbarine”[sic] fiasco. Told to fall on his sword or else …

  20. Neville

    One by one, the notorious Gang of 54 dribbles out the door and down the steps …

  21. JohnL

    This fucker was in the Parliament for 26 years! This tells a lot about the quality of politicians we have in AU, and about voting public in AU.
    Abolish compulsory voting now!!!! We should not be forced to choose between bad and worst.

  22. Tom

    So the LNP rabble voted $60 billion of our money on obsolete submarines to save Pyne’s seat. Now that he’s cutting and running, does that mean we can save $30 billion by ordering Japanese or American subs off the shelf, which we should have done in the first place?

    Of course we won’t. Politicians never forget our money is theirs to piss against the wall on this year’s thought bubble — like the NBN, dreamed up by that Liars union gangster Conroy, which the Lieborals immediately adopted as their own pointless government telecommunications monopoly, locking us into obsolescence and making us the laughing stock of the world.

    Because it’s just someone else’s money and there’s an endless supply of it. Who gives a fuck about $60 billion for obsolete submarines or $80 billion for an obsolete NBN? Let’s spend it on a whim instead of doing something sensible with the money, like cutting government red tape and creating jobs for the future.

    Because we’ve doubled the size of government in the past decade, the Australian economy is effectively in recession as it can’t digest the $300 billion p.a. in tax now required to pay for it.

    Which we’ve used $543 billion in government debt to hide.

    Dumbest country on earth.

  23. Linden

    He is of those pollies I could never quite fathom what he was on about. Yep good to see him go.

  24. Win

    Having seen Pyne up close for the first time in 26 years,it seems to me that he leaves 27 years of parliament not with his submarine bang but the whimper of a spoilt brat who did not get his way..Mincing poodles in red shoes come to mind.

  25. Win

    How many back stabbed s are still left for the election..

  26. Mr Johnson

    I always thought that the Turnbull fan club were responsible for strong-arming Morrison to keep Abbott out of the ministry. Let’s see if the PM now brings in his best campaigner to make a fight of it, or decides to calmly walk to defeat.

  27. Chris M

    I am seeing this as a major positive for the Coalition.

    They are done and dusted, at this point what difference does it make.

    BTW I wonder if this whiny poodle will be handed a plush ‘consultancy’ job with a French defence company?

  28. Destroyer D69

    From Pickering….” Could this have some influence on the decisions of late. Sat 2 Mar 2019 10:06:04 am

    51 year old Christopher Pyne decides to retire –
    .
    Why are 60 Elected MPs not seeking re-election ?

    A wonderful RORT – don’t waste your tears on them!!!!

    How sad is this. Having to give up your job so you can get more money. AND they tell us they do it for their constituents NOT FOR MONEY. By the way check out what pensioners get in this country.

    Sixty elected members of the federal government have now reported they have made the decision not to run in the upcoming next election!

    It’s a very high number compared to previous elections. Some of them tell us that it’s for family reasons, others for their desire to serve their fellow citizens in other fields and many other great stories to make us cry for them.

    Besides all the tear jerking that politicians have been giving about retiring here is something else to consider.

    In 2015 a change in the pension for MP’s ensures that the age of full retirement for an MP having served at least 6 years, will no longer be 55 years but 65 years. Thus any MP not yet 65 and who wants to benefit from the present pension scheme need only not run in the next election and thus will draw for 10 years longer a government pension of over $100,000/year.

    For an elected MP approaching 55 and who is not running, that means about $1 million that he/she would not receive should he/she run and win again. One should also add the severance premium (between $80,000 and $125,000) upon his/her departure.

    You can now understand better all these sudden “family emergencies”, appreciate the newfound desire to advance his/her career in a government job or a committee of some sort and have two or three salaries (and possibly two or three pensions). Not bad as a justification to not run eh?

    Another factor may well be what Wayne Glew has achieved with the Privy Council. Many MPs, Judiciary, Councilors etc will be charged with TREASON
    .
    and there are many men like this with long memories https://larryhannigan.com/humour/40-old-men-at-firing-range/
    . Also……..
    A connection to a soon to be prosecuted case in the USA???

  29. Dr Fred Lenin

    Destroyer, thoes leeches are the reason I advocate abolishing career politics surely on term in parliament is long enough to have to put up with these bludgers ,there woukd be no need for pensions ot]r pay outs three years and you are put for life .
    People say we would lose quality politicians? What quality politicuan ,? Name a few ?
    The political gangs,ooos. Sorry ,parties would be in deep trouble, there are only a small numbers of suburban conveyancing fifth rste lawyers and student and union activites to stand as their puppets .
    Think of the money we could save not paying out these leeches huge sums of our money._

  30. Crossie

    His talents were in the House as manager of business, I guess. And his hair looks nice straightened.
    I think he could get a good gig on The Project.

    And once there he will rubbish the Liberals and conservatives every chance he gets. He may even win a Logie.

  31. Myrddin Seren

    Tom

    So the LNP rabble voted $60 billion of our money on obsolete submarines to save Pyne’s seat.

    I know I am a broken record on this, but for posterity, here goes again.

    The Commonwealth could have written the Pyne Family Trust a cheque for $60 billion, and still been ahead, as long as he promised to clean out procurement and make some sensible decisions.

    The litany ( with some of the links and largely courtesy of people like Robert Gottleibsen and our own Top Ender ) is, in part:

    Gottleibsen:

    I think we can say that the nation of Australia faces a $225 billion plus bill for 12 submarines.

    Moi:

    And that is before the ‘contract variations to allow Halal galleys and unisex/gender-non-specific bathrooms.

    Plus the cost of extending the life of the Collins class boats to cover the prolonged non-arrival of the NBN-Minitel class Potemkin subs.

    Plus the other procurement black holes Whisperin’ Bob mentions in his article. Entered in to under Pyne’s watch – or maintained without question if signed up earlier.

    More Moi:

    I will go out on an unsupported limb here and suggest that the following list off the top of my head:

    The NBN-Mintel Class Potemkin submarine flotilla ( $200 bill+ )

    The Patrol Boat contract where straight after the award the contractor was rung by some admiral and told them they will be sharing the deal with the loser and co-building in Perth and just add the costs to the contract as a Variation ( see R. Gottleibsen )

    the landing craft that sat too low in the water and threatened to sink the moment a tank was put in them – because who ever has built a landing craft that could hold a tank since – ermmm – 1943 ??

    which doesn’t matter so much because our fancy Spanish-built LHDs with the funny engines seem to largely spend their time at Garden Island

    and now Vastly Overpriced vehicles !!

    IF someone was brave enough to do it, there is the makings of a Royal Commission here.

    I leave these notes repeating the following deeply cynical view that stupidity cannot possibly account for all of ‘The Joke’:

    If anyone believes these huge, huge amounts are simply going to expensive contractors and the people at the top are utterly surprised to find this out – I have a Bridge in Sydney I would like to sell you.

  32. EJ.

    @Destroyer..spot on & the only thing Pyne the “fixer” is ensuring is that he’ s fixing his future with the retirement funds he is going to get per annum based on the “defined benefits scheme”. Reported on 7 Sunrise this morning, apparently if he stays he loses approx $70,000 per yr. Wonder what the other rusted on MPs leaving stand to lose?

  33. Rob

    In Pyne’s defence (there’s 3 words I never thought I would write) Australia owes him a great debt, he apparently torpedoed Julie Bishop’s ascent to the prime ministership. If that was the only torpedo that got fired from $60 billion that was spent on prolonging Pyne’s lamentable career it was worth it.

  34. Whalehunt fun

    But does his family want to spend more time with him? Or, indeed, any time? Is there any person, child or adult that thinks this bumbling self-congratulating socialist has anything positive to contribute to their lives. She’s a male Julie Bishop.

  35. tombell

    but does Pyne’s family want to spend any more time with him….?

  36. Dr Fred Lenin

    Its like parchutists jumping from a plane ,who is the j jumpmaster who taps them on the shoulder.?

  37. iamok

    The unholy trinity is now gone – Turdball, Stick and Poodle. All complain on the way out about all the things they might have done if only …. But they didn’t did they? Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out any of you. Traitors and cowardly deserters.

  38. Elle

    He’s been quite the show pony in politics.
    Can’t quite figure out his accent.
    It’s like a cross between something. 🤔

  39. Woger:

    The nation’s security was compromised for the sake of Pyne’s electoral prospects.

    Treasonous. If we get into strife, I hope that bastard gets put to sea in the last of our Oberon class subs.
    With his mates as crew.

  40. Tom;
    You need to look at the Federal/State/Local Government debt levels to get an idea of how much the taxpayer is up for. In the end it’s us who have to pay for it.
    It’s around $854Billion – all spent in just ten years.

  41. Shy Ted

    Heard 2 of his comments very recently -‘ Want to spend more time at the beach with my family”. I do hope it’s my beach. And “other states are ripping off SA power supply which is why their power is so expensive”. Couldn’t possibly have done something than subsidise ruinables for the last 5 years in gummint. Please, please, please Chrissy, get out and about when you’re back in Adelaide.

  42. Myrddin Seren

    “Want to spend more time at the beach with my family”

    I expect he means the Cote D’Azur, as viewed from Chateau Barracuda-Pyne.

    ‘Merci, Suckers !’

  43. Destroyer D 69

    We have two options re the submarines… Carry on with the French Connection and recieve vessels , outdated ,untested, and obselete at the time of delivery(albeit shiny brand spanking new) with benefit of emloyment in the manufacture. OR scrap the contract, pay out any penalties and buy off the shelf submarines which will also likely be outdated and obselete, but worn out from operational usage maintaining our skillset at about the same time and having still provided employment over the time frame. Seems like a no brainer to me……

  44. Old Lefty

    $30 billion in a cynical ploy to prop up his majority in his seat and he buggers off anyway. It would be a joke if it weren’t so serious.

    The Libs wonder why they can’t take a trick. Newcastle firms got passed over for a Korean bidder for new NSW railway carriages. Fair enough if you’re an economic rationalist, as most people on this blog are. But the Newcastle punters compare that with the Libs’ special treatment for Adelaide and draw their own conclusion. Newcastle’s flirtation with the Coalition, from what my friends there tell me, is well and truly over.

  45. Perfidious Albino

    Pretty sure they just signed the primary contract with the frogs in the last week or so, so probably feels as though his ‘legacy’ is locked in… also, I think I read he was looking forward to taking on a role ‘in business’, no chance it will be defence related I’m sure.

  46. Diogenes

    Newcastle’s flirtation with the Coalition, from what my friends there tell me, is well and truly over.

    Our local state member (alp -swansea) sits on a 13% margin , with a state election in 2 weeks, i only found out today by asking the candidate for maitland if the sfl (i used the term coalition) are even fielding a candidate. (Sorry punctuation & caps … Can’t be bothered fighting the keyboard)

  47. Tel

    But the Newcastle punters compare that with the Libs’ special treatment for Adelaide and draw their own conclusion.

    It does look awful the way money gets spooned out to chosen political groups. This submarine contract is just terrible for Australia … the work of the black hand.

    Watch closely to see where Pyne pops up next.

  48. Seco

    I was looking forward to voting him out, I feel very cheated.

  49. Hay Stockard

    The Carthagians would have crucified him for gross incompetence in public office.

  50. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    I suppose Mr Pyne wants to spend more time with his family.

    I suspect Mr Pyne wants to spend more time looking at himself in the mirror.

  51. bollux

    I think he’s taking French lessons.

  52. Hay Stockard

    A consultancy in soft furnishings beckons.

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