Albanese cannot just be Labor’s new contortionist

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Like Aldous Huxley, I am capable of being very stoical about other people’s misfortunes — and never more so than when they afflict Labor and the disastrous policies it took to the election.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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28 Responses to Albanese cannot just be Labor’s new contortionist

  1. a happy little debunker

    There seems to be a pattern in western societies amongst the progressive mindset.

    Lose an election (especially when unexpected) – double down on the leftism.

    A symptom of political dysfunction or a disease?

    Sad to see any political institution ‘reform’ itself, only to factionally bypass and deny those reforms.

  2. Robbo

    Silly me because until now I thought that in the Labor Party the initials SL stood for Socialist Left. I now know that they really stand for Slow Learners. Albo as their saviour? They are having a laugh, aren’t they?

  3. John Althuizen

    By not having a vote of the rank and file or the caucus with Albo just nominated, does this mean that the 3 year term rule does not apply to him and they can keep their knives sheathed until they developed someone better?

  4. Roger

    Shorter Ergas, a digest of Cat commentary:

    Labor will never win while beholden to inner city elites.

  5. Mark M

    Never underestimate the contortionist abilities of a sea sponge with social intelligence …

    “Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.”

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/12/ocasio-cortez-climate-world-ending-12-years-dry-humor/

  6. calli

    John Althuizen
    #3024171, posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:47 am

    That was my thinking too.

  7. The BigBlueCat

    John Althuizen
    #3024171, posted on May 24, 2019 at 9:47 am
    By not having a vote of the rank and file or the caucus with Albo just nominated, does this mean that the 3 year term rule does not apply to him and they can keep their knives sheathed until they developed someone better?

    Yeah? Who? What does “better” mean in a leftist context? More extreme?

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    Who is this Albanian bloke ? Couldnt they find a workin class Aussie bloke ? Oh wait its the old labor party they dont let workers in there these days .too common never went to university .
    Its like the old Russian commos, they wheel them out of intensive care to make them leader ,bet that mad bastard krudd is lurking ,wantung another go at stuffing the country he hates for not making him ambassador to Beijing fo life .

  9. stackja

    Is there something sinister behind Labor’s leadership vacuum?
    https://www.2gb.com/is-there-something-sinister-behind-labors-leadership-vacuum/
    3 HOURS AGO
    ALAN JONES ED HUSIC JIHAD DIB
    Alan Jones is questioning Labor’s leadership vacuum at both the state and federal level.

    Anthony Albanese is the only candidate to replace Bill Shorten following last week’s election disaster.

    But Alan questions why someone like Ed Husic isn’t getting a look-in?

    The western Sydney MP has been in parliament since 2010, is a shadow minister and is in touch with normal Australians, describing himself as, “Blacktown through and through”.

    Alan says there must be more to it.
    “He’s been totally involved in the local community, he’s intelligent, he’s presentable. Why is he not a candidate?

    “Is it because he’s a Mu$l1m?

    The same goes for state politician Jihad Dib who isn’t even getting a mention in the NSW Labor leadership race.

    “Does religion have something to do with the Labor Party?” asks Alan.

    “I hope not.”

  10. candy

    Anthony Albanese seems the more genuine political personality than Bill Shorten. People may scoff at him but he does not seem unlikeable.

    A harder job than it looks, though. BS did very well for many years.
    I don’t know why T. Plibersek didn’t put her hand up, but I suspect she would like to see Albo fail first
    so that she can get the job with clear support from the party. May not work out that way but.
    She is a very divisive character herself.

  11. Iain Russell

    Plibbers has got it too good. Big end of town, what with hubbie gifted those successive mates jobs in the NSW PS. Sit back, scarf up just under one mil a yr between them and let someone else do the hard yards. It’s the richies way.

  12. Roger

    By not having a vote of the rank and file or the caucus with Albo just nominated, does this mean that the 3 year term rule does not apply to him and they can keep their knives sheathed until they developed someone better?

    The ALP’s Constitution states the parliamentary leader “must be a elected (i) a ballot of eligible Party members, and (ii) a ballot of the members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party”.

    In good Socialist fashion there will only be one candidate to vote for.

  13. stackja

    candy
    #3024287, posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    Anthony Albanese seems the more genuine political personality than Bill Shorten. People may scoff at him but he does not seem unlikeable.

    A harder job than it looks, though. BS did very well for many years.
    I don’t know why T. Plibersek didn’t put her hand up, but I suspect she would like to see Albo fail first
    so that she can get the job with clear support from the party. May not work out that way but.
    She is a very divisive character herself.

    Below:

    Iain Russell
    #3024292, posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    Plibbers has got it too good. Big end of town, what with hubbie gifted those successive mates jobs in the NSW PS. Sit back, scarf up just under one mil a yr between them and let someone else do the hard yards. It’s the richies way.

    And Mr TP has ‘a record’.

  14. Tim Neilson

    stackja
    #3024271, posted on May 24, 2019 at 11:52 am

    That’s world class trolling by AJ.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sit back, scarf up just under one mil a yr between them and let someone else do the hard yards. It’s the richies way.

    While, at the same time, whinging endlessly about “the big end of town.” “Champagne Socialism ” is a phrase that comes to mind.

  16. Up The Workers!

    Does Labor(sic) suffer from a Leadership vacuum, or from a Leadership bloviation?

    I merely ask, because even when they are blowing, they suck!

  17. Fred

    Now that Albo is leader, we’ll have to hear about fast trains non stop until the next election.

    He loves his fast trains.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    Its shamefull hat the alternative government of our beloved country is so bereft of talent they have to resort to a career tosser like the albanian ,this is the depth. Career politics has reduuced us too ,we are going to have to change ,over the last ten years you could watch the standards plunge starting maybe if we limit them to with that maniac krudd then giliard ,the weak abbott the eternal failure turnbull and his equal shorten ,now the albanian ,makes scomo almost normal,maybe if we limit them to one term in a lifetime some real talent will have a go if its only for one term ,and political parties are defunded to keep the gangsters out .

  19. Ubique

    I could not have been happier with the policies that Electricity Bill took to the electorate.

  20. duncanm

    I am capable of being very stoical about other people’s misfortunes

    what does that even mean? “I really don’t give a shit about others’ problems” ?

    You can be stoical about your own misfortunes, not those of others.

  21. J.H.

    It’s just classical satire Duncanm…. and yes, it’s a backhand way of saying he doesn’t give a shyte.

  22. I am capable of being very stoical about other people’s misfortunes

    Not me.

    I am capable of being very stoic about other people’s misfortunes
    One of us is fscking with the Queen’s English.

  23. Squirrel

    Looks like it’s going to be old whine in old bott’ls.

    There will be a “listening tour” (Shorten’s worked so well, so why not reprise it) to emphasise the street cred, and store up the photo ops with battlers. When that hoopla is done, there may even be an a-la-Hawke attempt at a national summit from opposition (particularly if things start looking seriously bad for the economy) which would be steered in the direction of big-spending pump-priming thought bubbles (most notably the VFT – i.e. NBN on steroids).

    The only hint I have heard so far of detail that might change is the observation earlier in the week that the franking credits policy might have been more acceptable with a cap. That was probably as much about having a dig at Bowen and Chalmers as it was an indication of a preparedness to acknowledge that Saturday’s result was a rejection of policy, rather than just another “we wuz robbed” outcome for Labor.

  24. Tel

    I am capable of being very stoic about other people’s misfortunes

    I’m skeptic about Global Warming.

  25. egg_

    The SloMo v Albo Show?

    Some interesting Q&A shows re “Infastructure” coming up?

  26. Up The Workers!

    The last Leader of the A.L.P. tried to (typically unsuccessfully) identify himself with Arnie Schwarzenegger.

    Will the new leader of the A.L.P. try to similarly identify himself with his fellow-countryman, Sylvester Stallone – i.e. “The Italian Stallion” and “The Italian Rapscallion”?

    Does anybody know for sure how many and which countries Alwaysleazy is actually a citizen of and also, under section 44, is there something Wong with Benny’s citizenship?

  27. Dr Fred Lenin

    Socialism ,jut becuse it has always failed is no reason to stop trying it over and over ,same as leaders ,recycling stuffed out old career polliemuppets in the hope they might change , old dogs new tricks ,never works . Get some new fresh communists straight out of university indoctrination .if you are going to il ,do it right .

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