Selection not election

Kristina Keneally is a Senator from the great state of NSW.  She is in the Senate, not because she was elected, but because she was selected by the NSW ALP.  Senator Keneally is also the deputy leader of the opposition in the Senate.  She has that role not because her colleagues elected her, but rather because the leader of the opposition, Michael Douglass Anthony Albanese said so.

The last time Senator Keneally faced the people, she lost (in the Bennelong by-election).  The time before that, then NSW Premier Keneally took the ALP to one of their worst electoral defeats paving the way for a LNP government lasting at least 12 year.

Election versus selection.  Important distinctions, different outcomes.

When one’s political mandate comes not from the people but from the few powerful, it can impact one’s perspective.  It can lead one to believe that the views of the few elite and connected are representative of the views of the many.  Often this may not be the case.  Taking one’s signals from the few elite can impact one’s judgement, or worse, highlight ones actual flawed judgement.

Take for example Senator Keneally’s rantings over the CPAC Australia conference being held this weekend.

Take this interview on the ABC from earlier this week where Senator Keneally accused some of the speakers of “vilifying Muslim Australians” and suggesting that members of the National Rifle Association should not be permitted to speak at a conference in Australia because they are members of the National Rifle Association and because the leadership of the NRA has urged Australia to overturn its gun laws.

Oh my god.  How dare these people, or their associates, express a view Senator Keneally disagrees with and expect to be permitted into Australia.

Also Senator Keneally complained about all the powers available to the Minister for Immigration.  She complained not that the Minister had these extensive powers, but rather that the Minister was not using them, or using them judiciously.

One really must question the judgement of Senator Keneally in not only running and running hard with this issue, but also the judgement of the ALP leadership to permit this.

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30 Responses to Selection not election

  1. Karabar

    The stereotypical blonde air head.

  2. Miltonf

    My sentiments exactly Sparty. Odious.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    must always believe da wymensis

  4. Tezza

    Ranting against the NRA is all more grating when delivered to Australians in an American accent by a non-elected triple loser.

  5. Fred

    So a white American wants to deny entry to a person of colour. She’s Australia’s Trump.

    Where’s the outrage?

  6. And Labor wonders why they are on the nose with normal Australians.

  7. stevem

    Keneally appears to have been anointed as Labor’s attack dog in the Senate, displacing Penny Wong. Since the election Keneally has been front and centre of all the petty attacks on the government.
    I had thought she was hard done by in NSW by being handed the poisoned chalice of leader – I now see I was mistaken.

  8. egg_

    Senator Keneally is also the deputy leader of the opposition in the Senate. She has that role not because her colleagues elected her, but rather because the leader of the opposition, Michael Douglass Anthony Albanese said so.

    Their woke new Albo’s Captain’s p(r)ick?

  9. candy

    She seems to act like the Ms Cortez and Ms Pelosi ladies, copying their style of going to great lengths to get air time, say controversial things, and always wear extremely fashionable elite clothes, and smooth hairstyles and just generally glossy.

    I don’t think it helps the Democrats nor Labor. I don’t see Albanese has anything in common with Ms Keneally and is better off without that kind of glossy high flier.

  10. Miltonf

    Yes based upon the squad.

  11. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    She’ll likely never become PM so this is just building a profile to have her made vice-regent, at least of NSW at first.

    That or they are grooming her for the lower house again.

  12. We are seeing an interesting experiment in power politics in the US this year, Kamala Harris, a woman of Jamaican and Indian (India) ethnicity and very modest accomplishment, was “selected by the wealthy power brokers of California to be the next president. She is of the correct Obama-like skin shade, and from a very populous state. It seemed she would have the nomination sewn up. All the correct boxes ticked.

    But her polls have collapsed from 27% to 1 %. The Gods of the Copybook Headings are smiling,

  13. thefrollickingmole

    What a mediocre lady.

  14. John64

    Must be about time for cohenite to post the Nobody’s Girl vid again.

  15. People are hired into positions for all sorts of reasons.
    The “I’d Do Her” reason is one of the most powerful.
    It’s the way of the World. Even Albo is allowed to think with his tiny prick.

  16. duncanm

    Baa Humbug
    #3127210, posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:57 am
    People are hired into positions for all sorts of reasons.
    The “I’d Do Her” reason is one of the most powerful.

    she’s way past that … how desperate are those labor blokes?

  17. Behind Enemy Lines

    Keneally wants to criminalise differences of opinion. People like her are the reason the US is edging toward another civil war. The government should run hard on this.

  18. Robbo

    I like seeing Keneally in her present position and it doesn’t matter a jot to me that she got there by selection rather than election. Keneally is an airhead and a perennial loser and now she will be able to demonstrate her amazing powers of self destruction and destruction to all those close to her courtesy of the Labor Party nuff nuffs who run the Party in NSW and the idiot who runs the Party in the Federal Parliament. Another miracle for Scott Morrison.

  19. Percy Popinjay

    If there is a more signal example of how arrogant and tin eared our preposterous political class is than labore’s infuriating insistence that this vile slag be foisted on our legislature (and voters be damned), I can’t think of any offhand.

  20. Shaun

    She was picked as part of Labor’s quota system for females. Great system isn’t it?

  21. Up The Workers!

    Judgement?

    If AnAl the Brothel-Hopper had judgement, he would neither be leading the A.L.P., nor be known as a brothel-hopper, nor doing duty as Premier Setka’s boot-scraper.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    The extreme left in Western countries is a bloody shambles ,not thst it has ever been united but today it is riven with deviationists of all types . From the union mafiosi through the fabianist dinosaurs from th 1930s ,the unreconstrcted soviets of the stalin era ,to he crazed gangrenes ,veganites and animal liberationist fascists . The US decromats , a loose coalition of extremist opportunists , the UK ,Australia and New Zealand a shower of political self seekers and the dying socialists parties of Fascist Europe .
    The. Solution to political problems is tthe aolishing politics as a career limitig them to one term in a lifetimme ,the baning of donations to political gangs. or groups and putting all tttaxpayer paid employees on one year cntracts with performance baded renumerstion .

  23. A Lurker

    The Dark Side of the Force is strong in Senator Keneally.

  24. Keneally immigrated from the US. She didn’t just get involved in political rhetoric over here, she dived in elbow deep.
    She now wants to deny visas to other Americans who want to talk about their politics and how it might relate to Australia.

  25. Behind Enemy Lines

    Baa Humbug
    #3127358, posted on August 9, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    Keneally immigrated from the US. She didn’t just get involved in political rhetoric over here, she dived in elbow deep.
    She now wants to deny visas to other Americans who want to talk about their politics and how it might relate to Australia.

    This is just the thin edge of the wedge. First, the left pushes a weak and frightened government to ban ‘white supremacists’ visiting from overseas. Then they push to ban ‘white supremacists’ from speaking in public. And then, when the left gets back into government, they define their political opposition — all of it — as ‘white supremacists’, and lower the hammer. Naturally, everyone here at the Cat will automatically be tagged as ‘white supremacists’ and dealt with accordingly.

    It’s exactly what they’re up to in the States right now. That’s why I see it as even more sinister that it’s Keneally who’s pushing this.

    One of the reasons for supporting democracy is that it enables a change of government without violence. What she’s trying to do is make it impossible to change government without violence.

    I would like to hope that someone in the present administration is smart enough to see what this is about, and make a stink.

  26. Dr Fred Lenin

    Kennealy is a good example of why career politics should be banned ,a classic case of a waste of taxpayers money .

  27. Cold-Hands

    #BorderBarbie is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite her frequent rants on social media, she hasn’t really made any impact as the ALP’s attack dog. Her intolerant fulminations are a gift to the Government, who can point to her totalitarian demands as an example of what the ALP would do in power. And the factional power structure means she’s locked into a leadership role for the foreseeable future despite her lack of cut through.

  28. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Right said Fred.

    Sortition would be great. More representative as well.

  29. Matt

    Penny Wong and KK are actually very alike. No one wants to listen to either of them notwithstanding who you vote for. But they are always right, according to themselves….

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