Rob “Mr Judgement” Oakshott

Rob Oakeshott to the Australian Online:

I don’t know what will happen at next ballot, but I will turn up and stand in front of my community and say Pacific Highway tick; hospital funding tick; university funding tick; regional development finally underway, tick; certainty from an emissions trading scheme, tick.

If someone can do better, great. If some political party manages to win the rhetoric then so be it.

You can only do what you can do – my focus is on making good judgment calls.

Such great judgement calls as:

  • helping a government pass legislation that it specifically ruled out before the election (ie: assisting the government break a promise) TICK
  • seeking a position on the Gillard Government front bench TICK
  • seeking the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives TICK
  • betraying his electorate TICK
  • being distressed and cancelling meetings with the Leader of the Opposition because the National Party might actually stand a candidate in the next election against him TICK
I suspect his electorate will examine his record of judgement at the next election and place a number next to his name well above 1.
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60 Responses to Rob “Mr Judgement” Oakshott

  1. Abu Chowdah

    He’s a megalomaniac. Complete historic defeat at the ballot will always be someone else’s problem, not his. The man’s a fuckwit.

  2. Adrien

    I suspect his electorate will examine his record of judgement at the next election and place a number next to his name well above

    Is he still talking to his electorate? Is this hubris or confidence? Because if it’s confidence and if the other independents likewise have it and it has some kind of foundation than anyone who runs the next government is going to have a hard time of it.

  3. JamesK

    Oakshitt coulda brought home the bacon backing Abbott as well which would have insured his seat for 20 years.

    Jones got it perfectly right on 7.30 the other night.

  4. Apart from his very annoying performance when he announced support for Gillard, he sounds to me principled and reasonable in interviews since.

    Is this blog going for some sort of record for longest dummy spit over an election loss?

  5. Quentin George

    steve, the voters of Port Macquarie disagree with you. Indeed, even here in the ACT the common description of Oakeshott is “git”.

  6. JamesK

    Well I think – no, no, what you said about Oakeshott and Windsor, surely you’d have to be brain dead, wouldn’t you, to represent a conservative electorate which voted overwhelmingly against a carbon tax and then vote in favour of a carbon tax knowing that your political career is finished. If that’s not brain dead, I don’t know what it is.

    LEIGH SALES: No, but they might not view it as brain dead because they might think, “Well, I’m standing up for what I believe.”

    ALAN JONES: But I think they’re brain dead for behaving in that way. You’d have to be brain dead. Oakeshott’s got a family, he’s got little kids. Where the hell’s he gonna get a job, this bloke?

  7. daddy dave

    University funding: they were already getting funded.
    hospital funding: comes from the states, and as far as I can recall, they’ve been getting money for some time before Gillard became PM.
    regional development: Not underway at all. The Gillard government has launched full-frontal attacks on the two major regional employers, mining and agriculture.

    If Oakshott’s buying this fantasy that the NBN will turn country towns into miniature tech hubs, he’s a fool.

    He’s been bamboozled by the Labor spin doctors with their charts and pretty pictures.

  8. Quentin George

    daddy dave, Oakeshott actually even voted against allowing students in regional electorates access to Ausstudy. And not on small government grounds.

  9. Token

    The great saviour of the environment is in a lot of trouble in Port Macquarie over this issue…

    Rob Oakeshott ‘intervened’ for campaign donor in toxic waste dumping case

    The legal paths have closed, but the local community is ropeable over the way it all turned out.

  10. JC

    I think both of these idiots are poisoned by national party fights.

    Oakeshitt that someone in the Nationals once made a racist disparaging comment about his wife for which he’s always held a grudge it seems. The only problem is that it may have been one person or a few, but it wasn’t the entire the party. He was a national party adviser at one stage.

    Windsor was thrown out of pre-selection over some drink driving charge in the early 90’s.

    Both of these are spewing venom at the Right anytime they have a chance.

    However it seems to be the end of the road for both. Oakeshott is basically an idiot. However the old lezzo is truly once of the worst snakes I’ve ever seen in politics…. a total and complete grub of a human being.

    that’s why their policy choices seem hodgepodge.

  11. C.L.

    principled and reasonable

    Hi Alan, I’m a dedicated Liberal voter but I must say I like the cut of that Mr Oakeshott’s jib.

  12. No Worries

    All I can think is he has enormous personal charm that doesn’t come across on the TV. How else to explain a 26% primary vote, unless a lot of sob’s relatives live in Port Macquarie.
    Ironic that sob uses the term ‘dummy spit’, given his previous tumultuous departures from this blog.

  13. Quentin George

    I think both of these idiots are poisoned by national party fights.

    That’s pretty much it. Their bitterness over past fights with their former party effectively poisoned them. They’re effectively Mal Colston without the eating disorder.

  14. Yes, his electorate is really suffering under him:

    UNEMPLOYMENT on the Mid-North Coast has fallen to a new record low, Independent Lyne MP Rob Oakeshott said today. Mr Oakeshott said the latest Small Area Labour Market data revealed the jobless rate for the Lyne electorate had been kept to 5.9 per cent in the first half of 2011 – an unprecedented result for the region.

  15. JC

    Steve:

    As a regional Arts undergrad, do you really think anything you say that is so transparent can ever get past the bullshit detector here?

    I don’t actually find that above stupid comment offensive but the fact that you have the temerity, the impulse, to actually try it on is. That’s truly offensive.

    But also why waste your time? Who do you think finds any shit you say even 1/2 way credible? Ummmm.

  16. JC

    Steve.

    The electorate doesn’t care. Oakeshott is a goner. There’s as much chance him voted in there as you would, as a Greens candidate.

    No one cares. He’s gone.

  17. Token

    Yes, his electorate is really suffering under him:

    So Steve, are you saying that all local members are responsible and should be held accountable for the unemployment in their electorate?

    I’m happy to go along with this statement as I’m confident which party has the largest number of electorates where unemployment exceeds the national average.

  18. Julia’s been doing OK with the Queen’s visit too. Just wearing that silver dress instead of a pants suit for a change will probably get her a 1% vote increase from the same pensioners who don’t understand carbon pricing.

  19. No Worries

    Sales was quite an idiot with Jones. She has come down in my estimation.
    Memo to Leigh Sales : Oakeshott could have “stood up for what he believed” at the election, not “change his mind” like Gillard.
    He played his electorate for saps on the carbon tax issue.
    Oakeshott now shares the same primary vote percentage a labor nationally. What a coincidencce, not.

  20. JC

    Julia’s been doing OK with the Queen’s visit too. Just wearing that silver dress instead of a pants suit for a change will probably get her a 1% vote increase from the same pensioners who don’t understand carbon pricing

    That’s right Steve. Pry on the weak and less able. How Roman Catholic of you.

  21. Tiny Dancer

    Good work stevie. Still on the blog where you hate everyone and most think you are a tool.

    That 1% will sort things out. Dummy

  22. No Worries

    sob goes off topic and runs away. What a surprising tactic.

  23. Jeez it’s hard to please people here. Either I’m being told to go away, permanently, or stay and fight.

    Anyhoo, I have to eat dinner.

    If Rob Oakeshott is gone, it will be just as a result of the of the whole “fake crisis” that I am indicating is not actually happening in his electorate. Nor the rest of Australia, for that matter. At least at this point in time!

  24. Infidel Tiger

    Oakeshott and Steve could be twins politically. Two raving nancies who still believe they are conservatives despite all evidence being against them.

  25. Election night will be magnificent fun. Watching these numbskulls disappear into electoral oblivion. I can hardly wait.

  26. No Worries

    “fake crisis”
    been there done that.

  27. No Worries

    Dandy,
    Windsor will disappoint you by not standing for re-election. Oakeshott however, will be blind to the writing on the wall and suffer a massive flame-out at the polls.

  28. Fleeced

    Windsor will disappoint you by not standing for re-election. Oakeshott however, will be blind to the writing on the wall and suffer a massive flame-out at the polls.

    I’m looking forward to his concession speech… he might go full Turnbull, but with actual tears (something along the lines of “News Limited is the company that broke this electorate’s heart…”)

  29. Gab

    it will be just as a result of the of the whole “fake crisis” that I am indicating is not actually happening in his electorate.

    You and oakeshott are birds of a feather. Both of you ostriches, heads buried in sand.

  30. Quentin George

    steve, you really are the most delusional person ever to post on the Internet. And I’m including Homer Paxton.

  31. Irving J

    “certainty from an emissions trading scheme”

    whats that, the new way of softening the blow, sounds like certainty from a 2 year prison stint.

    apparently people don’t care if they are being taxed and priced into oblivion they just want “certainty” thats its going to happen…

    socialist asswipes

  32. Leigh Lowe

    Hey Rob …. hey are some things you might want to insert between all those Ticks to represent your political longevity.
    Tock, Tock, Tock, Tock, Tock, Tock, Tock, Tock …… BOOM

  33. manalive

    pensioners who don’t understand carbon pricing….

    Patronizing pensioners, patronizing the electorate in general, is Labor’s current problem.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    The voters of Lyne circa 2013 (hopefully sooner).

    One egotistical plonker thrown in the Rubbish Bin of Politics (Tick)

  35. Leigh Lowe

    What did Alan Jones say on 7:30?
    He stated the obvious – that Oakeshitt will get the arse big-time at the next election.
    What was unsaid (but implied) is that the tool is unemployable and will probably end up packing shelves at Safeway.

  36. C.L.

    Robbie and the Old Lezo are lying, I suspect, when they say they’ll stand again. They both know they’re gone. The pair of dogs will say anything.

  37. C.L.

    Sales was quite an idiot with Jones. She has come down in my estimation.

    Ditto. Remember, when Paul Keating calls people brain dead etc, it’s really funny and cool.

  38. Leigh Lowe

    Absolutely right Manalive.
    The “Convoy of Incontinence” line must have caused heaps of chortling among the latte set but I could almost hear the dentures being ground around the country.
    Albo and co will pay big for that cheap shot.

  39. Alexander

    certainty from an emissions trading scheme

    But Mr Oakshotte, we don’t have that! Mr Abbott is promising to dismantle it, and even if the Opposition wins the next election, we have no idea how intransigent Labor will be in the Senate, or (if we need a double dissolution) if they’ll win that. In fact, Ms Gillard and various business leaders have complaining about the fact that we still don’t have it.

    If we wanted certainty from an emissions trading scheme, you have certainly not delivered that.

    If we wanted certainty about carbon pricing, the very worst thing you can possibly do is introduce it when it is such a partisan issue—especially when there’s nothing like “a lasting and deep community consensus” the prime minister thinks we need to bring it in.

  40. wreckage

    If Rob Oakeshott is gone, it will be just as a result of the of the whole “fake crisis” that I am indicating is not actually happening in his electorate.

    No, it will be because he did the exact opposite of what his electorate wanted him to. How is that irreconcilable with your worldview? Here, let me give you the run-down. Conservative electorate, conservative independent representative, goes with the furthest-left ALP government since Whitlam, to form government with the Greens, who anyone who makes a living from agriculture, forestry or mining hate almost as much as the Greens hate them.

    Thereafter instead of acting like an independent he locks-in hard and supports the government in every detail, acting considerably less independently than a Nats candidate in a Coalition government.

    Let me make this perfectly clear: rural electorates vote Indie for the deal-making power indies are perceived as having. So, one: they required him to move conservative or centrist, not solidly left. Two: they sure as hell didn’t vote him in to put the Greens foot on the rural economy’s neck. Three: they expected him to actively broker deals on a play-by-play basis and to frankly hold the government to ransom at every opportunity, not be a loyal lap-dog.

    He has failed at everything. He’s not even a wild-card.

    Basically the dude wanted to knife the Nats and the rurals. He’s living the dream, away from his nasty redneck voters and their small-town concerns, soaring like the eagle he always knew he was. Same with Windsor. Since neither will ever grow a moral or social conscience they will die happy. However they will also have locked their seats in for Lib or Nat majorities for a decade, which amounts to a win for the Coalition, who lose two thorns in their side and gain two safe seats.

    Typical short-term thinking from narcissists, but I consider it win-win. They get their glory, I get my rural conservative solidarity. Ain’t life grand?

  41. Rebel with cause

    Yep these blokes are brain dead. Both could have gone with Abbot and got pork for their electorates. They then could have been comfortably re-elected or alternatively, become semi-retired into a cushy government job courtesy of a grateful Liberal government. Instead, they will be turfed out by an angry electorate and the Labor party is going to have enough trouble finding jobs for their party faithful, let alone these two clowns.

    Couldn’t have worked out better for the Coalition really. The only rural independents that are going to get elected now are those that can prove they hate Labor and the Greens even more than the Coalition candidate they are running against does. Short of promising to give Bob Brown a black-eye as your first act in parliament,

  42. Rebel with cause

    … Short of promising to give Bob Brown a black-eye as your first act of parliament, that is likely to be a tough sell for a while.

  43. No Worries

    Just to be clear sob – going off topic is running away.

  44. Windsor won’t stand again. He quite obviously has Parkinson’s disease. Or he’s in a constant state of alchohol withdrawal.

  45. .

    LEIGH SALES: No, but they might not view it as brain dead because they might think, “Well, I’m standing up for what I believe.”

    ALAN JONES: But I think they’re brain dead for behaving in that way. You’d have to be brain dead. Oakeshott’s got a family, he’s got little kids. Where the hell’s he gonna get a job, this bloke?

    Ah good times.

  46. .

    Windsor won’t stand again. He quite obviously has Parkinson’s disease. Or he’s in a constant state of alchohol withdrawal.

    Has he been investigated by the NSW Police or AFP for false allegations against John Anderson?

    Anyone want to get Sen. Brandis onto this important project?

    Remember there are some specific exceptions to Parliamentary privilege.

  47. AndrewL

    I like Jones’ thinking: RO has a young family, therefore he should sell his ideals for cash.

    Is anyone aware whether Oakeshott or Windsor had a stance on a carbon price during their election campaigns? If so it would have been quite hypocritical not to back the wishes of their electorate.

  48. twostix

    Is anyone aware whether Oakeshott or Windsor had a stance on a carbon price during their election campaigns? If so it would have been quite hypocritical not to back the wishes of their electorate.

    He sure as shit didn’t put forward a stance that if elected he’d join a hard left Labor / Greens alliance.

    Also he has no ideals, he’s a megalomaniac, that’s been apparent since he was humping Iemmas leg begging for a state cabinet seat and threatening Iemma that he’d quit NSW parliament if he didn’t get one.

    Some “independent”.

  49. Jim Rose

    he’s a megalomaniac

    are lot of independent MPs are megalomaniacs

    goes with the territory, the self-belief, and the willingness to go out on your own rather rather then get a seat through working well with others in a party.

  50. Feral Abacus

    Serves the pissant right. Watching the inevitable electoral tidal wave sweep him flat on his arse will be most satisfying. The voters of Lyne now know they elected a deceptive, vacillating grub and they’re itching to right their wrongs.

  51. daddy dave

    I like Jones’ thinking: RO has a young family, therefore he should sell his ideals for cash.

    No the thinking goes like this: Oakshott has a young family, therefore he shouldn’t recklessly throw his career away like this.

  52. F'legend

    Just wearing that silver dress instead of a pants suit for a change will probably get her a 1% vote increase

    Im not sure she would get a 1% boost from her fashion sense. Terms like “dropped pie” and “bag of bashed crabs” come to mind. If she was religious she would thank God for the likes of Helen Clark.

    Steve lets get back to judging juliar on her performance and not her appearance

  53. AndrewL

    Oakeshott has a law degree. I’m sure he’ll be able to feed the kids, besides I hear Lyne has very low unemployment. It is nice of Alan to show concern, Rob would be very touched. Maybe he will explain ethics to Alan in return.

    I appreciate the irony of this posted on a site espousing libertarian ideals.

    goes with the territory, the self-belief, and the willingness to go out on your own rather rather then get a seat through working well with others in a party.

  54. JamesK

    Oakeshott has a law degree

    Which he studied for and obtained from Macquarie Uni whilst a state memeber for Macquarie.

    Oakshitt has never worked as a lawyer and he hasn’t done an articled clerkship.

    I rather suspect a Labor donor has given him an informal gaurantee of a post parliamentary career employment for 3 years but we’ll never ever know.

    Watch for the job he takes up within 6 months of his electoral drubbing.

  55. Oakshitt has never worked as a lawyer and he hasn’t done an articled clerkship.

    He would only need to do a 3 month course and work in a practice for a year or so to get his practicing certificate. Not a big challenge.

    But I agree a job via the mates is more on the cards.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    “Windsor won’t stand again. He quite obviously has Parkinson’s disease. Or he’s in a constant state of alchohol withdrawal.”

    I don’t see any signs that he has withdrawn from alcohol

  57. Leigh Lowe

    “I rather suspect a Labor donor has given him an informal gaurantee of a post parliamentary career employment for 3 years but we’ll never ever know.”

    “But I agree a job via the mates is more on the cards.”

    You think?
    I had been thinking what the lifeboat would be for these two idiots and keep coming up with a few snags.
    Possibly a cushy job with the NSW State Labor Government …. bugger. What about the Victorian State Labor Government …. ditto.
    What ever happens in SA and Queensland over the next couple of years any State Government appointing either of these tools to any job other than street-sweeping would be signing their death warrant.
    The ACTU or the Unions? I doubt it.
    It could only come from the private sector and any private firm employing these two would have to have ZERO hopes of doing business with ANY LNP administration in the country … not to mention the boycott from other private firms and individuals.
    The only possibility I can think of is the ACT ‘Government’.

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