From Hansard: Shorten expected Turnbull to be PM

Mr SHORTEN:    I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Maribyrnong from moving the following motion forthwith:

That this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Seventeen months ago the Prime Minister promised Australian voters a stable, mature and adult government. What has happened? There have been many promises broken by this government, but the promise to run a stable and mature government is arguably the biggest broken promise of this sad government’s last 17 months.

The Australian people, unlike those in the parallel universe the government inhabits, have watched with amazement in the last few weeks and days as the once-great Liberal Party huffs and puffs its way up to a leadership spill. Australians know this government is not working for them. I say to the Liberal backbenchers of this government and to the Liberal frontbenchers: it does not matter who you choose. The problem is not the salesperson; the problem is what you are selling to people.

As for the member for Wentworth, who we just heard from: never has a member wanted so much yet would do so little to get the position! He, the Zorro of the dispatch box, has said that he wants the job but he will not fight for the job. He is prepared to injure his Prime Minister but he leaves his supporters hanging. He is a veritable ball of ambivalence!

But this is not new in his political career. For two long, excruciating decades we were with the Hamlet of the Liberal Party—to be Labor or to be Liberal, that is the question! Oh yes, we like your look. But in the end, John Howard had a better chance of beating Kim Beazley, so lucky Liberal Party! The ball of ambivalence chose the Liberals. And then what did he do when he came to parliament? He stalked poor old Brendan Nelson. What did Brendan Nelson ever do to deserve Malcolm Turnbull stalking him?

But, of course, the member for Wentworth was angsting on the spill motion over the weekend. He was able to be conned by Godwin Grech—and we will never forget that! Then he could not even come to terms with Nick Minchin. And there, the man who would be if he could be, got beaten by Tony Abbott! Not once, not twice but time and time again.

Mr Pyne:  Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The Leader of the Opposition appears to have taken the wrong speech from his office today. Perhaps they were not prepared for the outcome of this morning’s meeting? He clearly appears to be talking about the wrong member of the chamber and you should draw him back to the motion, which is about the Prime Minister.

The SPEAKER:  The Leader of the House makes the point that this is a suspension motion and that the Leader of the Opposition should indeed refer to the suspension motion.

Mr SHORTEN:  I take the point of order from the member for ‘hedging your bets’! I was going to come to the Prime Minister. I do not often agree with the Prime Minister’s policies—in fact I very rarely do. But I felt a little bit on Tony Abbott’s point of view today. I mean, he is not as articulate as the member for Wentworth, but he is a bundle of fight, our Prime Minister. He is superglued to that seat, member for Wentworth, and you are going to have to blast him out!

I admit that our Prime Minister has a lot of energy. He runs around constantly biting his own tail. But at least he knows how to fight for something, member for Wentworth. The real shame of this debacle today—the real shame today—is that it is not who leads the Liberal Party; it is that we have heard not a word of repentance from the government about their unfair budget. Australians sat there, perhaps waiting to see the outcome of the spill that never was. But they waited to see any humility from any member of the government. The Minister for Finance let it out of the bag yesterday on Insiders. The interviewer asked the Minister the Finance:

Has anyone in the ministry ever complained to you about the budget? Have they suggested to you that it was unfair?

And the Minister for Finance said, ‘Not a one.’

Some of them may seek to blame Prince Philip and the knighthood, some of them may seek to blame the absentmindedness of Australian voters, some of them may seek to say that it is the internet or social media and some of the may care to say that if only people understood what they were selling then things would be better. Wrong, wrong and wrong again, people. The problem with this government is that it brought down a budget which broke all the promises it made. They broke their promises. ‘No new taxes’. Tell that to the people paying taxes. ‘No cuts to education’. Tell that to the states losing their funding for schools. Remember the promise about no changes to health care? Tell that to the people paying the GP tax. This nation does not need a new Liberal leader; it needs a new government.

The Australian people are resilient despite this circus that those opposite are running. People are going to work every day, small business is investing and young people are studying and working in the restaurants—working hard. You have got the nurses caring for the sick and the infirm. You have got a lot of people out there in Australia pulling pretty hard, though what you have got is a nation of lifters being led by a government of leaners, and that is the problem in this country. In the last two, three, six and 18 months we have seen this government fail time and time again. This government will not admit that it is not the opinion polls which really matter here. What we have is a government who will not admit that their budget has beaten them. Forget the embroidery of the Australia Day announcement. Forget the embroidery of knights and dames. That shows we have the Prime Minister with a romantic urge for the 1950s—that is life.

It is not the political ineptitude of the government which I worry about; it is their wrong priorities for the nation. They are more interested in Buckingham Palace than Beijing. They are more interested in forcing down an unfair budget, cutting opportunity and cutting hope. If this government wants to learn anything from the last 18 months, we give you this advice: do not cut the pensions, do not cut Medicare, do not introduce a GP tax and do not introduce $100,000 degrees. While you are at it, why don’t you build the Navy submarines in Australia like you promised too? While you are at it, here are some other positive ideas from Labor: maybe we could have a mature debate about becoming a republic in this country? While we are at it, why don’t we do something meaningful on the climate change that the on-again, off-again member for Wentworth believes in?

A government member interjecting

Mr SHORTEN:  He believed it then, but of course we know and Australia knows that in order for the member for Wentworth to blast the Prime Minister from his seat, he has to sell out whatever views he had on climate change. What we see now is a government causing great disarray with the confidence of Australians. There are clear signs on what this government should do. In the next 12 months you should—

A government member:  What would you do, Bill?

Mr SHORTEN:  You are asking what we should do? Do not cut Medicare. Do not wreck the higher education system. Do not touch the pensioners. What we need is a strategy for growth in this country and you do not have it.

Mr Hockey interjecting

Mr SHORTEN:  There is the Treasurer, the ultimate hollow man of Australian politics!

The best proposition we have for this nation is that you drop this budget in its entirety, admit that you have wasted 18 months of the nation’s life that we will not get back. Furthermore, we need to stop the marginalisation of the middle class of Australia. You opened up an attack on the minimum wage in this country. You opened up an attack on the aspiration of Australians to have a decent income. You have abandoned the manufacturing sector in this country. This government dares to tell people that if they had a different message-maker then all would be good.

The fundamental problem in this nation is that the Liberal Party has drifted too far to the right. You no longer represent the mainstream of Australian thinking. In that last budget you certainly bit off more than you could chew, and it was because you broke the covenant of trust with the Australian voters. You can sit there and you can put your hands over your ears and say, ‘None of this is true.’ But the truth of the matter is that Australians have low tolerance for a government who lied their way into office. You do not need different social media. You do not need to have different leaders. What you have to do is to not tell lies to the Australian people. This morning was a debacle. We know it was a debacle, and you know it was a debacle, as are these constant references saying that somehow you have sorted all your issues out. Until you sort out the budget and until you sort out your attack on the working people of Australia, and until you stop intimidating and oppressing the poor and the vulnerable in Australia, your problems will never be fixed.

The Liberal Party has moved the political debate in this country far too much to the extremes. You are an extreme government motivated by an extreme ideology and the member for Wentworth, no matter what he has said in the past, has shown that he is a man prepared to say and do anything to be the Prime Minister of the Liberal Party, and that is not good enough for this country. Australians have not only worked out this Prime Minister; they have worked out the member for Wentworth—a man who will say and do anything to be in power. The answer is clear: we need to have a government who will not cut pensions, who will not introduce— (Time expired)

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I particularly enjoyed this bit:

They broke their promises. ‘No new taxes’. Tell that to the people paying taxes. ‘No cuts to education’. Tell that to the states losing their funding for schools. Remember the promise about no changes to health care? Tell that to the people paying the GP tax.

The ALP standing up for the taxpayer? Why then did the ALP vote to support those tax increases? The other policies such as the GP tax are yet to be introduced.

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66 Responses to From Hansard: Shorten expected Turnbull to be PM

  1. Infidel Tiger

    As soon as the public focuses on Shorten he is going to droop like his enormous, hairy boobs.

    Although he did make a few good points about Mal.

  2. Stimpson J. Cat

    Shorten is a muppet with Bill Ludwigs hand up his…

  3. H B Bear

    LOL

    I move that Peanut Head no longer be heard.

  4. Lol, the ABC and ALP were in cahoots on the plan for forcing a spill.
    The dickheads were so sure it’d work the ALP prepped themselves for parliament in the sure knowledge that their plan would work.

  5. Aussiepundit

    At least we know what to expect if Turnbull takes over.

    Shorten will use a thesaurus to change some of the words, so it doesn’t sound like the same speech again.

  6. AP

    What is this GP tax you speak of?
    Will GPs pay extra income tax?

  7. Leo G

    Bill Shorten’s strategy for growth:
    Do not cut Medicare. Do not wreck the higher education system. Do not touch the pensioners.

  8. Infidel Tiger

    Shorten put on his best Xavier College Boilermaker’s accent for today’s effort.

    Social climbing creep that he is.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Do not touch the pensioners.

    Pity the ALP won’t extend that courtesy to kiddies.

  10. Ant

    How many times did he check that the TV camera was filming him on his good side – Julio Iglesias style?

  11. candy

    JC used to say exactly the same thing about Ms Gillard being superglued to her PM’s chair and would have to be blasted out. I remember because it always amused me so much when he said it.

    Could BShorten have been reading Catallaxy? because the wording is identical, or just co-incidence.

  12. mareeS

    Shorten’s a mug.

    I wish Abbott had recited the St Crispin speech to the party room yesterday, especially the line “We would not die in that man’s company.”

    If there’s one thing about Abbott after the past few days, it looks like he will die standing, not live on his knees. And maybe not die at all.

    Some backing from the party base out here in voterland has helped.

    Much as I hated Gillard, she had the same guts, I have to give her that.

  13. mareeS

    What is the GP tax?

    It’s $35 for me at my local GP.

    That’s the difference between what I pay and what I get back from Medicare.

    Being self-insured, I don’t qualify for bulk billing at our GP. A $5 or $7 co-payment won’t make any difference, as I only visit the doc to get routine checks done every 2 years or so. And before people start, I’m 59, swim 2km per day and take no medication, so my tax is subsidising you lot and my husband, who eats 8 pills for breakfast and 3 for dessert.

  14. It’s $35 for me at my local GP.

    I won’t even ask what you do to get it that low MareeS. It is often over $100 for me.

    Perhaps I shouldn’t let him keep talking for so long about politics & stuff?

  15. Mater

    Misdirected as the monologue may have been, at least they didn’t plagiarise from a movie this time.

  16. notafan

    12 years at Xavier including membership the debating team, good old Bill the working class hero.
    Decrease taxes, increase spending on pensions, health and education.

    What a dog’s breakfast.
    I’ll bet he went back to his office and blasted hell out of someone for giving him a cold pie oops I mean the wrong speech.

  17. Stimpson J. Cat

    Notafan
    Don’t forget the unlucky staffer who had to keep the nipples warm.

  18. notafan

    Don’t know what you mean Stimpy 🙂

  19. My jaw, it droppeth.

    Just when I thought the ALP could not further demonstrate its absolute degeneracy beyond rescue, it’s gone and done it.

    I would vote Yes to a referendum proposing the banning and dissolution of the Australian Labor Party as it currently exists, on the grounds that such a course would constitute a corporeal act of mercy to the rank and file members.

  20. Gab

    Mr SHORTEN: I move

    I wish you would, to another freakin’ country.

  21. Gab

    More from Hansard.

    Mr ABBOTT (Warringah—Prime Minister) (15:18): Well, I will say this, Madam Speaker: we are not going to take lessons in unity from a Leader of the Opposition who backstabbed two prime ministers.

    We have heard members opposite talking a lot about a vote of 61-39. Well, I tell you what, Madam Speaker, that is better than Bill Shorten got when he last went before his party room. That is better than Bill Shorten got when he last went before the caucus.

    They spent $2.5 billion putting pink batts into people’s roofs. That killed people. And then they spent the money pulling them out. They spent more than $17 billion on overpriced school halls. They promised to spend $43 billion on a National Broadband Network that was going nowhere fast.

    The Labor Party’s idea of promoting economic growth is simply to spend money that they do not have. It is not just modern Labor that spends money on things like pink batts that catch fire in people’s roofs, school halls that cost double or triple what they should cost and a National Broadband Network that was going nowhere fast; Labor in Victoria is now proposing to spend $1 billion not to build a road. That is their idea of economic growth—spending money not to build a road.

  22. notafan

    Sounds like Abbott does a darn sight better of the cuff than Shorten

  23. dianeh

    Shorten

    What we need is a strategy for growth in this country and you do not have it.

    The only growth strategy the ALP have is increases in govt spending, funded by debt, to increase the size of the GDP.

    They have no clue how to grow the non govt sector of the economy. Their policies are so anti growth, that I doubt they can grow the govt sector fast enough to overshadow the slow down in the private sector from their ridiculous policies.

  24. Seco

    Has there ever been a time previously in history where the country has been led by a bigger bunch of self interested fuckwits than now?

    That speech was atrocious, but I bet the little creep Shorten thought he was hilarious. Who wrote that howler??

  25. Seco

    And this is where a few Libs should come out and start putting the spotlight on Labor’s private lives.

  26. Tel

    I say to the Liberal backbenchers of this government and to the Liberal frontbenchers: it does not matter who you choose. The problem is not the salesperson; the problem is what you are selling to people.

    You would know, Bill. Your party spent years selling the same stuff, and now you are just repeating what you got told back then.

  27. Tel

    You can sit there and you can put your hands over your ears and say, ‘None of this is true.’ But the truth of the matter is that Australians have low tolerance for a government who lied their way into office.

    Can’t argue with him there. Shorten is the expert, he knows exactly what he is talking about.

  28. Bribiejohn

    Little man, big head (up himself), small mind!

  29. Fred Lenin.

    Shorten is a dickhead ,a shop steward with a dodgy uni degree,he probably rated 32 out of 100 ,but so did 80 per cent of his fellow students ,you can’t fail them all ,looks bad ,so anyone who isn’t a complete moron gets a “degree”. This goes on since “universities ” started breeding like Rabbits when Hawkies and keetodont “solved Yoof unemployment by turning idiots into “students” .

  30. Cold-Hands

    From Hansard: Shorten expected Turnbull to be PM

    It’s instructive that the ALP Brains Trust (I use the term advisedly) thought that Mr Abbott getting rolled was the inevitable outcome of the LNP party room meeting. Because that’s whats would have happened if the circumstances were reversed. The ALP is so poll sensitive it knifed both Rudd and Gillard because of their poll standing. At least the LNP has not sunk so low.

  31. Spider

    I see Shorten pushing the Right wing extremist meme this morning. So this is their strategy. Portray the government as being extreme and not in tune with the public. The old pincer routine.

  32. duncanm

    As Bolt noted out yesterday, and Gab above quoted above, Abbott was much better off the cuff once he got a bit of mongrel back.

  33. Token

    As Bolt noted out yesterday, and Gab above quoted above, Abbott was much better off the cuff once he got a bit of mongrel back

    If he is true to his previous form he’ll revert to the shattered shell who is afraid of his own shadow this morning.

  34. john constantine

    The swampies on facetwit are pushing this speech as the equal of gillards ‘man looking at his watch’ speech.

    Listing the evil of tories in bullet points was all shortfilth had to do.

    Imagine their abc if Abbottbeast had launched into a speech attacking rudd instead of gillard?.

  35. sabrina

    That lone photo of Abbott in the parliament reminds me of what these parliamentarians think of us taxpayers. At least Tony is there.

  36. .

    I saw Shorten this morning on Sky in a soft interview with Kieran Gilbert.

    The ALP is interested in the supply side! Pity that his plans involved “education” and “productivity”, with no actual policy to improve these – besides spending bucketloads of taxpayer’s money on wasteful schemes.

    Their entire policy platform is a sham.

  37. DB

    As soon as the public focuses on Shorten he is going to droop like his enormous, hairy boobs.

    Haha!

  38. Copperfield

    12 years at Xavier including membership the debating team

    Notafan,you have summed up Shorten.

  39. john constantine

    Shortfilths policy for growth is to abandon manufacturing in Australia.

    Borrowing towards a trillion dollar debt, the swampies plan to use debt to fund the services economy, to have herds of swampies training other swampies to train proto-swampies to supervise,regulate and raise the awareness of ‘the people’.

    Any excuse to create a debt munching voteherd will be rushed with billions of borrowed dollars worth of timebombs.

    Why make things that have to compete on the open market with productive economies?. Shortfilth gives people nice ways to fillin their emptyness, doing things with feelings, and power over others, and govvie benefits, damn tories make people go to work and pay their bills.

  40. Andrew

    Labor in Victoria is now proposing to spend $1 billion not to build a road. That is their idea of economic growth—spending money not to build a road.

    Yes. More of this. Don’t let them capture the “growth” meme. ALP built school halls and is paying $1bn to CANCEL freeways. Baird is building road, rail, ports. When RGR wasted $40bn on unproductive assets, growth was impeded for 4 years and continues to weigh on growth today due to the debt burden.

    Question to the SLF: what % of ALP’s “stimulus” was spent on assets that generated a commercial return and therefore “growth” and jobs?
    Follow up: what % was spent while the U.S. GDP was shrinking as opposed to AFTER the recession? The people need to hear this stuff.

  41. Pusnip

    More proof that Shorten is scared of Turnbull as leader, but back in his comfort zone with Abbott.

  42. john constantine

    You cannot attack the swampies, the wimminses hear the aggression and cry on social media because the Abbottbeast is mean.

    The response then becomes a blushing beast apologising that, umm, errr he didn’t errr ummm mean to seem ummm beastly, err to peoples ummm feelings.

    Double up, they hate you and want to kill you anyway, the people that simply do not care about numbers do not know what a billion is, there was a committed socialist abc announcer that mocked my texts on radio one day, laughing that there was someone out there that thought she was going to read out texts packed with numbers. She simply couldn’t convert the number 1,000,000,000 to the word billion in her head.

    –I did learn from that, when writing to swampies, always use words not numbers, they cannot grasp numerals.

  43. cuckoo

    She simply couldn’t convert the number 1,000,000,000 to the word billion in her head.

    Some years ago, at the time of the GFC, I was trapped in a hospital waiting room with daytime TV. Kerri-Anne Kennerly was hosting a panel of luvvies (the only one I remember is Jennie Brockie) and the question of how much a ‘trillion’ is came up. They were all wrong, but being luvvies, that didn’t dent their confidence. KAK herself had to steal a quick look at her clipboard before announcing decisively…another wrong answer. They were obviously deluged with phone calls during the ad break, and sheepishly corrected themselves thereafter.

  44. Andrew

    Imagine their abc if Abbottbeast had launched into a speech attacking rudd instead of gillard?.

    Imagine if he attacked anything? I see the “relentless negativity” meme is dead.

  45. .

    Borrowing towards a trillion dollar debt, the swampies plan to use debt to fund the services economy, to have herds of swampies training other swampies to train proto-swampies to supervise,regulate and raise the awareness of ‘the people’.

    Yep, this is right.

    If the world economy tanks, we’re in a heap of trouble. Remember the export share of GDP in Australia is large. Many exporters pay large tax bills and have very high inter-industry multipliers. Do not take this lightly.

    Also – look at our Federal budget. It is near 1/4 of the US 1996 budget. That was 20 years ago – but they also has a population about 13 times our size now.

    We’re spending about 3-4 times as much as we need to. This has to end or we’re going to be a sclerotic basket case. Each new tax or tax hike to raise revenue will crush productivity and disposable incomes. We’re destroying our living standards at the altar of big government.

  46. Ivan Denisovich

    I see the “relentless negativity” meme is dead.

    Indeed. And nobody should be surprised:

    For instance, as Shorten was leaving with his leadership team, Stephen Conroy gave a friendly pat on the back to one of the Labor party’s sycophants from the Sydney Morning Herald as if to say: ‘I know we are batting on the same side, mate, and thanks a lot for going easy on us.’ Shorten’s modus operandi is pretty clear already: there is no need to answer the question you are asked; just answer a different one; better still, just mouth some inane cliché, because the press gallery do not have the spunk or the intellect to challenge or correct you. Shorten’s gem was, ‘Northern Australia is a very important part of Australia.’ I was waiting to hear him say, ‘The children of today are the citizens of tomorrow.’
    Worse than letting him get away with this rubbish, the gallery did not even seem to appreciate or react to the enormity of some of the things he was saying. For instance, when asked about the absurd policy that he was promoting during the leadership contest that the ALP should have quotas in its parliamentary ranks for minority groups like women, Aboriginals and even down to the micro-detail of the intersex community, he replied that it was disgraceful that such minority groups ‘are not represented in the parliament’. Really? I thought MPs represented everyone in their electorates. It is an insult to minorities to say they are not represented in their own parliament and it is an insult to MPs to say they are not representing minority groups already. But of course, no one in the press gallery was astute enough or courageous enough to question him about the false premise in this bizarre policy.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/andrewbolt/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/the_gallery_is_saving_shorten_from_himself/

    One of many examples of the stenographers’ double standards.

  47. .

    Dyslexia and unchained USD – when properly analysed, the ratio falls to 20% – looks like we’re still spending 3-4 times as much as we “need” to…

  48. Leo G

    Labor in Victoria is now proposing to spend $1 billion not to build a road. That is their idea of economic growth—spending money not to build a road.

    I’m no economist, but isn’t GDP based on value added- it increases when an enterprise cuts its use of resources to produce the same output. So not building the road cuts the intermediate consumption to zero, but produces a $1 billion return to the enterprise that would otherwise have needed to build something to get a return. So the whole $1 billion adds to GDP.
    Maybe?
    Maybe I’ve been reading too many Labor policy summaries.

  49. Ubique

    Given that the spill motion was really a contest between Abbott and the pretender Turnbull, you’d have to say that the margin of 22 in favour of the PM was a very substantial improvement on his one vote victory at their 2009 head to head encounter.

  50. Nic

    Interestingly, as much as people are talking about Abbott, I’ve not heard anyone either in the media or personally either name Shorten or speak of him as a positive choice as PM.

  51. john constantine

    The faceless men just put shortfilth up there as a rope a dope strategy.

    The enemies of socialism were meant to make themselves look mean by kicking shorten around, the same way tories stomp puppies and kittens.

    Then the bait and switch just before the winnable election, the swampbase gets all excited by ‘shiny and new’ and floods the volunteer thing, social media gets all excited by shiny new and free, wearing out their like button.

    The plan was, shorten gets called into a room, and shown a few minutes of videos and pictures of the stuff he thought was in peoples forgetteries. shorten resigns, and gets appointed to half a dozen union superannuation fund boards or governor-general/president.

    If it doesn’t go to plan, Australia gets Caligula on medication with the authority to borrow and spend a trillion dollars on the country’s credit card.

  52. Tim Neilson

    Leo G
    #1599094, posted on February 10, 2015 at 10:34 am
    From a Victorian perspective that’s not right.
    $1 billion of our money goes to Lend Lease and the rest of the consortium who (quite rightly) are at liberty to deploy that anywhere they like – and they’d have to be psychotic to leave it anywhere near Andrews and his CFMEU puppetmasters, so the chances of it being deployed in Victoria are negligible.
    Given Abbott’s federal aid proposal of about $3 billion (of which, just on normal ratios, about 1/4 would fall on Victorian taxpayers), about $1.5 billion would need to be directly spent by Victoria to get the road. So $1.5 billion plus (3 billion times about 1/4 i.e.) $750 million – $2.25 billion – to get a road costing in total twice that, or $1 billion not to get a road. Net cost to Victoria to get the road, $1.25 billion.
    Anyone who believes that the road wouldn’t have a stratospheric ROC, from Victoria’s perspective, on $1.25 billion isn’t a sentient life form. Take a look at a map of Melbourne’s major roads, then think about toll roads which cost much more to the operator to build and on which they make substantial commercial profits.

  53. Up The Workers!

    I am still waiting for the A.L.P.B.C., Fauxfacts and the A.L.P. propaganda Departments at Channels 7, 9 & 10 to mount a cogent, well-reasoned argument as to why it is that they strongly believe that a cowardly accused rapist and child molester would make a better, more respectable Prime Minister, than a decent, community-minded family man who is also a Rhodes Scholar.

    When is Short Willy going to pay back the $20 million (WITH INTEREST) that his criminal former Party Federal President stole from members of the H.S.U.?

  54. Michael

    Excellent speech by Shorten, one of his best.

    If the current government don’t lift their game he could be PM very soon.

  55. Leigh Lowe

    Given that the spill motion was really a contest between Abbott and the pretender Turnbull, you’d have to say that the margin of 22 in favour of the PM was a very substantial improvement on his one vote victory at their 2009 head to head encounter.

    In the “through the looking glass world” of the ABC, that is Malcolm “making up ground”.

  56. Tiny Dancer

    Excellent speech from a grub who should stick to youth camps.

  57. Tim Neilson

    Excellent dismally mediocre and laughable speech by Shorten, one of his best.

    If the current government don’t lift their game he could be PM very soon.”
    FIFY

  58. JohnA

    Salvatore at the Pub #1598767, posted on February 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    The dickheads were so sure it’d work the ALP prepped themselves for parliament in the sure knowledge that their plan would work.

    And, as the Ancient Greeks had to remind us Hubris is followed by Nemesis

  59. Jim

    “Shorten expected Turnbull to be PM.” He probably did, but I bet he is ecstatic that Abbott is still PM…..

    The ALP won yesterday without even having to do anything. Abbott and the own-goal-scoring front bench are still in charge, and the ALP don’t need to lift a finger to be competitive (perhaps win) the next election.

  60. notafan

    The left have been desperate to get rid of Abbott666 since forever

    They are gutted a right living never divorced family man is PM. Right from election night when it was clear LNP were winning and Red Kerry blurted out a DLP comment. The squealing over him spending a day helping in the fires, the squealing he didn’t dash straight to the SA fires, winkgate, war with Indonesia, an international embarrassment, it just goes on and on and on.

    Either they think Malcolm friend of the ABC pro ETS Turnbull is one of them or they think an LNP with a leadership change is political suicide for the LNP , I can’t imagine them getting the same mileage out of Turnbull. The memes aren’t there.
    They wanted Malcolm and they thought they were going to get him.
    You can be a multi millionaire socialist
    They all love Al Gore, after all

  61. Mr Rusty

    Shorten and his pets at the ABC weren’t the only ones expecting PM Turnbull.
    On Saturday whilst flicking through TTT (Trash Terrestial Tele) Channel 9 were billing something that looked like a boxing promo complete with dramatic music – “Abbott v Turnbull. Leadership battle, Showdown” blah, blah, blah.
    There had been no challenge from Lord Wentworth, the spill vote had not even happened yet, Abbott had not lost, even if he had there was no certainty that Turnbull would stand…all facts that seem to have completely passed over the Numpties at Nine. It was plain wishful thinking, only now they look like absolute tools. I expect the other channels were the same which means, having now been embarassed by Abbott, they will raise the ‘GetAbbott’ level to UltraMegaDefconOne.

  62. Alfonso

    Ludwig calls his poodle “Hero”….as in the Hero of Beaconsfield, Electric Bill’s achievements in mine rescue haven’t gone unnoticed.

  63. Old School Conservative

    notafan
    #1599370, posted on February 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm
    The left have been desperate to get rid of Abbott666 since forever

    They are gutted a right living never divorced family man is PM.
    I am glad that Tony Abbott is a polarising figure. If he does fulfil his election promises, and also privatises the ABC, then voters will have a clear choice between the totalitarian approach of the trade union party and a conservative government. The left will hate him but the majority of voters will prefer an economy which gives them room to succeed personally.

  64. Linden

    Here here!! I 2nd the motion

  65. Copperfield

    Ha Ha….Shorten spent more than a decade at Xavier…abundant uberibus.

  66. hzhousewife

    They wanted Malcolm and they thought they were going to get him.
    You can be a multi millionaire socialist
    They all love Al Gore, after all

    In fact, our most avid socialists can only stick to their convictions because
    they are multi millionaires – Keating and his pig farm, Richo and Alpine Offset,
    Julia and her self-funded educational sinecure

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