Why the Albo love-in?

Why is it that so many conservatives love Anthony Albanese?  download (1) In today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen gives Albo, a creature of the Left and inner-city trendies, an A for his performance this year.

Because he stood up for what he believes in at the ALP conference – encouraging people to get on ricketty boats having paid some scumbag an exorbitant amount of money and standing a fair chance of drowning.  That makes sense?

Actually, he is a real pest in the House (he is not the Leader of Opposition Business) calling out all the time and shouting when he thinks his ‘legacy’ is being questioned.

And the reality is that he was a shocking Minister for Infrastructure and other things, giving as many favours as he possibly could to his union mates.

  • Establishing the Road Transport Remuneration Tribunal within the Fair Work Commission to arbitrate rates of pay (in the name of safety, you must realise) in order to punish mum and dad operators who refuse to join up to the TWU (a favour demanded by the TWU (Tony Sheldon);
  • Running with some sort of ridiculous policy to ‘save’ Australian shipping as a favour to his mates at the MUA, including a series of ridiculous tax concesssions;
  • Signing off on a whole lot of dodgy infrastructure projects (taking no notice of Infrastructure Australia), including the highly dubious Moorebank Intermodel project that could have been undertaken by the private sector;
  • Running with the really stupid idea of having National Cities policies with the federal government insisting on centrally dictated criteria in order to hand over money (taken up with gusto by the Turnbull government, with the appalling Jamie Briggs the Cities Minister – what a joke);
  • Confused funding of urban public transport which should not be the responsibility of the federal government.

Just because he is prepared to appear on the Bolt Report does not enhance his woeful political or ministerial record.  And just when it looks as though he could lose his seat to the Greens, he is muscling his way into a more winnable seat – that’s a sign of the man.

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139 Responses to Why the Albo love-in?

  1. Infidel Tiger

    I like him.

    He’s old school Labor – he is sexually aroused by sheilas and likes beer. Very rare commodities for men in today’s ALP.

  2. stackja

    Janet Albrechtsen? conservatives love?

    Albo is not BS, he is old ALP. So Albo is more straight talking. But I am not saying Albo is good for Australia.
    And IMHO, JA is no longer conservative.

  3. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #1895587, posted on December 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    We agree it seems.

  4. Norman Church

    I know Professor Sloan is an ornament both to economics and to journalism but why is it only on sites like the Cat that we can enjoy insights like these? Surely not all of the Canberra press gallery are puffed up, Kool Aid drinking group-thinkers?

  5. Yon Toad

    After La Albrechtsen’s paean to Lord Wentworth in last weeks’s Oz it’s impossible to treat what she writes as anything but drivel.

  6. rickw

    Beer or no beer, Albo is shit, plain and simple, his stance on illegal immigrants alone warrants this assessment.

  7. Helen

    JA is blinded by Termites’ charisma or some such, and has gone off the reservation. I don’t take any notice of what she says now, so her report on Albo is meaningless.

    But so far as Albo is concerned, I think he is practical and understandable when he speaks, he also spoke in favour of anti terrorism or some such recently when others were quivering jelly. So good on him.

  8. Dave of Cossack

    They don’t love him but are jealous of him for using taxpayers money in Thai knock shops to show he is multicultural and not out to screw Australians all the time.

  9. Albo is a sleazy old time crooked Tammany Hall NSW Right wing ex catholic opportunist . The man is a pupil of that sleazebag shifty insurance scam richo and the prime shifty filth keating another millionaire socialist . These guys make shorten look like a schoolboy shoplifter . If he gets to be PM ,lock up tge treasury he will empty it quicker than the krudster and his missus !

  10. I just assumed that Michael Kroger and the Victorian Libs had decided that Albo was the new leader, and that Mrs Squiggle, aka J Albrechsen – a woman who I used to respect until she became a sock puppet for the Victorian Libs – was dutifully on message.

    No more looking to her for cutting edge analysis, independent thought or courageous identification of important issues.

    I look forward to her interview with Women’s Weekly, and then her appearance on Dancing With The Stars.

    Unless of course – tantalising possibility – she is thinking of a future career as the MHR for Blue Ribbon, Victoria.

  11. Helen, JA hasn’t gone off the reservation. That’s the tragedy.

    She is so firmly ensconced on the reservation now that she has built four houses and a hotel on it, and is collecting hefty rents every time the battleship lands on it in passing.

    She has indeed passed Go, and has collected her $200.

  12. AndrewWA

    Albo stands out only because he’s the best of a woeful lot in the ALP.

    Labor failed to cleanout in 2013.

    We voters should complete the task for both the ALP and LNP and banish The Greens (the true economic vandals) to some Gaia-worshiping wilderness (aka Tasmania) in 2016.

  13. Craig Mc

    He’s a fuckwit, but a sincere fuckwit – unlike the wall-to-wall careerist scum around him.

  14. Helen

    Philippa, where ever, she is no longer in the same place we are. She is not even flipping the fingers, she has drunk the cool aid.

  15. Indeed, Helen. INDEED.

    My money is on a future as MHR for Blue Ribbon.

  16. a happy little debunker

    I think Albo, for all his flaws, has an honesty about his political opponents.
    No better than during the ructions that preceded Krudd’s resurrection – when Albo pointedly called out “I just want to fight Tories. That’s what I do”.
    A man brave enough to face up to a PM and explain why he would not support her.

    If only the current LNP had such tenacity & character in its current leadership!

  17. CameronH

    I am just wondering lately if there has been some type of invasion of the body snatchers. Janet seems to be a completely different person lately. Perhaps it’s something like the Stepford wives. JA’s other love affair is with that left/progressive inner city elite Malcolm Turnbull. The difference between Albo and Malcolm with respect to ideals and values, or lack thereof, would be cigarette paper thin.

  18. Generic Person

    Albanese has awful principles and even worse policies, but he is a very straight up and down politician compared to most ALP spivs. You know where he stands, like it or not. I respect politicians who have the courage to face their ideological opponents, be they in the media or in parliament.

  19. herodotus

    Let’s face it – Labor has no talent. Their gene pool has become way too shallow. Oh, and Albo is a good mate of Pyne.
    As for the Greens, they are mutants.

  20. James

    If you have to choose between Shitten, Albo and Pleb, definitely Albo. At least he got his teeth fixed.

    Speaking of dodgy infrastructure and National Cities policies, da Turd is matching them all. You cannot dodge them no matter which party governs.

  21. cynical1

    “Albo is a sleazy old time crooked Tammany Hall NSW Right wing ex catholic opportunist . The man is a pupil of that sleazebag shifty insurance scam richo and the prime shifty filth keating another millionaire socialist . These guys make shorten look like a schoolboy shoplifter . If he gets to be PM ,lock up tge treasury he will empty it quicker than the krudster and his missus” !

    Exactly.

    But, he fwights Towries, that’s what he does.

    Obviously one them Towries damaged Albo’s teeth…

  22. Mique

    I agree with those who like Albanese if only because he reminds them of that long-gone time in Australian politics when people actually stood for something. You didn’t have to agree with them, but you could respect them. I never thought I’d ever actually even consider voting for Labor, but if Albanese were to replace Shorten as ALP leader, and if Turnbull were still to be leading the Coalition come the next election, I’d vote Labor in a flash.

    As for Janet Albrectsen, she’s jumped the shark.

  23. Ant

    I’ve never liked him. He smacks of one of those sleazy Italian (being of Italian origin myself) lawyers whose client list consists of the ‘one foot in the grave’ New Australian widows with their offspring and grandkids tapping their toes waiting for them to finally fall off the twig so that the 1960s triple fronted brick veneer family home with Luigi poles can be flogged off and the spoils wrangled over for a generation or two.

    I understand Bolt likes him because he appears on his TV show – in a semi-pathetic ‘will you be my friend’ kind of way.

    I have some tiny admiration for him that respect, but he’s a Labor hack and creature of the union movement.

    If it’s a choice between doing what right for the country or pilfering off taxpayers to line the pocket of some corrupt union drongo, I suspect he’ll go the latter route – as would 110% of all Labor hack politicians.

  24. zyconoclast

    Albo is crap. Just because you like beer and brothels does not make you a good bloke.

    I hope the ALP get Plibers into the leadership next year.
    The lefty cheer squad will leave Maocolm and move to Plibers.
    She is even more of a socialist activist that Maocolm.
    Then get ready for all the misogyny rhetoric to be dusted off and recycled.

  25. Ant, beautifully vivid.

    The house with the Luigi poles has of course appreciated in value over the years, but not QUITE as much as the offspring were hoping.

    Meanwhile they are running up a huge overpayment with a local care provider, as Mamma’s aged care package won’t provide all the things she needs, but there is no way they are going to pay for residential care up front.

    So ‘CaringHelpers Inc’ will have to take them to the small claims tribunal for payment of the $38,000 worth of care Mamma has now received for free. Thankfully Mr Albanese will be on hand to advise them to hold out a bit longer by paying $3000 now, and a promise of more later.

    Amazing. I can almost smell the fridge in her house.

  26. mareeS

    Albanese, to me, is that little kid at school who always ratted on us to the teacher.

  27. Grunter

    The problem, Judith, is who do I vote for now?

  28. Andrew

    I don’t care that he is a whoremonger who goes to a Thai brothel for a $300 back massage instead of a $200 specialist’s appointment. I don’t care that he’s a yoonyun thug.

    He wants to build the Very Foolish Train – about 5 NBNs of something no one wants. A 1000km carbon-burner for people who don’t want to clear a metal detector at BNE airport (except will have to at Queen St train terminal anyhow). He’s a fuckwit of the highest order. All VFT supporters should be flogged BEFORE being chucked in the ocean in the chaff bag.

  29. Habib

    Albrechtsen’s proven to be no conservative, everyone I know detestes the odious little rub-and-tug lurker. I’ve described him at my most generous as a “ferret-faced fist magnet”. A loathesome little twerp.

  30. Tintarella di Luna

    Albanese, to me, is that little kid at school who always ratted on us to the teacher.

    He does not present well, and spits when he talks. He seems to have over-active salivary glands or maybe he is just one big gland on legs

  31. Michel Lasouris

    You guys are all over the place. let’s get this right, shall we? Albanese, of dubious parentage, is a self serving, pompous old fart. Any time his name pops up, I have this abiding memory of him holding forth on some socialist propaganda , at then sitting back in his chair, head to one side, smiling, arms and hands stretched out before him. Really odd, and I know what he’s thinking…… ” I put rather well didn’t I? I’m a clever little chap, aren’t I?”
    Self absorbed and little unsure of himself. Prime Minister? Gawd I hope not!

  32. Megan

    The last 8 words of that comment made me retch, Tinta.

    No chance of securing my vote now.

  33. Tintarella di Luna

    The last 8 words of that comment made me retch, Tinta.

    Sorry Megan, it can describe him well because I’ve been that close. *sshhhuuddderrr

  34. Robbo

    I agree with the assessment that Albanese is a complete loony left wing dickhead but sadly he actually looks good when compared with a lot of the fuckwits who are sitting on the government side of the House. Just what sort of choice do Australian voters have at the next election. We have the lowest form of pond life occupying seats on both sides, a supposedly right wing Government that is being led by a lying treacherous leftie and an Opposition led by a political eunuch who does what he is told by a mob of corrupt union bosses. Then we have the minor parties like the Nationals (rural socialists) and the Greens (urban socialists) who should not be trusted on anything. No wonder the nation is in a mess.

  35. Re Janet Albrectsen’s walk on the wild side, just got off the blower to a contact and it finally it makes sense:

    • Albrectsen neither likes nor respects Turnbull.

    • Albrechtsen is genuinely concerned that if she doesn’t get behind Turnbull, the Parliamentary Party might split. (Not the grass roots but the MPs).

    • Bolt was warned off supporting Abbott some time ago for this reason.

    • By getting conservative media commentators to support Turnbull, the conservative Liberals/Abbott loyalists in Parliament have been made to understand that if they spilt, they will be hung out to dry by all the media left and right and will never recover individually nor collectively.

    • Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor is correct. In electoral terms the conservative grass roots membership does not matter. Without grassroots conservative support, the Party (at this stage) will be re-elected albeit with a reduced majority. The loss of the marginal seats will just be necessary collateral damage.

    No folks, you don’t matter.

  36. Megan

    You have my sympathies then Tinta. That is the stuff of nightmares.

  37. Chistery

    Albo seems to stand for something. I’m not sure what and if I did, it’s probably the opposite of everything I value. But he just doesn’t strike me as the guy in it for anyone but himself and his own ambitions of power and popularity, like the last three Labour leaders. He’s definitely not a Rudd who asked Wayne Swan to form a focus group to determine what his principles should be.

  38. Megan

    The LNP is no longer worth supporting and if the conservative faction are that easily conned into rolling over and playing dead then they are as guilty as the plotters for the eventual death of the party. Like the Hemingway quote said death will be slow at first and then all at once.

    I’m not a Trump groupie but the way he has faced off the media should stiffen the backbones of conservatives everywhere. Instead they have all been spinal filleted…and yes Janet, I’m looking right at you.

  39. Baldrick

    And wasn’t it Albo who commissioned a high speed rail paper that cost taxpayers $20 million and released in the dying days of the last Labor gubbermint in the hope of turning the talk away from the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd fiasco?

    That’s an expensive conversation piece, which makes him no different from the rest of the tax mooching snouts in Canberra.

  40. I am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    Why is it that so many conservatives love Anthony Albanese?

    Is this what we’re reduced to? This is happening now?

    This used to be such a great country.

  41. Mike of Marion

    Riccardo Bosi
    #1895746, posted on December 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    If what you allude to is just 10% true, the Libs stand condemned for the foreseeable future. And the MSM can never, ever be trusted again.

    And Bolt is just as untrustworthy to report ‘facts’.

    Mike

  42. Struth

    Albo is one of the dumbest, most crooked, easily bought, ( just ask a certain overweight transport mogul)ex mullet wearing bogans in all of Astraya.
    He is an incompetent buffoon of the first order.

    Hmmm, that probably means I actually am a conservative.

  43. James

    By getting conservative media commentators to support Turnbull, the conservative Liberals/Abbott loyalists in Parliament have been made to understand that if they spilt, they will be hung out to dry by all the media left and right and will never recover individually nor collectively.

    This is worse than the mafia.

  44. Marcus

    Personally, I’d like to see an Albanese-Turnbull debate. One presents as authentic, the other’s a hopeless waffler, and the blow to Turnbull’s ego at being out-communicated by Albo in front of the voters will make the idea of a Labor PM almost worthwhile.

    Yes, I know he’s of the socialist-Left faction and Shorten’s of the “sensible” Right, but in all honesty, what difference does that make to anyone other than the navel-gazers in the Press Gallery? I can’t recall Shorten making one right-wing statement in his entire career. For that matter, Martin Ferguson was from the Left faction and he was probably the most business-friendly, pragmatic member of the Rudd/Gillard governments. Labor missed a big trick when they spurned Albo for Shorten. If he was opposition leader, they’d probably be leading in the polls now, even against Turnbull.

  45. James

    The LNP is no longer worth supporting and if the conservative faction are that easily conned into rolling over and playing dead then they are as guilty as the plotters for the eventual death of the party.

    The party is already dead. Like Weekend at Bernies.

  46. Dorothy

    Riccardo Bosi
    So, what you are saying is there is no hope for the liberal party unless MT is leader ?? !! If That’s the case I will never vote again, what’s the point, it will be two Labour parties with no point of difference
    Is that why John Howard, Peter Costello, Michael Kroger and the Australian paper have come out in support of the dreadful Malcolm Turnbull?
    I hope and pray Andrew Bolt continues to support Tony Abbott
    Being a grass roots liberal supporter, so happy to hear that I don’t matter anymore

  47. James

    Is that why John Howard, Peter Costello, Michael Kroger and the Australian paper have come out in support of the dreadful Malcolm Turnbull?

    They all make me sick.

  48. Why is it that so many conservatives love Anthony Albanese?

    He is like the bastard son they never wanted.

  49. Caveman

    They are all shit one has peanuts in it the other thinks he doesnt smell. We just voting for shit.

  50. She is still a disgrace. I suppose she has also sold a home in Sydney and moved in with Kroger, thus burning her boats?

    It’s easier to be single, Janet. At least you can say what you think that way.

  51. Chris M

    Janet seems to be a completely different person lately

    I don’t notice any change. Always found her to be big government / socialist inclined (like many with German heritage) and a censorious type person. For this reason stopped reading her stuff long back.

  52. kevin

    He wanted the government to buy back Qantas. What a goose.

  53. kevin

    I would vote Green to get rid of him. Then I would shoot myself.

  54. memoryvault

    Without grassroots conservative support, the Party (at this stage) will be re-elected albeit with a reduced majority. The loss of the marginal seats will just be necessary collateral damage.

    Sorry, I’m not buying this. The swing against the Fiberals in Joe Hockey’s seat (hardly “marginal”) was 5.8% on a 2ppp basis. And that was without a Liar’s Party candidate. Plus a sizeable chunk of the electorate didn’t bother to vote at all. Unless something changes dramatically, at least a similar swing, if not greater, can be expected at the next federal election.

    A 5.8% swing nationally translates into a bit more than the loss of some “marginal seats”. It would mean the loss of 28 seats, and government. And I think it will happen.

    Especially with a bit of help.
    Vote WDM

  55. Norma

    Could a new Party be formed before the next election? Abbott’s 44 would form the basis, and in coalition with the Nats would have the numbers. If they waited until the election is called, and then announced a new party it would leave Turnbull little time to find candidates to stand against the new party. Canvassing the idea would be high risk. There could be an Abbott supporter who was nervous about the idea, and leak the plans. Oops. Would there be enough time to register the party? Didn’t think this through did I? Am just so depressed, I want something to save us from the bastard.

  56. A 5.8% swing nationally translates into a bit more than the loss of some “marginal seats”. It would mean the loss of 28 seats, and government. And I think it will happen.

    Especially with a bit of help.

    Damn strait!

  57. Token

    In today’s Australian, Janet Albrechtsen gives Albo, a creature of the Left and inner-city trendies, an A for his performance this year.

    Sounds like Krudd & TLS, sold to us by the commentator class as “moderates”.

    Been there, done that, got multi generations of debt to pay off & sky rocketing taxes with insane regulation as a result.

  58. Could a new Party be formed before the next election?

    Don Chipp split with the intention of being the third party but the Conservatives could split with the intention of replacing the Liberals as the major non Labor/Green alternative.

    The Liberals would be stuck in the middle being bled dry by both left and the right have nowhere to go.

  59. Token

    Could a new Party be formed before the next election?

    We live in a 2 pay system.

    The thieving kleptocrats & the wanna be thieving kleptocrats .

  60. Token

    Don Chipp split with the intention of being the third party but the Conservatives could split with the intention of replacing the Liberals as the major non Labor/Green alternative.

    O’Sullivan’s law applies. They will turn to the hard left in no time as they will not be expressly conservative. Look at the Labor-Lite party & agrarian socialists.

  61. and potentially in co-operation with FF and ALA

  62. memoryvault

    What is WDM?

    Carpe, next election we all have six choices.

    * – Vote LNP – nothing much changes.
    * – Vote Liars/Greens – nothing much changes.
    * – Vote minor party/independent – preferences go as above – nothing much changes.
    * – Vote informal with no plan – nothing much changes.
    * – Don’t vote – nothing much changes, plus you cop a $20.00 fine.
    * – Vote informal as a collective statement – just maybe something changes.

    Vote WDM (we DO matter) is a plan to use social media to get a sizeable chunk of pissed off LNP voters to vote informal by writing WDM on their ballot slips, thereby sending a message.

  63. Chris M

    writing WDM on their ballot slips, thereby sending a message.

    A message to who… as in who even reads notes written on the ballot slips? Some temporary AEC employee or volunteer?

  64. memoryvault

    A message to who… as in who even reads notes written on the ballot slips?
    Some temporary AEC employee or volunteer?

    A) – Scrutineers. Each party has their scrutineers at each polling booth.
    B) – The public via the media. If the LNP lose government because three or four percent of the voters in LNP-held seats withheld their votes via WDM, it will get reported.
    C) – The Cory Bernardi conservative rump of the LNP, that a lot of erstwhile intelligent people here think are going to form a breakaway conservative party without some kind of nudge, and without knowing there is an electoral base out there to support them.

  65. Squirrel

    “I just want to fight Tories” – clearly the ideal leader for a party which has nothing much to offer other than the false hope that chasing the big end of town and the evil multinationals will allow the Magic Pudding gravy train to keep rolling on and delivering for an endlessly entitled punterariat.

    The metamorphosis from the camera-shy days of Rats in the Ranks is fascinating to behold.

  66. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “I just want to fight Tories” – clearly the ideal leader for a party which has nothing much to offer other than the false hope that chasing the big end of town and the evil multinationals will allow the Magic Pudding gravy train to keep rolling on and delivering for an endlessly entitled punterariat.

    Well said. Can anyone imagine the furore if Tony Abbott ever said “I just want to fight Socialists?”

  67. Rabz

    Personally, I’ve always hated the staggeringly stupid, slobbering grub and have told him so to his monstrously ugly face. Also had the misfortune to have lived in the electorate in 2010, when my vote was stolen from the liberal candidate and gifted that vile piece of garbage.

    In a just world, he’d be sweeping gutters for a living.

  68. Tel

    Vote WDM (we DO matter) is a plan to use social media to get a sizeable chunk of pissed off LNP voters to vote informal by writing WDM on their ballot slips, thereby sending a message.

    Vote for Clive Palmer!

    He may not fix anything, but at least you know that all of your tax money will stay right here in Australia.

  69. Arky

    Albo seems alright.
    Never be PM.

  70. Rabz

    Vote WDM

    I’m going to actually write “we do matter” on the ballot paper. Yes, it will probably take a whole ten seconds, but I’ve wasted a hell of a lot more time in the past actually numbering every senate candidate. Needless to say, that will not be happening next time I “vote”.

  71. CR

    What Lenin said.
    Janet has always been a lefty. Doctor’s wife. I have never understood the adulation of Janet.

  72. P

    Somehow he reminds me of poor ole Arthur Caldwell.
    I sure do hope that I am never confronted with him as the best option for PM.

  73. I just want to fight Socialists

    Sounds good to me.

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Somehow he reminds me of poor ole Arthur Caldwell.

    It was the adenoidal whine that passed for a voice, combined with the pronounced “Strine” accent.

  75. Stephen of Glasshouse

    As 2015 draws to a close, I wish nothing more than a happy ending for Albo.

  76. Stephen of Glasshouse

    If memory serves, encouraging people to vote informally is an offence .
    I would thus encourage people not to follow my non voting intentions

  77. P

    It was the adenoidal whine that passed for a voice, combined with the pronounced “Strine” accent.

    You surely must have been of those times to determine that.

    Albo ain’t a bad bloke. Nor was Caldwell.

  78. Token

    Vote Liars/Greens – nothing much changes.

    Dan Andrews ban on Christmas Carols had ended that fantasy.

    If the Green filth get into power a lot of lefties will be giddy over the thousands they get to drown as they flood the electorate.

  79. Token

    As 2015 draws to a close, I wish nothing more than a happy ending for Albo.

    I see what you did there.

  80. memoryvault

    If memory serves, encouraging people to vote informally is an offence .

    No. They tried to make it so (Victoria IIRC) but it failed in a court challenge.
    There has always been some legal debate as to whether voting informally itself was legal.
    However the AEC has always accepted it, as it is impossible for them to do otherwise.
    (Since voting is “confidential”, how do you “prove” somebody voted informally?)

    Therefore, an informal vote is a valid vote, in the sense of having voted as required.
    That being the case, encouraging people to vote informally, is encouraging them to obey the law.
    You cannot make it illegal to encourage people to obey the law.
    Leastways, that’s how the court called it.

  81. herodotus

    Anthony & Carmel just remind me of Sharon & Ferret elevated to a higher station but getting away with it.

  82. Linden

    When he was the minister for transport, during a radio interview, he referred to the classic one liner from ‘Yes Minister’ in reply to a question as to when he would reply to bureaucratic report on transport etc, and he said, ‘ in the fullness of time, I will respond to the report’. I don’t think he ever did LOL

  83. Scriptman

    Conservative commentators want to appear to be unbiased. They are always very sensitive to accusations of supporitng a particular side by default; they think of themslves as being fair minded.

    So, if they look on the left side of politics and see someone they don’t completely detest, they tend to be overly effusive in their praise. I also think they harbour the belief that if they can meet the left half way at some point, leftists might actually see conservatives as people rather than roadblocks to their socialist ambitions. Good luck with that.

  84. Lem

    But, he fwights Towries, that’s what he does.

    Obviously one them Towries damaged Albo’s teeth…”

    And probably one of them fixed them.

  85. Linden

    Stick a moustache on him and he would make a good impersonation of Hitler.

  86. Tel

    Therefore, an informal vote is a valid vote, in the sense of having voted as required.
    That being the case, encouraging people to vote informally, is encouraging them to obey the law.

    My understanding is that it is illegal to give false information about how the voting system works. Thus, attempting to mislead someone and trick them into informal voting would be illegal (and possibly provable). However, a person knowingly wanting to “send a message” by spoiling their ballot is (as you say) correctly obeying the law. Encouraging a team of people to do this, with all parties understanding what they are doing, would also be legal.

    Personally, I don’t see the value in this approach, but I support your right to choose.

  87. Stephen of Glasshouse

    So, would it be illegal to make a paper aeroplane out of voting slip and launch it at the cardboard box.
    Better yet, a portable shredder…

  88. Lem

    Well, whatever you say about Albo from a conservative perspective, I don’t think he’s got the right optics for the voters.

    In this intensely 24 hour news thingy we have now they need to move to people who can enunciate, if they can find any. Then they need to find something meaningful they can enunciate.

    Plibs can at least enunciate but unfortunately she is geographically challenged. Still, she can do misogyny, altho it would not surprise me to see the PM do gender re-assignment as a trump card.

  89. memoryvault

    Informal Voting and Promoting Informal Voting – AEC Website

    Select link to “Historical background (including Langer-style voting)”

    25. The Parliament recognised the possibility that the existence of this ‘saving’ provision might invite deliberate optional preferential voting for the House of Representatives, contrary to the requirement for full preferential voting in s. 240 of the Act. Section 329(3) of the Act was enacted to counteract this. The section made it an offence to print, publish and distribute electoral advertising, such as how-to-vote cards, that might induce electors to vote otherwise than in accordance with the instructions on the ballot paper.

    However, in 1987 the Victorian Supreme Court stated that as it was not an offence to vote informally and it was not an offence to advocate informal voting. Section 329(3) was subsequently repealed.

  90. memoryvault

    Personally, I don’t see the value in this approach, but I support your right to choose.

    The floor is yours, Tel.
    What’s your “Plan B”?

  91. candy

    He’s basically a good bloke.

    So that’s there to start with. I don’t think he’s much removed from his origins and loves and looks after his mum who still lives in Housing because her friends are there and that’s all she wants.

    I think if Labor came up with a credible plan to reduce the deficit bit by bit they would do well, as long as they supported strong national security measures. There’s a big opportunity for Labor with the right leader.

  92. Roger

    Ms Albrechtsen has clearly taken leave of her senses.

    She will be sorely missed until she comes around.

  93. candy

    I don’t see him as a creature of inner city trendies at all.

  94. ianl8888

    Actually, deliberately NOT voting, as opposed to voting informal, now attracts a $55 fine, generally within a 2 month period after the offence, so I’m told

    But this has a booby trap too

    If one makes a habit of it, the bureaucrats may be of the mind to notate your file as “Fine Notice Posted” but not actually physically post it out. The consequence is a Court Hearing (plus costs) and if one misses this notice, the police then turn up at your doorstep to arrest you for not paying whatever fine+costs were awarded against you in absentia (again, so I’m told). All up, quite messy

    The purpose of that bureaucratic game is to show who’s boss. From their viewpoint, a serial non-voter is showing a middle digit in the air

  95. Chris M

    Don’t know about all that Ian. I am a conscientious non-voter, in fact I have never attended a voting facility in my life (and frankly would need instructions in what to do if I went to one). So I have more than a couple of decades of experience in non-voting at state and federal level.

    If there is an important referendum one day (such as the proposed racist constitutional amendments) then I would attend for the first time, but only for the purposes of voting in the referendum of course.

  96. classical_hero

    None of the above.

  97. ianl8888

    @ Chris M

    Your quote:

    > … Don’t know about all that …

    I have experience of the $55 fine but friends of mine actually experienced the harder aftermath I described – I haven’t experienced that

    I agree with memoryvault. A large informal vote, country wide, would scare the pants off them. It won’t happen of course, too many people are too scared of the potential result. Consequently, nothing changes for the mass of the populace – we are managed, manipulated, lied to, bullied, taxed and betrayed – but never represented

  98. memoryvault

    we are managed, manipulated, lied to, bullied, taxed and betrayed –
    but never represented

    Brilliant, Ian. Can I borrow that for a Vote WDM meme?

  99. Leigh Lowe

    Andrew Bolt has got a man crush on Albo, to the point of dressing as a Thai lady-boy to get his attention.

  100. Pickles

    Albo is a communist but at lease once his life he gone out for a seemingly innocuous chow feed which has developed. Years later the whole show is still subject to innuendo. The only response I have ever seen or heard is a grin. On that basis a good solid six out of ten. However he has substantially renovated his discoloured tusks no doubt at the insistence of HQ. Subtract two for being soft. Would like to do the luncheon thing with him and the Lair of Liverpool but.

  101. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Chistery at 4:03 pm:

    “Albo seems to stand for something. I’m not sure what and if I did, it’s probably the opposite of everything I value. But he just doesn’t strike me as the guy in it for anyone but himself and his own ambitions of power and popularity …”

    Good Lord, where does this fantasy come from?

    He spits when he speaks, visibly spits profusely all over the place, and his voice whines. He is barely literate, unable to put together a 5 minute speech in his own words and have it make sense – or remember what it is he is addressing. Is that an intellect worthy of a ministerial appointment?

    He finished his time in government in tears – a grown man, expected to take hard nosed decisions as a minister, sniveled in public like a frustrated 13 year old prepubescent schoolboy – peeping through the paling fence at those Thai girls down the road hanging out their washing, wondering whether what they say happens to you when you visit their shop is true.

    This turd would be flat out getting $250 per week on his own ability. He is paid perhaps $7,000 per week by me and he thinks it is a lovely big game, being in charge and all. The fact of it is someone else further up the food chain tells him what to do and when, for he does not have the wit to place his right foot after his left in the correct sequence.

    In a speech as minister he quoted from a Michael Douglas film, evidently believing The American President was a leadership training video. When he was found out he leered proudly right back at the cameras – like that 13 year old who had discovered that playing with his li’l chubby feels good, messy, but you just zip up, wipe your hand on the back of your daks and look forward to next time. He’s been a devotee ever since – an ignorant, uneducated, low grade peasant.

    He reminds me of the tortured hermit character of Carr being dragged out from the cobwebbed shadows of the filing room in Sussex Street to lead the Party when everyone else had been voted out or killed off and there was no-one else left. They are both far better suited to anonymity.

    Albrechtsen is playing games with this piece, doing the bidding of someone else, to suit some supposedly clever convoluted strategy, Labor or Liberal. I don’t know who or why and I cannot be bothered thinking it through. The fact that she has written it at all demonstrates just how swiftly Australian politics and Australian politicians have raced to the bottom.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He spits when he speaks, visibly spits profusely all over the place, and his voice whines. He is barely literate, unable to put together a 5 minute speech in his own words and have it make sense – or remember what it is he is addressing. Is that an intellect worthy of a ministerial appointment?

    He finished his time in government in tears – a grown man, expected to take hard nosed decisions as a minister, sniveled in public like a frustrated 13 year old prepubescent schoolboy – peeping through the paling fence at those Thai girls down the road hanging out their washing, wondering whether what they say happens to you when you visit their shop is true.

    And here was me thinking I had no great opinion of Albo!

  103. memoryvault

    He finished his time in government in tears – a grown man,
    expected to take hard nosed decisions as a minister,

    He’s also the prick who rubbished the efforts of concerned Australians trying to express their frustrations as the “convey of no consequence”.

    Nonetheless, much as I dislike the little prick, he will almost certainly be our next PM.

  104. Ripper

    He’s also the prick who rubbished the efforts of concerned Australians trying to express their frustrations as the “convey of no consequence”.

    Never forgiven him for that.

  105. memoryvault

    Never forgiven him for that.

    I’m glad there’s at least two of us.
    Time for bed.

  106. Tracey

    Albo strikes me as the Saul Goodman of the ALP. He’s slimy, odious and shifty but he’s slightly more competent than those surrounding him so he just might get there.

  107. BorisG

    I think it is simple. They love him because he is not sleek.

  108. mareeS

    What the Liberal party needs to understand is this: the conservative base has already gone. We won’t be knocking on doors or handing out how to vote cards for weasels. Especially weasels who tore down a leader five days before a by-election that would have vindicated him, in favour of a person we do not trust.

  109. Iggie

    Why do conservatives love Albo? And why do lefties love Malcolm?

  110. Crossie

    Oh, and Albo is a good mate of Pyne.

    This immediately brought to mind the Looney Tunes cartoon of Chester and Spike.

  111. Crossie

    Why do conservatives love Albo? And why do lefties love Malcolm?

    Leftie love of Mal is self explanatory but conservative respect for Albo is not. Albo is rude and crude but his leftism is the same as that of every other garden variety Laborite.

  112. Mater

    Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #1896120, posted on December 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Mick,
    That was a thing of beauty. Best laugh I’ve had in a week. Thank you.
    Anyone who exalts Albanese simply reinforces the old adage that ‘two fools met’.

  113. min

    Apart from the convoy of no consequence, whiny voice and the spitting, he lied, I believe , in Parliament when he told them he had visited True Thai Massage because he had a bad back . Any one with any brains would not let young girls not properly trained , if at all, touch a bad back. Who would want such an ignoramus making decisions for all Australians .. If he wants to “bugger” his back let him but not do the same to us.

  114. Crossie

    Re Janet Albrectsen’s walk on the wild side, just got off the blower to a contact and it finally it makes sense:

    • Albrectsen neither likes nor respects Turnbull.

    • Albrechtsen is genuinely concerned that if she doesn’t get behind Turnbull, the Parliamentary Party might split. (Not the grass roots but the MPs).

    And how is this bad news?

    Isn’t this insulting the voters even further? You know, those same voters you need to win the next election.

  115. Crossie

    By getting conservative media commentators to support Turnbull, the conservative Liberals/Abbott loyalists in Parliament have been made to understand that if they spilt, they will be hung out to dry by all the media left and right and will never recover individually nor collectively.

    It’s the media that matters, not the voters. Yeah, we get the message.

    OK then, the media can vote for them.

  116. Andrew

    Apart from the convoy of no consequence, whiny voice and the spitting, he lied, I believe , in Parliament when he told them he had visited True Thai Massage because he had a bad back .

    Quite so. I’ve had back surgery and I’m to even CONSIDER a massage ever, I take great pains to ensure
    – no force is used on it
    – they understand very clearly my injury and the location of the surgery

    For me to have confidence in this, step 1 is they be entirely fluent in English. Illegal immigrants smiling and nodding a lot? No. And Thai massage is particularly brutal. My gf has actually cried in pain during one on her stiff shoulder.

  117. Fidel

    I also have a bad back and am certain that if by some strange occurrence I found myself at True Thai I would be lying down on my back just to protect it.

  118. candy

    How does an elite journalist not like, nor respect, someone and still write glowing articles in The Australian about them. That’s just nuts unless orders come from the highest media echelons that Turnbull must be supported. I tend to think order has come through. Weird, its usually Labor who has conspiracy media theories but in this case I think something is afoot.

  119. zyconoclast


    Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #1896120, posted on December 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Mick,
    That was a thing of beauty. Best laugh I’ve had in a week. Thank you.

    Ditto for me

  120. iain russell

    The tenor of these comments is that Albo is a scumbag, but at least he’s out of the closet. Well done Albo and the rest of the Filth. Here we have a potential PM being praised because he’s an honest turd.

  121. min

    Fidel if tou have to protect your back that establishment offers rub and tug.

  122. Habib

    So that’s there to start with. I don’t think he’s much removed from his origins and loves and looks after his mum who still lives in Housing because her friends are there and that’s all she wants. Says a lot, the insufferable little prick could afford to wean the parasitic old bag off at least part of the taxpayers tit, but instead leaves her on full suck. I loathe him even more now, thanks!

  123. Zyconoclast

    It’s a set up. Replace the unelectable Shorten with the unelectable Albo.
    They will do anything to protect Maocolm.

    I say they should go to Plibbers.

  124. Michel Lasouris

    #1895974, posted on December 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm
    Herodotus; Thanks for the memory of Sharon and Ferret, very funny!

  125. Michel Lasouris

    min

    #1896189, posted on December 24, 2015 at 8:25 am
    Oh Min, you are an ingénue, Do you really think Albosleazy went to the “massage ” parlour for a back complaint?The man is so unprepossessing that he has to pay for sexual relief, no self respecting woman would deign to touch him, methinks

  126. David

    He’s a fuckwit, but a sincere fuckwit

    Succinct and accurate.

    Well done Craig.

  127. min

    Michael L
    Hardly an ingenue Try sarcastic See remark about rub and tug . He was caught out and was trying to cover himself . I spent many years before retirement as a psychologist and nothing surprises me about human behaviour . He had a very unhappy wife for sometime afterwards she could hardly bare to stand next to him when he was sworn in as a Minister.

  128. min

    No it was not a nude party Bear not bare

  129. egg_

    No folks, you don’t matter.

    In that case, I for one welcome our upcoming new PM Albo.

  130. boof

    Why does everybody refer to him as Albow, that was never his nickname , it started with S attached to the last half of his name.

  131. classical_hero

    We know he’s of the left but he doesn’t try and hide it like that scumbag who is in power right now. If we are going to have a leftist government at least have one who is honest abut his positions and not try and pretend to be of the right, but never has been.

  132. Rayvic

    Poor Janet.

    It is sad that she suffered left leg shortening, such that she now shows a distinct Left lean:

    recently mesmerised by Malcolm, and now an admirer of Albo.

  133. Pat Warnock

    It is just because Mr Shorten is such a failure as leader.

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