Bill Shorten Discovers the Australian Constitution

It was a sigh to see.  On ABC Insiders today, Bill Shorten was the guest of honour.

Mr Shorten spent the first half to two thirds of this interview complaining that the Commonwealth was not doing enough or a poor job on aged care and child care.

He move onto quarantine and the Ruby Princess matter.

Then, as if inspired, Mr Shorten pulled out a copy of the Australian Constitution and made reference to Section 51 which says that:

The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to

quarantine

Well played Mr Shorten.  Well played.

Ok.  Where then in the Constitution are the references to aged care, child care, health care, disability care and education?  You know, little things like these.

Oh.  They’re not there.  How could that be?

Mr Shorten is after all a graduate in law from Melbourne University and you’d think that a lawyer and member of parliament would have some knowledge of Australian Constitutional Law.

Of course David Speers did not pull him up on this, but there is nothing in the Constitution or Section 51 about creating or funding a public broadcaster either.

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26 Responses to Bill Shorten Discovers the Australian Constitution

  1. Dr Faustus says:

    Albanese should be a little concerned.
    Shorten polishing the bishop in public is not a good sign.

  2. Struth says:

    Of course David Speers did not pull him up on this, but there is nothing in the Constitution or Section 51 about creating or funding a public broadcaster either.

    section 51 v (5)

    But they can.

  3. Struth says:

    Hold for the the constitution-phobic, they should be along shortly.

  4. Vicki says:

    Compared to recent efforts of Albo, Shorten looked good today. Very relaxed, less contrived. He is still after his old job, and at this rate, he may get it back.

    The aged sector is a serious Achilles heel for the government. The other mob probably would not have done any better, but the horrific evidence of the abandonment of helpless residents in several nursing homes is a permanent blight on this country’s reputation.

    The high ranking public servants who had carriage of this debacle from at least March should be publicly pilloried.

  5. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Come on ,this guy like Paedo Joe Biden another leftoid went to law school ,Joe was 76th out of 84 wonder where shorty was on the ladder at uni ? Like the larte Giliard who took 7 years to do the 4 year course , they gave her the degree to get rid of her shit stirring communism /.

  6. Stanley says:

    Why oh why was there not one iota of comment on your ABC Insiders about the biggest ugliest piece of jackboot legislation passed to deny one citizen’s legal rights? Not worthy of comment or analysis? Pravda on the Yarra?

  7. Tel says:

    Ok. Where then in the Constitution are the references to aged care, child care, health care, disability care and education? You know, little things like these.

    Was anyone on the ABC smart enough to ask those obvious questions?

    Rhetorical … I know … I know.

  8. Tel says:

    Ok. Where then in the Constitution are the references to aged care, child care, health care, disability care and education? You know, little things like these.

    Was anyone on the ABC smart enough to ask those obvious questions?

    Rhetorical … I know … I know.

  9. calli says:

    The aged sector is a serious Achilles heel for the government

    It always has been, but few thus far have been cynical enough to exploit it.

    You don’t go into a nursing home to get out alive.

    The thing that matters is how you’re treated while you’re there. And every single federal government has been slack in performing their brief. But hey! Funny thing that the issue always surfaces when the conservatives are in power.

  10. Jock says:

    Did shorten get his law degree while ” working” for the awu? What other degrees does he have. I note that many politicians fill on their spare time burnishing their qualifications. Yet they are always busy. Some investigative journalist could heroically tell us which pollies have done this over the last few years.

  11. rickw says:

    It’s The Vibe of The Constitution that’s important!

  12. Jock

    Better they run up HECS debt than create new laws.

  13. Neil says:

    Ok. Where then in the Constitution are the references to aged care, child care, health care, disability care and education? You know, little things like these.

    Years ago children used to look after their aged parents. I am not sure i like these new heath care packages. They are designed to keep elderly people in their homes rather than move into a old peoples home

    Sounds good but it just encourages children to not look after their elderly parents

  14. Squirrel says:

    So Shorten wants people to believe that a federal bureaucracy which is (according to Labor) stuffing things up mightily on aged care, health (including vaccine procurement), quarantine, budget estimates etc. etc. will become a bunch of Marvel superheroes under the inspired leadership of a Labor government (with him as PM, of course).

    If Shorten wants another chance at the leadership, he should come up with workable, affordable ideas to deal with the problems in our federal system which the virus has highlighted. His contribution this morning, which I tragically missed, sounds like an audition to be head prefect, not PM.

  15. JC says:

    Tits can dream on as much as he likes. The punters are not going to vote his party is with him as the PM. We just don’t like him.

  16. Exit Stage Right says:

    The Short One got his come uppance at the last Federal election against the flow of polls indicating he was a shoe in . As with all in the Cheaters Party, he did not get the message that the voters think he is a piece of low life shit. Trying to resurrect your leadership credentials with the help of their ABC will not change opinions one iota. Bill, you are a snivelling prick who cannot cut through to the electorate. You’ve had your chance-piss off.
    PS Take Rudd AC with you!

  17. Dr Faustus says:

    As with all in the Cheaters Party, he did not get the message that the voters think he is a piece of low life shit. Trying to resurrect your leadership credentials with the help of their ABC will not change opinions one iota.

    This.
    Shorten is a political nuclear cockroach, with self-regard that lets him rewrite reality.

    Deeply unlikely to be given a second chance – but his discovery process will fuck Albanese up.

  18. Major Elvis Newton says:

    Bill has been studying Howard’s autobiography closely and fancies himself replacing Albo in the long term. ScoMo will win the next election in a canter but Electricity Bill will chance his arm at the one after that.

    He’s a glutton for punishment.

  19. Bronson says:

    Bill Shitten makes his pitch, yet again, to lead the liars party further into the wilderness. Mosses could have taken lessens!

  20. Crossie says:

    Exit Stage Right
    #3549562, posted on August 16, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    The Short One got his come uppance at the last Federal election against the flow of polls indicating he was a shoe in . As with all in the Cheaters Party, he did not get the message that the voters think he is a piece of low life shit. Trying to resurrect your leadership credentials with the help of their ABC will not change opinions one iota.

    Shorten is just too thick to realise that the ABC has not changed anyone’s opinion about anything and that is unlikely to be different in our lifetimes. What’s more, everyone who watches the ABC was/is already in his corner.

  21. Robber Baron says:

    He went to Monash. Says it all.

  22. Cynic of Ayr says:

    Crossie’s correct.
    The ABC, despite it’s clear belief that it does, doesn’t influence much.
    The Luvvies luv it, because it plays their music, but it doesn’t help to change an Always Left Vote to a Left Vote, but by Jeez it’s chance it’ll change an occasional left to a Right.
    Not much danger of changing a Right to a Left.
    Speer’s an arsehole, ain’t he? Same as the rest of them.

  23. W Hogg says:

    The quarantine hoax seems to be a fabrication of van Oscillate.

    The Feds can “make laws” regarding quarantine. That doesn’t mean it’s their exclusive job to manage it. They make laws about what’s on the PBS too. That doesn’t mean the C’wealth has to set up thousands of chemist shops to dispense medicines. It’s not their job – their job ended with making the laws.

    They made a law about quarantining entrants to Oz. They OFFERED to help the VSSR administer it with ADF personnel. That was declined. At that point, their Constitutional role was complete. PvO and the Senior Labor Figure are completely wrong.

  24. Struth says:

    The Feds can “make laws” regarding quarantine. That doesn’t mean it’s their exclusive job to manage it. They make laws about what’s on the PBS too. That doesn’t mean the C’wealth has to set up thousands of chemist shops to dispense medicines. It’s not their job – their job ended with making the laws.

    So why are the states making laws?

  25. Ed Case says:

    Destroying the Labor Party might be the only way we’ll ever be rid of the Liberal and National Parties.
    Bill could be an agent of good rather than evil!

  26. Colonel Bunty Golightly says:

    Billy boy will always be a tool. And a very blunt tool at that! Both Bill and Albo carry baggage. Bill is tied to the unions and Albo is tied to the greens. Also I think Albo is a little bit retarded? Dunno?

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