Malcolm Ex

The former prime minister, a fierce critic of coal, backed a moratorium on new coal mines in NSW, angering many Liberal and National MPs.

John Barilaro had voted in favour of Malcolm Turnbull chairing the NSW Net-Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board after he was recommended by Environment Minister Matt Kean.

Mr Barilaro revealed to Ray Hadley the government will not move forward with Mr Turnbull’s appointment.

“He pulled my pants down within 48 of his appointment on an area that I take seriously.

“Matt Kean has agreed that he won’t proceed with the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as chair.”

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127 Responses to Malcolm Ex

  1. notafan says:

    Malcolm.

    Man’s best female friend.

  2. candy says:

    What a shambles.

    It’s not good form to offer a position like that to a former PM and then snatch it away.
    Why not research his credentials for that particular job first before offering it – not suitable, so don’t offer the job.
    Gladys B. wanted Turnbull in, is my take. There’s a bond there of some sort, but I think Gladys B has now stabbed Turnbull in the back, via Kean. Childish goings-on.

  3. Judith Sloan says:

    Should never have been appointed because of conflicts of interest

  4. Joanna Smythe says:

    Some days you do get a bit of good news.

  5. Roger says:

    Should never have been appointed because of conflicts of interest.

    But it was OK for him to be PM.

  6. Iain Russell says:

    I do, sincerely, hope that this was a Macchiavellian scheme by Our Glad to humiliate Trumble. Sadly I suspect was just another cock up.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Mr Barilaro revealed to Ray Hadley the government will not move forward with Mr Turnbull’s appointment.

    That is a tell methinks. If you see some poor Gladys-staffer walking around with bandages over its ears it’ll be the one who’d been tasked with listening to 2GB for what voters have been saying.

  8. Fin. says:

    “Some days you do get a bit of good news”. (Judith Sloan)

    Let today or tomorrow see the last of the ridiculous Kean.

  9. calli says:

    Let today or tomorrow see the last of the ridiculous Kean.

    Oh, pleeeeese! Make it so!

    I want to see this creep exiled to thick, untamed bushland in his electorate, far from a fire trail. In a hot, dry summer.

  10. Roger says:

    That is a tell methinks. If you see some poor Gladys-staffer walking around with bandages over its ears it’ll be the one who’d been tasked with listening to 2GB for what voters have been saying.

    If they knew anything about good governance practices they’d never have gotten themselves into the situation in the first instance. This is a text book case in how not to handle such an appointment and they’ve wasted a lot of political capital on it.

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Right. Next thing is to abolish that one billion behemoth itself. We do not need investigation into net zero 50 because we do not need net zero and CO2. We need a new HILE (if we must) coal-fired power station or two, removal of subsidies for renewables to let the market run on them, and as much cheap electricity as we can possibly generate in order to attract capital and businesses back to manufacturing things, including jobs, in Australia. China is breathing down our necks. Let them sell their windmills and solar panels to a more gullible set of consumers in Europe. China will will soon be forced to start demolishing their plant anyway, as the great Global Warming CO2 Scare becomes, like Covid19, yesterday’s bad modelling.

    Covid has opened people’s eyes to the failures of ‘modelling’ complex systems and situations, where many factors have to be taken into account. Also, there is, post the Trump election that was ‘fortified’, a very great suspicion of the MSM and all that it stands for. These barrackers for the warming cause can take their Greta and go home. Indoctrinated children now seeking jobs are going to grow up soon.

  12. Tom says:

    Malcolm Ex

    Brilliant headline, CL. If you had written it for a newspaper, it would be nominated for a Walkley Award.

  13. old bloke says:

    We’ve got a bloke out here in the West called Zak Kirkup who needs a job, perhaps Gladys could offer him the position. He’ll fit right in and make NSW nett-zero by 2030.

  14. Mother Lode says:

    I suspect the reason he was dropped was not because he was committed to inflicting pain on New South Wales, but because he embarrassed his political sponsors.

    The suicidal policy would be fine, but the optics:he blew that. Had he kept his mouth shut he would have done precisely what we knew he would – the same he had articulated in everything else he has done.

  15. Shy Ted says:

    To be replaced by whom in this taxpayer funded boondoggle? I wonder if, in his anger, he’ll go home, kick the dog and beat the wife? I’ll have him if he touches the dog.

  16. Cardimona says:

    All I can say is 😂😂😂😎👍

  17. H B Bear says:

    If you had written it for a newspaper, it would be nominated for a Walkley Award.

    That’s a bit unfair. It’s actually pretty good.

  18. Turtle says:

    More engineers, less lawyers. That’s my slogan on climate crap and government.

  19. Shy Ted says:

    Can someone forward this article link to Malcolm? It wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t.

  20. sabena says:

    Malcolm is fundamentally unsuited to any government position-period.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    I want to see this creep exiled to thick, untamed bushland in his electorate, far from a fire trail. In a hot, dry summer.

    Yes. With a whiff of smoke coming from somewhere not too far away.

    He might need to start clearing a little of the undergrowth around him, because the current wet summer has certainly allowed it to build up again.

    Why on earth we keep on planting more gumtrees is completely beyond me.
    We are merely replicating the cycle of fire and regrowth and hence the release of much atmospheric pollution (including the dread CO2) when we should be ‘vaccinating’ against it, by opening up grasslands into pasture again, reintroducing better species of trees to withstand Australian conditions, and allowing people to enjoy beautiful vistas once more to uplift the spirits when driving in this great land; and in their ICE cars, for they certainly won’t get far if restricted to electric ones.

    Just dump the Paris Agreement, ScoMo; or if you can’t find the cohones to do this, then just ignore it, as most others are secretly doing. Spending huge amounts of time and money trying to ‘calculate’ CO2 from cow farts and other pieces of nonsense is sheer lunacy. Count in the bushfires for a start, and recognise that trees are simply stores of CO2 as carbon; so are we. If you don’t like it, stop breathing.

  22. Lee says:

    Says a lot about Kean’s judgment.
    Or lack of.

  23. H B Bear says:

    I might skip lunch at The Australian club today.

  24. Hugh says:

    Lizzy in both posts: tick, tick.

  25. Albatross says:

    Eat shit you tosser.

  26. Entropy says:

    Now get rid of the junket altogether. And the Minister while you are at it.

  27. Up The Workers! says:

    Malcontent Turncoat is certainly unfit for employment as a Chair, but I hear he does a good impersonation of a stool!

  28. The Barking Toad says:

    Some days you wake up feeling a bit flat.

    Then you hear something that puts a spring in your step.

    I might get on the drink a bit early today:)

  29. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I’m with you on this, Lizzie. We don’t need zero emissions ever.

    I suppose the one good thing, well, maybe two, is the widespread notoriety that this stupid Matt Kean Board has received in the community and just before the Seat of Upper Hunter by-election: no-one in NSW cannot possibly now be unaware of Gladys’ duplicity with Kean on energy.

    And, two, and deliciously so, Turnbull again has been, as the classics say, “unceremoniously dumped”.

  30. Rockdoctor says:

    Barilaro is all over the shop again! Not the first time either. NSW Nat seriously need to get their house in order if they want to be treated seriously…

  31. Entropy says:

    “Matt Kean has agreed that he won’t proceed with the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as chair.”

    Heeyyy, I suspect we might have been sold a pup with that little bit of careful wording.

  32. jo says:

    If you don’t like it, stop breathing.

    I can help with that if he’s incapable.

  33. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    We’ve got a bloke out here in the West called Zak Kirkup who needs a job, perhaps Gladys could offer him the position.

    OB – You must really not like us NSWelshpersons to want to replace Malcolm with Malcolm-lite.

    Poor Mr Kirkup should join the Greens. Maybe if he asks Matt Kean he could offer them a twofer deal.

  34. old bloke says:

    Poor Malcolm, such great potential thwarted again.

  35. Entropy says:

    I am fine corned he might still be on this boondoggle Board. He won’t proceed as “Chair”.
    Get. Rid. Of. The. Board. Altogether.

  36. Kneel says:

    “unceremoniously dumped”

    A bit of ceremony may have driven the point home a bit harder, but I’ll take what I can get…

  37. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Barilaro is all over the shop again! Not the first time either. NSW Nat seriously need to get their house in order if they want to be treated seriously…

    Rockdoctor – Barilaro has to be noice to all those lefty wymminses Nat MPs who’ve been enthusiastically trying to make the Nats more palatable to wymminse voters. If he doesn’t do noice he will incur the wrath of wymmises journos and wymminses Nat MPs. Of course culling the dead wood from the Nat Party would inevitably require booting of those wymminses Nat MPs, so he’s in a bit of a bind.

  38. a happy little debunker says:

    But it was OK for him to be PM.

    Nope – since the late 80’s he has been failing up – now it seems Karma has him failing down.
    If only it had started properly in 2009…

  39. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    And, two, and deliciously so, Turnbull again has been, as the classics say, “unceremoniously dumped”

    Fact checked: true.

    Just watched Gladys…
    No matter that she dressed it up with shite; ‘well regarded, respected, I greatly admire him & his intellect…’

  40. Mother Lode says:

    And yet, through all this, there has been no mention of ‘mounting pressure’, ‘growing calls’, or that ‘questions are being asked’.

    Talk about out of left field.

  41. Gibbo says:

    That’s a great headline CL. Up there with some of Tim Blair’s best efforts. 🙂

  42. min says:

    Has anyone in any government in Australia read about Germany’ failure with Renewables ? EnergieWende has cost them trillions of euros and does not supply enough to keep country and manufacturing going whilst having the highest energy costs in Europe .

  43. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Mother Lode says:
    April 6, 2021 at 11:32 am

    ML, while that doesn’t qualify as an emoji, it’s pretty close😂😂😂

  44. duncanm says:

    Good.

    I take Barilaro and Kean’s statements at face value – Malcolm’s cult of personality, his ongoing beef with the coalition, and his misunderstanding of the role, and hoping its this, rather than the usual political cock-up.

    Of course, any idiot should have seen it coming, given Malcolm Ex’s* history. To appoint him in the first place was a mistake, but at least they learned quick smart and punted the loser.

    (*) – wonderful.

  45. dover_beach says:

    C.L. is just getting better and better. Practice makes perfect.

  46. Leigh Lowe says:

    Kean has been running around for ages making batshit crazy announcements and the party has been falling into line “to avoid a public stoush”.
    How is that conflict avoidance strategy working for you now?
    I’ll bet Kean sold it to Glad-bags (probably on the back of some veiled “better to have him inside the tent” threat) and they pushed it through Cabinet as a fait accompli.
    The trouble is, there would more than one spineless minister at the table shit-scared of Trumble white-anting them in the meeja.

  47. Leigh Lowe says:

    Kneel says:

    April 6, 2021 at 11:23 am

    “unceremoniously dumped”

    A bit of ceremony may have driven the point home a bit harder, but I’ll take what I can get…

    Yes.
    A ceremony.
    Perhaps removing his epaulettes in the parade ground with the tip of a sword.

  48. Leigh Lowe says:

    Bwah ha ha ha ha.
    Kean has to eat a shit sandwich with very thin slices of bread.

  49. Robbo says:

    Turnbull should never have been appointed so what was the NSW Government thinking when they gave him the job? He is an anti Liberal puffed up windbag who will use every opportunity to destroy the Party so why give him a taxpayer funded platform to use? At least some last minute commonsense sees him shown the door so it’s good riddance to a nasty self absorbed incompetent, vindictive waste of space.

  50. duncanm says:

    Just sent a thank-you to Kean.

    Got to give him a pat when he does something right.

  51. billie says:

    a pox on all their houses

  52. Forester says:

    The Labor-Lite party is delusional if they still think the people who pretend to vote for them outnumber the people who used to vote for them.

    Lets see the book on who’s getting Jim Molan’s vote in the senate.

  53. Lee says:

    Why on earth we keep on planting more gumtrees is completely beyond me.

    Some years ago, the local council planted many gum tree saplings on the nature strips in my street.
    Overnight someone came along, did the locals a good service, and tore them all out of the ground.
    The council didn’t plant any more.

  54. Dr Faustus says:

    No matter that she dressed it up with shite; ‘well regarded, respected, I greatly admire him & his intellect…’

    The political equivalent of spinning around three times widdershins, while muttering ‘Grace of God’ and sprinkling salt.
    Unlikely to dispel the Hungry Ghost.

  55. RJH says:

    There is only one way to fix the ongoing influence of the Modern/Moderate/Photis/Kean Green Liberals Augean Stable and that is at the next State Election unless they have been previously ejected from the LP, is to put ALL Liberals on the Ballot Paper LAST. After all, there is very little difference in the Policies of the Moderate Liberals to that of the Greens? If enough of us do it, it is the only way the honest Aussie voter can make his vote effective in the long term by making these manipulating scamsters posing as Liberal Leaders take notice. It might mean a Labor Government, but it is surely a small short-lived price to pay to make a point/example they will never forget?
    Remember naming and shaming these indoctrinated fraudsters is the one thing they dread and makes them publicly responsible for their own & collective actions and will be a cause of uncontrollable ongoing nightmares

  56. W Hogg says:

    It was worth the horror of seeing Mal appointed to experience the joy of seeing him boned.

  57. Dr Faustus says:

    On the plus side, Brain-the-Size-of-a-Planet has firmly cemented himself as a straight off the reservation Bright Green poxdrop.

    Very unlikely that the Plibersek Labor Government will offer him a yummy ‘across the aisle’ Great Australian honorarium.

  58. notafan says:

    The LNP always astound me.

    Despite the electorate clearly rejecting the doomsday cult at the last federal election they think #metooing on the end is nigh cry is a vote winner.

    It ain’t.

  59. Tel says:

    Prediction of anthropomorphic global seat warming didn’t happen.

    We are saved!!! 🤔

  60. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    There is only one way to fix the ongoing influence of the Modern/Moderate/Photis/Kean Green Liberals Augean Stable and that is at the next State Election unless they have been previously ejected from the LP, is to put ALL Liberals on the Ballot Paper LAST

    NSW has optional preferential voting: Legislative Assembly seats only require one selection; for ever other candidate, no like, no vote.

  61. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Well Malky boy its back to jobsearch with you ole son , why dont you get on to your soul mate Paedo Jo Bi Den ,his illegal government is full of wankers like you, left wing millionaires thick as hairs on a cats ass ,you would get a green card straight away even though there is no shortage of green tossers in the USA
    We assure you we would manage to cope without you .

  62. Seco says:

    Then why appoint him? What sort of focus group thought that this was a good idea? Seriously, can the Libs fire a shot that doesn’t hit themselves in the foot?

  63. cuckoo says:

    Great headline CL.

    This and the Polish pastor expelling mini-Nazi-Barbie from his church have made it a good couple of days.

  64. mh says:

    Such potential.

  65. Roger says:

    But it was OK for him to be PM.

    Nope – since the late 80’s he has been failing up – now it seems Karma has him failing down.

    Well…yes. But my point was that the conflicts of interest Judith stated made him unsuited for the Board position were also present when he was elected head of the Liberal Party with oversight over its climate change policy.

  66. Fair Shake says:

    Macquarie radio news bulletin played clip of Malcolm blaming news Corp for a vicious campaign against him. Followed by Gladys saying how much she admired and respected Malcolm.
    Seriously the NSW LNP is all over the place. Which is only slightly better than Vic Liberals who are nowhere.

  67. notafan says:

    Ps is there nothing that supervillian Rupert can’t do from his rocking chair?

  68. Texas Jack says:

    Fair Shake says:
    April 6, 2021 at 1:11 pm
    Seriously the NSW LNP is all over the place. Which is only slightly better than Vic Liberals who are nowhere.

    The NSW Libs are, yes – but why does dunderhead Barilaro keep waving every piece of stupid shite from Kean through??? He should avoid overt signs of Cabinet solidarity with a Berejiklian Cabinet whether Kean is a minister or not. Too much guilt-by-association will eventually see the Nats wiped from the field.

  69. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Of course…the stupid effing NSW Liberals have only themselves to blame…but I’m laughing at how Malcolm Ex is now blaming News Corp…..News Corp have not responded..

    “Malcolm Turnbull dumped from new climate job

    The Environment Minister has rejected Malcolm Turnbull’s claims a media “vendetta” let to the former prime minister’s dumping from a government climate board.

    Environment Minister Matt Kean has directly rejected a claim by Malcolm Turnbull that he was dumped from the NSW government’s climate board as a result of a News Corp “vendetta”.

    Mr Kean spoke to Mr Turnbull by phone this morning saying he would need to step aside from the role, following days of internal party concern over his public anti-coal comments.

    Mr Turnbull then took to ABC radio claiming the decision was the result of a News Corp “vendetta” with a goal to “bully the state government”.

    Mr Kean said this was false.

    “The decision to rescind Malcolm’s appointment as chair of the net zero board was entirely mine as I did not want Malcolm’s big personality to distract from the important work the government needs to do to secure mining jobs and to create new industries,” Mr Kean said.

    He expressly rejected Mr Turnbull’s public claim that News Corp had “bullied” the government to back down on the appointment.

    “This morning’s decision is mine and has nothing to do with News Corp,” Mr Kean said.

    “I appointed Malcolm because he was extremely well qualified and someone I respect enormously.

    “However he can at times be seen as a divisive figure and these issues really need people who can bring the community with us.

    “If you can’t bring everyone together on this issue you can’t win.”

    The appointment was the subject of internal Liberal party room angst, including one backbencher Lee Evans taking the rare step of speaking out publicly against the appointment.

    Senior Ministers had deep concerns about the impact of the appointment on the Upper Hunter by-election and Mr Turnbull’s anti-coal rhetoric.

    In a statement, The Daily Telegraph Editor Ben English said he was “saddened to hear that Malcolm Turnbull has once again decided to blame others for his own misfortune.”

    “But no matter what he thinks, the end of his short-lived chairmanship of the state’s Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy board is due entirely to his own actions – not, as he so colourfully put it, “thuggery” or the “right-wing media ecosystem”.”

    Mr English said The Daily Telegraph did nothing more than cover a story of importance to the people of NSW and makes “no apologies for doing so.”

    Deputy Premier John Barilaro made the decision public on Ray Hadley’s 2GB program this morning, saying he had personally given the benefit of the doubt to Mr Turnbull but “he pulled my pants down within 48 hours”.

    “We are not proceeding with the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as chair. I give credit to Matt Kean. He accepts even if you want to go down this position of Net Zero board and that target you don’t need an individual who clouds or makes controversial – you need someone who brings people together and not divide and unfortunately Malcolm has done the opposite.

    “Great result for common sense.”

    Mr Barilaro said he regretted staying silent on the Turnbull appointment but that they had now corrected the matter.

    “For someone to be appointed in a government role and to not understand the passion and the political position of the government then itself shows they are pig-headed and they aren’t interested in what is right and good for the economy,” he said.

    One Nation NSW Leader Mark Latham said removing Turnbull from the post was “the right decision for jobs in the region”.

    “He never should have had the job,” Mr Latham said.

    “This is the shortest political posting since Mal Meninga.”

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian showered words of praise on Mr Turnbull hours after the decision to remove him as chair.

    “At the end of the day a decision was made but what I want to do today is thank Malcolm for his contribution to Australia, his contribution to public life and all that he has to offer. I’m someone who is incredibly fond of him,” she said.

    “I accept what Minister Kean said in his statement and that is, unfortunately, for everyone involved it (his appointment) was proving to be a distraction.”

    Ms Berejiklian did not answer if she had asked Minister Kean to remove Mr Turnbull from his new role.

    “Malcolm Turnbull deserves our collective respect. I admire him greatly,” she said.

    The Premier also assured the people of the Hunter Region that creating and saving jobs in the area is her priority but that employment can coexist with a clean energy future.

    “Many communities have traditional energy based jobs and also new jobs.”

    Mr Kean said the new chair of the board would be announced in due course. Until then, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will act in the role.

    “The purpose of the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board is to create jobs in low carbon industries and see the State reduce its emissions in ways that grow the economy,” Mr Kean said.

    The announcement comes hours after The Daily Telegraph revealed Malcolm Turnbull wrote directly to the NSW government objecting to the expansion of a coal mine in the Upper Hunter citing his family’s nearby 2700 acre grazing property among reasons for his concern.

    The Daily Telegraph is saddened to hear that Malcolm Turnbull has once again decided to blame others for his own misfortune.

    But no matter what he thinks, the end of his short-lived chairmanship of the state’s Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy board is due entirely to his own actions – not, as he so colourfully put it, “thuggery” or the “right-wing media ecosystem”.

    It is disappointing that Mr Turnbull would make such attacks. In lashing out as he has done Mr Turnbull attacked not only The Daily Telegraph or News Corp but the free press that is a pillar of our free society.

    The Daily Telegraph has done nothing more than cover a story of importance to everyone who lives in NSW.

    We make no apologies for doing so, and we have sought to do so with the utmost of transparency – including publishing the full text of our questions to Mr Turnbull as well as his responses on our website.

    The fact is, the appointment of anyone to this critical position was going to be news.

    With the sudden unexpected advent of a by-election in the state’s coalmining heartland, the story became even more important, adding a further element to an already complex story about balancing jobs and the economy and the environment.

    We have no illusions that these are challenging times and the government has a huge responsibility to help the state navigate a transition away from coal and fossil fuels. And it is only right that we ask questions about the person appointed to have so much input to that process.

    As the major metropolitan newspaper in NSW, it is imperative that we interrogate these issues.

    This is nothing personal, even if Mr Turnbull would like to claim it is.

    But to be clear, The Daily Telegraph thinks that as a former prime minister Mr Turnbull has a lot to offer the country and a significant role to play in public life.

    We hope he finds a role that is both suitable and in the best interests of the state and the nation.”

    I think Ben English and Mark Latham have said it best.

  70. H B Bear says:

    The Left may be in ascendency everywhere, schoolchildren may be watching An Inconvenient Truth before going off to hormone treatment chaperoned by a bloke in a frock from La Trobe uni as they transition but small victories like this give you hope to carry on

  71. Mother Lode says:

    Nope – since the late 80’s he has been failing up – now it seems Karma has him failing down.

    I can’t recall it precisely but there was a witticism by some Anglican cleric to…someone…along the lines of “You and I are exceptions to nature in that you have risen by your gravity, and I descended by my levity.”

    Malcolm is the holotype of constipation. He is a noisome vortex of shittiness from a realm of crap trying to force his way into our universe.

    He sees himself as a ‘Christ-like’ figure who takes all of our evils upon himself and expects to be worshipped, although he has no appetite for being crucified. He is happy to pose for shots holding the crucifix but fully means for other people to carry it, and hold the nails to our wrists and whirl the mallet with rehearsed expressions of regret and inner turmoil.

    He is Photios creature, although no entity from regions infernal has yet stuck its hand up to own Photios.

  72. candy says:

    It still makes no sense why they proceeded with the appointment and were full of praise for Turnbull and all agreed on net zero emissions by 2050, when one week later now they are all in agreement that that role was never appropriate for him at all.

  73. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Some suggested viewing for Waffles Turnbuckle.

  74. H B Bear says:

    While we may wish Rupe was sitting in his New York penthouse stroking his cat watching this all play out on 60 TV screens across a wall the fate of Teh Paywallian suggests he is not pulling the strings anymore.

  75. Mother Lode says:

    but I’m laughing at how Malcolm Ex is now blaming News Corp

    Don Quixote tilting at windmills, not realising that the story was only compelling because the preposterousness of the eponymous Don.

    The antics of Malcolm give News no end of copy. They don’t want him gone. They want him ‘Malcolm’.

  76. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “H B Bear says:
    April 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    The Left may be in ascendency everywhere, schoolchildren may be watching An Inconvenient Truth before going off to hormone treatment chaperoned by a bloke in a frock from La Trobe uni as they transition but small victories like this give you hope to carry on”

    Indeed…..I think we have to hit them where it hurts….votes and money. Liberals and Nats in the Upper Hunter were prepared to walk away….the by-election result would have been similar to the by-election back in 2016 after Baird’s monumentally catastrophic greyhound decision…where a Liberal premier submitted to green left animal activists rather than to its base.

    The only people who like and wax lyrical about Malcolm Ex never voted for him….because they vote Green or Labor. Everyone else loathes him.

  77. H B Bear says:

    Denied the benefits of his genius (again). This is a setback for NSW and by definition Australia.

  78. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    It still makes no sense why they proceeded with the appointment and were full of praise for Turnbull and all agreed on net zero emissions by 2050, when one week later now they are all in agreement that that role was never appropriate for him at all.

    Indeed – any sane person might simply think the stupid forking gliberals are a bunch of tone deaf tin eared imbeciles who’ve massively misread the mood of the electorate (again).

  79. Leigh Lowe says:

    It still makes no sense why they proceeded with the appointment and were full of praise for Turnbull and all agreed on net zero emissions by 2050, when one week later now they are all in agreement that that role was never appropriate for him at all.

    Piers Akerman summarised it perfectly.
    It is Glady’s “greyhound moment”.
    As for Kean, he did this as another middle finger to the “they don’t matter” base.
    Make no mistake, this has mortally wounded him within the party. Up until now he was running around making policy on the run at the behest of Photios and Trumble, daring the party to call him out.
    They now have done, overturning his masterstroke appointment, and forcing him to deliver the message to Trumble.
    Kean is about to find out what it means to be “a friend of Trumble” when things go pear-shaped.
    Bewdiful.

  80. H B Bear says:

    LL – hope you’re right (I think you might be.). Where does this leave the Glad Bag?

  81. John A says:

    Leigh Lowe says: April 6, 2021, at 12:02 pm

    Kneel says: April 6, 2021, at 11:23 am

    “unceremoniously dumped”

    A bit of ceremony may have driven the point home a bit harder, but I’ll take what I can get…

    Yes.
    A ceremony.
    Perhaps removing his epaulettes in the parade ground with the tip of a sword.

    I was thinking of something like the opening scene of this old Western TV series: Branded

  82. jupes says:

    John Barilaro had voted in favour of Malcolm Turnbull chairing the NSW Net-Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board after he was recommended by Environment Minister Matt Kean.

    Thus highlighting the utter stupidity and lack of principle in the SFL Party.

  83. Perfidious Albino says:

    Yes, John A – I would like to see Maocolm cashiered from the Liberal Party, his tie and leather ‘ABC’ jacket cut up with pinking shears and ritually trampled by a flock of Dorpers.

  84. calli says:

    I did not want Malcolm’s big personality to distract from the important work the government needs to do to secure mining jobs and to create new industries,” Mr Kean said.

    Is that what it’s called these days?

    It used to be called:

    Ineptitude
    Failures
    Bumbling
    Cock-ups

    All these qualities coalesce into one marvellous creature of ego-driven SNAFU-ness.

    And Kean chose him.

  85. The Barking Toad says:

    So…..I’m guessing Kean won’t be invited to give head to the waffle anymore

  86. H B Bear says:

    Thus highlighting the utter stupidity and lack of principle in the SFL Party.

    Barilaro is a National. Still a major part of the problem though.

  87. miltonf says:

    “At the end of the day a decision was made but what I want to do today is thank Malcolm for his contribution to Australia, his contribution to public life and all that he has to offer. I’m someone who is incredibly fond of him,” she said.

    They live on another planet. Trumble always came across as an abrasive, unpleasant little man right back to his days as Packer’s lawyer. Everyday. the LNP show that they are fully on board the globalist ‘green’ sell out.

    I reckon Barralarlo is fully on board too but now and then he thinks throwing a bone to the plebs will get his constituents to vote for him again.

  88. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “John Barilaro had voted in favour of Malcolm Turnbull chairing the NSW Net-Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board after he was recommended by Environment Minister Matt Kean.”

    Barilaro is part of the problem….he says one thing then does the opposite. He epitomises why the NSW Nationals are dying a slow tortuous death…the party is bleeding voters to the SF&F party. Barilaro supported Gladys’ abortion bill back in 2019…enough said.

  89. miltonf says:

    Barralarlo proves the saying that politics is showbiz for ugly people.

  90. miltonf says:

    So the LNP aren’t running a candidate in Upper Hunter? Wow

  91. H B Bear says:

    So the LNP aren’t running a candidate in Upper Hunter? Wow

    A mangy dog hiding when you want to give it a quick kick (for its own good of course).

  92. Xword says:

    Stoked Up comes up with the rails the next at Wenty while Glad Bag’s chances aren’t helped by drawing the six

  93. miltonf says:

    I suspect the reason he was dropped was not because he was committed to inflicting pain on New South Wales, but because he embarrassed his political sponsors.

    The suicidal policy would be fine, but the optics:he blew that. Had he kept his mouth shut he would have done precisely what we knew he would – the same he had articulated in everything else he has done.

    exactly

  94. cuckoo says:

    He is happy to pose for shots holding the crucifix but fully means for other people to carry it, and hold the nails to our wrists and whirl the mallet with rehearsed expressions of regret and inner turmoil.

    Beautifully put.

  95. Diogenes says:

    Is it wrong to have a schadenboner.

    I hope my email to the closet sitting Liberal and Gladys Binchicken helped sway the tide.

  96. candy says:

    Barilaro strikes me as a bit manic, like Andrew Laming. Unreliable, all over the place, full of himself.
    He went on mental health leave a little while ago, something to do with koalas.

  97. Lee says:

    Of course…the stupid effing NSW Liberals have only themselves to blame…but I’m laughing at how Malcolm Ex is now blaming News Corp

    Of course that other Great Australian Wanker, KRudd has weighed in now, blaming the “Murdoch far-right” for Turnbull’s removal!
    LOL

  98. Pedro the Loafer says:

    Contender for Headline of the Year.

    CL has always had a great turn of phrase, even though he sometimes uses words that require a Thesaurus to decipher for us peasants.

    Been an admirer of his work since the Good Ol’ Days as Currency Lad on the old Blair blog.

    Long live the Elephant!

  99. mh says:

    He pulled my pants down within 48 of his appointment on an area that I take seriously.

    Phrasing.

  100. BrettW says:

    Hadley was certainly getting stuck into Malcolm this morning. He mentioned that the letter he had written about air quality in Hunter had some wrong information in it that Malcolm should have realised was not correct.

    Mind boggling that NSW Government actually did not consider the inevitable blowback from its core supporters over his appointment.

    Great to see

  101. miltonf says:

    Mind boggling that NSW Government actually did not consider the inevitable blowback from its core supporters over his appointment.

    Does anyone really still think the lieborals are for hard work, honest dealing and small business?

  102. Buccaneer says:

    Barilaro flip flops $2.50
    Trumble appointed to climate boondoggle, nsw taxpayers, $ Billions

    Watching Kean give Trumble the Petinakos Treatment, priceless…

  103. Lizzie:

    We need a new HILE (if we must) coal-fired power station or two, removal of subsidies for renewables to let the market run on them, and as much cheap electricity as we can possibly generate in order to attract capital and businesses back to manufacturing things, including jobs, in Australia.

    The issue of deindustrialising our economy into a service economy – one of Malcolms stupider aims – hit home last month when it was discovered that China had falsified a quality control certificate for aluminium going into our new patrol boats.
    Why were we buying processed aluminium from the people most likely to be our next military competitor? Is our power generation now so unreliable and expensive that it makes economic sense to do so?
    Why yes. Yes it is. This is incompetence at a national and state governance level. It is tantamount to sabotage of our ability to defend ourselves.
    I suggest a purge…

  104. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Photios’s Phat Phingers are all over this – but this is a start and the disappearance from public life of Kaka-lips Kean would be a welcome middle point.

  105. miltonf says:

    This is incompetence at a national and state governance level. It is tantamount to sabotage of our ability to defend ourselves.
    I suggest a purge…

    The political class now works against us. They actively sabotage electricity and irrigation. I think Hawkeating’s tariff cuts were the kick off.

  106. miltonf says:

    Think Tony-never had real job-Cole. Archetypal Canbra egghead.

  107. H B Bear says:

    Nothing to be embarrassed about having a schadenboner. Just don’t go waving it in peoples’ faces just at the moment. (How did I do with the apostrophe?)

  108. Robber Baron says:

    Abbott must be immediately appointed. You know this makes sense.

  109. Leigh Lowe says:

    There is something going on here.
    They appoint Micky Trumble.
    They cop a week of shit over it and not a murmur.
    Then, suddenly … gonski.
    Someone’s stash of goat photos is bigger than Trumble’s?

  110. miltonf says:

    Nothing is straightforward or upfront when it comes to politicians. I regard this current NSW ‘government’ as the worst ever. Don’t know much before JJ Cahill but no government could be as contemptible as this lot.

  111. Lee says:

    The Liberal Party certainly know how to pick them.
    Turnbull, Kean, Kirkup.
    The left have had some success in infiltrating fifth columnists into Australia’s so-called conservative party.
    In WA they have even managed to destroy them.

  112. miltonf says:

    Go back to the 70s and consider people like Ian McPhee. As left as they come.

  113. Russell says:

    So the great Malformed went straight off to His ABC to complain about the Tory press. Not surprising but another clear reason to keep Their ABC as a gutter-press for these under-resourced victims to go to in their hour of need. No statesmanship there – just like complaining to Oprah about how the privileged are really so hard done by. It would have been a smarter move to get Lucy to do it but, then, that says it all.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    another clear reason to keep Their ABC

    Given Mal’s amazing ability to destroy anything he gets involved with I thought the best thing ScoMo can now do is offer Turnbull the chair of the ABC.

    He’d even think it was a reward for his awesomeness.

    The fun bit is the kolkhoz would react to him the same way they do to anyone to the right of Mao Tse Tung, which would be rather fun to watch.

  115. Megan says:

    calli says:
    April 6, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    I did not want Malcolm’s big personality to distract from the important work the government needs to do to secure mining jobs and to create new industries,” Mr Kean said.

    Is that what it’s called these days?

    It used to be called:

    Ineptitude
    Failures
    Bumbling
    Cock-ups

    All these qualities coalesce into one marvellous creature of ego-driven SNAFU-ness.

    And Kean chose him.

    I can just see the mental torture required of what passes for Kean’s brain. Let’s see, this position requires a devious, plotting, unreliable, madman. Ah ha! Turnbull will be perfect. I must make an announcement. Oh no, now I must unmake it.

    And I’d happily host a punting ceremony for our non-lamented ex-PM off the Sydney Harbour Bridge with accompanying fireworks.

  116. miltonf says:

    I think you will find that, to the ‘moderate’ faction which is essentially the lieboral pardy, Trumble would be their idea of Menzies. Sounds grotesque I know, but that is what I suspect.

  117. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    I tried to watch some of Kenny’s interview of Kean this evening on the ousting of Malcolm Ex.

    It was excruciating. These quisling mongrels truly think they can tell the most preposterous bald faced lies and that the electorate will swallow them (and depressingly, it now seems they largely do). Barilaro was almost as bad when he appeared on Credkin, saved solely by his legendary incoherence.

    What no idiot gliberal MP in the current goat rodeo passing itself off as the NSW government (and yes, it is one of, if not the worst, in my memory) will ever admit is that every single one of them would have been copping an absolute pasting over the staggeringly stupid decision to offer Waffles Turnbuckle that ridiculous gerbil worming sinecure.

    At least Kenny had the good sense to ask Kean how on earth the latter’s position in the government was in any way tenable.

    The gliberal party is an irredeemable, inexcusable disgrace and anyone who willingly votes for them is an idiot.

  118. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Trumble would be their idea of Menzies. Sounds grotesque

    Without any of the integrity, common sense or decency, conservative principles, loyalty to this country or political staying power.

  119. Epicurious says:

    Judith Sloan says:
    April 6, 2021 at 10:18 am
    Should never have been appointed because of conflicts of interest

    Simply put but so to the point because it was my first reaction. The man is so conflicted even blind Freddy could see that but then again some political green posey holder didn’t.

  120. Squirrel says:

    They could atone for this fiasco by offering the job to Ian Plimer.

  121. Tel says:

    Piers Akerman summarised it perfectly.
    It is Glady’s “greyhound moment”.

    Na … she moved at the right moment and righted the ship.

    She only needs to look more competent than ScoMo, which isn’t difficult.

    Kean is about to find out what it means to be “a friend of Trumble” when things go pear-shaped.

    A small clean up will make the others more careful.

    There is plenty of positive “Green” vibe that the Liberals can deliver without buying into leftist fruit loopery. It’s a wet year this year so go out and make darn sure a bit of fuel reduction burning gets done … then make a feature of it and show the people you are preventing future bushfires. Open back up the fire breaks in the state forests that have become locked and overgrown thanks to the Parks and Sparks regime that has never answered to anyone. Explain to people how much money the Hunter Valley makes for NSW and offer some giveaway free holidays for some of the poorer families who don’t usually get to go there and wouldn’t know if the air was clean.

    There’s heaps of stuff they can do … just don’t fall for the Climate Crap. Be a genuine alternative, not another handle cranker.

  122. candy says:

    Gladys Berejiklian says her respect and admiration for Malcolm Turnbull is everlasting, and she admires his intellect very much.

    I reckon she is pretty fond of Turnbull. They both have same objectives of 2050 nil emissions. He helped and supported her over the boyfriend issue a few months ago and said she just fell in love with “the wrong man”.
    I think someone has intervened in the matter and told her and Kean to think twice, and my guess is PM Morrison.

  123. Gyro Cadiz says:

    Public humiliation of this ugly little turd.

    How nice to see!

    I am certain it bites him hard in his titanic narcissistic ego.

  124. Crossie says:

    hit home last month when it was discovered that China had falsified a quality control certificate for aluminium going into our new patrol boats.
    Why were we buying processed aluminium from the people most likely to be our next military competitor? Is our power generation now so unreliable and expensive that it makes economic sense to do so?
    Why yes. Yes it is. This is incompetence at a national and state governance level. It is tantamount to sabotage of our ability to defend ourselves.
    I suggest a purge…

    We truly have idiots governing us. The Chinese must be dying laughing at how easy it is to ruin their enemies and make no mistake we are their enemies, or more correctly they are our enemies.

  125. Peter Fox says:

    Was this a cunning Blackadder and Baldrick plan to capitalise on Malcolm’s ego to set him up and then pull the rug from beneath him?

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