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War in Australia (any Oz Politics): the Original

Old 2nd Feb 2015, 07:20
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Having said that, in light of what is happening federally at present, perhaps K-Rudd and JG simply broke the ice and set a precedent for leadership musical chairs, which we can now expect as a regular act in the circus program we call Australian politics
Actually, the role of Australian Prime Minister has been a game of musical chairs since 1901, with only 4 PM's being voted in to and out of power by the people.

PMs rarely begin and end with the people - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

And note the second last sentence of the article, written all the way back in August 2013, looks like it is now going to become reality.
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 07:57
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The only thing that I saw about the Qld. election was a press conference given by the greens toward the end of the campaign. The female leader ,whose name escapes me, spent 10 minutes or so playing the Abbott misogyny card .... nothing new there... before handing over to a Bob Brown look alike who announced that there would be a 2 year 'experiment' with Daylight Saving after which there would be a referendum to see if the Qld population wanted to continue with such a drastic measure or not. It was at this point that my eyes glazed over somewhat and I decided to go and paint the garden fence, something I'd been putting off for the past 6 years.
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 08:27
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Oh dear.
Everybody knows it fades the curtains and leaves the chooks confused.

Queenslanders won't have it, I tell you.
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 09:32
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The daylight saving experiment was done back in '89 I think. It got the shove quick smart. (Mexicans like it for some reason).
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 09:42
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In other news.....words fail me...read below,

Sarah Hanson-Young received a $300,000 individual campaign donation - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 10:16
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meanwhile 7 news reporting that Turnbull's valet is polishing his best brogues.
lets face it the Libs aren't going anywhere with Dum Dum at the helm.
Just love the way the ALP keep pushing Turnbull as the alternative, they know very well he would divide the LNP, but there are others, like, for instance, Bishop, who could gather the electorate, particularly the women, together and that really frightens (Ethel) the ALP and they will continue to decry her.

Only four or five instances of his annoying habit of repeating a phrase while he gathers his thoughts.
That isn't an Abbott thing, all politicians do it, just watch a few more when giving press conferences, it is a very common practice.
A bit like Penny Wong, who, when asked a question, will say, "Yes, that is a very good question, but what I would like to say is..........." and then launch into a party political speech on behalf of the ALP, but never missing an opportunity to slag off the LNP.
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 10:41
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Sigh ...

The donor is the wife of my Internet Service Provider. So that's where my money goes.......

I could forgive him for having his very own PC-12 - indeed I'm a little envious; but to be funding the bloody greens - especially that one

I think I'm going to be sick .....
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 10:55
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Malcolm is their only saviour I am afraid
Yes; The left of the Australian political spectrum (especially the greens) would love him!
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 11:11
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Hmmmmm. So, if the Libs make Malcolm leader, will the Greens preference the Libs at the next election?
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 11:21
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I think Scott Morrison ( if it has to be anyone) is the person.
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 11:31
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SOPS....I think Scott Morrison ( if it has to be anyone) is the person.
The right person for what? The only accuracy in the above thought bubble is 'right'. Morrison is so right he'd make a lot of those who believe they are on the right look like socialists!
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Old 2nd Feb 2015, 19:43
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So much for the voters hiring and firing leaders.

The NT now has it's second change of CLP Chief Minister since the last election, following an overnight coup.

Labor also has form, dumping Clare Martin for Paul Henderson in 2007. It's current leader is also on thin ice with just about everyone.
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 01:21
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The first sentence of Pickering's latest offering, 'he' being Tony Abbott.

And so he faces the final curtain, maybe not today or tomorrow, but he is a dead man walking and he is the only member of the Coalition who hasn’t yet realised it.
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 02:01
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Oh this gets even better entertainment.

The NT Parliament has 25 seats, so 13 are needed for a majority.

Nine CLP members last night voted to replace Giles with Westra van Holthe.

Five continue to support Giles.

Giles will not stand down until WvH can demonstrate he has 13 votes.

The Administrator will not swear in the new Chief Minister until he is satisfied that he has the13 votes.

Former PUPpies, Anderson and Lee have now reportedly rejoined the CLP to support the new team.

Two more votes required.

There's reports of rank and file Party Members quitting in disgust and discussion of the party suspending the entire Parliamentary Wing.

In the meantime, life goes on regardless.

PS Before the usual suspects chime in - the local Opposition is an even worse rabble, with their leader being recognized as the CLP's greatest asset.
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 02:48
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Oh this gets even better entertainment.
Yep, I p!ssed my self laughing. Election I say, and if the feds can't get their act together and start acting like conservatives, election there as well.
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 03:09
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The problem with an early election is that it needs either a vote of no confidence to get up or an appropriation bill to be blocked. Both will take some time to arrange, with much shouting and yelling in the meantime.

Regardless, Giles has let his ego trash what little was left of the CLP brand.

One of the benefits of the labor system is that they thrash these things out behind closed doors.

While they are having serious leadership issues of their own, it's difficult to see them not getting a landslide at the next election.

(Unless a new party arises or there is a bunch of competent independents coming forward. Nick X, where are you?)
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 09:29
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What is wrong with these fools? They have sent themselves on the path to destruction, and the ALPBC is foaming at the mouth thinking about their incredible luck.

I dispear, words fail me.....

Warren Entsch will seek resolution to leadership drama surrounding Tony Abbott; Dennis Jensen withdraws support for PM - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 09:49
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I have some sympathy for those among the Liberal MPs who want it resolved now. Because they know the leadership issue is definitely - and I mean definitely - going to need to be resolved before the election. Unfair as it is, thanks to the largely manufactured 'bad/misogynist/you name it' persona he has in the eyes of too many in the electorate, Tony Abbott is at least a negative 5% (a guess) in votes for the Libs, and they don't have 5% to play with.

They're going to have to roll him eventually. Better to do it now than later.

But PLEASE - not Turnbull. Jacquie Lambie would almost be preferable to him.

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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 10:24
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Well, if the NT dalliance with leadership change is anything to go by, it ain't worth the effort of going through the motions.

After a three hour party room meeting, compromises are reached with Giles remaining as Chief and his challenger installed as Deputy Chief.

When it was pointed out to the plotters, ie the majority of the parly wing, that Giles and friends would not vote with them in Parliament, that a successful vote of no confidence was inevitable and that the Party was not sufficiently well placed to be assured of success at an early election, self-interest trumped principle. No one was game to call his bluff.

So they will now play happy families for the next 18 months in the expectation that the electorate will have forgotten all about today by the next election.

Of course, Abbott does not have the advantage of a small majority in the House, so he can't use the same ploy unless he has lots of friends to walk out with him.
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Old 3rd Feb 2015, 10:48
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Well Fubaar, I think you may be right, sadly Lambie has a lot more credibility than the man formally known as Dum Dum.
I may not of mentioned before but Turnbull has intelligence, is articulate, has real business experience, and is nobody's lap dog.
Bishop is totally out of her depth.
Who else is there?
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