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Thu Aug 23, 2018, 02:13 AM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull digs in

It's been an extraordinary week in the Australian Federal Parliament, and it's not over yet. Successive polls since the last election (2016) have shown the Liberals trailing Labor by margins of around 5%, give or take, and it's become clear that they would be unlikely to retain power in the next election, due 2019. But it beggars belief that the Libs' answer is not to get their act together and try to pass some meaningful action on things like climate change, boosting schools and health funding, etc. No, their answer has been to look to the lunar right of their party and offer support to a potential candidate who has an approval rating of around 4%.

The result was a leadership spill this week, which Turnbull won by 13 votes. But that wasn't good enough for the Minister for Home Affairs-and-anything-else-he can-think-of, Peter Dutton, who was the loser. Dutton, known variously as Benito Dutton, Reichsfuehrer Dutton or just Potatohead, is determined to snatch the leadership. He has the backing of sore loser Tony Abbott, and behind Abbott is the real cause of the Libs' woes - Rupert Murdoch.

So right now, the Australian Parliament has been shut down for two weeks, while the contenders try to get their numbers right. Mr Turnbull has made it clear that he will resign from Parliament if he loses, and as they have a majority of just one seat, the Libs will be in big trouble. Dutton is definitely not the man who could wheel and deal with the Opposition as Julia Gillard did so skillfully during her tenure; he's too despised and hated, and his hatred of anybody even moderately left-wing is too well known for that to be possible.

So here we have the latest:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-23/malcolm-turnbull-digs-in-leader-of-liberal-party/10156386




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Matilda Aug 2018 OP
uriel1972 Aug 2018 #1
Matilda Aug 2018 #5
Thyla Aug 2018 #2
nitpicker Aug 2018 #3
Thyla Aug 2018 #4
Matilda Aug 2018 #6
nitpicker Aug 2018 #7
Matilda Aug 2018 #8
Matilda Sep 2018 #9

Response to Matilda (Original post)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 03:14 AM

1. Got to admit...

It's nice to see the the "Conservatives" eating themselves. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
I have little love for Bill Shorten, I have no idea what he stands for yet, but I still would prefer him to anything the LNPI can throw up.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 09:04 AM

5. Have to agree.

I still can’t warm to Shorten, although he really hasn’t put a foot wrong over the past couple of years.

But the only good thing I can think of if Dutton becomes leader is that Labor should romp home in the coming election.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 03:56 AM

2. Oh look, another Australian leadership battle...

Just a friendly reminder that it is time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Thu Aug 23, 2018, 07:08 AM

4. Technical difficulties


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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 01:25 AM

6. Peter Dutton's giant miscalculation.

"Scott Morrison is Australia’s new prime minister, beating Peter Dutton by 45-40 votes after a week in which the government imploded and the Liberal party tore itself apart."

(snip)


"At a news conference after the ballot Turnbull lashed out at the “determined insurgency from a number of people both in the party room and backed by voices, powerful voices, in the media” that brought him down.

“Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott and others, who chose to deliberately attack the government from within - they did so because they wanted to bring the government down, they wanted to bring my prime ministership down.”

"Turnbull confirmed he will leave parliament “before too long”, which would prompt a byelection."

https://theconversation.com/scott-morrison-is-the-new-prime-minister-after-peter-duttons-giant-miscalculation-102105


I have no liking or respect for Scott Morrison, but he is arguably slightly more sane than Peter Dutton. And I think everybody with any understanding of politics recognises the truth of Turnbull's words, that this Liberal leadership crisis was driven by the idealogical hatred of Rupert Murdoch and the spite of Tony Abbott.

It's high time for Abbott to leave politics - he's yesterday's man, and has proven now that he can't even organise a coup against a man that most of the country thinks has been a failure as Prime Minister.


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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 04:59 AM

7. Scott Morrison is new Australian PM as Malcolm Turnbull ousted

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45292637

Scott Morrison is new Australian PM as Malcolm Turnbull ousted

35 minutes ago


Scott Morrison has become Australia's new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest. Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an "insurgency" by conservative MPs.

Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton - who had been Mr Turnbull's most vocal threat. Mr Turnbull is the fourth Australian PM in a decade to be ousted by colleagues.
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With an election looming, MPs were nervous about the government's poor opinion polling and recent by-election defeats. Last week, a row over energy policy ignited long-existing tensions between Mr Turnbull, a moderate, and his party's conservative wing. Mr Dutton, a conservative, then unsuccessfully challenged Mr Turnbull on Tuesday, but his narrow defeat only stoked further discord.
(snip)

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Response to nitpicker (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 09:48 PM

8. It appears that Morrison ran with Turnbull's backing.

When Malcolm realised he wouldn't survive, he gave the nod to Morrison, according to this article:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inside-the-disastrous-attempt-to-install-peter-dutton-as-prime-minister-20180823-p4zzfu.html

I hope this really will be the end of both Dutton and Abbott, two of the ugliest politicians we've ever had the misfortune to have in Canberra.

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Response to Matilda (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 01:00 AM

9. The Tory Story

from the ABC's wonderful Huw Parkinson:






Telling it like it was.

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