Tony Abbott Causes Everything

Yet another ship carrying illegal immigrants sinks in the Indian Ocean. Somehow this is Tony Abbott’s fault, or George Bush’s or John Howard’s, or something. Even though the boats had slowed to a stop under the Howard government. Michelle Grattan gives a perfect demonstration of why the Age is in such a parlous state: It’s …

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Slipper Deserves a Fair Go

I certainly hold no candle for Peter Slipper. He let down his party and his electorate when he accepted the Speaker’s chair, and he appears to have a great deal of explaining to do over expenses claims. On the other hand, he works hard for his electorate, has a long-lasting and by all appearances loving marriage, and …

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On The Dishonesty of the Mainstream Media

No blow too low! That could well be the motto of some of Australia’s legacy media outlets. The latest example is the claim that Tony Abbott made light of an Australian soldier’s death by saying ‘Well, shit happens.’ He did say that. But not about the soldier’s death. The claim that he did is simply, …

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Election Musings

The Australian Electoral Commission has declared Brisbane for the Liberals. That leaves only Hasluck and Corangamite in doubt. Both still too close to call. But in Hasluck, Family First, Christian Democratic Party and Climate Sceptic preferences will all go strongly to the Liberals. That, along with the fact that postal and absentee votes tend to favour the …

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Labor’s Report Card

Based on comments by Engineer and Mick Davis on Andrew Bolt’s blog. Labor’s Report Card 20/20 Summit – FAIL Millions of dollars of your money wasted. No ideas from summit implemented. Aboriginal Housing – FAIL $300 million of your money spent, no houses built. Grocery Watch – FAIL Millions of dollars of your money wasted, no outcome. Fuel Watch – FAIL Millions …

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A Teensy Little Gloat

Despite the morbid prognostications of Mr Mackerras and the left-wing locos, I said before the Higgins and Bradfield by-elections that both seats would be retained easily by the Liberals, that neither would go to preferences, and that there was a chance both candidates would be returned with increased majorities. I even gave a fairly detailed …

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Double Disillusionment

My wife asked me on the way into Kingscote yesterday if I thought a double disillusionment was likely. She meant double dissolution, and corrected herself immediately. But it is a great phrase. For the Labor Party, a double disillusionment is more likely than a double dissolution. Malcolm Mackerras predicted on Thursday that the Liberals would lose in Higgins …

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Darn!

Anyone who says nature abhors a vacumn has never read the Adelaide Sunday Mail. 112 pages of nothing, plus multiple vacumny inserts. I bought a copy yesterday for the second time in my life. I had breakfast at McDonalds, and glanced through the Sunday Mail while munching my hotcakes. I was interested in their poll …

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Libs Come To Their Senses

Maybe Tony Abbott did not ignore my fax. And maybe Kevin Andrews was willing to run just to test the level of support for Malcolm Turnbull, with another stronger candidate in the background. In any case, it looks like there will be a vote on the Liberal leadership on Monday. It is absolutely clear now that …

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Just Faxed To Tony Abbott

The Hon Tony Abbott Fax No  (02) 6277 8407 Dear Mr Abbott, Please stand for the leadership of the Liberal Party. I know you are reluctant to do so, and I understand the extra pressure the leadership would put on you and your family. Malcolm Turnbull, for all his positive qualities, cannot win an election …

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