Archive for September, 2010

Gutless act of the week

September 27, 2010 8 comments

Just catching up on Grog’s Gamut this morning and I found out he has been outed by some scumbag at the Oz.

Hopefully this won’t deter him from continuing with his excellent blog, but swing by and offer him your support.

Spartacus no more

I’d also suggest you try to stick one up the Oz, but we all know they won’t publish it anyway.


Weekly recap

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Well it’s been a pretty slow news week this week apart from building collapses etc., but one thing that has come to light in the last day or so is how much of a lying scumbag Tony Abbott really is.  Not content with saying that you can only trust his words on things that are written down, he’s now taken it a step further and effectively said you can’t do that either.

By reneging on his signed agreement with the ALP and independents on parliamentary reform and the role of the speaker, he has proved beyond all doubt that he will do and say absolutely anything to become Prime Minister, regardless of its effects on anyone else.

If Labor did this you would hear screaming from the rooftops, but I expect the silence in the media to be deafening, or even worse, for him to get pats on the back for playing excellent politics.

Anyway, here’s the week as I saw it.

Weekly recap

September 17, 2010 6 comments

I’ve been a bit slack because work has wanted me to do…actual work.

Here’s some of the stories of the week, motivational style.

Election 2010 recap – motivational style

September 10, 2010 3 comments

Here’s some of the highlights of the election as I saw, in the style of motivational posters.


Link dump – Decision 2010 edition

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s simply too much coverage to cherry pick, so here are a colleciton of links, including a superb article by Possum.

Let the Great Unhinging begin

Listening for the new told lies

The Coalition lost

Islands of sanity in the ocean of madness

A new Parliament a new era

They just don’t get it

And the winner is…

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

At last a decision has been made.

Firstly Bob Katter jumped the gun on his independent colleagues and held his own press conference at 2:00pm. To very few people’s surprise he went with the Coalition, leaving it at 74-74.

He then proceeded to thoroughly confuse everyone and say he’d have no problems working with Labor if they got it, implying that if the other two went Labor he’d join in and pass supply. Very much a bet each way….

One hour later Tony Windsor stepped up to the plate and announced his support for Labor, with broadband as his key decision maker.

Then Rob Oakeshoot stepped up and after gibbering on for a full 20 minutes (and driving everyone on the live feed into increasing heights of hysteria) he finally came on board for Labor.

Finally we have a Labor minority government returned.

Of course that doesn’t mean it’ll be all smooth sailing yet. Firstly they have to get through the first session of Parliament and get a Speaker elected.

Then after that I’m sure we can expect some or all of the following:

  1. Tony Abbott decrying the “illegitimate” Gillard government who don’t deserve to govern.
  2. The MSM providing us with a full 3 years of bile and vitriol of ever increasing intensity because we didn’t elect the government they wanted, particularly News Limited who lost this election so badly.
  3. The independents to be totally crucified by the MSM for the next 3 years, for the purpose of a grass roots effort to get them arsed out.
  4. Blatant obstructionism for the next 9 months until the Senate changes over…and more of that arse-clown Fielding.

So plenty of good stuff to look forward to. Enjoy!!

And now the end is near…

September 3, 2010 1 comment

…But not quite the final curtain.

With the news yesterday of Andrew Wilkie siding with Labor it leaves the effective seat count at 74-73 to the ALP, with only the 3 remaining independents to go.

Considering Abbott’s approach to the negotiation process with the independents I would be amazed if they decided to go with him, but with Bob Katter in the mix who can tell.  Windsor and Oakeshott seem to be eminently sensible (for politicians) and from all reports seem to be viewing this as a chance to work for the benefit of the country.

With the results of Abbott’s costings turning up a $7bn – $11bn hole, it appears their claim to be the superior economic manager have died a noisy death.  Couple this with the Abbott demeanour of pretty much saying whatever thought crosses his brain at the time his mouth opens and I’m sure they can see the recipe for disaster.  It looks like Campaign Tony has been put back into his box and Real Tony has been let out to play.

On further thought you have to wonder if this is part of a deeper strategy for Abbott…I know that would actually require some thought, but maybe Nick Minchin has had a brain wave.

Based on his “negotiations” with the independents and continual expectorations into the media, you could be forgiven for thinking that either:

  1. he is an idiot
  2. he thinks the independents/Australian public are idiots
  3. he doesn’t really want to be in a minority government, but wants to make life so hard for the ALP that they’ll need to call an early election.

The only problems he faces with option 3 is that both 1 and 2 are correct, he has a serious lack of talent around him (Hockey and Dutton are regarded as stars FFS!!), from July the Greens have the balance of power in the Senate and so his obstructive ways will come to an end, and finally he is continually and comprehensively pwned by the ALP in Parliament on a very regular basis.  If you have any doubts about this at all check Grog’s Gamut for recaps of past Question Time session…always good for a laugh.

It may be an early call but I reckon we are headed for a minority Labor government, with some surprising reforms coming through due to the influence of the independents.

Overall I think it’s the shake-up our country needs.

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