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Government masterclass

With the resignation from Speaker of the House and the consequential goings-on, the Government have given the Opposition a masterclass on how to do Parliament.

In one stroke the Government have stretched their voting buffer from 1 vote to 3 votes, including the crossbenches, and couldn’t you hear the whining from the LNP.

Mind you they only had themselves to blame for it.  With their pre-selection kerfuffle against Peter Slipper, they effectively pushed him into the position as his only way out.  And like they wouldn’t do the same thing if the positions were reversed.

By far the funniest thing to come out of the coverage so far is both the disappointment of the commentariat and the despair of Abbott.

The talking heads on the media are devastated because they no longer have that knife-edge in Parliament where one stuff up could switch things around…providing them with endless no-brainer leads about the “seriousness” and “tension” in every single thing that ever happens.  Excluding of course the fact that all legislation is being passed and that Abbott repeatedly abuses the workings of Parliament with his ridiculously frivolous censure motions…on a daily basis.

Then of course there is the stuntman himself.  It wasn’t surprising at all that the first thing out of his mouth was the bleating of “the death of democracy”, when in actual fact it was a perfect example of Parliamentary democracy at work.  Wouldn’t you normally expect the deputy to take over from the speaker in any other situation?

Of course with the 3 vote buffer he can no longer afford to wait for a stuff up for power to change hands…he will actually have to do some work and hold out for another 2 years.  You can tell he’s not in it for the hard work.

The biggest concern I have with this is that I hope the Government still pursue the  reform agenda and don’t back away from the pokie pre-commitment changes because they no longer need Wilkie’s vote absolutely…it’s a change that needs to be made and most people will agree with it once the Clubs Australia noise machine dies down.

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  1. BSA Bob
    November 25, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Spot on about the media. You can divide their criticism into two basic types. The first being the soldiers of the Murdochracy doing what they’re paid to do, & the rest who are pissed off at the sudden evaporation of easy hooks for their easy stories of imminent demise.

  2. jane
    November 26, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    This has set the proverbial cat amongst the Noalition pigeons, or more aptly, headless chooks. Bleat bleat democracy bleat bleat trashed principles!! Blah blah blah! And the huffy pronouncement that Slipper is the government’s problem now.

    They were comprehensively gazumped and are attempting to cover their blushes!

    The msm are now scrambling to pontificate about how this could all backfire on the government wah wah wah! Too late children, perhaps you could work in a leadership challenge from Kevin Rudd to cover your ignorance and lack of attention.

  3. Duncan
    November 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    My personal favorite was Tony Abbots “…I just wouldn’t do it, it’s JUST not my style”. He is such a clown its amazing he has even lasted this long, the first consecutative bad polls for the Liberals and hes gone I reckon.

    • November 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      Of course he wouldn’t have done it Duncan…he would have held an election instead

      /sarcasm

  4. jane
    November 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Duncan, that was priceless.The only reason he wouldn’t do it is he’s too stupid to think of it. And obviously he was too stupid, because he let Slipper slip through his fingers. 😀

  5. sirboozebum
    November 27, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    The pontificating from the Coalition is a bit bemusing. If they had the opportunity to do the same to the government, would they have held back because it would “undermine democracy” ?

    The answer to that question sums up the hollowness of their position.

  6. el gordo
    November 27, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    A pox on all their houses, no integrity anywhere.

  7. armchair opinionator
    December 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    The biggest concern I have with this is that I hope the Government still pursue the reform agenda and don’t back away from the pokie pre-commitment changes because they no longer need Wilkie’s vote absolutely…it’s a change that needs to be made and most people will agree with it once the Clubs Australia noise machine dies down.

    Me too MS
    And it explains why I have a problem with Labor these days and prefer to vote Greens. Labor knows that the people, the voters are all for the reform yet will ignore us to appease big business interests. Same with the mining backdown, and now uranium is on the agenda for Labor rather than renewables. We keep getting taken by governments in directions that we don’t want to go. Time to demand a democracy, not a corporocracy. I believe that this is what should be being discussed at Labor Conference. I’m tired of the’ jobs and productivity’ mantra which is in reality code for corporate rule and well paying jobs for the boys while female and public sector wages stagnate or get cuts.

  8. el gordo
    December 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    ‘And it explains why I have a problem with Labor these days and prefer to vote Greens.’

    May I quote you on that, or is it off the record?

  9. Min
    December 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Armchair opinionator, I agree absolutely. The poker machine tax is non-negotiable, the reforms must go through for the welfare of many people. I believe that the government, in spite of Wilkie’s vote not being as crucial as it was, will still need to do as they have promised – Tim Costello is a formidable force and Labor do NOT need any negative publicity especially coming from such a well-respected person as Tim.

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