That was Ben Eltham on 6 November. Then you can go anywhere, for example:
- Grattan: LNP’s Queensland election loss has implications for Malcolm Turnbull
- Jennifer Hewitt in the AFR – Most people have no idea what Malcolm Turnbull is trying to achieve
- Mark Ludlow in the AFR –Support for One Nation looms large over LNP seats in next federal election
At the extreme, take a look at Maryborough, where ON polled nearly 30% and the LNP were down around 17%. A message for Malcolm perhaps?
Across multiple portfolios, government policy is a shambles. From the chaos of energy policy to the inertia on housing, from the stubborn unpopularity of Simon Birmingham’s education reforms to the own goal of rejecting the Uluru statement, the government has been flat-footed at best, self-immolating at worst. And that’s before we mention Turnbull’s very own policy disaster: the slow-moving train wreck of the National Broadband Network.
Grattan on the Qld election:
- Four implications are obvious in the result…
First, it elevates even higher the importance of the December 16 by-election in Bennelong.
Second, it will further unsettle an already depressed and jittery federal backbench.
Third, federal Queensland Coalition MPs will want greater attention from the Government.
Finally, the Nationals — in particular the Queensland Nationals — will accelerate a trend that’s been obvious recently, which is to differentiate their brand.
Then after Turnbull cancelled the HoR sitting, the shock jocks were, I’m told, laughing in his face.
The Turnbull experiment may well be over.
2. Roy Moore for the Alabama senate selection
You may recall that Roy Moore has run into more than static in his desire to become a Republican senator for Alabama:
Moore is accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with teen girls when he was in his 30s. Though he has denied the claims, the multiple allegations have thrown a wrench into his election campaign. Moore has largely lost the backing of the national Republican Party fundraising apparatus. He has faced – and rejected – calls to drop out of the race. His communications director quit the campaign last week.
Trump thinks he’s OK, as do the Alabama state GOP. Some Republican Party officials from considering drastic measures should Moore win the Alabama special election on December 12.
What really shocked me was Yahoo News correspondent Andrew Romano telling the ABC’s Sarah MacDonald that a Republican asserted that an elected Democrat would do far more tangible harm to humanity that Roy Moore ever did, even if the allegations were true. Romano said that about 10 women had now come forward.
3. People go wild over Tony
Tony Abbott, that is. Mark Latham said (pay-walled) that the women were so wild they would have ripped their knickers off and thrown them at him – except that it was a rally of the Australian Christian National Association conference in Burwood, in Sydney’s inner west:
- The keynote speaker was Tony Abbott, for whom the crowd went crazy, treating him like a political rock star.
I’ve never seen anything like it. With hundreds packed into the room, he received three standing ovations and a wild outpouring of love.
Abbott generated the rarest of attributes in modern politics: energy.
People were genuinely moved and animated by his 30-minute speech — an impressive summary of the challenges facing Western civilisation.
In knifing Abbott two years ago, Malcolm Turnbull jettisoned the party’s conservative base — an essential foundation stone for electoral success.
Latham says Turnbull should bring Abbott into the tent and make him treasurer.
One thing is for sure – if Tones is getting adulation like that he’ll come back for more.
4. Bolshie government members go for banking royal commission
Would a royal commission into the banks kill the government? Ian Verrender seems to think it might, but it’s hard to see why.
John Howard called the idea “rank socialism” so it must be a good idea.
I think people won’t let go of this one until it happens. Barnaby Joyce says he’s open to an inquiry, Turnbull says “no”.
Matthias Cormann said, remember, that the Government simply won’t pay for a royal commission, they can vote all they like.
Seems they might do just that, to perpetuate chaos in Canberra and keep us all entertained.
5. Triple J dumps Australia day
They are going to do it on the next day instead.
Minister Mitch Fifield slaps his head and thinks that is dumb. Tone Deaf think he’s, well, tone deaf.
- After a national survey and consultation with Australia’s Indigenous community, Triple J announced the official date change for the renowned Hottest 100 countdown. 60 percent of survey respondents were in favour of the date change, however, Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield seems to believe it was a ‘really bad’ decision because who cares about democracy, right?
I think we are seeing a cultural change developing. In a few decades time what, how and when we celebrate will be very different.