Julie Bishop announced her retirement from parliament a few days ago and blew through from the chamber before she was forced to suffer the drivel uttered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in ‘tribute’ to her career. After departing, she said it was important that local branch members, rather than party powerbrokers be allowed to decide who would replace her as the candidate for the seat of Curtin in the next federal election.
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Soon, hopefully, we will have a federal election, and it will be one of the most important in recent decades. Why is this so?
Recently, someone asked me why so many independents are from the right of the political spectrum. The questioner was mostly referring to people like Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott, Kerryn Phelps, Zali Stegall, Cathy McGowan, Bob Katter, Julia Banks and Oliver Yates1. While the reasons for the numerous independents running are probably many and varied, it is a few recent, high profile candidates which are of interest here.
In one of the best pieces of comedic timing I think I have ever seen, the mirth-inducing former Liberal minister and self-styled opinionista, Amanda Vanstone has written a piece urging her readers to ‘watch out for the next big lie’. This was in reference to the Labor ‘Mediscare’ campaign at the 2016 federal election. This was based on the supposed lie that the Coalition government wanted to ‘privatise Medicare’ which, according to Vanstone, almost got the Labor Party into government.
Columnist for the Australian ‘newspaper’, Peter Van Onselen has described the Coalition’s campaign against the Medevac Bill as ‘sickening’. However, he considers it hard to feel sorry for the Labor Party. This is apparently because he believes that, at the last election, the Labor Party’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign was equally disingenuous. That campaign claimed that the Coalition planned to ‘privatise Medicare’.
Grahame Morris is a former chief of staff to former Prime Minister John Howard, and former adviser to Alexander Downer and Andrew Peacock. He is currently the Chairman and Federal Director of Barton Deakin Government Relations. Barton Deakin is an Australian and New Zealand lobbying firm. This firm only works with the Coalition in Australia and the National Party in New Zealand1.
Recidivist ‘ruperter’ Simon Benson, who was recently caught indulging in some fundament osculation with Tony Abbott1, has acted as stenographer for Scott Morrison, repeating the drivel the latter came out with yesterday, after the Medevac Bill passed the House of Representatives.
Tony Abbott has told dodgy radio station 2GB that asylum-seekers are “having a lend of us” because most of them are “economic refugees”1. While commenting on anything Tony Abbott says is a little risky because his inarticulacy tends to make one think he may have, at the time, simply lost a connection between what remains of his brain and his gob, and said something he didn’t really mean to say.