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Coalition Credibility in Tatters as Parliament Resumes

November 11, 2013

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Parliament is set to resume with Minister for Kerosene Baths Bronwyn Bishop due to step into the lofty high heels of Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Ms Bishop is already gearing up for the big event, with footage today revealing that she’s prematurely ascended to throne, practising her role as an “impartial arbiter” to an empty chamber earlier today.

Meanwhile, the motley rabble that makes up the so-called “Liberal Government” is in chaos with revelations that Scott Morrison’s “Turn Back The Boats” policy is in tatters with Indonesia refusing to accept boats that have been given a u-turn in line with the Government’s so-called “Operation Sovereign Borders” policy.

The lofty sounding policy has collapsed into a complete shambles leaving Scott Morrison apoplectic that information about Indonesia’s flat rejection has “made it into the public domain.”

“There’s no real rhyme or reason for it” said Mr Morrison.

Except for the fact that Indonesia never agreed to Morrison’s “Turn back the boats” policy in the first place.

That seemed to elude Mr Morrison in his search for an explanation for Indonesia’s perceived recalcitrance.

Meanwhile, our so-called “Prime Minister” Tony Abbott has defended his government’s performance to date declaring “we’re all doing very well,” in a performance reminiscent of “young Mister Grace” in Are You Being Served.

 

 

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  1. November 11, 2013 8:32 pm

    ‘The minister for kerosene baths’ You certainly have a way with words Reb.

  2. November 11, 2013 8:55 pm

    Yeah the Beehive Battleaxe, will set a lovely tone in the parliament… Silence
    Phoney Toney, pissed on power has a fucking short memory aye? Here he is over in WA saying he will restore civility to the house after he managed to lower the tone of political discourse so low it could parachute out of a snakes ass and still free fall.

    Well Surprise surprise…The Lying Liberals are not as effective on border protection as their vociferously racist, pre-election nationalistic rhetoric promised.

    Morrison is going down defiantly swinging as evangelical captain of the “operation sovereign borders” leaky boat is sinking, smashed upon the rocks of compassionate reality; desperately bleating “stop the boats” whilst gasping for an air of credibility despite predictably doing nothing of the sort.

    Scottnomates would hold a presser for an successful bowl movement, now deafening pin drop silence at the pointy end…
    the old bitten off a bit more than we can chew..
    oh fuck what are we gonna do now syndrome.

    So the lesson for Australia is never trust anyone who uses nationalism over humanity. never believe anyone on a war of ideology as they seek to divide and can never goven for the majority. Never trust any party that uses the terms left and right as they are by nature promoting division to concur or win not govern. These principals are the litmus test of a politician’s moral integrity. Liberals epicly fail this test miserably, as we knew they would before they were swept to power on a wave of lies and nationalist division that used refugees, fear and untruth as a political weapon to gain power at any cost.

    The result? The most incompetent, unworthy and ill prepared government in Australia political history.

  3. egg permalink
    November 11, 2013 9:06 pm

    ‘The result? The most incompetent, unworthy and ill prepared government in Australia political history.’

    What? They have only been in power for five minutes. Let’s hope they talk to Julian Burnside who knows how to solve this problem.

    ‘The Tasmanian idea is simple: declare the state of Tasmania to be a place of detention. Asylum seekers could live and work and spend in the Tasmanian community while their refugee status is assessed. If every single one of them stayed on Centrelink benefits for the whole time it took to assess their asylum claims, it would cost about $500 million a year, all of which would be spent in Tasmania – on housing, food and clothing.

    ‘To induce the Tasmanian government to go along with this, the Commonwealth could offer it an additional $1 billion a year. The benefit to the Tasmanian economy is obvious, which may explain why the public response in Tasmania has been overwhelmingly positive.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tasmania-the-asylum-isle-20130917-2tw14.html#ixzz2kKVN6EkC

  4. November 11, 2013 9:10 pm

    Five minutes and they have regressed 20 years…Julian should get more sleep or take a red one and less green ones 🙂

  5. November 11, 2013 9:13 pm

    “You certainly have a way with words Reb.”

    All part of my charm Ed… :0)

  6. November 11, 2013 10:43 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘What? They have only been in power for five minutes.’ ‘ ‘

    Our Asian neighbors don`t enjoy Mr-Rabbit pissing in their faces over `boat-people`.

    And quite frankly, l don`t like the giant wads of cash being thrown on the bonfire just to bastardize boat-people either. This issue has been failed by both sides of the duopoly on the humanitarian front, and financial responsibility too.

    Just watch the amount of cash the teabags will bonfire to persecute desperado`s.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    November 11, 2013 11:25 pm

    Funny how they find money for their own little concerts and charades …

  8. November 12, 2013 6:29 am

    “All part of my charm Ed” Never doubted it for a minute Reb.

  9. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 7:50 am

    ‘Our Asian neighbors don`t enjoy Mr-Rabbit pissing in their faces over `boat-people`.

    It was all going swimmingly until the spy scandal broke.

  10. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 8:07 am

    “These people were in a search-and-rescue situation in the Indonesian search-and-rescue zone,” Mr Abbott told radio station 2GB.

    ”Now, the normal international law is that if you are rescued in a country’s search-and-rescue zone that country has an obligation to take you.

    ”You can go to the nearest port and the nearest port is normally the port that is in the country whose search-and-rescue zone you’ve been picked up in,” Mr Abbott said.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-warns-jakarta-on-refusal-to-accept-asylumseeker-boats-20131111-2xch7.html#ixzz2kND2vDd8

  11. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 8:36 am

    ‘MORE than 1100 asylum-seekers have been stopped from coming to Australia by boat as the Australian Federal Police and its Indonesian counterpart greatly boost their offshore disruption activities.

    ‘As the government continued to fend off criticism it had botched the relationship with Jakarta following a high-seas stand-off over the weekend, The Australian has been told tensions with Jakarta have not had any impact on co-operative law-enforcement measures between the countries.’

    – See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/indonesia-helps-afp-stop-boats/story-fn9hm1gu-1226757726065#sthash.xV64wtjR.dpuf

  12. Walrus permalink
    November 12, 2013 9:43 am

    Excellent

    My local MP Mrs Bronwyn Bishop is Speaker of the H of R.

    As far as the Illegal Boat People are concerned I think we need to wait until after the Indonesian election to see what the real Indo intentions are. A bit of Australia bashing goes a long way in Indo plus I suspect that there are quite a few “wink wink say no more” arrangements on the stage managing of all this happening behind closed doors.

  13. November 12, 2013 10:03 am

    It’s going to be interesting to say the least. The tone of behaviour in the House of Reps will also be interesting. Those who made it so bad over the last three years may not want it that way now.
    Only time will tell.
    Whatever happens, it gives good material for my cartoon work.

    http://www.cartoonmick.wordpress.com

    Cheers
    Mick

  14. November 12, 2013 10:25 am

    Clive should provide some good entertainment value…

    Unlike Shorten, who is as weak as a wet rag.

  15. Walrus permalink
    November 12, 2013 11:14 am

    Shorten just looks completely glum and miserable all the time.

    He’s a Dead Man Walking already

  16. November 12, 2013 12:14 pm

    Agreed Walrus… He’s a complete waste of space.

    What we need in Labor is someone to bring back the biff!

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 12:16 pm

    I see Tones, The Rodent and Rupert I AM THE NEWS Murdoch are all running scared of Big Clivey!

    front page mudslinging from news.com.au and Clive hasn’t said a word in Parliament (under privilege) yet!

    Much amusement in this household …

    Go Clivey!

    http://www.news.com.au/national/clive-palmers-former-bodyguard-labels-him-a-tyrannical-bully-report/story-fncynjr2-1226757892134

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    A bit of Australia bashing goes a long way in Indo plus I suspect that there are quite a few “wink wink say no more” arrangements on the stage managing of all this happening behind closed doors.

    But, but the numbers have dropped (since July – when was the election again?) and the Indonesians are not playing ball with “stop the boats” and I don’t think we have bought a fishing boat yet either … I think you may be missing the real point, Sir …

    He’s a Dead Man Walking already

    I agree … but if Morrison and Abbott keep it up they’ll be joining him on Death Row …

  18. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 12:56 pm

    ‘What we need in Labor is someone to bring back the biff!’

    Albo has the balls, the rank and file know it.

  19. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:04 pm

    Chris Bowen has plenty of fight, he’s a little like Keating I think.

  20. November 12, 2013 1:08 pm

    Bronwyn Bishop has asked be addressed as “Madam Speaker”, not simply as “Speaker” as Anna Burke often was..

    Quelle surprise..

  21. November 12, 2013 1:12 pm

    I think they should just call her “Deirdre”.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:14 pm

    I think they should just call her “Deirdre”.

    Pronounced in polite olde English as, Dickwit™

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:17 pm

    Chris Bowen has plenty of fight, he’s a little like Keating I think.

    … or he’s like a little Keating …

    … nice to see Keating getting his words immortalised …

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-11/keating-marks-dedication-of–the-tomb-of-the/5084600?section=act

  24. Walrus permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:41 pm

    “… nice to see Keating getting his words immortalised …”

    I agree although some on the truly lunatic Right are against it.

    The other day Alan Jones on 2GB even ventured that the Keating speech all those years ago was meaningless when you actually analysed the wording. I think he requires Shakespearian English to give anything a “pass mark”.

    And then Jones spoke about a “very highly regarded former high ranking public servant” who had penned Jones a letter which contained a quite vicious tirade against Keating.

    Jones refused to disclose the identity of the individual.

    My guess would be ex Treasury boss John Stone.

    Manfred Rommel died the other day by the way.

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 1:56 pm

    Manfred Rommel died the other day by the way.

    No, I didn’t, Wally … he must have had a bitter sweet life … I’ve seeen him interviewed about his father … both* victims of the madness of the Nazis …

    As for, Foulmouth Jones … 🙄

    *the whole family!

  26. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 12, 2013 2:56 pm

    There’s an annual dinner at Parliament House that I go to, a few years ago I sat between Bronwyn Bishop and Eric Abetz – I don’t know what I did to offend the organisers, but BB quietly heckled Julia Gillard throughout her speech, which isn’t really the done thing at those types of nonpartisan events.

    As company over dinner, I found her to be quite a bitter old fossil.

  27. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 2:59 pm

    Name dropper.

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 12, 2013 3:06 pm

    Yeah! It’s an incredible level of status, sitting between a half crazed Tasmanian and a fully crazed bitter old bag!

  29. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 12, 2013 3:16 pm

    I don’t think the Coalition’s credibility is in tatters yet. Abbott is doing a lot better than I thought he would. The funny bit is watching the lefty media types trying to come to grips with the fact that Abbott hasn’t fallen on his face and that he has even done a few good things. They really are at a loss when dealing with a PM who seems more intent on governing than feeding the media spin-cycle. The media reptiles are feeling jilted, discarded and unloved.

    Under the previous government the press had a central role in retailing political propaganda. It may have been only empty words, hollow promises, idle gossip, strategic leaking or policy on the run, but amplifying their masters’ voices made the press feel important. Now there are no easy stories, no factional back-biting, not even a Craig Thomson to investigate or an AWU scandal involving the PM to dutifully bury.

    Of course Fairfax and the ABC are doing their best to hammer Abbott, but they haven’t really landed a blow yet. That is why they are whining – relevance deprivation syndrome.

    But this government has a long way to go. It is only a matter of time before the Libs stuff up in a big way. The good news is that Parliament is back next week and there should be some political action worth watching. It has just been so boring lately!

  30. November 12, 2013 3:26 pm

    All you needed was Sophie Mirabella and you would’ve had the trifecta Tom!

  31. November 12, 2013 3:29 pm

    ” It has just been so boring lately!”

    AGREED!

    But I doubt we can rely on Shorten to deliver any knockout blows…

    He just hasn’t got the ticker*

    *Channeling P Keating..

    All Tip and no Iceberg..

  32. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:00 pm

    Shorten was a really bad choice by the factions. Especially under this system. Labor is going to have to live with him as their leader for three years at least. Bowen and Plibersek have a great chance to look good in comparison to Shorten. The trouble is that with Shorten as leader labor is unlikely to win the next election. The Libs must love Shorten as Opposition Leader.

  33. Walrus permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:15 pm

    “Bowen and Plibersek have a great chance to look good in comparison to Shorten. ”

    And dont forget the wonderful array of talent on the backbench.

    There’s a guy from Queensland called Kevin “something or other”

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:17 pm

    … that he has even done a few good things.

    … we are the PM here?

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:18 pm

    talking about

  36. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:21 pm

    Lol ToM

  37. November 12, 2013 4:26 pm

    “There’s a guy from Queensland called Kevin “something or other”

    Droll. Very droll Walrus…. 😆

  38. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:27 pm

    And in case you missed it TB, http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s3888657.htm

    This drubbing is long overdue and eventually they may look for other bias on the program, like weather related matters.

  39. Meta permalink
    November 12, 2013 5:38 pm

    (Well, that’s spoiled any renewed review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Tony Abbott jeered, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop cheered as ‘Hogwarts’ Parliament gets underway.)

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    November 12, 2013 5:46 pm

    And in case you missed it TB,

    Thanks for that, egg, yes I did … did you watch the two shows in question? It may have been considered biased by some (read some of the comments – interesting) … my take was that they were putting up some reasons to go back and look at the “science” that was originally flawed anyway …

    … eventually they may look for other bias on the program, like weather related matters. Ironically Catalyst did to cholesterol what you want them to do on weather …

    PS: I still take my BP and cholesterol tabs … 😉

    … and I rely on my personal expert – my doc … who has “real” quals …

    … the “scary” foods are now good guys … eggs, avacados, prawns etc

  41. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 5:54 pm

    ‘…did you watch the two shows in question?’

    Not fully, but I got the gist.

    ‘Ironically Catalyst did to cholesterol what you want them to do on weather …’

    Except that we have proof CO2 doesn’t cause warming and Catalyst is unlikely to tell their audience of this new scientific breakthrough.

  42. November 12, 2013 6:08 pm

    “The minister for kerosene baths”

    Lest We Forget…

  43. November 12, 2013 6:10 pm

    I haven’t checked for many a week.

    Are they lauding Shorten at The Other Place?

    If not, why not?

    Must stay in step…or GTFO.

  44. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 6:16 pm

    Not much happening over there, just talking about the weather and that wasted space Hunt.

  45. November 12, 2013 6:22 pm

    Not maintaining the outrage & indignance that Abbott is (already) the WORST PM EVER!!!!! then? I’m shocked! That was over quicker than I thought.

    There’s something about accepting inevitabilities which fosters peace of mind.

  46. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 7:17 pm

    Their posts are generally a diatribe against Abbott and lack any intellectual substance.

  47. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 12, 2013 7:55 pm

    Bland, vacuous predictability is comforting.
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    (to some)

  48. November 12, 2013 8:46 pm

    Yes egg,
    mediawatch gave cattle-ist a good hard spank`in,
    good to see,
    this is what happens when science gets corrupted by cash
    .
    .
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘My local MP Mrs Bronwyn Bishop is’ ‘ ‘ ‘
    actually in charge of the deathstar,
    you`re only allowed to operate the abacus

  49. egg permalink
    November 12, 2013 9:19 pm

    ‘this is what happens when science gets corrupted by cash’

    Science is an adversarial profession and open to corrupt practice.

  50. November 12, 2013 9:54 pm

    There are two main problems here egg,

    from the transcript, the first is,

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Reporter, Demasi’ ‘ ‘ ‘

    Quacks are already known for having too much ego,
    putting them on Telly does`nt help.

    The second is over-prescribing,
    (and prescribing `on-request`) Well understood by those that are following the `penicillin` and super-bug issues, and understand big-pharma pay kick-backs to quacks. By tilting this story so sharply, Dr-Maryanne has wrecked any `over-prescribing` concerns the public may need to know about.

  51. November 12, 2013 9:56 pm

    Correction.
    from the transcript, the first is,

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Reporter, Dr-Maryanne Demasi’ ‘ ‘ ‘

    Quacks are already known for having too much ego,
    putting them on Telly does`nt help.

  52. November 13, 2013 8:26 am

    Abbott is doing better than you think? Its all lefty media? FFS…that’s bullshit is worn out now. its a case of ..Fuck we won what now. Yeah doing famously..
    Did you watch Qand A? bout sums up the business lie..
    Operation Megaphone racist.. Epic Fail
    CSIRO…we there is payback ideology over common sense. primed for a cash cow sale.
    Destruction of progressive infrastructure and environmental issues.
    Have given mining companies more power, taxed them less and rewarded them for raping the country.
    Hows pine doing with his ideology fight with those history twisting leftist educators?

    This government is a mob of pugnacious, cultural heathen neanderthal’s ; concomitant unworthy ignoramus’s, divisive and recalcitrant who in just a few weeks they have normalised Australia to moronic stupidity as the laughing stock of the world.

  53. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 13, 2013 8:59 am

    Keating was interesting last night, he puts the current generation of political leaders in perspective, all complete duds by comparison.

    He had the intelligent charm, the big picture thinking and even a little reflection that made me pine for the good old days. His prime ministership was over by about the age that Rudd’s or Gillard’s or Abbott’s had started. A waste of talent.

  54. November 13, 2013 9:43 am

    How amusement!

    Bronwyn’s first act as speaker is to allow name calling in Parliament – this is going to be excellent….!

  55. November 13, 2013 9:44 am

    I’m glad the adults are now in charge.

  56. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 13, 2013 10:42 am

    “CSIRO…we there is payback ideology over common sense.”

    The CSIRO was hollowed out long ago. It hit the skids when they put a banker in as chairman, tried to make it pay for itself and let marketing types run the show. We knew what “Payback ideology” meant when the CSIRO sacked a scientist for daring to publish a paper at odds with government policy (which thus breaches CSIRO regulations). By that stage it was clearly so debased as to be worthless.

    “Destruction of progressive infrastructure”

    Excellent! We need more dams and coal fired power stations. The people raping our country are the leeches supplying very expensive power at a great profit, pillaging citizens and destroying industry.

    “Did you watch Qand A?” Public wankfests aren’t my thing.

    “Hows pine doing with his ideology fight with those history twisting leftist educators?”

    The Marxist morons won a few rounds taking over faculties and forcing great historians like Geoffrey Blainey onto the scrapheap. They have lost all credibility since Windschuttle shoved some facts down their throats. The miserabilist view of history will hang around like a bad smell until a new generation, more interested in truth than ideology, comes through.

    “This government is a mob of pugnacious, cultural heathen neanderthal’s ; concomitant unworthy ignoramus’s, divisive and recalcitrant who in just a few weeks they have normalised Australia to moronic stupidity as the laughing stock of the world.”

    If that is the view of the chattering classes, the intelligentsia, the luvvies and Mike Carlton then the government is doing just fine.

    “Bronwyn’s first act as speaker is to allow name calling in Parliament”

    Seems she isn’t going to play the gender card even though she gets called a witch – Dolores Umbridge. Commendable. Much better than the shrieking hysteria and faux outrage of Gillard and her craven coven of mummy-bloggers.

  57. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:02 pm

    …They have lost all credibility since Windschuttle shoved some facts down their throats. The miserabilist view of history will hang around like a bad smell until a new generation, more interested in truth than ideology, comes through…

    Windschuttle’s ‘history’ was an exercise in the white blindfold view of history. What is it that they say about ‘self published’ authors again? The only loss of credibility has been that of Windschuttle and his followers, to try and sell a whitewashed version of history where historical, institutional injustice and racism with shameful, violent cruelty appears as “done with only the best interests of the victims at heart, by good people, for their own good”

    Pretty much the same lame excuses we’ve heard from the inquiry into institutional child abuse by the churches. They are all good people. Seems ‘daddy’ always knows best, even when he is a very bad father and a very bad person, he does his best, so should be excused and applauded. No mention of, or sympathy for, the suffering of the ‘family’ at the hands of daddy. This remains the simplistic tony abbott view of the world and belief in the supremacy of a white patriarchal society.

    The loss of credibility has always been Windschuttle’s.

    http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2010/january/1354144036/robert-manne/comment

  58. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:04 pm

    Over at that other place CU is giving a running commentary on the day’s proceedings.

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:29 pm

    Heard on the radio this morning that Christine Milne has called the PM … Typhoon Tony … how fkn dumb … even the rusted ons know he’s only the Son of Dog … the Weather isn’t part of his portfolio …

    Maybe we should call Ms Milne … Credible Christine (not) …

    Stupid woman … creates no sympathy for her cause and increases it for the LibNits … 🙄

  60. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:33 pm

    ‘Destruction of progressive infrastructure and environmental issues.’

    I’ll let that go through to the keeper.

  61. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:39 pm

    ‘the Weather isn’t part of his portfolio …’

    You are mistaken, he must be clued-up to know the science is crap. Which means he’ll keep a close weather eye on that portfolio.

  62. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:50 pm

    If that is an “Epic Fail” what is the Age going to call a more serious abuse of the rules? It is more like business as usual in the parliamentary cat-house. Disappointing for those who were hoping for an improvement on Anna Berk, but hardly more than that.

    Obviously Bishop is no Harry Jenkins. Labor showed what they thought of that decent man by replacing him with Slipper and then Berk. They are hardly in a position to complain.

  63. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 1:21 pm

    I don’t think Electricity Bill is derogatory …. just sayin’

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    November 13, 2013 2:28 pm

    ‘the Weather isn’t part of his portfolio …’
    You are mistaken, he must be clued-up to know the science is crap

    … maybe a bit too subtle on my part …

    I did mean (sarcastically) that it was Dog’s portfolio to deal with the Weather and the Son of Dog’s … climate change …

    I’ve often been informed that weather and climate are quite different (unless it suits either side of the argument of course) …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    They are hardly in a position to complain.

    Which postion should you be in?

  65. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 2:32 pm

    Yep, that was subtle and you’re correct over the difference between weather and climate, it’s approximately 30 years.

  66. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 13, 2013 4:12 pm

    Which ever position Madam Lash tells me to assume.

  67. November 13, 2013 7:17 pm

    My eyes glazed over when his argument fell down the shitter in not recognising the CSIRO has a perpetual backdated royalty on Wi Fi so it funds itself….then came the word Marxist and my and I nodded off Yawn 🙄

  68. TB Queensland permalink
    November 13, 2013 8:05 pm

    “Do we have Marx, Giuus?

  69. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 8:08 pm

    The PM spoke well and Leigh is silly concentrating on boats, she should have pressed Abbott on the possibility of a Double D in the new year.

  70. egg permalink
    November 13, 2013 9:21 pm

    ‘Abbott’s woeful performance’ according to Mobius. Did I miss something?

  71. November 13, 2013 10:51 pm

    Bang the kerosene tin and you may get her attention… So the Tone is allowing closet winy pyney and Bad Habit to call the leader of the opposition Mr Shortman ”Electricity Bill” for days on the basis that Labor’s opposition to the repeal of the carbon tax will add to consumers’ power bills.. what a complete transparent at of hypocrisy.

  72. public toilet permalink
    November 14, 2013 8:08 am

    A bit of light shed on the clandestine TPP today.

    Thanks, WIKILEAKS!

    People should be rightly alarmed at the implications of the colluding…especially given that it’s all being hatched in utmost secrecy.

  73. egg permalink
    November 14, 2013 9:31 am

    Electricity Bill is apt, humorous and inoffensive.

  74. TB Queensland permalink
    November 14, 2013 11:02 am

    It really is time that Morrison got off his fat arse and actually DID something constructive … this stupid, incompassionate situation would be a wonderful start for the new Catholic Coalition Government to demosntrate that they actually care about people …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/the-most-diabolical-situation-for-a-mother-and-a-newborn/story-fncynjr2-1226759598479

  75. egg permalink
    November 14, 2013 11:24 am

    I don’t think so, the child is in safe hands and the mum is only 20 mins away.

  76. TB Queensland permalink
    November 14, 2013 12:03 pm

    I think so …

    … she is only allowed to visit him for 6 hours a day.

    WHY? 🙄

    Don’t women in jail have access to their children 24/7 … and they usually have a reason to be locked up.

    Some folk just don’t get rights and responibility …

  77. egg permalink
    November 14, 2013 12:34 pm

    ‘WHY?’

    Increase in security costs might be a consideration, but they are making a mountain out of a molehill with this. Most citizen mums with a sick child in hospital would not be expected to hang around the bed 24/7.

  78. Splatterbottom permalink
    November 14, 2013 12:41 pm

    “Most citizen mums with a sick child in hospital would not be expected to hang around the bed 24/7.”

    In today’s hospitals patients are much better off if someone is with them 24/7. These days the nursing staff is stretched, stressed and often miss things (and some of them seem to be more focused on chatting at the desk). Family members can help even if it is just picking up the buzzer when it falls to the floor, getting a cup of water or patting the head of a distressed child. If the child doesn’t speak English it would be much better off with a parent present.

  79. egg permalink
    November 14, 2013 12:50 pm

    ‘A spokesman for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison responded via a statement on Thursday morning defending the decision.

    ”The baby remains in a special care unit at Mater Hospital, Brisbane and the mother is being transported to the hospital daily. She is able to, and has been staying with the baby throughout each day,” the statement said.

    ”Doctors at the hospital advise it is common practice for mothers not to stay overnight with babies in special care units due to bed restrictions.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/asylum-seeker-separated-from-her-sick-newborn-in-brisbane-20131113-2xh0f.html#ixzz2ka3U7J8H

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