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Australian Federal Police issue Alert for Bill Shorten!

January 9, 2014

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  1. egg permalink
    January 9, 2014 2:17 pm

    Bill is doing a damn good job keeping a low profile, he’s more popular than the PM, which shows the success of this type of strategy.

  2. January 9, 2014 2:27 pm

    This is true egg, however Tony Abbott’s caught on to the strategy too…

    Earlier today during a radio interview “our prime minister” explained how it is generally better for everyone concerned, if we don’t ask any questions about what the government is actually doing, and just leave them to get on with doing whatever job it is that they are doing.

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 9, 2014 2:32 pm

    I don’t think he’s 5’11”

  4. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 9, 2014 2:38 pm

    I mentioned the other day about Shorten making comments and the media ignoring it.

    Again, he apparently did a presser this morning (someone commented on it over at Pollbludger) but it has gone under the radar.

    His slap down of Bernadi the other day was a cracker, not least for highlighting that he himself is an evil stepfather.

    I understand he is playing a low profile, as the Liberals are making enough of a hash of it themselves, but, when he does speak, he is largely ignored, much like Gillard was. (Rudd never had this problem)

    Obviously, the media like their tarts

  5. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 9, 2014 2:52 pm

    In fact, the quote I heard from him today via twitter was wtte “If their policies are so good, why are they keeping them secret?”

  6. January 9, 2014 3:14 pm

    “Media visibility” is a major problem for Bill Shorten.

    I’m not a marketing expert, and so don’t know how to fix the problem, BUT, it is a priority that they should sort ASAP.

    The squeaky wheel, it seems, gets the (media) oil.

    So, WAKE UP, Bill, make some noise, you’re a political leader now, Australia needs you, and needs you now.

    But, in general, the quality of Aussie politics right now leaves a lot to be desired.

    Is this the problem . . . . . .

    http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-619

    Cheers
    Mick

  7. egg permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:18 pm

    Let’s not kid ourselves, the party faithful wanted Albo, but they got a machine man instead. This is disappointing because now he can’t be removed.

  8. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:22 pm

    This is disappointing because now he can’t be removed.

    Yep, he is as safe as Rudd. Or Gillard. Or Hawke………

  9. egg permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:26 pm

    I thought they passed new rules which makes the leader safer?

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:38 pm

    Yes, egg, they did …

    His slap down of Bernadi the other day was a cracker, not least for highlighting that he himself is an evil stepfather.

    If you believe that, then you have never seen Paul Keating in action … Shorten is a wet squib … the ALP does not have any leadership potential in its ranks at all … just a bunch of highly paid, incompetent lawyers …

  11. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:44 pm

    5’11”, my arse!

  12. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:49 pm

    II thought Keating was hated by most (although I personally thought he was great, especially as an orator)

    Shorten is able to apply cutting barbs without raising his voice. It may take time, but I think as people see this, they will grow to like it.

    None of the fire and brimstone of Albanese, but cutting noe hte less.

    Perhaps, if the media get frustrated enough with no news from Tony Abbott, they might start taking notice.

  13. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:55 pm

    5’11″, my arse!

    I’m hoping that’s a statement and not a request.

  14. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:24 pm

    It’s an exclamation of incredulity.

    I see YomM has made a similar claim.

  15. January 9, 2014 4:50 pm

    Hmm…good comments from everyone but personally I feel that the ALP is playing lazy politics a la the Beasley days -‘just keep quiet and give ’em enough rope and they’ll hang themselves’ and we all know how well that worked out for them – 10 years in the wilderness.
    Pollies can get media coverage it they really want it whether their in government or opposition. I agree with Reb’s tongue in cheek poster and with Cartoon Mick’s appraisal.
    As you wrote before Christmas Reb, ‘It’s time Shorten started showing some leadership – or fuck off!’

  16. January 9, 2014 4:52 pm

    TB; At the moment, truer words were never spoken.

  17. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 10:15 am

    Did anyone else see Bill Shorten on the TV last night wishing “Happy New Year” before proceeding with a very monotone monologue.

    Seriously everytime I see the guy I feel like calling Beyond Blue.

    He must be the singularly most dpressing looking individual in Parliament.

    In fact he makes Christine Milne look electable.

  18. January 10, 2014 11:11 am

    “everytime I see the guy I feel like calling Beyond Blue”

    😆

  19. January 10, 2014 7:52 pm

    ”””””hair, dishevelled”””””’ 😆 ` 😆 ` 😆 ` 😆 `

    Tho l`m not really convinced `we` want him back.

  20. egg permalink
    January 10, 2014 8:12 pm

    Our only hope is for Shorten to quit the leadership in favour of Albo, politically pragmatic and a parliamentary brawler.

    If he had won the leadership over Shorten and implemented this pledge, the party would have wooed me back. This story from last October.

    ‘Defeated Labor leadership hopeful Anthony Albanese has confirmed he advocated ending the carbon price immediately as a way of putting pressure on the Abbott Government, which plans to scrap the fixed price from June 30, 2014.

    ‘Speaking to the Labor caucus last Thursday, Mr Albanese said the Opposition should not mimic the Abbott example of “relentless negativity” but should instead, think constructively and act strategically in opposition.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/anthony-albanese-pushed-to-end-carbon-price-20131016-2vn6p.html#ixzz2pz6mtLap

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