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A little repetition - Leadership speculation gives back benchers a taste of importance

March 2, 2017 - 22:35 -- Admin

Understanding all the leadership speculation - No reason really to change this little item from 9 February 2012The devil finds mischief for idle hands and for most of their parliamentary life backbench politicians are essentially idle. Their only real role of importance comes when they are called on in the party room to vote on a new leader.The rest of the time they are treated with disdain by other participants in the political system.

There is more than one faction in the Liberal Party that can cause trouble for Malcolm Turnbull

March 2, 2017 - 21:36 -- Admin

The Owl gas got some sympathy for Malcolm Turnbull. It's a difficult job leading a government with a majority of one. Every backbench Tom, Dick and Harriet thinks they have the power of the blackmailer. Huff and puff and threaten to quit, or back someone else to replace you, unless they get their own way on some pet project or other.

Solving Tony Abbott"s boredom and income problem: He coulda been a publisher

February 27, 2017 - 12:47 -- Admin

The Owl drew attention recently to Tony Abbott's little problem of learning to live within the limits of a humble backbencher's income as an explanation of his apparent gunning for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Now, following Tony's recent critical outburst, others are suggesting that simple boredom of not having enough to do is the root cause of his hostility.

Josh Frydenberg tilting at windmills with his Clean Energy Finance Corporation changes - time for another political singalong

February 27, 2017 - 11:36 -- Admin

The Sydney Morning Herald reported last month that in "what would represent a significant weakening of the country's environmental financing rules, Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg confirmed the government is considering issuing a new ministerial directive to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to put investment in so-called 'clean coal' on th

Spare a thought for Tony Abbott now his income has fallen

February 14, 2017 - 16:26 -- Admin

Life can get tough when your income suddenly drops and doesn't the Owl know it. So spare a thought for Tony Abbott who used to have a Prime Ministerial income of $522,000, so Google tells me, but now must make do a backbencher's humble stipend of $199,040.And things are really tough when you have a Sydney sized housing mortgage as the member for Warringah does.