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The demise of the Liberals continues

February 21, 2019 - 19:45 -- Admin

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.

More Vanstone equine ordure

February 19, 2019 - 08:28 -- Admin

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.

Really, Peter?

February 18, 2019 - 08:04 -- Admin

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’.

Liberal apoplexy

February 15, 2019 - 09:25 -- Admin

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.

Another lie from Tony Abbott

February 13, 2019 - 17:38 -- Admin

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.

Morrison goes full Trump

February 13, 2019 - 08:12 -- Admin

Some time ago, I wrote a piece about the federal government ‘going full Trump’ in that members of parliament seem to believe they can get away with bald-faced lies and not be held to account. This has been exacerbated either by some real journalists allowing them to get away with it, or by the lies being expressed on Murdoch broadcast media (e.g. Sky News Australia)2 or regurgitated by ‘ruperters’ in Murdoch’s print media3.

Desperate measures

February 11, 2019 - 09:19 -- Admin

You have to feel sorry for Tony Abbott. He has failed at almost everything he has tried in his life; priesthood, journalism, marriage, and prime ministership. Now, in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), he is pleading with the people of his electorate not to turf him out of parliament at the next federal election1. Abbott holds the seat of Warringah in Sydney’s northeast.