Category: Liberals

Great Barrier Reef Foundation Was Picked In Just Three Days, Audit Report Finds

The Environment Department claims other private partner options were considered, but an audit report found no documented evidence of that.

via Great Barrier Reef Foundation Was Picked In Just Three Days, Audit Report Finds

Protecting Craig Kelly | The Monthly

According to at least one member of the NSW Liberal executive, Sally Betts, the member for Hughes, Craig Kelly, is a bully, a thug and a disgrace.

A “real” Liberal, as his ally and mentor Tony Abbott enthuses – perhaps one of the kind that the minister for women (among other things), Kelly O’Dwyer, was talking about when she said the public regarded her party as homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers.

But, says our desperate prime minister, he is our own bumptious buffoon, and therefore to be protected at all costs, even if that means destroying democracy in the process. Thus, the entire state preselection process is to be junked so that Kelly can be preserved for another crack at the electorate whose own preselecters were determined to get rid of him.

via Protecting Craig Kelly | The Monthly

Comparative corruption and transparency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nor might we hear about:

Bronwyn Bishop’s questionable use of helicopters;
The $443 million been given to six people in a laughably named group called the “Barrier Reef Foundation” to get rid of money that might jeopardise an “on paper” budget surplus proposal;
Tony Abbott’s enormous expenses claims, or just about any politician’s expenses nowadays;
Susan Ley’s coincidental and very rapid decisions on the purchase of Goldcoast property while funded by parliamentary travel entitlements;
Assistant treasurer, Stuart Robert’s family company, in receipts of 356 government contracts worth more than $37 million;
Or again, Stuart Robert’s elephantine internet bills;
David Gillespie’s postal office profits which were the subject of an unsuccessful reference by Labor to the High Court.

I am stopping here although I am sure dear reader you can find many more

via Comparative corruption and transparency – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Liberal Party changes leadership rules after snap late-night meeting

The Devil gives his blessing to shrinking of the Broad Church and the lockout of it’s broader membership and constituents and this handing over the power to just a room full of Cardinals. The hidden persuaders News Corp and IPA of course remain silently smiling (ODT)

Mr Abbott described the rules as “atonement” with the Australian people, according to sources inside the partyroom. He endorsed the rule change as a “good safeguard” that “sends a strong signal of cultural change to the Australian people”.

“People are fallen, fragile creatures and in this place are more given to fear and greed than perhaps in the world outside Parliament,” Mr Abbott is reported to have told colleagues.

“The parliamentary party chooses our leader and the Australian people sanctifies that choice if they win government.”

Liberal Party changes leadership rules after snap late-night meeting

Australian politics for beginners: part one

If the unemployed insist on choosing leisure over work, that is their affair, but the Liberals don’t believe they should be rewarded for such a choice. I mean, if they don’t want to go to the country to pick fruit, how hard is it to get a squeegee and a bucket of water and clean windscreens at a set of traffic lights? The Liberals also have enlightened policies on border protection and national security, with minister Peter Dutton being the top cop on the beat. We sleep safe in our beds because of his eternal vigilance — not that he gets many thanks. And we don’t need to worry about conditions on Nauru because Tony Abbott reckons it’s a very pleasant island with top healthcare. Rumour has it that he might be planning a long holiday there if he loses his seat of Warringah at the next election.

Source: Australian politics for beginners: part one

Who is the ‘base’ the conservative faction of the Liberal Party keep talking about?

When the Liberal Party dumped Malcolm Turnbull in August the coup leaders and their backers in conservative media justified the blood by declaring that Turnbull had lost touch with the party’s “base” and that without it he could not hope to win the coming election.

Brett believes that the conservatives’ drift to the right in pursuit of a phantom base could cause a long-term and crippling division for the party, similar to the divide that hobbled the ALP between the 1930s and and the 1960s, when Menzies’ Liberal Party dominated the nation.

If it is not healed, she says, Labor could become Australia’s natural party of government.

via Who is the ‘base’ the conservative faction of the Liberal Party keep talking about?

Ann Sudmalis to quit politics at next election due to ‘branch-stacking, undermining and leaks’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ann Sudmalis, wearing a blue and grey leopard-print scarf and patterned blazer, stands in the House of Reps.

Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis will quit politics at the next election, blaming “branch-stacking, undermining and leaks”, in a major blow to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s efforts to increase the number of women on his team.

via Ann Sudmalis to quit politics at next election due to ‘branch-stacking, undermining and leaks’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When all else fails – dogwhistle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

According to Dutton Menzies wasn’t a Liberal

Sadly, The Shovel’s recent headline Threat Of African Gangs Has Halved Since By-Elections, Analysis Shows has more than the usual faint resemblance to the truth. Conservative politicians have been dogwhistling on race and immigration since the 1980s around election time, with Howard, Abbott, Morrison and now Dutton plumbing new lows as the public ‘got used’ to the existing level of vitriol.

At the height of the ‘white Australia policy’, founder of the Liberal Party, Robert Menzies, stated as a principle of the Liberal and Country Parties during his 1949 election policy speech

Though we naturally want as many migrants as we can get of British stock, we denounce all attempts to create hostilities against any migrant or group of migrants, whether Jew or Gentile, on the grounds of race or religion. Once received into our community, a new citizen is entitled to be treated in every way as a fellow-Australian. The strength and history of our race have been founded upon this vital principle.

via When all else fails – dogwhistle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Eric Abetz rejects ‘seriously inadequate’ marriage equality bill | Australia news | The Guardian

Eric Abetz and Malcolm Turnbull

Conservatives are working on their own same-sex marriage bill, which the assistant minister to the treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has said should include a “no detriment” clause to allow people to reject same-sex marriage in all walks of life.via Eric Abetz rejects ‘seriously inadequate’ marriage equality bill | Australia news | The Guardian

Antonio Madafferi in Keysborough green wedge push: The Lobster Lunch

Antonio Madafferi, a major property owner in Keysborough, was a key figure in the lobster dinner and political donations affair involving Opposition Leader Matthew Guy in April.

Source: Antonio Madafferi in Keysborough green wedge push

WA Liberal landslide buries Turnbull and Hanson. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s a Labor landslide in WA. Mark McGowan’s party may end up with 41 seats as the Liberal primary vote collapses 15% , and it’s all over bar the infighting and the recriminations. Yet one thing is sure. The fall of “Emperor” Colin Barnett can have nothing to do with Malcolm Turnbull; no blame no…

Source: WA Liberal landslide buries Turnbull and Hanson. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Abbott v Turnbull pits rightwingers against moderates – and threatens chaos | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Rudd v Gillard wasn’t a policy fight – and it didn’t erupt into open warfare on the floor of the house. We’re in new territory now

Source: Abbott v Turnbull pits rightwingers against moderates – and threatens chaos | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian