Category: LNP

Infiltrated by extremists, what will the real Liberals do now? – Pearls and Irritations

Liberal Party of Australia logo.

The Labor victory in NSW this weekend has put the Liberal Party on notice. While many local issues were in play, the increasing radicalisation of the party at federal and state levels is making it unelectable. The usual drongos’ voices cry, “Liberals must go further right to win,” but Australia’s superior electoral system will make it hard for a radical right Liberal Party to win government.

Source: Infiltrated by extremists, what will the real Liberals do now? – Pearls and Irritations

Moira Deeming: Opposition Leader John Pesutto moves to expel controversial MP over neo-Nazi rally links

Moira Deeming invited campaigners to areas in Parliament House that are restricted to the public.

LNP Vic divided by the extreme Right wants to jump Left on one leg

The Age last year revealed the Victorian Liberal Party’s powerful administrative committee voted for Deeming to run in the federal seat of Gorton at the 2022 election, but was deemed too risky by Scott Morrison’s office to run as part of his team.

Source: Moira Deeming: Opposition Leader John Pesutto moves to expel controversial MP over neo-Nazi rally links

Michael Pascoe: Peter Dutton’s venality and other tax jokes

Peter Dutton News Liberal Politics

Peter Dutton’s response to the tweaking is deeply, terminally flawed. It speaks to a darkness at the heart of the modern federal Liberal Party, a darkness that seeks to double down rather than save itself.

Source: Michael Pascoe: Peter Dutton’s venality and other tax jokes

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet set to kill off the Liberal Party in NSW at the state electionKangaroo Court of Australia

Dominic Perrottet, Gladys Berejiklian and John Barilaro

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s brothers are still fugitives in hiding from a corruption inquiry and the NSW Liberal Party still has 20 seats to fill with candidates with the state election only 4 weeks away on the 25th of March.

Source: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet set to kill off the Liberal Party in NSW at the state electionKangaroo Court of Australia

Negative nellies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the world of Deputy Opposition Leader Sussan Ley, the Albanese Government’s ‘Voice’ process is a stunt to get re-elected. This is the same Susan Ley that added the extra ’s’ to her name in her 20s because

“I read about this numerology theory that if you add the numbers that match the letters in your name you can change your personality,” she told The Australian.

“I worked out that if you added an ‘s’ I would have an incredibly exciting, interesting life and nothing would every be boring. It’s that simple.

“And once I’d added the ‘s’ it was really hard to take it away.”

In the Morrison Government, as the Environment Minister

Ley approved a Coalition decision to scrap 176 out of 185 recovery plans designed to prevent the extinction of threatened species and habitats, including the Tasmanian devil. This was despite a government call for feedback, which received 6701 responses, all disagreeing with the proposed removal of the recovery plans.

 

Source: Negative nellies – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Victorian politics: Conservative Liberals plan to roll party president Greg Mirabella

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America has arrived in Australia in the form of the LNP

A group of conservative Liberals are war-gaming to roll party president Greg Mirabella and the more moderate members of the powerful administrative committee, prompting fears of a conservative takeover of the Victorian division.

 

Source: Victorian politics: Conservative Liberals plan to roll party president Greg Mirabella

Dutton and the DeLorean – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Dutton opposes, he is using the same process as Trump – promising to make Australia great again by returning to undefined ‘conservative’ values. As we’ve seen in the USA, the armed followers of Trump’s returning America to greatness agenda mounted a deadly coup on the US Congress while Trump and his assortment of hangers on and media supporters did nothing. Unfortunately, those that should have done so, the leaders of Trump’s political party, his Vice President and Congressional Leaders as well as the media should have stood up to him far earlier – but didn’t. The ‘Convoys to Canberra’ and similar activities demonstrate that the same forces have infected the Australian political system and the Coalition has and continues to provide tacit approval.

Source: Dutton and the DeLorean – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Child poverty, $3.5 billion for tanks, and a government that does not care – Pearls and Irritations

Baby hand on mums palm.

Hawke promised to rid us of child poverty but then we have had 20 years plus of the LNP

The insanity of all this defies logic. We can see venal capitalism making obscene individual profits for a tiny handful. We see governments, at the behest of the United States, spending unimaginable millions on weaponry that will make us all that little less secure and we have a generation of our youth, being cast adrift for the sake of what amounts to small change.

Source: Child poverty, $3.5 billion for tanks, and a government that does not care – Pearls and Irritations

The Amazing Linda Reynolds… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anyway, the amazing Senator Reynolds has said that she was the victim of a “hit job” by her political opponents because of what she did or didn’t do with regard to the alleged incident. She also told us something that I found strange which was:

“I haven’t been able to speak for the last two years…”

Source: The Amazing Linda Reynolds… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Will the National and Liberal coalition celebrate its 100 year union?

Nobody is Celebrating

February 9, 2023, marks the centenary of the Coalition Agreement, a milestone in conservative politics that we should note – if only because no one else seems to be doing so.

Source: Will the National and Liberal coalition celebrate its 100 year union?

The Leader of the Opposition says … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Julia Gillard was Prime Minister, after every government announcement, action, or inaction the first line of most mainstream media articles on the subject – with predictable and monotonous regularity – began with; “Tony Abbott says …” or “The Leader of the Opposition says…”.

We haven’t been subjected to the same tedious announcements as much since the last federal election, but fear not, it is making its anticipated return.

Source: The Leader of the Opposition says … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Alan Tudge’s Robodebt RC performance akin to pulling teeth

Will Tudge go down as Australia’s worst ever appointed Minister beating Peter Dutton who was voted worst ever Health, Immigration, and Homeland Security?

And at this point, with the discussion of the onus, it is worth reflecting that a pernicious feature of the scheme is that it simply externalised the department’s work to make the government of the day – and numbers in its budget – look better and to garner favourable media coverage. Of course, the stress, heartache and effort borne by welfare recipients targeted by the program well and truly eclipsed any savings in the Government’s budget.

There was not much point in the program at all if it both failed and didn’t win the Government favourable media coverage.

Source: Alan Tudge’s Robodebt RC performance akin to pulling teeth

Linda Reynolds launches defamation action against Brittany Higgins’s partner David Sharaz – ABC News

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Liberal senator Linda Reynolds is suing Brittany Higgins’s partner over tweets he made that she alleges defamed her.

Ms Higgins was working in Ms Reynolds’ Canberra Ministerial office when she was allegedly raped by a colleague.

Subsequent legal proceedings against the accused were abandoned in October and then a planned retrial was dropped by the prosecution.

In fresh court documents lodged in Western Australia’s Supreme Court, Ms Reynolds has accused Mr Higgins’s partner, David Sharaz, of defaming her in two tweets from the account @SharazDavid in January and December last year.

In the writ issued through her lawyer, Martin Bennett, Ms Reynolds alleged the tweets were “falsely defamatory” and thereby caused her “loss and damage”.

The Perth-based senator is demanding Mr Sharaz pay aggravated damages and interest at a rate of 6 per cent since they were published.

Source: Linda Reynolds launches defamation action against Brittany Higgins’s partner David Sharaz – ABC News

Robodebt scheme ‘set off alarm bells from the get-go’, inquiry hears – ABC News

Terry Carney wears a grey jacket over a blue shirt.

“Had there been public ventilation of what the AAT was ruling … there wouldn’t have been an instant change to or abandonment of the scheme but it would have been a lot quicker than the three or four years that nearly half a million people had to suffer the unlawful raising of debts,” he told the commission.

Source: Robodebt scheme ‘set off alarm bells from the get-go’, inquiry hears – ABC News

The Iraq war, Fallujah and Jim Molan – Pearls and Irritations

November 2004; Soliders with the Iraqi Special Forces attached with the Marines with 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, A city street in Fallujah heavily damaged by the fighting, November 2004

The late Jim Molan will be remembered for many things. Few will remember him for the widespread violence by Coalition troops under Molan’s command during the brutal assault on Fallujah and other Sunni cities during the illegal occupation of Iraq in late 2004.

Source: The Iraq war, Fallujah and Jim Molan – Pearls and Irritations

Vote No Because Climate Science Isn’t Settled And Greta Isn’t An Expert… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It would be wrong to suggest that the Liberal Party is racist. Ok, they’re being led by Peter Dutton who did walk out on the Apology, but he acknowledged that he shouldn’t have done that because people keep bringing it up and he has to argue that it’s only the African gangs who are calling him racist. And it was the Liberal Party who argued that the Apology wouldn’t solve the practical issues and wouldn’t help to close the gap and that practical solutions like sending in the Army is the way to improve the lives of the ordinary Indigenous man and by helping men you’re also helping women so don’t you dare say that we’re sexist.

Obviously, when you see that the Liberals opposed the Apology and now are questioning the Voice to Parliament on the grounds that they would do nothing to actually improve things and that they’re largely hollow gestures, you have to ask why the Coalition haven’t done a lot more about improving things.

To be fair, the Coalition has only been in power for twenty of the past twenty-six years.

 

Source: Vote No Because Climate Science Isn’t Settled And Greta Isn’t An Expert… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bail for first ‘ISIS bride’ to face court sparks political furore

Susan Ley was a greater threat to Australian citizens when in the Morrison government. However, she still remains a greater threat than Miriam Rudd is today and we don’t know what she’s been planning as her next move as Dutton’s Deputy. We do however know she’s been planning not on raising children like Miriam Rudd in her very Australian extended family that fought to bring her home.

Why is the media calling this a “political furore” supporting the LNP’s efforts to create one? Miriam Rudd is an Australian citizen accused of a crime but an Australian citizen nevertheless and has the right to be here

“We don’t know where these people have been resettled. We don’t know which communities have been put at risk. We don’t know where they are moving in and out of,” Ms Ley said.

Source: Bail for first ‘ISIS bride’ to face court sparks political furore

The LNP: Do they ever learn? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

after the people of Australia resoundingly voted against the LNP in order to kick that repugnant little war mongering garden gnome, John Howard to the gutter, did the LNP learn a single thing about humility, compassion and not to use war, hate and xenophobic racism as a distraction against their inherent corruption,…

Does Australia really want a repeat performance by these lying, conniving parasites whose only legacy is $1 trillion in debt whilst thumping their chests and cynically bragging that they are the “best economic managers”!!!!?

The resounding answer should be:
NO! NO! DEFINITELY NOT!

Bloody hell!

Source: The LNP: Do they ever learn? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Liberal Party – a broad church or a house divided? – Pearls and Irritations

John Howard

Howard started the ball rolling chasing money held by the religious right.

The results of the ANU’s 2022 Australian Election Study confirm that the Coalition was undone by the pandemic, the economy, and a highly unpopular Prime Minister. However, they also suggest that the Liberal Party’s ‘broad church’ is an increasingly untenable edifice.

Source: The Liberal Party – a broad church or a house divided? – Pearls and Irritations

‘Scandal, disunity and instability’: Liberal review focuses on perceptions but it’s substantive change that’s needed | Paul Karp | The Guardian

Morrison

The review is strong on how internal party processes went wrong but its push for change is not sufficient

Source: ‘Scandal, disunity and instability’: Liberal review focuses on perceptions but it’s substantive change that’s needed | Paul Karp | The Guardian

Anti-China rhetoric damaging to Liberals – Michael West

The Liberals have a history conducting politics at a cultural level Morrison saw  political advantage of dividing the nation during the Cronulla riots and he continued to apply it with “stop the boats”. Multiculturalism was never an LNP value as much as it was a political opportunity. The Lebanese Muslims Chinese Africans Indigenous Australians all felt the two-face sting of the LNP handshake. If and when for a moment they were seen as an economic benefit it came with a smile quite readily followed by a political slap in the face. Dutton was a master at spreading Liberal hate.

The Liberals have been urged to rebuild the party’s relationship with members of Australia’s Chinese community as a key priority in the wake of its election defeat.

Source: Anti-China rhetoric damaging to Liberals – Michael West

Have we got a deal for you – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Maybe the Liberal Party has fallen victim to the biggest conspiracy theory this side of the Pacific in the last 20 years by believing the hype around Scott Morrison, generated by the same Scott Morrison. They sadly haven’t realised their gullibility yet as demonstrated by mostly voting against the censure motion brought to the House of Representatives when the real adults in the room. The ALP, Greens and Independents called his behaviour out for what it really was – a messiah complex combined with a confidence trick.

The snake oil salesmen of the early 20th Century would be proud of him.

Source: Have we got a deal for you – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No surprise Libs are on life support after malignant Morrison years

For many Liberal Party members, guilt by association with the Morrison years will forever remain a dead weight they must lug around with them for the remainder of their political careers, writes Belinda Jones.

Source: No surprise Libs are on life support after malignant Morrison years

A Dying Breed: Young Voters and the LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

This actually amuses me to no end: serves you right, you bastards. You were so determined to serve the wealthy that you could not see the forest for the trees. You were so obsessed with growing their (and your own) investment property portfolios that you could not see (or simply did not care) that you were creating what is now known as Generation Rent. It is no wonder these people will not vote for you: you utterly screwed them out of the so-called Australian Dream of owning your own home. Your policies around negative gearing, tax cuts for the wealthy, superannuation concessions and so on – these tongue-baths to the rich have created a generation (and beyond) of serfs with iPhones. That, Spud, is why they will not vote for you!

Source: A Dying Breed: Young Voters and the LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

China warns Australia ‘playing with fire’ as MPs visit Taiwan

Provocation for domestic politics “it has to be Barnaby Joyce”

A delegation of MPs visiting Taiwan are “casting a shadow” on Australia’s improving relationship with China.

Source: China warns Australia ‘playing with fire’ as MPs visit Taiwan

Liberals lose from their unholy, right-wing mergers

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Peter Costello’s CH9 and The Age tried to make out the ALP’s “political machine” won them the election in Victoria. It’s a total distraction from the fact that the LNP were never fit for the job either Federally or State wise and that will be proved in the next NSW election when the voters yet again won’t be manipulated but will choose who they want to employ as their next government.

The Liberals seem to talk to themselves, about themselves, and defend their actions rather than face reality, Julia Banks writes.

Scott Morrison’s historic censure over his multiple ministries and his ‘sorry not sorry’ defence speech played out this week on the back of a disastrous Victorian election result for the Liberal Party.

Morrison’s speech will be an endpoint of his legacy – a trail of destruction of the party forever linked to a man who abused his power and undermined our democracy.

Source: Liberals lose from their unholy, right-wing mergers

Stuart Robert faces a widening investigation

Stuart Robert

Embattled former Coalition minister Stuart Robert is facing a new investigation into meetings he took as a minister with a business associate and their Canberra firm who he had previously advised on their bids for IT contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.

Source: Stuart Robert faces a widening investigation

Stuart Robert and his ‘friends’

Another shining star of the LNP who’s great mate Scott was a dog

Once again, this week the MP for Fadden, Stuart Robert, has been the subject of media allegations of impropriety based on a series of leaked emails. Belinda Jones reports.

Source: Stuart Robert and his ‘friends’

Promises, Promises, Promises – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Model of LNP Promises

What’s a promise or, more specifically, an election promise? Is it a guilt-edged set-in concrete commitment made during an election campaign? What if the circumstances change after the campaign making it impossible to fulfil? Is a promise a legal commitment? Is it nothing more than just a proposal? Tony Abbott said this about promises

Tony Abbott said this about promises before the 2013 election

“It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards. Nothing could be more calculated to bring our democracy into disrepute and alienate the citizenry of Australia from their Government than if governments were to establish by precedent that they could say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards.”

That is an unambiguous promise that one couldn’t take any other way than how it is written or spoken.

Yet:

The day before the 2013 election, Tony Abbott said there would be no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no changes to the pension, no changes to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS,”

Source: Promises, Promises, Promises – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Victorian Election: Liberals under siege from extremist religious groups – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Democracy depends on transparency, reliable information, nonpartisan systems and trust. The failure of the corporate media to adhere to that tradition is a critical attack on the ability of voters to select their next government in a responsible fashion. The Victorian Liberal Party’s attempts to suppress discussion of their gradual takeover by the religious right is deeply problematic. Victorians need to know that a “Liberal” vote is becoming increasingly neither liberal nor conservative.

America’s flawed electoral processes have compounded the crisis of trust. It is critical that we don’t follow them into that chaos. Dan Andrews is correct: we don’t want that Americanisation of politics here.

Source: Victorian Election: Liberals under siege from extremist religious groups – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Smacks Down Lauren Boebert Over Shooting | Crooks and Liars

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Smacks Down Lauren Boebert Over Shooting

It’s been the same here in Australia. Morrison did it in the hope of political gain with Deves. Pentecostalists have entered Politics and are spreading hate. The only reason we haven’t seen a mass shooting is because of our gun control laws and the level of tolerance and inclusion due to multiculturalism in this country. The LNP have simply tried to Americanise our politics and will continue to do so if Peter Dutton is an indication. He went straight to America after being nominated Opposition leader in parliament.

AOC is right. This entire year has seen Republicans and their media agitators and MAGA supporters develop horrific conspiracies against the LGBTQAI+ community in order to gain political power. Revving up the hatred against “the Left” who only want tolerance and welcoming for all people.

It’s been sickening to witness.

Source: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Smacks Down Lauren Boebert Over Shooting | Crooks and Liars

Police probe Victorian MP for ‘incitement’ – Michael West

A sitting Victorian MP is under investigation after allegedly appearing to incite violence against Premier Daniel Andrews during a rally in Melbourne.

Source: Police probe Victorian MP for ‘incitement’ – Michael West

Deceitful deputy Liberal leader leads public astray

With Murdoch and Costello’s assistance, they aren’t who they say they are

Among other deceptions, Deputy Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party David Southwick has been sprung using his staffers in promotional videos as “local constituents” who claim they’d back him, writes Megan Jane de Paulo.

It’s election time in Victoria and the corflutes have spontaneously sprouted to adorn the gardens and fences of constituents.

Curiously, Southwick’s corflute sign – unlike those of most Liberal Party candidates – doesn’t feature a Liberal Party logo (or even the word “Liberal” in an easily legible font). It’s almost, despite being Deputy Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party, as if Southwick’s embarrassed to be associated with it.

One could argue that he’s lurked around long enough for us to know who he is — but Dan Andrews is arguably more recognisable and he, helpfully, has Victorian Labor logos splashed all over his campaign bus.

Staged videos with fake constituents. Fake credentials. Fake ambulance. Fake Facebook accounts. Fake threats.

Source: Deceitful deputy Liberal leader leads public astray

Landry Labor ‘bullying’ claim a lame media grab

Distraction and Deflection away from Dutton’s Public Question Time gaffe. Mainstream media followed

The recent Labor “bullying” claims are just another publicity stunt to add to the great Liberal gaslit bonfire of bullshit, writes managing editor Michelle Pini.

Source: Landry Labor ‘bullying’ claim a lame media grab

Victorian election 2022: Victorian Liberal Party’s top lawyer quits over party’s legally ‘risky’ decisions

Liberal Party state director Sam McQuestin.

TEAM MATT GUY

The Victorian Liberal Party’s in-house lawyer has resigned, sending a damning email saying she could no longer work with the party’s campaign leadership team, who she accused of ignoring her legal advice that some of their decisions may have broken the law.

Source: Victorian election 2022: Victorian Liberal Party’s top lawyer quits over party’s legally ‘risky’ decisions

Former Coalition staffer Rachelle Miller releases details of $650,000 settlement – ABC News

A former Coalition staffer who claimed she was abused while working for the former government has released details of her settlement, as she writes to the new parliament.

Source: Former Coalition staffer Rachelle Miller releases details of $650,000 settlement – ABC News

The Liberals Have A Clear Position On Scott Morrison And Just About Everything… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When in Opposition the LNP can be relied on being far more Socialist. The “cost of living” for ordinary Australians suddenly becomes foremost and not the cost of labor weighing down the economy.

Forget the past. The problems start now and they lie with Labor and the blind promises they made when not knowing what the LNP had kept hidden. Hidden for the seeming sake of their “integrity” and openness in tact. Susan Ley and Peter Dutton keep talking about electricity prices but not that report about their increase well hidden and buried 6 months before the last election. Now that’s the price we bear for her “integrity”

Yep, I think that about covers it. Ignore the past, don’t have talkfests to talk about the future, act without consulting, build nuclear reactors to bring prices and emissions down sometime before 2050.

And remember that John Howard is always available to promote his book and to remind you that the Liberals believe in the free market so they’re prepared to spend vast amounts of government money to ensure that the free market works effectively.

The Liberals Have A Clear Position On Scott Morrison And Just About Everything… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian GPs say access to bulk billing is on the wane, even for most vulnerable patients because the Medicare rebate isn’t covering rising costs

LNP Economic Management “Kill Medicare” “Boost Private Healthcare”

The former government froze the Medicare rebate for six years, ripping billions of dollars out of primary care and causing gap fees to skyrocket,” Butler said.

Australian GPs say access to bulk billing is on the wane, even for most vulnerable patients because the Medicare rebate isn’t covering rising costs

We told you so: Coalition pinged again over regional grants – Michael West

The Coalition has departed the government benches, but its malfeasance and corruption is still being revealed, writes Jommy Tee.

We told you so: Coalition pinged again over regional grants – Michael West

All caretaker, no responsibility: how a dying government slipped freebies to its mates – Michael West

On its way to electoral oblivion, the Morrison government kept the dollars flowing to select beneficiaries, in defiance of the 70-year-old parliamentary “caretaker” convention, writes #Mate.

All caretaker, no responsibility: how a dying government slipped freebies to its mates – Michael West

Victorian election: It can get worse for Matthew Guy’s Liberals

Instead of preparing for a state election in just over 100 days, and impressing on the voters their readiness to govern, Liberals are scouring their own ranks for the source of a catastrophic leak while also fighting off an insurgency from religious extremists who threaten to convert the Liberal Party to the Illiberal Party.

Victorian election: It can get worse for Matthew Guy’s Liberals

A reluctant thank you, Mr Christensen: what we learnt about a travelling MP – Michael West

A Federal Police warning to the Coalition government over the conduct of one of its MPs was kept secret until it was too late for his constituents, writes Rex Patrick.

A reluctant thank you, Mr Christensen: what we learnt about a travelling MP – Michael West