A furious Peta Credlin had launched an excoriating attack on the “hapless set of bedwetters” she says plotted to oust her former boss Tony Abbott as prime minister, squander the “wonderful victory of 2013” by giving Malcolm Turnbull poor advice.
Peta Credlin, said Tony Abbott in awe, is the fiercest political warrior he has ever known. And it appears that the vengeful soldier has lost none of her belligerence. The problem for the Liberals is that she is still fighting the war from last September, or even earlier. Credlin’s crack at Malcolm Turnbull as “Mr Harbourside Mansion” is far more lethal than Bill Shorten’s mild innuendo about the prime minister’s wealth and apartness.
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I first heard the scuttlebutt about Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin more than two years ago. As with all rumours, it was handed on to me by what I was assured was an impeccable source. The relationship had reached crisis point, I was told. The Abbott marriage was finished; the only question was whether Margie would throw Tony out of the marital home or walk out of it herself.
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FORMER prime minister John Howard has confirmed he urged Tony Abbott to remove Peta Credlin as his chief of staff and Joe Hockey as his treasurer.
The rise of the private political office reflects the sheer complexity of the political management task required of contemporary politicians – especially when in government.
The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Peta Credlin will present the ABC’s seven o’clock bulletin from next week, in a move designed to ensure Australians hear the right news.
Ms Credlin – who will take on the role in addition to her existing responsibilities – has extensive media experience and is seen as having a better grasp than her predecessors of the types of stories Australians should hear.
“She’s got her finger on the pulse, that’s for sure,” one colleague said of Ms Credlin today, noting that she had an uncanny knack of getting wind of the most important stories of the day before anyone else.
“The issues she’s talking about today will be the ones our politicians will be talking about tomorrow. The ABC will really set the agenda with Credlin behind the desk,” the colleague said.
A senior ABC executive said it was a positive step for the national broadcaster, and part of the ABC’s vision to appeal to a broader range of Australian MPs. “I think it’s true that we have become a bit niche. I think it’s true that we’ve been slow to modernise. And I think it’s fair to say we’ve lost sight of what Australian Governments in the 21st Century want from their news”.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that the effects of climate change are having a devastating impact on present and future Australia, Kirsten Tona reports that the Abbott Government continues to ignore the evidence.
By 2070, Australia’s average temperature will rise by anything up to five degrees Celsius, our rainfall will be significantly lower and our sea levels higher. This data comes from the CSIRO, not from the-sky-is-falling conspiracy theorists, so …. why is the Australian Government not preparing?
It is a sometimes uncomfortable paradox of democracy that while governments—elected—come and go, much of the real work of the state is done behind the scenes by unelected bureaucrats and institutions.
But, there are times we have reason to be grateful for that.
While the current Prime Minister of Australia is on record as saying that the arguments behind climate change are “absolute crap”, Australia’s premier scientific body, the CSIRO, has been quietly beavering away, using proven scientific methodologies to produce realistic models of what climate change may look like in our country.
And the news is: hotter, and drier.
Temperatures will go up, rainfall down. Ocean acidity levels will rise, as will the incidence of certain extreme weather events.
Global sea levels rose by about 17 cm during the 20th century, and are projected to keep rising, as are ocean acidity levels.
Air and ocean temperatures across Australia are now, on average, almost a degree Celsius warmer than they were in 1910, with most of the warming occurring since 1950. The Climate Change In Australia website use 24 of the world’s best models to predict what Australia might look like in 2030, 2050 and 2070.
The best projections have average temperatures rising by 1-2.5° within 50 years, if carbon emmissions are brought under control, soon. The worst projections say average temperatures in Australia will rise by 5° within 50 years.
Climate change is real, and here to stay.
Climate Change in Australia is an initiative of the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology in partnership with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, through the Australian Climate Change Science Program.
Governments come and go, and party policy is based on a wide range of political factors, strong scientific research being merely one. Or, should we say, occasionally one.
But the CSIRO and the BOM have to deal with the evidence. And they have to try, current government & party policy notwithstanding, to educate the public about their findings.
To this end, they have produced an unfeted, but extremely useful, set of reports, analyses, even posters.
But…who has been educated? Have you seen these projections? Where are the news stories?
How much public money was spent on this very important set of projections, and why are the public not being given these posters, being referred to this website? If you are planning where you and/or your children/grandchildren are going to live in the future, wouldn’t you want to see this?
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in Lima trying to defend her party’s policies on climate change.
There is some controversy around her attendance at this, a precursor to a more important conference being held in Paris, at the end of 2015. Reports say that when Bishop first proposed attending the Lima talks, the “prime minister’s office” rejected her request. (“The prime minister’s office” is often, in journalist-speak, used as code for “Peta Credlin”).
It is said that Julie Bishop was furious about this, and took it to a full meeting of Cabinet, where her attendance was approved.
However, “the prime minister’s office” then insisted she only attend the talks under the tutelage of known climate skeptic, Trade Minister Andrew Robb.
SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH
Now it is being widely reported that Peta Credlin and Julie Bishop have had a massive falling-out. (Although, it must be noted, Bishop herself denies this).
But climate change, the melting of the icecaps, rising sea levels, reduced rainfall and global warming are surely too important to be left in the hands of those who would ignore the science in favour of political grandstanding.
Or in the hands of their advisors, who frequently concentrate on the sale of the message rather than the predicament of the people.
Or…in the hands of the Murdoch press, who are encouraging the populace to blame the alleged rift between Bishop and Credlin on Tony Abbott, no longer, it seems, news.com.au’s blue-eyed boy.
In 2003, George W. Bush, then President of the USA, was advised by notorious Newspeaker Frank Luntz to emphasise the notion that the science of climate change was unsettled, uncertain. Not because it really was uncertain, but because that was what the public already believed.
In a quite shockingly cynical memo, Luntz told Bush Snr: “The scientific debate is closing [against us] but not yet closed. There is still a window of opportunity to challenge the science … Voters believe that there is no consensus about global warming within the scientific community.
He wrote: “Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled, their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue in the debate, and defer to scientists and other experts in the field.”
The CSIRO do not think there is no consensus on the science of climate change. The CSIRO think climate change is already happening. So do the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Australian Climate Change Science Program.
So too, it seems, does Julie Bishop.
But Peta Credlin doesn’t. And if she doesn’t, Tony Abbott doesn’t. And so, our commitment to emission reduction and other important planks in the platform of preparing for continuing climate change, is left in the hands of people who are unelected, or who seem to care a lot more about being elected, than about actually governing.
This article was first published on Newpolitics.com.au as Government ignoring climate change while the planet burns and has been reproduced with permission.
Rumour has it that Kevin Andrews will not contest the next election and Peta Credlin will be gifted the safe seat of Menzies, and there are good reasons why this might prove to be true.
Both are big players in Abbott’s Star Chamber as is Credlin’s husband, Brian Loughnane. They certainly have the power to make this happen.
”As for a Cabinet re-shuffle, “it’s really Tony and Peta’s decision, there’s no point pretending otherwise”, the MP said, referring to the Prime Minister and his chief of staff Peta Credlin, who has been criticised for a perceived excess of power within the government.”
At first I thought Andrews unlikely to give up his position but on further reflection there could be some contributing factors.
Like the realisation that he is never going to become Prime Minister. A couple of weeks before Tony Abbott rolled Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Andrews made an unsuccessful bid for the leadership. While he seems to wield more power behind the scenes that Tony Abbott, he doesn’t get to do the handshaking. Perhaps he feels he can do better elsewhere.
He may return to his marriage counselling business since there is plenty of government money on offer there. His publications could become required reading as Andrews is an Adjunct Lecturer in Politics and in Marriage Education in the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne – an institution that has also just benefited from newly offered government funding.
Andrews has been able to reward his backers. How else could one describe his repealing of gambling reform laws?
He has been able to impose his ideology in everything from school chaplains to the categorisation as “leaners” of anyone who uses his department’s services.
He has been able to oppose stem cell research, voluntary euthanasia, RU-486, and marriage equality.
As Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Andrews set the tone for Scott Morrison when he revoked on character grounds the visa of Dr Mohamed Haneef, who had been granted bail on charges of aiding terrorists. After the Director of Public Prosecutions dropped all charges against Haneef, Andrews refused calls to reinstate Haneef’s visa, stating that his personal evidence was still valid. Andrews’ justification of his decision, on the basis that he had a reasonable suspicion that Haneef had associated with suspected terrorists and therefore failed the test of good character that a person must pass to keep a visa, was rejected in the Federal Court, and the revocation of Haneef’s visa was overturned.
We have just voted to remove these safeguards.
Andrews is also a climate change sceptic so he can feel successful in dismantling any action on that too.
All in all, Kevin probably thinks job well done.
If, like me, you have wondered why Peta Credlin takes a seat at the table in all meetings with foreign leaders, why she gets to host soirees for Murdoch hacks and radio shock jocks at Kirribilli House, why she gets to decide who gets what job and who may speak to the media and what they may say, it may be now a bit clearer.
It seems obvious that Tony will have to be dumped sooner or later. Could Peta be a double agent? After all, she is the person advising him and look how abysmally he is doing.
My prediction? Peta wants to be Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade on her way to the top job.
Look out Julie, the turd polisher is making a run.
I never broke my toys. I would tell on people rather than hit back. The only thing I threw was a ball. I would play the piano and sing loud, though I did learn to shout during adolescence. Swearing is something I try to avoid, without success lately.
I have this primeval feeling welling up inside me. I need to release it somehow.
I could scream but that would only vent temporarily.
What I really want to do is have a chat with Tony Abbott, in person.
My first step would be to physically usher Peta Credlin out of the room. I cannot tell you how much it makes my blood boil to see her seated at the table in all our negotiations with world leaders.
GET OUT OF THE ROAD AND LET THE EXPERTS HAVE THE SEAT.
My next step would be to shove Tony into a chair while I stood over him and explained.
STOP COUNTING ON YOUR FUCKING FINGERS.
STOP SPEAKING IN SLOGANS.
STOP BEING FILMED SITTING AT TABLES WITH GENERALS WITH BIG SIZED MAPS OR TREASURERS WITH BIG SIZED GRAPHS.
STOP TAKING PHOTOGRAPHERS AND JAMES PACKER WITH YOU OVERSEAS INSTEAD OF DELEGATES.
STOP MEETING WITH MURDOCH INSTEAD OF 120 WORLD LEADERS INCLUDING OBAMA.
STOP USING PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES WEARING LAB COATS TO PAY FOR YOUR SOCIAL FUNCTIONS.
STOP CLAIMING PAYMENT FOR YOUR CHARITY WORK AND SPORTING EVENTS.
STOP LYING ABOUT THE DEBT AND DEFICIT.
STOP TORTURING CHILDREN FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR EGO.
STOP THE DESPARATE GRAB FOR THE LAST CENT THAT CAN BE WRUNG FROM COAL.
STOP IGNORING THE SCIENTISTS.
STOP SACKING CLEVER PEOPLE TO HIRE FOOLS LIKE MAURICE NEWMAN.
STOP STRIPPING MONEY FROM EDUCATION AND RESEARCH.
STOP ATTACKING PREVENTATIVE HEALTH MEASURES.
STOP CUTTING FOREIGN AID – IT’S CHEAPER THAN WARS.
STOP PRETENDING WE ARE A MILITARY POWER AND START USING OUR STRENGTHS OF HUMANITARIAN AID, DISASTER RELIEF, SEARCH AND RESCUE, AND REBUILDING.
STOP THREATENING THE ABC.
STOP GAGGING JOURNALISTS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS.
STOP HIDING THINGS – BLUE BOOKS, OSB, FOI CHANGES, ACCESS TO DETENTION CAMPS.
STOP TRASHING OUR INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION – COLOSSAL FOSSIL, CARBON CARTELS, BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN UAE BUT NOT WEST AFRICA, CUTS TO FOREIGN AID AND GREEN FUND, REFUGEES
STOP DESTROYING OUR NATURAL WONDERS.
STOP ATTACKING OUR MOST VULNERABLE.
STOP INCITING FEAR AND DIVISION IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH OVER THE TOP RAIDS BY HUNDREDS OF MEN IN BALACLAVAS. (beware of teenagers bearing plastic swords).
And most of all Tony……
STOP TREATING ME LIKE A NAIVE CHILD.
You need to expand your circle of advice and stop neutering those who try to tell you the truth like the Climate Change Authority and the Human Rights Commission and the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO and ACOSS to name a few.
Divine inspiration belonged to the job you decided not to pursue. Recall how Judas has been remembered? He betrayed someone he loved for money.