Time Wasters

I think that the opposition have officially given up.

After spending five hours debating the Ozcar debacle on Monday, today the opposition continually interrupted question time calling for divisions to be called for procedural motions which really should have been carried on the voices. There was no doubt that the Government would lose any of the votes, it was simply an attempt to reduce the amount of time available for them in the house.

Not only did the Opposition try to interrupt question time with their time wasting, they couldn’t even manage do it properly, as their second attempt to launch a censure motion was ruled out of order because it hadn’t been altered from the first one that had already been voted down.

Procedural motions are an important part of managing any substantial meeting, but the opposition’s decision to call for divisions today each time one was put, rather than accepting the outcome on the voices, was the type of nonsense that people find annoying about politics. If Malcolm Tunbull believes that hi-jinx in the house will save him from the Godwin Grech shaped cloud that is hovering over him, then he’s even more politically naive than has been suggested already this week.

4 thoughts on “Time Wasters

  1. That’s because he’s not a politician, he’s a lawyer. And it’s his very own ‘lawyer-speak’ that has got him into this mess – “The email was not composed by anyone from … “. That sort of qualified bullshit is actually worse than lying, which is what real politicians do.

  2. I’ve hardly commented on this because I’m still so flabbergasted that anyone – Rudd, Swan, Turnbull etc. – could be so stupid about an email and how to track it. I’m a bit sorry about Turnbull because I’m sick of the Opposition being so weak. It’s unhealthy. They should quit while they’re behind, and regroup – again.

    On the other hand, isn’t it great to see another meaning for “Godwinned”? That term will never die.

  3. One of my friends thinks that the whole thing reads like a story by Dickens. If Dickens had knowledge of modern technology. She was especially pleased with the name Godwin Grech, as it suited the Dickensian tone quite well.

    I’m still astounded at the sheer… I want to call it political harakiri, but harakiri is supposed to be an honourable action. Astounded at the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Disbelieving at the way people are throwing away their political credibility.

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