Oh Malcolm

Net Satisfaction Ratings
Net Satisfaction Ratings

Courtesy of Possum Comitatus we can see quite clearly how people have reacted to Malcolm Turnbull’s involvement in the OzCar affair.

Brendan Nelson must be feeling pretty bloody smug right about now.

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.

The Peter Principle

So it’s officially over. All of the speculation has come to nothing as Peter Costello announces that he will not seek to contest his seat at the next federal election. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise for anyone who’s followed Costello’s career, it is nothing more than him taking the soft option one more time.

Over the fold I’ve reposted the article I penned after Costello ran from the leadership in 2007, I think that the conclusions in it still hold up pretty well. I think that Costello’s refusal to take the leadership will cause enormous damage to the Liberal Party in the long term as he was the only one who could have united them after their defeat, their present division and lack of direction is his ultimate legacy to his party.

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Budget 09: Where’s my share?

Generation Y cop a pretty bad reputation as being completely self absorbed and without any understanding of self sacrifice, prepare to see this stereotype thrown out the window for the next 72 hours as the 2009 federal budget launches the biggest wave of bitching, moaning and baseless self pity seen since the Collingwood cheer squad were interviewed for the Footy Record.

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The economy hates the Liberal Party

Why is it that every time the Labor Party gets elected into government, people lose their jobs, we end up with deficit and debt?
Joe Hockey, Liberal Party Treasury Spokesman, May 6, 2009.

Australian retail sales rose 2.2 per cent to $19.3 billion in March, defying market expectations of a 0.5 per cent rise.
The Australian, May 6, 2009.

The jobless rate has unexpectedly dropped to 5.4 per cent in April from 5.7 per cent in March, official data shows.
The Australian, May 7, 2009

I look forward to hearing the loyal opposition celebrating this good economic news. Isn’t it great that people are continuing to find work in such a difficult economy?

Conservatives in the country

This morning the ever brilliant Possum Pollytics posted a graphical analysis of how each booth in Australia voted at the last federal election. Having grown up in the former National Party stronghold of New England, and lived here in Albury for over a decade now I was unsurprised to see a swath of Liberal blue across the inland regions of our country.

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Broadband, Telstra and Poker

The Australian telecommunications sector has been a mess now for almost two decades. Poor decision making by the Hawke, Keating and Howard governments gave Telstra an infrastructure monopoly that stifled competition and innovation. What is almost universally acknowledged is that Telstra should have been separated into an infrastructure company and a retail company, allowing competitors to have the same level of network access as Telstra enjoyed. This seemed an impossible task, Telstra and their shareholders were hostile to the idea and full privatisation had left the government without any meaningful way to wield influence. That all changed last week.
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Malcolm can’t take a trick

Poor, poor Malcy. When he was booked in to appear on Insiders this morning the polls in Queensland were confidently pointing to his cousin Anna Bligh and the ALP copping a hiding on Saturday. I have no doubt that Malcolm would have been salivating at the thought of being able to declare that the Queensland election was a rejection of Kevin Rudd and the entire ALP platform.

Instead, the LNP couldn’t get any traction in South East Queensland and the ALP were comfortably returned. Turnbull really didn’t look like a happy camper this morning, he recited his standard lines, “jobs, jobs, jobs”, and my current favourite “We made a bad law less bad so that it will destroy fewer jobs”, but he didn’t even seem to be convincing himself.

On the bright side for Malcolm, the next state elections aren’t due until early 2010 and he won’t be depending on Lawrence Springborg to carry the flame for Australia’s conservatives next time around.