Sunday preselection snippets

Further dispatches to keep the ball rolling until the glorious day when paged comments return:

Nicole Hasham of the Illawarra Mercury reports on possible successor to Liberal MP Joanna Gash in the southern NSW seat of Gilmore. The front-runner is said to be Shoalhaven deputy mayor Andrew Guile, a one-time staffer to Gash who is evidently not on good terms with his former employer. According to the report, the South Coast Register published a letter from Gash in August which criticised Guile for sharing a $1080 meal with other councillors at a Sydney restaurants at which various preselections were said to be discussed, including her own. Also named as a possible contender is Gash’s “close Liberal associate” Clive Brooks, who “owns South Nowra business Great Southern Motorcycles”.

• The Daily Telegraph reports Craig Laundy, “general manager of his father Arthur’s $500 million hotel empire”, has Tony Abbott’s backing for preselection in the central western Sydney seat of Reid. According to the report, “a senior Liberal source said Mr Laundy had been to see Mr Abbott, party president Arthur Sinodinos, state director Mark Neeham and moderate faction leader Michael Photios about his run for the seat”. He may face opposition in the shape of Dai Le, ABC Radio National producer and two-time state candidate for Cabramatta.

• Christian Kerr and Lauren Wilson of The Australian report that some in the Nationals camp hope the party might be able to poach the New South Wales seat of Hume from the Liberals if Alby Schultz retires as expected at the next election, by fielding Senator Fiona Nash as their candidate. One virtue of the plan is said to be that Nash is seen as “a possible party leader, a more stable alternative to (Barnaby) Joyce”.

• Similarly, the WA Nationals are said to be hopeful of winning Durack if the current Liberal member Barry Haase does not contest the next election, “as many predict”.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. Is tweet re Reith advising Joyce fair dinkum or just rumourmongering?

    vic, who cares. #qantas has been spreading plenty of rumours. remember the so called death threats

  2. my oh told as i lft home, abboott, rabbityingb ok about some one in Alp
    May be. Secretary. Or so ethingb isd really the pm boss

    What was that about

  3. Why would anyone consider Chris Richardson’s predictions. He get them wrong almost everytime he utters an opinion. Do QANTAS really pay him?

  4. Although a Tory, Joanna Gash is well-respected in Gilmore, my former electorate & where I was schooled (Kiama) I wish her well.

  5. Frank linked to a piece on The Punch on the previous thread:

    One of the comments caught my eye:
    [ dovif says:

    10:35am | 30/10/11

    The Government was told in advance that Qantas was struggling against the Strike, they choose to do nothing, when 70,000 Australians had their flight changed or cancelled

    The Government was told in advance that Qantas was going to be forced into permanent shut down, the government again choosed to do nothing

    It was only 5 hours after Qantas shut down that this imcompetant government decided to act

    This government is in the pockets of the unions, just look at the donation trail, that means they cannot do what is best for Australians, and people are not able to get home today because the ALP let the Unions rewrite Fair Work Australia. ]

    Hey, PB has someone who posts under the name dovif.

    Says much the same kind of thing on here as well.

    Coincidence? Probably not.

  6. Bradley Woods, WA mouthpiece for Hotels Association of WA, hacking into Qantas for its actions.

    One comment on ABC Newsradio. Only heard it the once.

    Anyone else in the West pick it up?

    Hardly ever says a bad word about the conservatives.

  7. Thefinnigans TheFinnigans天地有道人无道
    Gee, the #ABC730 news reports on #qantas look so passe and outdated

  8. [Methinks #FWA is taking too long #qantas]

    30 mins I reckon. 8 is the dealine, no need for accusations of being hasty. FWA nukes industrial action QANTAS flying tomorrow. Julia a Hero.

    Well maybe not the last bit.

  9. Dan G

    [Says much the same kind of thing on here as well.]

    Better grammar here, though, proving PB has a better class of tr–l. 😉

  10. This seems a bit dubious from Bandt:

    [AdamBandt Adam Bandt
    Whatever FairWork decides, the gov’t has rewarded Alan Joyce’s bad behaviour #qantas #auspol
    10 minutes ago]

  11. Reiths name and type all over this Qantas balls up and Reith means Abbott and that mean Coalition and that means this is not just a company withholding services…there is a bigger monster that bore this Joyce ogre…without being too melodramatic. what the hell is going on?

  12. [WilliamJHagueWilliam Hague

    by Leroy_Lynch

    #Australia did a great job hosting us all. UK-Australia relations are in excellent shape]
    Wonder if this will be reportes in Media?

  13. [Diogenes

    Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    What exactly is Reith’s role in the universe now?]
    Training the attack dogs!!!!

  14. [lizzie
    Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink


    You know the ABC only has apprentices on duty on Sundays… ]

    Err Sunday to Sunday.

  15. [ Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    What exactly is Reith’s role in the universe now?]

    Loser. Same as before.

  16. Incidentally the Niles’ had a weekender in Gerroa, not far from Kiama:

    [Elaine loved her Gerroa life

    But Mrs Nile, who died last Monday, was forced to move away from the couple’s beloved Seven Mile Beach home to access chemotherapy to treat the cancer which ultimately took her life.

    Speaking to the Kiama Independent after his wife’s death, NSW Christian Democrat MLC Fred Nile said the couple had lived in Gerroa from 1992-2009 but moved to Kogarah Bay about three years ago to be closer to health services to treat Mrs Nile’s liver cancer.

    Mrs Nile served in the Legislative Council alongside her husband for almost 15 years. She resigned due to ill health in 2002.

    Reverend Nile said the couple’s long association with the South Coast began with Christmas holidays spent at Easts Beach Caravan Park.

    He said he and Mrs Nile spent more and more time at Gerroa to be close to Mrs Nile’s parents Luke and Jessie Crealy and her sister Grace.

    Eventually Rev Nile said an interesting turn of events lead the couple, who regularly attended the Gerringong Uniting Church, to buy the house in Stafford St.

    “A retired solicitor told me that God had told him to sell his house to Fred Nile,” Rev Nile recalled [indeed prescient & indicative of the utility of lawyers].

    “I told him I did not have the money to buy the house. He said, ‘I’ll loan you the money and you can pay me back’. Every excuse I had, he had an answer.”

    The Niles bought the property as a holiday house but eventually tired of the travel, mading it their home and renovated it to take advantage of the view.

    “We used to enjoy our Seven Mile Beach walks,” Rev Nile said. “Even in the cold weather we would still do it.” [My stones, he was a neighbor, unbeknown to me.]

    Mrs Nile was born in Waterloo in 1936 and attended Gardeners Road Girls School’.

    The son of a “gambling, drinking, smoking” taxi driver, Mr Nile was born in Kings Cross and grew up in Mascot.]

  17. Thefinnigans TheFinnigans天地有道人无道
    Ha ha ha, Alan Joyce chickened out the interview with sweet tough Leigh #qanda
    23 seconds ago

  18. dave

    He certainly is still a loser. Abbott managed to ensure that by shafting him. Reith only seems to be referred to as former IR minister, nothing else.

    What does he do for a crust?

  19. Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink
    [What exactly is Reith’s role in the universe now?]
    Dwelling in a sewer somewhere and feeding from the bottom.

  20. Did Mr Abbott know that QANTAS was about to ground the fleet?

    His timing was uncanny.

    I await with hope and faith that an MSM journalist of integrity will ask Mr Joyce and Mr Abbott the relevant question.

  21. [unenergy B
    #qantas is known as an Australian icon. They want to outsource Qantas labor O/S as a test case, before doing the same to mining jobs.]

    Well, their board is made up of a few mining bosses 😉

  22. [julieposettiJulie Posetti

    by seanacmulcahy

    What a surprise to hear #Freehills is representing #Qantas – the law firm that advised Patricks during the 1998 Waterfront Dispute #730abc

    8 minutes agoFavoriteRetweetReply]

  23. It is getting close to 8pm, isn’t that the time when FWA is gearing up to deliver? Think Qantas is still presenting papers to show the unions had predicted a 12 month strike?

  24. [Diogenes
    Posted Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink


    He certainly is still a loser. Abbott managed to ensure that by shafting him. Reith only seems to be referred to as former IR minister, nothing else.

    What does he do for a crust?

    He worked for an armament seller at one stage, not sure what he is up to now.

  25. And Adam Bandt gets what he deserves:



    by Snowy2307

    @AdamBandt Adam, most of the ALP spent their life protecting worker rights FFS. You’re playing Abbott’s game and blaming the PM #GoHugaTree

    23 minutes agoFavoriteRetweetReply]

  26. [ After politics

    Shortly after leaving politics, Reith took up employment with Tenix, a major Australian defence contractor.[4] On 27 February 2002, Prime Minister John Howard denied media reports of links between a decision to supply five police runabout boats to Indonesia and any discussions with Reith on behalf of Tenix.[5]

    In 2003 Reith accepted an appointment as an executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in London representing Australia, the Republic of Korea, Egypt and New Zealand.

    In 2011, Reith attempted a return to political life when he challenged Alan Stockdale for the Presidency of the Liberal Party, but lost to Stockdale by one vote: 56 to 57. Liberal leader Tony Abbott effectively made his vote for Stockdale public when he was recorded on camera showing his vote to Stockdale and Julie Bishop.[6] ]

  27. Thefinnigans TheFinnigans天地有道人无道
    It is patently obvious that #QANTAS is being used as the Trojan Horse by those who want to resurrect WorkChoice from its grave #auspol

  28. from our own David:




    @SpudBenBean @AdamBandt Bandt are yu that stupid yu cant see whats going on with Qantas FFS grow up open yur eyes Reith Libs all over it

    2 minutes agoFavoriteRetweetReply]

  29. WTF?? If there is any truth to Rieth having advised Qantas then the Fibs are totally screwed over this. Politically, would be too good to be true.

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