By-elections, preselections and Section 44

A round-up of the latest news on by-election and related fronts.

A little extra polling:

• The Australian on Tuesday provided an extra finding from the weekend Newspoll: that opposition to reforming Section 44 has hardened since August, when Barnaby Joyce’s difficulty first emerged. Fifty-one per cent now believe dual citizens should be disqualified from parliament, up seven, with 38% opposed, down five. Forty-six per cent opposed a referendum being held on the matter, with 43% in support.

By-election latest:

• Western Australia’s Darling Range state by-election will be held on June 23. Nathan Hondros of Fairfax reports the Liberal preselection, which will be determined by the party’s state council on Saturday, will be contested by Alyssa Hayden, who unexpectedly lost her upper house seat for East Metropolitan region to One Nation in 2017, and Rob Coales, a police sergeant and Serpentine-Jarrahdale councillor. The early mail was that Coales was favourite, but according to Hondros, it is “understood party powerbrokers are supporting Ms Hayden”.

David Crowe of Fairfax reports the date for the Super Saturday by-elections could be pushed back to July 7, as the government looks at an Australian Electoral Commission recommendation to implement an online tool for candidates to lodge declarations and supporting documentation, so as to avoid further issues arising from Section 44. This had caused initial plans for a date of June 16 to be scotched, although concerns linger about the electoral impact of an eight-week campaign.

• Speaking of, Michael McKenna of The Australian reports the Liberal National Party preselection for Longman is being held off until next Tuesday to ensure frontrunner Trevor Ruthenberg was able to clear up his own Section 44 issue, arising from his being born in Papua New Guinea.

• Georgia Downer has emerged unopposed for Liberal preselection in Mayo. The Australian reports “ambitious conservative” Michael van Dissel was another potential nominee, but withdrew as it became clear the Right was solid behind Downer. In contrast to the Liberals in WA, Labor will be contested Mayo, despite never having held hte saet before. A Labor source quoted by Philip Coorey said the party believed its preferences could assist Rebekha Sharkie, and that failing to run would suppress the party’s Senate vote at the next election.

• Braddon will again be contested for the Liberals by Brett Whiteley, who held the seat from 2013 until his defeat by Labor’s Justine Keay in 2016, and served in the state seat of Braddon from 2002 until his defeat in 2010. The Burnie Advocate reports former McDonald’s licensee Craig Brakey and Wynyard RSL president Gavin Pearce also contested the state executive vote, but Whiteley was chosen unanimously.

• The Western Australian Liberals’ decision to forfeit the Perth by-election, said to have been instigated by Matthias Cormann, has been widely criticised in the party. Following Tim Hammond’s resignation announcement on May 1, Christian Porter told Sky News Australia the party would “undoubtedly” run, and state Opposition Leader Mike Nahan, who had mocked Labor’s unsurprising decision not to field a candidate in the recent by-election for Colin Barnett’s old seat of Cottesloe, said the by-election was “one we need to contest”.

• The Western Australian Greens have announced their by-elections candidates: Caroline Perks, senior sustainability officer at the City of Perth, in Perth; and Dorinda Cox, domestic violence campaigner and former police officer, in Fremantle.

Other preselection news:

• Jane Prentice’s preselection defeat in her Brisbane seat of Ryan has roused controversy over the lack of gender balance in the Coalition. The winner was Julian Simmonds, a Brisbane councillor who once worked on Prentice’s staff when she herself was on council. Simmons, who is identified with the Right, won a local party ballot by 256 votes to 103 over Prentice, a moderate and early backer of Malcolm Turnbull. Charlie Peel of The Australian reports the vote was “roughly split along traditional party lines, with Nationals backing Ms Prentice”. Critics of the decision include Campbell Newman, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.

Jared Owens of The Australian reports Ian Macdonald and Barry O’Sullivan, who respectively hold Queensland Senate seats for the Liberals and the Nationals, face preselection challenges from Scott Emerson, the former state Shadow Treasurer who lost his seat of Maiwar to the Greens last November, and Susan McDonald, managing director of a chain of butcher’s shops and a member of “one of Queensland’s grazing families”.

• Michael Owen of The Australian reports on a “strong challenge” for Liberal Senate preselection in South Australia from Alex Antic, an Adelaide councillor. This apparently poses a threat to another female Liberal MP, Anne Ruston, who might otherwise be expected to lead the ticket, but not to the mooted number two candidate, David Fawcett. It might also endanger Lucy Gichuhi’s hold on number three, long shot proposition though that may be.

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. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    This is a very long account of Tony Abbott’s antipathy towards Malcolm Turnbull’s government being driven by a profound sense of betrayal. You will have to google this one as Outline doesn’t seem to like it.
    /news/politics/tony-abbott-julie-bishop-and-the-great-betrayal-20180508-h0zsbs
    Nick O’Malley tells us where Mueller’s investigation is at after it clocks up one year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/truth-and-post-truth-appear-to-be-on-brink-of-collision-in-trump-saga-20180517-p4zfvo.html
    The SMH editorial says that Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, and his mega-department will have to exercise its new power to demand ID at airports with a light touch – not something for which either one is known.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/random-checks-will-need-to-show-balance-20180517-p4zfwz.html
    Phil Coorey says Labor feels not just vindicated but emboldened on tax policy.
    https://outline.com/WZ47ev
    Mark Kenny at his fawning best. (Nauseation warning!)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/as-ascendant-malcolm-shows-nothing-succeeds-like-success-20180517-p4zfzh.html
    Dave Donavan tells us that Morrison is set to do the Bowen tango. He says that Bowen’s performance at the NPC this week was a sharp contrast to the carnivorous, bumptious display from Treasurer Scott Morrison in his Budget speech last week
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/bonus-editorial-scott-morrison-set-to-do-the-bowen-tango,11509
    Michelle Grattan tells us how a report from the joint standing committee on electoral matters presents a compelling case for going back to taws on section 44, which covers not just citizenship but also people having conflicts of interest and offices of profit under the crown.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-fixing-citizenship-imbroglio-is-not-just-a-matter-of-better-paperwork-96819
    Jenna Price goes over the history of the dropped CFMEU blackmail charges. She says the arrest should never have happened and this government must take responsibility.
    https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/union-witch-hunt-meet-two-kids-now-terrified-of-the-police-20180517-h106uw.html
    Peter Martin says Abbott’s one million jobs pledge was never a big ask.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/despite-labor-pessimism-1-million-jobs-was-never-a-big-ask-20180517-p4zfz4.html
    Daniel Wild tells us that Morrison’s taxation changes will benefit a healthy number of Australian workers. But they are marginal, won’t last long, and do absolutely nothing to address the deeper, structural issues in Australia’s tax system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/budget-tax-cuts-promise-to-make-substantial-difference-for-many-20180517-p4zfvp.html
    David Crowe on the difficulties with live sheep export management.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/taking-time-of-the-essence-in-live-sheep-trade-debate-20180517-p4zfy0.html
    Relations with China have taken another backward step after one of Australia’s biggest exporters, Treasury Wine Estates, was among several companies whose products were being stalled because of new customs rules targeting Australian companies and industries.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/seeing-red-china-wine-hiccup-deepens-political-strain-20180517-p4zfxq.html
    Meanwhile the underwhelming Trade Minister Steven Ciobo struggled to be heard as he gave a major conciliatory speech on Australia and China relations on Thursday night – but his presence in China following recent tensions was hailed symbolic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/ciobo-struggles-to-be-heard-in-symbolic-china-address-20180518-p4zg0f.html
    Peter Hannam writes that almost a third of the world’s protected lands face intense pressure from humans with even rich nations such as Australia failing to conserve key biodiversity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/going-backwards-a-third-of-protected-land-at-risk-as-australia-lags-20180517-p4zfvi.html
    Professor of Law, Rosiland Dixon, says that the Liberal Party must change its rules in light of Jane Prentice’s pre-selection loss.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-party-must-change-rules-in-light-of-jane-prentice-s-pre-selection-loss-20180517-p4zfu6.html
    A former senior Queensland public servant was drunk at work, often absent and caught in a “compromising position” with a temporary employee, a crime watchdog investigation has found. Electoral Commission of Queensland Commissioner Walter van der Merwe resigned on February 14 after he was suspended following a “serious allegation”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/queensland/ecq-commissioner-was-caught-in-compromising-position-with-employee-20180517-p4zfsy.html
    WTF! Emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical are on the rise, a group of scientists reported Wednesday, suggesting someone may be secretly manufacturing the pollutant in violation of an international accord.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/someone-is-making-a-banned-chemical-that-destroys-the-ozone-layer-scientists-suspect-20180517-p4zfz1.html
    The embattled National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider that launched legal proceedings for unspecified damages against a former employee who, it alleged, blew the whistle on the organisation’s practices, has this week dropped the action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/alleged-whistleblower-gagged-as-ndis-provider-drops-legal-action-20180517-p4zfu8.html
    Peter Hannam reports that Clive Palmer is seeking approval to develop a Queensland coal mine twice the size of the controversial Carmichael project – but has done so by drawing heavily on environmental work done by other mines proposed for the region. What a scab!
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/carbon-bomb-clive-palmer-seeks-nod-for-mine-twice-the-size-of-adani-s-20180515-p4zfe5.html
    Corporate Australia has been put on notice that the Australian Securities & Investments Commission will use “every inch” of new powers to crack down on bad behaviour in financial services.
    https://outline.com/haGDb5
    Robert Gottliebsen explains how the world and Australian accounting bodies have come up with an accounting standard that is going to change the way we do business in Australia, and it will transform many listed companies.
    https://outline.com/DB9rGh
    Michael Pascoe tells us how profit-rich private health insurers are burning billions on non-health costs.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/05/17/private-health-insurance-burning-billions/
    Prominent company director Elana Rubin has questioned why it was the women directors on the AMP board who fell on their swords, saying it was a striking example of a problematic board culture.
    https://outline.com/RnJytW
    Trump has referred to some people who cross the US-Mexican border illegally as “animals” – drawing a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders for the harsh rhetoric. This guy is without peer.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/05/17/trump-describes-migrants-animals/
    Recent controversy surrounding Australia’s internet domain name administration has gone from bad to worse, writes Laurie Patton.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/dissidents-risk-government-intervention-in-domain-names-battle,11506
    At Michael West’s website. “As long as our governments continue pretending that they’ve done what’s necessary to address carbon emissions, and as long as leaders and pundits refuse to acknowledge the climate demon, looking every which way but squarely into its face, ours is a nation in denial.”
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/leaders-in-denial-on-climate-as-emissions-blow-out/
    Today the Ruddock inquiry is due to release its findings on whether Australian law adequately protects the right to freedom of religion. This is an excellent discussion on the issues.
    https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-a-better-conversation-about-religious-freedom-96411
    One of Australia’s biggest government insurers has rejected covering sex abuse redress scheme payments, opening up Victorian taxpayers to a hit of hundreds of millions of dollars and fuelling concern about the broader industry’s strategies on liability.
    https://outline.com/MdJrAC
    Emma Dawson writes that commercial media organisations are baying for the ABC’s blood, and the government is more than happy to help. She says only the support of the people can save the ABC now.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/commentisfree/2018/may/17/nly-the-support-of-the-people-can-save-the-abc-now
    The nation’s most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.
    https://newmatilda.com/2018/05/17/union-boss-sally-mcmanus-demands-inquiry-building-royal-commission-charges-collapse/
    Climate change is a “current and existential national security risk” to Australia, a Senate inquiry has told parliament, one that could inflame regional conflicts over food, water and land, and even imperil life on Earth.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/18/climate-change-an-existential-security-risk-to-australia-senate-inquiry-says
    A “wildcard” Greens candidate for Mayo is set to shake up the two-horse race.
    https://outline.com/7RwwNf
    The Parrot has admitted in court that he made repeated and “savage” criticisms about Queensland’s prominent Wagner family, who are suing him for defamation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/alan-jones-admits-to-savage-broadcasts-about-wagner-family-20180517-p4zfwa.html
    Jane Gilmour tells us hoewtoxic femininity us damaging us.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/how-toxic-femininity-is-damaging-us-20180517-p4zfvt.html
    Courtesy of Michaela Whitbourn we get our Mehajer fix.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/mehajer-like-a-sick-puppy-when-he-intimidated-his-ex-court-hears-20180517-p4zfwu.html
    Test cricket traditionalists have not been having the best of times lately and things may get worse after reports the ICC is examining a proposal to eradicate the coin toss from the start of proceedings.
    https://outline.com/XcHPt7

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe is suggesting Kim has the upper hand over Trump.

    A couple of good ones from Peter Broelman.


    Off to the palace with Paul Zanetti.

    Enough said.

    Jon Kudelka and the section 44 conundrum.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/8d2bffdee3a0cf99a36900d83556e997
    Some good ones in here, particularly David Pope’s on Mesma.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-may-18-2018-20180517-h1072f.html

  2. Trump Threatens War With North Korea If They Won’t Make A Deal

    Well, the Libyan model isn’t a model that we have at all when we’re thinking of North Korea. In Libya, we decimated that country

    But the model, if you look at that model with Gadhafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat him. Now, that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely. But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy. I really believe he is going to be very happy.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/17/trump-threatens-war-north-korea.html

  3. Mueller’s office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe-filing

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office notified a federal court in Virginia on Thursday it had filed under seal an unredacted memorandum that is expected to shed light on the scope of his wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    The filing, made as part of Mueller’s criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was requested by the judge, who told prosecutors earlier this month he wanted to see an unredacted copy of an August 2017 memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein which fleshed out Mueller’s investigative mandate.

    In a court hearing two weeks ago in the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge T.S. Ellis told Mueller’s office to turn over a copy of the memo under seal to him by this Friday so he could review it before deciding whether or not to dismiss the charges against Manafort.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/17/muellers-office-files-unredacted-memo-outlining-scope-of-russia-probe-filing.html

  4. REVEALED: Trump signed a letter of intent to build Trump Tower Moscow while campaigning for president

    A new bombshell investigation by BuzzFeed News has revealed that President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to begin building a Trump Tower in Moscow in October 2015 — months after he formally announced his presidential campaign.

    According to the report, Trump signed an LOI for the Trump Tower Moscow project that was drafted by personal attorney Michael Cohen at the behest of longtime business associate Felix Sater, who himself has longstanding ties to the Russian mob.

    After Trump signed the letter, Sater and Cohen planned a trip to Moscow to negotiate directly with Russian representatives. However, two months after Trump signed the letter, Sater and Cohen were still waiting to hear back from their contacts in Russia giving them the go-ahead to travel to the country.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/revealed-trump-signed-letter-intent-trump-tower-moscow-campaigning-president/

  5. Good morning all,

    TURC was always a political weapon against Shorten, Gillard, labor and the unions.

    According to the MSM at the time Shorten was finished. He should stand down as labor leader for the ” good of the country.” Huge fail on the part of the MSM.

    Next, even though Shorten was cleared his successor at the AWU Cesar Melham was in the cross hairs of TURC and ,again, according to the MSM Sjorten would be dragged down by the TURC referral of Melham to police for potential criminal charges. Shorten gone again !

    Well, another big fail. Police have now dropped their investigation into Melham. No charges laid. Nothing, nada. After almost three years the case is closed. Another big fail for TURC and the MSM.

    TURC is now completely revealed for exactly what it was. A witch hunt.

    Setka cleared. Shorten cleared. Melham cleared. Not one criminal conviction.

    Bring on Cash and the AWU raids.

    Cheers and a good day to all.

  6. That Mark Kenny article today. Broken record much? Reset number #567356 or something. Give it a rest. Its getting old fast.

  7. doyley @ #7 Friday, May 18th, 2018 – 7:10 am

    Good morning all,

    TURC was always a political weapon against Shorten, Gillard, labor and the unions.

    According to the MSM at the time Shorten was finished. He should stand down as labor leader for the ” good of the country.” Huge fail on the part of the MSM.

    Next, even though Shorten was cleared his successor at the AWU Cesar Melham was in the cross hairs of TURC and ,again, according to the MSM Sjorten would be dragged down by the TURC referral of Melham to police for potential criminal charges. Shorten gone again !

    Well, another big fail. Police have now dropped their investigation into Melham. No charges laid. Nothing, nada. After almost three years the case is closed. Another big fail for TURC and the MSM.

    TURC is now completely revealed for exactly what it was. A witch hunt.

    Setka cleared. Shorten cleared. Melham cleared. Not one criminal conviction.

    Bring on Cash and the AWU raids.

    Cheers and a good day to all.

    What does not kill you makes you stronger!

  8. Monsieur BK

    Thank you for the morning roundup.

    Thank you also for the nausea warning.

    I may need to consult my GP at the next visit (25th May) with a view to chemical assistance to help with digesting the content of daily intelligence (:?: :!:) insults.

    Sorry – can’t be bothered with longer rant. Computer work, don’t you know, wot ❓

    🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊

    For the delectation and amusement of all.

    From the BK files.

    /news/politics/tony-abbott-julie-bishop-and-the-great-betrayal-20180508-h0zsbs

    by Aaron Patrick

    The foreign minister looked deeply into her leader’s eyes and smiled sweetly. Of course she wasn’t responsible for leaks against her own government, she assured him.

    They were sitting alone in the generously spaced wood-panelled room that has been the seat of prime ministerial power for thirty years, as morning light streamed over the Great Dividing Range. His muscles still tender from a gym workout, Tony Abbott wasn’t sure whether to believe Julie Bishop.

  9. don (Block)
    Friday, May 18th, 2018 – 6:36 am
    Comment #3

    👿A politician’s reward: 👿

    Loved the story.

    Now – how to make it real ❓ 👿

  10. Kenny and other MSM Truffles devotees seem to have given up on Truffles’ ‘mojo’. In the good old days they repeatedly declared he had got it back.

  11. “Labor is going to go after the savings of our grandparents,” says PM @TurnbullMalcolm, referencing ALP plan to end dividend tax refunds for people who don’t pay tax.

    Shorten_Suite ‏ @Shorten_Suite · 7h7 hours ago
    Shorten_Suite Retweeted Hugh Riminton

    Liar.

  12. • The Western Australian Greens have announced their by-elections candidates: Caroline Perks, senior sustainability officer at the City of Perth, in Perth; and Dorinda Cox, domestic violence campaigner and former police officer, in Fremantle.

    I know Dorinda, she should be a good candidate. Good to see the Greens preselecting an Aboriginal woman and not just for a seat they have absolutely no shot at winning.

  13. The arrest should never have happened and this government must take responsibility.

    Setka was tracked from the minute he and his young family left home. Tracked while he ordered coffees for the adults and babycinos for Kate, now six; and Johnny, five. Followed through the markets for three hours. Followed and then pulled over by two unmarked police cars, lights flashing. When the police emerged from the cars, Setka says they had shoulder holsters and canisters strapped to their sides.

    The transcripts of the recordings of that day, from the wires worn by police, make clear the kids were crying in the background, crying and crying.

    This government loves to pull stunts when it comes to leaders of unions and you can only imagine Setka’s arrest was just another media stunt devised to make unions look bad (turns out that while Setka was being interviewed in the police station that Sunday, a press release about his arrest was distributed to the media). Remember the ludicrous AFP raid on the offices of the AWU last year? That’s the one when failed minister for employment Michaelia Cash pretended her staff knew nothing about the raid and then threw a staffer under a bus by ‘revealing’ he had tipped off the media.

    The bad news for the federal government is that their attacks on unions are failing and flailing. The worse news for the government is that since the change in the leadership at the ACTU to a young woman, Sally McManus, there has been a dramatic increase in membership inquiries, supported by the remarkable #changetherules campaign. Setka too says that whenever it looks like the government is targeting the CFMEU, his union also experiences a rise in membership.

    https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/union-witch-hunt-meet-two-kids-now-terrified-of-the-police-20180517-h106uw.html

  14. Kenny. Last post from the other thread by moi: the basic problem I have with members of the CPG is that they are theiving oxygen from more deserving organisms.

    Not only the the cognitive dissonance strong in the gallery, their Gilderoy crush – given the evidence of his true character – speaks to their character. Hair lice are more deserving of O2.

  15. From Mark Kenny —

    ‘… the Prime Minister parade his quirky knowledge of the eastern and southern spotted gum versus the northern version, or as he volunteered: “Corymbia Maculata as opposed to Eucalyptus Maculata”. Marvellous.”

    Bludgers, I admit I have been profoundly wrong for several years now (come back, ModLib, all is forgiven). Malcolm is clearly the leader we – not just Australia, but the world – have been waiting for.

    I have been foolish. I dismissed him as an incompetent blowhard, deluded by his own egomania, unable to find enough spine to actually lead his party, someone without a principle he wouldn’t trade if offered the right price.

    But this convinces me. A man who knows his Corymbias from his Maculatas! All doubts have fled, and I – like Wayne – look forward to the everlasting Malcolm Turnbull Reich.

  16. Confessions says: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:52 am

    phoenixRed:

    I assume you’ve read this. What began as a six figure payoff to a porn star has turned into a multi-million dollar financial scandal.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/michael-cohen-scandal-goes-supernova-with-foreign-money/

    **********************************************************

    Yes Thanks Confessions – that Cohen would make a good used car salesmen – but more like a bagman for Trump

    The Michael Cohen scandal began as a six-figure payment to a porn star, but on Wednesday it exploded into an international, multimillion-dollar financial scandal.

    President Donald Trump’s fixer took in more than $4 million in eyebrow-raising deposits to his shell company—much of it from foreign sources

  17. ‘A “WILDCARD” Greens candidate for Mayo is set to shake up the two-horse race.’

    But it isn’t a two horse race.

    Can’t journos get even the simplest statement right?

  18. Exclusive: Manafort’s former son-in-law cuts plea deal, to cooperate with government – sources

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, has cut a plea deal with the Justice Department that requires him to cooperate with other criminal probes, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

    The guilty plea agreement, which is under seal and has not been previously reported, could add to the legal pressure on Manafort, who is facing two indictments brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort-exclusive/exclusive-manaforts-former-son-in-law-cuts-plea-deal-to-cooperate-with-government-sources-idUSKCN1II2YM?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true

  19. Zoomster

    I think in reality it is a two horse race in Mayo, Sharkie v Downer.

    Labor and the Greens are way down the line + what ever other micros/indys turn up.

  20. I had thought the press gallery was over Turnbull resets.
    Surely Kenny could wait until the polls draw even.
    Perhaps he fears that will never happen.

    The Crowe article on the live sheep trade appears to be a faithful copy of a National Party press release.

  21. Jake TapperVerified account@jaketapper
    14m14 minutes ago
    Giuliani: possible ‘spy was placed’ in Trump campaign https://cnn.it/2L6faQZ @MargaretHoover @JohnAvlon @thelauracoates discuss @TheLeadCNN

    Yes – Carter Page. A Russian spy!

  22. zoomster

    What made reading ” “Corymbia Maculata as opposed to Eucalyptus Maculata”. Marvellous.” so lolworthy is the posting yesterday about Barnyard showing up Truffles’ errors in tree names during a meeting.

  23. zoomster:

    Thanks for that read.

    “Weak” men become pussies. Empathy, compassion, vulnerability, gentleness are effeminate and therefore threatening to the ideal of the stoic Real Man. Such men are objects of derision and even violence. Toxic men prove their manhood by scorning the men and boys who will not or cannot conform to their ideals.

    I said exactly this the other day, noting that it was high time men started challenging the stereotypical ‘strong man’ persona by acknowledging that it is okay for men to express hurt, compassion and emotion, and was attacked for having “a misandric rant”.

  24. BK

    Trump has referred to some people who cross the US-Mexican border illegally as “animals” – drawing a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders for the harsh rhetoric. This guy is without peer.

    .

    Outrage as Trump describes migrants as ‘animals’

    Genuine “fake news”.The ‘animals’ tag was in reference to MS-13 gang members. Considering some of the crimes that gang have been involved in it is an insult to animals.
    https://twitter.com/Scavino45/status/997108424054886400

  25. fess

    It goes to what I have been trying to discuss – the impact of culture on both sexes.

    I’ve always seen the aim of feminism to be the liberation of both sexes.

    guytaur should be able to wear a dress in public without attracting strange glances; a woman should be able to wear a hijab.

  26. Confessions says: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

    phoenixRed:

    The Mueller head count increases!

    ***************************************************************

    Yep – here is another one who has got his collar felt by Robert Mueller – Erik Prince

    A Russian plane linked to the country’s government flew into the Seychelles the day before that 2017 Erik Prince Seychelles meeting that’s now under review by Mueller’s team, according to the airport flight data obtained by NJ Advance Media.

    As Mueller probes Seychelles meetings, details emerge about Russian plane: exclusive

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/new_details_emerge_on_russian_aircraft_in_seychell.html

  27. zoomster says:
    Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:01 am
    From Mark Kenny —

    ‘… the Prime Minister parade his quirky knowledge of the eastern and southern spotted gum versus the northern version, or as he volunteered: “Corymbia Maculata as opposed to Eucalyptus Maculata”. Marvellous.”

    Bludgers, I admit I have been profoundly wrong for several years now (come back, ModLib, all is forgiven). Malcolm is clearly the leader we – not just Australia, but the world – have been waiting for.

    I have been foolish. I dismissed him as an incompetent blowhard, deluded by his own egomania, unable to find enough spine to actually lead his party, someone without a principle he wouldn’t trade if offered the right price.

    But this convinces me. A man who knows his Corymbias from his Maculatas! All doubts have fled, and I – like Wayne – look forward to the everlasting Malcolm Turnbull Reich.

    The only problem is that he is wrong. They are both the same tree, Eucalyptus maculata was renamed as Corymbia maculata. They are the same tree.

    The botanical splitters have won over the lumpers in this particular battle of the everlasting war between the factions.

    I stubbornly refuse to take part – they are all eucalyptus to me.

  28. don @ #34 Friday, May 18th, 2018 – 8:45 am

    zoomster says:
    Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:01 am
    From Mark Kenny —

    ‘… the Prime Minister parade his quirky knowledge of the eastern and southern spotted gum versus the northern version, or as he volunteered: “Corymbia Maculata as opposed to Eucalyptus Maculata”. Marvellous.”

    Bludgers, I admit I have been profoundly wrong for several years now (come back, ModLib, all is forgiven). Malcolm is clearly the leader we – not just Australia, but the world – have been waiting for.

    I have been foolish. I dismissed him as an incompetent blowhard, deluded by his own egomania, unable to find enough spine to actually lead his party, someone without a principle he wouldn’t trade if offered the right price.

    But this convinces me. A man who knows his Corymbias from his Maculatas! All doubts have fled, and I – like Wayne – look forward to the everlasting Malcolm Turnbull Reich.

    The only problem is that he is wrong. They are both the same tree, Eucalyptus maculata was renamed as Corymbia maculata. They are the same tree.

    The botanical splitters have won over the lumpers in this particular battle of the everlasting war between the factions.

    I stubbornly refuse to take part – they are all eucalyptus to me.

    Agree, this sort of coverage just gums up the media cycle!

  29. Labor & Greens in mayo may not big a big force in the grand scheme of things – but could help Sharkie with preferences. I’d love to see her go down and the independent win resoundingly … that’d put fear into the Libs.

    Can you imagine? A thumping of one of the hereditary royals of the Lib party … those marginals elsewhere would crap their pants!

  30. So the Ruddock religious inquiry is releasing its findings today.
    Clearly this is a chance for our Renaissance PM to seize the this as a opportunity to further the clear turnaround in his leadership and step forward as a beacon of modernism.

    Or will this be an inquiry ‘to’ the government, not ‘of’ the government?

  31. BK @6:28am
    Dawn patrollers 1st article, which outline did not like, is an article by Aaron Patrick in AFR. It is a long article.
    It is implied in the article Abbott’s feeling of betrayal is because he felt JB was the main leaker of all sensitive info, which damaged him, JoeH and Credlin
    Also, it describes how MT courted IPA and plotted Abbott’s downfall. Fascinating reading.

  32. Ven

    Outline worked fine for me with that article. A couple of times it has not worked for me but did when retrying it. Not sure why. Of course other times it will not no matter how many goes you have.

  33. jenauthor:

    I wanted to thank you for linking the Diet Doctor here at the weekend. I’ve been eating his recipes for a week now, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and feel absolutely fantastic!

  34. I suppose irrelevant facts are all the journalist have to go on when discussing Turnbull, after all there certainly isn’t much policy wise to analyse.

    And to all those Botanical Nazis out there it’s a bloody gum tree.

    A tree that is useful in keeping Koalas in a stupor and thus saving us from them assuming their rightful place as our masters.
    🙂

  35. A Greens politician called ‘Perks’?

    Should get the stand up vote.

    Seriously, when are the Greens going to run Indigenous candidates in winnable Senate seats?

  36. Turnbull: environment killer par excellence. Half the Reef is dead. So he fucks round with half-arsed taxonomy.

  37. Turnbull: environment killer par excellence. Half the Reef is dead. So he fucks round with half-arsed taxonomy.

  38. Boewar

    The Greens ran Lidia Thorpe in the Northcote byelection which she won. Indigenous female candidate in winnable seat. They’ve already done it.

  39. ‘His muscles still tender from a gym workout, Tony Abbott wasn’t sure whether to believe Julie Bishop.’

    Is this “Mills and Boon”? Will we soon be reading sentences like this —

    ‘His hair still tousled from the warm sea breeze, Malcolm Turnbull looked deeply into the camera lens…”

    “Her body toned by her punishing exercise regime, Julie Bishop welcomed the President to Australia…”?

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