Preselections: Groom and WA Liberal Senate

Early manoeuvres for a Liberal vacancy in a looming federal by-election, and a preselection to fill Mathias Cormann’s Senate seat set for November 7.

With Newspoll and Essential Research both having said their piece this week, there is likely to be a fortnight gap between federal polls. Not counting state and territory election action, which you can be assured you will be hearing more about shortly, there are two important preselections on the boil on the conservative side of politics:

• A situation is vacant for the Liberals in the Toowoomba-based federal seat of Groom following last week’s resignation announcement from John McVeigh, the member since 2016. In a column for the Brisbane Times, former Newman government minister and current 4BC presenter Scott Emerson says the vacancy presents an opportunity to head off a stoush over the order of the next Senate ticket between James McGrath and Amanda Stoker. The winner of this fight will get top position while the loser must settle for third, second being reserved for the Nationals. Emerson reports that this amounts to a battle between moderates and the Christian Right, of which McGrath is apparently one of the former. The suggestion is that Groom might give McGrath an opening, but in this he could face opposition from locals who support the claim of Toowoomba councillor Rebecca Vonhoff. Suggestions the seat might be of interest to another Senator, Matt Canavan, are complicated by the fact that he is a National, the sensitivity of which was illustrated when the LNP organisation blocked an attempt by the seat’s previous member, Ian Macfarlane, to jump ship from Liberal to the Nationals in 2015.

Nathan Hondros of WAToday reports the Liberals will hold their preselection to fill Mathias Cormann’s Western Australian Senate vacancy on November 7, with the winner to take third position on the party’s ticket at the next election behind Michaelia Cash and Dean Smith. There would appear to be three nominees: Julian Ambrose, stepson of the late Perth construction billionaire Len Buckeridge; Sherry Sufi, an arch-conservative party activist; and Albert Jacob, former state Environment Minister and current mayor of Joondalup, who emerged as a “last-minute nomination”. Jacob held the coastal northern suburbs seat of Ocean Reef from 2008 to 2017, when he was defeated in the landslide the tipped the Barnett government from office. Cormann is reportedly lobbying for Ambrose, and his backers are pressuring Sufi to withdraw.

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. Sussan Ley delighted, absolutely delighted about the NSW Govt decision to approve the #Narrabri Gas Plan.

    Said on Ch9 “The importance of the jobs this ‘will’ create cannot be underestimated”.

    This woman is the Environment Minister, FGS.

  2. “Biden has everything to lose by not showing up. He can’t just not show up. He can’t even think it an option.”

    I think that any further debates are very dangerous for him and he has the perfect opportunity to use Trump’s performance as a reason to avoid them.

  3. Good moring Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe says that in a speech today, Morrison will promise industry $1.5 billion to sustain local manufacturing as part of a budget plan that aims to secure a “sovereign capability” in six priority areas ranging from food to medicine and clean energy. I’m sure there will be no rorting as all these grants get handed out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-make-things-in-australia-pm-s-plan-to-boost-manufacturing-20200930-p560qy.html
    Phil Coorey reckons Morrison is setting out to pick winners in this strategy.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-picks-winners-in-1-5b-manufacturing-strategy-20200930-p560is
    According to Eryk Bagshaw and Mike Foley, Australia’s former top climate diplomat has warned China’s net-zero emissions target will leave Australia behind, threatening future trade deals and its influence in the Pacific as the Morrison government becomes wedged between the US and China on climate action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-s-zero-emissions-target-puts-australia-on-notice-20200930-p560kn.html
    Tax cuts are no magic bullet but are worth doing anyway, says Jess Irvine who thinks the long-term discussion about a fairer taxation system can wait until the virus-induced economic crisis is over.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/tax-cuts-are-no-magic-bullet-but-are-worth-doing-anyway-20200930-p560q8.html
    The Morrison government argues tax cuts will power our recovery. They won’t, trumpets Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/sep/30/the-morrison-government-argues-tax-cuts-will-power-our-recovery-they-wont
    The government is hiding the self-declared conflicts of interest of six departmental and contracted staff who worked in the unit responsible for the $30m Leppington Triangle purchase scandal, including one adviser with links to the business that sold the land at a vastly inflated price. Really?
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    Chloe Booker reports that the Victorian government hastily stood down private security in the state’s remodelled hotel quarantine program on Wednesday and sent in police to guard people infected with coronavirus after concerns were raised about poor infection control.
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    Lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry have enjoyed a meteoric rise in influence both locally and globally over the past few decades, writes Ian Dunlop.
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    Women in their 40s and 50s were more likely to be on JobSeeker before the coronavirus pandemic, a casualty of deliberate policy changes over the past 20 years, explains Shane Wright.
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    Michael Pascoe: says that the Business Council and Treasury have failed to win economists’ votes on the tax cuts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/09/30/tax-cuts-business-council-pascoe/
    Dana McCauley reports that the Morrison government is under pressure to boost funding to public hospitals hit with higher costs due to COVID-19 as state governments grapple with a backlog of elective surgery patients.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-warned-of-gap-in-hospital-funding-due-to-covid-19-costs-20200928-p5601w.html
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    Niki Savva says that Daniel Andrews knows he can’t survive a third coronavirus wave.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/daniel-andrews-knows-he-cant-survive-a-third-coronavirus-wave/news-story/238728a1487c549c29dd043c6c860021
    Andrews under fire: why an activist premier’s greatest challenges may yet lie ahead writes Professor Paul Stranglo.
    https://theconversation.com/andrews-under-fire-why-an-activist-premiers-greatest-challenges-may-yet-lie-ahead-146838
    Josh Butler writes that Australia’s top doctors have warned rushing workers back to offices could lead to “health and economic hell” and plans to get public servants back to their desks could spark new outbreaks and lockdowns.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/10/01/ama-president-return-to-offices/
    The question taxing many is why are our security services and not the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade running our relationship with China, says former diplomat, Bruce Haigh.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/security-agencies-assume-greater-role-in-australian-policymaking,14360
    Jacqui Lambie will not support the government’s university funding reforms over concerns they make it harder for low-income students to get degrees, leaving the proposed bill one vote short in the Senate. The vote now comes down to Stirling Griff.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/budget-to-deliver-326-million-for-extra-university-places-20200930-p560jg.html
    Kate McClymont and Michaela Whitbourn tell us that Eddie Obeid and three of his five sons have been ordered to pay more than $5 million in legal costs after bringing a failed lawsuit against the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Suck that up fellas!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/obeid-family-hit-with-5-million-costs-bill-over-failed-icac-lawsuit-20200930-p560jw.html
    Labor has sought assurances from Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash that work-for-the-dole participants won’t be forced into unsafe conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6946986/fears-about-safety-of-work-for-dole-programs-during-covid-19/?cs=14350
    Last week the bumbling Energy Minister, Angus Taylor, breathlessly revealed that there are all sorts of goodies: hydrogen, energy storage, “green” steel and aluminium, carbon capture and soil carbon, writes Mungo MacCallum.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mungo-maccallum-the-coalition-unveils-its-energy-policy,14358
    Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party is facing extinction with dwindling membership as the party’s treasurer launches legal action against Mr Nile, his wife and others, accusing them of invalidly claiming more than $100,000 in party funds for their own benefit. Piss off Fred!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fred-nile-s-political-party-faces-the-axe-over-lack-of-members-20200930-p560jz.html
    Elizabeth Knight writes that Bain’s move to savagely cut pilots’ pay and conditions will put pressure on Qantas’s Alan Joyce who will have to compete with much higher staff costs at Qantas.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-s-new-owners-bain-set-to-savage-pilots-pay-20200930-p560ot.html
    In the second part of a series on logistics group Toll, the AFR’s Aaron Patrick describes an arrogant culture that refused to accept bad news.
    https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/health-and-wellness/former-execs-say-toll-was-all-tactics-no-strategy-20200916-p55w1r
    The email addresses of about 200 Australians attempting to return to the country were mistakenly published when DFAT circulated an email to the group.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/stranded-australians-emails-revealed-in-appalling-dfat-privacy-breach-20200930-p560u8.html
    Eloise Brook hits back at Chris Uhlmann’s strange article from yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/trans-women-change-rooms-and-freedom-of-speech-don-t-make-senator-a-martyr-20200930-p560n4.html
    Trouble and Pauline Hanson are rarely separated.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/01/hanson-files-truth-defence-in-burston-sexual-harassment-defamation-case
    The federal government’s tighter screening of foreign investment is being used by takeover targets as a regulatory shield to defend against hostile acquisitions and is deterring activist investors, writes John Kehoe.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/firb-becomes-a-new-defence-in-hostile-takeovers-20200922-p55xz5
    According to Latika Bourke, a former employee of a Spanish security firm has told Julian Assange’s extradition hearing of a plan to abduct and even poison the Australian, as part of a widespread surveillance operation said to have been ordered by an associate of Donald Trump.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/trump-associate-ordered-huge-surveillance-of-assange-inside-embassy-court-told-20200930-p560u1.html
    Chris Zappone writes that now a wave of more than 1000 primarily unsanctioned, spontaneous strikes has rippled across the United States since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic fuelled by worker safety fears.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/wave-of-1000-strikes-ripples-across-the-us-as-crisis-bites-20200929-p5606t.html
    The New York Times looks at international reaction to the presidential debate and is seems that it was seen as confirmation of the division and decline of America.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-biden-debate-prompts-shock-despair-and-in-china-glee-20201001-p560ue.html
    And the LA Times says that Trump’s volcanic debate performance has put the President’s sympathy for white supremacists in the campaign spotlight, heightening a sense of menacing chaos in the campaign that threatens to undercut other Republicans up for re-election in a year that was already a challenge for the party.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trumps-debate-remark-puts-white-supremacy-at-focus-of-campaign-20201001-p560ui.html
    Matthew Knott sums it up by saying Trump, agent of chaos, drove the first debate into a ditch.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-agent-of-chaos-drives-first-debate-into-a-ditch-20200930-p560o6.html
    Bruce Wolpe laments that the debate disappointed and reinforced the terribly sad state of American democracy. Hope was mugged on the debate stage in Ohio, he concludes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-worst-debate-in-modern-american-history-how-hope-was-mugged-in-the-trump-biden-clash-20200930-p560n9.html
    And Thomas Friedman declares that Trump has shown that American democracy is in terrible danger.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-shows-american-democracy-is-in-terrible-danger-20201001-p560us.html
    Trump heckled, bullied and lied through the debate. It won’t help him beat Biden, opines Richard Wolffe.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/30/donald-trump-joe-biden-debate-bully-heckle-lie
    Meanwhile, a member of a right-wing group that Donald Trump told to “stand back and stand by” has been arrested for pointing his handgun at antifascist protesters during a rally in Portland.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/10/01/trump-proud-boys/
    For what it’s worth, the SMH editorial says Trump must accept the umpire’s decision on the 2020 election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-must-accept-the-umpire-s-decision-on-the-2020-election-20200930-p560rc.html
    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard warns that financial markets are underestimating what will happen if Trump loses the election and refuses to concede.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/nightmare-scenario-markets-are-set-for-a-shock-if-trump-refuses-to-go-20200930-p560hr.html
    Nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” goes to a trucking company boss who has been found guilty of masterminding the largest drug importation racket in South Australian history.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/reginald-roberts-found-guilty-by-a-jury-of-importing-the-313kg-of-methamphetamine-into-south-australia-hidden-in-a-crane-jib/news-story/694fbc635f70f2db41d51e6e3eb647a8

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  4. lizzie @ #2088 Thursday, October 1st, 2020 – 6:58 am

    Sumeyya (The Age) asks similar questions in the same accusatory tone as “Rachel”, although she hasn’t become the star of the show.

    She casts doubt on Dan Andrews’ leadership and then denies any appetite for leadership change, all in the one paragraph. He has no rivals for power, but is losing internal support and is “an election winning machine”.

    Bushfire Bill would do a much better critique of this article than I can.

    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/cracks-in-the-armour-dan-andrews-party-support-weakened-but-intact-20200930-p560re.html

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

    “Every time he looks behind him now, there’s fewer and fewer people,” one Right faction source says. “He turns to his right, there’s no one there. He turns to his left, there’s not a lot of people.”

    I think I can see clearly now (🎝 the rain has 🎝 gone) the direction of the impartial examinations of the entrails of the orninary Capra aegagrus hircus. Of course finding a specimen of the species is becoming increasingly difficult because of the adoption of same as mascots for the Federal Gummint.

    These entrails are being examined in real journalist time via TV lights and cameras while the sound track comes from that oldie from 1972

    Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight
    I got the feeling that something ain’t right
    I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair
    And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs

    There’s a problem with the blockquotes above which in my early morning vagueness I can’t work out. Nevermind – maybe fresh coffee will bring clarity.

  5. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it would add “additional structure” to the remaining faceoffs between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden after Tuesday night’s chaotic clash in Cleveland, saying “more orderly discussion is needed.”

    The announcement came as both candidates returned to the campaign trail, and Biden called Trump’s behavior at the debate “a national disgrace” during a stop in Ohio. Meanwhile, several GOP lawmakers urged Trump to address his refusal during the debate to condemn self-described white supremacists. Democrats widely denounced Trump’s remarks.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/2020/09/30/trump-biden-live-updates/

  6. I didn’t watch the debate, but have caught the commentary afterwards. The overwhelming majority agree it was a shitshow that Biden won comfortably and Trump was just appalling.

  7. I love these unnamed sources. I mean, I could be described as a ‘Labor source’.

    And there’s another side to these games. I remember Labor source friends of mine telling the media in hushed tones that Labor was terrified that Bronwyn Bishop (when she was a Senator) would topple John Hewson as leader.

    The media, of course, reported this totally uncritically.

  8. “The government estimates its manufacturing plan could create 80,000 direct jobs and about 300,000 more indirect jobs by helping companies modernise their factories and ramp up exports.”
    Typical, when the LNP throws numbers of jobs supposedly going to be created you can then divide the total by 20 (possibly more) and you will get a truer result of the magic job wand waving.

    “”We make things in Australia…”” This is the sort of statement you get from a four year old when asked about manufacturing in Australia. Saint Scotty of the Marketings new slogan.

  9. …meanwhile, a reporter for Al Jazeera -based in Washington – says that ‘some people’ think the Proud Boys are a white supremicist group. I think that includes the Proud Boys.

  10. GG, what is being missed in much of the commentary is that Trump is desperate and it is showing. Latest quality poll in South Carolina has it neck and neck. Trump won there by 14 in 2016.

    Your meek and mild chap in the bar knows he is probably gonna run over those bikes later and the bikers know it too and know there ain’t much they can do about it. The rest is fluff and bluster.

    I just hope the electoral integrity holds up to the bluster.

  11. We could have been making EVs in Australia. Someone shouted down the idea at the last federal election. Yeah, that guy, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and his screechy Jobs Minister, Michaelia Cash. I guess they were just being really devious, as Coalition governments are, and simply putting a good idea in their back pocket to bring it out after the election so that they could get the kudos for it.

  12. “Biden has everything to lose by not showing up. He can’t just not show up. He can’t even think it an option.”

    ***

    Biden should do the world a favour and go and hide in a corner somewhere until after the election. Send Harris out to finish the job instead. Joe is a major drag on his own campaign. Trump’s biggest asset right now is Biden himself.

    Frankly, the debate of the dotards was gobsmackingly bad. It’s laughable that one of those two will be the president for the next four years. They are both utterly abhorrent. America is royally screwed either way.

  13. Simon Katich @ #2116 Thursday, October 1st, 2020 – 7:41 am

    GG, what is being missed in much of the commentary is that Trump is desperate and it is showing. Latest quality poll in South Carolina has it neck and neck. Trump won there by 14 in 2016.

    Your meek and mild chap in the bar knows he is probably gonna run over those bikes later and the bikers know it too and know there ain’t much they can do about it. The rest is fluff and bluster.

    I just hope the electoral integrity holds up to the bluster.

    Predictions are always difficult to make, espespecially about the future. But, I reckon Trump is all bluster and that once he loses he will disappear quickly.

  14. Rick Morton
    @SquigglyRick
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    2m
    Jacqui Lambie on RN right now re: universities. “They have got to stop being a business model and go back to being a teaching institution.” She has basically called them cowards, says they need to go and figure out what they need to do their jobs and demand it.

    It’s a nice sentiment, but they’ve been ruled by business types for too long to slide back into the old ways.

  15. Thanks BK for the roundup. Here Scomo is going Trumpish on IR and Covid and it is time for Labor to give up on cooperation. As that New Daily article says, Albo and Andrews are on firm ground to argue against calls to “open up early”.

    “ But the AMA came out against the push, in a rare public rebuke of the government.

    “In reality, the world is at least a year away from a broad rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. We can’t become complacent,’’ the AMA wrote on Twitter.

    “Personal hygiene, physical distancing and working from home are still some of our biggest defences against this virus.”

  16. I suspect you are right GG. But dictators can be swept along by the snowball they created. They lose agency.

    Like a roller coaster ride of his own making and he can’t get off even if he wanted to.

  17. “Keir is very much his own man: he keeps his questions short and direct and calls out Boris’s bluster for the bullshit it is.”

    From the Guardian. British politics seems so superior to our version. I like the way their Parliament operates. MPs appear to be more independent and speak out against their own party.

    Starmer is outstanding.

  18. KayJay

    A little moral dilemma for you.

    If Woolies delivers extra items that I didn’t order (and can’t use), do I have to give them back?

  19. Andrew Gold says:
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:18 am
    “Biden has everything to lose by not showing up. He can’t just not show up. He can’t even think it an option.”

    I think that any further debates are very dangerous for him and he has the perfect opportunity to use Trump’s performance as a reason to avoid them.

    There’s some sort of saying alone the lines “Victory usually goes to those who show up.” Biden can’t be seen to be “avoiding” a fight. He has to show he has the ticker. He did that yesterday. What we all saw was an incumbent who completely lacks the temperament to hold office. Biden’s mere presence was too much for Trump. Trump lost. He may have thrown away his chances. Repeat performances like that will finish Trump.

  20. Brendan O’Connor
    @BOConnorMP
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    58m
    After 7 years of neglecting Australian manufacturing, the Morrison Government has come up with a plan to develop a plan. The $1.5 bill announcement today is less than what they are cutting from the R&D tax incentive – which will directly hurt manufacturing. #auspol

  21. David Crowe says that in a speech today, Morrison will promise industry $1.5 billion to sustain local manufacturing as part of a budget plan that aims to secure a “sovereign capability” in six priority areas ranging from food to medicine and clean energy. I’m sure there will be no rorting as all these grants get handed out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-make-things-in-australia-pm-s-plan-to-boost-manufacturing-20200930-p560qy.html
    Phil Coorey reckons Morrison is setting out to pick winners in this strategy.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-picks-winners-in-1-5b-manufacturing-strategy-20200930-p560is

    It seems as though Morrison has perfected the art of dressing corruption up in a pretty little bow in order to hoodwink those that don’t pay much attention.

  22. lizzie @ #2133 Thursday, October 1st, 2020 – 8:14 am

    KayJay

    A little moral dilemma for you.

    If Woolies delivers extra items that I didn’t order (and can’t use), do I have to give them back?

    If they are non-perishable you could donate them to a homeless shelter or Womens refuge in your area. The Catholic Church in our area provides a hot meal every day for our area’s indigent and they always welcome donations. Also toiletries as they provide hot showers as well and a place for people to wash their clothes.

  23. A former New South Wales judge has called for “independent” to be dropped from the name of the state’s planning commission after it approved the controversial Narrabri coal seam gas development, arguing the body is effectively controlled by the government.

    The commission on Wednesday gave what it described as “phased approval” of the $3.6bn project in the state’s north. The decision, which included 134 conditions, was welcomed by the proponent, oil and gas company Santos, and the federal and state governments, but criticised by local farmers, conservationists and Indigenous traditional owners.

    Paul Stein QC, a retired court of appeal judge now speaking as a committee member of the Centre for Public Integrity, said he was “deeply concerned” that the NSW Independent Planning Commission had been diminished by changes introduced by the government in March following complaints by mining and resources interests.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/01/narrabri-gas-project-former-judge-questions-independence-of-nsw-planning-commission

  24. Senator Penny Wong
    @SenatorWong
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    We hear a lot of announcements from Scott Morrison – this is what he actually delivered in September.

  25. This was reported yesterday

    The Sydney Morning Herald
    @smh
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    17h
    Breaking: Ruby Princess passengers on Qantas flight infected at least eight others |
    @jennynoise

    Ruby Princess passengers on Qantas flight infected at least eight others
    Just hours after they were allowed to disembark from the Ruby Princess, 13 passengers unknowingly took the virus on a flight to Perth – where it spread.
    smh.com.au

  26. C@t:

    Listening to the Bulwark today I was surprised by David Jolly’s view that Team Trump’s strategy is to have the election decided in the House if it isn’t a thumping Biden victory. I suppose that’s how he can persist with the notion that he was robbed (Dems will control the House) and in his mind won’t leave the office a loser.

  27. What is very apparent is all the scandals and corruptive practices that have been occurring under the fed Govt watch. The aged care sector, the airport land sale, and the various serious conflicts of interest. The bonuses companies have paid themselves with the proceeds of job keeper filing their coffers.
    To name a bloody few.

    And now after all the hullabaloo regarding the use of security guards at hotel quarantine which incidentally have been used in other states being a focus for so long. And being such a disaster,
    Morrison comes out and suggests future quarantine is merely self isolate at home.
    You can’t make this shit up.

  28. lizziesays:

    Sussan Ley delighted, absolutely delighted about the NSW Govt decision to approve the #Narrabri Gas Plan.

    Said on Ch9 “The importance of the jobs this ‘will’ create cannot be underestimated”.

    This woman is the Environment Minister, FGS.

    Lizzie

    So it looks like the only ALP MP who has said anything public on the Narrabri/Pilliga situation is Fitzy.

    Must be every other ALP MP is too gutless, dishonest, beaten down by the factional players, or sold out to donors to make any public statement. Any evidence otherwise?

    Perhaps worse than a useless Environment Minister is an even more craven and gutless so-called opposition one.

  29. “There’s some sort of saying alone the lines “Victory usually goes to those who show up.” Biden can’t be seen to be “avoiding” a fight. He has to show he has the ticker. He did that yesterday. What we all saw was an incumbent who completely lacks the temperament to hold office. Biden’s mere presence was too much for Trump. Trump lost. He may have thrown away his chances. Repeat performances like that will finish Trump.”

    You’re most likely right and it’s probably not possible for Biden to avoid the debates. I just hope that he doesn’t have any serious senior moments during those debates.

  30. Vic:

    I’m hoping so too, but I’m not that confident the Senate will flip.

    For the sake of the country the Democrats need to take the Presidency and the Senate and retain the House.

  31. 538 have Trump with a 21% chance of winning on Nov 3. To get a better feel of why Trump is getting desperate, they explain that this percentage chance is a forecast that assumes the race will tighten.

    If the election were to be held tomorrow, Trumps chances drop to 9%.

    So Trump needs to improve in the polls just to maintain that 21% chance. He can’t afford for the polls to stay as they are and if the polls widen…. he will go apeshit.

  32. Abbott was the most successful OL with the support of the msm of course.
    But he was out in front each and every day rinse and repeating the disaster that was the Labor govt. it wasn’t of course, but people sure bought into it.

    It then became a self fulfilling prophecy. That is what the msm, sky after dark, talkback radio is attempting to do with the vic state govt now.

    Albo and co surely can do better in putting pressure to bear on Morrison and co.

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