Miscellaneous developments from the past week:
• The Toowoomba Chronicle reports eight candidates have nominated for Liberal National Party preselection for the Groom by-election, of whom the front-runners are Rebecca Vonhoff, a Toowoomba councillor; Garth Hamilton, a businessman; Sara Hales, former general manager of Wellcamp Airport; and Shane Charles, former Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise chief executive. Also in the field are “Elders Rural Services’ Andrew Meara … race car driver Daniel Cassidy, Australian Lot Feeders president Bryce Camm and Doctor David van Gend”, the latter being a firebrand social conservative whom the outgoing member, John McVeigh, defeated for preselection when he succeeded Ian Macfarlane in 2016. Notably absent from the list is Senator Matt Canavan, despite a decision by the state executive to leave it to the branch membership whether the seat should go to a Liberal, as it has since 1988, or a National. The date of the by-election is yet to be confirmed.
• Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said on Thursday that the government would introduce a bill that will ensure the Northern Territory retains its two seats in the House of Representatives, though by what mechanism is unclear. A Labor-sponsored bill currently before the Senate provides a crude guarantee of a second Northern Territory seat (without extending the courtesy to the Australian Capital Territory, albeit that its population is such that the question does not arise), but when the same issue emerged before the 2004 election, it was dealt with through a technical tweak to the population statistics used to determine seat entitlements. The bottom line is that the Labor-held seats of Solomon and Lingiari, created when the territory first became entitled to a second seat in 2001 and respectively covering Darwin and the rest of the territory, will continue to exist despite enrolments of less than two-thirds the national norm. It also means the House of Representatives
• The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is conducting an inquiry into the “future conduct of elections operating during times of emergency situations”, encompassing “restrictions arising from a health pandemic”, “access to polling places during times of natural disasters”, “other potential drivers of social restrictions, such as future civil unrest, or international conflict” and “alternative voting methods including early, remote and postal voting”.
• The West Australian has a Painted Dog Research poll of 932 respondents in WA showing 64% want the state’s hard border maintained beyond December, with 36% favouring a resumption of travel with the eastern states.Hou
590 comments on “Groom at the top”
Late Riser @ #544 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 7:18 pm
Yes, my local member has been performing well. And if deflate’s Morrison’s inflated ego over border restrictions, all the better.
The Turtle is an ambassador for the Greater Western Sydney Giants
Tough times for the NSW Right
“ Albo is a Rabbitohs supporter.. and they have a chance this year. Will this bring the lost Labor people back?”
Even as a Labor supporter and former member, I think this will not happen unless Labor severs ties with the union movement or the latter seriously reforms. Some unions do good for their members, some do not. If you are in a profession where the latter is the case, it is very hard to convince anyone why they should vote Labor.
And then there is climate change, where Labor are simply giving a whole generation of potential new young members to the Greens.
I saw a bit of Rudd speaking speaking on his petition re Murdoch on The Project tonight. They included images of Murdoch papers being stridently anti- Labor.
I just read that Deb Frecklington wasn’t even allowed to speak at her own press conference by Morrisson today! To bring back an old saying, what a sexist pig that man is!
”Estranged media scion James Murdoch has said he left his family’s publishing company News Corp over concerns its newspapers were disguising facts and endorsing disinformation.”
Kevin Rudd’s new “greybeard” look suits him.
Oakeshott Country @ #870 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 7:54 pm
The “Plumbers” Guild, OC? I thought it was only compulsory for the medical chippies.
Is Newscorp the propaganda wing of the Liberal Party or is the Liberal Party the local political wing of Newscorp?
Why do I suspect that James Murdoch ‘leaving the family company’ is some sort of scam to divide and rule?
Lachlan monopolies the RWNJ, and James the Lefties.
“I would love Channel 10 to show CBS sports instead of needing Fox for American sports and the failure of the free to airs to actually use their extra channels to create subject based networks is one of the biggest failures of the Howard era.”
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 8:02 pm
[‘Idle thoughts.. Miles is younger than a lot of them. Perhaps Palaszczuk is mentoring him. Perhaps the LNP see a threat.’]
I see it that way too. Miles is an impressive media performer. If Palaszczuk was to lose, he’s her heir apparent.
Earlier than the Plumber’s guild
Before you get to that stage you needed 2 years general surgery when the college really knew how to restrict trade
The guy who had my balls in his hand was the Wallaby’s doctor
Socrates @ #888 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 8:23 pm
Physician to the President is a political position, not a medical one. Biology trumps Medicine, but not Politics – you can always buy another opinion. Conley’s professional medical career will evaporate after Nov 3, but he will fail upwards like so many in Septic Medicine.
Latest Poll ABC/Washington Post Biden 55 Trump 43.
Oakeshott Country @ #901 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 8:42 pm
Yes, I gather he was a bit like that. Brian Corrigan was more “cosmopolitan”.
As a resident of NSW I find Miles and AP both turkeys with their attitude to the NSW border.
I have cancelled my holidays there and won’t be rebooking for a long time.
It has nothing to do with health and is purely political.
The Tasmanian premier who can’t pronounce his name is in the same boat.
lizzie @ #485 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 4:25 pm
I really think Deb Frecklington should pack him off back to Canberra before he does any more damage to her election prospects.
BOB LYNCH @ #35 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 7:56 pm
Holdenhillbilly @ #903 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 8:48 pm
Trump is in freefall. He’ll hit his 30% deck before he can pull his reserve handle, and his AAD is stuffed. Fortunately he’s in a tandem rig with Lindsay Graham – see Sydney Blumenthal’s hit piece in the Guardian. The virus picked a dead-end host.
Corrigan was much more interesting – his stories about the 64 olympics and one star in particular were fascinating.
Not a big fan of the Wallaby’s doctor or his personality but he has a place in RGHC’s history as he helped get the Institute of Sports Medicine there
The quack who was onboard the Voyager in ’64, in ’66 he sent me to Hollywood Hospital (WA) for an appendectomy, following mild pain – it turned out that it wasn’t inflamed though the op proceeded. A few years later, I saw him again for a persistent cough. He recommended the cessation of smoking. All okay, until I returned to get my cap, whereupon he was observed to be taking a big puff – it smelt and looked like a joint. I’m still at odds as to whether doctors are more supercilious than lawyers.
Were the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 and was it the one where Dawn Fraser allegedly stole the Olympic flag? If so I know the truth and it’s connection to the medical fraternity.
Too much Rugby today.
These are the good old days!
BOB LYNCH @ #566 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 7:56 pm
As a resident of NSW you don’t get to vote in the QLD state election. 🙂
And as a resident of QLD I couldn’t care less about your holidays when there’s a global pandemic on, and certainly won’t be voting on their behalf. We’ve had one quarter the number of infections as NSW, and at least some of that success is due to keeping the borders shut so that irresponsible holidaymakers can’t reintroduce the virus from less-well-managed areas.
The best way to get your holidays back would be to tell Gladys to get serious about eliminating community transmission in NSW, whatever it takes.
I don’t think AP is going anywhere for the next four years.
If Miles is of the Labor left then I can’t see him replacing AP.
Another MOE Newspoll..
#Newspoll Federal Primary Votes: L/NP 44 (+1) ALP 34 (0) GRN 11 (-1) ON 3 (0) #auspol
To keep Mavis informed we just returned from Birdsville and Innamincka. Climbed Big Red, visited the Dig Tree, Burke’s grave site and Wills grave site. Epic trip.
#Newspoll Federal 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 52 (+1) ALP 48 (-1) #auspol
51/49 based on the primaries
BOB LYNCH @ #567 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 7:56 pm
Well take responsibility for yourself and go into quarantine for 2 weeks. BTW, are people from Melbourne allowed into Sydney without quarantine?
Wrong again 🙂
BOB LYNCH @ #566 Sunday, October 11th, 2020 – 7:56 pm
[‘As a resident of NSW I find Miles and AP both turkeys with their attitude to the NSW border. I have cancelled my holidays there and won’t be rebooking for a long time.’]
Don’t be so disconcerted, you’ll be welcome in our trailer park? Just fill out the disclaimer – that you’re not a Mexican. With only six C.19 deaths up here, and in light of an election, you need to get with the groove!
Newspoll has a kiwi ref doing the numbers tonight
Listening to woody Guthrie songs, might be a few here that like this one:
“He really scares me so I’m sticking with the union”