Laming heck

Yet more trouble for the Morrison government, this time with the at least vague prospect of a by-election attached.

Recent revelations surrounding sociopathic bully Andrew Laming raise, or should raise, the prospect of a by-election in his seat of Bowman, located in southern bayside Brisbane and held by the LNP on a margin of 10.2%. In response to the latest news — that Laming took an upskirt photo of a young woman and then whinged that her manager was being “awkward” in demanding he delete it from his phone — the Prime Minister, who recently forced out the female chief executive of Australia Post over a couple of watches, has laid down the law: Laming’s already scheduled sessions with an “empathy consultant” will be brought forward. That at least was the impression given by last night’s report on the Nine Network, although it sounds too stupid to be true. UPDATE: Laming has stepped down from his parliamentary committee roles, and developed a sudden concern for “privacy”.

One way or another, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that won’t be the end of the matter. The Age/Herald reports that Laming’s victim, Crystal White, is considering a police complaint for an offence that carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment. A conviction for such an offence, regardless of the penalty applied, would disqualify him from parliament. While the wheels of justice may perhaps not turn quite that quickly, there will surely be irresistible pressure to force Laming out of the Liberal Party, which would cost the government its majority on the floor of parliament.

In semi-related news, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday he was “open to the idea” of Labor-style gender quotas for his party, although the notion has long been bitterly resisted within the party organisation. As Crikey’s Kishor Napier-Raman noted, the website of Queensland’s Liberal National Party, which has preselected Andrew Laming at the last six elections, boasts that its members are “elected on merit”, since it “believes in choosing the best person for the job, regardless of gender”.

In less related news, except perhaps to the extent that it was ostensibly brought about by the government’s loss of its parliamentary majority, a Tasmanian state election was called on Friday for May 1, which you can comment on here. The Western Australian election should also reach its final resolution when the buttons are pressed on the Legislative Council counts at some point in the coming days, and you can comment on that here.

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. Cyber attack on parliament ……allegedly. I wonder if at some stage we get told crucial files related to one of the (many) scandals was ‘tragically’ lost, deleted in the ‘attack’ ?

  2. Another DT headline:

    “Eels staffer learns fate over dressing room post lashing PM”.

    Would the club attempt to punish her in the current climate? If they did, surely it would not look good for Morrison, a female employee being punished for being critical of him?

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  4. KayJay says:
    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:27 pm
    poroti @ #553 Sunday, March 28th, 2021 – 8:24 pm

    Cyber attack on parliament ……allegedly. I wonder if at some stage we get told crucial files related to one of the (many) scandals was ‘tragically’ lost, deleted in the ‘attack’ ?
    Check junk shops for old file cabinets in a few months time.

    ——————

    You can actually buy old government filing cabinets and office furniture in Canberra. I have a nice bookcase (not the famous Brandis one!)

    Anyway, there was a story a few years ago where the department selling old filing cabinets forgot to empty at least one of its confidential contents.

  5. What’s this crap about Laming staying on until the election. He has to go now. If he doesn’t, Labor should never give him a pair.

  6. Before Morrison entered into the Eel’s change-room, his minders would’ve sussed out what his reception would be like. He wouldn’t risk a repeat of the fireries’ response. The only one who failed to conform was the woman who had her arms crossed & most would have an inkling as to why…

  7. According to Murdoch’s DT, Morrison “is on the hunt for a strong female candidate” to replace Laming at the next election.

    I bet!

  8. @PatsKarvelas tweets

    Homophobes out in force to create the impression there’s a “gay” problem. The problem is the mistreatment of women and misogyny. That’s always been the problem. #auspol

  9. Computers are evil 🙂

    Btw William. One thing I noticed about PollBludger recently is that on a mobile browser its inclined to pop up full screen ads which you have to x away. Its not done that before. Might be a clue as to which plugin is involved.

    One thing I’d like to add to this discussion is that when it comes to bad behaviour and server loads, the people who do scripting for ads are particularly anti-social.

  10. Confessions
    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Unfortuantely for the Liberals, the only two strong female Liberal candidates that tick all the boxes, have passed all the checks and actually want to return to parliament are Sophie Mirabella and Bronwyn Bishop.

  11. Well, I just watched the Grand Finale of The Amazing Race. Good clean fun. It was good to get away from political stuff and nonsense.

  12. Mavis @ #538 Sunday, March 28th, 2021 – 8:12 pm

    bc:

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    [‘Media giant Nine Entertainment Co has requested the assistance of the Australian Signals Directorate after a major cyber attack hit its broadcast systems in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Government MP Andrew Hastie said on Sunday night he was “not surprised” about the attack, which caused problems with Nine’s live broadcasting operations, and said it was a warning to all businesses that they need to be aware of potential threats.’]

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/nine-s-weekend-today-fails-to-air-due-serious-technical-issues-20210328-p57ep5.html

    Maybe that was the cause of the problems early on in today’s episode of Insiders too?

  13. Mavissays:
    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Maybe if business take IT more seriously, including those working in Cyber Security.

  14. Morrison was singing the praises of senator Amanda Stoker the other day.

    There is a bit of a senate preselection fight going on in Queensland I believe.

    Problem could be solved with Stoker moving to Bowman. Perhaps.

  15. For those who missed my memo, a number of this site’s features are unavailable while I work through technical issues — like the log-in feature at the bottom of the sidebar. I’ve added a link there as a make-do for the time being.

  16. Newspoll: PM cops backlash over treatment of women

    Voters have rounded on the Prime Minister, with a seven-point fall in the key indicator measuring satisfaction with his performance as leader.

    ALP still lead only 52:48 (no change).

  17. Stoker doesn’t seem to have much connection to Laming’s electorate (grew up and went to university in Sydney, apparently resides in Brisbane at present), though back in ’09 she did make a failed run for preselection in the state seat of Cleveland (now Oodgeroo, more or less within the boundaries of Bowman.)

  18. William Bowe @ #584 Sunday, March 28th, 2021 – 9:30 pm

    For those who missed my memo, a number of this site’s features are unavailable while I work through technical issues — like the log-in feature at the bottom of the sidebar. I’ve added a link there as a make-do for the time being.

    Thanks Oh Lord. I’ll try not to grovel so much….

  19. Holdenhillbilly @ #585 Sunday, March 28th, 2021 – 9:36 pm

    Newspoll: PM cops backlash over treatment of women

    Voters have rounded on the Prime Minister, with a seven-point fall in the key indicator measuring satisfaction with his performance as leader.

    ALP still lead only 52:48 (no change).

    So there is a Newspoll William Bowe God?


  20. Cud Chewer says:
    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Computers are evil

    Btw William. One thing I noticed about PollBludger recently is that on a mobile browser its inclined to pop up full screen ads which you have to x away. Its not done that before. Might be a clue as to which plugin is involved,

    One thing I’d like to add to this discussion is that when it comes to bad behaviour and server loads, the people who do scripting for ads are particularly anti-social.

    I noted that also which makes you wonder where the 505 is coming from. It could be the AD server.

  21. DisplayName says:
    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Now it’s the cartoon-ists. Most cartoons are about local issues. US cartoonists lampoon their own politicians. So do Australia’s cartoonists. BK’s US cartoons are from the US.

    Who woulda thunk that news businesses, catering to a local audience, tend to produce self-absorbed content?
    ———————————————-

    If you look very carefully you will see that nearly all of the anti-Biden cartoons are from a cartoon agency called Creators.com. It is obviously the cartoon syndication agency equivalent of Fox News. Perhaps BK can enlighten us to the provenance of those cartoons.

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