Weekend miscellany: The case of the disappearing preselection challenges (open thread)

Sussan Ley off the hook in Farrer, and Jane Hume thinks better of a bid for promotion on the Victorian Liberal Senate ticket.

Aside from developments in the Indigenous Voice referendum, covered in the post above, there are two developments to relate on the federal preselection front:

Samantha Maiden at news.com.au reports Liberal deputy leader Sussan Ley will be spared a preselection challenge in her seat of Farrer after her challenger, Jean Haynes, was rejected by the party’s nomination review committee and suspended from the party for 90 days. The reasons behind this are unclear, but it comes after “a tit for tat round of expulsion motions in the Deniliquin branch of the party” that “included attempts to expel a group of party veterans who are loyal supporters of Sussan Ley, some of whom are women in the 70s and 80s who have given up to 50 years of service to the party”. Christian Ellis, who sought to challenge Ley’s preselection before the last election, has been expelled for bringing the party into disrepute shortly after pleading guilty to a firearm charge, with no conviction recorded. Contrary to other reports, Maiden relates that Ley “was expected to trounce challenger Haynes with over 70 per cent of the vote”.

Rachel Baxendale of The Australian reports that Victorian Liberal Senator Jane Hume has abandoned a short-lived bid to elevate herself from second to first place on the Coalition ticket at the next election, amid conservative threats of retaliation by backing Greg Mirabella to take second position, potentially reducing Hume to third. Mirabella has recently relinquished his position as the party’s state president to pursue the third position, from which he unsuccessfully sought re-election last year. As Paul Sakkal of The Age described it, Hume’s move “pits her moderate wing against the Victorian Right faction led by figures including Paterson and lower house MP Michael Sukkar”. Hume owed her second position at the 2019 election to intervention by Scott Morrison that saw off conservative-backed challenger Karina Okotel.

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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. sprocket_says:
    Monday, August 28, 2023 at 8:51 pm
    Frydenburg’s calculation will be:

    – this is at least a 2 term Albanese government
    – I may get returned in Kooyong, if enough paint gets stripped off Labor
    – the QLD copper will never build a winning consensus, though he may need to be dynamited out
    – maybe build to a challenge mid term – say December 2027 after a string of disastrous polls for Spud
    – offer tax breaks, middle class giveaways and localised pork as Opposition Leader in the 2028 election

    What could possibly go wrong?

    What could possibly go wrong you ask !

    I would think that Dutton will be reminding himself what happened to that other QLD copper Federal opposition leader and will do anything he can to thwart the resurrection of Joshie.

  2. I presume that any “echidna” approach to defence of Australia takes into account the 1000+ km range of modern missile systems? I’m sure the defence experts are wiser than I, but I’d thought you’d want to engage a hostile power as far away from your own shores (and civilians) as possible.

    But I presume most people formally writing in this debate would be on the safe side of the Brisbane Line.

  3. It’s completely hilarious to me that anyone can look at Frydenberg and imagine him as some type of leader. There are few politicians who are revolting enough to make Dutton look like an actual human being, but Frydenberg is one of them.

  4. C@tmomma says:
    Monday, August 28, 2023 at 8:55 pm
    I guess you won’t be able to tell the difference anyway. Replacing one totally bald LOTO with another.
    Someone suggested that there are more bowling ball heads in the Liberal party than the Labor party.
    Could it be true ?

  5. For all the arrogance and self righteousness, I will never forget the time Pi informed us all that the GST was a great idea and anything but a regressive tax. What an absolute doozy. And didnt he also reveal he was all for cake man Hewson? But now is no more than a born again. Spare us. Please.

    And I think Pi also lectured us all at length about the Cth could not influence or direct housing policy cause the constitution despite various posters pointing out that funding is a remarkable way to secure Cth goals and aspirations. But alas the Pi ster was having none of that logic.

  6. wranslide, just fkoff. If you don’t have anything intelligent to add to this discussion, don’t. I’m sad that I’ve clearly hurt your feefees, but that’s on you pal. Don’t blame me because you can’t argue yourself out of a wet paper bag with a pair of scissors. If my words are too hard for you to handle, scroll on by.

  7. Thanks Pi. I genuinely did not get your point about the GST being anything but a regressive tax. You have some interesting views and logic. I accept I do not get it. I appreciate your confidence. Be careful with it though. It can lead to righteousness. Dangerous.

    Also dont be sad and then blame me for you being sad. Thats not cool.

  8. Pi, please. Please remind us again about the GST, your support of it, why it is anything other than a regressive tax and how you are a big progressive embracing the GST and John Hewson.

  9. Dandy Murray @ 10.56am
    Dandy, I don’t know where you live but, here at Nth Avoca (north of Sydney) our three Queensland Tree Waratahs (Alloxolyn flammeum) are already budding, with some flower heads deepening in colour.
    Usually, they commence to form their flower heads in October.
    A fabulous slender tree for most gardens.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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