Austrayia has another new PM

. . . sworn in and raring to go.

Over the last decade, we’ve had more Prime Ministers than clean knickers.   Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Kevin again, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, and now Scott Morrison.

On Monday, Malcolm himself called for a spill in an attempt to defeat an imminent challenge from Peter Dutton.  He won, but only by a small margin, so a demand for a second spill was anticipated.   Our doughty Malcolm was not going to give in gracefully, so he set a couple of difficult conditions on Peter D, for a meeting to be held today (the last day such a meeting could be called for a couple of weeks – don’t worry about why).

To his surprise, and chagrin, the conditions were met, and the meeting held.   A second spill was approved by vote, but only just, 44 to 40 I think, and lo and behold there were three candidates on the ticket.   They were Peter D (pushy, right wing, youngish ex policeman), Scott Morrison (“ScoMo”, middle-of-the-road, 50 years young) and Julie Bishop (62, vastly experienced Foreign Minister, known and respected by many colleagues around the world, Deputy Party Leader and in both positions for many years, middle-of-the road, described by some as “Turnbull in a skirt”).   The pundits mostly said JB should win, but that PD probably would, because she was another pesky woman.

So whaddyaknow?   ScoMo walked it, and another lad won the deputy leader job (JB didn’t stand for that, this time).

So Malcolm has resigned his commission to the G-G, and as soon as ScoMo gets sworn in (by the G-G), he’ll be head honcho.   Talk about revolving doors.  😎

Author: Bearsy

A Queensland Bear with attitude

28 thoughts on “Austrayia has another new PM”

  1. Janus – in your English, it’s something that you light your pipe with. Or, as Boadicea remarked, it’s what’s on the table after someone jogs your wine-glass (or what’s in the sea after a tanker loses a fair proportion of its oil).

    In Strine, it means something else. It’s what you have when others say they can do a better job than the incumbent does. All sorts of rules, winner takes all.

    Verstehen sie? 😎

  2. Janus, Bearsy could have been asking whether “they” (“sie”) understand, meaning all of us. And it’s “mein Herr”.

  3. Thank you Sheona – but I really should stick with languages that I fully understand, like French, Latin or Strine. I don’t know why I dropped into bad German in the first place – quel méchant vieux!

  4. MT was always a liability. He was a failure in the 1990s. He was a disaster as leader of the opposition after the Coalition’s spell in the political wilderness following the 2007 election. He was never a Liberal at heart. It was a marriage of convenience for him. He craved power and expected special treatment, something that the ALP were not prepared to give him. Some have accused Abbott of undermining him, that it was his fault that MT’s tenure was a calamity. I disagree. MT ousted a sitting MP and proceeded to try to remake the Liberal Party in his image, something that led to much of his party’s core support bleeding away. After Abbott called for a spill motion due to MT’s inept leadership as head of the opposition, MT spent his time trying to undermine him even though he was given a place on the cabinet as a sign of good will. Abbott, whatever his faults and failures — and there are many — did the work. He went to the meetings, he worked in the constituencies, he did the footwork. Turnbull didn’t. Perhaps Howard’s greatest error in judgement was asking him to stay on after he wanted to step down in 2010. Bishop is far too tainted. She was too many times the bridesmaid, but never the bride. She was at the centre of the chaos, a catalyst, even. She, like many on both sides in both Coalition parties, needs to go. Whatever her accomplishments, and I agree that there are many, she has made far too many enemies and has far too much baggage.

  5. Sheona: Meinen Sie? Can also be used and would be understood as “Do you think so”? “Sie” with the big s being the formal you. I’ve heard it used many times in Germany and have used it myself.

  6. Christopher:

    I would suggest that those totally uninterested in Ozzie politics read no further!

    Very good, succinct analysis.

    One political analyst, who I reckon to be pretty good, said that Turnbull’s biggest problem was that his colleagues never thought of him being “a Liberal at heart”… and, I suspect, neither did many voters. I have to say, he would have made a pretty poor Labour Rep – he really does not have a clue how the ‘other half’ live – let alone survive.

    I guess you probably, by now, understand that I had very little time for the man, his big grin (how I loathe pollies with big grins!) and the fact that he pushed his agenda into the public arena without checking whether his colleagues would follow. You are quite right – power and glory was what he craved… fortunately, not even the Liberals were prepared to give him ‘carte blanche’

    What amazes me is that no one seems to remember that he ousted two Leaders.

    It’s only Julie Bishop that’s called a ‘backstabber’. I guess women are expected to behave better than men! But, as one commentator asked – what has she actually ever stood for? Sure she did her job extremely well, but as to where she stands – no one really has a clue. And, of course, we are getting the “she was not elected because she was a woman.” Well very sorry, no one should get elected simply on the basis of their gender…

    And that’s why I would have voted for Dutton, who, incidentally, was our MP before we moved. We weren’t too sure about him – until we listened to what he was saying. Downright plain common sense.

    Interesting you should mention Abbot. A phone-in-poll asked people to rank their preferred PM: Dutton, Bishop or Morrison – and for good measure threw in Tony Abbot, who ended up way ahead: Dutton had approximately half the number of Tony’s votes – followed by Bishop and then Morrison. Even the bookies put Morrison last.

    Sure Abbot put his big foot in it – but I think he was seen as a man who was growing into the job – but also someone who said it as he saw it.

    As far as I’m concerned we now have the same horse – just a different jockey. Only Morrison is a member of the ‘Hillsong’ of Baulkham Hills – with a religious mindset that makes me wonder – look it up.

    I have no doubtthat Turnbull raised the spectre of another long-winded High Court decision regarding Dutton’s eligibility to sit in Parliament deliberately to scotch Dutton’s chances of being elected as PM. Even though Dutton had sought and got a ruling on the matter.

    Nor do I have any doubt that Turnbull encouraged Morrison to stand to ensure that his (Turnbull’s) policies would continue.

    Seems to me that when Turnbull knew he was out, he deliberately manipulated the outcome.

    Nonetheless, I cannot agree with the pundits who claim that all this nonsense has given Bill Shorten and the Labor Party a certain victory in the next election. I hope that our electorate is a bit savvy…

  7. For those who are interested, and to help to prove that I’m not a total klutz (Mercan-speak), the whole thing is actually rather more complicated. Christopher understands the full picture, but for the rest of youse –

    The two conditions MT placed in the way of a second spill were not in accordance with tradition. They were outrageous and shouldn’t have been accepted, but there wasn’t time to challenge them.

    Firstly, Spill motions are always anonymous votes, but MT demanded that a majority of party members (43) should openly sign the request for a second spill … so that the ‘guilty’ could be punished later if MT won, we assume.

    Secondly, the Solicitor-General had to provide a statement of Dutton’s eligibility to be a rep (an MP in pom-speak), due to recent accusations about his family finances breaching Section 44 (it would take a book to explain this and its connection to the last six months’ shemozzle about arcane dual citizenship interpretation, also within Section 44. I shan’t explain here!). It is not within the S-G’s remit – only the Supreme Court Judges can do that – but he did it anyway, with enough weasel-words to give him an escape clause.

    In the background like an invisible elephant, was dear old Tony Abbott, who was slung out of the PM job by MT, after he had previously slung MT out of the Party Leader’s job.

    And it goes on, with more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing. But I’ll leave it there, for now. 😎

  8. CDorset, Sheona was just correcting my ‘Herr’ – which had crept in from colliquial dansk. I was correcting Bearsy’s ‘sie’ which needed a capital S. Meine Meinung nach…

  9. Boadicea: You are, of course, correct. The Waffling Wanker of Wentworth knifed the hapless but well-meaning Brendan Nelson. It also surprised me that the Liberals would give him a go after his disastrous performance. Howard was an excellent PM, but he was in power for too long and it prevented new leaders from emerging, although political egos continued to grow. Likewise, I agree that Bishop’s failure to advance weren’t because she’s a woman. Morrison might be less divisive than the WWW, but he’s from the same wing of the Liberal Party. Bishop was too close to the WWW and she went down with that ship. If she has sense, she wouldn’t stand again for Curtin at the next election. Like Hockey or Beazley, a plum diplomatic posting or governorship would be a more dignified end to her career. After McGowan implodes by the next Western Australian state election, there might be an opening there… For some reason, Australian premiers tend to go a bit Bjelke-Petersen when they do well in an election. Well, except that it took Bjelke-Petersen years to get that up himself and corrupt.

    But I’m going on a tangent… The Liberals have failed to really decide what they’re about in their post-Howard years. The centrist faction have won the day for now — just. The question is if Morrison can get the party to live with itself. Abbott is a good man and he, as you rightly said, was growing into his role but he was clumsy and made too many own-goals and he alienated the centrist wing. The WWW was even worse and estranged the party from at least half its voters. Even if he pursues a relatively similar set of policies, showing more respect to the conservative wing and ensuring that more of their concerns are addressed and implementing more conservative policies might just do the trick. After all, Rapey Bill is growing increasingly shrill and Labour-left are calling the shots. Their mismanagement of Victoria has been astounding. Disenchantment with the Coalition doesn’t necessarily mean that people want a Daniel Andrews ministry writ federal. That said, Pentecostals are a bit mad!

  10. Christopher:

    Thanks for your response.

    I’m sure you are aware that the last signature on the ‘petition’ to oust WWW (what a wonderful acronym!) was one Warren Entsch – who added the following “For Brendan Nelson”… clearly not all pollies have short memories. Good.

    And I’m sure you are also aware that Julie is being touted as the next G-G. But not if Bill Shorten has anything to do with it. She might be better than the appalling Quentin Bryce, Shorten’s mother-in-law. But Julie, too, has an expensive taste in clothes…

    I really despair of the system, whereby a whole mob of people jump on the political wagon, proclaiming to want to “Serve” and end up with a mass of money and privileges. Bring back the days of the 1300s when people paid to avoid being called to Parliament…

    As for Australian premiers tending to go a bit ‘Bjelke-Petersen when they do well in an election’ – as far as I’m concerned all Premiers, PMs and the like all around the world get an “I’m God’ complex after a few times in office. The only thing I like about the US political system is that they call a halt after two terms.

    But, I’m also digressing!

    Ozzies are so damn proud that Australia is a ‘classless’ society they really haven’t faced the fact that it is just as riddled with class distinctions as anywhere else – but don’t try to disillusion them! And WWW and his wretched wife, Lucy, clearly live in a world far removed from the rest of us.

    I don’t know much about Morrison, other than his religious affiliations, and that neither he or his wife are from the upper echelons of Ozzie society. That can be no bad thing.

    From what I have seen so far, Morrison is trying to include people from the wide spectrum of Liberal beliefs. Let’s hope that he has the ability to ensure that they will make compromises.

    I’m keeping an open opinion on Morrison.

    ‘Rapey Bill’, as you so aptly call him, and his far left, are becoming increasingly shrill and insistent, and the darn Greens seem to have no idea that their policies will push our fuel bills to an even more un-affordable level.

    I am really hoping that my faith in the basic common sense of Ozzies will not vote in a Labor Government that will run the country into debt and take in more migrants that our present infrastructure and services can accomodate.

    Ever the optimist – Boadicea!

    P.S. Have you thought about being a Foreign Affairs Correspondent for a newspaper or the like? You have an amazing understanding of what is actually going on.

  11. Boadicea: It’s very much like Canada or the USA. There might not be the inherited titles or prestige tied to certain names, but there is certainly a class system and a tendency of those in certain circles to have absolutely no clue how the country functions outside their small networks. The socio-political divisions are also relatively similar. Inner-city Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide have completely different priorities than the suburbs and rural areas. These inner-city regions are also where the likes of the WWW, Rapey Bill, etc. live. They have more in common with people living in Big Sur or Georgetown than they do with people living 5o miles away. They do not face the consequences of their bad decisions or bad policies for the simple reason that they have too much money and have access to the best solicitors with the profoundest knowledge of loop-holes.

    What’s most worrying is Rapey Bill’s embrace of identity politics and critical theory. While I very much doubt that there’s any amount of sincerity, both have proven damaging in the USA and UK. Justin Trudeau embraced them in Canada and it’s caused a great deal of damage and friction. I know there has been some of it for some time, back to Blainey and the Black Armband/Three Cheers fracas, but the last thing that Australia needs is intense, race-and-class-based factionalism encouraged by the government at all times. The ALP-Left are growing increasingly arrogant and certain of their right to the majority at the next election. They’re not even pretending to be reasonably any more, nor are the Greens. It’s almost as annoying as Labour here. What is interesting is that despite the Coalition’s travails, like the Conservatives here, there hasn’t been a massive surge in support for the opposition. One of my mates, an Auckland resident, went to Australia recently. He told me that infrastructure is such as mess in Sydney that even Auckland compares favourably — and Auckland has infamously terrible infrastructure.

  12. Wow. Just wow.

    This is what the Chariot should be all about, in my opinion.

    I’ve been leaping all around this post and the 20 (20!) extant comments thereon. Picking and choosing, ducking and diving, toing and froing, Googling and doing the Wiki thing*. Just, generally enjoying myself.

    In no particular order. Oy vey, Bearsy! You use ‘Klutz’ and ‘shemozzle’ in the same post. Then you claim not to be able to communicate effectively in any languages other than French, Latin or Strine. May you be forgiven

    For me, it’s good to see a fellow goy Yiddishing away. I acquired my smattering from the novels of Harry Kemelman, Isaac Asimov, and Damon Runyon.** Moving on, have you ever listened to Tom Jones singing ‘My Yiddishe Mama’? We’re talking slightly surreal.

    Haw, Sheona. I am sure that it is a given (sorry!) that Bearsy knows all about the dative case.

    CausT. Always a joy. Happy, as usual, to plunge myself into your erudition and gadfly through it. This time, you brought back happy memories of Joh and Flo. I doubt that I would ever have voted for him, had I been a Queenslander at the time, but I always enjoyed how far he got up the nose of my sanctimonious Aussie

    * An agreed Wiki present participle does not seem to have emerged. I personally find ‘Wiking’, ‘Wikiing’, and ‘Wikieing’ unsatisfactory.**

    ** Going a bit meshuga, Oxford comma-wise.

  13. Moving on, and hoping that Bearsy can tidy this all up.

    I was in mid flow when something glitched. After ‘sanctimonious Aussie’, please insert ‘brother-in-law.

    I intended to end by thanking Boadicea for inviting us to look up the ‘Hillsong’ church of Baulkham Hills. I have done this and am still just a wee bit traumatised. As a libertarian, I always struggle a wee bit with social conservatism.

  14. Bore da JM (just to add another language),

    Nice to see you, to see you, nice! I may have mentioned it before, but if I have, blame it on a senior’s moment. My best friend in the VIth form was a reform Jew. His mother didn’t look like Maureen Lipman, but she had a similarly wonderful character. I learnt one hell of a lot from that family and many years later in another country my son formed an equally fascinating relationship with my mate’s son (who, incidentally, took the video of my marriage to Boadicea).

    So don’t be surprised at the odd Yiddishism (?) or two. 😎

  15. JM, ’twas I, not Bearsy, to whom Sheona pointed out the German dative. Albeit I have not discovered why.

  16. Oh, I see!! Thank you, Sheona. Unlike my Latin, I learnt very little German from a grammar book.

  17. Sorry to be picky, Janus. Bad grammar infuriates me. I’ve just discovered this illiterate placard in French. It’s very common in French newspapers, presumably because the journalist phones in the copy to quasi-illiterate subs. Still it’s good to know it’s not just British education that is reaching new depths, innit?

  18. Even more bad grammar! Article in today’s Sunday times about the death of Britain’s oldest woman, by one Nicky Harley. Headline -UK’s oldest women dies at 113.

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