Bill Shorten is still kicking old blokes when they’re down... some innocent poor bastards who like an occasional smoke, like myself, need to pay $55 for 50g of tobacco worth around 30 cents. (My damned tobacco plants got eaten by insects.)
New Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, was originally the recipient of a Senate casual vacancy and was Minister for Human Services in the Abbott Government from 18 September 2013. She even had a stint at Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08. But the Defence portfolio? What was Turnbull thinking?
Justice Minister Michael Keenan, in a fit of blissful ignorance this morning, said he took no notice of minority groups who demonstrated against Islamic immigration. They are fringe groups and are not representative of mainstream public opinion. Hmmm, it appears Mr Keenan is in for a surprise come next election.
I’ve worked out how to stop these terrible terrorist people who live in al-Raqqa. Bombing them just spreads them out everywhere, so could you please tell Mr Obama to stop all this silly bombing... oh hang on, you better tell Mr Putin, he seems to be running things now. This is my really good plan, Mr Turnbull:
Of course, by then it will be too late, they will already be legitimate citizens, they cannot be deported and their siblings’ teddy bears will all have their heads missing too!
In an expected development Malcolm Turnbull has joined with Obama to claim the ISIS crisis does not warrant ground troops, it can only be solved politically and that, despite recent incidents, it’s “xenophobic” and disgustingly Abbott-like to prefer Christian to Muslim refugees. Thank Christ Putin is ignoring them both.
While Ed Husic looks somewhat confused, Bill Shorten says this new Islamic Party will drive a wedge between Muslim and Australian communities and that there is no room for “religious” denominations in the Parliament.
Every new national leader needs to be photographed with the Commander in Chief of the Free World, but I detected a certain lack of confidence in our Malcolm Turnbull this morning as he nervously stumbled over the meaningless, obligatory platitudes we are all used to.
Without accompanying ground troops, the only bombs that ever persuaded an enemy to concede defeat were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those type of bombs will not fall on Syria or Iraq and Vladimir Putin should explain that to Barack Obama.
Normally it’s nice to be proven right. I feel no sense of satisfaction however, seeing the horrific images of murder and mayhem in Paris. I feel no urge to say “I told you so.” It just makes me sick to my stomach. Sick because it doesn’t have to be this way.
Julie Bishop’s Chief of Staff, Murray Hansen, attended a secret meeting of conspirators intent on unseating Tony Abbott. Bishop says she was not aware of the outcome of the meeting and that she only knew of the numbers on the Monday morning, numbers that were now stacked against her boss. Bishop told a fib.