‘TONY ABBOTT SAYS A CAPTAIN SHOULD KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO’
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
It was Tony Abbott’s lack of support for Bronwyn Bishop that made her position as Speaker untenable. I and most other commentators agreed she had no choice other than to resign. Once your leader fails to support you there’s nowhere to hide, it’s an automatic death sentence.
The damaging shit fight that has ensued need not have happened had Abbott stood his ground like a man in charge.
It would have taken no more than a quick phone call to Shorten telling him to call off the dogs or all hell would break loose over either side’s outrageous expenses claims... sending him copies of his Front Bench cheat sheets.
Instead Abbott hid behind a rock for over a week hoping the Bronwyn thing would blow over.
Abbott could have confronted the Bronwyn chopper trip immediately and called for an inquiry into the entire Parliamentary system of legal entitlements. At the same time he could have defended her in the same way as Shorten is now defending Tony Burke.
With both sides of Parliament calling for an immediate inquiry and refusing to pre-empt the eventual findings of an inquiry by commenting, the wind would have disappeared from media’s sails.
When both sides agree that there is no story it’s hard to sustain the story, there is no-one to quote!
Yes, of course Labor’s Speaker, Anna Bourke was equally biased in protecting Julia Gillard and her Front Bench from acerbic Opposition attacks, that was obvious, but the rift between Bronwyn Bishop and Tony Burke was a personal one that demanded loss of blood.
Either Burke is a demented fool or he was fully prepared to lose an equal amount of blood. The former being more likely.
The truth is that Shorten and Abbott had shat themselves and taken to the hills in an attempt to limit personal damage while accepting there would be collateral damage to their respective Parties and close friends. Damned cowards! All good political friends are dispensable.
Tony Burke should now join Bronwyn in oblivion, his lack of probity is far worse than hers.
She didn’t take her kids on first class holidays to Uluru on the pretext of needing to shake hands with an Aborigine. She didn’t get a young staff member into the cot by taking him on a first class European tour. No, she hired a helicopter because she had no other way to get to that Geelong fundraiser in time.
Absurd? Yes of course it is. But it’s within the rules, as were Tony Burke’s taxpayer funded dirty weekends and an extended tour of European tourist spots... it’s the system that’s wrong!
Abbott’s handling of this debacle has cost him and a close friend in Bronwyn Bishop dearly, and his blustering over an inquiry concerning “community expectations” is all bullshit and all too late!
The damage has been done with a lot more to come.
Abbott’s February renaissance has run out of steam, as has Australia’s cricket captain, so the captain must fall on his sword to allow someone new to regather in time for the next Ashes series.
It is Abbott who is making Shorten look acceptable, and that takes some doing.
The new Speaker should not be a Party appointment... there are plenty of old retired judges out there playing with their wrinkly unemployed dongers who would jump at it.