The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 21st March 2018

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... and it has nothing to do with the polls

Larry Pickering

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.


While the ABC and Fairfax goad Tony Abbott to call a double dissolution, the Greens are salivating at the very thought because they could spend the next six years with the balance of power. If Abbott did pull the DD trigger he would shoot himself and Labor in the foot.

Current polling is a reflection of understandable community anger at the budget, and not in any way an indication of how the electorate would vote. 

In fact if a DD election was called this year it’s almost certain the Coalition would be returned, albeit with a reduced majority. 

Labor would need to change leaders immediately to have any hope as the Royal Commission into unions rolls on taking serious bark off Shorten and his union mates.

Shorten’s claim that the Commission is a Liberal witch hunt rings hollow when you consider that each and every witness who is currently tearing strips off the ALP is a dyed-in-the-wool Labor true believer. Not a Conservative to be seen.

Replacing Shorten with another ex-unionist or Plibersek is unthinkable, so Labor is years from being election-prepared.

In a week or so Abbott can test the fresh Senate waters.The Carbon and Mining taxes will go and he will bargain his way through most of his other legislation, while the Greens smart over their newly won irrelevance.

But you can forget the Left’s background noise of a double dissolution because the real reason it won’t happen is that the Senate would finish up chock-a-block with even more micro mobs... and that’s a nightmare neither major Party wants.

The reason this would happen is that the quota of votes needed to secure a Senate seat is halved in a double dissolution election, ensuring every odd-ball with a single issue a greater chance of warming a red seat for at least three years and six years for those pulling the highest votes.

No, a double dissolution isn’t a possibility, despite ABC and Fairfax claims.


yea, thought that was a real good laugh too...enjoy lunch..

oh really, you should know by now that this little duck absolutely hates lies..

the police must have very little to do these days if they are advising PP'rs on what to post..

you brought this topic up when you accused PP'rs of harassing you on the phone...if you were letting the police handle things then why did you post about it?

feel free to pass this conversation on, ok by me...but the suggestion that i am making phone calls to you is offensive. you are a lying fool, simple as that..

even had ct404 asking if i was making late night phone calls, think its up to IE to set the record straight seeing that he posted the accusation on the main would anyone even get his number unless he gave it out?

ok, so was it male or female?

provocative questions based on assertions? wasn't it IE that posted this accusation in the first place without any evidence...he said he did not pick up the phone and that he did not know if it was male or much for the answering machine stuff he tried to say..

yes please, recall asking that same question. how did you know it was a PP'er did not even pick up the phone..

new day, same crap from smartgirl/ct...IE, you really are a hypocrite to suggest that its ok to engage in the above abuse along with ct/sg and yet complain about abuse...really!!

I'll be back?

The way I see it a quota for six is 14.285714`% of the vote or 1/7th and for twelve senators it would be 7.6923% or 1/13th but we could well find in a double dissolution the twelfth senator may be pronounced without having even reached a quota because of exhausted votes.

One would think at face value the quota to elect 12 senators per state instead of six would be halved but I think not quite halved but I stand to be corrected.

A double dissolution right now? Please no, if what happened in one instance a few years ago is an reason not to have one. A lunatic, mad but shrewd, named Mick Gallagher from around Hornsby (NSW) gained 0.06% first preferences at a Senate election but managed the preference flow so well that he nearly got elected Ever since then he has run around telling everyone how close he came - no mention of the first preference numbers, however. these days he plays journo on a local paper owned by a probable one time paramour and hangs out elsewhere as a member of the local council. as a senator he would have made Palmer's zanies look normal.

food time, drop in later to check out all the abuse that is sure to come..

very well said h20, ditto ditto ditto..

You should try comedy ct404/SG, you are a laugh a minute. About 3 months ago you stated you were a newbie and played the dumbarse. Now you are stating that Phoebe is your favourite poster and has been for 2 years. You are a Pickering crawler who lacks guts. You use your dumb act and oh so many names so you can abuse and say what you like and hope no one is the wiser. The othrt idiot oh really is the same.

And poor pathetic Ignoramus Elder, ....... 'had it not been for ct404 sticking up for me, I probably would not be here now.' What a sook and a shit stirrer you are. You sit back a let these two two females with testicles say anything they like to others and all you do is bleat on about how hard done by your are. You keep threatening to leave this site, well why don't you? You won't be missed. You add nothing. You and your girls are the worst thing to happen to this site.

As you said Ignoramus, 'you lie with dogs you get fleas', well all I can say is the three of you must be mighty itchy.

er...... Would THAT make it a;

talk about expressions of hate geeez..

IE, try giving this advice to ct404 & oh really (scroll up)

Let it go, start again and do not post anything that will offend !