AN AMBITIOUS BISHOP
... and a naive Abbott
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.
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.
The meeting was at Peter Hendy’s joint in Queanbeyan. Hendy was the leader of the unsuccessful February back bench revolt against Abbott. Bishop knew his role and later admitted that, “I was aware Murray was attending at Peter Hendy's house.”
Hmmm. The urgency of the meeting was brought on because the Libs looked like holding the WA seat of Canning quite handily which would have made ousting Abbott impossible before the critical Paris Conference on Climate Change.
It would be unthinkable for her long-term bed partner, Murray Hansen, to attend such a meeting without Bishop’s complete agreement and encouragement. It would be even more unthinkable that he would not have immediately relayed the exciting news of the numbers to her.
Her relationship with Hansen was the worst kept secret inside the beltway. Bishop had other Canberran dalliances but the one with Hansen was notable in that it gave total credence to the belief that Bishop had to be fully aware of the secret meeting and that sufficient numbers had been arranged to dump Abbott.
The fact is that the ideologically Left and devoted UN global warmist, Ms Bishop, had been plotting against her boss for 18 months but could not afford to be seen in that role.
It reached a crescendo when Joe Hockey slashed her foreign aid budget and it became even worse when Abbott forbade her to attend the Peru Climate Conference. In a wild rage she took the matter to a full Cabinet meeting, openly undermining her boss, and had his decision reversed.
Abbott then sent Andrew Robb to accompany her in Peru and report back to him exactly what the loose cannon, Ms Bishop, was up to. This move was reportedly suggested and arranged for by Peta Credlin, so a fizzure of feral hatred had now been established between Bishop, Hockey and Abbott, who were both unerringly supported by Credlin.
Now I have no interest in the oestrogenic flushes of Ms Bishop, but this is a case of treachery at the highest level as she openly displayed her latest male friend Mr Wonderful (David Panton) with his own UN seat next to hers, see http://pickeringpost.com/story/a-un-seat-for-bishop-s-new-beau/5389.
The cattiness of Ms Bishop was also on display on the Monday following the hurriedly convened Queanbeyan meeting. She of course had informed her long-time pal, Malcolm Turnbull, that he was about to become the Prime Minister but she threw protocol to the wind and bounced into Abbott’s office to tell both he and Credlin to pack their stuff.
Even the treacherous PM elect, Gillard, had personally informed Rudd that he was gone to Gowings and it was entirely proper and decent that in this case PM elect, Turnbull, should have extended the same courtesy to the about-to-be-ousted Abbott.
But Ms Bishop could hardly contain her excitement... she insisted on delivering the news herself. Her explanation? “As deputy leader I was quite rightly the eyes and ears of my Prime Minister, it was my duty to inform him.”
And if you believe that, then you’ll believe that an over-heated planet can be saved with UN pixies flogging carbon credits.