BUGGER, WHAT WAS I THINKING?
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.
An attempt to march the Queensland Government before a Senate inquiry is a blatant bid by Clive Palmer, assisted by the Greens and Labor, to settle old scores with Campbell Newman and in the process trash our Westminster system.
This is the real Clive all right, but his little plan will almost certainly backfire.
Christine Milne’s agreement is understood, she wants conservation issues resolved... but Bill Shorten? I guess he’s just proved there’s not a cigarette paper between his and Clive’s morals.
The Senate is part of the Federal Parliament all right, but it’s also a States’ House and the States rightly retain their sovereignty.
This half-arsed inquiry is cunningly set to end just before the Queensland State election in January next year, leaving Clive a pile of poo to throw at Newman on the hustings.
But what is certain to happen is that Campbell Newman will tell the Senate to go take a long walk off a short pier. The Senate will then have to apply to the High Court for a ruling which will drag out until after the election leaving Clive, the Greens and Labor looking like irresponsible, opportunistic wreckers of our Parliamentary process.
I think Clive has just handed Newman another healthy majority.