KILLING TURNBULL QUIETLY
... in a bloodless dismissal
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.
Okay, even if the Coalition gets a 76/74 seat majority it will be an unworkable Parliament. The reason is that the Government is required to supply a Speaker leaving a 75/74 seat precarious count.
It shouldn’t be too hard to get a Speaker from the cross benches and if that person has a rudimentary understanding of Standing Orders he/she will become the second most important person in Government with a huge salary to match and a self contained flat within the House, plus a host of benefits that don’t include an unauthorised chopper ride.
That’s achievable, but the many tied votes prevailing on the Floor are broken by a casting vote of this new Speaker and the Government has no idea how he/she will vote, or indeed abstain. It’s an impossible way to govern amid calls for a new election.
So there I was this morning sitting on the dunny trying to snap one off when it suddenly dawned on me! We don’t need a new election. We can keep the same speaker and be rid of Turnbull at the same time without a Party Room bloodbath!
Now stay with me here. Party Wets assured us that the angry Conservative Dries, still smarting over the ruthless first-term killing of Abbott, would return to the fold come election time. Well, that clearly hasn’t happened and there are still clouds of white hot anger wafting over the back and front bench.
Okay, so let’s say the Coalition gets a wafer thin majority of seats after counting this week. The Nats should have their 16 seats resulting in a one or two seat majority on the Floor with a Speaker yet to be elected.
From memory there were 44 Libs who voted to keep Abbott in Office last year and 54 who wanted him replaced with Turnbull, so it needed only a marginal 6 Party members to change their minds and Abbott would still be PM and not worrying about a slim majority.
So if the still-incensed anti Turnbull Liberal Party members resigned from the Liberal Party today, (including, but not necessarily, Abbott) and signed up with the 16 member National Party, the Coalition would be rid of Turnbull without any nervous Nellie having to tap him on the Shoulder.
Erica Betz livid over the bloody Turnbull coup
The Nats would hold the Coalition majority of 60 to the Libs’ 30, with a Coalition Senate bloc of 38 or 39 Members.
Brilliant, but Barnaby Joyce would be PM. Dammit...there is always a snag, but anything would be better than Turnbull or Shorten.The Libs would be locked out of the Nats’ Party room that decides whether Barnaby remains the PM or not. But whoever triumphs, including the possibility of, but not necessarily, an invitation to Abbott, gets to select a much needed, brand new front bench with Turnbull back in Communications or sulking on the back bench.
Barnaby following a constructive discussion with Tony Windsor
There is nothing to prevent Parliamentarians changing Parties, it has happened often, and in this case the deserters can easily change back to the Libs in future if it suits. It would be an effective "performance guarantee" on a PM that killed a sitting PM only to lead the Party to a near-loss election.
Treacherous PMs like Turnbull and his close supporters would be permanently kept on their toes and the public would have no qualms over the tactic whatsoever.
In fact this swapsies business could become a legitimate part of pre-election strategy when it gets a little too close for Coalition comfort because of an ineffective, traitorous PM.
No big deal, after all, 66 Party Leaders so far have been replaced in Australia in the past 13 years!
But can changing Leaders bloodlessly be that easy, or do I have my hand on it... again?