OAKES IS BLIND TO BRONWYN'S SPRING SESSION
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.
Laurie Oakes is adamant that the Speaker will stay. “Tony Abbott is the love child of John Howard and Bronwyn Bishop”, he claims, and he could be right about that. But he is wrong about her staying on as Speaker of the House. In all probability Ms Bishop will need to fall on her own sword before Parliament returns for the Spring Session. This is not going away.
She can ably defend herself while Parliament is in recess but her position in the Chair is now in the hands of the Opposition and the Opposition has never wanted anything as much as it wants the scalp of Bronwyn Bishop.
And fair dinkum, as much as you might like the old duck, she has brought this on herself.
It’s not really about helicopter trips, nor is it about limousines, it’s about a perception of bipartisanship that has been destroyed by her attendance at Party Room meetings and fundraisers.
They all use “cheat sheets” and “swindle dockets” to push the expenses envelope and it’s outrageous that current rules allow it to occur on both sides to the dismay of an angry electorate.
Harry Jenkins suffered withdrawal symptoms when he was asked to separate himself from Labor Party political matters as Speaker, but he had the common sense to understand the necessity.
Bronwyn ignored advice and continued to waddle through both worlds leaving every decision she made to be seen through the prism of bias.
"Bronwyn bias" is not a difficult accusation to make. Opposition MPs were ejected 361 times under Section 94A of Standing Orders. Government MPs have been ejected only six times.
Okay, let’s be honest, the Opposition has asked for it. It has been an uncontrollable rabble during Question Time but, if Essendon had to supply from its team an umpire for a game against Collingwood and that umpire gave 361 free kicks to Essendon and only six to Collingwood, the Pies would have dislodged the goal posts and set about wrecking the MCG.
That wrecking-ball option is now available to the Opposition.
After some heavy drinking sessions at the upcoming ALP National Conference someone will come up with a plan to kill Bronny. And really, it’s a simple one... force her hand!
Force her, through un-parliamentary language and helicopter imitations of “woof woof”, to expel the entire front Bench. If she does, Parliament becomes unviable... if she doesn’t, then her position becomes unviable.
Either way Bronny has opened the Chair to ridicule and, despite being a lovely old duck, she is a dead one.
She should go now and avoid the ignominy, for both her, the Government and the Parliament. But being Bronny I guess she will try to tough it out.