SHORTEN HAS GILLARD-STYLE JUDGMENT
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.
Bill Shorten has many deficiencies but his political prowess proves more than woefully wanting when it comes to his objection to a Royal Commission into union corruption.
It’s an appallingly short-sighted tactic that will only damage the Labor brand further, later.
Firstly, it looks bad to object to the disclosure of many clear cases of union corruption.
Secondly, the RC will go ahead anyway so he should instead be preparing how best to handle its future findings rather than stridently insisting it not go ahead.
When the stench of union graft and corruption is progressively unearthed, as it will be, and numerous charges are laid during this year, Bill Shorten had better find somewhere to hide during Question Time.
“No wonder Bill didn’t want a Royal Commission!”, will be screeched from the Government Benches. “By the way, Madam Speaker, where is Bill... surely he’s not still in the toilet?”
Bill declares an RC a waste of money! Crumbs, Bill, you’re apt to call for a Royal Commission into everything from meat pies to the price of bras! So what’s wrong with finding out how your unions have ripped off millions of their members hard-earned?
Bill is much more comfortable playing the role of union thug and he is continually found deficient when it comes to Parliamentary performance. Labor Members can be seen wringing their hands in despair.
The stance he has taken on the carbon tax is equally stupid, as the tax will be abolished after July 1 anyway and Labor at the next election will then be faced with the accusation of intending to reimpose it, simply because they acted to keep it, despite Labor saying it was dead and buried before the last election!
But that’s our Bill, and he's certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed.
In contrast, Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott said they would stop the boats and they have done exactly that, much to Labor's and the Greens’ chagrin.
But the Libs' judgment at times can also be deficient. Scott Morrison made a tactical error in issuing a Press Release at 8.40 pm on Saturday. That's exactly the time to dodge the evening newscasts and the Sunday papers.
The question then predictably arose as to when exactly Morrison was informed that the riot on Manus Island occurred inside the compound.
The fact that it happened inside the facility was potentially explosive despite footage clearly showing inmates rioting using chairs as shields and chucking rocks at “someone”.
Had Morrison instead called yet another Press conference at 8.40 pm on Saturday to clarify where the riot had occurred it would have been his sixth conference update on the fluid accounts and he would have been addressing three or four accepting snotty-nosed reporters on overtime.
The most important update on Manus Island was the only update he did not call a Press conference for.
A Press release appeared a cop-out and begged the question of when he knew.
Hmmm, could have been handled better and avoided silly Milne demands for his resignation.