The Pickering Post
Monday, 22nd October 2018

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Larry Pickering

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.


The ABC and Fairfax, in a relentless barrage of misinformation, outright lies and an incandescent hatred of Tony Abbott, are throwing everything bar the kitchen sink at wresting the pivotal seat of Canning from the Coalition. They believe if Canning goes, so too does Abbott, but does Shorten really want him gone as much as media’s Left does?

Never has there been such a concerted attempt by media’s Left to unseat a Prime Minister whose Party was recently elected with a record majority. Even the catastrophic Whitlam, Rudd and Gillard were always under Fairfax and the ABC’s witness protection program.

Surely no-one would put Abbott in the class of those three, so what to do when such an unrelenting and ferociously vindictive attack occurs from the Left media? Well, there are only two choices: Confront it with an even greater ferocity, defund the ABC and discredit the dying Fairfax, kill it off and then bury it. But that’s an almost impossible task.

And unfortunately Abbott is reluctant to return fire on anything so he will be further personally degraded by these fetid and foul means until the next election where the Coalition as a whole will suffer a massive loss of seats.

Once the Left media makes up its mind there is usually no escape and 80 percent of the media is of the Left persuasion, it always has been, but never have I seen such a demonstrable hatred of a Prime Minister.

The other option is to remove the target.

But it’s pointless removing Abbott without being able to govern effectively with his replacement, who really ought to be Morrison (I took 12/1 about him leading the Coalition to the next election a year ago).

But to change to Morrison and leave him struggling with the same set of circumstances that’s killing Abbott would be crazy! There is now a small window of opportunity to largely rid the Senate of the Green and Independent rabble that Shorten utilises to prevent the Government from governing.

It is democratically inconceivable to everyone, except Fairfax and the ABC, that a Government that swept to power with a record breaking majority is prevented from passing its own remedial legislation.

The Chinese Free Trade Agreement that Shorten is refusing to pass, along with a dozen other significant pieces of legislation that would assist Australia to recover from six years of Labor recklessness, is symptomatic of Shortens clear intentions.

The cruel political facts are these; Abbott is unable to govern, he cannot now survive and it has nothing to do with whether he’s a good bloke or not, it’s just the way it is, and a Morrison Cabinet must not be put in the same invidious position by Shorten who is being cheered on wildly by the ABC and Fairfax.

A certain election win awaits the Coalition if it utilises all the available triggers for a Double Dissolution. Not just one, but all.

The required three months period after the Senate has first rejected legislation has already elapsed. A second rejection of all or even one of those Bills allows the Government to ask the Governor General to call a double dissolution election. But ALL Bills must be presented a second time, just as Whitlam did.

Okay, when the Senate sits again in one week’s time that can be done and, after a trip to Government House, no further Bills can be passed and every seat in both Houses will be vacated for a fresh early election under the Coalition's terms.

Never has there been a better election story for the Coalition to tell the electorate. Voters have proved conclusively sympathetic when the government they elected is prevented from governing.

Voters even re-elected a Whitlam Government (albeit with a reduced majority) because they felt their vote mattered, despite clearly believing the Whitlam mob was hopeless, before eventually kicking them out. It’s an Australian “fair go” thing.

But the Coalition must get the message right.

In a Double Dissolution election the Coalition can throw in the dodgy “marriage equality” plebiscite and an Aboriginal recognition referendum, both of which will fail. A referendum on reforming the Senate must be held separately and at another time.

The China FTA will prove a great story for the Coalition although it cannot be part of the current rejected bundle of Bills. Dyson Heydon will be finalising his report and he will recommend more charges be laid and yet another lot of Shorten’s mates will be joining former ALP President, Michael Williamson and Eddie Obeid, in the slammer... not a good look for the hustings

This move will prove the ugliest of all perfect storms for Shorten and he will have thoroughly deserved it.

Section 57 of the Constitution also requires that, “...such dissolution shall not take place within six months before the date of the expiry of the House of Representatives by effluxion of time.” ... a condition easily met, as the “expiry date” would not fall until September next year... plenty of time.

It will also be harder for smaller parties like the depleted PUPS to win Senate seats in a Double Dissolution election as the Senate proportional voting system requires that the quota for the election of each senator in each Australian State in a normal half-Senate election be 14.28% but in a full Senate election the quota is 7.69%.

But the lower quota may favour Independents, although the electorate will be a little more wary of idiot odd bods winning further Senate seats.

Bit complicated I know, but it works. With the lowered quota in Whitlam’s 1974 double dissolution election, the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) lost all five of its Senate seats.

When the joint sitting was held between the two chambers to pass Whitlam’s stalled Bills the ALP held 95 of the 187 seats, giving them a 3-seat majority. But it’s doubtful that Morrison would need a joint sitting... regardless, the recovery would be well underway and blooming before the 2019 election and Labor would have been confined to at least three terms of hibernation.

There are many more advantages for the incumbent Government in a Double Dissolution election. But the main problem will be when to hold it. Before Christmas is doubtful and people aren’t back from hols until February. Late February would still fit within the time restraints.

Bill Shorten’s plan from day one has been to gain the keys to The Lodge by dastardly means. He, like Gillard, has done a deal with the Greens to reject all remedial legislation in return for further billion dollar Green schemes after he kills Abbott at the next election.

The Greens have had clout well beyond their numbers.

Shorten’s intention is to stop the Abbott Government at all costs from repairing Gillard’s and Rudd’s mess. He will not even allow the budget deficit to be addressed. Why you ask? Well, it’s simple really.

He wants to face next year’s election with Abbott buckling under a greater debt, a greater deficit, higher unemployment, and lower balance of payments due to the mining collapse. Therefore he is using the Greens to reject every piece of legislation that will assist in getting the economy back on track.

Any Treasurer would find it hard if he is not given the books or the combination to the safe.

When Abbott complains, Shorten will say (as he already has), “Well, Julia Gillard dealt effectively with a hostile Senate, why can’t you?” This of course is an outright lie. Each of Gillard’s 600 dodgy pieces of legislation sailed through the Senate in a breeze as she had the numbers due to her official alliance with the Greens’ Bob Brown.

There is no comparison, but the wily Shorten knows the Abbott-hating bogans who will decide the next election will swallow it... and so far Shorten is on track.

Abbott is currently condemned to going through a meaningless phase of pretending everything is under control and improving when it most certainly is not. He has finally realised he cannot fix the mess and is lurching from one innocuous unfunded monetary policy to another.

A Double Dissolution is suddenly looking to be the only certain way for the Coalition to win a second term. Unfortunately it will not be possible with Tony Abbott at the helm, but is Abbott a big enough man to realise this? I doubt it, thus the Cabinet leaks and renewed backbench rumblings.

Abbott cannot continue to spiral down like this for much longer. Irreparable damage is being done to the fabric of the Coalition itself. There is already dissatisfaction within Cabinet and the Coalition needs to start supporting its conservative base or risk losing it.

The only way to destroy the despicable Shorten’s grand destructive plan is to go to the people with a brand new Cabinet of Scott Morrison’s choosing after having cleaned out an unrepresentative Senate.

Simply maintaining the status quo is not an option.


Just read 'stop turnbull'. Bloody Hell, this turd is Keating on steroids. Both absolute psychopaths who will destroy everything to get their own rocks off. Being of that 'tribe' their mental instability is notorious. Nothing is going to be too disgusting for him to carry out. I wonder if they BOTH adhere to Keynes' hidden philosophy?

Maybe Australia now has the PM it deserves a a glib gift of the gab conartist who has done zilch for the country during his years in federal parliament. Wouldn;t even do anything about the out of control ...ignoring its charter...and streaming an untrustworthy censored biased leftwing news and current affairs service....costing taxpayers over $1billion per annum. Turnbull was communication minister and did nothing about this costly national disgrace.

Spectator Australia this week and in particular David Flint and James Allan.

This is positively bizarre, thought my reality had slipped when I finally managed to get the site to come up with something a little newer. Hope they manage to fix whatever has gone awry

It is a common post here that a LNP Turnbull Government is preferable to a Shorten Labor Government. While that may be true in the short term, as the price Turnbull paid to the betrayers who voted for him was not to upset some of the Abbott instigated initiatives in the short term, it is certainly not true in the long term. With a Labor Government in power such as the late and unlamented Gillard and Rudd messes, there was always something to look forward to in the return of a conservative Government, such as when Abbott was Leader of the Opposition. Now there is no hope. We have a LNP Government led by a chardonnay socialist who is the darling of the lefty latte sippers, and whose beliefs are at least as far to the left as Shortens, and it is this LNP Government which will finish the job of destroying Australia started by Whitlam and continued by succeeding Prime Ministers with the exception of Howard and Abbott. It is not as if Turnbull is a cuckoo sneaked into the nest unbeknown to the LNP. They all knew what he is about, sadly Morrison and also Bishop, and that majority will support him as he introduces sharia law by stealth, unlimited immigration, Islamification, subservience to the UN, curtailment of freedom of speech, a republic probably with Triggs, Bishop or Fitzsimons as the first president and last but not least, incorporation of homosexual marriage into the Marriage Act. How can this be preferable to a Labor Government? Posted by the Flysa Political Institute

(Wow, with a heritage like this, no wonder they couldn't stand a decent person like Tony Abbott showing them up all the time.)
Turnbull’s primary parental influence appears to be his mother, Coral Lansbury. Coral was born in Melbourne in 1929, to two British stage actors who were touring Australia with the musical Show Boat and decided to stay.
She was an ardent feminist and a supporter of the Labor party.
Malcolm would later say that she was “certainly a Labor Party supporter…” and “no doubt a member”. Indeed, left-wing politics ran in the family. Coral’s great uncle was the radical leftist British Labour Party leader, George Lansbury, and Coral was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald [28th Dec, 1991] saying:
“Acting and politics are very close, and we Lansburys always seem to run to the stage or Labor politics.”
Whilst doing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, two of Coral’s closest friends were future Labor stalwarts Neville Wran and Lionel Murphy, and the thesis she wrote for her masters degree was titled “The Growth of Trade-Unionism in Australia”.
She soon became a scriptwriter & star actress for ABC radio soap operas, which were extremely popular before the television era. “She was a prolific writer,” Malcolm recounts. “In the 1950s, she was writing four radio serials at once.” Her writing included what she called “crypto-feminist” themes.
In 1953, at the age of 23, Coral did something disturbing. On a whim, she married her own godfather, a man 40 years her senior. How did this happen? A 1986 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer tells the story:
A violent quarrel with her mother sent her flying out of the house with the threat, “I’m going to marry the first man who asks me.” On her arrival at the [ABC] studio, she ran into her godfather, a producer, who had the habit of greeting her jokingly with, “When are you going to marry me?” That day, he followed his usual routine and was rocked back on his heels when Coral answered, “Tomorrow.”
Perhaps even more disturbing was that her godfather – the well-known ABC radio producer and pioneer George Edwards – went through with it, and they were quickly married in a government registry office on the 20th February, 1953. Coral was George’s fourth wife.
The marriage though, was never consummated. Literally the day after they registered the marriage, Edwards, he fell suddenly and seriously ill, and was admitted to hospital. He soon fully recovered, but a few months later he again fell suddenly ill, and died on the 28th of August, 1953.
coralBy January 1954, Coral had hooked-up with a Bondi beach lifesaver and sportsman named Bruce Turnbull, whom she called the “handsomest man in Sydney”. She falls pregnant and Malcolm is born in October, to the unmarried couple, who are living together in a luxury house owned by Coral, on Sydney’s north shore. The child compels them to marry, but they divorce 8 years later, and Coral goes on to an academic career in the United States.
Coral said Malcolm was “the only good thing that came out of that marriage” and Malcolm’s wife, Lucy Hughes, would later say: “He was extremely close and attached to his mother when he was a little boy."Young Malcolm Fights for “Progressive” Govt
July, 1971 – A young Turnbull attacks the Liberal Party in a piece for the Sydney Grammar School newsletter, The Sydneian. Turnbull said the party was full of “men averse to change of any sort – men whose interests lie solely in the system as it is”. He said the Liberal approach was “hardly the material needed for a progressive government, which is what Australia as a nation needs above all else”, as he called for higher taxes on the rich. “Twenty years have seen many changes in Australia and the world, but few in the Liberal Party,” he said.
1973 – Turnbull, now a young University of Sydney Arts & Law student, is fascinated by Jack Lang, the former Labor Premier of NSW. Journalist Annabel Crabb writes:
“During his first year at university Turnbull regularly took a tape recorder and toiled up to the little Nithsdale Street office where Lang published his newspaper, the Century, until well into his tenth decade…Bizarrely enough, Turnbull was planning to write a musical about Lang, in collaboration with the leftist writer, Bob Ellis…. The musical was to have been called ‘Lang is Right!’”
Indeed Ellis says Lang was Turnbull’s “hero”:
“I knew him first when he was eighteen, ardent, ambitious and old beyond his years, and I began to co-write with him a musical play on his hero Jack Lang, called I think ‘Lang Is Right!’”
1974 – Writing in the University of Sydney student newspaper, Turnbull praises the Labor Party as a “wealth of opinion and class”, and attacks the former Menzies Government as having merely “warmed the treasury benches” for 23 years.1975 – Whilst at university, Turnbull works as a writer for the left-wing newspaper, The Nation Review. His fellow contributors included leftists like Bob Ellis, Germaine Greer, Phillip Adams, Michael Leunig and Mungo MacCallum. One senior writer, John Hepworth, was investigated by ASIO for being a communist sympathizer.
This was a newspaper so radical that it put John Howard on the front cover with the headline “This Man Rapes Housewives”. The Whitlam Labor Government even considered funding the newspaper when it got into financial trouble.
1976 – Despite his leftist ideology, Turnbull shows a willingness to join whatever political party he thinks he can use as a vehicle for his agenda. He tells radio broadcaster David Dale that he wants to be Prime Minister by age 40. Dale asks “For which party?”, and Turnbull responds “It doesn’t matter”.
1977 – Turnbull is hired by The Bulletin magazine to write on legal issues and politics. Despite his youth and inexperience, he writes with such arrogance and irreverence towards judges he perceives as conservative, that he receives a chiding from Justice of the High Court, Sir Harry Gibbs. Turnbull proudly admits as much, saying:
“I wrote about politics and law for the most part and started a rather irreverent column about legal matters which regularly enraged the more conservative members of the legal profession.”
During this time, Turnbull became acquainted with barrister Michael Kirby, a leftist legal radical who was a protégé of Labor left stalwart Lionel Murphy. Indeed, Kirby had been appointed to his then post as chair of the Australian Law Reform Commission by Murphy. Another of Turnbull’s mentors in the legal profession was future High Court Justice, Michael McHugh. McHugh is so far to the left that he told students at Sydney University:
“My own social views are probably as radical as anyone in this room – maybe more so.”
McHugh’s wife Jeannette was a federal Labor MP and is now the Chair of the Jessie Street Trust, an organisation that celebrates a Stalin-loving communist and former Labor candidate named Jessie Street.
October, 1977 – Turnbull wins a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, with references from prominent leftists, including NSW Labor Premier Neville Wran; the radical judge, Michael Kirby; and NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice Laurence Street, the son of the communist activist, Stalin-admirer, and former Labor Party candidate, Jessie Street.
10th December, 1977 – Writing for The Bulletin in an article titled “Time for Sir Garfield to sail away”, Turnbull calls for the resignation of the Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Garfield Barwick, for being what Turnbull thinks is too politically conservative in his judgements. In the same article Turnbull expresses support for the infamous radical left-wing activist High Court “Justice”, Lionel Murphy, a Labor-appointee and former Attorney-General in the Whitlam Labor government.
7th February, 1978 – Turnbull, in an article titled “The Vicious World of Student Politics” for The Bulletin magazine, attacks a conservative Sydney University Student Representative Council member named Tony Abbott, saying:
“The leading light of the right-wingers in NSW is twenty-year-old Tony Abbott. He has written a number of articles on AUS [The Australian Union of Students] in the Australian [newspaper] and his press coverage has accordingly given him a stature his rather boisterous and immature rhetoric doesn’t really deserve… While he can win support from students because of the shocking state of affairs in AUS, he cannot take the next step because of his conservative moral views.”
10th January, 1979 – Writing in The Australian Women’s Weekly, Turnbull heaps praise upon the left-wing feminist, Arianna Stassinopolous, the woman we know today as Arianna Huffington, the founder, President & Editor-in-Chief of the infamous left-wing propaganda website, The Huffington Post.
The article quotes Arianna attacking Christianity and opposing the traditional family structure, with Turnbull following up by saying “It is hard to disagree with Arianna’s personal philosophy.”
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Peta Credlin and "her"staff still haven't vacated the PMO office - and don't expect to do so until Saturday, some 5 days after TA ceased to be PM. Apparently Abbott has left, but his staff (who were his in name only) are still there. Malcolm Turnbull can't get access to the Prime Minister's diary, so doesn't know if commitments have been made that he should honour.

Was TA bonking Credlin?

(Written by Howard Sattler)

Australian politics is a dirty, filthy, back-stabbing game.
Its latest victim, Coalition Prime Minister Tony Abbott, had that rammed home this week when 54 Liberal colleagues sacked him at a hastily convened late night party meeting in Canberra.
It didn’t matter to them that he had given the job his all since he led his team to a comprehensive win over an equally divided Labor government only two years ago.
He had earned the right to boast that he had ultimately issued the orders that brought people smuggling to an end, had killed the insidious carbon and mining taxes, locked in lucrative free- trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea and made significant in-roads into repaying the horrendous debts racked up by Labor during its six years in government.
Ultimately politics is all about winning and with the prospect of losing the formerly safe seat of Canning at this weekend’s by-election and government at the Federal poll next year appearing more likely with the release 30 consecutive opinion polls, the number of panicky, disaffected Liberal MP’s began to burgeon,
By this week’s fateful meeting 54 had thrown their lot in behind Turnbull, three more than required to roll Abbott.
As deputy party leader, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had the unenviable task of relaying this information to her political boss who clearly had trouble comprehending his time was up.
Hence his decision to risk the embarrassment of defeat on the party room floor, which was confirmed by party officials around midnight Canberra time on Monday.
Despite hanging tough until this week as Abbott’s deputy Julie Bishop also jumped ship being resoundingly rewarded when she won a ballot for her 2IC role 70 votes to 30.
Almost immediately Turnbull’s elevation to the top job gave the Liberals a bounce in their public approval, specifically in the vital seat of Canning where a late night random poll gave their candidate a 10 percent lead over Labor in the primary poll.
None of what happened from the time Turnbull announced his leadership challenge has been good news for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
His reaction to the change of Prime Minister, feigning support for Abbott while attacking Turnbull, was breathtakingly hypocritical, coming from a political assassin with two PMs’ heads attached to his belt.
He is Labor’s latter day version of Jesus Christ’s disloyal disciple, Judas Iscariot.
Back stabbing Bill is well suited to his profession.
The question remains to be answered whether we voters want these kind self-centred individuals looking after our interests in Parliament.

Got an email from the Libs today and decided to unsubscribed from the email list. A box popped up with 'what is the reason' so with great satisfaction I stated the reason was the knifing by the party of the people's PM and that it was wrong to elevate someone because of his wealth compared to others (or words to that effect).

Everything seems to be mising from after 1 Sept until this article (Shorten's Plan to Hijack the Lodge etc) which is dated Friday 18 Sept 8.04am. Except that as I type, it's Thursday 17 Sept at 10.34pm. Masses of stuff has gone.

Andrew Bolt:-
The Nationals don’t trust the new leader of the Liberals at all. Nationals leader Warren Truss explains why he demanded Malcolm Turnbull sign a deal before backing him as Prime Minister - a deal promising funding for Nationals projects and guaranteeing no change to policies on global warming and gay marriage:
The Nationals obviously were concerned that we’d had policy disagreements with Malcolm Turnbull in the past, and we wanted to be sure that any new relationship was built on a firm footing, and that we could with confidence support him as the new leader of the Coalition in the knowledge that the policy of the Government would not radically change.,,
We wanted to be sure that the current policies that have been put in place in relation to carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes, and the targets that have been set for climate change action, would be honoured and that there would not be a revision of those sorts of issues… We felt it was necessary that those arrangements be sorted out by way of a side letter to the coalition agreement so that there was an adequate understanding between us that the policy in some of these key issues would be maintained.
We were very concerned about issues such as climate change, which I guess were the source of the disputes that led to the end of Malcolm Turnbull’s earlier leadership period, and those are important issues to us. But we were also looking for assurances about the infrastructure program, we were keen to know that the policies that had been established in relation to determining the future policy on same-sex marriage, that process giving the people a say would be followed. So a very substantial part of what’s in this side letter is in fact about cementing the existing policies so that they would be continued.

What's happened to your site Larry? Your topic talks about TA as PM but he is no longer PM. Also it is still Thursday 17 and the date is showing as Friday 18.

Anyone looking in Scott Morrison will be interviewed by Hadley tomorrow at 9.20am and not Monday.

Whats going on. Has Turnbull's secret police shut down the site already?