TONY'S BOYS JOIN THIS LOONY LOT
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.
Nationals Senators Ron Boswell, Barry O’Sullivan and John Williams may have detonated more of Tony Abbott’s arsenal than they realise by declaring they will cross the floor to defeat his Paid Parental Leave scheme.
Abbott could have used his PPL as a bargaining chip to get his suite of other more sane measures through the Senate. Nat Senators have now destroyed that possibility by suggesting they will cross the floor anyway.
Abbott’s PPL scheme was a silly over-the-top policy designed solely to gazump Labor’s appeal to women.
Its intention was patently clear, productivity negative and anathema to everything else his budget aims to achieve. It was doomed to fail.
An Independent, David Leyonhjelm, who misleadingly used the title "Liberal" on his ticket, is now suggesting the co payment may be reduced down from $7 and that shows just how out of touch the new Senate is.
The current $7 ($2 for the GP and $5 for the medical research future fund) was already mostly usurped by administration costs anyway.
Any further reduction would place it in Labor’s category of a mining tax that doesn’t actually raise any money.
Ricky Muir’s performance, as a Clive recruit, clearly indicates the quality of Senators we can look forward to under the current voting system of preference manipulation, and both major Parties should put a stop to it.
But there is no excuse for the Coalition’s Nats Senators to pull the rug from under their leader as soon as he leaves the Country.
It’s hard enough to deal with intelligence-deprived Greens and a chaotic Clive without your own Party joining them.
They have just destroyed part of Abbott’s opening gambit when he sits down to deal with this aberrant lot of misfits.