The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 24th 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.


When Julia Gillard needed the support of crossbenchers she ran around like a blowfly in a strange shithouse, cornering and cajoling everyone who would listen. As PM she was then able to get no fewer than 560 pieces of legislation through both Houses. Tony Abbott has led from the back, sitting on his hands, and leaving the cajoling to relevant Ministers.

He is losing sleep as well as hair. He is stressed and appears to have lost weight. Leadership always takes a high toll and in Abbott’s case it’s been a very long 18 months, it has been more difficult than he expected and neither the media nor his Party has warmed to him, in fact the media still despises him to the same extent that they adored Gillard.

That’s the way it is and, whether he is a good bloke or not, nothing will change. He is a sitting duck for the ABC and Fairfax who will always hold him responsible for killing their beloved Julia.

Bill Shorten needs to do nothing. He can sit quietly preening himself for the top job while Abbott self-destructs, scrambling for an acceptable persona under the weight of media bias and dissatisfaction within his own Party.

Shorten’s current polling figures are entirely a reflection of Abbott’s unpopularity.

The overnight switch from a “budget emergency” to “an acceptable level of debt” was astonishing in that it defied every economic forecast and discredited 18 months of the Government’s grandstanding determination to bring the budget back to surplus.

So why Abbott’s outrageous claim that the Government has done well in getting the budget back on track? (Should be okay in 40 years or so I think he said.) Well, there is the disaster of the Victorian election that was handed over to a radical Left union base and then the inexplicable Queensland election where a bunch of inexperienced no-names gained Office. Abbott was seen to have been a factor in both cases.

He could not have risked his friend Mike Baird’s NSW election, Abbott would certainly have gone down with him. So he opted for a “steady as she goes, boring May budget” election-mode stance.

Meanwhile Christopher Pyne tried to put the wind up the Senate crossbench with a University reform Bill he knew would not pass but he hoped might be seen as a double dissolution trigger.

It didn’t fool anyone, not even two galahs like Lambie and Lazarus. They knew Senate quotas would be halved which would have allowed even more geese on to the crossbenches, this time many with fresh six year tenures.

The latest time for a DD had passed mid last year, now it’s an impossibility because another three months must pass before Pyne can reintroduce the same Bill. Only then can both Houses be dissolved, but Abbott needs every Bill knocked back in case a joint sitting is needed, and with the 2016 election looming who would risk Shorten winning the Lower House with a Senate majority? And anyway what does Abbott now have to sell?

So the Prime Minister’s Office is sending out mixed signals in all directions and it’s doubtful anyone knows what the main game is! Conservatives must be pulling their hair out, things are fast reaching a critical stage because Abbott can never fully recover.

But “recover” is the wrong word because he was never really there as a leader, as his close colleagues once told him!

Tony is now presenting as “the real Tony” just as Julia tried “the real Julia”. It won’t work because recidivist politicians always revert to type.

It’s pointless standing in the one spot complaining of Senate ferals and media bias... that won’t change. Abbott’s time has passed, he was given a record majority with a massive mandate and the people’s will was denied... history shows, under those circumstances, there can be no better chance of a DD success.

He may not have won the Senate but a joint sitting majority would have passed every Bill he had put up for a second time. His choices were to personally negotiate a passage through the Senate or call a DD, he did neither.

Those conservatives who have an affection for Abbott must give way to the greater conservative goal. The prospect of Shorten as Prime Minister is far too high a price to pay for Lib loyalty.

My guess has always been there will be a leadership change with Morrison getting the nod at 10/1.


The BUDGET Deficit seems to be Imposable to Fix?
Would it help if you could Double the GST?
IMPOSSIBLE - The ALP and the Sheeple would Never permit that eh?
But, What if they didn’t know? Would That HELP?
The stupid Sheeple are already paying MORE than 10% on Everything.
It’s called HALAL.
All you have to do is;
Take it out of the hands of a few Gangsters.
Then, Stop sending these Billion$ to Terrorists like ISIS, and use it to plug up the Black Hole in Our Budget.

Thanks dodo, no doubt they would see Shep as a pre-schooler which he is when it comes to understanding what is going on in the world, who is responsible and why.

2 days ago

the a l a vote will be very critical for the libs {preferences}
ala firmly stands against the moso invasion
if the idiot greens are getting 10% which goes to liars.

anti moso vote will be much higher i can assure you

my guess they will draw vote from those on the left as well as swingers and libs
its our future or our kids &grand kids future
lets hope tony sees it that way

its 1 minute to midnight sweetheart (-:

so a referendum on the towel heads would be in there favor?

i do not think so

be a brave politician to go against that

dodo I havent got there yet was it a forum on above top secret or just the site?

I want you do do yourself a favor. QT time is on. Go watch TA in action....a decent man.
He'll get your blood rushing to your head.
I want you to close your eyes, pretend you are on a pushbike with him, a long marathon, and you are helping him licking the salt off the back of his neck.

There you can use that as one of your original lines......I want you to have dreams about that tonight. Sluuurp. All yours.

Horse, Now you are just getting lazy when you just cut and paste your own lines again and again.
Template retort.
What thunderous wit! What magnificent turn of phrase! What devastating riposte awaits the unfortunate who locks horns with (INSERT NAME HERE)

dodo, our enemy is the system and programmed robots like Shep defend it while whining about what is going on in the world and not realisng who is resposible or why.

Marigold, if you find hadenuff highly intelligent and interesting I would say you have a big problem.

Chopper....what is ' you .04s'?
Is that some rapper talk?

Away with it

Gets up my goat be buggered I couldn't give a hoot about anything you say but that doesn't mean I will let you get as

Shep, I pointed it out so Micky C could see where and why I came up with name Shep. I think everyone on Pickering should read it so they can see who they are dealing with when they upset you and your version of reality.

Hey Bruce. I know you are in a coma after last nights result...well done...what a good game, but I tried to send you an email today on the address you gave me and it came back no such address. I must have taken it down wrongly. Could you repeat and delete if necessary. Sorry. I wrote a long diatribe and forgot to save to draft...sent and result. Frustration personified.

Baird appears to be the most switched on of all the LNP premiers of late . He's a good people person , talks easily , explains policy well , controls his team and my wife says he's not bad looking . If anyone can stop the rot , he can .

I know who is TIT and who is TAT. The rest of it, I cannot work out.

No Shep, they are not because my identity has not been hijacked and my password is still the same. The Illuminati are throwing it is people’s faces because they don’t care and realise most are too stupid to even see it. Who do you think owns Holly-wood and makes all the movies?

Micky C look for this post if you want to see where this started and report the hacking - do more than dodo. 1 day ago by Hadenuff.

Shep, go and find trhem and post them here, I have not deleted them. I said I dont know why anybody would bother hacking this site and it went on from there.

Please Shep, put them here so everyone can see exactly what I said.