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Tim Blair – Sunday, May 22, 11 (04:12 am)
The general secretary of the powerful NSW branch, Mark Arbib, said Mr Beazley had his full support.
Kevin Rudd was given just a"narrow window of opportunity” in December to overthrow Kim Beazley as Labor’s federal leader, under a takeover plot driven by NSW party chief Mark Arbib.
Breaking his silence to defend the decision to overthrow Mr Rudd, factional boss Mark Arbib told The Sunday Telegraph that elevating Ms Gillard to the leadership saved Labor.
Senator Mark Arbib says Prime Minister Julia Gillard has the full support of the ALP.
Just to remind you what kind of genius it takes to bring down Labor leaders, take a look at Arbib in 2009 attempting to explain a key Labor policy.
(Via Currency Lad)
Tim Blair – Saturday, May 21, 11 (11:55 pm)
Puzzling lines from a rattled Prime Minister:
Julia Gillard has described Tony Abbott of acting “like the love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump”.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the State Labor Party Conference at Monash University today.
Comparing the Liberal leader with the moose-shooting “soccer mom’’ and the American billionaire Mr Trump, the Prime Minister rallied the Labor troops in Victoria to continue prosecuting the case for a carbon tax.
And don’t those troops look well and truly rallied. Check all the empty seats:
It was a Claytons rally in Clayton:
Some federal MPs were no-shows at Robert Blackwood Hall in Clayton yesterday. The PM began by acknowledging her state and federal colleagues – “far too many to name”.
It might have been true of the many state MPs who were out in force to welcome new leader Daniel Andrews, but the list of absentees from the federal caucus was a long one – including Cabinet ministers Nicola Roxon and Martin Ferguson.
And among those who did turn up there was reluctance to talk about why Australians don’t seem to have taken to Prime Minister Gillard or to answer the difficult question of how high the carbon tax should be.
The answer might be evident in the lack of enthusiasm for Gillard from her own party:
When he was prime minister, John Howard liked to enter Liberal gatherings from the rear of the hall, shaking hands as he walked the aisle, exiting by the same route, basking in the love of his party.
Ms Gillard arrived late, was ushered on to the stage from a side door and left as soon as she finished speaking.
At least non-attendees had decent excuses:
The reasons for MPs’ empty seats included McEwen’s Rob Mitchell saying “I was out chopping firewood”.
Tim Blair – Saturday, May 21, 11 (03:45 pm)
From an important essay by P.J. O’Rourke:
I’ve got this friend – a prominent man in the automotive industry – who flipped his MG TF back in the fifties and slid on his head for a couple hundred yards, and had to spend a year with no eyelids and a steel pin through his cheekbones while his face was being rebuilt. Sure, it wasn’t much fun at the time, but you should hear him tell about it now. What a fabulous tale, especially during dinner.
I first read that piece in 1983, and – besides being taken by the instructive life lessons outlined by P.J. – was intrigued by who this crash victim might be. No internet then, obviously, so an online search wasn’t possible. Gradually, by reading Car & Driver, I kind of worked out that it must have been that magazine’s editor, David E. Davis. The occasional hint was dropped.
Some years later, chatting to Australian reporters who’d met Davis, his face-scraping identity was confirmed. By then I’d developed an appreciation for Davis’s work beyond any connection to O’Rourke. He was an automotive advocate, who saw in cars the meaning of a free people. He was also a fascinatingly bad-tempered and feud-prone fellow, who nevertheless was able to build and maintain a sequence of industry-changing publications.
Tim Blair – Saturday, May 21, 11 (03:12 pm)
North Melbourne footballers were active members of a Facebook group sharing photos of women in bikinis and lingerie, the club conceded last night.
(Via Imre Salusinszky, who emails: “Sometimes I wonder just what the world is coming to.")
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 22, 11 (06:04 am)
Such pressing moral concerns that not even Labor delegates can be bothered turning up to argue for them:
A DIVISIVE debate that would have condemned Julia Gillard’s stance on gay marriage was yesterday derailed at Labor’s state conference due to a low turnout...In the first Victorian ALP conference since the federal and state elections, progressive forces within the party put up an urgency motion calling on same-sex marriage to be a part of federal Labor’s national platform…
Senior figures from Labor’s Left faction were outraged when the debate had to be abandoned, with some accusing members of the Right of deliberately leaving the room so that the quorum - which requires at least 152 delegates - could not be met. Only 147 were present for the count.
Debate on other contentious issues, including asylum seekers and gay adoption, also had to be abandoned due to inattendance.
If these issues are of such low interest even to Labor acivitists, why does the party and the mainstream media keep presenting them as of such overwhelming importance and interest to the public?
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 22, 11 (05:47 am)
This doesn’t seem a good deal, but, then again, socialised medicine was never cheap:
More than three years since her predecessor Kevin Rudd promised to roll out 36 GP Super Clinics across the country, just 10 are operational…
According to data tabled in Parliament in response to MPs’ questions, the GP Super Clinics provided 280,000 services as at the end of January, costing taxpayers an estimated $450 for each visit, on top of the standard Medicare fee.
(Thanks to reader Kai-Erik.)
Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (07:44 pm)
Weren’t the Greens meant to be the party of compassion? The party of superior morality?
STAFF of Greens leader Bob Brown have taken his fight with the media to Twitter.
In a series of tweets yesterday, Senator Brown’s director of media, Marion Rae, attacked members of the Canberra press gallery personally, while also saying newspapers in which her boss appeared and even wrote for were good for soaking up cat pee.
She posted a photograph of The Australian’s James Massola, with the caption: “There’s a hypertroll outside the window.”
Of the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann, she said: ”Some are born great, some become great and others have talented wives, eh mate?”
Uhlmann’s wife is the ALP MP for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann.
This is the strategy of the Greens’ media expert?
As Bertrand Russell put it:
Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (07:25 pm)
Does Julia Gillard really have to play the shrew?
“Tony Abbott has said of himself that he is John Howard and Bronwyn Bishop’s political love child,” she said.
“Heaven knows that’s bad enough but the truth is he is acting more like the love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.”
Most un-Prime Ministerial, Indeed, her whole speech at the Victorian Labor state conference seemed a bit desperate, pleading for patience in the hope that in two years time the Liberals will have run out of puff:
“There is a reason they are begging for an election in 2011,” Ms Gillard told the Victorian Labor Party conference today.
“And it is not because they think they can win in 2013. It is because they know that in 2012 this mindlessly negative campaign will be exposed before every Australian.”
Of course, by then the electorate may have really, really decided that it’s Labor that stands exposed instead.