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.

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Marco-eloco

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.

phantom1
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phantom1

marigold
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 (-:

phantom1
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phantom1

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

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

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

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

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.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

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

coops
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coops

Away with it

coops
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coops

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

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

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.

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

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 .

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Micky C look for this post if you want to see where this started
http://www.acorn.gov.au and report the hacking – do more than dodo. 1 day ago by Hadenuff.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

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.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

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

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Old Shep, the sheep dog, surely you have heard of him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3HInj7zw4I

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Shep, Im not interested in taking screen shots to prove a point. Im jsut stating what I saw. You can do whatever you like.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Shep,You are sick in the head, I have seen you delete your comment off a thread and when I said something you did not answer otherwise I would not have said it. The real Marco has always been here.

GeoffU.
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GeoffU.

An old neighbour was conned into changing to green energy. He was told that he would save a motza, but his first bill nearly produced a cardiac arrest. Lucky for him, after many complaints from customers, the company folded.

GeoffU.
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GeoffU.

What would be interesting, annoyed, is if every building had solar, ie homes, shops, factories etc, who would pay for it? Maybe only residences get the rebate but all of the rest would be paying nothing, as they would produce all that they need. Hypothetical, of course.

reallyannoyed
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reallyannoyed

I haven’t found my electricity distributer dishonest. G, please explain how they are dishonest to you

reallyannoyed
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reallyannoyed

GU, if only they had a solar system installed.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Exactly Geoff … and in the beginning the power companies were very dishonest and evasive about the so-called Green Power (inviting customers to pay more)

GeoffU.
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GeoffU.

The problem is, with the up to 44 cents feed-in tarrif, those without solar are paying for it.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

They probably are …..

The guys I mentioned put hundreds of panels on a block of land ..

reallyannoyed
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reallyannoyed

There is a 6kw system (36 panels cover the roof) up the road from me so he must be doing well out of it.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

I know a couple of guys that got in really early … and put up “acres” of solar panels and now reap it in … (before they restricted the number)

reallyannoyed
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reallyannoyed

Well I got in early at the highest return rate but it cost me $7400-00 (equivalent now $2500.00) at the time so I don’t know if I’m in front or not but I guess you reap what you sow.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Really. … such cheap bills ! … that makes me really annoyed when I think how much I pay

reallyannoyed
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reallyannoyed

I pain under $180.00 for mine last bill, then I’ve got a 2 kw solar system & I turn off my power points when not needed. Sometimes I’m up to $150.00 in credit.

reallyannoyed
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reallyannoyed

This Foley is a bright one. He’s promised to build a road that is already under construction by the Coalition.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Goat Shep, wants to meet so he can examine you and place you in one of his pre-selected boxes that he has allocated for “your type of personality” and mental illness. Perhaps even recommend a drug that could fix you problems of delusion.

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Fruitbat, You obviously don’t know Haddy. Yes it funny how good old Haddy seems to bring out the worst in people, the sheep dog cant help but rubbish anything it doesn’t agree with and then insult people while its at it.

dante
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dante

The game has changed tomo. You can’t believe what anyone says at an election. Remember Gillard? Remember Abbott?

JCM
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JCM

Ted Cruz was born in Canada and by that fact can’t run for president

JackOliver
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JackOliver

Funny for a while, but then it gets boring. goat you posted earlier that you were here as someone else, who were you ? Hadenuff has always been Hadenuff, he only changed his avatar, he’s okay. Kiss, and make up.

coops
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coops

ROFL goat…my sentiments entirely… best not provoke the G20

coops
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coops

Ha Ha

coops
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coops

So it wasn’t Abbott after all…

coops
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coops

Wot you talkin about willis.. I mean marigold..just who is attacking who here, I for sure as hell did not attack anyone..

mcj
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My electricity bill certainly went down. Also, I use most of my electricity in the OFF PEAK period. It is certainly helpful to know your PEAK, OFF PEAK & SHOULDER times.

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