Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Swing … but Libs triumph. Tassie backs the wrong horse, ERIC bites the dust, RICHARD rises …

*Pic: ABC of Andrew Hastie (right) and Labor’s Matthew Keogh …

Follow the Guardian’s Live Bog on the Canning by-election here

Or follow Dr Kevin Bonham’s analysis here …

Nick Clark, Mercury: Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension marks a seismic shift in the Tasmanian power base … Tasmanian MPs have been staunchly behind former Prime Minister Tony Abbott since the 2013 election. Not only did four senators and the so-called “three amigos” — Mr Nikolic, Brett Whiteley and Eric Hutchinson — unanimously vote against a spill motion in February, Mr Abbott’s “near death experience”, but they spoke strongly against it. … The Turnbull win threw a scare into the Tasmanian division, which realised that, apart from Senator Richard Colbeck, it had backed the wrong horse.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times: Classy Tasmanian MPs’ acts …

• GUARDIAN LIVE: Eric Abetz is dumped as leader of the government in the Senate. George Brandis gets that gig.

Richard Colbeck: Ministry Appointment for Senator Richard Colbeck

Will Hodgman: Tasmania raring to work with new federal Cabinet

Politically Homeless: The right balance The Liberal right are convinced they can trash the Turnbull government in the same way that they trashed the Rudd and Gillard governments. They might just be able to do it, but if they do the Libral Party forfeits its position as a party of government.

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  1. SImon Warriner

    September 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Such is party politics.

    So little government, so much media circus, and so much musical chairs. Our media, dazzled by the noise and action, fail to see the real games being played by those who own the political parties, whose antics they so breathlessly report.

    Malcolm Turnbull is certainly not Tony Abbott, but he is a former Goldman Sachs banker. His support of the MIS scam is part of his history and we should never mistake his kinder, gentler and more competent facade for anything remotely benign.

    When it all turns pear-shaped, and according to credible economists like Roubini and Das it is inevitable, in ways far worse than 2008, Malcolm’s job will be to make sure that the bankers stay at the head of the queue to pick up the assets for pennies on pound. His recent move could well signal the crash is part of our near future, the Lords and Masters being unwilling to trust such an important task to the likes of Abbott and Hockey.

  2. Wining Pom

    September 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Turnbull has a quadruple A rating. Abbott, Abetz, Andrews Axed.

  3. john hayward

    September 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

    As with his jobs for forestry and fishing, Colbeck will again be manning the ticket office for donations to Party coffers.

    As suggested by James Boyce and past Tassie practice, there could be a monster draw for monster concessions for the big players in tourism and foreign students.

    John Hayward

  4. mr t

    September 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

    #7 Mike, Tasmania has 7 Federal Liberal MPs. All bar one (Colbeck) supported Abbott. They represented 6 votes out of 44 votes for Abbott. By removing Abetz, Turnbull has cut them adrift and rudderless. Any environmental policy like renewable energy, by way of example, will have less resistance. Tasmania can be part of the future but it needs to reconsider its future representatives.

  5. Mike Adams

    September 20, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I’m a little surprised that Turnbull has dumped Abetz.

    Abetz seems to have put the fear of god into our local pollies and to have ruled the parliamentary Libs with an iron fist.

    It may well be that Turnbull has found an opponent quite capable of contributing to his demise.

  6. Luigi

    September 19, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    And Andrew Nikolic has lost the gig as deputy Whip.

    Ah well, at least he’s now got time to absorb the fact that his prospects of being re-elected have now vastly improved with the change of leadership.

    Every silver lining has a cloud.

  7. mr t

    September 19, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Turnbull has done well in promoting moderates, gender balance and younger Ministers. The far right has been isolated and those who remain (Dutton, Cormann etc) have to stand alone.

    The old guard is already muttering about resignation with some early commitments. If Abetz resigns, there could be a broom through state ranks as well. Where does Harriss go with logging WHA forests when Abetz and Abbott are no longer Federal players? Colbeck has been promoted away from forestry and fisheries to Tourism and International Education.

    Hunt and Dutton, in particular, have to perform better than their records and this gives Turnbull room for future moves, too.

    A moderate and united Cabinet under Sinodinos (ex Howard’s PMO) will have the ability to “modify” policies given “changing circumstances” like the upcoming International Climate Conference. If the new Cabinet baulks at such challenges like broad and far reaching tax reform then the opposition parties have space for their own policies to be debated.

    No matter one’s political flag it’s better than the last few years.

  8. Karl Stevens

    September 19, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    At last the nation has realised that no Tasmanian can be trusted to hold any responsibility over trees.

    Well done.

  9. Luigi

    September 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    The ABC is tipping that Joe Hockey will get a diplomatic appointment – Washington maybe.

    So what of Eric Abetz – the Tas Libs’ own Prince of Darkness? How about administrator of some far flung dependency. It’s years since anyone got dumped with Adminstrator of Christmas Island, but we’d all benefit from that. Or perhaps closer to home: Macquarie Island, perchance?

  10. Chris

    September 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Will Eric have to front up to the door of Centrelink after four weeks to claim a Dole for Dilatory disaster and devious dealings along with digression, dialectic diversion and depressing diapers for the diarrhoea that departs from the disdaining diatribic dejected dissolution denoted daily dejected disapproval from his mouth.

  11. William Boeder

    September 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

    The supporters of the religious cranks in the Liberal party of both the mainland as well as this Tasmanian State need to visit their psychiatrists to have their minds tested for sensible function, do remember that this is the island of the two headed twisted mind-set.

    As for the three drongo’s, let them share the port folio of Macquarie Island, that will be the best location where their intellect may be appreciated.
    These three could talk to the animals and maybe order them around for a bit, in the end the Loons and Gannets will sort them out.

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