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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


Turnbull’s parliamentary circus …

The Saturday Paper gives one free read a week. This is a brilliant summation of the Turnbull years.

The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive. By Mike Seccombe.

Hope springs eternal in the conservative commentator’s breast.

For a few months, beginning near the end of parliament in December and running up to the start of this parliamentary year, the nation was treated to a series of optimistic predictions that things were looking up for the Turnbull government.

In The Australian, Chris Kenny was one of the first out of the box, declaring in mid November, just after same-sex marriage was overwhelmingly endorsed by the Australian people, that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was rightfully “basking in unqualified success”.

Turnbull’s name was “etched in rainbow forever”, Kenny opined. More importantly, the success of the same-sex postal vote had underlined Turnbull’s authority in the government, welded an alliance between him and the more pragmatic elements on the party right, and shown Tony Abbott et al to be on the wrong side of history.

A succession of similar pieces from the usual conservative media boosters appeared over parliament’s two-month Christmas break, suggesting a change of fortune for the government and citing factors such as the forced resignation of Labor senator Sam Dastyari, the fact the citizenship imbroglio had sucked in a number of Labor members, and the health of the economy.

Not all were as cautious as Kenny, who at least had the sense to conclude that, although Turnbull was “on the front foot for the first time in many months”, the question remained: “How long can he stay there?”

We got the answer to that on the very day parliament resumed, February 5: No time at all …

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  1. philll Parsons

    March 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

    And now Dutton’s handpicked head of Border Force has been found wanting by abusing his position of power and is gone. Who or what will be next. Where is the dead Albatross, who is the Jonah?.

  2. John Biggs

    March 11, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    What amazes me is that Mike’s account accurately tells a story of incompetence, corruption, mendacity, weakness and all other superfluities of naughtiness yet the government is still stumbling on, with Turnbull just better or equal with Shorten as preferred prime minister. I guess that raises the question: what does that say about Shorten? Labor should be streets ahead in the polls given this sorry tale on the Coalition’s part — given also the awful Michaelia Cash’s vitriolic misjudgements and the pathetic clown Joyce.

  3. john hayward

    March 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    If you didn’t find Malcolm’s performance sufficiently unedifying, have a look at the Saturday Paper’s editorial, “Neighbour hoods”, in the same issue, which surveys the Govt’s international rap sheet, mercifully omitting our sweetheart refugee deal with Hun Sen.

    Mal’s problem is that he continues to masquerade as some sort of gentleman unconnected with the ruffians in his retinue. It’s beginning to look as though there was nothing inside the leather jacket.

    John Hayward

  4. Ole-Man-a-Ross

    March 11, 2018 at 11:05 am

    We all (well perhaps nearly us all) had such hopes for Turnbull after the absolute disastrous administration of Tony Abbott and his equally disastrous henchmen, but Turnbull is no better, in fact on certain issues, worse! Look what Turnbull did to the NBN, gutted its roll out with “Turnbull to the Node”, slow Fixed Wireless, too many issues to cover here. He was a disaster then and still is in his elevated roll. On the little research I have done, the roll out of the original copper phone network back in the last century was accepted and undertaken at a huge cost (it was all poles and wires back then), yet the country accepted it as a great communications advance. The NBN is no different in concept although some say it is far too costly for everyone to have fibre to the business/home, it wasn’t back then when all the poles and wires were rolled out, what’s the difference? I digress
    What other disasters are we to be treated to under Turnball’s administration, what will we have to repay the Americans for the deal on steel etc, the prospect of this hideous Home Affairs Department driven by the equally hideous x Queensland cop, Dutton. Turnbull’s backing of Joyce, the list goes on and on as per the quotes below from the Saturday Paper
    “As questions continue over new powers for the Home Affairs Department, a suite of legislative amendments goes missing. In the 40 years of ASIO’s existence, legislation related to its operations has always been made public to enable scrutiny before it is passed”.
    “Two years since Barnaby Joyce became deputy prime minister and three months since his byelection victory, a look at the spectacular flame-out that put the former Nationals leader on the back bench”.

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