Liberal Party

Screwing the Social Justice Bully Scrum

Sydney University has female trouble because a cheeky bloke decided to screw the Social Justice Bully scrum by identifying as a woman in order to win an executive position in a student election.Even though it was a prank the SJB’s have been forced to accept his application at face value because it is politically incorrect to demand that a person proves their gender.

It?s perhaps the single greatest prank in the history of University of Sydney student politics. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A male staffer for a Liberal MP attempted to identify himself as a woman as part of a sneaky factional deal to win a $12,000 executive position in a student election.

Alex Fitton, who works for New South Wales state MP Mark Taylor, vowed he was not a cisgender male in order to become joint general secretary of the University of Sydney Students? Representative Council on Wednesday night.
In a saner age, this would be accepted as middle-tier banter, laughed at, and dismissed out of hand. But this isn?t a sane age. And now the Left is has fallen on the sword of gender-identity it?s wielded so deftly for so many years.

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After months of white-anting by the Media Party, Abbott is rolled by Turnbull

Ever since Tony Abbott became the PM the Media Party has white-anted him in Australia. They finally created enough negativity that Malcolm Turnbull felt emboldened enough to knife him in a leadership spill last night.

The Liberal Party is now resembling our Labour Party with 4 leaders in as many years.

Malcolm Turnbull has seized the?prime minister?s job with a vow?to offer a ?different style of?leadership? to tackle the ?nation?s economic problems, toppling Tony Abbott by 54 to 44 votes in a sudden and extraordinary ballot last night.

Cabinet ministers including Liberal deputy Julie Bishop threw their support behind Mr Turnbull to give him a convincing majority to drive Mr Abbott from power and end months of agonising over the government?s failure to restore its political fortunes. ? Read more »

Did Scott Simpson help with the Libs campaign?

There has been a bit of proper “dirty politics” going on in New South Wales.

It sounds like my longest standing friend in caucus, Scott Simpson may have been moonlighting over in New South Wales. I learned all my best dirty politics tricks from him campaigning in Eden Electorate in the 80s and 90s.

This is the sort of stuff we might have got up to.

Liberal East Hills MP Glenn Brookes has been accused in Parliament of bringing the electoral process into disrepute after his rival Labor candidate was branded a “paedophile lover” during the NSW election campaign.

The claim comes as a video emerged apparently showing the victim of the alleged slurs, Labor candidate Cameron Murphy, angrily confronting Liberal staffer Jim Daniel during the campaign over the alleged theft of his campaign posters.

Just days before the March election, 300 of Mr Murphy’s posters were defaced with stickers declaring him a “paedophile lover”, a person who believes in the rights of child rapists or simply saying “stranger danger” or “our children are not safe”.

Mr Murphy was awarded the Order of Australia in 2014 for his contribution to human rights and is the son of former Labor federal attorney general and former High Court judge Lionel Murphy.

He narrowly lost East Hills to Mr Brookes, the Liberal incumbent, following the smear campaign.

Labor MP Lynda Voltz this month named Mr Brookes’ staffer Jim Daniel as the man behind the campaign. ?? Read more »

Giving a liberal elite idiot a jolly good hiding

In Australia it looks like Jess Elgood, Fairfax’s polling boss, has managed to unite the polling industry against her.

The sledging is legendary.

LEADING pollsters have lined up to condemn the overreach of Fairfax?s new polling boss, Jess Elgood, when analysing Ipsos?s poll results in Monday?s Fairfax newspapers.

Ms Elgood was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald saying: ?They have read the writing on the wall for Mr Abbott … It possibly ?indicates that the voters have ?already moved on from Mr ?Abbott.?

The Ipsos poll found a three-percentage-point rise in the ?Coalition?s two-party vote such that it trailed the Labor Party 49 to 51 per cent.

The results did not fit the ?narrative of commentators that the Prime Minister?s poor ?performance was damaging the government?s standing.

Galaxy Research managing ?director David Briggs disputed Ms Elgood?s argument.

?The idea that the surge in ?government support is because voters are already factoring in ?Abbott?s potential departure doesn?t make intuitive sense,? he said.

Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor evoked a Monty Python theme, describing the Ipsos boss?s analysis as ?desperately free from the ravages of quantitative ?evidence?.

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Union slush funds and meddling dominating Victorian elections

The Victoria State Election is underway and?already the Liberal party is focussing on the selection of Daniel Andrews and his connections with the?CFMEU.

Private global accounting firm Moore Stephens? costing of Labor?s policies will finally be released today ? just two days before the election and after more than half a million voters have already cast their ballot. Labor chose Moore Stephens after refusing to submit its policies for scrutiny by Treasury.

Treasurer Michael O?Brien has hit out at the firm, highlighting how the accountants audited the discredited CFMEU?s WA branch. ? Read more »

Victorian election underway and the attack ads flow

I?love Australian elections, especially their ads, and the nasty is flowing.

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Can we have a political party that promises to do nothing?

Think about it for a moment, politicians always promise to DO something about some particular issue or cause.

Almost always their promise elicits massive taxpayer spending, a few committees and then a solution that suits no one.

Perhaps we could have a party that promises to do nothing, or at the very least, less than the others.

The in-built urge for state politicians to do something ? about anything ? is strong. Respected British political journalist Andrew Neil theorised during his visit to Australia in April that the popularity of the powerless royals is a form of anti-politics, because Australians are over-governed, and the thought of another layer of politicians is too much to bear. Because they deliver services, states have become synonymous with action, and state governments see stepping backwards as an existential threat.

The Liberal Party has had 11 of its MPs resign, step down, or move to the crossbench this year due to ICAC investigations, yet it still seems implausible the NSW government will lose the next election.

Winston Churchill noted in 1949 that if you make 10,000 regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. If it wants to be fitting of the Liberal name, and distinguishable from the chaos and corruption scandals of ?recent times, it should reduce the size and scope of state government. ? Read more »

Yep, that’s about what the Green party are worth

Nathan Tinkler is being investigated and questioned by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Australia. He is aggressive and dismissive of them.

Nathan Tinkler has always been a man in a hurry. His crash or crash through approach to life, which has seen the 38-year-old make and lose a fortune, was evident during his combative appearance at a corruption inquiry.

“Jeez, I’m starting to see why this has been going on for three weeks,” Mr Tinkler said testily not long after taking the stand at 12.30pm on Friday at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

As soon as the commission adjourned for lunch, Mr Tinkler was overheard saying, ?This is some of the most boring shit I’ve ever seen.”

For someone on the stand that is pretty aggressive, considering he faces criminal charges if the ICAC finds against him.

When asked about donations, he had plenty?to say about various donations to political parties, including an apt description of his commitment to Green policies.

The former coal magnate was shown an expletive-laden email in which he complained that he had donated $45,000 to the Nationals and they had done “f— all” to approve his plans for a billion-dollar coal terminal in Newcastle.

“We had a bunch of deadbeats before and now we have a bunch of pricks scared to make a decision,” Mr Tinkler wrote in an email on April 20, 2011, in a reference to the former state Labor government and the newly installed Coalition.

The ICAC is investigating allegations that Mr Tinkler’s property development company Buildev donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Coalition before the last state election, in breach of the ban on political donations from developers introduced in 2009. ? Read more »

Trotter on the demise of Labour and the rise of the Greens

Another day – and we have more Chris Trotter musings – this time forecasting the end for Labour and the rise of the Greens.

There is a growing awareness, among politicians and journalists alike, that the only person standing between the Greens and truly effective political power is the NZ First Party’s leader, Winston Peters. This will likely see the old campaigner restored to his role as “kingmaker”.

Labour’s decision to reject the Greens’ offer to campaign jointly under the banner of a “Labour/ Greens government” makes this even more probable.

The neo-liberal Establishment may not care for NZ First and its eccentric boss but, if he is ready to bar the cabinet room door to Russel Norman and Metiria Turei, they will tolerate him.

The pundits are confident that Peters’ presence at the centre of the current political equation has the Greens beaten. Regardless of which major party he decides to back, the Greens will play no part in the resulting coalition government. Yes, they may end up wielding an indispensable number of votes but these will avail them nothing because, in the end, they will not dare use them to force a new election.

Will they not? At some point the Greens will have to step away from the adjunct status they have, to date, been willing to accept. ? Read more »

John Howard on parties, membership and ideology

John Howard was interviewed by The Australian in Australia and offers some interesting perspectives on political parties, membership and ideology.

“All political parties need reform,? Howard said in an interview with this columnist to mark the 40th anniversary of his election to parliament.

?The greatest problem that my party has, the greatest problem the Labor Party has, is that we no longer pursue with zeal the idea of expanding the membership.?

The problem has become ?particularly acute for Labor.

The party?s terrible result in the West Australian Senate ?election underscores the need for reform.

With its two lead candidates beholden to unions and each representing polar ideological ?extremes, it is not surprising Labor received a dismal 22 per cent of the vote.

Both Labour and National face similar issues here, though I suspect Labour’s issue is more pressing.

When Howard joined the Young Liberals as an 18 year old in the late 1950s, he said it was the ?mission? of every member to ?recruit new members.

?We spend too much time arguing about what the existing membership does rather than throwing open the doors to new members.?

However, given the loss of members in both major parties, retaining new members has ?become a life or death matter. At Labor?s peak in the 1930s, it boasted a membership of more than 150,000. The Liberals had a membership of more than 150,000 in the 1950s.

Today, membership of both major parties has declined even though the population has expanded. Labor and the Liberals each have about 45,000 members nationally.

?People don?t join local sporting clubs, local churches, local service clubs and political parties the way they did 50 years ago,? Howard says.? Read more »