Australian Policies -- from December 2023

Yes spot on, and i did reseach the crap out of it as in the 50 years ive been on the planet, ive learnt not to trust these muppets, regardless of what team they on.


Because it’s working so well for the Tories.


“We’ll tell you our climate targets at the same time as we tell you what our policies are - after the election, and only if we win. But trust us!”



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Grace Tame >>>>> Scott.

Nice book review too.

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Did you get permission from Lawry to post this?

What are the odds that you didn’t ask?


Can someone please post article?

Liberal frontbencher accuses Angus Taylor of treachery, incompetence

Liberal frontbencher Hollie Hughes has launched an extraordinary attack on shadow treasurer Angus Taylor, accusing him of using his authority to push her off the Senate ticket for the next election and undermining Peter Dutton to bolster his own leadership chances.

Hughes, who holds junior opposition portfolios of mental health and the NDIS, claimed Taylor’s decision to endorse a challenger to the NSW Senate team was an attempt to boost the shadow treasurer’s numbers in Canberra for a potential future leadership tilt.

Angus Taylor and Peter Dutton in parliament in March.

Angus Taylor and Peter Dutton in parliament in March.CREDIT: ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

“Peter Dutton has run a completely unified team. It beggars belief a senior member would go against the leadership in a successful attempt to disrupt the shadow ministerial team,” Hughes said, pointing out the convention of sitting MPs backing incumbent colleagues in candidate selection contests.

“This is a message to colleagues that some people’s ambition is more focused on themselves rather than the betterment of the team.”


The extraordinary row within the shadow ministry, a rare outbreak of Coalition disunity this term, stems from Taylor’s decision to back challenger Jessica Collins, a Lowy Institute fellow, against sitting senators Hughes and Andrew Bragg.

Collins, who spruiked Taylor’s written endorsement to Liberal members before last month’s vote, won more votes than Hughes, 191-167. This allowed Collins to join Bragg in the winnable positions and effectively boots Hughes from parliament after the next election, which is expected to be held no later than next May.

Hollie Hughes has been turfed from a winnable spot on the Liberals’ NSW Senate ticket at the next election.

Hollie Hughes has been turfed from a winnable spot on the Liberals’ NSW Senate ticket at the next election.CREDIT: ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

The extent to which Taylor’s support helped Collins is unclear, as the shadow treasurer has backed losing candidates in previous preselections.

“This was a decision made by hundreds of grassroots members of the NSW Liberal Party,” Taylor said. “I look forward to supporting all of our endorsed candidates at the upcoming federal election.”


Dutton backed Hughes, exposing a division between the leader and a senior shadow minister considered a possible leadership alternative.

Hughes noted her term ran out in July 2025, meaning she would remain a voting member of the party room in the case of a ballot for a new leader after the election.

Hinting at how she would vote if Taylor were to run for leader, Hughes said: “I look forward to still being in the party room post-election.”

Liberal sources believe Dutton could remain leader next term if Labor drops seats and loses its narrow majority in the House of Representatives.

Hughes added: “As [veteran press gallery journalist] Dennis Shanahan said in The Australian, it’s time the shadow treasurer show some maturity and get across the detail on his policy areas.”



Senator Hollie Hughes, with her son Fred, who has autism, in 2021.


The Coalition’s new voice pushing for fixes to the NDIS

The Coalition’s effectiveness in prosecuting Labor’s economic management has been questioned this term, including by Scott Morrison’s former media chief Andrew Carswell, who said in April that the opposition needed sharper messaging on the cost of living.

However, this masthead’s Resolve Political Monitor survey in May shows Labor has lost its leads over the Coalition from last year when voters are asked which party they think is better at managing the economy, keeping living costs down and handling national finances.

The opposition is ahead of Labor by between 6 and 11 percentage points on these questions.

Hughes’ defeat was a loss for the centre-right faction of the NSW division, in which feuding over party positions has hampered election campaigns. Collins’ win boosted the conservative faction of which Taylor is a key leader.


Taylor had another internal win recently when his preferred candidate, Simon Kennedy, replaced Scott Morrison in the seat of Cook, upsetting the moderate-backed candidate, Carmelo Pesce, who had been in line for the seat for years.

Hughes’ critics argue she did not do enough substantive work on policy and party advancement to solidify her Senate position, claiming she was too focused on appearing on Sky News’ late-night talk shows and appealing to rusted-on, right-wing Liberals.

Others say she was one of the more well-liked members of the party room, excelled in fundraising and had strong connections with corporate Australia.

In his written endorsement for Collins, Taylor said: “The Liberal Party needs senators that will help the party engage with the electorate as we fight to win the next election.”

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Latest 2pp (Labor/LNP)
Newspoll on Monday had it 50-50
Yougov 50-50
Essential 48-48 (4 undecided)
Roy Morgan 53-47

They’re all in The Poll Bludger. Also includes all of the major overseas polls from the US, UK and Europe


I’m still struggling with the idea of Angus Taylor as Treasurer…


Australian military services struggling for staff.
It appears the only flack Gen Z will ever see is contained within the article.

But … but we are the “Clever Country”.

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Has less moral turpitude than making promises then after getting elected, calling them “non-core”. Also, involves far less work so better for the lazy and incompetent mob the Libs have these days.

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“a rare outbreak of Coalition disunity”.

Sounds more like a rare outbreak of truthfulness.


Went to a funeral last week of a guy only 44 committed suicide. He only served 3 years in 1998-2001 but had a injury and hurt his back, then got discharged from service, also had ptsd from service. Probably half of the people I know that have left defence force have some sort of injury due to their service. Some love it and have cherished memories, but a lot talk of the adjustment back to civilian life as hard after 10+ years of service. It’s not for the faint hearted.

Years ago it was a way to go see the world, but travel these days is probably one of the cheap things young people can do.

Angus Taylor accused of incompetence.

In other breaking news, the sun is reported to have risen in the east this morning!


In my time the Treasurers that have served are a very motley crew. Jim Chalmers looks better than most, Angus Taylor would not be out of place with those great Liberal Treasurers like Hockey, Morrison, McMahon and Howard

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Was he forced to take a discharge ? In many cases that I now know, many who returned from Afghanistan with physical and mental injuries were ordered to resign, so their paapers show it was a voluntary discharge, not forced. ADF wants to get these veterans off their books and on to Vet Affairs, as they then have no duty of care. Vet Affairs were understaffed and under resourced to deal quickly with so many cases, it was and still is a national disgrace.

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Chalmers tried to remove section 11 from the Reserve Bank Act , making the case against handing the power of elected governments over to unelected officials: “The proposal to remove section 11 from the RBA Act would remove the government’s power to protect mortgage holders and renters from unreasonable interest rate rises.

Thankfully Greens and others blocked it.