Australian Politics, Mark II


#6107

Those raving lefty commies in catholic health…


#6108

Fck me dead, the current Libs are positioned to the right of the Grattan institute on an economic issue?

That’s startling.


#6109

Can we start our own institute or think tank?

‘The Bomberblitz Formation (funded by shady avatars behind fake usernames) recent study recommends you all need to take a good hard look at yourselves in the mirror. Reboot was later removed from said mirror as it had an affect in the pants department, said a spokesperson.’

We’ll do quotes to any media outlet for $200.


#6110

How sad was scomo at Christmas island? Pathetic.

Only cost us a few hundred thousand for that press conference.

Oh and it was revealed we’re sending 15 people there. $100M per person.


#6111

Great way to spend money when the economy is in per capita recession.

Per capita gross household disposable income is now lower in real terms than any time since September 2010 and 1.7% below what it was when these vandals were first elected.


#6112

Seriously, on international women’s day you side with Men’s rights activists!

When do we flush these turds down the toilet.


#6113

What can you say? He’s a scheming scumbag and a complete fcking idiot.

Edit; Case in point,. …


#6114

I’m pretty sure that’s how that idiot Ben Shapiro “debates” his emotionally broken university students. The guy refuses to debate anyone with a modicum of intelligence and perspective.


#6115

Imagine being the leader of the coalition, and looking at your overwhelmingly male partyroom, and at the overwhelmingly male National partyroom, and looking around at the massive shitshow it is, and at prime specimens of manhood like Abetz and Joyce and Broad and Abbott and Christiansen and Seselja and Wilson and Tudge and Taylor and the like, and thinking to yourself “jeez, I’m so glad that all the men in government made it to their current positions of power purely on their own merits and not at the expense of others”


#6116

How Morrison got his preselection was pure merit:


#6117

Save you all a click.

Nasty saga you nearly missed

By Paul Sheehan

October 26, 2009 — 12.00am

News Limited was willing to pay dearly for this story not to be published. It first offered a $110,000 payment, plus a private apology, to avoid going to court. But the price it demanded was that the matter be kept confidential. The company was told to take a jump. See you in court.

The Daily Telegraph had published four stories about Michael Towke which he believed had defamed him, destroyed his political career, and caused untold stress to his family. ‘‘These stories sent my mother to hospital,’’ he told me. ‘‘They demonised me. I wanted to confront them in court.’’

Michael Towke’s preselection for the federal Liberal seat of Cook in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire was scuttled by a smear campaign.CREDIT:JON REID

But a court was not where News wanted to see Towke. ‘‘They spent a lot of money fighting me,’’ he said. ‘‘Their lawyers made me jump through every hoop. They asked me 30 pages of questions.’’

Near the eve of the court date, lawyers for the subsidiary which publishes the Telegraph , Nationwide News Pty Ltd, offered the confidentiality package, which Towke emphatically rejected.

On the eve of the trial, Nationwide came up with another offer: $50,000, plus costs, plus removing the offending articles from the internet and dropping the confidentiality requirement. On the advice of counsel, Towke accepted.

He was never willing to accept any settlement that was confidential, despite the risk that entailed. ‘‘I was willing to bankrupt myself to clear my name,’’ he said.

Here is his story.

Michael Towke is 34. He attended Marcellin College, Randwick. He is a Lebanese Christian, a practising Catholic and the eldest of eight children. He has a first-class honours degree in engineering and a BA, both from the University of Sydney, and won the Alan Davis Prize, the top prize for sociology.

He has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. At 17, he joined the Army Reserve and served for 20 months. He is president of the Sylvania conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society and has been volunteering for Vinnies since he was 15. He works as a telecommunications engineer. He has lived in the Sutherland Shire for 10 years.

Towke is also a long-serving member of the Liberal Party. In July 2007 he won preselection for the then safe federal Liberal seat of Cook. He was set to replace the outgoing member, Bruce Baird. The contest attracted a large field, including Paul Fletcher, who recently won Liberal preselection for Bradfield (vacated by the former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson), and a former state director of the NSW Liberal party, Scott Morrison.

Towke won easily. On the first ballot, he polled 10 times as many votes as Morrison, 82 votes to 8, who was eliminated in the first round. His victory meant that a Lebanese Australian would represent the Liberal Party in the seat where the Cronulla riot and revenge raids had taken place 18 months earlier, in December 2005. ‘‘The campaign against me started four days after preselection,’’ Towke said.

Two senior people within the Liberal Party, whose identity is known to a widening circle within the party, went through Towke’s nomination papers to find every possible discrepancy and weakness. Then they started calling selected journalists to tell them Towke was a liar. The first story appeared in The Daily Telegraph on July 18, 2007, under the headline, ‘‘Liberal ballot scandal in Howard’s backyard.’’ Three days later, on July 21, a second story appeared in the Telegraph : ‘‘Towke future on hold.’’ The next day, in The Sunday Telegraph , a third story: ‘‘Party split as Liberal candidate faces jail.’’

‘‘That was the story that sent my mother to hospital,’’ Towke told me.

Then came a fourth story in the Telegraph , on July 25: ‘‘Towke lied, but just by degrees.’’ Four different Telegraph journalists, two of them very senior, wrote those four stories, so the campaign of leaks and smears was assiduous. There is insufficient space to detail all the claims made and disputed. Towke was portrayed as a serial liar, an exaggerator. He disputed every such imputation with factual evidence. After it was obvious his political credibility had been destroyed by these stories, he started defamation proceedings. A year of legal attrition ensued.

Shortly before the matter was to begin in court this month, Nationwide News paid and settled.

It is telling that experienced Telegraph journalists appear to have based their stories on sources they trusted, suggesting those doing the leaking were both senior figures and seasoned in dealing with the media.

Though Towke would eventually win his legal war, the damage had been done. The adverse media coverage set in train a reaction within the party to get rid of him. A second ballot was ordered, in which the balance of power was shifted away from the grassroots in Cook and to the state executive. The second ballot gave the preselection to Scott Morrison. Amazing. He had been parachuted into the seat over Towke’s political carcass. Morrison clearly had backers who wanted him to get the seat. ‘‘These guys were prepared to ruin my life,’’ Towke said.

Why? There was a view among some senior Liberals that a Lebanese Australian could not win Cook in a tight election.

Two years later, Towke’s honour has been restored. His name has been cleared, his standing in the party rehabilitated, and his ties to the electorate broadened. Justice will be served when the two assassins within the party are politically terminated. That process has begun. The circle will only be complete if this Lebanese Australian represents the shire in Federal Parliament.


#6118

What a bunch of scumbags!

And all that just to parachute in ScumMo, the man who did such a bad job at Tourism Australia that he got the sack.


#6119

50,000? Find that hard to believe. Surely there’s a couple of zeros missing from there. Otherwise, it is pretty cheap to defame someone if you have deep pockets.


#6120

Go sharkies!!!


#6121

I am just glad that he got where he is without pushing someone down while lifting others up, just like he said in Perth for International Womens Day. So much talent in one person, what a guy!

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he wants to see women rise, but not if it leaves men worse off.

In an International Women’s Day address in Perth, Mr Morrison referenced the Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer’s previous comments on gender equality when she rejected the idea that “girls doing well must mean that boys do badly”.

“See, we’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift others up,” Mr Morrison told the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.


#6122

Ha, that got funnier in the last few words when he mentioned his coal overlords.


#6123

Check out @terkey76’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/terkey76/status/1104515684208271360?s=09


#6124

I’m really interested to know. Can someone who votes coalition please tell me how will they justify doing so in the upcoming election? If anything I could totally understand votes for PHON or Bernardi, or any other Conservative party if that’s the way you lean, but, the current government are such an unmitigated disaster. A vote for them would be like dropping a grand on Farlton for the flag just coz they are your team. You’re bascially saying you’d rather the country go completly down the toilet than see a labor government.


#6125

Theeeeere you go.
You got there.


#6126

You answered the question with the last sentence.