Saturday, February 2, 2013

NO WONDER TONY ABBOTT IS SMILING

Most New Zealanders who go to Australia are a credit to themselves and their country of birth.   Craig Thomson, MP for the Federal seat of Dobell in New South Wales, doesn't fall into that category with his arrest on 150 charges of the misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars of members funds from his time as National Secretary of the Health Services Union.

For Tony Abbott, Thomson is the gift that keeps on coming.   The news of his arrest overshadowed the announcement by Gillard of the election date as 14 September.    His trial and the events leading up to it will ensure the sad saga of Julia Gillard's attempts to prop him up remain in the public focus.   The electorate will not quickly forget that as late as 16 August 2011 during Question Time the Prime Minister was asked if her confidence in Craig Thomson was based on a thorough investigation of his credibility.  She replied, "I have complete confidence in the member for Dobell. I look forward to him continuing to do that job for a very long, long, long time to come."

That confidence had a practical bent when she persuaded the NSW branch of the Labor Party to stump up with hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund his legal bills only to cut him adrift when the stench of his corruption become too great for even her to handle.

For Labor the best (and entirely possible) outcome is that Thomson will be forced to declare himself bankrupt and resign his seat.   The timing of that could obviate the need for a bi-election.

Tony Abbott will be hoping this doesn't happen.   This, coupled with the shock resignation of Labor's Leader in the Senate yesterday and the furor
surrounding Gillard's dumping of long serving Northern Territory Senator Trish Crossin from Labor's ticket in the forthcoming election in favour of an indigenous candidate who was not even a member of the ALP until recently, a move that has left the Northern Territory branch of the ALP in disarray,  constitutes the worst possible start to Labor's election campaign. 
 
No wonder Abbott is smiling.

12 comments:

Tinman said...

The Labor outfit certainly appears to be in complete disarray but I have no fear the next several months will see Abbott rising to the challenge and once again snatching ignominious defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Ockers have only themselves to blame.

Judge Holden said...

Oooo oooo, is Adolf going to show up with several nonsensical posts in which he confidently and loudly predicts loony-right-wing landslide, only to disappear completely after being bitch-slapped by reality? Can't wait for that one! One day he might even be right (a stopped clock and all that).

The Veteran said...

Judge ... I think there's only going to be one bitch slapped into reality and it's not going to be Adolf or Tony.

Boy, did you set yourself up for that one.

Judge Holden said...

Un yeah, I never once called the US election for Romney (in a landslide), or the last Australian election for Abbott (in a rout), or said the Republicans would regain the Senate in 2010, or that Pelosi and Reid would lose their seats, or that McCain would win in 2008, or that Brash would become PM in 2005. I live in the real world; Gillard's probably going to lose. Abbott's a real weirdo though, so I wouldn't put the house on it. Adolf will, coz that boy be stoooopid.

The Veteran said...

Whow ... and after all of that you agree that "Gillard's probably going to lose".

So, what was the point bof your original post?

Judge Holden said...

To point out the extent of Adolf's idiocy (obviously). But also to make a general point about the hopelessness of all right-wing pundits. He's not the only one. Telling you I think Gillard will probably lose is like telling you the sun will rise tomorrow; Adolf asserting that Romney would win in a landslide was like him claiming that it wouldn't. He was bitch-slapped by reality. It was funny. Still is.

The Veteran said...

Judge ... perhaps we should explore your comment that "Abbott's
a real weirdo" which clearly you have lifted from the ALP talking points page.

I guess if being a weirdo means:

# being in a proper marriage relationship
and
# having kids
and
# being a committed Catholic
and
# being a Rhodes scholar
and
# having played senior Rugby
and
# being a member of his local Rural Fire Service Brigade
and
# being a surf lifesaver
and
# taking time-out to teach remedial
reading to Aboriginal kids
and
# being the author of several books

Then he must be adjudged guilty.

Others might argue the real weirdo is one Julia Gillard who:

# .... you fill in the gaps
and
# ....
and
# was eased out of her role as a staff solicitor for Slater & Gordon for questionable behaviour
and
# was elected on the promise that
"There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead"
and
# was elected on the promise that "the Budget will be back in surplus in 2013 ... no ifs no buts no maybes it will happen"
and
# ....
and
# defending the indefensible Craig Thomson to the (almost) bitter end

For me the choice is easy

Judge Holden said...

ROFL. This is and example of weird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc5ljcri6Nk

He actually admits he lies all the time, and it's up to you to figure out when he's being truthful. Was he lying when he said that do you think?

The Veteran said...

Hmmmmm... seems to me from a reading of the polls released this morning that the Aust voting public have already made up their minds as to which is the Weirdo Party and it's not good news for your poster girl Judge.

Still, can't please all tastes.

BTW ... am starting to think you have an unhealthy fixation about Adolf. Can't be good for your mental well being.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You know Vet, I wouldn't mind being stalked if it was by a nubile female thirty-five year old oversexed wine heiress.

Sadly reality is different. This fellow is no heiress.

Just a hair arsed, juvenile, leftist who exhibits all the signs of being a poofter.

Ghost Of Greenwood said...

"This is and example of weird:"

Cue?

Judge Holden said...

"You know Vet, I wouldn't mind being stalked if it was by a nubile female thirty-five year old oversexed wine heiress."

Christ, not only retarded but completely deluded and lacking in taste. How was your trip to Romney's Inauguration? Bwhahahahahahahaha! Loser.

Whatever happened to Fairy, BTW? Obviously the NBR advertorial thing didn't work out.