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NOT BUSY ENOUGH: Anthony Albanese boasts of undermining John Howard’s retirement job with NRL

anthonyalbaneseA Rudd Government cabinet minister with far too much time on his hands Anthony Albanese has boasted that he has successfully blocked the appointed of former PM John Howard from being Chairman of the National Rugby League.

A Sydney Morning Herald article today quotes Labor’s Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and the Leader of the House in the Australian Parliament as saying that he’d spoken with lots of people in the NRL about a story that appeared earlier this month claiming that Howard was set for a senior role in the game.

Albo strongly opposed the move, explaining off-the-record:

”It’s tribal,” said a source intimate with events. ”It’s league versus union, it’s Labor versus Liberal.”

That’s certainly the traditional view of the game, but it’s clearly absurd to say Rugby League belongs to Labor or that all supporters are Labor people. Anyone who has sat in on corporate Melbourne Storm functions knows that the traditional class divides in the sport are long gone. Indeed, the NSW Libs have asked a League star to contest a safe Labor seat at the next state election.

There’s also a question about whether the minister has acted improperly to use his leverage over the competition to carry out a personal and political vendetta.

Albanese had previously intervened to give $11 million of taxpayer’s pork to the NRL.

A senior federal Labor insider emailed VEXNEWS this morning:

“Not a good look is it? The PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) is reported as giving the nod to the appointment and Albo goes rogue, driven by hate, throws his weight around with these blokes he’s giving ten million bucks of taxpayers’ money and then he rings up Phillip Coorey to boast about it. Albo will cock-a-hoop about this but he’s really just a c*ckhead.”

“I mean how does this fit with the government trying to position itself as appointing people on merit and not holding political grudges when making senior appointments?”

“He’s a senior minister with important nation-building responsibilities. Does he not enough on his plate?

“And he says he wasn’t acting in his capacity as a minister. Yeah right. Does he reckon the NRL CEO would be taking his calls of complaint if he was still just another Rabbitohs latte-sipping tosser having a whine over a wine. I don’t think so. He’s inappropriately used his position. As simple as that.

“And I hate to think what Albanese has threatened NRL officials with, fortunately we don’t have a federal ICAC, it would be a walk-up start for an investigation I reckon.”

Albanese’s foes will always be tough on the tough operator but it’s also clear that by boasting about this sad business, he’s handed them plenty of ammunition. We understand senior figures in the government are “not amused.”


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  1. Just goes to show what happens when a feral unionist gets extra power.Get on with what you are being paid for Albanese and forget about trying to save a game that is already under siege from AFL.One could say you are what you support “A Rabbit”

    Posted by scarlet pimpernel | October 23, 2009, 8:32
  2. Albanese is a f*#@ing loser who would never get elected in his own right without the Labor Party branding.

    Posted by Blind Freddie | October 23, 2009, 9:15
  3. Albo is a tool. I once sat behind him of a flight back from Canberra and he just treated the hostie like shite.

    Another ‘friend of the workers’ who, in reality is just a user with NFI.

    Posted by BS Detector | October 23, 2009, 9:54
  4. Class divide? Who is the only former Premier of New South Wales to have played First-Grade Rugby League? John Fahey. Which party did he hail from? The Liberal Party. Now another Bulldogs player can come and join the Liberal Team. Hazem for Premier 2019!

    Posted by Albasleazy | October 23, 2009, 9:57
  5. Albanese personifies that old Aussie slang saying:
    “You can’t polish a turd”

    Posted by MLS | October 23, 2009, 10:13
  6. Albo should be praised

    he’s even up the score with a Tory

    fancy this site denouncing thrill kills — hypocrites

    Posted by Tsk | October 23, 2009, 10:14
  7. If Albanese can do over Howard then let us hope he does over Costello and ensures the Federal Labor government do not give petulant Pete a job.

    Posted by Fair is fair | October 23, 2009, 10:21
  8. Albo is a hate filled, spite driven, little dweeb who is the best the Left have to offer.

    Driven by hate and bile, this angry elf should just do his job and shut the f*ck up.

    He is the very ugly face of the Left and what a shame that Krudd has anointed him (along with Mark Arbib) to vet ALP candidates for the next election.

    What does Carmel see in this little creep?

    Posted by Albadork | October 23, 2009, 10:30
  9. Thank god we have a hater in the ALP. It is galling to see Labor giving appointments to Lib’s. They never give them to us. Labor should also sack all the nasties Howard stacked into the AIRC (now fair work Orstralia). Keep it up Albo and get some of your mates to join you. Stick the boots right in to the tory filth.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | October 23, 2009, 10:50
  10. I’ve often wondered, where would we be without the haters?

    Posted by Parent | October 23, 2009, 11:14
  11. What a graceless oaf.

    Posted by Julian | October 23, 2009, 11:16
  12. Labor a friend of the workers? Huh! Why is it that all Labor politicians move out of their electorate and into safe Liberal seats once they leave office??

    Posted by Blind Freddie | October 23, 2009, 11:38
  13. Albanese – once an iron-bar wielding ALP Left thug from Marrickville, ALWAYS an iron-bar wielding ALP Left thug from Marrickville. Nothing changes.

    Posted by Observerjj | October 23, 2009, 12:04
  14. if my brother could buy me out four times over I’d be banging on about class divides too. But my brother is an idiot, so its ok.

    Posted by toorak tractor | October 23, 2009, 12:58
  15. i am albanese, i am a homosexual

    Posted by albanese dog dicks | October 23, 2009, 14:25
  16. The fact that the NSW Libs have asked a League star to contest a safe Labor seat at the next state election is PROOF that Rugby League does not solely belong to Labor.

    Take the labour blinkers off, Albanese.

    Holy Moles!

    Posted by Roger Ramjet | October 23, 2009, 14:25
  17. Albanese is another scumbag who claims to be for the worker but is just a leftard rich prick.

    Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009, 14:55
  18. Be realistic. Howard didn’t want the job. Who would?

    Posted by Anon | October 23, 2009, 16:51
  19. Posted by ChopChop | October 23, 2009, 16:51
  20. What else do you expect from a [deleted]?

    Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009, 17:00
  21. [deleted – racist]

    Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009, 17:45
  22. Who could forget Albo’s starring role in that great doco about political skull duggery Rats in the Ranks. As NSW state secretary he was asked to resolve a local council pre selection dispute. Not only did he refuse to appear on camera, his solution to the dispute was that the warring parties toss a coin. Pricless

    Posted by Broad church supporter | October 23, 2009, 20:22
  23. Albanese is the parliament’s best attack dog and a great local member.

    Only weak dogs who are busy licking the arse of the business world would attack a Labor legend like Albo.

    Defending John Howard is weak and pathetic. Patriot? More like confused fuckwit.

    Posted by Pathetic Tripe | October 23, 2009, 23:14
  24. Albanese has higher moral values than Richard Della-Riva.

    Posted by there is something very wrong in Victoria and its Richard Della-Riva | October 24, 2009, 0:45
  25. Great work on the Albo bashing, keep it comming.

    Wouldn’t you just love to go the knuckle on this twerp.



    Posted by Janet Howard | October 24, 2009, 7:16
  26. Well one thing is correct he is a dog and wouldnt know shit if he rolled in it. Another product of branch stacking in the ALP where you can up the financial rewards ladder if you intimidate the right people.If he is so bloody good why doesnt he stand in a marginal seat?

    Posted by scarlet pimpernel | October 24, 2009, 7:18
  27. The crap Albo learnt in Young Labor Left has stayed with him all his life.

    He is, without a doubt still just a silly boy playing student politics. They never grow out of it because they have no life experience – just politics. They are so limited in their ability to think outside the square that it not only holds them back, but does not help us, the poor old public.

    Grow up Albo. Youre not in YLA Left anymore, sucker.

    Posted by Close to the storm | October 24, 2009, 8:28
  28. Albo is a spite filled, little man syndrome victim.

    Its amusing watching him in question time.

    he yells and screams like a little child, stamping and pouting. He is of little benefir to any organisation, let alone a government.

    Posted by Dark Horse | October 24, 2009, 11:33
  29. So no one else seems to see the irony. What about all the civil servants that Howard had “Max the Axe” sack in 1996.karma is a bitch! Deal with it.

    Posted by Scottyj | October 25, 2009, 0:55
  30. It is just nor cricket

    Posted by candid | October 25, 2009, 13:41
  31. it is just not cricket

    Posted by candid | October 25, 2009, 13:41
  32. Albanese- you are the world’s greatest pleb.

    Posted by Grayndlar | October 25, 2009, 15:32
  33. this is all a little bit harsh, if howard was appointed to run the NRL you same fools would still complain. get a bloody life!

    Posted by elephantandrat | October 26, 2009, 6:28
  34. Of course Albo is a hater, but he pales into insignificance in comparison with Bella Donna Neal. Is that why the Belinda Neal Site has been sealed? Too embarrassing for the blog host?

    Posted by The Ancient Mariner | October 26, 2009, 9:16
  35. You have been at sea too long ancient mariner and clearly know nothing about plants and their properties. It should have been Belladonna Neal. You can’t be from Robertson either or you would have known she is not a bella donna. If what she is claiming about being an expert in Italian is true, she could confirm this for you.

    Posted by La Signorina Rosa | October 26, 2009, 13:35
  36. Be that as it may, Signorina(???). The poor battered lingua-franca we use today (hardly English), allows all kinds of mish-mash expressions. Anyway, why should familiarity with Belinda’s appearance be confined to Robertsonians? I understand that her countenance adorns a dartboard somewhere in Kenya.

    Posted by The Ancient Mariner | October 26, 2009, 15:30