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THE POWER OF ONE: Tony Abbott offers new hope for the Liberal heartland

tonyabottbyone On the back of a deal with the West Australians and with the backing of kingmaker supreme Senator Nick Minchin, the Coalition’s star performer Tony Abbott has triumphed against Malcolm Turnbull by 42 votes to 41.

Abbott now has it all before him. A chance to reach out to the Liberal left and those who were so keen to support the government’s CPRS/ETS legislation. A chance to take on the government on a policy more vulnerable to a scare campaign than probably any area of public policy we’ve seen in a long time.

The inner-city Left and media will be desperate to underestimate Abbott.

We don’t. And nor does the government, who regards him nervously and is especially nervous about an election on the CPRS.

He’s the Coalition’s stand-out performer in the House. He can get under Rudd’s skin. And he’s about to test – in what will be an incredible election showdown – the real public support for the government’s response to climate change. It won’t be a referendum on whether to take climate change seriously. It will be an election fought on the specifics of the response and cost in terms of jobs and the economy.

And while Turnbull was never going to beat Rudd and Hockey probably wouldn’t either, for all the risk it is clear that Abbott might just be able to steal the next election from the very popular Rudd.

Messy as it’s been, the Liberals have certainly guaranteed us a more interesting federal election. High risk, high reward.

Discussion

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  1. Can’t believe this stinking catholic vermin has been picked.

    Posted by anon | December 1, 2009, 10:17
  2. “anon”, is that you, Senator Payne?

    Posted by Anonski | December 1, 2009, 10:21
  3. The Liberals are now officially f*cked.

    Posted by Clingwrap Kid | December 1, 2009, 10:29
  4. From Hawke’s man to DC’s man.

    Posted by hunter | December 1, 2009, 10:30
  5. The Libs don’t realise it isn’t the small bunch of people on the extreme Right or extreme Left that decide elections, it is the huge bunch of people in the middle that do. Whether you believe it or not, the issue of climate change is on the public’s radar. It is an issue. Denying it wont make it go away.

    Posted by Clingwrap Kid | December 1, 2009, 10:31
  6. The scam of climategate is no reason to support ETS, quite the reverse.

    The party now needs to be cleansed of leftwing infection.

    Congratulations, Tony Abbott.

    Posted by dmc | December 1, 2009, 10:39
  7. Apparently Fran Bailey was not present. I wonder…

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 10:40
  8. Clingwrap, there isnt nearly so much mainstream support for a tax that will have exactly zero net effect on a potential non-issue. If the liberal party campaign on the correct issues Rudd’s ETS could become Hewson’s chocolate cake. Tell me, mr prime minister – exactly what projected different to world temperatures will be made by the average families $1100 per year in increased living costs due to your “action on climate change”? Its a question he cannot answer. The answer is +-0.000000000000000000000000

    Posted by mick | December 1, 2009, 10:43
  9. Well done to Tony Abbott.

    Clingwrap Kid – get real. Understand this, delay is not denial. 60% of Australians agree.

    Posted by Anon | December 1, 2009, 10:44
  10. Tony Abbott, the Mark Latham of the Liberal Party. True believers salivate and the rest of the nation looks on in disbelief. It might be a nice idea in theory (if you are that way inclined) but it just won’t work. He wasn’t much chop as a minister and will overreach on climate change.

    Remember, Andrew Bolt has something like a million hits a month, which is 33,000 a day. Only 3000 signed up to his anti-climate change petition – not even 10 percent.

    That’s no way for a major party to determine policy.

    And everyone thought the Democrats f*cked themselves over the GST!

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 10:46
  11. Woo-hoo! Nicky Merkin and I buried the old strap-on prong into Smelly Melly up to the hilt. I haven’t been this turned on since that wild daydream I had about Dutts, Nicky and Ayn Rand’s corpse.

    Posted by Sophie's strap-on | December 1, 2009, 10:58
  12. I’ve just listened to his press conference. Ouch.

    Another Julia Gillard!

    Please do not delay in hiring an elocution coach. One bogan per session is one too many, and we’ve already got Gillard.

    Posted by 'enry 'iggins | December 1, 2009, 11:05
  13. Apparently Fran Bailey was not present. I wonder…

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 10:40

    sorry i was sleeping zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Posted by snoozy loser | December 1, 2009, 11:08
  14. Abbott won this beauty contest because Hockey was reneged on the senate committee option as if it was unreasonable. Hockey’s behaviour has been disgraceful and he will be remembered as unsuitable for the next contest.

    Posted by to polarise and to build | December 1, 2009, 11:11
  15. Abbott has already made it clear that his point of attack will be the open-ended Green Tax not whether or not AGW is just a Greens wet dream.Grub Rudd will squirm like a worm on a hook if he’s confronted repeatedly with the need to defend a tax which will do nothing other than cost jobs.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 11:12
  16. The mad monk leads libs – what were they thinking??
    I also listened to his press conference. Agree with ‘enry higgins elocution coach please! Just think of QT and media to come -eeeeeeeek!

    Posted by anndoran | December 1, 2009, 11:12
  17. Hey Liberals – stock up on the sedatives cause you are in for a world of pain.
    Seriously, you have elected a bloke that Nicola Roxon and Julia Gillard slap around the head at will.
    Electing Workchoices Tony, strange.

    Posted by Niceperson | December 1, 2009, 11:12
  18. I AM NOT THE LEADER!!!!!!

    I DO NOT MAKE THE CALLS!!!!!!

    Posted by Malcolm Turnbull | December 1, 2009, 11:14
  19. Urrrgh Tony….

    Posted by Pissy Cryne | December 1, 2009, 11:17
  20. The New Group are going to have to come up with a new slogan other than religious extremists and fundamental catholics!

    Posted by Howard Conservative | December 1, 2009, 11:22
  21. ‘enry’ iggins – I don’t know how many bogans you know who are Rhodes Scholars. I don’t know any.

    Posted by Al | December 1, 2009, 11:24
  22. Will the old Alex Hawke be returning?

    Posted by Louie | December 1, 2009, 11:24
  23. Sh!t! I’m f*&ked!

    Posted by Alex Dog Hawke | December 1, 2009, 11:25
  24. watching the ABCTV coverage…how preggers is Annabelle Crab!
    mmmm. that’s a yummy mummy in her flowing hippy gown :-)

    Posted by patriot games | December 1, 2009, 11:28
  25. Tony doesn’t agree with me that 9 year olds should be able to marry grown adults. He hates freedom and should not belong in the Liberal Party.

    I’m in love man…

    Posted by "Trent" | December 1, 2009, 11:30
  26. Turnbull fancied himself as Queen of Australia. It will never happen now.

    Posted by dmc | December 1, 2009, 11:38
  27. Waaahooo!!! I’m tired of working with KRudd. I’m hoping we will actually start opposing him now. We’ve tried being Labor lite and it didn’t work. Now lets see what happens when we really stand for something.

    Posted by LM | December 1, 2009, 11:46
  28. Why the hell is that wax figurine still Deputy Leader?

    Posted by Stan | December 1, 2009, 11:53
  29. The libs are now Australia’s official party of rats – headed by the a rodent el supremo – tony ‘one nation’ abbott.

    But let’s see how far this will get them – anti migration, and anti ETS antics may just get them votes in all the wrong seats.

    Will the ‘mad monk’ once off the Howard leash be another ‘Joh for PM’ blunder?
    Will Tony’s right wing rodent politics scare away the donors?

    The brillance of Howard/Abbott/Packer ‘one nation party’ strategy was it allowed the liberals to have someone else to ‘beat the drum’ and scare the flock….while the libs could still present themselves as centralist party open for business and ready to govern ‘for all of us’.
    Under Howard this strategy hollowed out ALP voters on the urban fringes and in rural areas.
    But without the shadow puppet of One Nation Abbott may harness a new right wing protest vote that costs them vote in key marginals in lifestyle regions and middle suburbs. Family first’s senator is one to watch in all this. He is so far off centre he may just give the libs they cover they need to appear reasonable.

    It will be very interesting to watch how they play the ETS scare campaign in the burbs while still showing business they are stable…it will require all the rat cunning Abbott can muster.

    Posted by for rat cunning give a rat a job | December 1, 2009, 11:55
  30. Hang on dmc, I am the Queen of Australia.

    Posted by Pissy Cryne | December 1, 2009, 11:59
  31. Mr. Rat your leftwing perspective is amply provided for by the ABC and other mainstream propaganda “news” services.

    The fraud behind the ETS needs to be exposed, and now thankfully, it will be.

    Reasonable policies seem to be on the way, and that frightens some on the left. So much the better.

    Posted by dmc | December 1, 2009, 12:02
  32. for rat cunning give a rat a job, stop making me laugh!

    If there is one Liberal MP that did more than any other to bring down One Nation it was Tony Abbott.

    Posted by Reality Check | December 1, 2009, 12:19
  33. Dmc – well we could just have news limited as the only newspaper/tv radio – hang on didn’t the libs try that one?? that would have provided fair and unbiased coverage- not!

    Posted by anndoran | December 1, 2009, 12:25
  34. Oh crap…

    Posted by Alex Hawke | December 1, 2009, 12:27
  35. But… but.. the media all said Hockey was going to win!
    They SAID!
    They wouldn’t avert their gaze from inconvenient evidence… would they?

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | December 1, 2009, 12:33
  36. So who were the 8 votes from Hockey that went to Abbott/Dr. No?

    Posted by Pawtucket | December 1, 2009, 12:39
  37. Tony has my enthusiastic support but needs to get more of we Victorian Liberals on side.

    Posted by Brighton Liberal | December 1, 2009, 12:40
  38. Conspiracy theorists suggest Minchin directed some votes to Turnbull in the first round in order to slay Hockey who might have been tougher to beat in the second round.

    No-one can confirm that obviously but if true it certainly confirms that Minchin is one seriously shrewd operator.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | December 1, 2009, 12:48
  39. When are the journalists going to do their jobs and resume asking the “hard hitting” questions like they did thirty years ago!

    Posted by Blind Freddie | December 1, 2009, 12:51
  40. I don’t quite get the point being made – news limited has never been the only newspaper/tv radio and further more I regard it as anti-rightwing.

    Posted by dmc | December 1, 2009, 12:54
  41. Nailed it Mick at 10.43

    Joe was too soft to make a stand

    And Turnbull is just a

    Posted by barking toad | December 1, 2009, 12:59
  42. Tony is the man! Have you seen him in speedos? Let us just say that he has a good point and he is definitely of the right. He is also a good listener. God made those ears of his and he spent some time on making them too so Tony can listen. He has told me so. Many, many times. Anyway Tony you are the man, at least for the month of December.

    Posted by Peaches | December 1, 2009, 13:13
  43. This is an excellent result for the Liberal party.
    Abbott wil subject the government’s agenda to a far more searching scrutiny than it has been to-date.
    It was noticeable how the biggest backers of Malcolm Turnbull were the Labor caucus and the Left.
    Abbott will be formidable in parliament. He, like Howard, is a conviction politician.
    There is also a clear message for the Hawke/Campbell fiasco. Boys, the game is fast closing. You stand for little that is distinct from Labor and you vote and run with the Left faction. It is a measure of how far you’ve fallen that Hawke and Campbell are mentioned in the same breath as Photios.
    You can run, but you’re fast running out of places to hide.

    Posted by Mitchell Observer | December 1, 2009, 13:22
  44. Rudd has already shit himself.When the vote was taken he was flying back from Washington to Australia.As soon as the result was known his personal jet developed a convenient “mechanical fault” and he has returned to Washington.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 13:24
  45. Hockey – you believe in nothing!!! you were given the party leadership on a platter! you reneged by offering a conscience vote on a policy matter! If you didn’t want Abbott as leader, it is your fault!! You are a first rate dickhead!!!

    Posted by to polarise and to build | December 1, 2009, 13:41
  46. Kirkie, what do I need to do to appear gay friendly? do you have any movies requiring a rugby player from the northern beaches?

    Posted by tony to kirkie | December 1, 2009, 13:53
  47. I wonder what the new leader of the party makes of Hawke’s antics in NSW?

    Alex will no longer be able to play as the factional fence sitter of NSW. With Tony’s polarising influence, Alex will have to decide whether he will continue to be the new moderate Hawke or the “take no prisoners” conservative he was of old.

    All the best, Alex.

    Posted by hawkehunter | December 1, 2009, 13:58
  48. Mate i’m gonna hurt the Liberal Party real BAD!!

    Posted by Andrew Rixon | December 1, 2009, 14:00
  49. Interesting post on Possums Crikey Blog.

    If he’s right, after the Bradfield and Higgins byelections, and assuming Fran Bailey is awake and present, Turnbull would have the numbers to roll Abbott.

    Loving this, watching the Libs torch themselves. There must be a lot of Lib MP’s who are not in safe seats out there updating their resume’s.

    Posted by imacca | December 1, 2009, 14:19
  50. Despite my reservations about Abbott, we might actually be onto a good thing.

    The left are frothing at the mouth, rabidly ranting all over the internet and radio.

    They loved Turnbull, they’d have laughed behind Hockey’s back, but they seem genuinely afraid of Abbott.

    I can’t wait for some serious opposition to Climate Alarmism.

    Hey, Tony, let’s start with a policy of personal responsibility to be applied to Climate Alarmists. Once it is proven that it was all bullshit, let’s make them personally financially liable for the damage they caused.

    I’ll start keeping my receipts for those useless “energy saving” lights now :)

    Posted by Long Memory, Longer Knife | December 1, 2009, 14:24
  51. The only thing that will be more amusing than watching the political theatre unfold now that a conviction politician like Abbott is running the show, will be watching Alex Hawke turn himself inside out trying to submit to the NSW State moderates and the NSW Federal conservatives. Perhaps he should just bend over and see who charges him first…

    Posted by 'Lefthand' Wayne King | December 1, 2009, 14:27
  52. The secret vote on the ETS confirmed Abbott’s position 55 to 29.It’s hard to see how any result in Bradfield or Higgins or with Baily awake or asleep is going to change that.Rudd’s inside man is gone and will stay gone.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 14:35
  53. If Tony is to be a success, he needs to be a consensus leader and not just one for the fundamentalist catholics in the NSW Division.

    Put it simply, we will be f^%&ked at the next election if Abbott plays the “I’m a hard core catholic” card that David Clarke’s boys have been playing in NSW.

    He needs to be a leader “for all of us”, not just the losers like Tudehope, McCoy and Perrottet. The Chad Sydlers of the world are irrelevant and will never win anything.

    Posted by Abbott's leadership | December 1, 2009, 14:35
  54. Wow. It will be hard work trying to convince people the ALP is more right wing than the Liberals now, but I’ll do my best.

    Posted by Felissa Myffe | December 1, 2009, 14:53
  55. Tony is going to be popular: my local bookstore sold three copies of Battlelines today having not sold any before. It will be a landslide I tell you.

    Posted by Peaches | December 1, 2009, 14:55
  56. Did you see what Nicky Merkin did there? The old direct-votes-to-Smelly-Melly-to-stymie-Fat-Felcher-Hockey-switcheroo? No wonder he makes me go hard. The man’s a genius.

    Posted by Sophie's strap-on | December 1, 2009, 14:58
  57. ***denying it wont make it go away***

    Exactly.

    That’s why we need a Senate committee, to disprove it.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 1, 2009, 15:00
  58. Failow’s already got a “Tony Abbott for PM” group up and running on facebook.

    Does this guy have any political convictions?

    A week ago he was twittering that there is “no wagon like a bandwagon” and throwing his (substantial) weight behing Turnbull.

    It seems that Failow just blows along with the ideologicaL wind which ever way it is blowing at a given time. I’m not sure how anyone in the right or left of the party could support Failow or his cronies again.

    Can’t wait to see what the new groupers do next.

    Posted by failowhunter | December 1, 2009, 15:01
  59. Scrap the ETS and instead put a tax on every crummy sub-editor who tries to pun about Abbott and Bishop.

    Posted by Annabelle's mummy nipples | December 1, 2009, 15:02
  60. ***Tony Abbott, the Mark Latham of the Liberal Party***

    Pigeon pucks. Turnbull is the Liberal’s Latham, ‘my way or the highway!’

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 1, 2009, 15:02
  61. I think imacca is being unfair on Chad.

    Chad just needs to soften his public image like Tony.

    Posted by commonsense conservative | December 1, 2009, 15:03
  62. I appreciate your faith in democracy but there are certain things that a senate committee simply can’t prove. e.g. That you are able to read without moving your lips.

    Posted by Wahroonga in Byron | December 1, 2009, 15:04
  63. The ETS is a tax on all Australians, it is a tax on the industries that has keep us out of the recession -> Aluminium and Coal

    People are going to support the environment until they find out it is at the cost of their jobs and 60% increase in their fuel bill

    It was smart politics for the Liberals to let Rudd claim this one

    Posted by dovif | December 1, 2009, 15:05
  64. WTF!!!

    grrrrrrrrr. Dirty papist.

    Keep your rosaries off my coathanger damaged ovaries.

    Posted by Sepulchre | December 1, 2009, 15:05
  65. ****Will the ‘mad monk’ once off the Howard leash be another ‘Joh for PM’ blunder?
    Will Tony’s right wing rodent politics scare away the donors?***

    Will the Howard Battlers become the Abbott Battlers once they understand Rudd PM aka Mr Sheen wants billions of their bucks for no enviro benefit whatsoever?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 1, 2009, 15:06
  66. ***there must be a lot of Lib MP’s who are not in safe seats out there updating their resume’s***

    Bwaa haaa. Yea, their seats were rock solid with Turnbull as Leader. Can’t you brain dead zombies post anything other than ALP/ABC/Fairfax spin?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 1, 2009, 15:09
  67. More good news.The RBA just increased the interest rate by 25 basis points.They don’t meet in January so look forward to a 50 basis points increase in February.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009, 15:28
  68. Abbott will run a scare campaign on the ETS and he will take Australian politics to new lows by personalising issues against the Prime Minister in a very nasty fashion.

    Posted by Anon | December 1, 2009, 15:44
  69. Finally the Liberal Party has a leader with convictions!! And we now have a leader willing to fight the Rudd govt….GO TEAM ABBOTT!

    Posted by nowahappyliberalgirl | December 1, 2009, 15:46
  70. Finally the Lib’s have a leader that I can admire politically and visually. Abbott will lead this party to victory, or at least keep the party in line with true Liberal ideology.

    Posted by not abi | December 1, 2009, 15:50
  71. I’m having second thoughts about condemning the rumoured purge of Jesuit educated Liberals.

    Doesn’t seem like such a bad idea in retrospect…

    Posted by Dom Kelly | December 1, 2009, 16:02
  72. Turnbull was a fighter and did not scare women like Abbott does.

    Posted by Menzies | December 1, 2009, 16:03
  73. Forget ETS, just wait until the Mad Monk gets rolling on abortion, gays, non Christians, single parents, divorce, working women, evolution etc. The fun thing is that those from the hard core religious right do not know how crazy they actually are. Just like how Catholic priests can’t seem to understand why people get upset when they call victims of sexual abuse by the clergy whingers.

    Posted by Right Said Fred | December 1, 2009, 16:04
  74. The Greens would have been creamed if Turnbull was leader as they were mute on the ETS legislation. Now they will have something to say.

    Posted by voter | December 1, 2009, 16:11
  75. A politician with convictions!

    How does he do it?

    Posted by Red Ted | December 1, 2009, 16:16
  76. I can’t think of anyone more antithetical to Menzies (within the Liberal Party) than Turnbull.

    Menzies would be rolling out the champagne today.

    Posted by dmc | December 1, 2009, 16:20
  77. There goes the women’s vote.

    Women never were turned on by BA Santamaria.

    Posted by rrrrrr | December 1, 2009, 16:33
  78. THE husband of a former Liberal senator allegedly underpaid employees, less than three months after winning a long-running court battle to clear his name over an allegedly stolen ice-cream.

    The Workplace Ombudsman claims Giuseppe De Simone — former senator Karen Synon’s husband — and bar manager Alan Evers-Buckland underpaid kitchen hands Francois Guegan and Rachel Ellis by more than $8000 in 2006 and 2007.

    The Ombudsman has alleged they were paid as little as $14.50 an hour instead of the award rate of $24.23 an hour and did not get overtime, penalties or superannuation.

    Mr De Simone denied under-paying staff. “Obviously it’s the result of over-zealous investigative errors,” he said. “I am sure we will be vindicated in court.”

    Mr Evers-Buckland, the former Liberal candidate for safe Labor seat Williamstown, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

    Posted by Scott Ryan | December 1, 2009, 16:37
  79. Clearly Joe Hockey sabotaged his own candidancy through his commitment to a ‘free vote’.

    Posted by Masterstroke | December 1, 2009, 16:37
  80. Any chance of Ted Baillieu going federal?
    That way we can get a real leader like Denis Napthine back in time for the election

    Posted by Hey | December 1, 2009, 16:40
  81. Holy genuflection, Batman! How is this all going to go over with the Catholic-phobics in the NSW branch?

    Posted by Sophie's Strap-On in Byron in Wahroonga | December 1, 2009, 17:04
  82. Right Said Fred – whatever. Keep sprouting that bullsh!t!

    Rudd and Abbott have pretty much the same views on moral issues – yet the ABC/Fairfax/Leftistas seem to overlook this.

    Posted by Anon | December 1, 2009, 17:10
  83. Lets us all pray to Almighty God – that Abbott is taken out by a violent Assassin.

    Posted by anon | December 1, 2009, 17:18
  84. Isn’t Abbott a right wing Joan Kirner?

    Posted by centrist voter | December 1, 2009, 17:29
  85. ***Turnbull was a fighter and did not scare women like Abbott does***

    Ummm, only insecure lefty femmes are intimidated by Abbott. And I don’t blame them, for years they’ve been told by the media that round shouldered pigeon chested greenie fem boys are what they should be chasing. Think Daniel Johns. Yes, testosterone will be a new experience for that kind, but I think they’ll grow to like it.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 1, 2009, 17:42
  86. How long did it take you to grow to like testosterone, BiW?

    Posted by Byron with the club head | December 1, 2009, 18:04
  87. why act on climate change when ‘God’ can fix it with a click of a button.

    Having Tony Abbott as leader is like letting Ron Hawkswell call the Melbourne Cup.

    Posted by Reds are better in bed | December 1, 2009, 18:28
  88. Have the Greens folded up? Have not heard anything about them while the debate on the ETS was raging.

    Posted by Another centrist voter | December 1, 2009, 18:46
  89. I have to say ” you touched me tony” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Like a good Monk you are

    Posted by Jokersmate | December 1, 2009, 18:59
  90. One hour before the Liberal leadership vote I rang the Herald Sun, Australia, and ABC TV News and said my prediction was that Turnbull would win because Hockey and running mate Dutton were only running to help Turnbull.

    Dutton was an obvious dud as deputy as he will probably loose his seat at the next election after it was redistributed.

    Well I was nearly corrects Turnbull nearly won and may have won if the Members for McEwen and Higgins were present.

    That said Abbott is a Constitutional Monarchist which I like and conservative governments know how to run an economy and create full employment as Howard did.

    However Abbott must remember the small L Liberals and be accepting of progressive social issues and should not get us involved in anymore bloody, unnecessary, and unwinnable overseas wars.

    Good luck Tony. He seems a nice bloke when I sat next to him on the top table at an ACM function on 06 Nov 09 here in Melbourne.

    The function was focused on the ACM matter, the 10th anniversary of the defeat of the republicans, and “The Crowned Republic” (Google it) but after another MP at our table said negative things about retiring small L Liberal MP’s I said to Tony that I did not agree with her and though a party should have a broad mix of people as MP’s. He agreed.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 1, 2009, 19:10
  91. Hey “anon | December 1, 2009, 10:17” you dopey bigot.

    Substitute Jew, Moslem or Vegan for “Catholic” and realise what a little, insignificant twit you are.

    Posted by Not a Catholic, never will be. | December 1, 2009, 19:39
  92. Alex why were you and Nick having an argument in Canberra with Malcolm a short while ago? Is it that he told you he had no intention to put you on the front bench, as you are so very unpopular in the area you supposedly represent? Malcolm leaked what the argument was about to one of our Journalists, he was so annoyed with you. He had no intention of putting you on the front bench. He was just tagging you along, the way I have been told you tag the people along in your Party.
    I will leak the contents of the argument in my paper later when it is closer to the Federal election. You were fooled into believing what I said to you, weren’t you.
    I will now help the new Party in the North West area. Alex I couldn’t ever stand you.
    PS. Someone in your office is leaking information about your plans for the future.

    Posted by Perspective by Col | December 1, 2009, 21:09
  93. First Malcolm then Joe, Alex they may be after me next.
    You know how the Taliban defeated the Communist Red Army. Alex they call us Communists, we have to part company, I’m on the run. It’s every man for himself, even though you’re not much of a man. You’re only half the size of a real man. I never trusted you anyway, you said you would give me Florida and I’m still waiting. You told me I could bath in Johnson and Johnson’s baby oil on the beach. Joe tried to convince the Party members they were now members of a Progressive (Communist Party) and he failed.
    I will leave you with your Greek friend from the Left good luck. I was always told ‘be ware of Greeks bearing gifts’.

    Posted by Nick Shambles | December 1, 2009, 21:24
  94. Well done Tony Abbott; make sure you understand its no longer a factional game and lead. You may well be the last train leaving for some time, remember Kevin Rudd is the target

    Posted by Max Rawnsley | December 1, 2009, 21:32
  95. The deep divisions continue. Ain’t democracy grand!

    Posted by politicalrealist | December 1, 2009, 21:35
  96. To Tony Abbott: Please remove all of the left wing Communists from our Party.
    They have there own Party it is called Labor or the Greens. The only reason for them being in our Party is they want to sabotage it. There is no way the leftists will work with anyone cohesively, if they can’t control everything. The leftists have no problem with power as long as they have it all. Let the entire right rise up and crush the vermin of the treacherous Communists, expel them all and let them go to the hell of the Labor Party.

    Posted by Conservative voter | December 1, 2009, 21:37
  97. The whole of the Luna Left would have pushed the ETS and bankrupted our Country.
    Malcolm and his pack of Left wing Eastern Suburbs Lunnies, would have happily destroyed the economy of the once great land. Go back to cleaning cars and take Alex, Nick and Mick with you. You can change your name to Marks (as you follow his Philosophy) but it would be more like Groucho Marks as you are such a clown.

    Posted by Citizen | December 1, 2009, 21:48
  98. The man is a monarchist, believing that only a member of a specific English family can be the Australian head of state. As such, he is a traitor.

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | December 1, 2009, 22:04
  99. to the tune of “Guantenamera”
    “ONE TONY ABBOTT, there’s only one Tony Abbott,

    One Tony Abbott, there’s only one Tony Abbott

    There’s only one Tony Abbott, there’s only one Tony Abbott…

    One Tony Abbott, there’s only one Tony Abbott…” (repeat x52)

    Posted by What a fantastic day! (Bearbrass) | December 1, 2009, 22:15
  100. Has Christopher Pyne been purged yet?

    Posted by Bearbrass | December 1, 2009, 22:21
  101. Has anyone seen my Dog — Amanda

    Posted by Andrew Jefferies | December 1, 2009, 22:27
  102. Amanda — Amanda here girl. I have to worm you and get rid of those fleas. — good girl

    Posted by Andrew Jefferies | December 1, 2009, 22:30
  103. actually Pyne’s on Lateline now speaking very positively about Abbott so maybe he’ll be safe. He’s mentioned that Tony spends some weeks every year teaching in remote Cape York communities

    Posted by Bearbrass | December 1, 2009, 22:31
  104. Dont vote for Abbott cos he’s a Maggot….

    Posted by Costello | December 1, 2009, 22:50
  105. Genuine question – has Chrissy had any work done on his melon? There was some footage of him on the 7.30 Report tonight from a couple of years back, and since that time he seems to have got very Hoges across the forehead and very Sam Newman around the eyes.

    Posted by Pyne-o-clean | December 1, 2009, 23:02
  106. Did anyone vote for me? I almost nominated you know. Almost. Fair dinkum, I was that close to putting my hat in the ring. Whew, missed it by that much.

    Posted by Petey Costello | December 1, 2009, 23:05
  107. Good one Chad. Your constant remarks about AJ’s wife do you no favours or get you any more friends.

    Has David Clarke asked you to put this on here? Does he endorse this kind of treatment of women?

    Posted by Silas | December 1, 2009, 23:16
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  109. Please purge my back passage Bearbrass with your huge engorged member.

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | December 1, 2009, 23:41
  110. God I’m clever.

    Posted by Nickelarse Munchin | December 2, 2009, 0:10
  111. wow, you hard right people are really petty, attacking the wife of a member of council like that. you’re worse than those left wingers you claim to hate so much. what would it be like if the shoe were on the other foot? people ripping into your families?
    you are all full of shit, no wonder people hate the hard right.

    Posted by concerned liberal | December 2, 2009, 0:39
  112. So has anyone pointed out to these right wingers that being a moderate does not make them left? Because inability to make such a distinction reflects poorly on their intelligence, or thereby lack of.

    Posted by Farley | December 2, 2009, 0:42
  113. Has anyone seen my wife? Someone seems to have replaced her with a camel’s backside. I’ll sue you all when I find out who did this!

    Posted by David Clarke | December 2, 2009, 0:44
  114. I would just like to say that I am appalled at the behaviour of several people within my faction. I was not involved in that email chain, but I think such rudeness is unneccesary and reflects poorly on our ideals. Whoever is posting insulting comments about Mrs Jefferies should cease immediately. We were all once part of the same team, and Abbott’s rise to the Head of the Liberal Party of Australia should be a signal for unity. We still have to win back our state and our country, so we should put aside our differences and work towards our common goal: Restoring the Liberal Party to power.
    Petty factionalism has caused us to lose face, and it is among other things what kept a disorganised ALP out of power during the Howard years.

    Posted by ashamed right wing | December 2, 2009, 0:59
  115. Much ado about nothing!

    Posted by Much ado about nothing | December 2, 2009, 1:04
  116. just going off earlier comments about tony abbots public speaking…his talking manner in QT is already fine and todays press conference is nothing to go buy

    Posted by ran.dom | December 2, 2009, 2:23
  117. Has anybody heard anything about the real election the at the Haich eSsssss yoU?

    Posted by Result | December 2, 2009, 9:08
  118. Peter Costello’s activities this week have been interesting. He hogged the limelight yesterday getting the keys to The City of Stonnington (located in Higgins) and attacked Turnbull in The Age today (02 Dec 09). Doesn’t he want to help the Liberal candidate as Higgins while Liberal is also very Green. My earlier prediction in VEXNEWS that Kelly O’Dwyer will have a 4% swing against her but will still win is restated and the Green will poll well.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | December 2, 2009, 9:33
  119. Sorry, it wasn’t a camel’s backside – it was Kylie Kutasi in a frock.

    Posted by David Clarke | December 2, 2009, 9:33
  120. The Liberal Party should get out of the jungle and let the tiger find its own meat. But instead it has embraced the law of the jungle.

    Now the tiger will eat Tony Abbott.

    Grrrrrrrrr said the tiger.

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    Posted by Dr Dean | December 2, 2009, 9:52
  121. Hawke voted for Hockey in the first round and Turnbull in the second.

    Nick Shambles and Hawke are nothing short of shell shocked at Abbott’s win.

    Connie is still waiting on someone to tell her who to vote for and is widely considered as the person who lodged the donkey vote.

    Posted by Gallery Insider | December 2, 2009, 9:58
  122. Gallery Insider is close on the money.

    All will be revealed over the course of the next week or so as to who voted for whom.

    Most insiders know that Briggs, Pyne and Hawke are a close team in Canberra. They have a name for themselves which I won’t share.

    Briggs was at Hockey’s presser after the ballot. More info is coming in atm, however it can be safely assumed that the three voted for Hockey in the first.

    In addition, a good measure of the solid supporters are those who attend the leaders’ first presser. There was no sign of Briggs, Pyne or Hawke.

    So at this stage, Gallery Insider is pretty accurate.

    When full list is out I will post it here.

    Posted by Twitter me Timbers | December 2, 2009, 10:30
  123. Whoever is posting as “Andrew Jefferies”, you should be ashamed of yourself. Amanda is one of the nicest people you could meet and just because you are an ardent David supporter doesn’t give you the right (no pun intended) to slander fellow conservative liberals and their family members. To be fair, this also goes for whoever posted as “David Clarke”, you are just as bad. Bravo to “ashamed right wing”, you have my admiration

    Posted by A real howard patriot | December 2, 2009, 10:56
  124. Pissy Chryne might be heading to the back bench, as the stinking mic Mad Monk will not be too keen on Pissy’s swinging.

    Posted by anon | December 2, 2009, 10:59
  125. I’m puzzled by people referring to the informal vote/ spoiled ballot paper yesterday as a “Donkey Vote”
    – I thought a DV was when you fill in your preferences 1,2,3,4… consecutively down the page?

    And Chrissy Pyne… eeeewwwww!

    Posted by Bearbrass | December 2, 2009, 11:15
  126. If everyone could cut the slanderous politics and work together we could come through both State and Federal elections on top. We have to end this stupidity now before it destroys the credibility of the party as a whole.

    Posted by ashamed right wing | December 2, 2009, 11:44
  127. It is hard to know how genuine alot of the posts here are but what presents as a constant theme is a terrible sectarianism and that is clearly engendered by Hawke and those suporting him. It says much for the intellectual shallowness of their position that they appeal to this basest of motives. That is why they feel suddenly very uneasy about Abbott’s win.
    It is this subtle sectarianism that the media direct at Abbott as well.
    In many quarters reporting on Abbott is often prefaced by a description of him as ” a conservative Catholic”.
    Imagine if other members of parliament were described by reference to their religious affiliation. There would be uproar. Therein lies much of the hypocrisy of the Left.
    I notice one post insisting that there is a distinction between ‘Moderate” and ‘Left’.
    The charge from the Conservatives is not that they are synonymous but that they run and vote as a block.
    Hawke and Campbell regularly now vote with the Left.
    That is what has brought Turnbull undone. The party’s base, which is largely conservative, were infuriated by a policy position that was indistinguishable from that of Labor. For a short time the Nationals alone articulated a true conservative view.

    Posted by Mitchell Observer | December 2, 2009, 12:01
  128. Do you mean the sectarianism that Clarke generated last year because he thought Hawke was trying to oust him at a time when he wasn’t?

    Posted by Rhodes | December 2, 2009, 12:10
  129. What’s the bet Hawke will now call for an alignment to “conservative values” and abandon his Left Faction colleagues!

    Posted by Blind Freddie | December 2, 2009, 12:16
  130. Hey Ashamed Right Wing.
    Totally agree with you about the asinine name calling and anonymous slander on the board. You and I both know it’s not a good look for our side of politics, Maggot-dick.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009, 12:23
  131. Posted by Twitter me Timbers | December 2, 2009, 10:30 “Most insiders know that Briggs, Pyne and Hawke are a close team in Canberra. They have a name for themselves which I won’t share.” Is it ‘The Insipid, Little, Stand-For-Nothing-But-Effective-Anal-Lube C#nts’?

    Posted by 'Lefthand' Wayne King | December 2, 2009, 13:19
  132. The mad Monk, and all of his Liberals suffer from the same problem :- a superiorty complex.
    One can only hope that they are consigned to the waste bin at the
    next election

    Posted by Argus Tuft | December 2, 2009, 13:48
  133. At last we have got an opposition to ask the hard questions. Detail is something everyone wants and now it’s Rudd’s turn to be held accountable, game on

    Posted by scarlet pimpernell | December 2, 2009, 14:00
  134. ***The mad Monk, and all of his Liberals suffer from the same problem :- a superiorty complex***

    Naaah.

    But he certainly brings out the inferiority complex in your kind.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 2, 2009, 14:00
  135. Now confirmed from two different sources that Hawke voted for Hockey and then Malcolm.

    The picture is becoming a lot clearer!

    Posted by Gallery Insider | December 2, 2009, 16:04
  136. Amazing that all these otherwise luna left PC turd buckets are happy to come out in their droves slamming Abbott as some kind of catholic nutter.

    I dont remember the last time Tony tried to convince some kid just out of high school to strap on bombs and go nuke a hippy commune. Perhaps if he did he would also be defended by the luna left? Who knows.

    Point is, if you repeat what some of these idiots are saying and simply substituted another word (eg aboriginal, muslim, asian, black, gay, female) for catholic there would be absolute hell to pay in PC leftard land.

    Posted by mick | December 2, 2009, 17:35
  137. concerned liberal:
    Woof Woof Woof – come here girl, I am taking you to the Vet. He is going to give you a Distemper shot, it will make you feel better. — Woof – Woof – Woof.

    Posted by Rove | December 2, 2009, 17:59
  138. And the hard right faction shows once more that they lack the maturity to lead. Well done kids, I hope clarkey gives you all a nice pat on the head and a treat for all of your *cough* hard work.

    Posted by Milton Godfrey | December 2, 2009, 19:49
  139. Wow rove your detective skills are amazing. You should consider a career there, doesn’t look like there’s anywhere else for you to go.

    Posted by concerned liberal | December 2, 2009, 19:52
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  141. ahahahaha, Turnbull’s fans are having a meltdown

    Posted by Jenny Q | December 2, 2009, 22:09
  142. Cardinal Pell please please don’t make me play leap frog with Mr Abbott again.

    Posted by Little Blonde Choir Boy | December 2, 2009, 22:52
  143. LBCB – you are filth.

    Posted by anon | December 2, 2009, 23:04
  144. Jenny Q – maybe I’m wrong, but I think TurnbullFan has their tongue in their cheek.
    I couldn’t stop laughing at any rate. Oooh, MT looks sooooo serious!

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | December 2, 2009, 23:15
  145. Enjoying how New Groupers like Sasha Uher are now telling everyone how much they love Tony Abbott. This is the same Sasha Uher who didn’t want the Sydney Uni Liberal Club 1st year members listening to Tony Abott because he was too extreme and cancelled his invitation at late notice

    Spineless

    Posted by Fred | December 3, 2009, 0:50
  146. Now confirmed from two different sources that Hawke voted for Hockey and then Malcolm.

    The picture is becoming a lot clearer!

    Posted by Gallery Insider | December 2, 2009, 16:04

    Posted by Fred | December 3, 2009, 0:51
  147. Higgins is lost…

    The first casualty in the war of attrition between the liberals and conservatives will be KOD.

    Her primary vote has collapsed with the 18-35 years chort and with women to 55.

    She will poll between 40-45% primary, and lose on prefs.

    McKerras outlines it all in The Australian today. News Ltd can only spin so much for the Mad Monk.

    Thankyou Nick Minchin!!!

    Posted by Reality Check | December 3, 2009, 4:36
  148. Wasn’t Tony Abbott organised for a SULC drinks at the beginning of the year but was cancelled at the last minute because Exec + Hawke felt he wasn’t the “right sort of mp” for new members to be mingling with..

    Posted by Short Memory | December 3, 2009, 9:03
  149. ****Cardinal Pell please please don’t make me play leap frog with Mr Abbott again***

    Another coward with a keyboard, eh? The anonimity of the Internet makes a maggot like you ‘brave’, but if you ever met Abbott you’d be submissively urinating, not talking tough.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 3, 2009, 9:12
  150. Just to be clear, BiW, is ‘submissive urinating’ something you and Tony advocate?

    Posted by Byron's club foot in mouth | December 3, 2009, 9:28
  151. Reality Check! Never was a name more truly chosen.

    Lying Climate Alarmism HAS claimed a scalp, but it isn’t O’Dwyer’s:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125970198500271683.html

    That crashing noise you’re hearing isn’t the ice shelf tumbling into the sea, it is Lying Climate Alarmism crumbling under the weight of its own falsity.

    Posted by Lies, Damned Lies and Climate Change | December 3, 2009, 9:40
  152. Does anybody remember Sophia Perrottet having a shriek about how “you never swear at a woman” outside Hawke’s office a couple of months ago? Funny that.

    Posted by That's bulls##t, Nicola | December 3, 2009, 9:53
  153. Mitchell Observer is Councillor Robert Parker (Mitchell Shire) confidant to Fran bailey.. he registered the site (Mitchell Observer) under his mum a thinks no one knows.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2009, 10:02
  154. hey fake Citizen, you spelled MARX wrong. making yourself just that much less credible.

    Posted by i know who the real citizen is | December 3, 2009, 11:40
  155. One thing Abbot has done is put the focus on the Rudds folly, with is know as Rudds Great Big New Tax

    Posted by Rudds Great BIG New Tax scandal | December 3, 2009, 12:17
  156. Cardinal Pell why do I always have to bend over to pick up the soap for Mr Abbott?

    Posted by Little Blonde Choir Boy | December 3, 2009, 17:40
  157. Bye bye Kellie…

    Bye bye Higgins…

    Posted by Reality Check | December 3, 2009, 19:07
  158. At least one thing. He says what he thinks. Bloody good change to the rudster’s spin. Maybe ruddy will start to speak in “plain english” please. Might need to chnage form programmatic specificity to english understandabilus!

    Posted by cynic | December 3, 2009, 19:38
  159. Higgens doesnt have enough enrolled downies to actually elect a gaian fundamentalist. I think you need some of your own name mate.

    Posted by mick | December 3, 2009, 20:10
  160. Saturday…

    Posted by Reality Check | December 3, 2009, 21:43
  161. ‘Reality Check’ should read Peter Costello’s piece regarding Malcolm Turnbull published after the leadership change.
    The former member for Higgins is in no doubt about who has damaged the Liberal brand. He details the immature manner in which Turnbull conducted himself after losing the first leadership ballot, won by Brendan Nelson, and then details Turnbull’s conduct thereafter.

    Posted by Mitchell Observer | December 4, 2009, 17:14
  162. Read it… not impressed.

    Peter Costello was and is part of the problem for non-labor politics – not the solution.

    Alister Drysdale – former Senior Advisor to Fraser, Peacock and Kennett says it best in the Business Spectator:

    “… After an extraordinary week in the history of Australian politics, Liberal Party chose a leader who will lose dozens of marginal seats. He will run a rump party, confined to political exile for a generation…

    …Tony Abbott’s leadership will not be about claiming the centre ground. It will be about pandering to the far right and centre right – his core constituency…

    …He will be cheered by the heartland but jeered by mainstream Australian men and women…

    …This result – unexpected, unprecedented and almost unexplainable – changes the dynamic in Australian politics…

    …This week the Liberal Party imploded. It ceased to exist as a progressive “broad church. For many unaligned Australians it was exposed as a conservative cabal of misfits, deniers, naysayers and idiots…”

    Now – that’s the reality.

    Labor and the Greens are dancing in the streets, getting used to being the natural parties of government – because non-labor have lost the plot, and handed then power by default.

    Posted by Reality Check | December 4, 2009, 23:33
  163. Exactly what was said by the Left about John Howard, and interesting that the source you quote was adviser to Peacock, Fraser and Kennett ( Peacock’s Victorian ally )all of whom did all in their power to stop Howard and doomed the Liberal party to years in opposition.
    The Australian electorate is naturally Centre Right and even within Labor’s base are socially conservative voters, Howard’s famous “battlers”. That is why Rudd was successful. He moved to the Right, to win.
    Already Abbott is redefining the debate, drawing strong contrasts in the Climate Change debate, industrial relations, Indigenous Policy, economic policy.
    Interesting that ‘Reality Check’ dismisses the architect of the economic policy that all agree brought Australia through the GFC so well. But more importantly, Costello is not a Catholic. He calls it just as it is.
    That’s the actual “reality”

    Posted by Mitchell Observer | December 5, 2009, 11:18
  164. Abbott and his conservative cabal make Howard look moderate and Green…

    Posted by Reality Check | December 5, 2009, 11:38
  165. “I Told You So.”

    Btw, isnt it about time you changed that moniker? Reality is about the furthest thing from where your silly luna-lefty cheerleading stands.

    Take the 1% swing against the libs, remove the 5% a popular, high profile member loses as personal vote and Id call it a pretty heavy effective swing against the everything (gets) taxed scheme. Joe public is getting tired of being intimidated by gaian idiots promising hellfire if they dont convert and a sensible Liberal candidate willing to talk plain instead of nonsense will turn the ETS into Rudd’s very own chocolate cake.

    That is the reality here mate. Abbott is the “can win” wild card leader. Turnbull was the “will lose but hopefully not by too much” losing loser who would have lost. Scares the crap out of you doesnt it? The idea of Howard mark 2. Makes the latte taste bitter, just thinking about it…

    Posted by Mick | December 6, 2009, 2:53
  166. Reality Check Let’ hear ya spin now?

    Posted by Gary | December 6, 2009, 10:47
  167. Cardinal Pell why has Mr Abbott got Ben Wah Balls on his Rosary Beads?

    Posted by Little Blonde Choir Boy | December 7, 2009, 22:42
  168. I heard from Canberra sources over the weekend that Alex Hawke voted for Hockey in the first round.

    How does this happen? I read Hawke’s comments all last week about how anti-ETS he was – but then he voted for a potential leader that would have implemented the Rudd ETS.

    Not only that – out of the three candidates, Hockey would have to be the furthest to the left out of all of them.

    One has to ask was Hawke’s public voice against the ETS to protect his support base – but his vote in the party room to advance his career?

    He must have thought that Hockey was the future and Abbott was the past, and if he had won, he would have been given a front bench position.

    Whatever happened to standing up for what you supposedly believe in. If he is doing this at his age, can you imagine what kind of politician he will turn out to be…

    Posted by Gobsmacked | December 7, 2009, 22:54
  169. Just while people are talking about puppets and all the rest of it in the Labor Party without much validity this stuff also continues in the Liberal Party.

    The correspondence I receive about this fellow Alex Hawke, the Federal Member for Mitchell, is endless, you cant jump over it. And, this must surely be the most despised person in the Liberal Party.

    One letter yesterday, or this morning, no matter how much you say about Alex Hawke unless you expose Nick Campbell the president of the Liberal Party who provides Alex Hawke with cover, Alex Hawke will have protection.

    The letter goes on – not much is know about this Nick Campbell because he makes it a point to stay in the shadows, but he is a backroom operator known as the silent assassin because he knifes people who don’t agree with him behind the scenes.

    This is the Liberal Party of NSW. They are aiming to form government. It says in 2007 this Nick Campbell and this is common knowledge, everyone knows this, it is fact he lodged his nomination form for preselection for the seat of Mitchell as a smokescreen for Alex Hawke. Alan Cadman the man who had been there for years had been knifed Campbell withdrew his nomination so Hawke could win.

    It says this wet behind the ears marshmallow Alex Hawke couldn’t win or do anything for that matter without Nick Campbell. It’s the very reason they call Alex Hawke bib and Nick Campbell bub.

    It says in the Bradfield preselection Nick Campbell did a deal to make sure Tom Switzer didn’t get the seat. Nick has apparently boasted that “no one has screwed over more conservatives than me!”.

    People are angry about this sort of stuff and they are writing. They cant speak publicly because if you speak publicly about the Liberal Party they will ban you and run you out of the party.

    This is the bloke who is the president of the state Liberal Party. And, we are worried about Tripodi and Obied? This is the next government of New South Wales and in light of everything that is written and said about Alex Hawke how is this bloke still on the loose?

    Did Campbell help Hawke with the redistribution in Mitchell?

    Is it true because of the redistribution Hawke won preselection?

    Has Campbell shown, as is being said, a willingness to change the rules to ensure he gets the outcome he wants. Did he change the rules to change the entitlements to who gets to vote in preselections?

    These things are being said to me and this bloke is being fully employed by Johnson & Johnson Australia, Campbell, and he is the president of the Liberal Party in New South Wales.

    How much is he being paid by Johnson & Johnson?

    How much work does he do for Johnson & Johnson and how much work does he do for the Liberal Party.

    Did he employ people at Johnson & Johnson to work for him and are they former Liberal Party staffers?

    And, also, his name has been linked with the demise of John Brogden. What do Johnson & Johnson get out of the arrangements?

    The correspondence I get on this is monumental and people are worried about Triopdi and Obeid! Barry O’Farrell cant be happy with this.

    Who is covering for Alex Hawke and why? The Party was promised decisive disciplinary action against those responsible for a video which exposes the bikie gang tactics of Alex Hawke. But, no action has been taken against Alex Hawke or his staffers when that appalling behaviour when a meeting was called for the Federal Electoral Conference some weeks ago. But when a video comes out damaging to Hawke it is though everything is put aside and the perpetrators are hunted down. Well, who is hunting down Hawke and his staffers for their behaviour?

    It seems as though Campbell should step down from Johnson & Johnson or from the Liberal Party. If this continues to go on I will continue to talk about it.

    Tony Abbott is now the federal leader, Barry O’Farrell is the state leader, both of them are from New South Wales and this stuff cannot be allowed to go on under their watch.

    Posted by Alan Jones' Comments 7/12/09 | December 7, 2009, 23:01

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