Foreign Minister, Bob Carr led the world in expelling Syrian diplomats (Expulsion of Syrian Chargé d’Affaires), whether this was too late or not enough, is for discussion in another post. However, for too long, Abbott and his acolytes have told us that we cannot move on taking action against climate change because ‘we can’t go it alone‘. This shows perhaps other countries are waiting for someone else to make the first step. Australia didn’t go it alone, Australia led and others followed.
A headline on news.com.au – another Limited News outlet, ran a piece about the economy “Australia’s economy is doing well… Australia’s economy was ‘quite sound’ and our prospects ‘very good’ should the world be dragged into another global slump by collapses in Europe… Australia isn’t Greece”. Yes, from the media organisation that had spent 2 years talking down the same economy.
During the Parliamentary discussion on Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2012 (31 May), Bob Katter got up and had a few things to say, ranging from praising the Unionist Paddy Crumlin, railing against an Abbott junta which would see Australia become nothing but a quarry – not even miners, just a quarry – even reduced to importing food. Katter was on fire defending the Great Barrier Reef from ships that would smash it.
Katter went on to rage against his former party for their inability to do anything to protect Australian jobs or the environment. “Ben Chifley was a prime minster without peer”, praising the Labor prime minister. He even got an ad for his book in $39.99. Why can’t we replace the entire Opposition with Bob Katter? He says No a lot too, but unlike Abbott, frequently makes sense.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard made a brave speech to the Minerals Council, telling some of the mining industry’s big players that Australians did not miners begrudge their success.
But I know this too: they work pretty hard in car factories and panel beaters and in police stations and hospitals.
And here’s the rub: you don’t own the minerals; they own it and they deserve their share… Governments only sell you the right to mine the resource – a resource we hold in trust for a sovereign people.
Even though the combine power of the miners may yet bring down this government, with their opposition to the MRRT (Minerals Resource Rent Tax), the Prime Minister reminded them of a few things. Tony Abbott’s speech about minerals quietly disappeared from the online archives.
Tony Abbott has come out and admitted that “Gillard won’t lie”. Yes, it’s half a sentence, but still… So who do we believe now, when Abbott talks about “trust”? Um, not you Tony.
Doug Cameron said “you can’t be a brawler day in day out … you’ve got to have something between your ears” about Tony Abbott, perhaps. And an entire nation, well those few who still pay attention to anything the ABC says, fell off their chairs in shock.
Last but never least.
Craig Thomson may have just ensure that Tony Abbott will never be Prime Mini. May have also ended his chance of still being Leader Of Coalition Opposition (LOCO) at the next election.
That Craig Thomson, the man who Tony Abbott had spent months trying to destroy, pushing him to the brink, then feigning concern that he might do something.
Showing humour, skill, political acumen, and courage, Craig Thomson’s presence made Tony Abbott flee from a vote, which will forever be the image that one thinks of when Tony Abbott comes up in conversation.
Run Rabbit Run.
because no matter how many times you see this image, it never gets old