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Crikey says: more care in political debate

If you complain about the Tax Office you might be sent to the funny farm. What would the Australian economy look like under Tony Abbott? John Faulkner intervenes in Labor’s new internal war. The Libs are at war in the ACT, too. And the dirty fuel giant coming to Australia.

News.com.au, February 5:

The opposition today is demanding approval of any new government programs because the election campaign is underway and Prime Minister Julia Gillard is now merely a caretaker.”

Guidance on Caretaker Conventions, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, section 1.1:

The caretaker period begins at the time the House of Representatives is dissolved and continues until the election result is clear or, if there is a change of government, until the new government is appointed.”

Pull the other one, folks.

  • 1
    Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Shouldn’t that be “News.coN.au”?

  • 2
    Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Don’t just blame News. ABC over the weekend were quite happy to let Chris Pyne get away with pretending that it was convention that ministerial resignations immediately lead to by-elections.

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    The Pav
    Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    And these fools pretend they are fit to govern!

  • 4
    Gerry Hatrick, OAP
    Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Yep The Honourable incompetent Brandis this morning was on the ABC today, complaining about balance as per the provisions of the caretaker convention.

  • 5
    Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Gee I look forward to Abbott led parliament, just like I look forward to a headache.

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    Michael Hilliard
    Posted Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    It’s spelt out in Introduction part 1.2 - The caretaker period begins at the time the house of reps is dissolved. Obviously the word Guidance has confused the LNP., they must be reading from Gile on Caretaker Conventions.

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    The Pav
    Posted Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Dear Michael

    I think you are flaterring them when you said they read from Gile.

    If you are Tony Abbott it is unlikely to be read at all unless its 50 Shades of Grey.

    Remember he didn’t read the BHP release ( then he did,then he didn’t)or the Slipper judgement ( not that stopped him from defending Brough)

    Perhaps the problem is hwith comprehension.afterall he can’t even read and understand a domestic power bill