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Jul 11, 2014

Crikey says: Abetz and Abbott on Senate chaos

Keane dissects what went wrong for the government this week (answer: plenty). We fact-check Ian Plimer's new book, and we bring you the latest from the Whitehaven Coal hoaxer's sentencing today. Which Fairfax employee gave a cheeky board game to bosses? And we listened to your rage -- here's a rebuttal to Keane's soccer piece. See you for the final 5am Monday.

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“Labor and the Greens have colluded today to throw democratic process out the window and have turned the processes of the Senate into a farce. Labor has been caught out in its unsuccessful attempt to manipulate Senate process and has been exposed as having completely lost control in the Senate” — Eric Abetz, November 2010.

“If you needed any more clear evidence that Labor is being held hostage by the Greens then this is it, Senator Brown says jump and Labor asks ‘how high'” — Eric Abetz, November 2011.

“I think the Australian people are sick of a governing party which makes decisions on the basis of squalid backroom deals” — Tony Abbott, February 2012.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard. It’s a chaotic and dysfunctional government … just chaotic and dysfunctional. Now, it doesn’t matter who leads the Labor Party, it will be chaotic and dysfunctional” — Tony Abbott, March 2013.

“There have been far too many parliamentary games, there’s been far too much backroom dealing and double crossing. Let’s let the people decide” — Tony Abbott, June 2013.

“Only the Coalition can be trusted when we say there will be no deals with the Greens, no deals with flaky independents; no deals whatsoever” –Tony Abbott, 2013 election campaign.


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14 thoughts on “Crikey says: Abetz and Abbott on Senate chaos

  1. David Hand

    I was out to dinner tonight and noticed my fan mail coming in so thought I’d give you my view before I go to bed.

    The back room deal Julia did with the Greens in August 2010 was to sell out the government agenda in exchange for Greens support to form a government. The Coalition has absolutely not done this.

    The Carbon tax was a done deal in that negotiating period and though there were smiles for the cameras while Oakshott, Windsor and Katter were still making up their minds, not a word was let slip about the new Greens control.

    One can only speculate how things might have been different had Oakshott and Windsor known just how much of the Greens agenda had already been signed off on the day they made their fateful decision.

    Nothing like this is happening today. In July 2014, we have an uncontrollable billionaire with scores to settle controlling four vital senate votes. It’s possible he will overstep the mark and be so obstructive that Tony calls the double dissolution election I think we need to sweep the idiots from the senate.

    But the other possibility – only a possibility – is that he will work out, as Oakshott and Windsor did, that a new election means the end of the road for PUP so they will get a bit more positive and not devote their lives to destroying the government’s agenda. This week will tell. If the repeal of the carbon tax happens the government is essentially on track to implement its programme.

    Then you can all take a chill pill.

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