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.
“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.