Fighting for his seat: The Andrew Fraser
counterspin appears! NSW Nat Andrew Fraser was fighting for his seat when he
took on Big Joe Tripodi in the House on Wednesday night. “I understand that at
the heart of the dispute was the issue of the demise of the NSW Nationals and
the rise of Country Independents. I believe that there is a good chance of an
Independent challenging (and probably winning) the seat of Coffs Harbour at the
next election. But the crux of the issue is that his seat (and his party’s
future) is under threat,” a NSW political watcher claims to Crikey.

Can a Muslim be elected to Parliament in Australia?:

Gosh. I though Malcolm Mackerras may have been around long enough to know
what a rhetorical question was. Anyway, here’s a curious transcript from SBS’s
Dateline program in 2000 where Malcolm Fraser suggested ACT MLA, the CARE Australia worker held prisoner
in the former Yugoslavia, may have converted to Islam.


Out of fuel:
Populism is getting more and
more professional it seems, going by this fuel prices lobbying site. The political email links are
helping.

ACT Liberal strife: More strife in the ACT
Liberal Party, according to The Canberra Times:
“ACT Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth was forced to back down on a motion in the
Assembly yesterday by three members of his own party… At issue was a minor matter – Mr Smyth’s
decision to separate the jobs of Opposition Whip and Manager of Opposition
Business, two roles he stripped from Ginninderra MLA Mrs Dunne last week… It is
convention in Opposition that the roles are assigned together, on the basis
that one attracts the money, the other the work.”

Busy boy: “The Victorian Liberal Party hierarchy is considering
expelling a prominent Young Liberal after an internal investigation
found he had repeatedly breached party rules,” The Age
says today. Fundraising seems to be the issue at stake here – a serious
matter – but there are suggestions of some interesting recruiting
practices in the past. Any more details available from
Crikey subscribers?

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