iSentia Index

Nov 30, 2011

All eyes on Slipper’s speaker appointment

Sorry folks, no-one gets the chance to vote either for or against Mr Slipper ever again, but I’m sure he’s taken your comments seriously nevertheless…

John Chalmers

iSentia group communications manager

What a joy politics is. We all got to see the intricate charade of everyone pretending black was white, that any minority Government wouldn’t do just about anything to get an extra vote on the floor of the House and that Harry Jenkins had simply woken up one late November morning and decided he didn’t want to be Speaker anymore. Harry has undoubtedly proved his loyalty to the family business, while Peter Slipper has shown his loyalty to vice-royally enjoying his last two years in Canberra, although you can bet there will be 71 eagle eyes on the Speaker’s hospitality and travel bills from now on.

While the change in the numbers on the floor of the House was of course a massive issue, an issue with far longer term ramifications was the policy focus of this week, the release of the Murray Darling Basin plan by Tony Burke predictably leaving no-one happy, the only politically realistic result, but the result for both the environment and the sustainability of productive rural life in the Basin are far less certain.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions



Leave a comment

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details