Sep 12, 2013

Four days in, and Labor is already at odds

That didn't take long. Two Labor MPs want to let Tony Abbott scrap the carbon price, Stephen Conroy calls leadership reforms a joke, and those who voted Liberal get a boost of confidence.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Well, that didn’t last long. Week one, and Labor set itself back by six months in one morning yesterday.

On Saturday night the party swore blind that the years of division must be over, that they would have to act as a party — etc etc, blah blah, vamp ’till ready — and now, with the twentyeleventh preferences in the Senate still being counted, cannon-fodder MPs Richard Marles and Nick Champion have come out of the box arguing Labor should wave through the carbon tax and let the Coalition own it.

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8 thoughts on “Four days in, and Labor is already at odds

  1. Mr Tank

    Hmm. Judging by the commentariat I seem to be the only one who thought Kevin was a dill to resign on election night. To my mind he should have given it a few weeks to lock in the reforms he pushed through during his brief renaissance. If he had done that then these folks would not have been able to rush in to fill the vacuum and thus no opportunity for an article such as this. Oh well, I’ll pin my hopes on Albo (plus a third candidate)standing for the leadership. At least then these thought bubbles will be seen as debate not disunity… Oh and this furphy that the vacant labor leadership will give Abbott a free ride is ridiculous. The guy will posture and announce only to be fired at by the labor aspirants as they barnstorm the country to packed houses of labor supporters – with fantastic media coverage both at a National and local level by the way. After all, it’s not as if he is going to get anything passed in the senate before labor has settled in…

  2. zut alors

    Parliament won’t be sitting until October so who gives a toss if Labor has no leader for the next 5 weeks.

    Guy has described this ALP election aftermath perfectly ie:”…some endless episode of political Big Brother…”

  3. klewso

    Crisis what crisis – parliament won’t be assuming the position til after Toady’s had a chance to recharge the batteries?

    Marles and Champion – what were their thoughts on climate change, before?
    [(Was it this “Marley(?)” that twerked too?)]

  4. klewso

    I don’t think a lot of them can act beyond self-interest?
    To dig the collective out of the hole that sort of attitude dug them all in to?

  5. Keith Thomas

    Now is the time for release of the Carr/Bracks/Faulkner report – unexpurgated. That should dampen the more scurrilous sniping, white-anting and positioning as it would give us a consistent framework for identifying it when it occurs.

  6. CML

    @ Mr Tank – I may be wrong, but I didn’t hear Kevin Rudd ‘resign’ on election night. All I heard him say was that he would not be a candidate for the leadership, presumably at the ballot which has always occurred following an election loss where a leader opts not to continue in that roll.
    In my book, he remains the leader until someone else emerges from the aforementioned post-election ballot.

  7. AR

    They are less ‘cocks or roosters’ than capons. Not just men(sic!)-without-navels but without balls either.
    As DrK said of Golda Meir, Plibisek is the best man left (not)standing.

  8. klewso

    “They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
    Selllllf-serving, and spooky,
    They’re all-together sooky
    The far Right ALP…..”

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