Dec 3, 2013

Pyne blows himself, and the Gonski reforms, to pieces

Christopher Pyne has destroyed the Gonski school funding reforms and badly damaged the government with his bungling. So what drove this balls-up?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

It’s bad when governments stuff up the politics of an issue. And it’s bad when they pursue poor policy. But the very worst political debacles are a combination of policy and political blunders. And Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s handling of schools funding is one for the ages. He’s single-handedly turned an ordinary start for the Abbott government — partly through no fault of its own — into a complete stuff-up. The government will either be defined by this, or learn from it and dramatically improve its performance.


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49 thoughts on “Pyne blows himself, and the Gonski reforms, to pieces

  1. Sharkie

    The big question is, what exactly was Pyne doing for the last 6 years? Judging from this week’s shambles, I can only assume Pyne has spent the last 6 years whinging, and 0 hours on education policy development.
    6 years as shadow education minister and when gets the keys to the department, he delivers nothing, absolutely nothing of substance. It really is amazing. We could have saved some tax payers money and made the office goldfish the shadow education minister. In terms of policy development nobody would notice the difference.
    Labor should knock back the government’s carbon and mining tax legislation and beg Abbott to bring on a double dissolution.

  2. MJPC

    Excellent article BK on a total disaster for the ‘new’ government. Ideology ran this one, and the next wil be industrial relations. The tea party lites fanning the winds of change to screw the workers, RAbbott just has to swallow pride and follow the wind vanes, then it will be the end of them. It has to happen, it’s in their genes: Revolution Now!

  3. zut alors

    One suspects Pyne spent the past 6 years as a political dilettante easily distracted by confected nonsense pertaining to Slipper, Ashby etc rather than formulating any workable policies in his portfolio.

    In today’s QT he sprung to his hind legs boasting about the extra money Queensland now has for education. Meantime Newman’s LNP government has earmarked approximately 55 state schools for closure & to be sold as real estate – what’s the bet that won’t change.

  4. Malcolm Street

    Sharkie – it’s not just in education – it appears this government spent its years in opposition not doing any policy development. So much for the myth of Abbott being a brilliant opposition leader – part of the job is preparing for government and he’s stuffed it up mightily.

    Slogans aren’t a substitute for policy once you’re in government…

  5. Rubio Diego

    Great article Bernard, you’re not alone in wondering what they were possibly thinking when they embarked on ” their education policy . ”
    The problem with this rabble, trying to disguise itself as some sort of government, is that they’ve been operating on perception, making enough voters believe in perceived emergencies like debt, refugees, carbon reduction and anything else they could blame on the Labor Party.

    The fact that they won government without thought out policies, is the main reason they’re in such disarray. It’s very much like the dog that finally catches the wheel of the bus a nd then doesn’t know what to do with it !

  6. Bill Hilliger

    A strutting Conski Pyne commanded by flip-flop rAbbott.

  7. Ben heslop

    Nailed it Sharkie – a DD would be wonderous.

    God knows why Labor are putting off the CT vote…

  8. bushby jane

    Labor has made some strange comments lately, including the idea of supporting Quantas.
    A DD sounds good to me too, though perhaps it would be better to see what havoc they can create with Health first. Then perhaps not, too scary.
    Good article Bernard.

  9. Electric Lardyland

    Strange, how none of the State Education Ministers, seemed to be intimidated by the antics of Christopher ‘The Raging Poodle’ Pyne.
    Though the whole torturous episode, does make you wonder what is actually is going on in the heads of both him and Abbott? I mean, they both seem to be claiming victory on the issue. Are they both that seriously self deluded? Or is it just that words no longer have any real world meaning for them? Or maybe it’s the arrogance that comes from knowing that whatever garbage comes out of their mouths, there is always going a large section of the commercial media, that will make every possible effort to magically convert their t*rds into treasure.

  10. Electric Lardyland

    Oh, by the way, Klewso, nice line about class warfare.

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