Jul 8, 2014

‘Perpetual-motion Palmer’ leaves government in turmoil

The Abbott government is in trouble. So does it wait for Clive Palmer to burn out, or the PUP to break up -- or rethink its key messages?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

While the commencement of the new Senate has given the Abbott government an opportunity to start passing its legislative agenda, at the moment the political narrative is still outside its control, as it has been since its pre-budget positioning went off the rails in April.

The risk is that July 1 ends up like January — that was when the government was going to use the summer break to re-establish its political footing after a bad start, only to keep on stumbling. At the moment Tony Abbott remains deeply disliked, Labor is well ahead in the polls, and the federal damage has reinforced the problems of inept Coalition governments in Victoria and Queensland.

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12 thoughts on “‘Perpetual-motion Palmer’ leaves government in turmoil

  1. negativegearmiddleclasswelfarenow.com

    Clive Palmer is likely aware of CIA Dispatch # 1035-960
    and a step ahead of the barking in the News Corp kennels.

  2. zut alors

    Palmer behaves like the classic only child ie: not truly fulfilled unless the centre of attention.

  3. AR

    BK – stop trying to be Grundle, you don’t have the weight.
    Stick to what you do so tediously, bean counting and traducing the Greens.

  4. Bill Hilliger

    …if anything, voters are only too pleased to see the government’s will being thwarted. And yes CP is smarter than the average bear when it comes to dealing with churnalists and news corpse. You betcha, all lovely to see it all unfold and ravel couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of venal political riff-raff.

  5. Jimmyhaz

    ‘the trading scheme that will be priced at zero until the Republican Party decides to accept basic science again.’

    Sooooooo, never?

  6. Jimmyhaz

    Or forever, take your pick.

  7. Ken Lambert

    Don’t worry about Clive folks….Oz’s answer to Mr Creosote will resolve himself. It won’t be an implode…more like an explode.

    I wouldn’t want to be in the House when it happens…

  8. Bill

    Clive has Tony by the balls and he is squeezing. Whatever the outcome, it does bring a smile.

  9. zut alors

    Bill @ #8, Clive is using Tony as a warm-up for what he has in store for Enemy No 1, Campbell Newman.

  10. Nomad

    Where are coalition supporters?

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