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Mar 7, 2017

Tips and rumours

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

DHS story like Homeland season three. As the warmth of summer gives way to shorter days in the nation's capital, it's heartening to see one of the hardy perennials of Canberran bureaucracy, a "Department of Homeland Security-style mega-department" once again in flower. An Aussie DHS last bloomed in 2014 when it was proposed as a vehicle for the monumental ego of then-immigration minister Scott Morrison, only for his colleagues to put him back in his box. Since then, Morrison has underwhelmed as Treasurer and disappeared from leadership calculations. Labor toyed with the idea for years -- as far back as Mark Latham's time. Back then, the Coalition thought a Department of Homeland Security would be "a cynical window-dressing exercise which is going to bog down Australia's anti-terror efforts in bureaucratic quicksand".  Not that Morrison -- or, now, Peter Dutton -- is the only ego involved.

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  1. klewso

    How much is Perrett paid to share a cage with a rabid mandrill?

  2. klewso

    Hanson’s BS about ‘Howard changing the goal posts’ – hasn’t she used that line before? Wasn’t she mixing what happened in Qld – only the year has changed?

    …. I thought we were in for a good ride when she started by acknowledging her “mate George” (Sinodinos – “The Sultan of Sophistication”?) – from then on it was anyone’s guess where she was going – congratulations to “Hopalong” Cassidy for almost keeping up enough to pull her up once or twice. Reminded me of that old “Ride the Wild Donkey” come-on rodeo trick – you just had to mount facing backwards.

    1. old greybearded one

      Oh Howard changed the goalposts all right, He suddenly made racist slurs and baseless xenophobia The Australian Way. I first thought he was a coward, but no he was just a manipulating dog whistling piece of trash.

      1. klewso

        Hanson’s assertion of “… the Howard government changes the preferences from optional preferential voting in the 1998 election…”.

        1. klewso

          He lowered the bar on those goal posts on everything else – and couldn’t have done it without the aid of a complicit media referee.

  3. Kevin_T

    Which male MP’s who supported / defended cuts to penalty rates, to the same extent, were treated less harshly than Ann Sudmalis?

  4. old greybearded one

    Perhaps the Honourable Member Sudmalis should talk less bullshit.

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