Scott Morrison reveals new-look cabinet

New Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces his new-look cabinet.

Scott Morrison reveals new-look cabinet

Hoping to heal the wounds caused by last week’s leadership spill and general chaos within the Liberal Party, new Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced his new cabinet, calling it the “next generation team” that he hopes will “restore stability to the Government”.

Malcolm Turnbull’s usurper and Mr Morrison’s challenger for the top job, Peter Dutton, has had his super-portfolio split. He’ll stay with Home Affairs, but Immigration has now been delegated to David Coleman. Mr Dutton will focus on cyber security, law enforcement, border protection and security.

After also vying for the seat as party leader, former deputy leader and foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, was the first-round exit in the party leadership ballot with 11 votes. She has since quit her job as Minister for Foreign Affairs but will stay on as an MP.

MPs from all parties hailed Ms Bishop as a standout politician and person, with Mr Turnbull in particular saying “the country has just lost its finest foreign minister”.

While Mr Morrison said he “would have very much welcomed [Ms Bishop's] continuing role in the ministry”, after accepting Ms Bishop’s resignation, he appointed Senator Marise Payne to the job on Ms Bishop's recommendation.

Ms Payne, who was Australia's first woman defence minister, is now the nation’s second female Foreign Minister.

Mr Morrison now faces the monumental task of restoring stability to his party and, perhaps more challenging, earning the trust of his constituents.

“This new Liberal-National team is a next-generation team,” said Mr Morrison.

“It is a team that are brought together to assure that we have the stability necessary, but in addition to that, begin the work of healing that is needed after these most recent events.”

Notable movements include:

  • Alan Tudge will now run population and infrastructure policy.
  • Melissa Price will take on Environment, after new Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's role was split. Angus Taylor now has the Energy part of that portfolio.
  • Christopher Pyne will be the Defence Minister
  • Steven Ciobo is Defence Industry Minister.
  • Michaelia Cash has been given Small Business, Skills and Vocational Education.
  • Former Financial Services Minister Kelly O'Dwyer will now run Jobs and Industrial Relations.
  • Former small business minister Craig Laundy has resigned, as has Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Keith Pitt.
  • Barnaby Joyce will become special envoy for drought assistance and recovery.
  • Malcolm Turnbull has quit Parliament.
  • Although Mathias Cormann publicly supported Peter Dutton, he will remain as Finance Minister and the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's first ministry

Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State, Leader of the Government in the Senate

Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer

Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Women, Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations

Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence

Steve Ciobo, Minister for Defence Industry

Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Christian Porter, Attorney-General

Peter Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs

David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small Business, Skills and Vocational Education

Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts

Greg Hunt, Minister for Health

Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Rural Health, Minister for Sport, Minister for Regional Communications

Dan Tehan, Minister for Education and Training

Michael Keenan, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Digital Transformation

Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services

Melissa Price, Minister for the Environment

Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy

David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs

David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Alan Tudge, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

Outer Ministry

Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development

Linda Reynolds CSC, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs

Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health

Sarah Henderson, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services

Michelle Landry, Assistant Minister for Children and Families

Mark Coulton, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

David Fawcett, Assistant Minister for Defence

Stuart Robert, Assistant Treasurer

Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance

Sussan Ley, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories

Andrew Broad, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister

Scott Buchholz, Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport

Steve Irons, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister

Read more at The Australian

What do you think of the new cabinet? Does this do anything to renew your faith in the party or politics in general?

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    patti
    27th Aug 2018
    11:36am
    So who will handle Immigration? given that Peter Dutton seems to have lost it? Hopefully someone with compassion and a heart
    Old Man
    27th Aug 2018
    12:11pm
    Immigration has been and is ongoing with compassion. Australia has the highest rate of refugee intake of all countries on a per capita basis. There are people who have tried to enter Australia illegally and they are being denied entry because they have no visas and, in a number of cases, no identification. To me, it's the same as someone breaking into my home. I would call the police to deal with it as I'm sure that most others would do the same. I wonder if those bleeding hearts who want all illegals to be allowed entry to Australia would call the police or give those breaking into their home a cup of tea, a good feed and a bed for as long as they want.
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    6:01pm
    "Hopefully someone with compassion and a heart"

    Doesn't exist in the LNP. They're all beancounters.
    MICK
    28th Aug 2018
    9:54am
    OM - "compassion" is a truly wonderful quality but compassion which turns our society into a third world lawless country is a sell out of all Australians and the bleeding hearts will be the first to complain about not enough money and not being safe.
    It might be wonderful to live the life of an imbecile as one is then insulated from reality....for a while. What we need is SUSTAINABLE immigration rather than flooding the country because there is still a square metre which needs somebody to stand on it.

    As I keep saying WE HAVE NO NEED OF MORE PEOPLE. Bob Katter gave the figures on Q&A last night and it is clear existing Australians are unemployed for a reason. Fake immigration is the main offender.
    Spitfire
    28th Aug 2018
    1:42pm
    Your compassion is the gateway for the next generation of terrorists.
    Get real if people want to come here there is an established way to do so.
    Just take a look around at other countries that have accepted these people and are now regretting it.
    If you want to support these so called unfortunates, do so in their own country.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    11:53am
    Mick: What we need is ZERO immigration. The gates to Australia need to be shut!
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    5:32pm
    What we need is to EXPORT all politicians, senior bureaucrats, advisers, "think tank'' members, and anyone buying political favours. That might make room for the small number of immigrants that would actually bring benefits to the country.
    Hoohoo
    3rd Sep 2018
    4:42pm
    You usually make sense, MICK, but I can't believe you are quoting Bob Katter. He's like the antithesis of logic.

    The fact remains, if we wish to enjoy our level of economic success & quality of life in Australia, we need younger people (who work & pay tax) to add to revenue to pay for things like medicare & pensions. We also need people to be working in the aged care industry, as our population ages.

    I'm not a fan of over-population - far from it, but we in the first world need to give Aid to the third world, on the condition that all girls are educated. This is the best way to stop overpopulation. When girls realise they have a future & a value beyond just child-bearing, they naturally limit how many children they have. What's the point of building a wall around Australia when the rest of the world is bulging at the seams? You can't blame them from wanting to leave their homes & to even risk theirs & their children's lives, trying to escape war, torture, unbearable poverty & starvation. I would do the same for my family, if I were unfortunate enough to be born in these terrible places. Some of my Irish ancestors stole bread because they & their families were starving. Ironically, they were punished with a free ticket to what is now called Australia.

    I saw a wonderful cartoon by Glen Le Lievre, showing a traditional Aboriginal man, kangaroo, koala, platypus & wombat standing under a tree, all pointing their spears at a Captain Cook-like figure on the beach (with crew members landing row boats & a tall ship in the background). The man is reading from his clipboard, saying "The au pairs can stay. The rest of you have to leave."
    Charlie
    27th Aug 2018
    11:47am
    What is seen cannot be unseen..
    Kathleen
    27th Aug 2018
    2:26pm
    Best response! Exactly! All the disloyalty, back stabbing, manipulating and boys club keeping out Julie.....totally abhorrent!
    Turnbull outsmarted them in the end although destroyed himself.
    It was so vicious it cannotbe unseen or forgotten.
    Hoohoo
    3rd Sep 2018
    4:46pm
    Yes Kathleen - it was like "Lord of the Flies". They did the undoable: they murdered their own in a bullyboy killing frenzy.
    KB
    27th Aug 2018
    12:10pm
    David Coleman has the portfolio for immigration, We lost decent prime minister in Malcom Turnbull and a good foreign minister in Julie Bishop. Changing leaders again has not restored my faith in politics Politicians only care about themselves and like to float their own boat come facing losing their own seat An informal vote is on my agenda Enough is enough
    disillusioned
    27th Aug 2018
    12:21pm
    Not ANOTHER flamin' PM, who'll now get a PM's pension with all associated lurks, perks and benefits for ever and ever ad nauseum! Isn't this the guy that wanted future gens to forget about the Age Pension? Didn't he say that it's a benefit, not a right? Wonder what he'll do when his own time as PM is up, which might be just around the corner. Only 3 PMs until Christmas! Yay!! This self-serving government makes me sick!!
    Jenny
    27th Aug 2018
    12:44pm
    How can you make a new team out of the same old members? Rearranging the seats won't do it.
    Sundays
    27th Aug 2018
    1:18pm
    I have no faith in this Ministry when Dutton, and the 3 backstabbers Corman, Cash and Fifield have a place in Cabinet. I can’t see any changes to policy except they will be more right wing
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    1:24pm
    I just couldn't believe our politicians in the twentieth-first century Liberal Party behaved as they did last week. It looked like the Liberal Party misled the voters in the 2015 election using the moderate platform where Malcolm Turnbull and his Party stood to win the election. Now the conservative wanted to change that. Firstly, the conservatives in the Party didn't and won't have the mandate from the voters to do that. Secondly, although there may not be a contractual obligation for the Prime Minister to complete the full term of his office, there is an obligation for the incumbent to deliver the election's promises to the voters during his term. Malcolm Turnbull was not allowed to do that because of the poisonous vendetta and selfish ambitions of a few within his Party. Not only did these rogue individuals destroyed the soul of the Party, they disenfranchised the voters who voted them into the office to govern this country for all Australians. Thirdly, how do you mend a broken soul of a Party, when the principles of the traditionists so mismatched with the moderate concept of individual freedom in the world of globalization, free enterprises, free trades and social cohesions of a multi-cultural community? If the Liberal Party cannot resolve these basic fundamental differences, how can they govern this country for all Australians?
    Hoohoo
    3rd Sep 2018
    5:02pm
    As much as Turnbull was far superior to Abbott, he made a monumental error when he took over from Abbott & did a deal with the far right of his Party. He sold his soul in that deal. The Party knew they had to get rid of Abbott because he was SO toxic (knighting the Duke of E., making himself the Minister for Women & then the final blow, the 2014 May Budget - what a stinker!).

    I believe as soon as he was crowned PM he should have said to the Party "Sucked in! My promise to kowtow to the far right was NOT A CORE PROMISE." (That lie worked quite well for Howard.) They couldn't have changed PMs again. He would have called their bluff. Turnbull should have taken them on, continue to be his own man, earned the respect of the people (even some of the bully boys in his own Party would've given him points for having the courage & guts to pull a move like that). We wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.
    Jim
    27th Aug 2018
    2:08pm
    I suppose we have to give Morrison a go, but I think too much damage has been done, so it looks like we will have Shorten as our next Prime minister, and that’s the worst thing that has come out of all of this, I guess that’s politics, wasn’t it Bill Hayden who said of Bob Hawke even a drovers dog could have won against the Libs, well I think we are going to have something worse, buckle up everyone we are in for an even rougher ride.
    Kathleen
    27th Aug 2018
    2:49pm
    Nah....Labor hasa good team. They are united and some good talent. They have a balance of genders. There is heart and compassion. LNP are unbalanced and vicious plus devoid of loyalty. Abbott has not finished. He will keep going until he destroys what he missed this time. Appeasements have been made to ward off any more attacks but that is not guaranteed to work when there is such malice. Hopefully,it will not encourage Hanson’s voters to multiply. People may be encouraged to vote for independents. Greens is another option preferable to LNP. People are angry and disappointed in the viciousness of the LNP.
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    2:51pm
    Kathleen - only people like you.
    The average Aussie would rather commit suicide than vote Shorten in
    Kathleen
    27th Aug 2018
    3:17pm
    Wrong olbaid ... reported today he is the preferred PM
    The average Aussie is not even sure who is the current PM lol
    You are probably the type who votes for a certain party regardless because you are wealthy or a snob or have not done any in depth research
    Judge me and I’ll judge you!
    Jim
    27th Aug 2018
    4:36pm
    Actually I don’t necessarily disagree, with the exception of a few, if the by election had gone differently then Shorten would more than likely have gone, and the rank and file voters would have got the man they wanted and that was Alby, he won the rank and file vote 60%-40% Shorten made a crafty move when he changed the voting process for the Labor party, so you can’t argue with his guile, time will tell if it will be a good change, I think Shorten is the wrong man for the job, maybe I will be proven wrong, for the sake of the country I hope so.
    Ny19
    28th Aug 2018
    1:27pm
    Shorten is doing a good job, Labor is unified and has good policies. People would be crazy to vote Liberal after what that Party has shown itself to be. They are in disarray, have no policies, have an utter creep for a new leader and are inexorably divided on ideology. If they survive as a party they need time in the wilderness to sort themselves out. Even then, nothing will ever change unless Warringah gets rid of the rat of rats, Abbott.
    MICK
    29th Aug 2018
    8:57am
    Good post Kathleen. Olbaid (a la Old Geezer) is doing the normal troll thing and demonising anything which is not Liberal Party stained.
    Morrison may have a new look and the propaganda right wing media may already be grooming him into office but this is the same old team of malicious ex Howard faces which never got over the fact that they were spat out because of the bad taste they had become.

    ANY alternative to the current government would have to be an improvement. ANY!!

    How Shorten goes remains to be seen but you can bet Labor will not cave in to the coal industry and be its puppet.
    Anonymous
    29th Aug 2018
    2:53pm
    Sadly, as much as I fear Labor with their destructive Communist ethos and dangerous Greens alliance, I have to agree, Mick. ANY government would be an improvement.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    11:59am
    The Lieberal trolls here are frothing at the mouth because they know their cadre of incompetent self-entitled scumbags are going to be ousted at the next election. I can't wait to see the ALP back in government!

    OGR - "Communist" ethos? Claptrap! Learn the difference between Communism and Democratic Socialism. Google will help you.
    Retired Knowall
    30th Aug 2018
    5:08pm
    The sad fact is that it matters not who is in Govt. Australia is run by the Faceless Bureaucrats that set their own remuneration, and their rules.
    "Yes Minister" the British comedy always made me cringe, funny at times until you realized it was actually happening here.

    27th Aug 2018
    2:09pm
    Let's move on and support our new PM and cabinet.

    Julie Bishop only got 11 votes, so she obviously wouldnt have been able to lead the government.

    Mathias Cromann is one to watch. He would make a great Liberal Prime Minister. His time will come
    Kathleen
    27th Aug 2018
    2:33pm
    Julie Bishop wasstabbed in the back. Messages were sent around not to vote for her in an endeavour to put Dutton as PM. Also the boys club in practice the right wingers did not want her. She is a moderate.
    Matthias Corman was a Judas along with Cash and many others.
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    2:48pm
    olbaid and Jim,

    Have you two have your heads in the sand? How can you give someone a go when this someone is a destroyer of his own kind? It almost like a genocide of his own tribe just for revenge and ignore what the nation needs for its people. How do you trust someone like that?
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    2:48pm
    Wrong as usual Kathleen.
    Stop believing the lies put out by labor
    Use your brain
    Kathleen
    27th Aug 2018
    3:24pm
    oldbaid, wrong again!
    Labor never revealed that information. There are many reporting and examining thefiasco. Labor would not even be privy to what happened behind the closed doors of the liberal party. It camefrom there. Of course there are still some upset liberals. They have been through hell this last week. Not all are ruthless monsters but some are and you are supporting those.
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    3:35pm
    whatever you say Kathleen. stick to your rubbish , doesnt worry me
    Old Man
    27th Aug 2018
    4:25pm
    Curious, I agree with you 100%. How can you give someone a go who is a destroyer of his own kind? I suppose that rules Shorten out too, doesn't it?
    Jim
    27th Aug 2018
    4:43pm
    Well curious I certainly don’t have my head in the sand, I have agreed that the Libs destroyed themselves, it hasn’t been anything Labor has done that has created the downfall of the Libs, Shorten as the union leader sold all unionist out, I think his is the greater crime against the workers, but time will tell.
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    4:57pm
    Jim, I never mention anything about Labor responsible for the downfall of the Libs. labor has nothing to do with the destruction of the Libs last week. I am talking about the inconsistency between the principals of the traditionists (conservation) and those of the moderates ( individual freedom) of the two fractions in the Libs. If they cannot resolve what they stand for as a party, how on earth they can govern our country?

    If neither the Libs nor Labor can present a meaningful mission for the nation on a solid platform, supporting all Australia, maybe, we need to contract out our government to someone, who can.
    Jim
    27th Aug 2018
    8:17pm
    Curious I didn’t say you said that Labor had destroyed the Libs I was making that remark as my opinion, my response to your comment regarding my head being in the sand relating to giving the other guy a go, I don’t agree that he was the destroyer, I put that down to Turnbull and Abbot, as far as trusting any politician goes, you couldn’t trust any of them from either side, they all say one thing then do whatever is of a benefit to themselves.
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    8:35pm
    When I referred to "he", I didn't mean Scott Morrison. I mean, the brand of the Liberal party has been broken to the extent, it will be very difficult to repair in such a short for the next election.

    I agree with you, it is difficult to trust any politician of any persuasion. I honestly believe that the existing political system, which is based on the Westminster model, has been broken. Either we have to change the system or the model in order to focus on the nation's needs for its people, otherwise, this nation will join the third world. We are heading this way after the carnage last week.
    MICK
    29th Aug 2018
    9:06am
    Corman is future leader? Ha, ha, ha.
    Corman is a stooge and I still remember him running his parrot imitation in front of the cameras when Abbott was in election mode. The poor bugger had to be asked if he meant Shorten when his spiel kept using the words 'Tony Abbott' instead of 'Shorten'. One of the m ost bizarre things I have ever seen but then it was the coalition of puppets and stooges so I should not have been surprised. Funny how the media never used that clip again. But then the media only uses compromising clips against Labor. Never the coalition.

    I'll be glad when the election is done and this lot is out. The Liberal Party needs to do itself a favour and not preselect ANY of the Howard left over MPs unless they can pass the test of decency. Probably applies equally to staffers at the heart of the organisation as well. The future needs to be rebuilt if the Liberal Party is to be other than a party on the fringes as it is currently a lying, vicious, nasty group of low life MPs who do not even deserve the right to be in politics. I fail to understand that those who vote for these people cannot see their candidates for what they are. But then many Australians would vote for the local stray dog if dressed in the party colours. And you think we don't deserve the pain we get???????
    Hoohoo
    2nd Sep 2018
    4:24pm
    Every leader of a political party has SOME blood on their hands, otherwise we'd have to wait for a leader to either retire, stand down, lose their seat or die, before a new leader could push for the leadership.

    It's the killing off of their own Prime Minister that is so galling to most reasonable Australians. The Libs (with Abbott as the leader of the Opposition), absolutely crucified Labor for their Rudd, Gillard, Rudd killing season. Now the Libs have done EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!! with their own killing season of Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison. Yet they're trying to tell the electorate "Nothing to see here", "Move on", "The next generation team" will "restore stability to the Government". How stupid do they think voters are? The rats are still all in the nest! With promotions! And breeding!

    There was a good reason for both Rudd & Abbott to be replaced, as Rudd was impossible to work with (while being a good PM) & Abbott was the worst PM we've ever seen.

    The Libs had better start retaining, pre-selecting & recruiting talented women in their ranks & leadership roles, otherwise they'll be in the wilderness for decades to come.

    27th Aug 2018
    6:00pm
    These Right-wing incompetent morons are just rearranging deck-chairs on the Lieberal Party Titanic. The ALP will torpedo it at the next election, which cannot come soon enough.
    Jim
    27th Aug 2018
    8:21pm
    Couldn’t agree more, Labor will romp in at the next election, the Libs have well and truly destroyed themselves, now it’s Labor’s turn to destroy us, time will tell which party does the better job of destruction, the one guarantee is we are the ones who will suffer.
    Anonymous
    29th Aug 2018
    2:36pm
    Sadly, you got that right, Jim. We are doomed regardless. Both parties have the same end goal and are actually secretly working together to achieve it - and that goal is a Depression that will restore a feudal society in which the rich have it all and the rest bow and scrape and beg for crumbs. Believe me, it's coming!
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:10pm
    The ALP will help to stop the growing gap between rich and poor. They also understand that we all live in a society, not just an economy. The only thing the ALP will destroy is the rot created by the LNP.

    OGR - What you say is true of the Lieberals, not the ALP. The unions would never allow it. You're having paranoid delusions.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    5:29pm
    Knows-a-lot, I'm sorry if the facts upsets you - I assure you I detest the LNP and would never vote for them. I would LIKE to agree with you. I would LIKE to vote ALP. But their idiotic stance on franking credits spells out their end goal clearly. They are going to favour pensioners but crush hundreds of thousands of struggling SFRS and push them onto the pension. How much do you think that will cost the nation? What happens when younger Australians recognize that there is only pain and hurt to be had by saving for retirement (unless you are wealthy) and take the advice of financial planners to limit assets to below $500K (for couples)? The ALP are touting policies that will destroy the nation. And it seems to be motivated by hatred of those who are moderately successful. Just like the LNP. Leave the rich alone (You can't hurt them anyway) but crush the middle and upper working class completely. The only difference between the two parties is that the ALP isn't quite as generous in feeding the rich, and is a little more empathetic and kind to the poor. But that is precisely the approach that keeps them out of office most of the time!
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    5:30pm
    The ALP introduced asset testing for pension.
    If they get back in, retirees will lose franking credits and the pension age lifted to 70
    GrayComputing
    27th Aug 2018
    6:24pm
    Our New PM does everything opposite to what his Christian beliefs tell him to do.
    Following the examples of Jesus is not what he does in his politics.
    Not meek and un kind to the poor and sick.
    The P.M is also overly fond of the money changers (banks) instead of thrashing them like Jesus did at the temple.
    If he arrives at the heaven of his belief he will be cast into hell
    Magic Touch
    27th Aug 2018
    7:01pm
    He should not be a Chrisrian because he don,t follow Jesus teach him in the bible.
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    7:16pm
    Judge not the sins of others ...

    You have no clue...

    Teach a man to fish instead of giving him welfare
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    7:19pm
    olbaid, ever heard of the saying, "you can only lead a horse to the water, you can't make it drink".
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    7:22pm
    yes curious - some people are totally reliant on handouts , thats why they vote labor

    you offer them jobs but they don't want it
    MICK
    29th Aug 2018
    9:09am
    I'd call the tax cuts Turnbull gave to himself and other wealthy Australians the ultimate "hand-out". Of course you would call it Trickle Down Economics. The lie of convenience!
    It never ceases to amaze me how you victimise those who cannot get a job because THERE ARE NO JOBS whilst plugging for the top end of town.
    Isn't that true olbaid/Old Geezer?
    Anonymous
    29th Aug 2018
    2:51pm
    olbaid, fishing is extensively banned and licenses are expensive, plus most of the waterways accessible to non-commercial fishermen are fished out by big enterprise. There are massive restrictions on any form of hunting. Growing food is still permitted, if you can afford the water and the land, but genetic engineering by seed companies is becoming a serious problem. Computerisation has put an end to fixing one's own car and heavy restrictions make owner building difficult. This vile stinking government you support (and their Labor counterparts) has worked hard to make sure people NEED welfare, because they won't LET them do the things they used to do to make tiny incomes stretch. Nobody in government wants to teach anyone to fish. They want to CRUSH them. They won't even let them enjoy their savings in old age. No. They strip them of income as punishment for having tried to be as self-sufficient as possible - demanding they forfeit everything they worked for and earned, unless of course they are FILTHY RICH.

    It's you who has no clue. ''Judge not?" What are you doing every single day - you vile person? Judging the less fortunate, about whom you know absolutely nothing, and condemning them based on your nasty fantasies.
    Anonymous
    29th Aug 2018
    2:54pm
    Mick - stop confusing me with Old Geezer. OG is enjoying ghis cruise , fully self funded, but full of OAP's on full pension
    Anonymous
    29th Aug 2018
    2:57pm
    Rainey - silly off topic comments as usual. You need counselling dear woman
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:15pm
    Clueless as usual, olbaid. (What else would one expect from a Lieberal troll?) You say "Judge not the sins of others ...". WRONG! It's "Judge not others" - i.e. other people. Learn some theology.

    You also write "Teach a man to fish instead of giving him welfare". Welfare is there for those who need it, who (to pursue your metaphor) cannot fish. Spare us your far-Right crap!
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    5:24pm
    olbaid, you raised both fishing and judging, so if my comment was off-topic, yours was first. And it was also HYPOCRITICAL. You tell others not to judge while passing ill-informed and very vile judgment. Yes, you do need a psychiatrist. Though I fear you are beyond even that kind of help.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    5:27pm
    Knows-a-lot. I'm an atheist. No time for religious crap. Yes I agree welfare is for those who need it. The dole and pension is welfare.

    Rainey - every time I read one of your posts, I feel depressed, FOR YOU
    Anonymous
    1st Sep 2018
    11:10pm
    Don't, olbaid. Because I am extremely happy. I have a great life. I have a wonderful partner. I live in a lovely home in a beautiful area. I have beautiful friends. I am widely liked and respected - even admired by many. I have a job I love. I can't think of a single reason why I might ever feel depressed.

    I do get angry and frustrated about what stupid, inept and corrupt politicians are doing to this great country, and I do feel sympathy for the cretins like you who have neither common sense nor intelligence and are totally lacking in empathy. But none of that makes me depressed. I just sigh and move on to happy thoughts.

    I had a shocking early life. The hardship, cruelty and injustice I suffered - for nearly 50 years - would shock even the most heartless. But the up side of that is that I learned to appreciate even the smallest blessings. And now I am abundantly blessed. I worked hard to escape the hell I was born into, but I did escape it. I found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and I'm living the dream.

    So be depressed, by all means. I can't see how a person with your ugly attitude could not be. But don't be depressed for me. Be depressed for yourself - for your ignorance and lack of compassion, your basic inhumanity.
    Hoohoo
    2nd Sep 2018
    4:34pm
    I'm very glad to hear that story, OGRainey. We live in such a lucky country where people down on their luck but who have courage, can turn their lives around. And bless you for being a carer as well.
    Anonymous
    3rd Sep 2018
    2:41pm
    Thank you Hoohoo. But I wouldn't call it such a 'lucky country' today. It used to be. Turning my life around should NEVER have been as hard as it was, and I honestly don't think I could do it in today's Australia. None of the methods I used are viable anymore. I've tried to help younger Australians who faced similar challenges and sadly I can't offer them solutions. Materialism has destroyed what used to be a very 'lucky country'. Today, if you don't have money or the means to acquire lots of it, you are really up against it. Community spirit, family values, being a good neighbour... that's substantially lost in a society where work has no merit unless it's well paid.

    27th Aug 2018
    7:35pm
    The Labor party should seriously consider asking Malcolm to join their team and lead labor into the next elections
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    8:03pm
    olbaid, that will be a despicable vendetta and payback to the LNP! However, there is a problem whether Labor would accept Malcolm the millionaire among its midst.
    Anonymous
    27th Aug 2018
    8:10pm
    labor party is full of millionaires.
    And all union officials are millionaires too, you know where they got their millions from ?

    At least Malcolm made his money the honest way
    Curious
    27th Aug 2018
    8:22pm
    I still haven't found any union official on the top 500 list, yet.
    MICK
    29th Aug 2018
    9:11am
    You have the appropriate picture olbaid. Tells everybody who you are.
    Likely Labor would not want Turnbull who gave himself tax cuts whilst coming after average retirees and citizens. Of course YOU cannot live with the fact Turnbull was not a coal puppet. You are.
    Anonymous
    29th Aug 2018
    2:41pm
    "Malcolm made his money the honest way"

    Yep. By inheritance. Born fantastically wealthy. And has the hide to refer to himself as ''disadvantaged'' . What a disgusting insult to those who experienced genuine disadvantage!

    At least the union officials stand up for the victims of cruel injustice. If they make millions doing it, good luck to them. Personally, I have no time for unions or their officials, but I have far less time for vile silver-spooners.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:19pm
    Will someone please take olbaid to the nearest psychiatrist?
    FEDUP
    28th Aug 2018
    3:37am
    Why would you put a backstabber like Peter Dutton back into Cabinet has got me puzzled.
    I for one will not be voting Liberal.
    Time for the National Party to split and place their own Candidates on the polls. This is one reason that the Senate is in such a mess. The coalition used to have both National Party and Liberals in the Senate, now because of the amalgamation on the voting ticket, they virtually halved their chances in the Senate.
    Old saying "you get what you vote for!"
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:21pm
    Regarding the repulsive Dutton, maybe it's a case of "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer".
    MICK
    28th Aug 2018
    9:49am
    I have to laugh. The 'new' cabinet are most of the old Howard era left over MPs. These people and several others are not fit to serve the nation so what hope has this government got when you simply recycle the same old trash who a morally destitute, unaccountable and spend their time in parliament causing dissent and doing a part time job at best.
    Ny19
    28th Aug 2018
    1:41pm
    What’s with the creation of Envoys? Barnaby Joyce, champion of coal mining and gas fracking as Envoy for drought and horror of horrors, psycho Abbott as Envoy for the indigenous? The madness continues!
    Anonymous
    28th Aug 2018
    2:08pm
    You need to chill Robi
    Your communist treehuggers will never win the elections
    ex PS
    28th Aug 2018
    5:27pm
    Communist tree huggers no, but a party that is smart enough to learn from its own mistakes YES.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:23pm
    Take some pills for your delusions, olbaid. And learn what communism really is. (Hint: It's not the ALP.)
    ex PS
    28th Aug 2018
    5:24pm
    Next generation is about right, it will probably take another generation for the Liberals to regain any form of credibility.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:24pm
    I hope they're totally destroyed before that happens.
    GrayComputing
    29th Aug 2018
    11:19am
    It is time for all of us (that means you) to rant at our MPs and Senators daily to take action for human decency and a huge stress reduction for pensioners

    NO ASSET TEST FOR A PENSION EVER AGAIN!
    A pension is not welfare.

    Most economist say we will save taxpayers money by dropping asset testing because of the massive overheads cost in running Centrelink and the 10,000 conflicting rules.

    Hiring more Centrelink staff will only increase taxpayer’s costs for processing the creeping insane red tape monster system politicians and well paid bureaucrats have created.

    Help scrap it now. Become a hero.

    Even poorer New Zealand has a NO ASSET pension so it is cheaper and user friendly.

    Why worry that few million$ earners get it too. That is peanuts to them, not enough for a good vintage champagne.

    Do retired and retiring people really look forward and want 100++ visits to/from Centrelink and be part of 3 million waiting queues and lost calls?

    Does your MP really like being part of the system that allows this indirect abuse of the elderly?

    This abuse is actually sponsored by our government and forced down to Centrelink and borders on a criminal act.

    Why do MPs normally compassionate persons let this Centrelink abuse happen at taxpayers’ expense?

    Some opposition and independent MPs stand to lose their chance at being part of the needed government changes

    We all need to tell our MP and senators every day that these criminal asset tests for a pension must be dropped now.

    DEMAND: NO ASSET TEST FOR A PENSION EVER AGAIN!

    Help yourself and others, today and every day, pass this demand on to all government, opposition and independent MPs and senators who could help us to get a fair deal on pensions
    old frt
    29th Aug 2018
    1:51pm
    Funny thing politics , no matter how much you change things it is still the same .
    Bill Shorton , Chris Bowen, Tony Burke ,Wayne Swan , Penny Wong, Mark Dreyfus, Joel Fitzgibbon, Ged Kearney, Jenny Maclin, Tanya Plibersek, Warren Snowdon, Doug Cameron, Kim Carr, Kristina Kenally and the list goes on . Fresh blood with right policies for whom.
    Mick try starting your air con using only your solar panels , not going to happen.
    Anonymous
    30th Aug 2018
    12:26pm
    Better the lot you name than the self-entitled cretins-in-power destroying the country now.
    Adrianus
    1st Sep 2018
    8:35am
    You forgot to mention Labor boss, Sam Dastyari. He has resumed his roll as a faceless man again, but I hear he is launching his own TV show?? Change.org are running a petition. They think Sam should be charged with treason. They think it would help make all politicians, who think of selling us out to foreign powers, take more notice of the voters? What do you think?
    GrayComputing
    1st Sep 2018
    9:00am
    Our New PM does everything opposite to what his (alleged) Christian beliefs tell him to do.
    Following the examples of Jesus is not what he does in his politics.
    He is not meek and is so unkind to the poor, sick and refugees.
    The P.M is also overly fond of the money changers (banks) instead of thrashing them like Jesus did at the temple gates.
    If he arrives at the heaven of his belief he will surely be cast into his own special hell.