Narrow majority could force legal action over result

The Government will have just a one-seat majority in the House of Reps.

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When Parliament returns later this month, the Government will have just a one-seat majority, with the seat of Herbert yesterday being declared a win for Labor.

The Australian Electoral Commission’s (AEC) recount of the votes has resulted in Cathy O’Toole taking the seat from Liberal’s Ewen Jones by just 37 votes – a result that could be challenged in court.

The basis for such a challenge would be that not all voters in the Queensland seat were given the opportunity to vote. The Queensland Liberal Party said in a statement yesterday that it was "examining a number of issues reported to the party to determine if all Herbert electors were given the opportunity to vote".

"As soon as it is possible, the LNP will decide its next course of action," the statement said.

However, Cathy O’Toole was confident that the victory would stand, “Ewen has assured me that they will be out of the office as soon as they possibly can, the fight starts immediately to ensure that we are getting what we need in our community, I will let others worry about any so-called challenges," she said.

"It is 20 years since Labor has held the seat of Herbert and I am the first woman that has held this seat, that is an enormous celebration for the people in this community."

Although the result has yet to be formally declared, Mr Jones acknowledged that he had not secured enough votes to retain the seat. In a statement, he said, "The distribution of preferences has finished in the recount of Herbert and I have fallen short by 37 votes.

"I believe the AEC will officially declare the seat this week. I have been in touch with Cathy to congratulate her on her win."

Mr Jones may not have the final say in the matter, however, with the Special Minister for State Scott Ryan saying that legal action in the Court of Disputed Returns was possible. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Ryan said, "If we get a declaration of the seat of Herbert on Monday or Tuesday, which is a likely outcome at this stage, the writ would then be returned on the following Monday, which I think is August 8," he told Sky News this morning.

"Then that starts the period of 40 days whereby a candidate or someone may challenge the result of an election in the Court of Disputed Returns.

"It's marginally less than 40 days on this occasion due to some administrative arrangements but let's just say it's about 40 days from next weekend."

Read more at ABC.net.au

Opinion: Is a one-seat majority enough?

The result in Herbert may mean little to those who live outside of the electorate but for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, it means his majority is of the slimmest possible margin.

The Government’s majority of 76 seats to 74 for Labor and the crossbenchers, will be cut to just one seat once the position of Speaker is announced. The majority of 75 to 74 will be added pressure for Mr Turnbull to run a tight ship in Parliament and may well lead to him calling out to Independents Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter or Cathy McGowan to become Speaker – a move they have all ruled out.

So this may mean that a legal challenge based on voters, such as those in the armed forces, being unable to vote becomes an appealing option to try and secure a more comfortable majority. However, AEC spokesman, Phil Diak, stood firm on its position that it had indeed provided voter services for all Australian Defence Force personnel.

Even with a slim majority, that fact that the Coalition is able to form Government in its own right is an achievement. There must have been times when Mr Turnbull questioned his wisdom of calling a double dissolution election. The political path will not be easy for the Government and there’s no doubt that there are plenty waiting in the wings to make it even more difficult.

However, our country has been at a political standstill since early May and now it’s time to get on with the job at hand. Good governments govern well in spite of the challenges thrown at them – let’s hope that this Government is up for the fight.

What do you think? Do you think it’s time to accept the election result and move on?

Will having only a one-seat majority make it unlikely for the Government to pass any legislation? Is there a piece of legislation you believe will not be passed due to the narrow majority?

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    maelcolium
    1st Aug 2016
    10:03am
    Shouldn't "majority in the Senate" read as majority in the House of Reps?
    Debbie McTaggart
    1st Aug 2016
    12:15pm
    Apologies, this has now been rectified.
    Pablo
    1st Aug 2016
    10:14am
    Cathy O'Tool's comments about being the first labor member in Herbert for 20 years and the first female incumbent typically miss the point of having the BEST person elected. Who cares whether it is a woman or a man or a donkey? The people have decided they didn't want to support Ewen Jones any more and she was the only possible alternative, although Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party won a significant proportion of the vote. I bet Ms O'Tool will never acknowledge that she got in only because people didn't want Ewen Jones any more, regardless of whether she is a woman or not!
    KSS
    1st Aug 2016
    12:58pm
    And although a 'win is a win', 37 votes is hardly a ringing endorsement either.
    Theo1943
    1st Aug 2016
    9:35pm
    We have had enough donkeys elected already, but thanks for the thought.
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:01pm
    In the same token KSS, would you agree that winning an election by one or two seats is also not a ringing endorsement.
    SKRAPI
    1st Aug 2016
    10:48am
    They have to have recount in Herbert ,it's vital 4 the Gov. but it's all going to B hard anyway . Esp operating under UN. Authority I would far rather see us independent as is Britain & brIng back Common Law & our own bank . As it is now they rule us under the guise of the U.N. & IMF.
    BundyGil
    1st Aug 2016
    11:17am
    What's the U.N. & IMF got to do with the price of eggs in Herbert?
    Conspiracy theorist?
    BundyGil
    1st Aug 2016
    11:17am
    What's the U.N. & IMF got to do with the price of eggs in Herbert?
    Conspiracy theorist?
    Rae
    1st Aug 2016
    11:46am
    Track back BundyGil.

    Look to the G20 meetings and the subsequent policy implementation and then you decide who is telling our Treasury and Fed Reserve what to do.
    Theo1943
    1st Aug 2016
    9:38pm
    What I heard on the news is that they already counted all the votes again
    Adrianus
    2nd Aug 2016
    7:52am
    That's true Theo1943, but there's no harm in continually sending them back into the tally room until they get it right.
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:03pm
    Frank, by getting it right do you mean until the LNP wins the seat?
    Old Dog
    1st Aug 2016
    10:56am
    The voters in Herbert may have responded in a similar fashion to a friend of mine when he cast his vote. He was so disenchanted with this election that he presented to the polling booth, and his name marked off and then deposited blank election forms in their respective boxes. I was somewhat disappointed to hear this; you get who you vote for. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain. Nonetheless, I too am of the opinion that neither major party really deserved my vote. The probability that this parliament is not going to work is high. The probability that we will go to another election in the near future is high. How much money will be wasted by that exercise? Perhaps we should consider that when we are deciding which candidate to elect should my prediction to correct.
    Dan
    1st Aug 2016
    11:15am
    Cannot agree with the writer that winning by a slim margin was an achievement. Turnbull has made a rod for his own back by calling for the DD and has divided his party even more . I predict Turnbull wont last another twelve months and good riddance
    Anonymous
    1st Aug 2016
    1:03pm
    Who is the alternative, though? Abbott's Ghost? The Asbestos Queen? Chwissie Pyne? Eric the Nazi?
    Not Senile Yet!
    1st Aug 2016
    11:30am
    Governments need to be fair in putting forward changes to Legislation. So far neither Party have been prepared to negotiate their proposals.....rather opting to present Legislation deemed unfair by the Senate.....who can only refuse it.....they cannot change it!
    This Government needs to be repaired to Negotiate it''s Changes.....not spit the dummy.....to Govern!
    Batara
    1st Aug 2016
    11:44am
    Mate, spitting the dummy is standard for Liberals. Look at Abbott in 2010 - no independents would support him. Turnbull is a craven prisoner of the rabid right. He would not negotiate for fear the ABC (Abetz. Bernadi. Christensen) would depose him. We are in the world of hurt.
    Batara
    1st Aug 2016
    11:44am
    Mate, spitting the dummy is standard for Liberals. Look at Abbott in 2010 - no independents would support him. Turnbull is a craven prisoner of the rabid right. He would not negotiate for fear the ABC (Abetz. Bernadi. Christensen) would depose him. We are in the world of hurt.
    Anonymous
    1st Aug 2016
    3:18pm
    Personally, ihopeTalkbull an d his surly mates have a terrible time trying to "govern" (definitely a misnomer) with their measly one seat majority. They are the biggest bunch of deceitful, egotistic, untrustworthy cretins we have had in a long time.
    Pablo
    1st Aug 2016
    4:15pm
    Sorry Fast Eddie, reading what you said I thought you were referring to the incompetent Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government(s). Worse government(s) we have never seen in Australia and will probably never be seen again!
    Anonymous
    1st Aug 2016
    6:12pm
    Si, Pablo, es verdad. That was back in "slime time" and this is more like "crime time".
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:06pm
    Big difference is that Rudd and Gillard had the basic skills of negotiating outcomes, something severely lacking so far in this government.
    jamesmn
    1st Aug 2016
    11:34am
    it was turnball who mouthed off and called a double dissolution election now he has egg on his face he is nothing but a back stabber who cannot ever be trusted it will be worse for him now and especially sine he knifed Kevin Rudd in the back he has got the 3 stooges on his front bench and will be lucky to get anything passed through parliament how could a clown who stuffed up the nbn be in his position he thinks people forget well they don't forget at all this parliament wont last he will hang himself.
    Rae
    1st Aug 2016
    11:43am
    Yes accept it. Take the message that the people are not satisfied and get on with fixing up the problems and running the country.

    This government is going into it's fourth year and it is time they started implementing policy.
    Theo1943
    1st Aug 2016
    9:46pm
    What? They have policy?
    mIKER
    1st Aug 2016
    11:50am
    Malcolm Turnbull shouldn't be surprised at the outcome of the election. When he replaced conservative Tony Abbott the majority thought that a middle of the road PM would run the country with common sense and fairness. However, as it became obvious that Mr Turnbull remained in the thrall of his right wing his popularity diminished, and compounded by his decision to get rid of "feral" independents in the Senate, the result is clear for all to see.
    Meanwhile rusted on conservative voters are moving further right and supporting the likes of One Nation or the Nationals and certainly not barracking for Mr Turnbull, who is roundly detested by his own right wingers such as Cory Bernardi, George Christensen etc., and their commentariat in the media, like Andrew Bolt, Chris Kenny et al, who will do everything they can to unseat him.
    Mr Turnbull has one choice, move to the centre and recover the ground won by Bill shorten or perish at the next election. Bill Shorten remains in campaign mode; he knows it could happen any time that Mr Turnbull is ejected from his role and is ready to win the next election with a unified stable Party.
    Blossom
    1st Aug 2016
    11:51am
    I think there should be a larger gap than one vote. Voting should be by secret ballot. Just because they are are in a party doesn't mean they agree with all the laws presented. When 2nd preference votes are counted they should get 1/2 point not 1.

    1st Aug 2016
    12:07pm
    Its interesting isn't it! Almost a month since the election, and Malcolm hasn't dismantled Medicare yet! Short-on ideas has yet another credibility problem. And what a pathetic little man he is - championing the indigenous thugs of the Northern Territory and demanding they be given their own special co-commissioners, and ignoring the people who have had violent acts committed against them. Typical leftie - to hell with the victims of crime - lets compensate the perpetrators!
    Pablo
    1st Aug 2016
    2:09pm
    Yep, it's the do-gooder lefties again, telling the government what they should be doing at the cost of correct process. LIES, LIES and MORE LIES about Medicare, wanting to bring in all the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS at OUR cost, blocking all of the Coalition legislation in the Senate, and giving Australia his idea of non-partisan politics by whingeing about the person appointed to head the NT RC. Shorten is a bloody FOOL, and a DANGEROUS one at that.
    MITZY
    1st Aug 2016
    3:10pm
    Big Al: Things change in short spaces of time. Mr Shorten may not have been entirely scaremongering re Medicare. He did indicate there was mention of changes in the Coalition's May budget of which Mr Turnbull frequently mentioned that the DD and the May budget were the reasons for the election. In today's SMH online, it is stated a Co-hosted report has been released today by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Consumer Health Formum of Australia and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy building on the government's "Health Care Homes" model in the May budget, where health planning, testing and treatment are centred around patient preferences and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team.
    There is funding for the first stage of the "Health Care Homes" trial in this year's May budget and up to 65,000 patients will be able to enrol for it across as many as 200 practices from July 2017.
    Few details have been released at this stage.

    And of course we have changes to the structure of the Royal Commission you speak of where the Commissioner has resigned for a great number of reasons and been replaced, together with an indigenous commissioner to co-host. The indigenous is Mick Gooda and he is very well respected by both Labor and the Coalition.

    Whatever you think about what has transpired in the Northern Territory it definitely needs a Royal Commission and action. Not all of those indigenous human beings incarcerated and treated as we saw on Four Corners last Monday have committed violent acts.
    If it was a white male in that detention centre or any other detention centre, I doubt he would be treated likewise?
    MITZY
    1st Aug 2016
    3:13pm
    Big Al: Go to the SMH online and read the article fully, I've only mentioned a brief paragraph of it. There is more detail. The idea is to take Medicare out of the 1980's and into the 21st Century. Change is inevitable.

    1st Aug 2016
    12:15pm
    Yes, it's time to accept the votes and move on. Turnbull only needs one of the crossbenchers to support him in the Reps to achieve passing of any Bills in the Lower House. The Senate is the problem in getting Bills through and the DD election doesn't appear to have made a lot of difference in the Senate. If a Bill is strong enough and Turnbull can learn to actually negotiate with Senators then there is a good chance of getting a Bill passed.

    I find it somewhat annoying that the Senate has changed from the original concept of being a House of review to being a House of obstruction. When Senators claim that they will not pass any Bills unless they get one of their hobby horses supported, it ceases to become a House of review.
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:11pm
    Old Man, that is the key, if the two so called major parties don't get their houses in order and learn to negotiate they will pay the price at the next election.
    Election time is over start governing for the good of the people and forget petty party politics for a couple of years.
    Reynolds
    1st Aug 2016
    12:31pm
    It is time to move on with the governance of our nation. The seat of Herbert took 29 days to eventually see Labor's Cathy O'Toole the winner by 37 votes after the initial count, a double check by two AEC officers of all votes and when O'Toole won by 35 votes, a total recount. Townsville is going through tough economic times and the last thing the city needs is a by election called on the basis of sour grapes by the loser. The PM now needs to govern and the Opposition needs to continue to actively keep them to account. Let's just get on with it!
    MD
    1st Aug 2016
    12:36pm
    It strikes me we're 'back to the future 2', we're still on board the rudd-er-less ship in a sea of icebergs, destination certainly not the UN. The ship of state certainly isn't becalmed in this vortex of our own making. I fear she may yet go down with all aboard. The Captain, if he isn't thrown overboard beforehand, is just as likely to abandon ship, his life vest well & truly inflated. He may well time his departure to coincide with favourable tides that float him in the direction of the Cayman Islands.
    Seriously though, what did anyone expect ? Dare you cast your minds back to the wealth of knowledge - veritable oracles no less, that constantly posted their suggestion on this site to "vote for independants", supported by the many and varied reasons. And where is that brilliant (not) idea going to land us. Maybe Paul Keating can suggest an island suitable for growing a cash crop of bananas, he may even agree to be presidente. Monkeys by comparison are the smart ones & sheep, well they have no idea the one they're following in front is heading for the chop. It remains to be seen where this storm will wash us up & what in the meantime, the soothsayers contribute by way of enlightenment. Viva la Republica !
    Anonymous
    1st Aug 2016
    1:06pm
    You have to break parties to make an omelette..... what you saw this time around is the tip of the iceberg of popular discontent....
    Adrianus
    2nd Aug 2016
    7:57am
    TREBOR, that's what happens when you force people to vote. One side says get out there and vote because you're angry. While the other side says vote because you want a better future for everyone.
    If we weren't forced to accept one of those options then we would have no interest.
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:21pm
    MD, if you are advocating voting for the best of a bad lot just to remain comfortable you disappoint me, especially coming from you. Do we not deserve better than that?
    As a follower of one of the so called major party's for decades, I looked at the party who had my support and saw an organisation that was nothing like the one that I had decided to support thirty years ago. The alternative was even worse.
    Am I wrong in not supporting political organisations that have brought shame on my country by opening up concentration camps in order to dissuade people from legitimately asking for our help?
    Rob B
    1st Aug 2016
    12:44pm
    It's time the opposition came with positivity and stopped opposing everything just because they can and do not have the interests of the country at heart, but are always looking to score political points at the expense of the economy, the welfare and wellbeing of the people who have put them in that position and pay their wages every month.
    Jackie
    1st Aug 2016
    6:20pm
    You mean, like Tony Abbott co-operated when he was Leader of the Opposition?
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:24pm
    Rob B, it's straight out of the Tony Abbott play book, you can't blame the opposition for using a tactic that is proven to work.
    Did you condemn Tony when he did it?
    tosla
    1st Aug 2016
    12:46pm
    Hey Big Al parliament hasn't been recalled after the election so it is a bit difficult for Turnbull to thrash Medicare. The Libs and Medicare - Watch this Space. There are many ways for Turnbull to kill off Medicare, no doubt he'll be trying them.

    1st Aug 2016
    1:01pm
    Now let the games begin. I personally was hoping for both majors to be reduce to a rump and forced to deal with a new rush of Independents and small parties - as a prelude to the birth of a Third Way party - the Australian Regeneration Party or whatever - to actually start running this show for the people and not for selves and mates of either stamp.

    Can't see much going through for Malcolm, since anything remotely unpalatable won't get past the ever-watchful Senate. Should be a re-run of the Gillard days... but in that case better than the Abbott days, during which Labor supported 90%-odd of policies pushed through, but jacked up on the bad ones.....

    Always interesting to see how people and the media manage to distort that reality.
    MD
    1st Aug 2016
    1:21pm
    Oh come on TREBOR, we've got more than enough clowns performing a side show act as it is. Will you be entirely satisfied when the whole shootin gallerys' gone belly up & the country is embroiled in chaos , mayhem & total disorder, How about you stand for 3rd Way party & the rest of us can pool resources to supply whistles, streamers, crackers and whatever those little blow out thingy's are called. Please forgive my ignorance.
    Anonymous
    1st Aug 2016
    5:24pm
    Already made a promise to launch The Third Way or whatever - still working on a name.

    Got any policy ideas?
    particolor
    1st Aug 2016
    10:06pm
    "The Do Something Party" Would be a Vast Improvement on what we have now :-)
    HarrysOpinion
    1st Aug 2016
    2:42pm
    Pre-poll declaration votes, favoured the Coalition more than usual. It's this "more than usual" that is sus. What's the integrity of these votes and postal votes ? How vulnerable are they to fraudulent deception? At the end of the day Malcolm got what he deserves, a nightmare.
    jackyd
    1st Aug 2016
    3:47pm
    It's time Malcolm Turnbull accepted the election results and moved on!
    Not Senile Yet!
    1st Aug 2016
    4:16pm
    The Current attack on Seniors/Aged Pensioners goes too far...and it needs modifying to be passed by the Senate....and reap savings.
    But if Malcolm cannot accept that the Voters are Not Happy with his Party....after the Election results....and pursues his Over the Top attack on Aged Pensioners and/or Welfare while Not doing the same on Big Business.....then he will not survive the Backlash from the Voters or the Senate!
    All of his diplomacy skills will be needed for his Party & himself to Survive!
    Queensland Diva
    1st Aug 2016
    4:21pm
    What about the claims by many others who said they were unable to vote because they ran out of papers, or that the papers weren't initialled? The government has done nothing about this, but it seems that now they have lost this seat they are going to look into it but only in Herbert. Disgusting.
    particolor
    1st Aug 2016
    8:14pm
    Green Tick :-)
    wally
    2nd Aug 2016
    10:38am
    If the failure to provide ballot papers to all eligible voters in Herbert proves to be true, I would think that a new election should be called. The result of a second election would put an end to any uncertainty about the result. This may or may not be complicated by the fact that the Liberal ( loser ) congratulated the Labor candidate on her win which would seem to legitimise the result.

    Did the " big guys " in the Liberal Party write off the Herbert seat as unwinnable in a run off election and tell the former incumbent to throw in the towel to avoid a possibly embarrassing repetition of the result with a larger Labor majority?
    mike
    1st Aug 2016
    5:04pm
    Turnbull was warned that Merger Mick Baird's forced amalgamtions would affect the Federal elections, but he was too arrogant to listen. Barnaby Joyce, and others asked Baird to take their areas out of the forced amalgation mix, and 6 councils were taken out. When Andrew Gee, in the seat of Calare was asked to intervene on Oberon's behalf, his arrogant response was that it wasn't a marginal seat and he didn't need Oberon's vote. What the arrogant ignorant twerp forgot, was that the 8.5% swing against him might not have affected his winning calare, albeit with a reduced margin, but where did the arrogant twerp think all those people were going to vote for in the senate. Small parties of course. I understand both Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophone will be sending the arrogant twerp a bottle of champagne.
    Kali-G
    1st Aug 2016
    5:15pm
    The sad truth for Australia is that we have a Left wing Socialist trade Union Mafia opposition and a mildly left wing Government, with no real majority....and I guess it will tumble within 6-12 month.
    We need Leadership, and a right wing government, that will face up to the harsh realities.....not worriing about..same sex marriage, super and so on...But tackle the problem facing everyday ordinary aussies. Not spending 800 Million a year on 25000 Middle eastern ****s....or pander to moslems. I voted LNP all my life, but the day Turncoat dined with the Mufti and all those moslems..I switched to One Nation....and most of my friends did the same.
    I am ashamed of this smart arse lawyer with his millions in the Cayman Island stashed away...mouthing on and on.....Never trust him!
    Grateful
    1st Aug 2016
    5:31pm
    Sadly there apparently no items on the agenda for the next parliament. The Coalition only had one "policy", the $40billion uncosted Company Tax Bill and that wouldn't have gotten through the Senate anyway. Unbelievable that there are no policies to take to the new parliament so could have had a majority of 20 and made no difference. The SENATE will kill any that they think up during the 3 years because there will be nothing for the battlers. Another 3 years of nothing. What's new???
    MICK
    1st Aug 2016
    5:47pm
    Why does it surprise nobody that the coalition will not accept the result in Herbert. So what if 628 soldiers did not vote. No different to if you and I did not vote and they could have all voted for other than the coalition candidate.
    Same as always. The liberal Party and its partners are always victims to be pitied.
    MD
    2nd Aug 2016
    10:03am
    Mick, if "you and I did not vote", then you're correct in that it would be "no different" - at least to our respective electorates . However the missed 628 votes would indeed make a world of difference, at the very least to the successful candidate & maybe one way or another their electorate. It's vagueries & generalizations that do little to help. You're better than that - I think.
    wally
    2nd Aug 2016
    10:49am
    Mick, the difference ( and Achilles Heel ) in your argument is voter intention. Were the voters in Herbert denied the opportunity to vote through the unavailability of ballot papers? Or did they choose to sit on their bums and not bother to vote?

    By all means, express your bias and hostility toward the coalition but to be fair, would not Labor, if the situation was to be reversed, demand a new election to prove once and for all who won the seat? Maybe independent candidates for the seat of Herbert would also like another bite at the cherry.
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:30pm
    Mick, defense force personnel are generally conservative in voting habits, there is a very subtle right wing influence introduced through the training process by the instructors. Nothing obvious but there is an impression given that a socialist government spends less on defense.
    particolor
    1st Aug 2016
    8:08pm
    Is this the only Country in the World that Swears the Government in before all the Votes are Counted ?? :-(
    particolor
    1st Aug 2016
    8:12pm
    And when are they going to get over their Children's CIVIL WAR and get on with Governing the Country ?? :-(
    mareela
    1st Aug 2016
    10:02pm
    Pablo, the armchair expert on Herbert
    mareela
    1st Aug 2016
    10:36pm
    Big al you need to develop a brain and don't believe all the right wing propaganda in the SMH. Stretch yourself and embrace the truth. You would be a good friend of the far right nut jobs in the coalition and especially Abetz, the nasty. You obviously have no problem with children being abused which denigrates our society. One can only hope you don't have children. Any sane person who watched Four Corners last week would be ashamed that children are being treated like that in Australia. There are surely better ways of treating children in detention.
    As for Malcolm, give him a bit longer and he will undoubtedly try and dismantle Medicare bit by bit. Thank goodness we have Bill and the Labor party to keep them in check. However, Malcolm and his government being the worst and most corrupt government in Australia's history most likely will not last more than a year. Malcolm is totally a lame duck PM who is merely a puppet for the conservative nut jobs.
    KSS
    2nd Aug 2016
    7:16am
    Why don't you say what you really think mareela?
    Grateful
    2nd Aug 2016
    10:53am
    What a failure Malcolm has been found out to be. Still under complete control of the "right" and happy to discard all of his beliefs just to be promoted to P.M.
    But, he has proven to be a completely incompetent decision maker. Blackmailing the Senate to pass a bill threatening a double dissolution if they didn't. They didn't. His ONLY objective was to get rid of three micro party representatives in the Senate to "make it more workable".
    What has happened? Instead of getting rid of three Senators, HE has lost 14 seats in the Reps AND 3 Senators of his own, whereby, there are now 10 instead of 7, with whom he has to "negotiate' (threaten??).
    Labor and the Greens, if they unite, now control the Senate.
    Wow, what a great decision Malcolm, a classic too clever by half result!!
    And his first decision in this new parliament, he has appointed a Judge that resigned days later and has retracted to exactly what Labor were recommending, but, due to arrogance on Malcolm's part, they were not even consulted even though they promised full support to the Royal Commission.
    And Rudd won't let him get off too lightly for many months to come!!!! Rudd's great at revenge!!!!
    Malcolm's days are already being numbered, he won't be there at the next election!!!! Nor will the Coalition after it!!!
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:35pm
    The government and opposition are in a very precarious position, they are peeing themselves at the thought that the Royal Commission may get out of their control and someone calls for the treatment of offshore detainees to be investigated.
    ex PS
    2nd Aug 2016
    12:36pm
    Yes Grateful, it certainly looks like the clever MT has outsmarted himself.


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