While many election analysts suggest the independents, all former Nationals MPs, are more likely to side with the Coalition, Bob Katter and Tony Windsor have derided Mr Joyce; with one calling him a fool and the other labelling him a “piece of incredible unfortunateness.”
“Key Independents berate “fool” Barnaby Joyce,” AAP, 22 August, 2010
This is hilarious, even though where Bob Katter especially is concerned it’s a severe case of pots, kettles, and accusations of blackness.
(Proof? From the same article:
[Katter] told the ABC the trio got “on very well together, we work very closely together, we have similar backgrounds and we’ve simply agreed that we’ll walk in a room, close the door and not be taken advantage of by all you cunning media people”.
He’d be PM right now if it weren’t for a bunch of meddling kids.)
My primary concern in all this is ensuring that Tony Abbott not become Prime Minister, but handing more power to Rob Oakeshott, Windsor and Katter is a steep price to pay. You don’t need to be Bob Brown to be entirely unimpressed at the vast gap between the National Party’s representation in parliament and their meagre slice of the popular vote, and handing even more power to rural conservatives will only create more ill-advised policies directing disproportionate levels of taxpayer resources to a sliver of the population that neither needs nor deserves it.
Mining magnate and government critic Clive Palmer has questioned the role of Governor-General Quentin Bryce in determining whether Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott is allowed to form a government.
Ms Bryce’s daughter Chloe Bryce is married to ALP powerbroker Bill Shorten, who was instrumental in Ms Gillard toppling Kevin Rudd for the prime ministership.
”We need to make sure that the Governor-General is totally impartial,” Mr Palmer told The Age. ”If the Governor-General finds she can’t be impartial, she should stand down and they should get someone else to fulfil that role.”
“Governor-General must be impartial,” Sydney Morning Herald, 23 August, 2010
After the debacle earlier this year in Tasmania, we are faced once again with a constitutional requirement that the delegate of a foreign monarch resolve an Australian political problem. The idea that the Governor General is a mere figurehead is fanciful; she is the direct intrusion of the British Crown into Australian self-government. Add this to the reasons why the system is broke and must be fixed.
Getting ready to put on the Handling Stuff Like A Grownup Suit.
"Nice" people do not consider themselves so magnificently superior to everyone else that they insist people remain seated in their presence, particular when their only claim to wielding such authority lies in their birth. Anyone receiving such advice should consider themselves honor-bound to defy it.
The cognitive dissonance between having gay friends and co-workers and not supporting gay rights already exists and is well accepted. It isn’t 1990 and Ken [Mehlman] is not Will & Grace
Where I come from is very poor, see? All the richness is gone a long time ago, so everybody lives by chiseling everybody else. It comes to me very natural. If I live five hundred years ago I guess I be a baron maybe, a robber baron. I live on a rock and chisel the city down below and everybody call me ‘baron’. Now I live in a penthouse and everybody call me ‘boss’.