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Politics Oz style: has it ever been so disgusting?

Politics Oz style: has it ever been so disgusting?

Paul Keating once said Australia would end up a banana republic. How prophetic?

The lead paragraph in the Oz reads: The union movement is preparing to campaign against Barnaby Joyce in New ­England should a by-election occur there in the coming weeks, with independent Tony Windsor expected to be the beneficiary of that support.

The High Court is expected to decide the fate of the dual-cit seven politicians to remain in parliament later today. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce pretends not to be overly concerned—he should be. The unions’ plan to wage against him if the court decision is negative.

However, one point of view might welcome the dismissal of tomato head languishing on that green leather parliamentary bench, bloated and red faced, working up foaming spittle as he rattles on at breathless pace, an incoherent tirade of bumble. The once thought loyal crusader for his electorate turned disingenuous slob. Lickspittle to the politically disastrous Turnbull. Did nothing with the senate Halal recommendations. Sold out his supporters on many matters. Regardless of the High Court decision parliament should rid its chamber of political dross. Including the sullied and potential aspirant Tony Windsor. “… And its foulness spreads over all.”

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Source: News Corp

Unions ready to campaign against Barnaby Joyce

ACTU secretary Sally McManus confirmed yesterday that the peak union body would be considering “what assistance we provide in any by-election in New England”. “Mr Joyce has championed policies that have seen jobs offshored, outsourced and casualised, while people can’t get a pay rise,” Ms McManus said.

“The National Party has sat on its hands while entry-level jobs for young people have been taken by temporary visa holders, issued by their government.

“Mr Joyce has supported privatisation, and stood for the interests of big power companies who are making eye-watering profits off the back of regional Australians who are paying inflated power bills.”

But such a campaign might be in vain, with political sources ­indicating Mr Joyce would still very much be the frontrunner in any contest for the northern NSW electorate.

With Labor likely to “run dead” in the seat, in order to ensure an independent candidate, such as Mr Windsor, finished second, giving that candidate a better chance of winning on preferences, union campaign backing would be critical to see Mr Joyce defeated.

At last year’s federal election, Mr Joyce was not even taken to preferences, winning 52 per cent of the primary vote to defeat Mr Windsor. Three years earlier, Mr Joyce replaced Mr Windsor when the former switched from the Senate to the lower house.

An Australia Institute poll in the seat in mid-September had Mr Joyce at 44 per cent and Mr Windsor at 26 per cent, with the Nationals winning on a two-party-preferred basis by 57 per cent to 43 per cent.

The Nationals have been polling the seat recently and are understood to have seen favourable results. Nationals operatives in NSW are preparing for a High Court decision on the citizenship difficulties of Mr Joyce and others to come down in about a month, after which they know they may well have a by-election on their hands.

Yesterday, the High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed ­Returns, was told by Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue that Mr Joyce didn’t know until ­recently his father was a New Zealand citizen and had renounced that citizenship nearly 40 years ago. The government is arguing that Mr Joyce should not be disqualified because he did not voluntarily obtain or retain foreign citizenship.

Mr Windsor, who was the independent MP for the seat from 2001-2013 and who helped keep Julia Gillard in power in a minority-government situation in the last three years of that time in office, has not ruled out running for the seat — as he did unsuccessfully in 2016.

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  • Lorraine 11/10/2017, 7:08 am

    Joyce has failed , but Windsor is a vile man, surely a decent law abiding person could stand and be voted in. Is it always money and the Unions choice.

  • Cliff 11/10/2017, 7:17 am

    Why is Sam Dastyari not included as #8 in this investigation? Or more importantly, WHY has the Liberal Party not pursued Dastyari’s murky citizenship status to the fullest extent so that he has to prove that status rather than ignore it, as he is?

  • Penguinte 11/10/2017, 8:20 am

    I just don’t believe that all the Labor pollies are in the clear! It just defies belief that they could have been so prescient and diligent. All prospective pollies sign a Statutory Declaration when nominating so, unfortunately, unless someone has some insider knowledge we are relying on their honesty. Knowing how duplicitous the Laborites are it would not surprise me to learn that Labor had orchestrated the whole thing and, quietly, went about ensuring all their imports had denounced any previous obligations. It’s all too cute to be a coincidence.

    • Joe Blogs 11/10/2017, 9:00 am

      Pen, a stat dec is an un-sworn statement of “belief(s)”. An affidavit is a sworn (or affirmed) statement of “fact(s)”. In ~25 years as a JP, I took a few SDs and affs that I strongly suspected as being false, despite having first advised deponents of the penalties for perjury.

      It is not the JP’s role to read the text of either document, let alone make any assessment as to veracity; it is simply to explain and ensure that the correct procedures are followed. I kept a diary of all depositions with my own notes added. One note included the fact that the deponent pushed an SD across the desk under his arm and shoulder, saying, “You sign, you sign.” I told him to let go of the document and finding that it was blank, sent him on his un-merry way.

      • Zoltan 11/10/2017, 9:46 am

        You sign you sign…. methinks he didn’t look like “us”

      • Joe Blogs 11/10/2017, 10:14 am

        Zolly, your good looks are exceeded only by your perspicacity.

        Also refused to sign many dodgy passport copies from China and the ME. Reported the immigration agents concerned, but presume nothing was done.

      • Penguinte 11/10/2017, 11:19 am

        Fair enough JB but I seem to recall a certain Judge was sent to Prison over a speeding fine wherein he committed perjury and Perverted the Course of Justice based on a Statutory Declaration?

      • Joe Blogs 11/10/2017, 12:14 pm

        True, mate. Can’t remember the details of the case and am no legal expert, but citing a corpse as the “perp” is as sound a basis for any prosecutor to develop a case as any.

      • TommyGun 11/10/2017, 6:28 pm

        Blogs, your already exalted position as a man of integrity (IMHO) has been catapulted even further on learning of your JP experiences!
        Well done, Sir!

      • Joe Blogs 11/10/2017, 7:45 pm

        TG, it’s a form of community service that (in some states at least) requires training, accreditation, and the rigorous application of standards, but doesn’t involve being on, or reporting to, a committee.

  • Pensioner Pete 11/10/2017, 8:23 am

    I wait with much anticipation of the outcome from the High court this afternoon, in the hope of a purge, which may then see the likes of Dasytari and Wong join the hopefully growing number being forcefully chucked out of parliament. I also hope Senator Malcolm Roberts is found to be ok, given quote: “Australian Constitution section 34 (ii) he must be a subject of the Queen, either natural-born or for
    at least five years naturalized under a law of the United
    Kingdom, or of a Colony which has become or becomes a
    State, or of the Commonwealth, or of a State”.

    • Zoltan 11/10/2017, 9:47 am

      With you there Pete, especially regarding D&W… especially D!

    • TommyGun 11/10/2017, 6:35 pm

      PP, I heard somewhere today (radio?) that, following the High Court’s decision and explanation, there may be an AUDIT of ALL MP’s.
      That would go a long way to “clearing the air.”

  • Aktosplatz 11/10/2017, 8:42 am

    Up until 2015 I was fervently on Barnaby Joyce’s side against the vile Tony Windsor.

    Not any more.

    While Windsor is still as vile as ever, Joyce has turned out to be Turncoat on behalf of Turnbull.

    Both equally bad in different ways – just like Turnbull vs Shorten.

    There seems to be some sort of competition out there as to can be the worse.

    • Greg 11/10/2017, 9:45 am

      It’s a competition alright Akto, and who loses every time? We do.

  • Biking Voter 11/10/2017, 9:43 am

    It seems we are determined to have the best fake government that money can buy.

  • Margaret 11/10/2017, 12:04 pm

    May be another Independent, someone from the Australian Conservatives or One Nation, could contest the seat of New England. A bit like a Trump candidate not a Republican candidate who has the people’s interest as a priority not the establishment. We have a swamp in Australia too…

    • Lorraine 11/10/2017, 4:58 pm

      swamp is clear water this Government is more like a bog,with swine a plenty

    • TommyGun 11/10/2017, 6:30 pm

      Swamp-dwelling swine?
      I think I’ll claim that one….:)

      • Graham Richards 11/10/2017, 7:22 pm

        I believe the swamp originated right here in Oz & it’s far more sceptic than we think it is.

  • TommyGun 11/10/2017, 6:33 pm

    Everyone here is right; Windsor truly is a turd, but Joyce has lately proven to be anything but trustworthy. His lickspittle dealings with the Indonesians is cringeworthy.

    As for the Unions leaping onto the bandwagon against Joyce, well, they lost in the Supreme Court in their appeal against the cutting of penalty rates (after having cut plenty themselves, the hypocrites!) so maybe they’ll back 2 losers.

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