24 Feb 2008, Comments Off on “They’ve had three months of grieving and sulking and carrying on. It’s about time they started behaving like a proper opposition.”

“They’ve had three months of grieving and sulking and carrying on. It’s about time they started behaving like a proper opposition.”

Author: Helen

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry watching the scenes in Question time last night. Lord knows I don’t think the new PM or any of the other members of his front bench is any kind of Messiah (expect more posts on that subject shortly). But jesus christ on a cracker, look at the new “opposition”. As Carolinkus said here, “these guys really are horribly desperately dreadful.” I think that pretty much nails it.

VIRGINIA TRIOLI, PRESENTER: It’s often likened to an unruly schoolyard and today the behaviour of MPs in Federal Parliament did nothing to improve that reputation.

On its first official Friday sitting, the House of Representatives descended into chaos, shouting matches and general defiance of the Speaker.

The planned business of Parliament barely got a look in amid the pandemonium – which culminated in a cardboard cut-out of the Prime Minister being dragged into the chamber and later ordered back out.
DANA ROBERSTON: Finally, the faux Prime Minister and his Parliamentary companion departed, but others didn’t give up quite so easily. Liberal MP Steve Ciobo had to be escorted out.

SPEAKER: Because of the gross disorderly conduct of the member, I ask the sergeant to remove the member. I ask the sergeant to remove the member.

DANA ROBERSTON: He was soon joined in the Parliamentary sin bin by Joanna Gash and Tony Abbott…

And what was the reason? Because the PM was visiting the devastated town of Mackay. That’s what prime ministers do when there’s a natural disaster. isn’t it? If he hadn’t, the Libs would have attacked with “The PM’s warming his bum on a parliamentary seat while Mackay drowns” schtick. Either way, they’ll find a way to spin it. (Is Crosby Textor still on their payroll?)

These people can’t build anything; their only skill is in tearing people down, and they’re not even very good at that.

Lindsay Tanner (for whom I carry no torches) was magnificent, this time, in his well-crafted scorn.

They’ve had three months of grieving and sulking and carrying on. It’s about time they started behaving like a proper opposition.

You know what else I noticed? He wasn’t smirking. It was good. Let’s make our Parliament a smirk-free zone.

Comments (0)

  • M-H says:

    And now, according to this morning’s Sun-Herald, Philip Ruddock thinks that he would make a good UN Commissioner for Refugees. How can anyone have so little insight into their own actions?

  • Helen says:

    according to this morning’s Sun-Herald, Philip Ruddock thinks that he would make a good UN Commissioner for Refugees.

    *speechless*

  • phil says:

    By which he means he would commission more of them?

  • Ariel says:

    Oh. My. God. Did he forget that he sold his soul? Did he wake up one morning and think he’d become his daughter?

    Thanks for that Helen. I had the same thought – what’s bloody wrong with being out there doing some work? And what a disgraceful display of temper tantrums. Doing Nine Per Cent Nelson no favours …

  • Dysthymiac says:

    Ruddock – comedy?

    Disrespect In Da House – if they can’t be Captain then they don’t want to play.

  • Lord Hughes says:

    “I ask the sergeant to remove the member.”

    A case of police brutality if ever I heard one.

  • Helen says:

    Unfortunate choice of words, isn’t it.

  • Oz Ozzie says:

    sigh…. To think these morons used to ru(i)n the country, and they only looked woeful at the time.

  • Mark says:

    ” if they can’t be Captain then they don’t want to play.”

    then I wish they would take their bats and balls and go home!

    I haven’t yet seen stories of Nelson or other opposition frontbenchers visiting the flood-disaster areas of Queensland, have you? Is this possibly because they lost badly in Queensland, and the Liberal party there is in such disarray? Counter-intuitive, don’t you think? Then again, with this lot, it’s just what you’d expect.

  • Anastasia R. says:

    It’s kind of depressing that the only person still in parliament from the Whitlam era – Ruddock – is a Liberal – not a progressive hero from Gough’s side.

    About his sudden reversion – i guess in opposition he can pretend the Howard years never happened and he can just go back to the MP he was in the 1980s – when he crossed the floor against Howard’s anti-Asian views – then again its easier to do that sort of thing in opposition – the impotent can be pure as Gough said.

  • Helen says:

    Interesting, isn’t it – crossing the floor in opposition to “we’ll all be rooned because, Asians” of the 80s, then embracing the “we’ll all be rooned because, middle Easterners” a decade later.

    That’s the Undead for ya.

  • tigtog says:

    The Undead Haddock. Creepy.

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