Hi there from the Apple Isle. I’m doing a Grumpy Old Grandad’s Terror Tour of Tassie with an old mate of mine. He’s 75 and I’m a bit younger.
The trip down the Hume Highway was great – easy as!
The trip across the ditch on the boat was another thing altogether. Sick as!
A lay over in north Tassie saw us refreshed and off down the east coast, sucking in great scenery, eating great food and talking to the two-headed locals.
Here in Tassie, they talk about all things local: the footy, the weather and things that irritate them.
Tassie TV is interesting! With the usual dog bites man stories where untold misery is afflicting the populace, there is interest in things federally political. Bronnie is all over Tassie!
Such a sad face doing the act of contrition two weeks after confession finished in the Church of Popular Opinion.
For old Laborites, she is the gift who keeps on giving. Just because she fell on her sceptre, doesn’t mean she won’t be the source of distraction all the way to the election.
I was watching The Drum the other night and a bloke there reminded me of when Bronnie was in the senate and performing at the senate estimates committees. He reminded us that she vilified, badgered and bullied public servants, diminishing them for their snouts being in the trough. What goes around, comes around.
Well, what is it about going to fundraisers in a chopper, getting the taxpayer to pay for the transport to some friends’ weddings (but paying back months after the event and only after being sprung), drinking out of an official gift tea seli gift to the Parliament from the Queen, a thousand bucks of limo travel in a day, doesn’t smack of a hooter in the trough?
What is it about using the speaker’s office as a fundraising venue didn’t she get?
Here are a couple of reasons why she had to go.
She had her nose firmly stuck in the trough of entitlement. She has been sprung and found guilty of misusing her office to a greater degree than Peter Slipper who had the grace to stand aside while being investigated.
She continually delivers a distraction to government policies and propaganda.
She has lost the confidence of too many of her colleagues.
She showed the most political partisanship in this high office unparralelled in history.
I was an assistant speaker for many years and met many speakers from both persuasions right across the Commonwealth. All of them had my respect as guardians of the dignity of the parliament.
The biggest sin for which she should have resigned is her abrogation of her sacred duty to the parliament itself. She was the most partisan speaker in 600 years.
Unlike the ACT, bless us all, Tassie is not a Labor stronghold. It is bi-political and quite swinging in its political preferences. But they know a scandal when they see one. This had the smell of political roadkill in the air! The body is on the side of the road.
But again, as an old Laborite, I don’t want her going anywhere. Just as I don’t want Captn Tony going anywhere.
I can wait for the election to run its own course. The punter put Tony et al, including Bronnie, in, and he will pay dearly for the blight he has brought to our doorsteps.
The quote of the week has to go to Gerard Henderson on a breakfast program on Thursday, when talking about his new book on B.A.Santamaria. Gerard said “he was born at a very young age.”!