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Has Joe Republic put a banana in Tony’s tailpipe?

By Marcus Paul - 27 August 2015 38

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There is little doubt our Federal Government is lost somewhere in the wilderness, flitting from issue to issue with what appears to be no real purpose. Or is it?

Commentators were left aghast yesterday by what appears to be on the surface yet another own goal – this time by the treasurer.

At a time when the government is attempting to avoid distractions and get back on track, here is the treasurer derailing his own rebooted tax reform mission by reviving the republic debate.

What is it about Joe Hockey? Is he the treasurer of Australia with his hands firmly on the nation’s economic steering wheel, or is he a policy will-o’-the-wisp? They wrote.

This all comes after the advancement of a so-called parliamentary friendship group here in Canberra yesterday by the Australian republican movement and its mischievous new leader, Peter FitzSimons (personally I like the bandanna).

Some have called it a bold AND cheeky move – having the nation’s chief bean counter on the team, along with one of our newest senators, Katy Gallagher. Could it be Joe Hockey’s public support will allow further division inside an already vacillating cabinet?

Like it or not, the issue is now back on the front pages. Should Australia become a Republic? FitzSimons and his cohorts will as usual throw up the patriotic tune of “It’s about time Australia had it’s own head of state.”

What is missing, at first glance, is what exact system they wish to adopt – much like the issue which lead to failure back in 1999.

What also might be missing, and this is more important for the ‘current’ state of affairs, might be bi-partisan support within the government itself.

I think we all know where Tony Abbott stands on the issue, after all, he did knight the Queen’s husband. While thinking about this today, I’m reminded of a comment received following my last write up on The Riot ACT regarding the controversial Q and A tweet:

“I saw the tweet but missed the handle … but what we really need to know is whether it came from the cabinet or the backbench.”

Exactly. As if the PM already had enough to worry about.

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38 Responses to
Has Joe Republic put a banana in Tony’s tailpipe?
Evilomlap 3:37 pm 31 Aug 15

rosscoact said :

dungfungus said :

astrojax said :

dungfungus said :

Tony Abbott did not knight the Duke of Edinburgh; The Queen is the only person who formally knights someone. Abbott awarded knighthood to The Duke.
And, so what?
Bill Shorten married the daughter of the Queen’s representative in Australia didn’t he?
Who really cares about whether we have a republic anyhow? I doubt if there will be a civil war over it.

oh dear. straw. clutching. much.

in common parlance, abbott knighted phil the greek – he may not have wielded the sword, but ask the man in the street if they understand the op’s description, pedant. and what does being the gg’s daughter have to do with republican views. your beloved pm’s sister is gay and wants to marry.

do try to keep up, uh?

Yeah, let’s not facts get in the way of a good story (for the left).

With respect, the story was entirely of Abbotts making.

The notion that the PM is some poor bloke being put-upon by an evil media determined to destroy him is very odd to me. Why do the media fixate on his mistakes? Because he keeps making such spectacular ones. Colossal train wrecks are always going to make the evening news.

rubaiyat 1:49 pm 31 Aug 15

Evilomlap said :

rubaiyat said :

Evilomlap said :

rubaiyat said :

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

Not that I’m defending him (I think his track record in the Treasury portfolio screams ‘out of his depth’) but in answer to your question (and only because I like you), he practiced as a finance and banking lawyer before entering politics, he was also senior advisor to NSW treasurer back in the day, when he first entered Federal politics in the mid to late nineties or thereabouts he was Minister for Financial Services.

Then in 2001 he became Minister for Small Business (I think, I’d have to double check). He was manager of opposition business (when the Libs were in opposition obviously), so that gave him a fairly broad understanding of all portfolios (as a necessity of holding that position). So…in a nutshell that’s part of the reason he landed the Treasury gig. What he’s done with it…history, and an election, will decide, I guess.

What’s disturbing is how much info I was able to pull on this guy from the top of my head…I think I need a drink.

So he has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law? And 5-6 years of being a lawyer and a political advisor before entering Parliament?

I still so no sign of any financial training or knowledge. None.

In fact most of his statements and apparent conclusions are embarrassing.

How many options has he taken to “Dial the wife” on important matters:

“Quick dear, they’re coming into the room… what’s fiscal drag?”

I was explaining why he got the Treasury gig, not suggesting he is a financial genius.

If MPs got gigs based on merit we’d probably have a vastly superior government than we currently do.

I was not suggesting otherwise, just being rhetorical.

A good Treasurer is probably one anyway who can listen to and understand the usually sound advice of his /her department and not force mad ideological theories on them. We have had examples of that from both sides of politics, unfortunately we have one right now.

rosscoact 1:36 pm 31 Aug 15

dungfungus said :

astrojax said :

dungfungus said :

Tony Abbott did not knight the Duke of Edinburgh; The Queen is the only person who formally knights someone. Abbott awarded knighthood to The Duke.
And, so what?
Bill Shorten married the daughter of the Queen’s representative in Australia didn’t he?
Who really cares about whether we have a republic anyhow? I doubt if there will be a civil war over it.

oh dear. straw. clutching. much.

in common parlance, abbott knighted phil the greek – he may not have wielded the sword, but ask the man in the street if they understand the op’s description, pedant. and what does being the gg’s daughter have to do with republican views. your beloved pm’s sister is gay and wants to marry.

do try to keep up, uh?

Yeah, let’s not facts get in the way of a good story (for the left).

With respect, the story was entirely of Abbotts making.

dungfungus 11:50 am 31 Aug 15

astrojax said :

dungfungus said :

Tony Abbott did not knight the Duke of Edinburgh; The Queen is the only person who formally knights someone. Abbott awarded knighthood to The Duke.
And, so what?
Bill Shorten married the daughter of the Queen’s representative in Australia didn’t he?
Who really cares about whether we have a republic anyhow? I doubt if there will be a civil war over it.

oh dear. straw. clutching. much.

in common parlance, abbott knighted phil the greek – he may not have wielded the sword, but ask the man in the street if they understand the op’s description, pedant. and what does being the gg’s daughter have to do with republican views. your beloved pm’s sister is gay and wants to marry.

do try to keep up, uh?

Yeah, let’s not facts get in the way of a good story (for the left).

Evilomlap 10:23 am 31 Aug 15

rubaiyat said :

Evilomlap said :

rubaiyat said :

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

Not that I’m defending him (I think his track record in the Treasury portfolio screams ‘out of his depth’) but in answer to your question (and only because I like you), he practiced as a finance and banking lawyer before entering politics, he was also senior advisor to NSW treasurer back in the day, when he first entered Federal politics in the mid to late nineties or thereabouts he was Minister for Financial Services.

Then in 2001 he became Minister for Small Business (I think, I’d have to double check). He was manager of opposition business (when the Libs were in opposition obviously), so that gave him a fairly broad understanding of all portfolios (as a necessity of holding that position). So…in a nutshell that’s part of the reason he landed the Treasury gig. What he’s done with it…history, and an election, will decide, I guess.

What’s disturbing is how much info I was able to pull on this guy from the top of my head…I think I need a drink.

So he has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law? And 5-6 years of being a lawyer and a political advisor before entering Parliament?

I still so no sign of any financial training or knowledge. None.

In fact most of his statements and apparent conclusions are embarrassing.

How many options has he taken to “Dial the wife” on important matters:

“Quick dear, they’re coming into the room… what’s fiscal drag?”

I was explaining why he got the Treasury gig, not suggesting he is a financial genius.

If MPs got gigs based on merit we’d probably have a vastly superior government than we currently do.

astrojax 6:38 am 29 Aug 15

dungfungus said :

Tony Abbott did not knight the Duke of Edinburgh; The Queen is the only person who formally knights someone. Abbott awarded knighthood to The Duke.
And, so what?
Bill Shorten married the daughter of the Queen’s representative in Australia didn’t he?
Who really cares about whether we have a republic anyhow? I doubt if there will be a civil war over it.

oh dear. straw. clutching. much.

in common parlance, abbott knighted phil the greek – he may not have wielded the sword, but ask the man in the street if they understand the op’s description, pedant. and what does being the gg’s daughter have to do with republican views. your beloved pm’s sister is gay and wants to marry.

do try to keep up, uh?

rubaiyat 7:05 pm 28 Aug 15

Evilomlap said :

rubaiyat said :

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

Not that I’m defending him (I think his track record in the Treasury portfolio screams ‘out of his depth’) but in answer to your question (and only because I like you), he practiced as a finance and banking lawyer before entering politics, he was also senior advisor to NSW treasurer back in the day, when he first entered Federal politics in the mid to late nineties or thereabouts he was Minister for Financial Services.

Then in 2001 he became Minister for Small Business (I think, I’d have to double check). He was manager of opposition business (when the Libs were in opposition obviously), so that gave him a fairly broad understanding of all portfolios (as a necessity of holding that position). So…in a nutshell that’s part of the reason he landed the Treasury gig. What he’s done with it…history, and an election, will decide, I guess.

What’s disturbing is how much info I was able to pull on this guy from the top of my head…I think I need a drink.

So he has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law? And 5-6 years of being a lawyer and a political advisor before entering Parliament?

I still so no sign of any financial training or knowledge. None.

In fact most of his statements and apparent conclusions are embarrassing.

How many options has he taken to “Dial the wife” on important matters:

“Quick dear, they’re coming into the room… what’s fiscal drag?”

dungfungus 6:42 pm 28 Aug 15

rubaiyat said :

Disregarding the sideshows.

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

HE doesn’t even look like he believes what he says.

And I don’t blame him.

rubaiyat said :

Disregarding the sideshows.

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

HE doesn’t even look like he believes what he says.

And I don’t blame him.

rubaiyat said :

Disregarding the sideshows.

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

HE doesn’t even look like he believes what he says.

And I don’t blame him.

It doesn’t matter what his qualifications are if his government can’t get their legislation through both houses.
You should instead be asking what Bill Shorten’s qualifications are to be opposition leader because if he doesn’t get real about where Australia is and where it is going we will never masters of our own destiny any more.
It’s probably too late already.

HiddenDragon 5:29 pm 28 Aug 15

Joe might be thinking of his legacy, or perhaps he has taken Jack Waterford’s recent column to heart.

Whatever the case, after today’s Welcome to Slaka effort from Border Force, he’ll have to resort to streaking if he wants to regain the spotlight.

Evilomlap 4:52 pm 28 Aug 15

rubaiyat said :

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

Not that I’m defending him (I think his track record in the Treasury portfolio screams ‘out of his depth’) but in answer to your question (and only because I like you), he practiced as a finance and banking lawyer before entering politics, he was also senior advisor to NSW treasurer back in the day, when he first entered Federal politics in the mid to late nineties or thereabouts he was Minister for Financial Services.

Then in 2001 he became Minister for Small Business (I think, I’d have to double check). He was manager of opposition business (when the Libs were in opposition obviously), so that gave him a fairly broad understanding of all portfolios (as a necessity of holding that position). So…in a nutshell that’s part of the reason he landed the Treasury gig. What he’s done with it…history, and an election, will decide, I guess.

What’s disturbing is how much info I was able to pull on this guy from the top of my head…I think I need a drink.

rubaiyat 4:39 pm 28 Aug 15

John Moulis said :

Strange how two weeks ago Abbott and Hockey poured scorn on gay marriage calling it a distraction and that they would be focussing on the main game – jobs, the economy and national security. A few days later Abbott goes MIA in the Torres Strait putting flowers on Eddie Mabo’s grave and Hockey starts championing a republic. What was that about irrelevant side issues pulling focus away from the main game?

Yeah that scene of Abbott putting flowers on Eddie Mabo’s grave was soooooo creepy!

John Moulis 4:01 pm 28 Aug 15

Strange how two weeks ago Abbott and Hockey poured scorn on gay marriage calling it a distraction and that they would be focussing on the main game – jobs, the economy and national security. A few days later Abbott goes MIA in the Torres Strait putting flowers on Eddie Mabo’s grave and Hockey starts championing a republic. What was that about irrelevant side issues pulling focus away from the main game?

rubaiyat 3:39 pm 28 Aug 15

Disregarding the sideshows.

What is Joe Hockey’s qualifications to be Treasurer?

HE doesn’t even look like he believes what he says.

And I don’t blame him.

rosscoact 2:43 pm 28 Aug 15

This government manufactures distractions at every opportunity. They need the distractions to prevent as many people as possible from actually thinking about how totally directionless they are. Joe has already had the Republic and tax cuts this week.

Look over there!!!!

dungfungus 1:26 pm 28 Aug 15

Tony Abbott did not knight the Duke of Edinburgh; The Queen is the only person who formally knights someone. Abbott awarded knighthood to The Duke.
And, so what?
Bill Shorten married the daughter of the Queen’s representative in Australia didn’t he?
Who really cares about whether we have a republic anyhow? I doubt if there will be a civil war over it.

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