Speaker SMith

The Political Weekly: There was a new Speaker but the parliamentary rabble was back to its rowdy best.

Spanish Inquisition

The Political Weekly: The week may have commenced with the opposition feeling chuffed about having brought down Bronwyn Bishop, but by week’s end Labor was becoming increasingly anxious about the media witch-hunt it had unleashed.

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Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker and the PM has launched a review into the entitlements system. This might release the pressure valve, but it could also be a vote-changer come next election.

Illustration: Rowe, 18 Jul 2015

The Political Weekly: The PM can’t shake Choppergate, while Labor continues to refuse to implode, rather unhelpfully.

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Bronwyn Bishop’s offence is not so much that she is tribal or biased – for most speakers are. Her crime is that she is just not up to the job. And for this reason she must go.

Our favourite panto villain. Post for The Hoopla.

Bishop’s conduct as Speaker has been far from impartial, even in two short weeks. It seems that shrugging off the armour and handing over the weapons of a Liberal Warrior have not come easily to her.

Dear proponents of the #AshbyInquiryNow campaign I know your hearts are in the right place, honestly I do. I share your concern about 2013 ending with Tony Abbott installed as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister. I’m uneasy about Abbott’s ascendancy and what it could mean for equality, equal opportunity and protection of the disadvantaged in Australia. […]

Some politicians are just accidents waiting to happen. They’re incendiary devices that, once triggered, may cause only enough devastation to harm themselves or widespread and indiscriminate collateral damage. While some are unobtrusive until their tripwire is breached, others tick loudly causing those nearby to glance anxiously and frequently in their direction. Peter Slipper sits firmly […]

Before I get to the substance of this post, I’d like to provide some context. I’m a former Liberal staffer. The last time I was employed as a political staffer was in 1993, and I’ve never worked for the Liberal Party since, nor am I member of any party. I do not vote, and have […]