Lib: PM’s office has “obsessive control phobia”

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From the SMH:

Tony Abbott and his chief of staff Peta Credlin are enforcing a culture of “obsessive centralised control phobia” and are out of touch with voters, according to Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald, who has delivered a scathing attack on the Prime Minister’s office.

Senator Macdonald is furious that he has not been consulted about the government’s terms of reference for its Northern Australia policies, saying he “discovered” them by accident and was treated dismissively by the Prime Minister’s office.

“What you see in the terms of reference submitted by the government may be the Prime Minister’s office’s version of what it was all about,” Senator Macdonald said.

“But I have to advise them and my constituents that I will not have unelected advisers in the Prime Minister’s office telling elected politicians who are actually in touch with their constituencies what should and shouldn’t be done.”


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    • dumb_non_economistMEMBER

      Yeah, and how long has it taken?

      Where’s Alex Heywood? I told you Abbott wouldn’t surprise me on the upside! He isn’t a leaders rectum.

      Actually, when it comes to control Abbott and Rudd’s office seem to have a lot in common.

  1. Seems like a carbon copy (untaxed carbon, no doubt) of the months leading to Ted Baillieu’s departure from the top gig in Victoria.

    Who would’ve thought that it’s not just politicians that are egotistical megalomaniacs 🙂

  2. Lol. To judge by the hyperbole of Macdonald’s comments the alleged centralised control is obviously ineffective…of course…they are phobic about it!!

    • Keep swinging there 3d1k, and go at it with a vigor. Your boys are in trouble here.

      10 weeks in and we have this.

  3. Groundhog Day? We’re back to 2007 but at least Labor kept the “obsessive central control” from the PM’s office under wraps for more than 3 months.

  4. Cricky.. Its “mania”, not “phobia”.

    Anyway, Senator Ian Macdonald will get the Peter Slipper treatment soon.

    • If so then there may be many, many independents by the end of this parliament.
      Fun and games for one and all.

      • You would almost have to think that is what he is playing for…. He is 68 years old who has just been re-elected for six years…. Can’t exactly see him get pre-selected at the age 75 in six years time….
        Either that or he wants a diplomatic post to somewhere nice in Europe.

        It would give Palmer even more power if he was to defect.

    • Different drivers to Rudd.

      In this case, Lib people are actually worried about Tone’s policies.

      Despite this, LNP unity over the last 3 years has been very well maintained on the principle of “look, everyone shut up and we’ll win this thing”.

      Now they HAVE won, they’re going to need a lot more than that to keep the wheels on.

    • No, not the same as Rudd.

      Rudd’s downfall was that he was a control freak.

      Abbott’s downfall will be that he is too tightly controlled. The kicker is that this was necessary to get the LNP into power.

      Now in government, this tight control on Abbott’s persona and LNP policy simply indicates a lack of confidence. Abbott is out of his depth as PM and it shows.

    • Similar trajectory, different circumstances. Rudd surrounded himself with 20 something years olds who watched one too many episodes of the West Wing. It was a love-in short of an orgy. Abbott has surrounded himself with people who’ve tactically won the fight but strategically can’t adjust to fight the war. So long as Abbott maintains the siege mentality and stays within the confides of the bunker, the nimble ones like Turnbull will be seen as contenders. It’s as many have said, the Libs have simply not transitioned from an opposition to a government.

  5. Trouble is…what choice did we have.
    Both sides were hopeless…we chose the lesser of two weevils.

    In the end Tony Abbot was just good at picking fights…and repeating every second sentence to give himself time to think about the next.
    This is what happens when you’ve been in the ring too long

    So, if they don’t get a new leader by this time next year…we’ll have to try the other mob again.

    As a 62-year old, I’d really like to see my children’s generation take over and these present members act as mentors.They need to get in there and start fixing situations like the residential housing bubble for themselves…there is too much at stake for our grand children.

    • +1

      Problem being both/all political parties are tightly controlled by those vested in keeping it the way it is…

  6. Abbott is applying the same menacing methods to his own ranks as he tries to use with everyone else, including the ABC, sundry journalists, the ALP, independent MP’s, the Greens, unfortunate members of the public, the Government of Indonesia and anyone or anything he considers disposable or obstructive.

    Abbott goes the whole Bully as a matter of course.

  7. At least G W Bush only needed one brain (Rove), our esteemed leader Tone needs two (the Peta and Brian show) brains.

    Athalone, I totally support your comments, our kids and grandkids need much better than what is happening now.

    • Yes itag, I expected the worries as a parent but the grandparent worry has surprised me.
      I guess you remain in this state until you die.

  8. bolstroodMEMBER

    Athalone, or until you get fed up enough to do something about it.
    Being a grandparent is a very motivating experience.

    Up here on the Northern Rivers hundreds of grandparents have faced down police riot squads to protect the environment against CSG mining so their grand children can grow up in a healthy place.

    They have been an effective group

    • +1, I am near Alstonville, on 10 ac, right near a seam and surrounded by 200ac places on seams.

      It is Macfarlanes complete and utter stupidity and the kleptocratic rules in place, and disregard for private property rules, that will cost them votes unless Hogan can actually bring some influence to bear (doubtful).

      Btw, I am only 35 and I am concerned, like everyone up here, for everyone!

  9. Turnbull is being mentioned increasingly often in various thread on MB and elsewhere. Would anyone like to put forward the case for the idea that he would be a better manager of the economy? FWIW, I’m sceptical and believe that he, too, is another fan of big government and all that involves, but I could be wrong.

    So, why would MT be a superior option?