Unhinged Morrison Government falls apart

God knows, I don’t want to write another post on this but what choice have I? The Morrison Government is imploding before our eyes. Having delivered his empathy rebranding speech yesterday, PM Morrison then launched into a diatribe against Newscorp for having its own sexual harassment scandal. The only problem, he made it up:

In the course of today’s media conference when responding to further questions I deeply regret my insensitive response to a question from a News Ltd journalist by making an anonymous reference to an incident at News Ltd that has been rejected by the company.

I accept their account. I was wrong to raise it, the emotion of the moment is no excuse. I especially wish to apologise to the individual at the centre of the incident and others directly impacted. I had no right to raise this issue and especially without their permission.

If you want more on our unhinged PM’s latest lies then try the ABC. Ask yourself, how crazed does the man have to be to concoct allegations against his only media ally to save his own skin? Even a disgracefully silent Paul Kelly was finally forced to address the issue today.

Meanwhile, the fallout is gathering everywhere. Labor and Greens staffers went on strike yesterday in the Parliament House prayer room, rumoured to be the favoured spot for spontaneous rooting. They declared Parliament House a “disgusting” place for women.

NSW Young Liberals President, Catherine condemned Morrison at Domain for using his family as a human shield:

Amen to that. And it gets worse. Yesterday’s Liberal desk wanker was a long-term senior aid that has had input into sexual harassment rules.

Then there are the desperate policy Hail Mary’s. PM Morrison is now in favour of female quotas for Liberal MPs. Though who would volunteer at this point is beyond me. Yet Morrison has clearly failed to bring the subject to the attention of his party which instantly rebelled and is apparently “bitterly divided” on the issue.

I can only ask again, where is the process? The research? The public conversation led by the PM? The carefully considered policy reform program? This is open chaos as a government is engulfed by a crisis and cover-up of its own making.

Perhaps we should ask the Liberal’s fully-funded semi-retirees. They have the time to think things through. Linda Reynolds is no longer going to the Raisina Dialogue, the Indian geopolitical event, so more harm is done to the Australian national interest while she puts her feet up to avoid accountability for her appalling handling of Brittany Higgins. And the ABC is muscling up to take Christian Porter’s defamation case head on. Meaning abused taxpayers are paying for both to fight one another.

Finally, there is the business of misleading parliament and corrupting the police, via Crikey:

First, of course, Gaetjens revealed that he had halted his investigation into who knew about the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins and why, miraculously, no one of the cast of thousands who knew thought to tell the prime minister. Moreover, he said he had told Scott Morrison of that decision on March 9.

As even the centrist, both-sides press gallery hacks pointed out, this exposed Morrison as having misled Parliament, given last week on March 18, he had responded to an opposition question by insisting Gaetjens was continuing to conduct his inquiry and that “he has not provided me with a further update about when I might expect that report”.

Gaetjens had updated him, nine days before — and the update was that the investigation was shut down indefinitely.

It’s about as close to an open and shut case of a prime minister lying to parliament as you’re ever going to get.

Gaetjens justified his decision to shut down the inquiry — and his refusal to answer any questions, contrary to the prime minister’s assurance last week — on the basis that the AFP commissioner Reece Kershaw had told him to, as it was endangering the AFP’s criminal investigation of Higgins’ alleged rape.

Problem was, Kershaw was at estimates downstairs in the main committee room at that very moment. Kristina Keneally did the honours there and asked him directly if he had ever done such a thing. Kershaw denied it.

After that embarrassment, Kershaw within two hours had reversed himself completely and issued a statement saying “I confirm I informed Mr Gaetjens on 9 March it was strongly advisable to hold off”. A very handy turnaround from the AFP head. One wonders what phone calls were made from Parliament offices to Kershaw’s mobile.

…In the ensuing free-for-all of condemnation that Gaetjens was using the welfare of Higgins — whose welfare has thus far been a distant last in the calculations of the government — as an excuse to refuse to answer questions, he was asked if he had actually spoken to Higgins.

No, he hadn’t, he replied, because she’d said she wanted her privacy respected.

So, Gaetjens was tasked with finding out when staff from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) knew about Higgins, and Higgins herself has recounted her own contact with people within the PMO in the aftermath of her alleged assault that contradicted the claims of the prime minister, and yet Gaetjens not merely hadn’t spoken to her but evidently was never going to speak to her.

…Gaetjens also refused to answer when asked if any PMO staff had engaged lawyers for his inquiry — a sure sign that someone had. That matched Morrison’s persistent refusal in the House of Reps to answer whether his office had backgrounded journalists against Higgins’ partner David Sharaz to discredit Higgins — also a sure sign someone had.

This is a government in utter chaos. Morrison must resign to reset it and restore the national interest.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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    • Display NameMEMBER

      Morrison is not a leader. He is reactionary on everything. The antithesis of a conviction politician. Transactional to the point of having no strongly beliefs or view. Pentecostalism is consistent with this, it is the modern purchase of an indulgence…

    • “I’m just a placeholder for Potatohead when the IPA/RupNews decide it is time” Suicide?

    • Ritualised FormsMEMBER

      He has Eric covering his back……..

      Tasmanian speaker says Liberal senator questioned Brittany Higgins’ drunkenness

      https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/tasmanian-speaker-says-liberal-senator-questioned-brittany-higgins-drunkenness-20210324-p57dko.html

      “I casually asked the honourable Senator Eric Abetz if the minister allegedly accused of the alleged rape that occurred around 30 years ago was the honourable Christian Porter MP,” Ms Hickey told Tasmanian Parliament on Wednesday morning.

      “The senator quickly responded that yes, it was the first law officer of the nation, Christian Porter, but not to worry, the woman is dead and the law will protect him.”

      And then….

      “[Senator Abetz] then said, ‘As for that Higgins girl, anybody who is so disgustingly drunk, who would sleep with anybody, could have slept with one of our spies and put the security of our nation at risk’,” Ms Hickey said.

      Ms Hickey said she asked Senator Abetz why the security guards hadn’t stepped in knowing how drunk she appeared to be.

      “He responded abruptly that if any security member dared to question the validity of access to the parliament, by anyone who held a security pass, they would be sacked,” she said.

      “I felt sick, knowing that the last line of protection for this young woman was not able to be provided due to the practices and protocols of that parliament.”

      • thefatgeneralMEMBER

        A bit of context is probably required for those not in Tasmania. Sue Hickey crossed the floor on the first day of parliament to give herself a promotion (became speaker). She then regularly voted and spoke out against the government, and also committed to not necessarily supporting their positions (other than supply) and didn’t attend the party room. It hamstrung a duly elected government and prevented any hard decisions being taken in the first year of the election cycle (when you would normally make the short term pain/long term gain changes). She recently (sunday) wrote an article about how preselection has been stacked against her etc and that it’s because she is a female – this is all false, she barely got over the line the first time and since crossing the floor has been very unlikely to be re-endorsed. The fact that 3 weeks have passed (and she had a sitting week to raise these issues in parliament) then decides now to do this is more about trying to cast herself as a female victim to build profile for the next state election rather than a genuine attempt to show evidence of misconduct.

        • None of what you wrote diminishes what she said. Are you suggesting that Abetz did not say that to Hickey? Everything else, including her motive, is irrelevant.

  1. Display NameMEMBER

    How can we ever trust the AFP again? Politicized to the point of impotence. Multiple investigations that have stalled, gone nowhere. And now this. These guys cannot get their lies straight. Its a comedy. And on the public dime,

  2. The Incomparable Mr Flannery

    1. Looks like Porter is gone, or will be severely diminished (backbench).
    2. What of Reynolds.
    3. Is #1 enough to sate the anger? I think not.
    4. How long till Joshie mounts a challenge – 30 bad Newspolls?
    5. Karen Keneally is really getting a handle on prosecuting all this.
    6. Good on Karen Andrews for fronting 7.30. Too little too late. Where is the Minister for Ladiefolks, Marise Payne. She’s on the side of the blokes! Too bloke, not enough woke, (just kidding, not a woke issue even though some crazies probably think it is).
    7. LNP quotas, LOL.

    It’s gnarly.

    • BaldbadgerMEMBER

      You mean the same Karen Andrews who owns nine investment properties?
      What a great country we have.

      • happy valleyMEMBER

        She had her national priorities right and now she’s got a bit spare of time, before she buys another IP, to devote to a mundane and passing issue?

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Neither 1 nor 2 is remotely enough – lots of others have to go but they’ll just be replaced with more LNP automatons.

    • (just kidding, not a woke issue even though some crazies probably think it is)

      The dominant themes driving the public outrage (basically, rampant and systemic sexism) are 100%, textbook, “woke” and “identity politics” issues.

      We know this, because until a few months ago anyone trying to say these were problems was written off with those same terms (amongst many colourful others), and outside of this context, probably still is.

      • I'll Stir Fry You in My Woke

        I agree with your underlying assertion, I was being somewhat obtuse so I didn’t trigger the stale pale males and their like-minded travellers, some of whom happily have decamped off to their youknowhat site.

  3. The Traveling Wilbur

    Nice work David.

    And that was some exceptional journalism from Crikey too. John Clarke would have loved that bit.

    • Mark HeydonMEMBER

      Missed one of the best paragraphs too:
      “Elsewhere at estimates, alleged Minister for Women Marise Payne revealed the government had dumped its plan to force domestic violence victims to raid their own super, a hare-brained idea cooked up within the Liberal war room against superannuation (“let’s see them oppose this — releasing super for domestic violence — how can they object!?” You can almost see young Liberal staffers high-fiving each other, hopefully having washed their hands first).”

  4. Yeah hope so, but he hasn’t taken accountability once, and is no leader, so what’s going to force his hand now? He is scum, and scum don’t give a

  5. turvilleMEMBER

    Utter nonsense – blown way out of proportion. The legal processes should and will take place. In the meantime we have the flood of the century to deal with and the appalling consequences for thousands right now. Maybe you could apply some time to that instead of your pet hate campaign against this government.

    • I'll Stir Fry You in My Woke

      I find it odd that people seem incapable of turning their minds to more than one issue at once.

      One a societal, systemic, endemic issue needing addressing and critical focus, and one a natural disaster that has responses in place both at local and state level, but which is underpinned by longer term issues also needing addressing.

      • I find it odd that people seem incapable of turning their minds to more than one issue at once.

        They’re perfectly capable of doing that. The point of comments like those above is to virtue signal.

    • For Fecks Sake, The reason its an issue is because they refuse to deal with it unless its made into an issue.

    • Duke_WellingtonMEMBER

      Notice David has stopped analyzing the ABC clickbait and its war on anything the screaming fake left think should be bludgeoned into the minds of Australians… This particular pogom of the fake left agrees with him so its fine I guess.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      Yes , the antics of the federal government are a distraction from the Climate induced crisis that is overtaking our country.
      That the government cannot or will not address the science that is informing the cascading climate disasters to protect a small group of Fossil fuel barons who donate to them has a stench of it’s own.
      I don’t remember SFM mentioning the the floods or the folk whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed , let alone the dreaded words “Climate Change.”

  6. Steven Messnik

    Australian Government is reaping what it has sowed – Australia has turned into a cockforest, and all the men are desperate, owing to lack of diversity and lack of equality in our immigration intake.

    Limit immigration from any one country to 10% of the intake, and cap males to 49% from any one country.

    Open borders to the top 15 highest-HDI countries.

    Sure the University chancellors will cry, but boo-hoo.

    • I'll Stir Fry You in My Woke

      Rrrrrright, it’s definitely not the man’s fault. It’s because there’s not enough ladies.

      You need help, bloke.

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      Australian Government is reaping what it has sowed – Australia has turned into a cockforest, and all the men are desperate, owing to lack of diversity and lack of equality in our immigration intake.

      Per Census data, the ratio of males to females in Australia has been consistent for at least 30 years, but that’s not really your point, is it ?

  7. Let’s just forget how well we handled a once in a century pandemic under the Morrison government (best in world arguably) and bring down a government for…what…something one of its senior members was accused of doing 30 years ago? If that’s not mental [email protected] I don’t know what is. Let the legal process play out.

    • Let’s just forget how well the states handled a once in a century pandemic under the Morrison government who denied any accountability.

      • RobotSenseiMEMBER

        +1 billion

        Thank goodness we had state leaders with bones in their back stacked on top of one another

      • kierans777MEMBER

        And only brought in a wage subsidy (that was designed to be rorted by his mates) because of political expediency (ie: he was unelectable if he didn’t) not because the psycho cares about the people. Everything the feds touch under him is corrupt and putrid.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      And let’s ask what the mates COVID Commission has got up to, which the great unwashed are not entitled to know of because they involve operational matters? And how about the Department of Home Affairs fast tracking the mates SIV applications starting in September (so foreigners could get in quick and pump housing prices) last year and downgrading all other visa applications?

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      JobKeeper shows ScoMo will not waste a crisis to enrich his mates. All the lockdown won’t even be needed if not for Ruby Princess stuff up.

    • The pandemic “success” was 99% due to the fact we have a VERY sparely populated country, that’s an island in the middle of nowhere.

      • I'll Stir Fry You in My Woke

        That’s true and we definitely do not have a few very large metropolitan centres where people intermingle a lot.

        We definitely don’t have that.

        • The Traveling Wilbur

          Not any more. 😉

          (we are all at home wondering who the 10% of losers are that want to return to work at the office)

    • Duke_WellingtonMEMBER

      OshKosh – The ABC woke brigade here are too busy burning witches and making sure the women in thier life and in social media circles see them doing so.

      • Arthur Schopenhauer

        If that’s the best you guys have got, things are completely lost at LNP HQ.

        😂🤣😀😃😄😁😆😅😂🤣

  8. Ritualised FormsMEMBER

    Finally, there is the business of misleading parliament and corrupting the police, 

    It isnt just the rollers, it is the entire public sector, and like rotting fish it is this parts connected with the head, which have been applying their chennilled lips to Ministerial buttocks – to the exclusion of all else – for far too long.

    It is time for a reaming of Australia’s political and bureaucratic elites…..

    From the mutual obligation post earlier

    If ‘Mutual Obligation’ makes any sense for the Unemployed – which we all agree it probably doesnt – then there are quite a few other fields where it should also be mandated. Beyond the corporate examples listed above – and I know accountants who have told me they were the busiest they have ever been over the last year ensuring the books of various small businesses, lawyers, medical professionals, accountants, actors etc were structured in just the right way as to enable JobKeeper – there are two other very obvious fields where the very concept of ‘Public Good’ is so deeply embedded into the publics perception of what the field results in that there should be an openly declared. regularly reaffirmed and rigidly enforced ‘Mutual Obligation’.

    These are the fields of:-

    Politics – Should not every politician be required to demonstrate a ‘Mutual Obligation’ To serve only the Australian Public and to subordinate any personal interests of themselves any friends or family or any claimants on their position to ‘the public interest’, and should they not also have quite painful sanction where it is demonstrable that this has not been the case – indeed to be topical for a moment couldnt such a ‘Mutual obligation’ include a requirement to not simply not sexually harass any individual, but to report any such harassment they become aware of to the policing authorities the moment they hear of it – and which a considerable portion of their pensions and public funded perquisites at risk the moment they were shown not to have done so?

    Public Servants and particularly ‘Senior’ public servants – should they not also face a mutual obligation to ensure that systems processes and policy positions on which they inform are (inter alia) ‘delivering better services to Australians, with all budget costs made obvious, including transitional costs and executive salaries’ (and asking Australians if they feel they are getting better services at not increased cost), and from there in the interests of the people paying their often outrageous salaries. The endless zillions spent on surveying Australia’s public servants (State and Federal) by their executives could be put to real use with the addition of the simple question ‘Do you trust your executives?’ with any ‘Mutual Obligation’ becoming a little harder nose for any of whom it is found a significant response is ‘No we dont’.

    The coalition may be in the pockets of big business, but Australian politicians per se are as well, and by virtue of Australia’s public servants looking only so far as political imperatives, they are too.

  9. On a side note, why do we even have a prayer room in a supposedly secular government.
    Are we some despot, religious theocracy state?
    Burn it down.

    • Have to have somewhere to worship the god of Mammon. That is the only dog our LNP (and, some ALP) politicians know.
      The prayer group is where they swap notes on maximising tax deductions and brag about their IPs 🙁

    • kierans777MEMBER

      Secular doesn’t mean anti-religion. It’s entirely appropriate to have a prayer (meditation) room in Parliament as well as the large corporate office I used to work in (rumour was people were using the prayer room to have a bonk in there as well)

      • Pray at home. When you walk into the parliament you work.
        I don’t pay their salaries so they can meditate, get centred, touch their spiritualty or find god.

        • “When you walk into the parliament you work.”
          lolololol
          Most of them do nothing other than vote how they are told to…

          hence the time to get up to the shenanigans mentioned.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      “Are we some despot religious theocratic state ?”
      Given the numbers of the Religious in the Big House the answer is Yes.
      Given the use to which the Prayer Room is being put and
      given the degree of moral turptitude within the said state one might ask ” Just what sect is it that dominates ?” It is certainly not one based on the teachings of Jesus, love, honour, charity, good works.
      On the evidence so far A Satanic Cabal dominates our House of Parliament.

  10. tsport100MEMBER

    The only legit way out is: CALL THE ELECTION – He’s free to call it ‘any-day-of-the-week’

      • Who would be the leader? Would it be Justin Langer? He could introduce elite honesty into parliament.

        • Within cricket it has to be Border, surely. No nonsense. If he was captain in South Africa, where Smith didn’t want to know, he would have wrapped his bat around heads.

  11. Arthur Schopenhauer

    “Morrison must resign to reset it and restore the national interest.”

    Tactical solution for a structural problem.

    It won’t reset David.

  12. kierans777MEMBER

    From Paul Kelly

    where the conservative mind, geared to duty and authority, is apprehensive about its unintended consequences.

    🤮🤮🤮

    Geared towards duty. ROFLMAO!

    • You’ve got to provide more context. That’s as tethered to the real world as a haiku from a teenager on acid.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      And that is how the likes of Paul Kelly hold his fellow citizens with utter contempt.

      Kelly knows he is lying. He knows what he is writing is utter bullshit. He knows he is pocketing a decent wage for taking out of the side of his mouth.

      He knows those words are complete Bvllsh!t.

      He keeps on lying because he has been believed for decades.

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        Remember the look on his face when St Mal called him a liar?

        A perfect example of indignant bluster

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      And that is how the likes of Paul Kelly hold their fellow citizens with utter contempt.

      Kelly knows he is lying. He knows what he is writing is utter BS. He knows he is pocketing a decent wage for talking out of the side of his mouth.

      He keeps on lying because he has been believed for decades.

  13. I'll Stir Fry You in My Woke

    Can we call it the Scrotumo Ungovernment yet?

    Ungas plan
    Unbushfire plan
    Unclimate plan
    Ungovernance
    Ungovernment

  14. rob barrattMEMBER

    Well, the sh$t’s really flying today!
    I have to humbly suggest that anyone going into a darkened room alone with a male politician (or would-be politician) of whatever political flavour needs their head examined. Perhaps a man would be OK, but you’d have to leave your wallet outside.
    Frankly, I’d feel more comfortable with a Black Mamba..