Enraged MP mutinies encircle the Liar from the Shire

Following the mutiny of the anti-vaxxers, the Liar from the Shire has lost another MP, this time explicitly to his untruths:

Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer is prepared to cross the floor to support a federal integrity commission bill being proposed by independent MP Helen Haines, as she hits out at government “inertia” over the legislation.

Archer, who holds the marginal seat of Bass in northern Tasmania, said she was “perplexed” at the Morrison government’s failure to release a revised bill to establish a commonwealth integrity commission, almost three years after it was promised before the last election.

…“I am a bit perplexed at one level as to why we haven’t brought something forward, I accept there was a draft bill, there was extensive consultation, there were a number of submissions … and it would have been my expectation that some work would have been going on to draft it, given the feedback.

“I am a bit offended, in a way, that we are prioritising – in a rush I might add – the religious discrimination bill over an integrity commission.”

There’s no reason for confusion. This is the discombobulation that comes in the wake of psychological abuse. The Liar from the Shire is doing what he does every day: lying, splitting and gaslighting to rule. Even his own MPs.

Australian secularism is the strongest and most admirable in the world. Since when did any god take pride of place in the capital? Only since it became a useful wedge for the woke, another mutiny in the making:

A political storm over religious freedom has set up a test for Prime Minister Scott Morrison over schools that sack gay teachers or expel gay students, with Liberal MPs calling for faster action to fix the problem alongside laws to be put to Parliament today.

Mr Morrison has vowed to prevent schools suspending students on the grounds of their sexuality but has asked for an expert review that will take until early 2023, fuelling frustration about the failure to deliver on a pledge he made in 2018.

Liberal MPs have gone public with calls to address the treatment of gay students in the debate over religious discrimination, amid warnings from Equality Australia that the draft laws will make it easier for religious schools to dismiss gay teachers.

Obviously, they’ve all had enough of the Liar from the Shire. The endless marketing games and mind tricks with no actual policy delivery. As the loss of government looms, they are all looking to their legacies and awakening to Morrison’s toxicity.

Even card-carrying LNP fanbois at Murdoch can’t put lippy on the Morrison pig. Even more dangerously, they appear to have stopped trying:

Scott Morrison is in trouble. For someone who doesn’t hold a hose, he’s surrounded by grassfires in one of the most febrile environments in decades.

Almost two years of the Covid-19 crisis have disrupted and fractured politics and parliament as never before.

…As a PM who must call an election within five months at most, Morrison faces daily tests from a concerted, cynical and successful personal attack from the Opposition Leader, a co-ordinated pile-on from Labor premiers, division and rebellion from his senators and MPs, demands for deals from crossbenchers and Coalition turncoats, and a lack of preparation for the 2022 poll.

This is starting to feel a bit like the lead-up to the falls of PMs Abbott and Turnbull. Nikki Savva sums it up:

A few weeks ago one federal MP, a veteran of countless leadership wars, surveyed the wreckage surrounding the Prime Minister then concluded that if it wasn’t for the pandemic, Scott Morrison would no longer be in the job.

Houses and Holes


  1. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    “As the loss of government looms”

    LNP won’t lose, unless it’s to a minority Labor government, that’s so dependent on Independents they won’t resemble Labor (which is, I guess the best possible election outcome).

    Majority Labor won’t govern Australia ever again. It’d be like being run by the panel of The Project, and most of Australia’s not interested in doing that.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        I agree. Morrison is a major major handicap for LNP, but Australia is absolutely not ready (or ever going to) to give Labor government again.

        Australia’s politics is broken because Labor no longer represent what their (ex) constituents want.

        • “Australia’s politics is broken because Labor no longer represent what their (ex) constituents want.”

          Talk about twisted logic! An LNP gov gives us massive immigration, massively high house prices, no action on CC and that’s what voters want, is it? Oh, it isn’t, but since Labor won’t give them everything they want they’ll poke both their eyes out with a burnt stick and vote LNP? Jesus wept.

          Your hatred of Labor blinds you so badly I can only guess you have a full-time carer to help you get around. Sure, I do agree that the path to gov for Labor isn’t as rosy as the polls would suggest, but the idea that labor has absolutely no hope in winning is seriously retarded. Morrison is their best hope and even if he was replaced who has the ability to improve the LNP’s position with voters; Mutton Head or Freydenturd? lololol.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            I already told you. Australia voted against Labor, and LNP won as a result.

            If you want to get rid of LNP, put people up that Australians will vote for.

            Australia will never largely vote Labor again. Gillard and Rudd just did too much damage.

          • TheLambKingMEMBER

            If you want to get rid of LNP, put people up that Australians will vote for.

            Except Australia never votes in an opposition, it ALWAYS votes out a government. It doesn’t matter who the opposition is, as shown by Tony Abbot getting up.

            Australia will never largely vote Labor again. Gillard and Rudd just did too much damage.

            That will be 9 years ago at election time! Some voters were 9 at the time. Most Australians don’t have political memories that long.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER


            “Except Australia never votes in an opposition, it ALWAYS votes out a government. It doesn’t matter who the opposition is, as shown by Tony Abbot getting up”

            More recent history shows Australia voting against a party; Labor.

            “That will be 9 years ago at election time! Some voters were 9 at the time. Most Australians don’t have political memories that long”

            Most weren’t 9.

            The damage Gillard and Rudd did will last a generation. In addition, Labor have shown no signs they even understand why Australia threw them out, and more so understand why we refuse to vote for them now.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            I’m outlining what I see happened, then you talk about everything but that.

            People walk into the booth and look for what’s on the pamphlet handed to them out the front that’s not Labor.

            That’s a big problem for Labor. And you haven’t discussed it.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            My logic is 100% sound. I am the only person I know of that predicted Labor’s 2019 loss. Betting agencies paid out early. Polls pointed to a landslide.

            I am doing something right.

            Ergo, you not following my logic is likely more about you than me.

        • kierans777MEMBER

          Which is why it all comes down to how badly the MSM shills for the Liberals, and they’ve started. It’ll get worse. Labor didn’t lose the 2019 election. The media won it for the LNP with their biased, non factual reporting. No matter what the Liberals do, the media will be “BuT, BuT, BuT, Labooooour”, because they don’t understand that they’re part of the problem. The whinge about what happened to Brittany Higgins but will happily spruik for the party that will do nothing about it.

          The cognitive dissonance of the MSM astounds me.

          • kierans777MEMBER

            @Totes this is what’s called “begging the question”. The MSM tells people that Labour bad, Liberal good, so when people vote they think “Labour bad, Liberal good” and the LNP win seats and elections resulting in that map you keep trotting out.

            Most people only know “about Labour” based on what the MSM tells them. You have a real hatred of Labour for your own reasons but the average punter only thinks that “Labour bad” or “Labor woke” (whatever that means) because the MSM tells them that.

            We saw this with the Cult of Berijiklian. Anyone who was watching knew she was up to no good. Yet when she resigned, people were shocked and putting flowers outside her office. People in the media were talking about how well liked Koala Killer was – but that’s because the MSM didn’t report on her dodgy shenanigans (Kudos to Paul Farrell over at the ABC for pursuing it).

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “You have a real hatred of Labour for your own reasons”

            Yes. I despise them. they are fake. They are destructive. They steal votes on false promises. They are destroying our country.

            “but the average punter only thinks that “Labour bad” or “Labor woke” (whatever that means) because the MSM tells them that”

            They have the lived experience. They lost control of, and couldn’t regain control of borders. Their solution for housing affordability is to give poor people free housing while workers can’t buy. Their solution to 400k immigrants a year destroying everything in their path is put a few kids into apprenticeships. They are just woeful micro policy idiots.

            “We saw this with the Cult of Berijiklian”

            I just cannot comprehend how anyone rates her. Though I prefer her than Baird.

          • kierans777MEMBER


            I just cannot comprehend how anyone rates her.

            Because the media said how wonderful she is, and how she saved Australia, and how she was a woman unlucky in love and all that other tripe.

            Once you understand the captured nature of the Fourth Estate you will begin to realise why, since Keating, we’ve not had a successful long term Labor government. Because of the media.

            I thought in 2019 that Labor was going to break the media, that despite their shilling Labor was going to win on the back of a good set of policies. Alas not.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            I hate MSM as much as I hate LNP and Labor. I take no notice of MSM.

            I made up my mind what was wrong with Australian politics almost 20 years ago. No media influence.

            I hear first hand from Labor MP’s about their stupid policies, their OTT wokeness. Their failure to understand what happened in 2019. Their position on China, turn backs “WHEN SAFE TO DO SO”, homelessness, wages, housing etc etc etc.

            Labor aren’t a solution. They’re morons that should never be let anywhere near power again.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “Because the media said how wonderful she is,”

            it’s more than that. They tried that with Baird and failed.

            She’s got an X factor. My wife loves her, but hates LNP.

          • 100% True but it is harder for the MSM and Libs this time around because the ALP is going small target.
            That will minimise the scope for the highly corrupt media establishement in this country to drive the same outcome as last time.

          • Ever fewer people give a damn about main stream media. There are many many alternatives. You give them far too much credit and the people of Australia far too little.

    • Probably right.

      Shorten went into the last election with an excellent and much needed new policy agenda, the aussie public voted this idiot in instead. They’ll almost certainly do it again, especially as the Murdoch machine shifts into gear during the lead-up to the election.

      Same thing happened last election, where Labor seemed in an unassailable lead due to the knifing of the LNP PM mere months before the election, but then MSM got into gear and put a smear on Shorten. They’ll do the same to Albo, irrespective of how true or how bad Morrison is in comparison. People really are that stupid.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        “the aussie public voted this idiot in instead”

        Australia voted against Labor. The result was LNP won.

        The distinction is very important.

        If we want to prevent the same happening again, make sure the anti Labor votes land on Independents, and not LNP.

        Putting Labor forward as an alternative to LNP will backfire. Again.

        • The LNP were in total chaos in the lead-up to last election; months of infighting, talk of dissolution of the Coalition into separate sects, culminating in the knifing of a sitting PM…. they still won. Nothing Labor said or did was remotely close to that circus. They should’ve won. They didn’t win because the media ran a comprehensive campaign on behalf of vested interests. You were right in your original comment, it doesn’t matter how bad Scomo is in the end, he will still win due to elite interests. It’s symptomatic of the state of our democracy.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            LNP or Labor, the elites still get to smash wages, inflate capital, and increase the number of consumers.

            For the elites, it makes no difference.

            That’s what the core of the problem is. Labor are now a party for the elites. Just like LNP.

          • Not true at all. Shorten’s problem was that he ran on a structural reform platform, aimed at breaking the mal-investment that’s being funneled into property year after year. That one, small critical step was enough to make the elites smother him.

            The only politicians that we will see elected are those concerned with protecting the status quo. Shorten was absolutely looking to smash the status quo, hence his unlosable loss.

            Last election:
            – LNP total chaos and zero agenda for helping working/middle class Australians
            – ALP structural reform laden agenda, aimed at breaking malinvestment

            You equate them as equally bad for long-term benefit of working australians, proving the success of that media campaign (elite domination).

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “You equate them as equally bad for long-term benefit of working australians, proving the success of that media campaign”

            I’ve said it for 20 years. Didn’t need the media. If you don’t address immigration, you’re not addressing any of the issues.

            Look at an election results map and explain how your thesis fits. Also read tapri, that explains very well exactly what happened to Labor.


          • ….except the largest immigration program in modern memory was run by the LNP and they still got elected.
            Your logic doesn’t hold water.

            Even the NSW LNP Premier like 2 weeks ago: “We want to bring in 2 million people within 5 years.” Aka force in another Perth sized city, minus the building of the Perth sized city part ( …aside from the money grabbing dogboxes of course).

            Shorten threatened to break the credit/debt cycle and so was clobbered over the head.

          • kierans777MEMBER

            @Brenton. You’ve made some great points. 👏👍

            To paraphrase Clinton, “it’s the media stupid”. If Labor touches immigration (which they should) I think it will work for them. However the counter argument I hear is that they run the risk of the LNP and their media propaganda arms painting Labor as “economic idiots” who don’t “understand” how the economy works, etc. We need all those warm bodies you see; gees Labor are idiots.

            I see this same economic narrative peddled by people on the “left” (we don’t have a genuine left, but it’ll have to do). It’s lazy economics, founded in neoliberal claptrap.

          • Keirans777, have you ever told a homeowner what a real affordable housing policy means to their house price? If not watch the look on their face; the average homeowner and wannabe homeowner won’t wear it.

            The attitude to real affordability is like the attitude to CC when Gillard was PM, people are / were keen up to the point when they realise that it will cost them, then it’s a matter of cognitive dissonance as they come up with the excuses as to why they’ve changed their minds. With CC they no longer trusted the science, with affordability it will be that the solution is economic vandalism and won’t work!

            As Keating said: always back self-interest.

        • NoodlesRomanovMEMBER

          Will come down to preference deals. A lot of disheartened Labor party supporters turn to ON, UAP or Indys. Capricornia was a massive case in point last election – no real swing to LNP, just Labor base voting ON because they lost faith in Labor, which became a proxy vote for LNP.

        • Don’t underestimate the personal dislike of Shorten.

          More dislikable than Scomo, who is not only Scomo we know and love, but had just axed a prime minister? People disliked him due to the media campaign.

          Albo might not be kicking goals but people don’t seem to hate him.

          Wait until the pre-election media cycle is finished with him, then people will dislike him even more than Scomo and they won’t even be able to articulate why they hate him so much.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            I don’t know anyone that dislikes Shorten. Everyone I know now dislikes Labor.

            It was all BS, to set Labor up to fail again.

            Labor are so dumb they don’t have a clue what’s going on.

          • There must be something wrong with me, for the life of me I cannot understand Morrison being more popular than Shorten. I realise that charisma wise Shorten is viewed like a damp squib, but to me, Morrison is obviously a l*****g untrustworthy, sob. Why he isn’t viewed like that by the majority is absolutely stunning and says more about voters than it does Morrison and his alleged marketing skills, which in my opinion are of the standard of a Dodgy Brothers used care salesman. For a pollie who has made it close to the top I think Shorten (remember, for a pollie) is a shedload more upright than Morrison has ever been, including when he was a kid!

  2. Jumping jack flash

    Once one (or 5) breaks ranks, they all do, especially with a buffoon and a dunderhead like Scomo in charge.

    He’s a remnant and a relic from the past where it didn’t matter so much who led because conditions were perceived as being good.

  3. There was a good piece yesterday about how the moderate LNP members *never* hold the PM to account. It’s always the right wing rump. The article also mentioned Dutton was sitting on the numbers and was egging the moderates on…

    I doubt the member for Bass would follow through on this but I’d like to be pleasantly surprised.

    Perhaps she is the vanguard for Dutton. “Do this (or else)”.

    Imagine the deliciousness of Morrison being wedged into the Haines ICAC against everything he wishes to do, soas to avoid a spill.

  4. Morrison faces daily tests from a concerted, cynical and successful personal attack from the Opposition Leader,

    I know it is a News Limited comment but it is even possible to launch a cynical attack on someone like Morrison?

  5. Ailart SuaMEMBER

    Why do voters continue to tolerate a Constitution and electoral system that works only for puppet politicians and their puppeteer masters? Anyone have an answer to that? Focusing on symptoms, rather than causes never solved any problem and never will.
    The system is the cause, simply because it opens wide the door, enabling the establishment to coerce shifty, self-serving, predominantly stupid politicians into carrying out their wishes. And it’s so blatantly obvious, but we say and do virtually nothing.

    Just one simple legislative change that bans all forms of political donations would recover a huge chunk of our lost democracy. But we need to go much further than that. It has to be rebuilt from the ground up.

      • Ailart SuaMEMBER

        I read the article by Yabsley in the Guardian. He wants a $200 cap. I believe political donations in any form should be illegal. Campaign funding can be part of the federal budget; distributed to all federal, state and territory elections.

        • How do you subsequently decide who gets funded, and how much ?

          If you were going to go down this path it would make more sense to outlaw all campaigning except through approved (and publicly funded) channels, then all candidates get the same amount of time to present their campaign in those channels.

          • Ailart SuaMEMBER

            “If you were going to go down this path it would make more sense to outlaw all campaigning except through approved (and publicly funded) channels, then all candidates get the same amount of time to present their campaign in those channels.”

            That would be my very much preferred option. However, if federal funding was chosen, a possible solution would be to take an average over a given number of elections each party had spent on campaigns; that would be the initial amount granted, which would be increased in line with the CPI. Of course there would need to be an agreed upon amount for new parties.

    • Jumping jack flash

      “But we need to go much further than that. It has to be rebuilt from the ground up.”

      But the problem is the job of a politician or a minister is just so boring post-Howard because they are basically not responsible for anything of any substance, nobody holds them to account, and they have essentially nothing to do except present a few reports every so often, prepared by their mates in the private sector, that show whatever they need to show. Occasionally fling a pile of proverbial at the opposition for laughs, or stand up and shout at nobody in particular about nothing in particular for no reason.

      They must be absolutely bored out of their minds most of the time if they even knew what they were doing, or knew any different. I sometimes think it must be a goldfish-like state for most of them. Blissful happiness, because they’re incapable of any other state of being.

      Apart from election years, and for the odd chance they commit some kind of heinous act (probably due to sheer boredom) they don’t even need to say all that much, and when they do, they’re told what to say by their expensive “experts”.

      How could a job like that attract any talent? If you were indeed talented, you’d have to have basically given up on life to do it.

      • Ailart SuaMEMBER

        Agree with all of that, but the mountain of negatives, IMO, are very much due to the ‘cunning’ design of the system. What if we had a system similar to a corporate model, but minus the ‘directors-for-hire BS’. I think most savvy people know that the ‘directors club of Australia’ have very little input into the manner in which the company is run.

        What I’m suggesting, is a corporate-like model – but where the directors are the absolute pinnacle of the whole electoral system. In very basic terms, the citizens elect a group of highly credentialed individuals (Federal and state directors), who are responsible for selecting a prime minister and state premiers, plus federal and state front-bench ministers.

        These people (PM, Premiers and ministers) would be chosen from the wider-community and be specialists in the fields relative to their ministry. Similar to the directors, they would be highly credentialed operators of high integrity, with proven track records of success. They would be remunerated at similar levels to senior management within the corporate environment and be subject to high levels of accountability. They could also be replaced at any point in time.

        Some food for thought…

        • Jumping jack flash

          I agree in principle, but due to the “great Thatcherism/Reaganism” of the 90’s, instigated and implemented in our own parliament by Howard (and a bit of Keating), our politicians and ministers now have absolutely nothing to do. Even if they want to do something meaningful they simply can’t because there is no jurisdiction to do anything meaningful anymore.

          There are still things they can do, just nothing of any substance for the common man. They can do things like correct social “injustices”, but when it comes to something substantial that would actually make a difference they just can’t do it in any meaningful and effective way.

          Why would anyone actually talented want to do that job? It isn’t a challenge. It isn’t anything. Its barely a job. It is basically keeping a seat warm – if you decide to turn up to “work” – and your nose clean (enough) while everyone else does your work for you.

          A job like that attracts a particular type of person.

          • Ailart SuaMEMBER

            “our politicians and ministers now have absolutely nothing to do”

            I strongly believe they would have plenty to do and achieve under the ‘corporate-style’ model. For starters, there would be no donor interference, they would be specialists in their ministerial portfolios; not being reliant on direction from ‘fat-cat bureaucrats’, they would be well-paid, they would be free from constant fear of having to tow the party narrative. PM, Premier’s and ministers would be completely unshackled from politics and donor pressure.

  6. He’s done for – Liberal MP Helen Haines just crossed the floor to vote with the crossbench in favour of a motion to suspend standing orders and commence a debate on a Federal Integrity Commission (66 for and 64 against – but due to a COVID-19 techicality, an absolute majority of 76 is required, so it didn’t proceed). Then for some reason, ScumMo went on a rant against NSW ICAC saying Gladys had been “done over.”

    • kierans777MEMBER

      Scotty (unsurprisingly) lied in QT today. He claimed #koalakiller was chased out of office, when she resigned voluntarily. She could have chosen to stay on, she didn’t. The Liberals keep lying saying that ICAC investigating GB is not allowing her the presumption of innocence – as if she’s already been found guilty. That’s the point of the investigation, again it’s her own choice that she resigned as Premier of NSW.

      The real joy will be if the DPP chooses to proceed with a prosecution.

  7. bubbah buddhaMEMBER

    Australia needs a 4 or 5 year election cycle for parties to implement and give their policies they were elected for a fair go. It would also get rid of this regular 1.5 yearly backstabbing and internal political party shanking that occurs when the election cycle comes around and the Rudd/Gillard Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison putches start as ministers and the ambitious jockey for position casting all real politics aside for the the power and glory of the next election and MMS goes into a jouno interviewing jurno lazy media frenzy…stretch it out and people can see what can be done to follow up on what they promised, rather then the political 3 ring charade that occurs after only 18 months where all focus turns to the horizon in Canberra. If you are potentially in office for longer you might take your duty and promises more seriously or be better held to account for your track record/actions?

  8. The BystanderMEMBER

    I have to say, I enjoy reading The Oz’s comments section whenever their Dear Leader or Dear Party is criticised. Straight up frothing at the mouth madness at even the mildest of critical comments – it’s especially hilarious when I see whinging about how The Australian has turned into a “woke mouthpiece”. Poor things, it must be traumatic to be exposed to slightly diverse opinions on topical issues.

    And before you dare say anything, no, this trauma from ‘wrong’ viewpoints is totally different from the fake trauma that woke leftists claim to experience when they’re exposed to ‘wrong’ viewpoints…

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