Liar mutiny grows

It’s officially an exodus now and why not? Who wants to be associated with psychopathic lying, systematic molestation, bullying, rampant corruption, policy failure and a burning nation? It’s time to grab a sinecure and run:

Former attorney-general Christian Porter and Health Minister Greg Hunt will leave politics at the next federal election, as the number of retiring Coalition MPs rises to 10.

Mr Hunt is expected to announce plans to quit his Victorian seat of Flinders on Thursday, while Mr Porter issued a statement on Facebook on Wednesday to announce his departure from politics after spending “the best part of the last 20 years in public service”.

The announcement follows a tumultuous year for Mr Porter, who resigned from cabinet amid a controversy over his use of a blind trust to help fund his defamation case against the ABC, which published unproven historic rape allegations against him, allegations Mr Porter has denied.

Mr Hunt is headed to the High Commission in London, selected entirely on merit.

There’s more mutiny elsewhere as Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Liberal Senator from NSW writes for Crikey:

Some state bodies have powers which the police and prosecuting authorities do not have, including the power to force people to answer questions which may incriminate them but which are often inadmissible in court. Clearly this is overreach and not synonymous with the intent of our justice system. I maintained that public hearings with appropriate safeguards are important but stressed that, most importantly, there be no special treatment for politicians and their staff.

Much has happened this year which has only reinforced my view that a federal integrity body is overdue.

And more at the AFR:

A member of the Morrison government has unleashed a stunning demand for a proper national carbon pricing mechanism that will force “polluters to pay” alongside compensation for low-income families to deal with transition costs.

In a speech to a group of fund managers, chief executives and students in South Australia last week, Senator Andrew McLachlan surgically undermined the Prime Minister’s “technology-not taxes” approach to climate policy even as he applauded Scott Morrison’s 2050 net zero target.

“Be under no misapprehension: As a nation, we are embarking on a journey to reshape or even reimagine capitalism,” he said in a virtual appearance at the International Centre for Financial Service symposium at Adelaide University’s storied Bonython Hall.

And, while the Liar pretends to care about his culture of parliamentary sleaze, this:

A high-profile NSW Liberal woman is quitting to run as an independent at the next federal election, partly to protest the handling of an internal complaint in which she alleged “inappropriate” behaviour by some senior men within the party and government.

While it rolls on:

Liberal frontbencher Alan Tudge’s ex-lover will drop a bombshell statement to all parliamentarians urging the Prime Minister to act on her former bosses’ “unacceptable behaviour.”

Former press secretary Rachelle Miller, who admits to an extramarital affair with Mr Tudge, claims in the new account that he once kicked her out of a hotel room after she woke up naked in his bed because he wanted to get more sleep while she fielded media calls.

“Today I stand in my former workplace to say, again, that what happened to me in this place was not OK,” her statement to Parliament House reads.

It’s nothing a good lie can’t fix:

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has defended the Morrison Government’s economic record and foreshadowed a sharp recovery following a GDP contraction of 1.9 per cent.

The release of the quarterly GDP figures comes after extended lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria, and also marks one of Australia’s worst economic falls in history.

The data also shows a stark difference between Australia’s economic recovery and that of the rest of the OECD.

Australia’s 1.9 per cent negative GDP growth is the worst out of the group of advanced economies, but the Treasurer defended the startling economic figures and pointed to widespread and protracted lockdowns.

“More than 80 countries have seen lockdowns over the course of the Delta outbreak, but we had our two biggest states – NSW and Victoria – in extended lockdowns,” Mr Frydenberg told Sky News Australia.

Why did they go into lockdown? Because 18 months after the pandemic began we still had no centralised quarantine and the Morrison Government butchered its vaccine procurement policy so badly that the nation was completely vulnerable to any mutation. It wasn’t a race, remember?

Q3 was the Liar Recession. Josh Frydenberg is the Liar Treasurer. Morrison’s is the Liar Government. No values, vision, method. Just lies.

Everybody in Parliament House knows it and can’t wait to escape.

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    • Display NameMEMBER

      They are all such fine family men. Tudge, Barnaby, Porter, Laming. No doubt this is just the 10% we hear about.

      • …and look at them all. God awful ugly. How women can prostitute themselves to these losers just because they hold high positions in parliament. Women are such……..

    • Jonathan Rubenstein

      One wonders which company is going to employ alleged rapist Christian Porter? One would think he’s un-employable in these days of #metoo?

      • He’ll get a cushy do nothing job where he doesn;t interact with anyone much at all and can;t get himself in trouble at a company looking for influence with the libs.

      • TheLambKingMEMBER

        One wonders which company is going to employ alleged rapist Christian Porter?

        He got $1m in a brown paper bag to fund his legal fees. I am pretty sure he will be fine – one of the old boys will employ him.

  1. Assuming a Federal ICAC is coming, I wonder to what extent this exodus is in response to that. If you were a corrupt MP and you saw the writing on the wall it would make all the sense in the world to cash your chips in now before they are taken away in the future. To what extent will a Federal ICAC have the power to explore corruption before it was legislated I wonder….

    • Display NameMEMBER

      I am not sure Labour has the balls to make an ICAC retrospective. It is clearly what we need.

      • Muttafukaburrasaurus.MEMBER

        I’m certain they don’t, there would a substantial number of by-elections. Lib, Nat & Alp are all compromised by their client/ patron relationships with global business and the powerful

      • I am not sure Labour has the balls to make an ICAC retrospective. It is clearly what we need.

        They would start by proposing it be retrospective, then walk that back to “compromise”.

        Yous could get an ICAC that would fvck people’s sh!t up if you wanted, but you’d have to vote Greens.

      • I’m sure Labor has plenty of cases but they would pale in comparison to the LNP

        If they made it a 5 year retrospective, with leniency for those who come forth of their own free will, that might do it.

        And it would still be worth it because it would utterly destroy the LNP for a generation.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      Labor won’t install in ICAC without being a minority government and Independents controlling the cross bench.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      We can look forward to millions of dollars and months of inquiry, with some idiot getting caught for a bottle of Grange…after giving away billions of dollars worth of harbour front publicly owned land to a listed gambling company.

      WTF is the point of an ICAC, if favours, donations, post politics appointments, and pork barreling are all still legal.

      Getting rid of party politics (replace LNP and Labor with Independents) is the only solution Australia has, and if we don’t do it soon, we’re going to lose everything we’ve got.

      • Need to start somewhere. Having an independent body to enforce the rules we already have is a good enough place to start imo. Waiting for independents to come to change the bs rules that allow all the legal fukery and having an ICAC is not mutually exclusive.

        • You’d see a functional ICAC legislated by the LNP long before you’d see a majority (or even substantial minority) of independents in Government.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            It’s just more distraction. More bullshit while LNP and Labor continue to LEGALLY destroy us and feed the elites.

            I fear many idiots will vote Labor over this, instead of doing what we need to do; annihilate the Labor party.

      • In my local government area there is one , very well funded group on the ballot paper that says they are independants, but it is well known that they all belong to the National Party.
        So I do not hold much hope for voting Independant.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          Independents are infinitely more accountable to their electorate.

          If they don’t do what we like, they’re replaced by the next one.

          Independents are the solution our grandkids will wish we took.

    • working class hamMEMBER

      He who leaves first, gets the pick of the golden parachutes. It’s like beat the bomb.

      • Yeah, but Pyne, Bishop and a bunch of other LNP mp’s jumped in 2019 – then Scotty pulled off the miracle election.

        so we’ve been tricked before.

    • Yep and it will come down to funding. Gladys did everything she could to not properly fund ICAC – which she had good reason. Its amazing that they were able to resist the pressure. I’m sure there is plenty of other smaller level corruption there but NSW ICAC did not have the funding.

      I’m sure there is a mountainous pile of corrupt excrement for any Fed ICAC to wade through over just the past few years. To begin with it will all be about getting the most egregious and clear-cut instances of illegal corruption which are certain to get criminal convictions to disarm the argument that ICAC is a hit job and doesn’t end up in criminal convictions.

  2. IronorebustMEMBER

    Yeah the next round of faux socialism led by a bunch of lefties who have the same ideology when they were 17 are clearly the answer.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      Lefties? More like professional politicians who’s teenage ambitions exceed their talents. Almost none of them have had a job outside of politics or the Law.

      Be Independent. Vote Independent.

    • Still an improvement on Conservatives running around with the same ideology they had when they were 5.

      • kierans777MEMBER

        Every time I see my niece run around screaming “mine” I wonder if she can grow out of it, why can’t Liberals?

        • There is one solution that has shown good results.

          “During my research I interviewed a guy who said he was a libertarian until he did MDMA and realized that other people have feelings, and that was pretty much the best summary of libertarianism I’ve ever heard”

          Having all politicians take a massive ego melting dose of LSD prior to taking office and once a year while on the job may also increase empathy.

          • Libertarians are like house cats.

            Completely convinced their station is entirely the product of their own skill and effort, yet utterly dependent on a system they do not understand and cannot comprehend for survival.

    • All this wandering leftie pin the tail on the donkey in the dark … hay bust when was the last time you heard some so called leftie talk about Class structure or criticize corporate/frictionless [Gates]/philanthrocapitalism … cuz that is leftie dialogue.

      Some confuse the ID corporate democrats or labour rightwing as lefties …

  3. Concetta is an interesting character. Good on her on this

    If An ICAC is to be retrospective how far back do you go? You’d have to be non partisan – a slippery slope

    If it meant not capturing recent events you milky have to be pragmatic and say well at least we have cut some dead wood from parliament

    • kierans777MEMBER

      I’m always surprised how moral people not only survive but manage to make it to Parliament in the Liberal Party. Then I see the treatment of people like Bridget Archer and I remember how the party will eventually chew these people up

    • kierans777MEMBER

      I thought that all the rats left last time the ship was sinking. What’s left? The fleas?

  4. “It’s officially an exodus now and why not? Who wants to be associated with psychopathic lying, systematic molestation, bullying, rampant corruption, policy failure and a burning nation? It’s time to grab a sinecure and run:”

    I don’t agree with that view, this behaviour is nothing new and they all hung around, the only change now is they expect to lose the election and are not willing to go back into opposition when they’ll make equal or more money with a gov appointed position (like Hunt) or as a lobbyist. They have no morals.

    Couldn’t help but vomit at Porter’s comment about 20 yrs of “public service”.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Yes the majority of them are self serving cnts.
      On all sides of the parliamentary isles.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Great to see well deserved bipartisan hatred.

        More Australians need to open their eyes and see that modern Labor are just a charade, selling out our kids and environment just like LNP.

    • “Who wants to be associated with psychopathic lying, systematic molestation, bullying, rampant corruption, policy failure and a burning nation?”

      If it means one can get their hands on power to help one’s mates (who later reciprocate), I suspect it would be a fairly long queue of applicants.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        This is why, in my view, the only solution to this corruption is to dramatically limit the decision making power of individual parliamentarians and ministers who have only landed a gig in parliament due to being on a certain Political party ticket.
        These PMs should be held on a tight decision making leash held by the ranks and file of the parties that got them elected.
        Getting to pick this cnt or that cnt every 4 odd years is not participating in democratic decision making.
        Any Australian political party not being guided by a rank and file of over Half a million members is a party working against real democracy.
        It’s the lack of participation in the Processed by the vast majority of citizens that gives us the corrupt and self serving parliament we have.

        • lolzzzzzzzzzz,
          all you do is create the same problem on a smaller scale, not a solution.
          If the polliticians that win the election don’t listen to the people that vote for them, what makes you think the leaders of a political party are going to be more likely to listen to the members of said party who voted for them?
          It is EXACTLY THE SAME THING, and will have the same outcome.
          The entire system doesn’t work as advertised and never will.

          • If the polliticians that win the election don’t listen to the people that vote for them, what makes you think the leaders of a political party are going to be more likely to listen to the members of said party who voted for them?

            Voters tend to vote for parties. There’s little to no connection between individuals and candidates.

            The same is not really true for the candidate selection process within a party.

          • “The same is not really true for the candidate selection process within a party.”
            Really? Do you have any actual experience as a member? From what I;ve seen from ermo the process is EXACTLY THE SAME in the party, hence his complaint that there aren’t enough members to get representation. This means that the party doesn’t represent the current members and an increase in numbers changes nothing or it does represent the wishes of it’s members and you’d be better of starting a new party for your wishes, either way increasing LAB party members is not a solution that seems to achieve anything to me.

          • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

            An active and motivated rank and file could easily seize the ALP and change its policies.
            This is why you NEVER see ads encouraging people to join the party. The leadership don’t want to have to submit to the democratic will of an active membership,…yet party rules say they have to. Sure they have learnt ways to circumvent this democratic control over party policy and part of that is not to many members.
            The leadership wants just enough bodies to man the booths on Election Day and no more. They don’t want to have answer to a rabble. They want to do what they want to do unimpeded.

            I mean if that fkwit Clive Palmer can get 80,000 new members for his party in less than a year then the Labor party should be able to recruit over half a million easily (they only have around 50k).
            A million paid up members would help make any party less reliant on foreign and corporate donors and more able to censure careerist party MPs who have been beguiled by future benefactors promises of future gigs.

            This really is the reason the leadership don’t actively engage in recruiting new members. They want an as easy to control Rank and file as possible because they know the best way for a malcontented citizenry to pull them up,…is from within.
            They career ambitions for them selves are based on us plebs not realising this, not joining and not challenging them from where we actually can.

        • Muttafukaburrasaurus.MEMBER

          Perhaps the senate should be entirely non- partisan, senators elected on the basis of what useful contribution they have made to Australia?

  5. kierans777MEMBER

    Everybody in Parliament House knows it and can’t wait to escape.

    Not everyone. Michael “Shady” Sukkar is still around and is probably salivating at the prospects for promotion.

    Deakin needs to kick out this charity sabotaging, lying, pathetic pork barreller.

  6. As for this voter ID legislation, let’s start with some donor ID legislation first along with a weaponised ICAC

    • C'est de la folieMEMBER

      Lets have far more than voter ID……..

      Lets have

      Candidate ID – How do they stack up against S44?

      Lets have donor ID
      Lets have candidate and party expenditures mapped in real time through a publicly accessible database
      Lets make that ICAC Retrospective for at least 30 years, and give it powers to wiretap, read emails and access taxation records
      Let us have seat by seat allocations and expenditures data

      Let us have politician by politician voting awareness

      Let us have publix sector executive accountability too

      • Indeed Gunna, let’s ignore that advice ‘when in a hole stop digging’, and keep digging.

        I’m all for a retrospective ICAC. It ought to be the single theme the Bullshit! Australia party focuses on. A single thread to pull and pull to finally unravel the entire empire of collusion, criminality and shitfuckery that is modern Australia. Campaign on that one theme and be amazed how many votes are won and how many of thedodgy/muppet/lazy/entitled pollies are unseated.

  7. Mining BoganMEMBER

    I saw someone say that they think they’re going to win but don’t want to spend another three years in a room with Morrison.

    Sounds feasible.

  8. Pretty damn soon the Libs need to figure out Scomo is so thoroughly toxic he needs to retire for health reasons

    • Until Rup, the Boy and Stokes decide Scummo is a big negative who will lose the election for the IPA, nothing will happen.

      Uncle Fester Dutton has aspirations and the man love of Rup and Stokes.

  9. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    99% of what’s destroying our kids futures is LEGAL. I fear many Australians are going to vote Labor over an ICAC.

    Instead we should be turning on both LNP and Labor at the polls.

    Labor are as much as a solution as a bandaid on the titanic.

    Just don’t do it.

  10. Ailart SuaMEMBER

    “Liar Government falls apart”

    Name me one government or opposition on any level that doesn’t lie. And it’s only going to grow worse, until we apathetic sheep wake up and demand wholesale changes to this primitive, corruption riddled, self-serving hotchpotch of an electoral system. A system that openly and blatantly gives an eternal green-light to puppet politicians, via their puppeteer masters, to virtually do and say what they want when they want.

    And it had better happen pretty bloody soon, while we still have a smidgeon of freedom left.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      While the worst we do to LNP or Labor is put them in opposition for a term, nothing will change.

      Referendums don’t occur without the parliament.

      The solution to every problem we’ve got is vote parties LNP and Labor out.

  11. David WilsonMEMBER

    I subscribed to Macrobusiness as a financial outfit not the gutter press of the lefty lovies.
    Get over it David and stick to business and economic commentary.
    As for your constant boring liar liar stuff, perhaps you should analyse what labor and the greens have to say, I find them stretching the truth at ever opportunity aided and abetted by more left wing lovies in the ABC….

    • The Traveling Wilbur 🙉🙈🙊

      I’m more concerned that it unfairly and accidentally by association continually paints a bunch of innocent, inoffensive Hobbits in a very bad light.

      I’m sure, with respect to the LNP, that they will be able to cope however.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      You LNP/IPA types are just so constantly partisan with never a bad word to say about your own team.
      So predictable and so boring.

    • BaldbadgerMEMBER

      Keep it up DLS. Call them exactly what they are and don’t give in to rubbish comments like this.