Liar pursues marriage with corrupt Berejiklian

There is no lie that the Liar will not tell:

“The way that Gladys Berejiklian has been treated has been shameful. I have been clear about that,” Mr Morrison said.

“She will make her own decision in her own time about what she would look to do. If she wishes to join our team, she would be very welcome.

“I have no doubt that whatever Gladys sets her mind to, she will be a great success.”

Talk about a marriage made in hell. Will the allegedly corrupt Berejiklian bring her ex-boyfriend with her? What new grants will she “fix” when she gets access to the far larger national budget? Or will she just “fix” her own views on liberal politics as she becomes the Liar’s strumpet. Let’s not forget that Gladys herself described the Liar as “evil”, opposed his climate policies and was at loggerheads with him throughout the pandemic.

Zali Stegall has it:

Independent MP Zali Steggall, who took the blue ribbon seat from former PM Tony Abbott, said Morrison needs to stop with the ICAC attacks — she called it “extraordinary and wrong” for the leader of the country to pour water on a corruption watchdog

In short, this is not just the Liar lying, it is the Liar gaslighting. Black is white. Up is down. Policing corruption is shameful. So on and so forth.

The Liar’s lies continued:

Scott Morrison has warned voters that Labor’s emissions reduction target of 43 per cent is “just the opening bid” from the opposition and could inch closer towards the Greens’ target of 75 per cent.

Let’s hope so but the Liar has just made it up so probably not.

Then there is this doozy:

Tropical cyclones and flooding are set to pummel Australia over summer, national cabinet documents reveal.

The Bureau of Meteorology briefed the meeting of premiers, chief ministers and the prime minister on 5 November about the high-risk weather facing the nation until April.

National cabinet documents are usually kept secret, but South Australian senator Rex Patrick obtained these under freedom-of-information laws.

…Patrick said the prime minister, Scott Morrison, should have released the documents when he released a media statement about the national cabinet meeting. That statement focused almost entirely on Covid, with a single line about the briefing.

…“These documents foreshadow risks to the Australian public over the coming months,” he said. “They were before national cabinet. Scott Morrison therefore has tried to keep them secret when the Australian public were entitled to know.”

Why? Although the briefing was related to the La Nina weather pattern, we can’t have any sense in the community that the climate is changing with an election looming, now can we? Not even if it costs lives keeping secret.

It turns out that Australians do have their limits and the Liar from the Shire has found them. It took quite a lot to get us here but apparently a systematically psychopathic regime that protects rapists in parliament, whores itself to a gas cartel or any other interest with enough cash, trashes Australian living standards, trashes the global climate, puts culture wars and corruption above the national interest, and lies with every single breath that it takes, is too much.

To wit, The Saturday Paper:

As a foreign correspondent for 20-odd years, Zoe Daniel saw the devastating consequences of climate change close up.

…Climate was not the only motivating factor for Daniel’s decision to run for parliament, though.

“The other big part of this is the integrity factor … the sense of a lack of honesty, of sort of being gaslighted, of not getting a straight answer, ever.

“Having covered Trump, that’s something that really concerns me deeply.”

We’ve seen Australian politicians adopt a lot of the Trumpian tactics such as calling “fake news” as cover for inconvenient truths.

“I don’t trust them. I don’t. I don’t trust what they’re telling us that they’re doing. And I don’t trust them with our future.”

And so Daniel, a self-described swinging voter who went for the Liberals in 2016 on the basis of Malcolm Turnbull’s apparent commitment to addressing the climate crisis, is now working against the government that dumped him as its leader.

She is running for the wealthy, blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Goldstein against Tim  Wilson, the former policy director of the right-wing Institute of Public Affairs, which at the time denied, and still denies, that human activity is heating the planet. (Wilson says he does not personally deny anthropogenic climate change.)

Kylea Tink is another. She has the kind of life story usually lauded by the Coalition. Both her parents had their own small businesses, which often left her in charge of three younger siblings. She also went into business and thrived.

She’s been chief executive of the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer charity, and also the children’s cancer charity Camp Quality. She’s worked in senior roles at a multinational, advised and sat on several boards, and run her own management and consultancy business.

Given her background, it is not surprising she mostly voted Liberal in the past. But she never saw herself getting actively into politics, even though “I’ve worked around the edge of government for most of my life.”

When she was approached by the community group North Sydney’s Independent to run for parliament, she thought a while and decided to do it on the basis that, when things aren’t right, “your choices really are to sit around and complain about it, or to stand up, and, you know, step up to try and fix it”.

At the last election she voted Liberal, but the three years since “have been extremely disappointing”.

Tink believed Scott Morrison’s “very clear promise” that a national integrity commission would be set up. Instead, his government has demonstrated “a lack of integrity, and lack of transparent thinking, a lack of accountability at the most senior levels, and lack of a commitment to robust and positive discourse”.

She is motivated by concern about climate change, too, not only for the obvious environmental reason but because the Morrison government is wasting the huge economic opportunity presented by renewable energy.

…The government’s attitude to women is also a big issue for her, as is its general reliance on the public’s darker instincts.

A third independent is Allegra Spender, running in the Liberal-held seat of Wentworth. Her antecedents could hardly be more establishment. Her grandfather, Sir Percy Spender, KVCO, KBE, QC, was a member of federal parliament from 1937 to 1951 and a cabinet minister under the Liberal Party’s founder, Robert Menzies. Her father, John Spender, QC, was the Liberal member for North Sydney from 1980 to 1990. Her late mother was the fashion designer and businesswoman Carla Zampatti.

…She ticks off the same issues as Daniel and Tink: climate, corruption and lack of accountability, and the treatment of women.

…“Countless people”, she says, had told her as much, “and said either the last election or the coming election is the first time they’ve ever considered not voting Liberal”.

Bernard Keane of Crikey sums it up:

These are in effect green Tories, indistinguishable from Liberal MPs on economic issues but more in line with the Liberal values of an older generation in relation to the environment, integrity and asylum seekers. That is, they offer the wealthy voters of Liberal-held seats the virtues of Liberal governments — lower taxes, generally — while committing to progress issues like climate and anti-corruption.

Australia needs to be shot of the Liar so we can get back to dealing with the problems of reality.

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  1. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    No one should interfere while LNP make the biggest mistake of the campaign. The nation won’t view it kindly (though Gladys has got the X factor).

    Wait until it’s done. I’d even go and hand out flyers for single-issue-Zali if Gladys is running for LNP.

  2. The Traveling Wilbur 🙉🙈🙊

    Um, DLS… That sentence that starts with “Will the…”… you might want to amend that one ASAP. Just sayin’.

    Edit: might want to allegedly.

  3. Jeez I am over this fricking weather in the Northern Rivers. Endless bloody rain/showers. Endless mowing. Endless mosquitos (pro tip: get a micro bat nest and get those suckers in. 1000 mozzies a night per bat!) And my bloody solar Christmas lights are looking most sad! It is not burnishing my street cred with my neighbours when old mate up the road is using AC power to light the place up.

    Anyway, I am still scratching my head over all this. Surely Gladys isn’t that dumb to contemplate a run when KangarooCack could bring down adverse findings? Maybe they don’t care? The ABCs vox pop from Manly had a litany of clownshoes townfolk who didn’t seem to care all that much.

    In any case, The Dross and Bowen and The Tanya and QC Dreyfus should be running really, really hard on integrity.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      A workers, plebs, affordable housing and environment party, running extreme immigration policy have NO INTEGRITY. AND, Australians have finally worked that out.

      That’s the whole problem. The party that used to be the moral compass of the country has rolled over to be another party for the elites.

      Ergo, we now have no moral compass, big business run riot, MSM are out of control, and we are on a race to the bottom LNP or Labor.

      • I agree with most of your comments Totes but Morrison is so bad and the Libs so lacking in integrity i am thinking Labor and Albanese cannot be any worse. Morrison is SICK and a total embarrassment.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          There is no doubt LNP and Morrison have reached new heights of arrogance and disrespect for the electorate. They need punishing for sure, but IMO, it’s a very big mistake to ever let Labor run Australia again, for exactly the same reasons.

          We need to wipe one, or preferably both major parties out. Nothing else will result in Australia’s future being saved.

          I’ll be voting for whoever causes the most chaos for LNP and Labor in my electorate.

          • Same – although the LNP are going dead last in preferences. They need the baseball bat treatment to smash the smugness and blatant corruption off their smirking faces.
            Fed ICAC or bust.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            LNP or Labor dead last or 2nd last doesn’t matter. If enough of us do it, it’s all over for the horrendous way Australia has been run for too long.

          • there’s no independents (all preference).
            we need a large socialist / communist party to keep Labor in check.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Socialism on a small scale is all good if you don’t have a rapidly growing population.

            Otherwise forget it. It’ll end in tears for all of us.

    • It is not about Gladys.
      Morrison is using her as cover to discredit ICAC, any and all ICAC’s
      He will use his scurrilous attacks as a reason not to introduce a Federal ICAC.
      He has too much to lose if a real integrity commision is instituted.

      • Jumping jack flash

        This.

        Plus they must be pretty desperate right about now to find someone with a shred of electability. Which makes this even more strange, considering.

      • kierans777MEMBER

        And if Labor had any sense they’d be hitting #shadysukkar in Deakin about this. But alas the Labor party is well and truly cowled.

      • Hear, hear. Yes indeedy doo di day.
        Vote FIN party – Federal ICAC Now – join!
        Can’t understand why more peeps not talking about them. What am I missing – is it the single issue thing? No sexy underwear policies?
        Morrison and Labor passed lightning speed legislation to increase membership for AEC rego from 500 to 1500 which they passed last month and successfully registered.

    • Jumping jack flash

      Scomo is taking advantage of the fact that the average voter is up to their eyeballs in debt and far too busy to look up and see the shambles the country is in.

      The sense of community is gone. Everyone for themselves and step on as many heads as necessary to get whatever you are told you need.

      • Yes, sadly the ave local now has to agree to the doubling down of the immigration tap, because without it house prices will be under threat. But at the same time, Kohler has summarised the situation as Australian real estate prices are actually pricing our labour out of world markets due to the need to service huge mortgages. So the population ponzi needed to lower wages is now contributing to generally higher costs. Whats that saying – “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas..”

      • working class hamMEMBER

        The “hustle” society.
        Either commercialise everything or real inflation will eat you alive, including you kids.

  4. The BystanderMEMBER

    I’m sure Scummo will welcome Gladys into the federal fold enthusiastically…until the ICAC makes a bunch of negative findings against her. Then he’ll be petulantly claiming that he’d never promised anything, that he had no intention of welcoming Gladys into his government, that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia…

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Nah – he won’t care what ICAC says no matter how negative its findings might be as he knows Gladys and he deserve each other – two peas in a pod.

  5. Maybe Gladys going to Federal Politics would be a good thing. Regardless of the ICAC outcome every move she makes will be under so much scrutiny by journalists as they want to make their career by being the ones to ‘catch’ Gladys in a dirty deed. Gladys will have no choice but to be a honest politician. Something we have not had for an age.

  6. Morrison is truly an evil ‘christian’. An absolutely disgusting human being. Given this if Labor don’t win the next election they are doomed.
    While Labor are equally revolting and don’t deserve to run the country this POS Morrison has to be taken out. I will be voting Independent but i doubt it will make a difference.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Absolutely it’ll make a difference if enough of us do it.

      When labor lose the election, they will change. They cannot continue to defy what their (ex) voters want, and they will finally need to search for, and face the truth.

      • Had a conversation with a Mate who works in the great big circus tent they call parliament house and he said the scuttlbutt is that LNP dont think they can win and ALP dont want to win. He said people are actually talking about this more than they are about “Female Safety” at the moment.

        While I dont agree with you that ALP is “As bad” as the LNP I dont think either party really deserves to lead and I have been promoting Vote “independants first” for years and its awesome to see you promoting that instead of just ranting about how its all the fault of the ALP. Sad thing is most people are convinced you have to have a party to run the government, its always a long and painful discussion to explain there is no such requirement in the constitution or electoral acts.

        Also we need to point out that people should watch out for “mutton dressed up as lamb” independants, Many long term liberals are going to be running as independants, they will just side with the LNP as a block.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          “Also we need to point out that people should watch out for “mutton dressed up as lamb” independants”

          For sure. Choosing the correct Independents is critical.

          I maintain it is Labor’s betrayal that has gotten us here. Voting Independent is the solution. I’ve said both these things forever.

    • While Labor are equally revolting and don’t deserve to run the country this POS Morrison has to be taken out. I will be voting Independent but i doubt it will make a difference.

      The only thing that will make a difference is preferencing Greens and Labor before LNP.

      (Unless you happen to be in an electorate with a particularly popular Independent – and even then, most of them are barely distinguishable from the LNP. Vote Independent if you are confident they are not just an LNP proxy.)

      That is the reality of our electoral system.

  7. Seldon PlanMEMBER

    I live in the Goldstein electorate and having an independent candidate to vote for is good news. Tim Wilson showed his true colours and what he was prepared to do to move up the party ranks last election. Plus, anyone who supports the Liar has to go!

  8. “The way that Gladys Berejiklian has been treated has been shameful. I have been clear about that,” Mr Morrison said.

    Sad thing is a lot of people actually believe this, to say nothing about her complete incompetence…

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Only women believe it, and they’re already voting for Zali.

      I don’t know a single guy empathising with poor unlucky in love Gladys.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Yep, irrespective of what ICAC may find regarding Gladys, she deserved to go for her incompetence – the list is a very long one starting with the eastern suburbs light rail at $1.5bn or 100% over budget, and including a $0.5bn claim settlement payment to the contractor with the settlement “conveniently” announced late on a Friday afternoon..

      • Yep – her vaccine rollout aside, her government’s record of incompetence is staggering.

        The new Manly Ferries (which no one likes) already have cracks in the hull. They were built in China so good luck claiming warranty.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          I mentioned the other day about Gladys shifting debt to short-term and lost many billions.

          Covered up by MSM. The info is out there somewhere.

        • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

          She should have resigned over the Service NSW website alone. The absolutely shocking absence of information and direction during critical times of covid was 3rd world.

          Booking a vaccination with any logistical complications was impossible. A 5yo could have done better.

          • The fiasco continues if you’re a micro business relying on Covid19 micro business grants. Payments frozen since start October. Zero information except in media relating to 2.5% claims being fraudulent in late Oct, triggering a pause of all claims (even those from early July).

  9. The Saturday Paper story came about before Dr Sophie Scamps was announced as an independent in Mackellar against that knob Jason Falinski.

    Of all the new independents, I think Spender is the only one likely to win. But the others will be serious enough for the local members to have to spend time and money in their own electorate. We’re unlikely to see Wilson, for instance, travel around the country for something like his franking credit crusade this time round.

    As for Zali, if the Bin Chicken runs, I’ll be donating to Zali and even offer to volunteer if they need more help.

  10. happy valleyMEMBER

    “We’re unlikely to see Wilson, for instance, travel around the country for something like his franking credit crusade this time round.”

    True – he finally got his assistant ministership as reward for his misleading crusade on franking credits. His legacy to taxpayers from that is a $6bn per annum hit to the budget and probably rising.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Labor had a chance to explore, acknowledge, and act on, what cost them the 2019 election.

      Only an extraordinarily dumb country would now give them government.

    • Yes, Turd Sandwich number 1! Because you’ve seen it all before and want it again and again… next time vote douche for more ‘change’! Feels good for a day, job done!

      -> confusion about no improvement for decades abounds, take two Panadol and have a good lie down

  11. All three independents cited here are campaigning in blue ribbon LNP seats. It’s not enough.
    SfM cynical backing of his ho-of-convenience Gladys is also about shoring up the female vote and destroying federal ICAC. Nationally 2019 had 10 pp male / female difference to LNP. The incumbent is female who deposed a troglodyte male, so female it is.

    Income and wealth predictors are still heavily skewed to LNP. Higher levels of education are generally skewed to progressive policies, but Labor share is bled off to the Greens. Wealth trumps education where there is a contest.

    It’s not enough because Labor still needs the big chunk of middle Australia – the $80 000 – $130 000 income and non-tertiary qualified suburbia and regions. If Labor do get these though there may be enough progressive ‘independents’ in blue ribbon seats to address critical legislation like climate change and corruption. That said, I don’t hold any hope for addressing structural issues like the neo-liberal agenda, money creation, regulation and so on. This is anathema to the blue-ribbon set.

    • Labor still needs the big chunk of middle Australia

      That explains a lot. You are a Labor voter!
      In reality what Labor “needs” is for everyone like you to stop repeating the same mistake over and over again. Stop voting for them, and then they MIGHT reconsider the error of their ways, and they MIGHT once again represent their constituents.

      • Huh? No, not of that or any tribe, I’m a policy person and liberal progressive. If that leads others to think I’m Labor then .. whatever, I really don’t care. But for the record – I heartily endorsed Shorten’s policies as a step in the right direction. This piece is about progressive policies such as climate action and corruption and on which three progressive independents are prosecuting their candidacy in LNP seats. I heartily endorse these particular policies. But, even if all three are successful, it won’t be enough. The issues need a Labor-led government to be successfully implemented, hence Labor still needs to capture sufficient seats where it matters. I hope this makes sense but if you can think of an alternative path to implementing these policies I’m all ears.

      • people have stopped voting for them for the last X elections.

        Let us consider how long the LNP has been in power v Labor over the last 50 years.

    • It’s not enough because Labor still needs the big chunk of middle Australia – the $80 000 – $130 000 income and non-tertiary qualified suburbia and regions.

      The problem is that Labor have come to believe the way to win these voters is to be largely indistinguishable from the LNP.

      • Jumping jack flash

        “The problem is that Labor have come to believe the way to win these voters is to be largely indistinguishable from the LNP.”

        This for sure.

        But the reason for this is that all political parties must operate in the same hobbled environment after all their power to actually make meaningful change was sold off to the private sector, over which they have very, very limited jurisdiction. We’re a free-market economy after all. As soon as we start controlling what private businesses can and can’t do at an intimate level we throw up all kinds of new problems – and its not like any of the mental giants in our political parties know enough about anything to go toe-to-toe with the private sector anyway. Take that ridiculous attempt at a mining tax for example.

        It makes any political party in power the same as any other.

        All the people do now is vote for the flavour they like, and the flavour of the month is the “bank whispering” Libs who will get you the debt you need, raise house prices, and keep interest rates low. Even though they have absolutely no control over any of it, people perceive they have because they say they do.

        • working class hamMEMBER

          This is basically what I believe. Although, a minority Labor government with a few decent independents could make enough change, to make the next decade of LNP survivable.

  12. kierans777MEMBER

    I’ve been musing whether these independents can do what the Greens have failed to do. Establish a centerist alternative to the hard right of the Liberals (and Liberal Lite) and the “you’re a phobe if you disagree with us” Greens.

    It’s probably too early to tell, but it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      The only question sensible Australians should be asking themselves is “which Independent?”.

      The parties have all been infiltrated by elites.

      • Display NameMEMBER

        Could you stop calling these politicians elite. They are not elite at anything excepting perhaps graft and deceit. Far too many of them are far too average at almost everything.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Nearly all the “independents” are economic right wingers who throw their preferences to the Libs.
      It’s a Careerist thingy.
      ANY individual MP is easily corrupted by power and money.
      That’s why elected MPs who have entered parliament on what ever party ticket should have to defer their decision making Choices over legislative matters is a democratic will of the rank-and-file of their party.
      That would be some real democracy that would probably have the major parties with well over 1 million members each.
      No need to suck up to corporate donors, to fund election campaigns, if that was the case.
      Demands by the plebs For greater control over decision-making is the only chance there is of challenging the current , corrupt plutocratic system we have.
      A parliament full of independents will offer no greater democracy if those individual MPs don’t have a rank and file to answer to.
      https://www.alp.org.au/about/join-labor/

      • kierans777MEMBER

        Nearly all the “independents” are economic right wingers who throw their preferences to the Libs.

        Indeed. And that does worry me a bit. However if it’s an independent who wants lower taxes (as if that’s the be all and end all to economic policy) or a Liberal either way you’re getting bad economic policy. At least a Labor government could reason with an independent and we could see good policy outcomes.

        A parliament full of independents will offer no greater democracy if those individual MPs don’t have a rank and file to answer to.

        Fair point. However listening to Cathy McGowan, Helan Haines, Jacquie Lambie, etc. These individuals put in far more effort consulting with people than I believe the major parties do (at least here in Victoria). These independents know that local community support could turn at any moment and thus work a lot harder IMO to engage with their constituents.

  13. It took quite a lot to get us here but apparently a systematically psychopathic regime that protects rapists in parliament, whores itself to a gas cartel or any other interest with enough cash, trashes Australian living standards, trashes the global climate, puts culture wars and corruption above the national interest, and lies with every single breath that it takes while ejaculating on the desks of female parliamentarians is too much

    I just thought that little addendum in bold was worth adding to that…ermm…spray. We must never forget the LNP desk [email protected] who revealed the true nature of the party.

  14. Jevons ghostMEMBER

    It may be possible to increase Australian productivity by establishing a network of small local banks such as they have in Germany. Small banks lend to small and medium enterprises; large banks tend not to, according to Prof Richard Werner, a prominent advocate of QE (link below). As well, in this wide-ranging 1 hour interview Prof Werner explains with great clarity how commercial banks, and not the central bank, create nearly all new money – out of thin air.

    In my opinion well worth watching.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FT-zyTX2nE

  15. TheLambKingMEMBER

    Scott Morrison has warned voters that Labor’s emissions reduction target of 43 per cent is “just the opening bid” from the opposition and could inch closer towards the Greens’ target of 75 per cent.

    Again, letting the MSM & the LNP set the narrative:

    The obvious reply (that won’t get a run in the Murdoch/Nine press):

    Albo has warned voters that the LNP emissions reduction target of 28 per cent is “the absolute maximum we they will try for and do everything to stop it getting that high” from the LNP and could inch closer towards Barnaby’s target of 0 per cent – because Gina tells him to oppose any action on climate.