Who needs a microparty when you can get smuggled into the Senate on a major party ticket?
(The Canberra Times, 11 September 2013)
The conservatives had been pushing Abbott on this for some time. That they succeeded under Turnbull seems to say everything about the weakness of his leadership.
The government is showing some zeal for changing the system used for electing Senators, after their failure to manage the current Senate crossbench.
The Royal Agricultural Show is on in Canberra this weekend, which is a timely reminder of how the existing above-the-line voting system for the Senate seems to work:
(The Canberra Times, 20 August 2013)
The Treasurer says Labor is selling the public “a unicorn” with it’s negative gearing savings (costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office and modeled at the ANU). I was happy to hang up Joe’s ears when he left, but after Mr Morrison’s performance at the National Press Club, the unicorn comment was a gift too hard to pass up.