What is going on? Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten face off yet again 227



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It’s hard to remember a time when there wasn’t mud slinging between politicians, but it did exist. It is fair to say the back and forth bickering between parties has left Australian politicians in shambles, this week particularly, following the controversial pension changes.

Have we reached peak stupidity? At question time yesterday, Tony Abbott used his time to berate Bill Shorten. Whether or not he deserved it is another matter, but the way in which he did it shows the complete lack of trust or even human decency between parties and party members. It’s a ‘he said, she said’, all-out battle and none of it looks good to anyone, especially the Australian voting public.

We’ve had to ask ourselves, when will this end?

Bill Shorten took to the floor at question time and said, “Before the election, the Prime Minister said, ‘only the Coalition can be trusted when we say there will be no deals with the Greens’… Given the Prime Minister has now done dirty deals with the Greens on the debt ceiling and slashing part pensions, how can Australians believe a single word this Prime Minister says?”

You could almost hear Tony laughing from the bench before he got up to say, “I am a little surprised that the Leader of the Opposition should choose to start question time today talking about trust, given what we were told on The Killing Season last night”. He was of course referring to the ABC’s three-part docu-series on the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd debacle.

“I want to say publicly ‘thank you to the ABC. Thank you to the ABC'”

“I don’t normally say thank you to the ABC but I have to say Australia is indebted to you on this instance”.

Are these really questions that Shorten and Abbott are asking one another? What is going on?

Today many are asking if Bill Shorten has what it takes or if he is incompetent, following his odd-one-out stance on cutting pensions. Many believe if he isn’t willing to cut down on unnecessary spending in sectors, then he can’t operate as Prime Minister. Yes, he wants to be for the people, but the proposed changes are not hurting those who are doing it tough.

And now, Labor MPs are monitoring his sliding performance

According to Fairfax, an unnamed Labor MP, said most MPs doubted Mr Shorten’s pending royal commission appearance would throw up a specific “gotcha moment”.

The question on everyone’s lips in parliament today is, could this be death by a thousands cuts?

Monday’s Fairfax Ipsos poll showed Labor still led the Coalition 53-47 in the two party-preferred vote, but Mr Shorten was just one point ahead of Mr Abbott as preferred prime minister, leading 42 per cent to 41 per cent. This time last year, the opposition leader was riding high at 47 per cent to Abbott’s 40 per cent.


So this afternoon we want to know, firstly, does there need to be a massive shake up in politics to stop the ridiculous mud-slinging, or is this par for the course? And secondly, do you think Shorten has what it takes to go to the next election? Or will he be replaced?

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  1. Looks like Bill’s past is catching up with him . We had the ABC airing all the dirty linen , and most putting their foot in it . What a disaster

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    • dunno, but one thing I do know, on either side ..its a mess,Abbott is even more disliked than Shorten and neither of them are Mr Popularity with anyone.. if you repeat this to anyone Dawn I will have to cut your toe off..just joking

    • Bill’s past? How do we know he has done anything wrong, wait for the outcome before you condemn him. We are so quick to decide a person is guilty of something.

    • Bill Shorten has note been proved to have done anything wrong, all mud from the LNP, same trick they tried with Gillard, who was cleared. They also kicked the boot into Slipper and ruined his life and career, and he was one of them and he was a 100 percent a better speaker than Bronwyng

    • Peter Slipper was a Liberal before he was the speaker, how the ALP got blamed for him, I will never know and he has been cleared in court

    • Julia has not been cleared as I said before The police will press charges when Inquiry over. He did say something about her judgement & ethics being highly sus, ,which was not a good look. Still has the matter of who signed the paperwork & when for the House in Melbourne ,as that doesn’t match up. That had nothing to do with Union inquiry

  2. So over this egotistical carrying on, wish that they would all remember that we elected them to govern for the good of the country, not themselves. We also need to remember that when we let the media give attention to the least important stories, we are also allowing that behaviour. We want good balanced reporting, surely even that would get these politicians towing the line.

  3. These last two terms, Labor then the Libs has been the worst. First we were stuck with Dr No and now as far as labor is concerned, it’s payback. A big problem in parliament is the speaker. I thought Bronwyn would have turned out to be our best speaker and she has been terrible. if the speaker won’t control both sides of the house, she should be replaced. This is a cause of the mud slinging in the chamber.

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    • If anything I thought she might have gone the other way with payback time. She has been terribly poor.

    • You must admit the labor side do carry on like Hoons in the parliament. If the showed a little more decorum they wouldn’t be penalised

    • Question time is an archaic waste of time. The opposition of the day asks a leading or loaded question and the government of the day spends the allotted time not answering it. It is an exercise in brinkmanship for the amusement of those playing. I can’t even begin to understand why it’s televised.

    • Thank you Sue Erlangsen you hit the nail on the head there, i thought i was the only one who thought that it is so prurile to think we (the electors) put these idiots in to this parliament. They all should have a good hard look at themselves and get down to what they were elected to do-GOVERN for goodness sake.

    • your right about Bishop, she has been a disaster but Abbott put her there because he did not want her in his cabinet

    • Possibly but I think an earlier comment was more like it. With Bronny as Speaker, he didn’t have to find a place for her in his cabinet, something she otherwise would have insisted on.

  4. Can you egotistical pollies just stop your carry on and do something about the terrible state of this country has been going down the drain for years. Get your brains out if your backsides and start to work on something logical to help us out if this hole we are in which gets deeper every bloody week in dozens of ways.

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