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The good, the bad and the strange: this week in politics

A fun summary of the key things that happened in politics this week.

 For The New Daily.


Sort It Out: Ridiculous GST Posture Could Finish Abbott

A RIDICULOUS SUGGESTION by Tony Abbott — that the states should “sort out” how GST revenue is carved up — shows to an appalling lack of leadership; with a risky budget due shortly from a Treasurer whose record in the job is poor, Abbott’s GST gaffe could yet sound the death knell on his leadership of the Liberal Party. 1,725 more words

Tax And Oblivion: Costello Highlights Hockey Dilemma

CONTRIBUTIONS TODAY in the Murdoch press by former Treasurer Peter Costello highlight the bind the Abbott government finds itself in with a tricky federal budget looming, and the degree to which it has surrendered the debate to economic vandals in the ALP and the… 1,182 more words

It's more than just a matter of words

I wrote this the other day but didn’t push the “publish” button. But with Andrew Bolt having put up a post today on The West attacked: killers to the right, ferals to the left… 867 more words

Philosophical And Speculative

Islamists are not on the "far right" and they are not "extremists"

There are no two people in politics I agree with more consistently than Andrew Bolt and Peter Costello, so if I bring up one of Andrew Bolt’s posts in which both feature, it must be understood that I don’t disagree with a single point they make, only with the terms they use. 788 more words

Philosophical And Speculative

Liberal Leadership: Someone Drops The C-Word

PERHAPS INEVITABLY in the fevered climate surrounding the leadership of the federal Liberal Party and the Prime Ministership, Peter Costello’s name has been raised as a potential addition to those already in the mix to replace Tony Abbott; Costello remains an exceedingly unlikely starter, but in grim circumstances every option demands consideration: and Costello, to be sure, is a better candidate than any MP in the Liberal party room. 1,133 more words

Poem: Abbott, No Costello

Abbott, No Costello

Why did we get the straight man?
The one to take us straight into turmoil
The one would go straight to his… 136 more words