Tainted Love

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Politics

Is it just me, or has Federal Parliament turned into a bad reality TV show?

No matter what you think of her timing on her actions, Julia Gillard was right to have Peter Slipper stand down, and Craig Thompson suspend his ALP membership.

Craig Thomson moving to the cross benches may have been overdue, however, everybody thought the matter would have been resolved a long time ago, hence the delay.

But if Craig Thompson was overdue, how late was the Peter Slipper action? If everything coming to light now is true, the Liberal Party should have suspended him over a decade ago… Peter Slipper is only in Parliament because he stood in his seat as a Liberal candidate, and was pre-selected nine times as a Liberal. Nine times??? That  makes him one of Liberals longest serving MP’s.

Tony Abbott seems to believe that MP’s facing civil action, or have been charged and are awaiting trial, or even those under investigation but haven’t been charged with anything, should stand down and not be allowed to vote. But only when it suits him…

Craig Thomson has yet to be charged with anything. In fact, he has been investigated 3 separate times, including by the NSW Police, and found to not have a case to answer. Anyhow, professional investigators like Abbott, Brandis, and Pyne would clearly know better than the NSW Police Force. The Three Stooges revisited….

Anyway, Abbott says that now Thomson sits on the cross bench, his vote is “tainted”. Now that the Prime Minister has done what the Coalition have been calling for, Mr Thomson’s electorate should not be represented in Parliament according to Abbott. It seems the Coalition thinks that we should discard the rules, and make them up as we go along to suit Abbott.

MP’s actually charged with theft and assault seem to be OK though. Abbott was happy for Liberal MP Mary Jo Fisher to vote whilst up on multiple charges after shoplifting and attacking a security guard.

Mary Jo Fisher outside court

Another startling case of selective memory, or plain hypocrisy is the voting rights of Peter Slipper, former Liberal MP.

Some of you may remember in December 2009 Tony Abbott stabbed the Liberal Party Leader Malcolm Turnbull in the back. Abbott challenged Turnbull for the leadership and won, by one vote, one measly vote. So what? You may well ask…

Well, guess who Peter Slipper voted for?

If Peter Slipper, or Slippery Pete as the Libs had apparently been calling him for years, was as dodgy as they now claim he had been for years, then I guess his vote may be classed as “tainted”. Surely for Abbott to claim otherwise would be a double standard.

If Peter Slipper’s “tainted” vote was excluded from the leadership challenge, as Abbott’s new found morals would suggest, one wonders where we would be now. Considering he only became opposition leader via Slipper’s vote.

So, putting aside tainted votes, let’s look at some legal questions and maybe even a strange case of tainted love….

Monday night on Q & A we saw Sophie Mirabella getting all high and mighty. Sophie is also facing civil proceedings in a bizarre case which finds her in a legal battle with the children of her former lover, a man 40 years her senior. Sophie is also yet to answer to charges of undeclared campaign funds, donated by Big Tobacco. This is the second time she has faced charges on election funding issues, the first time she was found guilty, this time looks rather dicey also…. a little like her choice of staff.

I am guessing that Abbott will be asking Sophie to stand down until her issues are resolved….. I won’t hold my breath waiting.

Many of you may be shocked also to see questions being raised about Tony Abbott himself.

In 2009 Tony Abbott released his book, Battlelines. What most of us didn’t realise, is apparently we all paid for its promotion. I didn’t even want to read it, let alone pay for him to promote it.

Glenn Milne on the ABC’s Drum website has brought into question who was paying for the flights, cars, and hotel accommodation associated with the book promo tour. Glenn’s research seems to show that there were some rather suspicious uses of the MP Travel allowance that coincided with dates on the promo tour.

One has to wonder why this has not been picked up on by the mainstream media, I mean it is the opposition leader, not a back bencher.

One also has to wonder, will Abbott practice what he preaches, and stand down while these allegations are investigated?

Also, in light of these allegations, will the Liberal Party continue to accept his “tainted” vote in parliament?

We need to pick up the slack on this, we need to hit the share button and repost and tweet Glenn Milne’s post all over the web. Instead of “Kony 2012”, let’s have “Phoney Tony 2012”. Maybe then it will receive some media attention.

Maybe he is “Teflon Tony”. After all, the public seem to have forgotten when in 2007 Abbott was forced to apologise for publicly insulting an extremely sick Bernie Banton, a great man who was only trying to help others. Banton died shortly after, but the scandal didn’t seem to stick to Abbott for too long.

Anyway, Abbott needs to come clean on these allegations regarding the book promo tour. We would also be pleased to see him stand down whilst investigations are undertaken.

And this time Tony, we want the “Gospel Truth”

Comments
  1. How many MPs, paid for their full time services, engage in other non-Parliamentary activities which result in personal gain (financial or otherwise). One former ALP Speaker managed to gain a PhD while fulfilling his Speaker duties as well as representing his constituents (and he did not seem all that bright). And what about those with business interests which require their serious attention?

    Could it all be a big rort?

    A public inquiry into the behaviour of our elected representatives may be in order.

    • wixxy says:

      You could be right Bruce, there should be greater restrictions on how many roles these people can perform at once…. they run the country, that should have their undivided attention I would have thought…
      Thanks for the feedback

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s