You think you’re frustrated, mate…


I feel his pain…

Harry Jenkins has resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr Jenkins told parliament on Thursday morning that he had become progressively frustrated at the stricture of minority government.

UPDATE

Reader Merilyn was right. Something dirty was going on behind the scenes.

LIBERAL turncoat Peter Slipper has been elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives amid extraordinary scenes in parliament today, handing Labor a crucial extra vote in the chamber.

His elevation as Labor’s nominee, after Labor’s Harry Jenkins stood aside this morning, forces his resignation from his party.

This stinks to high heaven. This has to be the most rotten, deceitful, shameless and arrogant government Australia has ever had the misfortune of not electing.

And indeed, as Merilyn noted, was does this mean for embattled MP Craig Thompson, the bloke accused of using his Health Services Union credit card to withdraw $100,000 and pay for prostitutes among other things?

Can he “safely” be found guilty now, be ejected from the Parliament, resign (or be fired from) his seat, trigger a by-election and yet it won’t matter now if an Opposition candidate wins it?

Our democracy has been hijacked by spivs.

UPDATE II

Andrew Bolt:

This partly neuters Andrew Wilkie’s threat to tear up his agreement with the Govenment over pokies, and leaves the Government more able to defy the Greens, at least in the Lower House. Only this week it had to make a concession on withholding tax to the Greens just to get its new mining tax through the House of Representatives, without securing the Greens’ agreement to pass the tax in the Senate, too.

So let’s sum up. This is a Government that will be propped up by a Speaker who actually told his electorate he was a Liberal, and two independents who represent conservative electorates.

Democracy was meant to work out a bit better than this.

Bolt also notes that Jenkins appears to have been pushed.

And from that link, any suspicions about Craig Thompson have largely been confirmed.

UPDATE III

Read between the lines on this one.

It will take Mr Slipper’s annual salary package from $200,240 to $275,390, with additional benefits to his superannuation package once he retires. Facing party-room anger and dwindling preselection prospects, this could be at the end of the current term.

How… selfless!

Chris Kenny:

The dramatic deal to change Speakers in Canberra today ensures a political year riven by crisis, ends that way.

Relying on Independents for its survival and awaiting police investigations into one of its members, Labor has thrown any semblance of honour, political conviction or loyalty aside, to grasp onto a man who was about to be discarded by his own party. This not only looks desperate and unprincipled, it also sidelines the other independents, who might not be impressed, and so might not be so reliable in the future, and it also leaves Labor in a position where it will have to explain everything Mr Slipper does or has done.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all with this government…

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  1. If Jenkins were as good as the praise he’s receiving or as frustrated as he claims, he could have fixed the problem at any time during the last few months by suspending the supposedly independent members—for unparliamentary conduct, say, or just gross hypocrisy—just before any close vote.

    • Merilyn
    • November 24th, 2011

    No there is more to this then meets the eye, something stinks, Labor under Julia Gillard get upto all sorts of sneaky things, [like passing policies in the Senate, with no debate] could it be the Craig Thomson problem? This way with Harry Jenkins on the back bench they will still have the numbers.

    I’m just guessing mind you, but something is just not right.

      • Merilyn
      • November 24th, 2011

      P.S. by the way he was the worst Speaker I’ve ever seen, and there have been some corkers before.

      • The new Speaker is certainly doing a great job of making his immediate predecessor look amazingly fair and upright.

          • Merilyn
          • November 24th, 2011

          You are right Deadman, didn’t waste any time did he?

        • Did I read four ejections in just one afternoon?

          • In the space of one tirade by one J. Gillard.

    • mabba
    • November 24th, 2011

    More devious than Shakespeare & Machiavelli combined. Just a few days ago, Krudd with Pete- has Jools been outmanoeuvred? Lots of winners, lots of losers…most humans can’t keep their mouths shut; let’s hope for some bean slipping/spilling…BTW, outrageous performance from Pete with 4 Coalition suspensions. Just hoping something turns up in the script that they haven’t planned for!- otherwise, no hope.

    • A fair expectation.
      Many times in the last four years this government has been too quick to pat itself on the back, only to have its clever manoeuvre backfire on it.
      Just look at the partnership with the Greens. Seemed like a great idea at the time, I’m sure, but now…?

        • Merilyn
        • November 25th, 2011

        Off Topic, Gregory did you manage to get the latest photo of Julia yesterday, it is a beauty?

        • No, I haven’t Merilyn. Do you have a link?

          • This one? The Julia Gollum look?

              • Merilyn
              • November 25th, 2011

              Yep that’s the one………await with anticipation your efforts with that one on your “photo gallery”.

              P.S. sent it to bing this morning, hope he didn’t gag on his coffee/tea.

              • GWAAARRR

                  • Merilyn
                  • November 26th, 2011

                  Sorry about that! [hehehe]

              • There is something creepy in that expression.

                • An emptiness. A loss of whatever personality might once have dwelt there.
                  Nothing to come from it now but mindless noise…

    • Merilyn
    • November 24th, 2011

    Speaking of frustrated perhaps this MP did get rather carried away, but it shows just how much Julia Gillard upsets people.

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8379422/mp-apologises-for-calling-pm-a-real-dog

    • Storm in a teacup.

      Merely an example of the reverse-sexism currently in place in Australia.

      Had the PM been a bloke, the comment would have been at least thought by many.

    • elsie
    • November 24th, 2011

    I watched Paul Murray Live tonight and he showed cut-away shots of Jenkins on the back benches looking very down and some times quite distressed. at one stage he made a cut throat sign to someone in the gallery, but this was later “explained away” as not being in connection with his resignation.

    Oh Yeah!!!!

    If I believed Juju magic, I would get myself a long-nosed, red haired Voodoo doll and stick pins in it, but sadly I don’t!

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