Why Tony, why?

There are principles, and there’s shooting yourself in the foot.

It turns out we were that close to getting independent MP and key Labor ally, Rob Oakeshott, as Speaker of the House.

The deal collapsed after Mr Oakeshott insisted he wanted Mr Abbott to nominate him for the job. Mr Abbott declined, saying the Coalition believed Labor should provide the Speaker and it would support Mr Oakeshott only to block Mr Slipper and only if he were nominated by someone else. Mr Oakeshott was unavailable for comment last night.

So instead of a majority of one being extended to a majority of three, we could have had a majority of one being reduced to a “majority” of zero.

Surely that could have triggered an early election.

It’s Friday and almost knock off time. Am I missing something here?


    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • November 25th, 2011

    Because it would be a dead cert that right after Dr Abbott made the nomination, Mr Oakeshott would do/say something stupid which would be attributed to the Coalition. It happens regularly in Congress where the Dems propose legislation which contains stuff the Repubs want, plus shit they abhor. Basically, the concept of an honest socialist is an impossibility: lying and cheating is part of their beings and buried in their nature.


    • Also, Oakeshott wouldn’t get the votes, which would have made the Opposition look silly. As it turned out, it was Ms Burke, who refused to be nominated for Speaker, though willing to be Deputy Speaker, and eight other Labor backbenchers, as well as the Hon. Peter Slither who looked very silly indeed.

    • Merilyn
    • November 25th, 2011

    Agree with J.M. wouldn’t trust Oakeshott as far as I could throw him [which wouldn’t be far at my age], he has proved time and again to be only for one person that is himself not his constituents and certainly not for the good of Australia.

    • elsie
    • November 29th, 2011

    AAARGH! I am down in Wonderland with Alice!!! Peter Slipper is an ordained priest!


    • Saw that. Now there’s the real mad monk.

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