No-confidence motion next week?
“Independent” MP Tony Windsor is egging on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott – currently riding a tsunami of popularity – to move a motion of no-confidence in the Gillard government when parliament resumes May 8th.
“The only way Mr Abbott can find out (if he has support in the parliament) – he would know this, he’s read politics 101 – is if he tests the market place.”
Personally, I’d trust my cat to stay off the coffee table when I’m not home more than I’d trust Windsor, and this smacks of him trying to set Abbott up for an embarassing failure.
Can you take a word that comes out of his mouth seriously? You know, there’s stuff you hear that rings true and then there’s Tony Windsor.
But Mr Windsor said when he actually spoke to his constituents they ultimately agreed with the Labor-driven reforms of aged care, the National Broadband Network, renewable energy and action on the Murray-Darling Basin.
Yep. New England conservatives are apparently gung-ho for the above.
It all makes it sound like Windsor is still smarting after being disendorsed over those drink driving allegations.
So Windsor reckons his constituents are glad for the $36 billion obselete-before-it’s-built NBN, and to have precious farm water ripped out of the Murray-Darling Basin and flushed down the river.
Now I’m no New England local, but they appear to be more concerned with coal-seam gas exploration.
As for Windsor himself, he’s taken rather a confused position on everything to do with coal.
Other independent Andrew Wilkie won’t support a motion of no-confidence.
Beacuse having Craig Thomson (no matter what happens, his political career is finished* argues Philip Coorey of the SMH) sit as an independent changes everything.
Like Windsor, Wilkie has his finger on the pulse.
“A very large number of people in the electorate are very disappointed with this government but that’s not to say they want a change of government,” he said.
* Ya think?