Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Tony Windsor says broadband internet the clincher to support Labor

Independent Tony Windsor says broadband internet the clincher to support Labor, he announced a few minutes ago.

13 comments:

Pemulwuy said...
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Tony Hillier said...

Messrs Windsor and Oakeshott have single-handedly given politicians and politics a good name. They talk with eloquence from the heart and with inordinate logic. They have stymied party politics. Under their watch, Australia will be better governed!

The result is a poke in the eye for the Murdoch Press, especially The Australian, which did its damndest to drag Mr Rabbit and his cronies across the line.

KB:-) said...

Did he also mention that it was going to cost in excess of $50 billion and will not be delivered until 2027??????

Or that no one will living in rural Australia by then as Labor will have sent them all broke..... thanks to their mining tax and an ETS which will be worse than before and the death of us all... a socialist / green alliance... God help us all :-(

CBD Warrior said...

I watched the Oakshott press conference - he's a buffoon. All that's missing is everyone in Parliament holding hands on the first day to sing (an independent-required) verse of "We Are The World".

What the independents are trying to do is noble - allegiance to your electorate instead of your party. Sadly, that isn't a provision of the Westminster system.

This Parliament won't last six months.

D Chipp's ghost. said...

Take a pill and have a little lie down KB. It has been a big unhappy day for you obviously. Then go and do some real research for some real facts. Not just an Andrew Bolt Blog. A new day is dawning. We might now see some pollies actually earning their money including own own local useless lard arse Reps member.

Syd Walker said...

I agree with Tony Hillier. This is a great outcome - Labor returned, but humbled, with a commitment to due process and much more open government - and reliant on Greens and progressive independents to survive. At this stage in our political evolution, it's the best imaginable outcome.

Oakshott and Windsor played their hands with perfect finesse. They managed to get parlimentary reforms through with bi-partisan support - including the new arrangements on the speaker (additionally important now Bob Katter has broken ranks).

Kudos to them both.

Gerry L in Palm Cove said...

Warrior is completely correct. Because the Westminster system requires the majority party to also be the government (the executive), party unity is required to ensure the ability to govern. Compare with the US system where the "executive" (the President) is elected separately from the legislators. This allows the government to pick department ministers from the private sector, ensuring more competent government management.

What this experiment with the Parliament will show the voters - they will WANT a republic on the US model to make their reps more accountable to the voters, and the next election will see the Greens lose most of their seats because they're just a disruptive influence to stable government.

col said...

syd walker you are a tosser like we said a vote for greens was a vote for labor

Local worker said...

Labor has lost the trust of the working class by leaning too far to the left. Instead of pandering to the green extremists, Labor should be looking to win back support lost to the Coalition.

Nick said...

"Tony Hillier said...The result is a poke in the eye for the Murdoch Press, especially The Australian, which did its damndest to drag Mr Rabbit and his cronies across the line".

Tony, with respect (because I do like your reviews), don't you write for the (Weekend) Australian ?

Quick as said...

NEWS FLASH !!!

Greens to re-think their gay marriage demands on the Labor/Green Coalition.

It has become obvious to Bob Brown and his advisors that there can be no "little greens" created under that policy.

A Real Liberal said...

Socialist shmocialist! Now now KB, don't spit the dummy! The mining tax will only be paid on excessive profits, ultimately by shareholders, and few of them live in the regions. It won't affect employment in the mining industry, and smaller, less profitable mines will be better off. And if you think we can continue to burn more and more coal and pump the carbon pollution into the atmosphere, without serious consequences, then you must have your head firmly planted in the sand.

Tony Hillier said...

Yes, Nick, I do indeed write music reviews and the odd feature for the Weekend Australian and The Australian, but I am a freelance journalist who holds freelance views. The Australian's right-wing bias was well and truly exercised during the election campaign and in the post-election wash-up, especially by its columnists. Having said that, The Oz boasts one of the country's most astute and incisive political commentators in editor-at-large Paul Kelly.