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Federal Politics Live: September 18, 2013

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Another day, another government. Let's look back on it:

  • Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister;
  • after a ceremony at Government House the ministry held its first meeting;
  • Mr Abbott wasted no time in rearranging the public service giving three departmental heads their marching orders;
  • Labor leader aspirant Bill Shorten again focussed on the lack of women in the new ministry saying it looked like "Dad's Army"; and
  • Cathy McGowan has succeeded in her attempt to oust former Coalition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella from the the Victorian seat of Indi

My thanks, as always, to you for reading, commenting and sharing your thoughts on politics.

Super snaps to the always incredible Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of their favourite photographs from the campaign as well as today's work.

Go well.

Make that two (see 12.44 pm post).

What is with these National Party MPs anyway? Didn't they get the new PM's memo about being a stable and adult government?

Nationals MPs pose for photos afer the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Nationals MPs pose for photos afer the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Counting has stopped in the Queensland seat of Fairfax (2.19 pm post).

It will resume tomorrow. I'm on the edge of my seat!

Aspiring Labor leader Bill Shorten is responding to the swearing in of the new government.

He is taking issue with the number of women in cabinet (that would be one of 19).

"Women aren't getting the same deal as men in our society," Mr Shorten says.

"Tony Abbott has just lowered the glass ceiling for women's expectations in Australia."

The new cabinet is a "sort of Dad's Army" where only one woman can be promoted, he says.

Such a relief when they close the doors. They're sound proof, right?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott held a full ministry meeting in the cabinet room at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott held a full ministry meeting in the cabinet room at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Come one - there is no way Tony Abbott is going to dip into the prime ministerial jelly beans.

If anyone knows how many calories are in each one it's Skim-Mocha-Tony.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with his ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with his ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

This meeting will come to order. It's a day of action.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott holds a meeting of the full ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott holds a meeting of the full ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Wow - the chairs are so comfy in here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with his ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with his ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The new ministry has met for the first time.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with his ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with his ministry in the cabinet room at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland has filed this story on the colour and movement from today's swearing in ceremony.

Josh Frydenberg is sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Josh Frydenberg is sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Good grief.

Now Clive Palmer is ahead by three votes as the counting in the Queensland seat of Fairfax continues. There are 1,373 votes still to be counted.

Whoever said this election wasn't a close contest?

My apologies - I have hitherto neglected to put up the link to the story about Cathy McGowan succeeding in her bid to become the independent MP for Indi.

You can find that story here.

Anthony Albanese launched his campaign last night.

The Sydney Morning Herald's James Robertson was there.

Chief political correspondent Mark Kenny has also written about Mr Albanese's bid which is being backed by finance spokeswoman Penny Wong.

Labor leader Kevin Rudd conducts TV interviews in Townsville on 2 September.

Labor leader Kevin Rudd conducts TV interviews in Townsville on 2 September. Photo: Andrew Meares

Now, of course, Labor is turning its attention to who will be its next leader.

The Age's state political reporter, Richard Willingham, filed this piece on Bill Shorten's campaign.

Graham Robson watches  Kevin Rudd at candidate Cathy O'Toole's campaign launch in Townsville on 1 September.

Graham Robson watches Kevin Rudd at candidate Cathy O'Toole's campaign launch in Townsville on 1 September. Photo: Andrew Meares

There was the persistent problem of the hair (Clive Palmer called it "silky").

Labor leader Kevin Rudd visits Hobart on 10 August 2013.

Labor leader Kevin Rudd visits Hobart on 10 August 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mr Rudd's tweets earlier today (11.02 am to 11.04 am) remind me that I have still to bring you a selection of Andrew Meares' favourite campaign photos (he travelled with Team Rudd).

Let's go through them now.

 

Labor leader Kevin Rudd returns to his car in Belgrave, Melbourne, on 9 August.

Labor leader Kevin Rudd returns to his car in Belgrave, Melbourne, on 9 August. Photo: Andrew Meares

One of the first official acts of the new government (other than totally rearranging the public service) is a visit to the Australian War Memorial.

Defence Minister David Johnston, Special Minister for State Michael Ronaldson and Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert will lay a wreath in remembrance.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has released a statement outlining the changes to the public service.

Mr Abbott says "the structure of government departments and agencies has created confused responsibilities, duplication and waste".

You can read the full revision of the Administrative Arrangements Orders here.

Right at the bottom of the statement comes the kicker (in journalism it's known as burying the lead).

Mr Abbott will recommend to the Governor-General that AusAID be "integrated into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade" in order to enable "the aid and diplomatic arms of Australia's international policy agenda to be more closely aligned".

Mr Abbott's own department will take on responsibility for indigenous affairs, deregulation and the Office for Women to ensure "that these key whole of government priorities are at the centre of government".

I've been concentrating on the swearing in so far which means I have not read breaking news reporter Jonathan Swan's story on the new United States ambassador to Australia, John Berry.

Mr Berry has posted what may be the most friendly introduction video ever on the embassy website in which he talks about his love of knitted jumpers and the outdoors. (He has also had a lion cub named after him). Mr Berry goes on to introduce his husband Curtis Yee whom he describes as "a triathlete from Hawaii who loves anything involving salt water and waves".

I don't normally say this but I will today - if you only read one story today make it this one.

 

The new independent member of Indi, Cathy McGowan, reflects on her victory in this video.

(Before you watch you might like to read about businessman Clive Palmer conceding his lead in the Queensland seat of Fairfax.)

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McGowan reflects on her election victory

Minutes after receiving a call from outgoing MP Sophie Mirabella wishing her well, the newly elected independent MP for Indi Cathy McGowan speaks to Jon Faine.

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If you'd like to read the full story on who has been promoted and who has been demoted in the public service you can click here.

Is that a wrap?

Governor-General Quentin Bryce poses for photos with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his new ministry at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce poses for photos with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his new ministry at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The new three most powerful people in Australian politics.

Warren Truss, Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Warren Truss, Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

There's always one.

The Nationals in the ministry at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

The Nationals in the ministry at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

A cabinet close up.

Tony Abbottand his cabinet at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Tony Abbottand his cabinet at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Abbott and family with Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Abbott and family with Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew Meares

The new first family with Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

They were just waiting for their turn.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family pose for photos at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family pose for photos at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

And one with the family (Mr Abbott's parents, Dick and Fay, and his sisters, Christine and Pip, are watching from the side).

Governor-General Quentin Bryce poses for photos with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce poses for photos with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The official school photograph.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce poses for photos with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his new ministry at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce poses for photos with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his new ministry at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

I now have the video of Tony Abbott being sworn in as Prime Minister.

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Governor-General Quentin Bryce swears in Tony Abbott as Australia's 28th Prime Minister at Yarralumla, Canberra on Wednesday.

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While all that was going on the heads of the various public service departments were being shuffled around.

The head of the Treasury, Martin Parkinson, has advised Prime Minister Tony Abbott he will be standing down next year but has agreed to stay until the middle of the year (presumably to get through the budget period).

Dr Parkinson's future was the subject of speculation given the less than flattering things the new Treasurer Joe Hockey has had to say about the department's performance.

Three departmental heads have been sacked - Dr Don Russell (a former Keating government staffer who was the head of the Department of Industry), Andrew Metcalfe (the former head of the Department of Immigration) and Blair Comley (the former head of the Department of Climate Change).

Mr Abbott released a statement a short time ago saying the personnel changes were part of "machinery of government changes".

That takes care of the official paperwork.

Now on to the official photographs on the front steps of Government House (see what I mean about how it feels like covering a royal wedding?).

This afternoon the first meetings of the cabinet and ministry will take place.

Bless. The now Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, took his daughter, Poppy, 8, with him to witness his swearing in. This picture goes straight to the pool room.

Greg Hunt is sworn in as Environment minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Greg Hunt is sworn in as Environment minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

One does not have to pledge an allegiance to the Queen.

In 2007 when Kevin Rudd and his ministry were sworn in they all used a new oath: "I [name] do swear that I will well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people, in the office of the [insert appropriate title]."

Until 1996 it had included the line - "I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second".

Before 1993, the oath of office had included a pledge to serve the Queen. But then prime minister Paul Keating removed any reference to the Queen between 1993 and 1996. When the Coalition assumed power in 1996, allegiance to the monarch was returned.

I should clarify this issue of the oath of allegiance and the affirmation of office.

The oath of allegiance is taken on a book of holy scripture such as the bible (although Labor MP Ed Husic used the Koran at his swearing in a couple of months ago).

The affirmation of office does not. Former prime minister Julia Gillard chose to do this at her swearing in. The new Human Services Minister Marise Payne also did this today.

Most people being sworn in today have chosen the former.

A rather wonderful picture of Australia's first female Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, with Dick Abbott, father of Prime Minster Tony Abbott, by Andrew Meares.

Julie Bishop welcomes Tony Abbott's father Dick at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Julie Bishop welcomes Tony Abbott's father Dick at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

You know how I said I love finding out people's middle names?

Well, the now Resources Minister, Ian Macfarlane, shall henceforth be called by his full name - Ian Elgin Macfarlane.

 

Warren Truss is sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister first (it happens according to seniority). He is followed by Julie Bishop, Eric Abetz and George Brandis.

All swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth.

Julie Bishop is sworn in as Foreign Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Julie Bishop is sworn in as Foreign Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mr Abbott presents his ministry.

"We are prepared to honour our commitments," Mr Abbott says.

"We will be a problem solving government based on values not ideology."

"We won't forget those who are marginalised - people with disabilities, indigenous people and women struggling to combine career and family."

The ministry is being sworn in collectively. (It would take too long otherwise.)

Those taking the oath go first. Those making the affirmation go second. Only two people are in that group - Marise Payne and Simon Birmingham.

There is the usual remember from the official secretary to the Governor-General, Stephen Brady, for everyone to please turn off their mobile phones because they interfere with the "dignity of the occasion".

"Relax, enjoy today, it's a great pleasure to have you with us," Mr Brady tells everyone.

Everyone is then asked to sing the national anthem. Just the first verse, mind you.

There's so many members of Barnaby Joyce's family that they arrived in a maxi taxi.

Coalition MPs arrive for the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

Coalition MPs arrive for the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Once sworn in Julie Bishop will be Australia's first female Foreign Affairs Minister.

Coalition MPs arrive for the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

Coalition MPs arrive for the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Do three tweets a tweet bomb make?

 

His plans:

 

Kevin Rudd bows out:

 

The soon to be Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss.

National Party leader Warren Truss arrives for the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

National Party leader Warren Truss arrives for the swearing in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Talk about timing.

Sophie Mirabella has conceded defeat in the seat of Indi.

"This election is over and the responsibility for the outcome is mine," Mrs Mirabella said in a statement. "Despite the closeness of the count I have decided not to seek a recount. I unreservedly accept the decision of the democratic process. I will work with every ounce of my being to see this seat return to the Coalition but that is for another day."

Mrs Mirabella gave her "overwhelming thanks [to Tony Abbott] for his selfless generosity and mentorship."

Mrs Mirabella has contacted the new member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, to congratulate her.

All the ministers designate are now arriving at Government House accompanied by their families.

Soon to be Treasurer Joe Hockey took the time to adjust soon to the Education Minister Christopher Pyne's tie.

(It is amusing the journalists covering the event that two trucks carrying portaloos have also arrived. Government House will have an open day this weekend and preparations are clearly underway.)

Coalition MPs arrive for the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Coalition MPs arrive for the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

After some congratulations, photographs and general good cheer, Mr Abbott will present each minister and parliamentary secretary to Her Excellency.

Tony Abbott kisses his wife Margie after he was sworn  in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Tony Abbott kisses his wife Margie after he was sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Anthony John Abbott is being presented to Her Excellency Quentin Bryce.

Mr Abbott swears on a bible: "I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the second, the Queen of Australia."

Mr Abbott signs a piece of paper and that's it - he is now the 28th Prime Minister of Australia.

Tony Abbott is sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Tony Abbott is sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Once Mr Abbott has been sworn in he will be Australia's 28th Prime Minister.

When Parliament returns - probably late in October - it will be the 44th Parliament.

 

This is the third swearing in at Government House in the past three months. They always make me feel a little bit like I'm covering a royal wedding.

The Abbott family arrive at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday.

The Abbott family arrive at Government House in Canberra on Wedneday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony and Margie Abbott.

Tony Abbott and his wife Margie arrive at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Tony Abbott and his wife Margie arrive at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mr Abbott did not use the official prime ministerial car - C1 - for the drive to Government House because he has not yet been sworn in.

Tony Abbott arrives with his family to be sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister.

Tony Abbott arrives with his family to be sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mr Abbott and his family have arrived at Government House.

The media wait at the private enterance to Government House for Tony Abbott to be sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister.

The media wait at the private enterance to Government House for Tony Abbott to be sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister. Photo: Andrew Meares

One person who will be sworn in as a parliamentary secretary is Josh Frydenberg. He will be using his own bible for the occasion. It was given to him by his mentor, Sir Zelman Cowen, who used it to take his oath when he was sworn in as Governor-General in 1977.

You can watch a video about it here.

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Historic bible returns for swearing-in

The bible on which Sir Zelman Cowen took his oath as Australia's new Governor General in 1977 has been taken back to Yarralumla for another swearing-in.

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This issue has been dogging Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott for a few days now.

Mr Abbott says he's "disappointed" there are not more women in the cabinet but that there are plenty "knocking on the door".

More than one former and current Liberal MP believes the Coalition should do more to get more women into Parliament. Quotas have been mentioned. If you would like to read more about that you can do so here.

What do you think? Should political parties have quotas to encourage women to enter politics? You can have your say in our online readers' poll which you can find here.

 

Which brings me to the topic of women. Only one woman - Julie Bishop - will be part of the new 19 member cabinet.

A further four women will be sworn into the 11 member outer ministry - Fiona Nash, Sussan Ley, Marise Payne and Michaelia Cash. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells will be sworn in as a parliamentary secretary along with 11 men.

Naturally Mr Abbott's wife Margie and their three daughters, Louise, Frances and Bridget, will also be there.

A gatecrasher is dragged off the stage after photobombing the Abbott family on election night in Sydney.

A gatecrasher is dragged off the stage after photobombing the Abbott family on election night in Sydney. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Usual airport sagas notwithstanding:

 

It will be a family occasion.

Coalition leader Tony Abbott greets his father Dick Abbott at Coalition campaign launch in Brisbane on 25 August.

Coalition leader Tony Abbott greets his father Dick Abbott at Coalition campaign launch in Brisbane on 25 August. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

I'm willing to bet a blue tie will be Mr Abbott's choice for today's ceremony.

The blue tie that he will wear for the campaign launch is laid out for Coalition leader Tony Abbott as he goes through his speech in Brisbane on  25 August.

The blue tie that he will wear for the campaign launch is laid out for Coalition leader Tony Abbott as he goes through his speech in Brisbane on 25 August. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Although I did have a long chuckle over the sequence of pictures of Tony Abbott doing boot camp with soldiers at the Robertson Barracks in Darwin.

Coalition leader Tony Abbott does physical training with soldiers at the Robertson Barracks in Darwin on 23 August.

Coalition leader Tony Abbott does physical training with soldiers at the Robertson Barracks in Darwin on 23 August. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen are in position at Government House.

Until things start happening we thought we'd bring you some of their favourite pictures from the campaign (it seems so long ago doesn't it?).

For me there is no doubt that this is my favourite picture of the campaign. Come on down Joseph Kim!

 

Joseph Kim photobombs Labor leader Kevin Rudd at Ryde Uniting Church in Sydney on 7 August.

Joseph Kim photobombs Labor leader Kevin Rudd at Ryde Uniting Church in Sydney on 7 August. Photo: Andrew Meares

The Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, will swear in Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott at 10.20 am.

Ministers designate and parliamentary secretaries designate will be sworn in at 11 am.

Then there will be the usual family photos on the steps of Government House.

Mr Abbott says once the formalities are out of the way it will be straight down to work issuing orders to roll back the carbon price and cease granting permanent protection visas to asylum seekers found to be refugees who arrives by boat. Chief political correspondent Mark Kenny has more on "action day".

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott wheels his bicycle from his old office to his Prime Ministerial office at Parliament House on Monday.

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott wheels his bicycle from his old office to his Prime Ministerial office at Parliament House on Monday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Good morning. It's a pleasure to have your company as Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen and I cover the swearing in of the new ministry and the new Prime Minister. There are finger sandwiches, scones, best outfits, proud families and smiles galore for all the pomp and ceremony of the occasion.

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  • So who just got sworn in as PM, was it not Tony Abbot? You lefties are so rusted on that you cannot even concede defeat gracously can you? I suggest you get off the forums and book yourself into therapy to help get over yor loss ASAP

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    nickrivers
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    September 18, 2013, 4:28PM
  • All this campaigning by Albanese and Shorten, to become Oppisition leader, just who exactly will be paying for that?

    It would that the taxpayer will be paying for all the trip, campaigning and other costs of both candidates, now that the election is over. Given that this represents a radical departure from the manner in which party leaders have, in the past, typically been elected, is it fair for the taxpayer to have to pay for a further 30 days of active leadership campaigning? Undoubtedly, the ALP would say, yes. But, maybe not, others.

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    Grant
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    September 18, 2013, 4:28PM
  • Wlll Bill Shorten ever stop whinging? He helped in the destruction of the most incompetent group of people to ever hold office and his whinging continues.. perhaps he could go and sharpen some knives or analyser the reasons why the labor Government proved to be so dysfunctional.

    People in glass houses...

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    Short of knives
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    September 18, 2013, 4:14PM
  • Wouldn't the ALP, especially someone like Bill Shorten, be smart to keep his head down and mouth closed for the next few months ?

    Each time they have a crack at Abbott it reminds us all why the Coalition are now in government.

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    Hacka
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    September 18, 2013, 3:56PM
    • Nah, I'd argue that's there's never been a better time to hold Abbott to account. We need our new government to back up its 3 years of ranting with actual outcomes. Especially since all indications are that our worst fears about Abbott's neo-con, sexist agenda are being realised.

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      QED
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      September 18, 2013, 4:15PM
  • 3.38pm Whaddaya mean ? Who says the Chicken Dance isnt adult behaviour?

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    David D
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    September 18, 2013, 3:48PM
  • The Pulse @ 3:26pm:

    You're on the edge of your seat, Stephanie? Pity poor Clive. If he wins he'll have to make the commute to Canberra every sitiing week! That's not what billionaires aspire for. :D

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    Lewis
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 3:32PM
  • I'm hoping to see Rudd's picture with the speedos bloke on this blog for years to come!

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    Ash
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    September 18, 2013, 3:12PM
  • The picture at 2.51, remind anyone of Michalangelo's The Last Supper? My money is on the disciple on the very left to be the Iscariot.......

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    The Disciples are watching
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    September 18, 2013, 3:08PM
    • more like the Muppet Show - all those grumpy old men with no legs and one woman stealing the limelight..

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      David D
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      Ettalong Beach
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      September 18, 2013, 3:15PM
    • Be very careful my friend when looking at the Last Supper, all is not what it seems:

      From Leonardo’s Notebook:


      [9] Another [disciple] speaks into his
      neighbors ear and he, as he listens, he turns towards him to lend an ear.”
      The Gospel of John John’s head was resting on Jesus Simon Peter gestured to him [John] and said, “Ask him [Jesus ] of whom is He speaking.” He [John] , leaning back on Jesus said, “Lord, who is it [the traitor].”

      Where is Yeshua? not centre?

      Judas spills a salt cellar?

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      Pen of hrba
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      September 18, 2013, 3:43PM
  • Where is the full cabinet photo shot? Are we only going to see photos with Julie in them. I guess you want to make the most of having a female in the shot whilst she is still in Australia. I want to see all the people who will be responsible for the worst governing in history

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    harry
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    September 18, 2013, 3:08PM
    • Somehow I think you have your facts wrong. We all know who has been the worst government in history!

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      J.G.
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      September 18, 2013, 3:51PM
  • 2.53pm They arent Jelly Beans - just part of Stumbles Hockeys Build Your Own Abacus Kit

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    David D
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    Ettalong Beach
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    September 18, 2013, 3:08PM
  • wonder if Abbott will try & get rid of the Governor General if Bill Shorten becomes leader of opp after all the Governor General is his mother-in law

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    ava
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    September 18, 2013, 2:58PM
    • Is that big hole in the middle of the cabinet room table the "budget black hole" everybody talks about?

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      Lewis
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      September 18, 2013, 3:07PM
    • Her contract had already expired but got an extension till after the elections. A new GG will be on the cards shortly.

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      J.G.
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      September 18, 2013, 3:49PM
  • Keep whinging, ALP and Green tragics. Let's face it, it's ALL you have now for at least three years, but more probably 12.

    Just try to keep deluding yourself that the ALP was a "good" government, with no budget blowouts, secure border policies, a thriving economy with less than 5% unemployment, and most of all, a loyal and united caucus.

    The rest of us know otherwise.

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    Alternate View
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    September 18, 2013, 2:35PM
    • AV......Getting touchy and defensive already. Three years of Abbotism is all it will take for people to realize the grass wasn't greener on the other side of the fence. Suddenly we have a change of ends and you want to blow the whistle. Good luck defending the indefensible buddy.

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      Stop the boats......shoot the wales
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      September 18, 2013, 2:48PM
    • AV - What policies does the current govt have that will create the things you listed?
      And do you now thinkn that budget deficits are necessary to support the economy given the Libs plan to run them indefinitely?

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      Macca75
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      September 18, 2013, 2:52PM
  • What's the bet Clive Palmer is desperately hoping he DOESN'T win in Fairfax?

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    Lewis
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 2:32PM
  • 2.13pm Indi; liked reading between the lines in Sophie Mirabellas statement * I would like to thank all who voted Liberal in this campaign, and the last 4 elections..(and the rest of you rabble can....)

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    David D
    Location
    Ettalong Beach
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 2:28PM
    • " Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"-Shakespeare. Never mind, she can make the coffee and supply the tim tams in abbotts male dominated Cabinet room. Not many "women of calibre" in there, it would seem. ! LOL

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Mt Evelyn
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:36PM
    • ...she lost...will be outside on the steps with a hot dog stand...

      Commenter
      David D
      Location
      Ettalong Beach
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:42PM
  • Good work Tony Abbott. The loopie loonies have no shame.

    Commenter
    BJames
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:53PM
    • That's a bit unfair on the Nationals - after all Tony couldn't of formed govt without them!

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:13PM
  • Labor should respect this day and stay quiet for a change. The leaderless Labor do not need to tell everyone what they are doing, with the two contenders back into campaigning. Labor should really do this behind closed doors.

    Commenter
    Lita
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:31PM
    • Labor should show the same respect afforded to them. It's a bit late to rolling out the respect crapconsidering the last 3 years

      Commenter
      Pieron
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:58PM
    • I agree Pieron. The level of respect should be reciprocal. (What goes around comes around)

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:24PM
    • Respect is just so boring. Keep up the biff I say.

      Commenter
      Lewis
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:30PM
    • Pieron - your right. labor have shown the public and the electorate no respect over the last 3 years. Why would anyone expect them to change now?

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:37PM
  • What a move by Obama to send Abbott a gay Ambassador.

    Can we expect Mr Berry to meet PM Abbott on Lake Burley Griffin for morning exercise like Jeffrey Bleich has done in recent months?

    Commenter
    Hacka
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:26PM
    • Oh yes and will he invite his spouse over to dinner to discuss the bible and marriage. Maybe they could discuss their love of the environment and climate change. Do you think Obama was taking the p@#s when he made this appointment???

      Commenter
      Pieron
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:52PM
    • Abbott's sister is gay. I'm sure he's used to gay people.

      Commenter
      Lucas
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:42PM
  • There's talk of the super trawler's licence being reinstated.

    Some business acumen and common sense is returning to Canberra, replacing knee jerk green-inspired alarmism.

    Speaking of which, Tim Flannery must be a little nervous. Has Quigley left yet ?

    Commenter
    Hacka
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:18PM
    • You don't get out much obviously Hacka.

      Commenter
      I didn't have the CV to troll for the LNP
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:52PM
    • Yeah Hacka, great that Australian fishermen will lose jobs so that a foreign super-trawler can rape Australian waters. Good times!

      Commenter
      QED
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:58PM
    • Hiding in BillR's bunker from last reports I heard Hacka....

      Commenter
      Smack
      Location
      City of the Fallen
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:07PM
    • There was a time when I credited you with possession of common sense.

      Obviously it did not stretch to the extent: "As a result of recent problems, industry revenue within the Australian fishing industry has been forecast to contract by an annualised 6.3% over the five years through 2012-13, to total a value of $1.19 billion.

      The Australia fishing market has struggled to perform over the past five years due to the ongoing depletion of fish stocks.

      Additionally, wild catches of fish, crustaceans and molluscs have decreased over the past five years. Although depletion has played a significant role in reduced wild catches, attempts by the government to curb catches to sustainable levels has also affected catch volumes."

      So bring on the super trawler and forget fish and chips, right Hacka?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:29PM
    • Re: "Clive Palmer is ahead by three votes."

      Another three Queensland idiots no one knew about?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:31PM
    • Ciao, Mirrabella, ciao. Dropped before the carbon tax, how sweet?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:45PM
    • Smack - we don't seem to hear much from BillR these days.

      He fought valiantly to block the return of Rudd, then fought valiantly to keep Rudd in the Lodge, then he seems to have valiantly disappeared, since the Fairfax pay wall came in.

      Although i must admit, sometimes reading a couple of regular the journos .... ahem "contributions" .... i might agree with BillR on that one.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:50PM
  • Fair warning when swearing on the bible:

    "But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them... and he smote them with emerods (haemorrhoids)". (1 Sam. 5:6).

    Commenter
    Pen of hrba
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:16PM
    • Best treatment of that Pen is regular warm baths, and a good brand of soft paper.

      See your doctor is symptoms persist.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:40PM
    • SteveH

      I'm good in that department. I was wondering about how one goes riding a bike?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:47PM
    • Think very big, very comfortable seats Pen.....much like many of the LNP seat margins....

      Commenter
      Smack
      Location
      City of the Fallen
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:00PM
  • There are more women in Tony Abbott's family than there are female ministers.

    Commenter
    Peter A
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:14PM
  • Let's hope Greg Hunt now follows through with his promise to send customs vessels to Antartica for the coming showdown with Japanese "researchers" killing whales in OUR waters

    Commenter
    Janie1
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:07PM
    • We've only got one Customs vessel capable of that kind of voyage, others might get there but they wouldn't get back

      Maybe we could ask the Japs to refuel them for us.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:22PM
    • We've only got one Customs vessel capable of that kind of voyage, others might get there but they wouldn't get back

      Maybe we could ask the Japs to refuel them for us.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:22PM
  • I've got a serious question.

    What is the role of parliament in selecting/electing the Prime Minister? I thought that the House of Rep's needed to sit and elect the PM.

    Commenter
    Tony B
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:06PM
    • TonyB. Not quite. The Prime Minister is not a role actually recognised in the Constitution. It is actually the most senior minister to the head of state, in this case the Governor-General representing the Queen.

      Therefore the decision to appoint a Prime Minister is technically in the gift of the GG. In reality, the GG will appoint the person that she believes is most likely to command a majority in the House of Reps and therefore can pass legislation and initiate money bills.

      We all know, from the election results, that this will be confirmed when the Parliament eventually sits.

      In 2010, the GG waited until all the Independents declared who they would support before renewing Julia Gillard's appointment. Once Katter, Oakeshott and Windsor had declared their positions, the GG had good reason to think that only Julia Gillard would have the confidence of the House - and so it transpired when the House met.

      That is why Abbott was so outrageously dishonest in suggesting that Gillard's appointment was somehow legally illegitimate. It was not - he knew that - but he still used the claim to inspire the ignorant haters to believe that the will of the electorate had not been given effect.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:23PM
    • Excellent JB. Thank you very much.

      Commenter
      Tony B
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:16PM
  • "Turn back boats policy doomed: former ADF chief"

    Now back to the real world - and real problems. When will Tony try to turn the first boat back? What will happen? Will we see ADF personnel injured or die?

    Perhaps if this happens they could sack a general or two.

    Commenter
    JB
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:05PM
    • Jeeze sounds like you're waiting for the world to end JB, wasn't that suppose to happen last Sunday.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:27PM
    • SteveH...Best stick to Pericles Steve. Your own prose leaves a lot to be desired.

      Commenter
      Mr Whiskers
      Location
      (s)trolling on the coast
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:23PM
    • You probably wont hear about it. Abbott will do it quietly without a big fuss to embarress Indonesia. That is the way diplomacy is handled. labor did it all thru a megaphone which is why indonesia are so suspicious of Australia. Its going to take a lot of work to repair that damaged relationship.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:42PM
    • Denny......Foreign policy does not seem to be your strong suit. May I suggest banking or financial planning.

      Commenter
      And you want to be my Financial Planner
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:54PM
    • Ah yes Pericles, that was a while ago,
      I didn't think anyone would get that gag.

      I hope you did Mr. Whiskers.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:52PM
    • Yet this is how Downer did it successfully last time the coalition were in office. Funny how we forget how good the Howard government were. Thankfully Abbott is back to remind us.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 4:00PM
  • We have a wonderful new US Ambassador! It's fantastic that Ambassador Berry and his partner Curtis Yee care so much about climate change, wildlife and science!

    I hope PM Abbott learns a few things from Ambassador Berry.

    Commenter
    Sharron
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:05PM
    • ...would love to be a fly on the wall at a dinner party with Cory Bernardi, Greg Hunt and Scott Morrison in attendance...

      Commenter
      David D
      Location
      Ettalong Beach
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:11PM
    • After staying in Australia i hope he can go back to America and convince president obama to introduce a economy wide carbon tax of $ 23 a ton and save the world
      After all america is one of the top 3 polluters in the world.

      Commenter
      $keptic
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:26PM
    • $keptic

      Any reason as to why you are using my nic?

      Commenter
      $keptic
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:55PM
  • So working women with families are 'marginalised?'

    Commenter
    Janie1
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 1:04PM
  • Never mind luvvies, they reckon the first 10 years of any stretch is the hardest,
    after that its all gravy.

    Commenter
    SteveH.
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:57PM
  • Congratulations to Tony Abbott and all of his backbenchers. I do not know what he will be like as Prime Minister but I like the fact that because he has a big majority we are likely to have stability and consistency during at least this first term. We should all be so grateful for the democratic system under which we live. ALP supporters feel bad at the moment. LNP supporters have felt bad for the past six years. We should all remember that "this too shall pass" In the meantime I think the LNP government will do an okay job. Australia has only first world problems and only rarely experiences a nightmare. Long may it stay that way. Our country is safe and free; let us be happy.

    Commenter
    narnie
    Location
    elsternwick
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:55PM
    • You obviously live in fairyland under the moon where climate change is ignored too.

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:20PM
    • Nice sentiments Narnie. In times past I have accepted that view. Change of government can be a good thing - and the electorate may have done Labor a favour, much as it pains me to say that.

      But Tony Abbott has been the most nasty, negative, nihilistic opposition leader in my lifetime. His position on every issue was never to ask what is good for Australia, but what is good for his pursuit of power. His refusal to give the Malaysian People swap deal a chance will always stand for me as the most dishonourable and disreputable thing an Opposition leader has done. And to call a press conference virtually celebrating every asylum seeker death on Labor's watch only compounded the villainy.

      He cannot behave so viciously and mendaciously in Opposition and expect that people like me will let him happily throw the sweetness and light switch once he gets what he wants.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:30PM
  • Geez I wish that the hand-wringers here would bugger off and do something useful, like volunteer at a local charity. It's pathetic that these people can only feel virtuous by living vicariously through their favourite left-wing government.

    Commenter
    Tony the Bastard
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:51PM
    • Yeah, it is not like they have anything positive to say is it Tony. Just whinge, whinge, whinge ... moan,moan,moan. Man do I hate whiners - I mean they just whinge and moan - Did I tell you that all they do is whinge? .. and moan. When was the last time you heard one of them say or do something positive - eh. No just bang on and on whine and moan all day long .... when will it end.

      Commenter
      middleway
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:39PM
    • I hear you boys. What, we've just had 6 years of it from LNP voters and that was when the economy was world class and we had a PM with vision. God knows how bad the whinging and whining will be for at least the next 3 years with a loser in power....?

      Commenter
      Rupert A Liar
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:58PM
  • 12.44pm did somebody just goose Barners?

    Commenter
    David D
    Location
    Ettalong Beach
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:51PM
  • Why isn't Julie Bishop wearing a blue tie?

    Commenter
    Pen of hrba
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:50PM
  • A very confident team.

    Now Australia and it's people can move forward.

    For all the people who sit and do nothing but type criticism. May I suggest you go and get a job!

    Commenter
    4Ken
    Location
    Auburn
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:48PM
    • But isn't that just what the newly elected government have been doing for six years? Why are the opposition now suddenly expected to be 'encouraging and supportive' of government policy? Abbott and his team has set the tone. Negativity apparently worked for them. Why should the ALP be expected to act any differently? (By the way I do have a job. It is not just coalition supporters who work!)

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:48PM
    • I know you have a job. At Trades Hall!

      Commenter
      4Ken
      Location
      Auburn
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:58PM
  • Crikey. Thank goodness Barnaby isn't the Deputy Prime Minister. It just goes to show, you can't take an accountant anywhere!

    Commenter
    Sharron
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:48PM
  • It has been reported by the Canberra Times that three Departmental Heads have been sacked, including Andrew Metcalfe.

    Andrew Metcalfe was the architect of Howard's Pacific solution covering the period when he was Ruddock's Chief of Staff, Deputy Secretary of Immigration and Deputy Secretary in the PM's Department.

    Metcalfe also told Abbott that reopening Nauru would not work again and designed the Malaysian People Swap, which Abbott opposed because it could have worked and then the boats might have stopped on Labor's watch (and asylum seekers might not have died subsequently).

    Now what this shows is that no matter how much service you provide the Liberals, they will always treat you badly if you cross them in the end. Metcalfe was absolutely right. He said Nauru would not work again - and it didn't!

    Moral of the story is don't tell Tony what he does not want to hear, even if it is the truth, if you want to keep your job.

    Commenter
    JB
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:41PM
    • Metcalfe had a falling out with Amanda Vandstone a few years back... please check your facts. You could even google it??. The writing was on the wall for him to be given the 'shove'.

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:49PM
    • I should add that in sacking only THREE Departmental Heads, Abbott has shown he is only half the man John Howard was. Howard sacked SIX!

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:53PM
    • As someone who has worked under Metcalfe, I am disappointed to see him go. His department is losing a very capable and personable leader. Good luck to him in whatever he chooses to do outside of the PS.

      Commenter
      cat
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:54PM
    • At least Andrew Metcalfe won't have to be party to the militarisation of the asylum seeker issue. Can't wait for the first naval commander to refuse to turn back a boat.

      Commenter
      CPS
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:06PM
    • Destructobot, what on earth are you talking about re Vanstone? She was the one who got parachuted by Howard in the cushy ambassadorial post in Rome to get rid of her. Metcalfe remained in Immigration.

      Falling foul of Vanstone would be a plus mark, even in the Liberal Party.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:13PM
    • Like the budget "emergency", the boat issue has been downgraded already.
      That's three policies on which Abbott has fallen short.
      He promised us a 3 star general to deal with the boats but has only delivered a 2 star.
      He has circumcised NBN but cutting off the bit at the end.
      He will only spend X amount money on Emissions and if that doesn't meet the target then he downgrades the target.

      Commenter
      Doug
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:59PM
  • I wonder if Murdochs puppet will now be the Independents best mate to get his bills through?

    Commenter
    Steeden
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:40PM
    • Like Darling Jools you mean eh Steeden?

      Commenter
      Smack
      Location
      City of the Fallen
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:18PM
  • Would have been more entertaining if they were all wearing lycra. (Just to match the new 'tone'.

    Commenter
    meganjj
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:38PM
    • Too much information and visualisation.
      Definetly is spot the woman though. It's not where's Wally, it's where's the proverbial "Wendy".

      Commenter
      A country gal
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:49PM
  • I hope John Howard becomes the next GG.

    Commenter
    Sharron
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:36PM
    • That would definitely hurry along the debate on the republic

      Commenter
      David D
      Location
      Ettalong Beach
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:40PM
    • I'm pretty sure this site couldn't cope with all the hyperventilating that would bring.

      Commenter
      brian
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:45PM
    • brian, I don't think Janette could cope with all the hyperventilating that would bring!

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:07PM
  • Re: “Departmental heads have been sacked… Blair Comley (the former head of the Department of Climate Change).”

    Now ask why Murdoch an American billionaire publisher wished to spend millions on seeing Abbott elected? What was in it for Murdoch? Answer scrapping the carbon price/ETS. Why? Dear Rupert has millions invested in a company called Genie Oil and Gas a subsidiary of Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE), which has invested heavily in affordable technologies to produce transport fuels from kerogen-based shale oil.

    However the carbon price/ETS makes oil extraction from shale rock less profitable if at all. Though Abbott’s farcical climate change policy actually pays people like Murdoch to extract oil from shale providing the process proves to reduce the carbon footprint. However, the process is usually a very dirty one in terms of carbon pollution, Murdoch claims:

    “Climate change very slow but real. So far all cures worse than disease. Shale gas huge breakthrough for US. Half carbon of coal and oil” (R. Murdoch, July 2012).

    Estimates are of six basins in Australia stretching from coastal Queensland to W.A.’s far northwest contain recoverable shale resources of as much as 17.5 billion barrels of oil and 437 trillion cubic feet of gas?

    Science dictates that “compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon and is comparable when compared over 100 years," (Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and environmental biology, Cornell University).

    Howarths study follows a US EPA report of the first significant update by the agency on natural gas emission factors since 1996, and concludes “that emissions – particularly for shale gas – are larger than previously believed.”

    Now do you understand why Comley had to go for dear Rupert’ sake?

    Commenter
    Pen of hrba
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:35PM
    • But Mr Abbott said this would be a "government of values, not ideology".

      I find it interesting that Rudd sacked no-one in 2007, even Jane whats-her-name who had been moved from her "children overboard" lies job to Health was allowed to stay on.

      Yet Howard sacked 6 and Abbott 3, and remember Metcalfe was in DIMIA as it then was during Howard years.

      Don't tell me the Left is the home of vindictive ideologues and the Right are the pragmatists. The actions are drowning out the words.

      Commenter
      Doug
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:46PM
    • Pen, you've got the cut and paste down to an art.
      But just so that you know, the climate has been changing since the dawn of time.
      What makes you think you can stop it changing now?

      Commenter
      Greener than
      Location
      a frog
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:49PM
    • Greenerhan

      Time existed for billions of years before the earth was created by a supernova event some 4 billion years ago.

      Ten thousand years ago the world human population was about 5 million, 400 years ago 500 million, today there are 7 billion. Go and figure?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:29PM
    • But everyone has already told me Murdoch's support was because of Foxtel. More conspiracy theories than McCarthy. I have to keep checking each night to make sure Murdoch is not hiding under my bed!

      Commenter
      dcs
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:52PM
  • 12.25pm. Are all these departmental heads still connected to departmental bodies? Is that the sound of braying and knitting I hear?

    Commenter
    David D
    Location
    Ettalong Beach
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:32PM
  • Andrew Metcalfe is head of DAFF not Immigation - clarification?

    Commenter
    Alex
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:30PM
  • Greg Hunt's daughter is so cute.

    Commenter
    Sharron
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:28PM
    • Yes, its a shame that when she grows up she is going to have to live in world where catastrophic climate events will become the norm because of her father's decision to put his political career ahead of his principles.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:43PM
    • Yes quite true.

      Commenter
      Sharron
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:50PM
    • Oh Shar(r)on. The bigger travesty is young children in this country will be bled dry over the next few decades paying back the $300 billion in debt the Labor Party racked up in the blink of an eye.

      With there being no significant warming for fifteen years but an explosion in government debt in less than six, I know what most rational people would be concerned about.

      Commenter
      Nulla
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:07PM
    • Nulla - I would have thought that rational people would firstly not get caught up and perpetuate myths about how long it will take to pay back the national debt. Both sides have plans to pay it off well within a decade. Meanwhile the interest burden each year is 4 or so billion. To put that in perspective, obesity is estimated to cost us $126 billion a year. A rational person might also pay some attention to the scientific community's warning on global warming.

      Commenter
      QED
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:30PM
    • JB - do you mean like Tim Flannery's prediction that it would never rain again and even if it does it will never fill our dams? That was pretty spot on eh?

      Just think how hot it would be today if we did not have a carbon tax for the last year. Given the planet hasnt warmed since 1997, it might just be a smigin colder than 1997 but it might be a tiny bit hotter. One thing for sure, given the increase in CO2 levels have increased expodentially since 1997 there must be a question as to its effect on the cooling planet.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:51PM
  • Greg Hunt, now there's an oxymoron being sworn in as Environment Minister. One Ministery I thought they wouldn't bother with.
    Should be cushy.

    Commenter
    A country gal
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:28PM
    • Grow up country gal, the campaign is finished. All one has to do now is observe what the new government will do to the best interest of this country. Any criticism should be put on hold and let the Prime Minister Tony Abbott do his job.

      Commenter
      Lita
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:12PM
    • Lita

      CSIRO scientists informed Abbott that his tree planting climate change policy is fairy land under the moon, short of a few New Testament miracles it won’t work for 100 years and it’s funding is $4 billion short.

      Have you any comment on reality?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:44PM
    • Ah Lita. I presume you mean just like TA did whilst in opposition. Why do you expect the ALP to act any differently than the Coalition did in opposition?

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:20PM
    • Pen - the world hasnt warmed since 1997, any comment on that?

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:55PM
    • Denny

      Yes, you have been watching too much Bolt report idiocy.

      "Variations in global-average temperature over the past century can be measured in the near-surface air, the lowest 10 km of the atmosphere (the troposphere) and in the ocean.

      All measurements indicate a long-term warming.

      The surface of the Earth has warmed by about 0.74 ˚C since the start of the twentieth century.

      This long-term warming trend is overlaid on short-term fluctuations due to such factors as El Niño and La Niña.

      Data over the past decade provide little insight into long-term trends; the period is simply too short.

      Nevertheless, the past decade has been the warmest in the instrumental record.

      Sea surface temperatures and ocean heat content for the upper 300m and 700m of the ocean show long-term warming.

      Global average sea level has risen by 17cm during the 20th century."

      Sea level rise is due to temperature rise as water expands with increased temperature. The UN report of 840 climate change scientists conclude that sea rise will be almost one metre in 87 years time.

      Don't let your kids buy a home on the coast? Oops didn't Bolt tell you this?

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:28PM
    • Pen - both the IPCC and the NIPCC agree that the earth hasnt warmed for at least 15 years. Former warmist Professor Dr Fritz Vahrenholt, former Deputy Environmental Minister for Hamburg agrees Roy Spencer, U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite, says the global warming faith is on the brink of collapse as temperatures fail to rise.

      So Pen are you smarter than the IPCC, the NIPCC, Roy Spencer and Fritz Vahrenholt or are you just parrotting something you read?

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:57PM
  • Please tell me Kev's ticket is one-way!

    Commenter
    beasleyst
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:26PM
  • have the boats stopped yet?

    Commenter
    insomniac
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:23PM
    • None have arrived since Prime Minister TA was sworn in less than an hour ago! that is 100% margin!

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:25PM
    • The boats are all undergoing pre-purchase inspections...

      Commenter
      David D
      Location
      Ettalong Beach
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:35PM
    • Well, you won't know because Tony does not believe boat arrivals should be reported.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:45PM
  • Very suprised there are so many comments on this forum already. I would have thought most of The Age's readers would have been busy packing their belongings for their move to a different country. After all, isn't that what they said they'd do if TA became PM?

    Commenter
    Canuck In Oz
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:23PM
    • It might well be beyond Abbott to make this a worse country than most of the others that did suffer the GFC.

      Only the dunderheads who believed Abbott's lies and voted for him thought that we were badly off.

      It would take at least 10 years of Abbott and his backers to drag us down to where we would want to leave.

      Meanwhile we stay here and fight the good fight to stop Abbott's return to the white picket fence and the 1950s (when so many Australians did leave the cultural and moral desert that was Australia) so that Australia can remain the best country in the world.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:33PM
    • JB: "It would take at least 10 years of Abbott and his backers to drag us down to where we would want to leave"...no, the comments I read on the Age & on social media indicated a mass evacuation from this fair country the minute Mr. Abbott took the reins. Guess the mass majority of those people are simply hypocrites, would you not agree?

      Also, calling 53% of Australians "dunderheads", to me, shows that you're not a fan of democracy - unless your guys win, of course.

      You go ahead & fight your good fight, but it'll be interesting for you to do it on the losing side.

      Commenter
      Canuck In Oz
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:55PM
    • I am not going anywhere! Its going to be hilarious. (Am particularly looking forward to watching the new H of R Speaker in action.)

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:58PM
  • Wheres J. Fraser, has he left for NZ already?

    Commenter
    SteveH.
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:18PM
    • Bill Shorten by 10 seats. You mark my words.

      Commenter
      Louis Cypher
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:29PM
    • Comley's sacking seems a bit harsh. A good ex-Treasury bloke, young for a Secretary.

      Immigration Secretary would have known what was coming.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:31PM
    • Hacka - he wasn't the Immigration Secretary, he was the Agriculture Secretary.

      He was the former Immigration secretary (and former Chief of Staff to Philip Ruddock) who told Abbott the truth that Nauru would not work - and it didn't - and Abbott could not abide that.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:48PM
  • What are all you liebrals doing here?.Shouldnt you all be out planting those billion trees and hiding pollution under magic dirt.?

    Commenter
    Archer
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:04PM
    • It is called 'multi-tasking' something the Labor Govt couldn't do.

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:13PM
    • Destructobot

      CSIRO scientists informed Abbott that his tree planting climate change policy is fairy land under the moon, short of a few New Testament miracles it won’t work for 100 years and then it’s funding is $4 billion short.

      Multi-tasking in stupidities.

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:45PM
  • No mention of a Minister for Science. You know, the future, rational thought, testing and analysis, peer review, being smart and all that.

    Commenter
    Floong
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:00PM
    • Science gave us the Carbon Tax... look where that got us? Science just disproved the big bang theory... Science needs to have a break.

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:15PM
    • Science did not disprove the Big Bang Theory. A scientist has suggested an alternative hypothesis. Science thrives on uncertainty.

      As far as science is concerned, there is a possibility that gravity does not exist and the world is flat - and that Tony Abbott will be a good Prime Minister.

      All of these possibilities of course have an infinitesimal likelihood given all existing evidence.

      If you understood science you would not have made such a silly assertion.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:29PM
    • @destructobot You break science, you break your brain. Good luck anyone without one.

      Commenter
      Floong
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:30PM
  • Re Frydenberg using Cowan's Bible - interesting to learn that people of one religion, Jewish in both cases here, can use the holy book of another religion for this purpose. For legal purposes such as this, can a Christian use a Koran, I wonder, or a Muslim use the Bible?

    I'm not criticising the choice - he can use "Lazarus Rising" as far as I am concerned. I'm just curious.

    Commenter
    Doug
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 12:00PM
    • Really should be able to swear an oath on Gandalf with your hand on Lord of the Rings if the rest are acceptable

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:04PM
    • What the Christians quaintly call the Old Testament is actually the Jewish Bible. it was stolen by the Christians, which started out as a sect of Judaism in order to justify what it wanted to do (stone homosexuals) and ignore what it did not like (circumcision).

      The fact that you are unaware of this - that Zelman Cowan's Bible is the Jewish Bible as much as the Koran is Islamic is truly scary.

      Commenter
      Censored
      Location
      Formerly known as TPOF
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:20PM
    • Doug, I think you'll find that one of the holy books of Judaism IS the Bible, well, specifically the Old Testament (in Christian parlance) - ie it's decidedly not 'the holy book of another religion', quite the opposite really.
      I appreciate you're not criticising, and apologies if I've misunderstood your remark

      Commenter
      crommelin
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:29PM
  • What are the odds on the next GG not being a bloke?

    Very, very long.

    Commenter
    Redsaunas
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:59AM
    • Bronnie for GG !

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:01PM
    • I hear Eva Cox is in with a chance.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:01PM
    • What are the odds the next GG will be John Howard?

      Commenter
      Lewis
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:02PM
    • Is Pell allowed to be both a Cardinal and GG as well???????

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:08PM
  • This is the best day Australia has seen in the last 6 years!

    Commenter
    In a blue tie
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:59AM
    • Enjoy your day Pal, Armageddon is Nigh..an`dah..so sayeth thy Wacky Prophet of Doom.

      Commenter
      Geronimo
      Location
      Yippee Yi Yo
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:33PM
    • Said the blind man to the deaf dog.

      Commenter
      Pen of hrba
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:37PM
    • well said In a blue tie!

      Commenter
      jlm711
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:37PM
    • This is the best day US citizen Murdoch has seen in 6 years. For the rest of us, it is the start of the slippery slope. Fortunately the Senate is there to show how incompetent Abbott can be in managing those who he cannot control.

      Commenter
      JB
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:52PM
    • Yay! The swearing of Tony Abbott as Australia's Prime Minister makes one emotional. After 6years of feeling sadness and disruption to our lives, both past PMs are gone for good. A new beginning that will bring out country back to normalcy, back to sanity and calmness. Yay!

      Commenter
      Lita
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:23PM
  • 7 boats not turned back,unemployment at a 4 year high,scrapping climate change policy,spending billions on buying people smugglers boats,giving out free $75 grand for popping out a kid to get that new BMW..And all this in only a few days...not a good start!!

    Commenter
    Steeden
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:57AM
    • The Left is really doubling-down on stupid. Fantastic to see. Hopefully this will see Abbott be PM for as long as Menzies.

      Commenter
      Nulla
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:03PM
    • 7 Boats turned back in the last hour??? Really? Oh you mean the last 10 days when the Govt was still in care taker and Rudd was still the PM??? Mate I think you need to read a little better.

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:06PM
  • 1084 days and Dr No will be voted out, count the days before his damage is repaired, foreign aid, the ETS and the NBN can all be readily re-instated, albeit at a great cost thanks to Abbott. Day 1 and his government is already the worst in our history. 1084 and counting...........

    Commenter
    FrankM
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:53AM
    • Frank,that Dr no bit is about the level of the labor cheer squad,Mr Abbott has been PM for 30 mins ,get back to us in 2 years .

      Commenter
      justone
      Location
      oz
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:03PM
    • Seriously how twisted are some people ... Where are your facts to back up this dribble ?? Australia is now in a great position with Abbott as PM. We should have a stable govt over the next 3 years that will deliver business confidence (has already begun), lower unemployment, no unfunded policies like the NDIS and Gonski !! He will undo those policies which are seriously killing our economy and get us back on track like Howard did !! We will be a western economy to be jealous of !!

      Commenter
      Happy Steeler
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:25PM
  • At least Labor gave Quentin Bryce plenty of practice at swearing in PM's.

    As they say practice makes perfect.

    Commenter
    SteveH.
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:53AM
  • A sad day for Australia and yet another slump back into the past. We often thought the previous government was bad, but there is surely far worse to come. Buckle up people because misery and embarrassment lie ahead. If there are any young folk out there who wish to get a glimpse of what life was like in the bleak 'righter-than-white' Australia of the 1950s and 1960s, the next few years will provide ample opportunity to do so.

    Commenter
    Charlie Lima
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:48AM
    • Yes, I bet Julia is watching this at home in Altona, with a glum face

      "I could have been a contender, I could have had class".

      Pity the fix was in.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:57AM
    • I can hardly wait.

      Commenter
      The Tory
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:20PM
  • Abbott sworn in. Please turn your clocks back to 1950.

    Commenter
    James
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:35AM
    • And so the weeping & the gnashing of the teeth begins.

      Commenter
      Lewis
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:51AM
    • 1950... weird comment. Is this another 'not enough women' comment? I will assume that it is and say again... Positions are Merit based (in the case of the Nationals preference). People need to earn their place in Parliament. This is not the line to Centrellink!

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:52AM
    • Yes, another decade of Fraser or Howard like stagnation has begun, see you in 2023zzzzzzz

      Commenter
      FrankM
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:54AM
  • 11.29am Elgin (McDonald)- werent they lost or stolen marbles?..can we bestow this second name on the whole front bench?..

    Commenter
    David D
    Location
    Ettalong Beach
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:35AM
    • LOL

      Commenter
      A country gal
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:06PM
  • and still Labor doen't get it. Albanese said yesterday that he wanted to make sure TA was only a one term PM. Any visions for the country guys? Crikey they just got flogged after 4 years of trying to smear TA and they still think they're on a winner. Opposition for 4 terms me thinks

    Commenter
    Brettie
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:33AM
    • labor got flogged? show me the facts. Smear tony? omg..what a breathtaking assertion

      Commenter
      harry
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:51AM
    • Harry I think a 30 seat majority from Opposition is a flogging anyone's language.

      Commenter
      BBA
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:22PM
    • Harry - its worse than 30 seats, its 35 seats. over 12% of voters put the coalition ahead of labor. That's 1.5million more votes. I bet you think the LNP just scrapped home in the last Queensland election too.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:15PM
  • The sun is shining brighter today as the universe salutes the fact that this government will correct the sum of all mistakes made by the entire human race

    Commenter
    meneka
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:29AM
    • no just labors

      Commenter
      justone
      Location
      oz
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:48AM
  • KRudd continues to tweet about his plans - we haven't seen the last of him.

    Commenter
    Molly
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:27AM
    • Doesn't bode well for a new Labor leader does it?

      Commenter
      Lewis
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:31AM
    • Puppet in a box that one.

      Commenter
      Sarah of Carnegie
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:36AM
    • Nuclear disarmament?? Is this a new project for Rudd?

      Commenter
      molly
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:50PM
  • During the campaign (all three years worth) Abbott likened toppling the government to climbing Everest.

    Which means right now he's at the summit. How long can he stay there, or is there only one way off it ?

    Commenter
    Hacka
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:25AM
    • GIven he campaigned largely on the terrors of "debt and deficit" and he plans to have deficits for at least the next 3 years I would say he could be in trouble,

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:29AM
    • with labour currently buried under a avalanche there is no immediate threat for about 6 years.

      Commenter
      Duffman... ohh yeah
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:34AM
    • This indicates to me that he should now try Everest; come on Tony, I know you can do it! I'm surprised you haven't done so already.

      Commenter
      Passionfruit
      Location
      Sydneu
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:37AM
    • Macca75 - the terror of the prospect of another three years of Labor was probably all he needed.

      Passionfruit - you wish !

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:46AM
    • Only one way off, Hacka. Notwithstanding Macca's doubts, they'll certainly get 2 terms, probably 3. After that, unless they really really renew, they'll get blown off the mountain top. Then the cycle starts again.

      Commenter
      Lewis
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:49AM
    • Hacka - Getting voted in becasue people didn't want the other thing more doesn't bode well for future success, especially when the biggest thing you campaigned on, ending debt and deficits you now have no plan to end.

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:50AM
    • Macca - your point is fair but then every outgoing government since Menzies has been voted out rather than the opposition voted in.

      Comes down to what sort of job the new mob can do. My confidence levels on the performance of an Abbott government are somewhat more optimistic than yours, and those suggesting that daylight saving has come early and the clocks should be wound back.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:59AM
    • Hacka - On what is your optimisim based - certainly not policies announced.

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:05PM
    • Maturity, competence, fiscal common sense and an outward focus Macca.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:14PM
    • Fiscal common sense Hacka - So removing welfare from low income people to increase welfare to high income people and run pretty much the exact same surplus/deficit strategy as the ALP is somehow much improved fiscal common sense - come on Hacka faith should be left to religion.

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:24PM
  • thank god - finally we have a proper government

    Commenter
    steve
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:22AM
    • Which plans to do what exactly?

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:35AM
    • Where? In what country?..... thanks God he has no mandate in the senate either now or in July, we collectively neutered him at the ballot box! :)

      Commenter
      FrankM
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:56AM
  • I wonder if Sophie Mirabella is holding her own swearing ceremony....

    Commenter
    David D
    Location
    Ettalong Beach
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:22AM
    • The people of Indi might be swearing today with the realisation they've elected a false-flag operation conducted by the ALP and the Greens.

      Commenter
      Nulla
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:29AM
    • Cheap shot ,and the 20 or so labor loses will be doing what? To quote another post,"Free at last."

      Commenter
      justone
      Location
      oz
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:46AM
    • Justone - those people are probably working towards the next election; what do you think the chances of Sophie EVER being preselected again?

      Commenter
      David D
      Location
      Ettalong Beach
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:51AM
    • And I wonder if Anthony has had time to send his commiserations. Bit busy today with "Action Day" and all.
      Might even call for his favourite a lite shandy.

      Commenter
      A country gal
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:58AM
  • All I can say is:

    "Thank G-D almighty, WE ARE FREE AT LAST!

    Free of the socialist rabble that was sending our country into penury and bankruptcy.

    Free after six disastrous years of chaos, instability, confusion, ineptitude, waste and mismanagement.

    Free of Rudd, Albanese, Plibersek, Carr, Gillard, Swan and all the rest of the arrogant, self serving Labor incompetents who can now contemplate many yrs in the political wilderness, thank the lawd!

    Tony Abbott: the saviour of our country, boy do we need it now!

    Commenter
    Idler
    Location
    Randwick
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:22AM
    • How amusing - always like good satire.

      Commenter
      Passionfruit
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:39AM
    • Have you been in an alternative universe for the past six years? Labor internally were a mess at times, but the country and economy are in a great condition.

      Commenter
      Joe Public
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:39AM
    • +1

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:41AM
    • Saviour? Jeepers, what did you have for breakfast? Too much sugar on the puffed corn.

      Commenter
      A country gal
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:53AM
  • Peter Reith last night - *there will be ministers leave, and plenty of opportunity to put forward (wimmens) - what does he know that we dont? And any bets on who will be first to fall on their sword?

    Commenter
    David D
    Location
    Ettalong Beach
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:12AM
    • Positions are based on merit, Not enough women? Yes it is not a good look, but the women up the top of this party have not proven they can lead. get over it you labor hack.

      Commenter
      DestructoBot
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:38AM
    • Yeah because all the blokes in the ministry at top shelf!!

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:43AM
    • Destructabot - I live in the country - please mace that Labor hick, not hack. thank you

      Commenter
      David D
      Location
      Ettalong Beach
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:46AM
  • So Abbott is now officially PM - what now?
    No surplus on the horizon, a PPL scheme not even his party supports, a climate change policy that everyone knows won't work and will waste billions and more welfare for the rich paid for by the poor - what could possibly go wrong?

    Commenter
    Macca75
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:11AM
    • Eat your heart out Macca!!!

      Commenter
      Ruddless
      Location
      at last
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:23AM
    • Enjoy it while is lasts ruddless, with policies like these it won't be too long.

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:31AM
    • No surplus on the horizon? Are you serious? Australia's debt is $462bn over the forward estimates and currently stands at $300bn. I'd say there would be no surplus forthe first budget and a small one in the second, just like in the Howard/Costello years. Of course, if we can keep the government in long enough we will actually pay the debt off, just like last time and whilst infrastructure development takes off, the unemployment rate falls again and we get the occasional tax cut to boot. Add to this the abolition of the carbon tax and mining supertax.

      Commenter
      Watchdog
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:34AM
    • And you conviniently forget the unions who want abbotts PPL scheme over Aus election Losers partys (ALP)minimum wage PPL.
      "Solidarity forever" to you too Macca

      Commenter
      Joke
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:38AM
    • Watchdog - I am just going on Abbotts own words - "By the end of our term we will be on the way to a believable surplus" - so no surplus for this term, unless he dramatically changes his mind yet again.

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:47AM
    • a hell of a lot less than under Labour fools

      Commenter
      KevinDudd
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:47AM
  • Those noisy women knocking on the doors should quieten down so we can hear what is happening!

    Commenter
    greeny
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:08AM
  • And more symbolism, Lou Lou is wearing black.

    Commenter
    A country gal
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:05AM
  • Funny how there is so much anti-abbott stuff but the majority of Australians voted for him - must be those few that didn't that have such loud voices.

    Commenter
    KevinDudd
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 11:04AM
    • What exactly was that majority?

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:21AM
    • Sufficient to make him PM. That's all that's needed. AEC 90 seats to 55 by last look. Not comfortable with losing, are we?.

      Commenter
      The Oracle
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:28AM
    • I'm comfortable losing, just don't like people pretending the voerwhelming majority of Australians voted for Abbott when even on a 2PP vote it probably only 53%

      Commenter
      Macca75
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:45AM
    • Macca76 - 1.5 million more people voted for the Coalition then they did labor. Labor primary vote was the lowest in 100 years. In any language this is a hiding. A flogging. Face up to it pal because it aint going to change anytime soon. Abbott will probably get voted out like Howard but only after 11 glorious years.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:31PM
  • GO CATHY! Congratulations to the good people of INDI.
    What a jubilant day!

    Commenter
    A country gal
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:59AM
    • Totally agree. That is one person I hope we never see the likes of again in public office.

      Commenter
      Lewis
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:12AM
    • That result halved the number of Women in the Governments cabinet. Not a good thing I would say. I don't know why people are celebrating that

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:10PM
    • Why jubilation? She will be completely irrelevant.

      Commenter
      The Tory
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:23PM
  • It's a day to celebrate the return of good governance.

    Commenter
    KevinDudd
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:56AM
    • Hahaha -- oh ,so funny.Hilarious And the tooth fairies comin g to sing jingle bells to Santa too.

      Commenter
      Lane
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:09AM
    • I see that Rudd the clown cannot help himself. Still sneaking around in the background with his silly twits. A sign of things to come no doubt.

      Commenter
      Rudless
      Location
      at last
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:11AM
    • You must have missed the beit about Abbott and the L/NP being sworn in. If you exepct good governance from this lot you haven't been paying attention for the last three years.

      Commenter
      Dave
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:13AM
  • Congratulations Tony Abbott. The clear majority of Australians voted for you and are wrapped the LNP are back in power. Ignore the noise from the loud minority left, all they will be able to do is vent in forums such as this, thats all they have, poor little petals

    Commenter
    nickrivers
    Location
    melbourne
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:52AM
    • @nickrivers the clear majority? I suggest you check the link petal because once again you are wrong. Last count has primary vote labor at 4,061,639 and primary liberal at 3,873,298. You can bleet about noalitions and preferences but understand this Nick, it is you who are part of the minority and this will be one term tony

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/results/party-totals/

      Commenter
      harry
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:07AM
    • You are correct that a majority voted for the coalition, but 5.3 million people of out 11.6 million didn't (and if 3.4% voted the other way it wouldn't be), so don't get too cocky about the so-called "clear majority"

      Commenter
      AtomicNirvana
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:07AM
    • No they didnt at all.Do your homework

      Commenter
      Lane
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:08AM
    • Harry 5,636969 people gave their first preference to the coalition while 4129149 gave it to labor. You do the sums.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:34PM
  • Third swearing in.... At least this one will last full term. One fo the many good things about the Liberal and National Parties is that they aren't dogged by internal bickering or the wishes of the Union Movement.

    It'll be a while, a long while, before Paul Howes and the AWU get to decide who our Prime Minister is again.

    Commenter
    Watchdog
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:48AM
    • you stand corrected Watchdog..
      in a months time it would be Senator Paul Howes

      Commenter
      Realist
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:56AM
    • I don't stand corrected on anything. That is why I mentioned Paul Howes and the AWU seperately. Even as a Senator he won't get a say in who the PM is.

      Commenter
      Watchdog
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:25AM
    • "At least this one will last full term."

      That term could be very short if Abbott goes to a double dissolution over the carbon tax.

      Commenter
      Mike
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:37AM
    • That's quite correct Watchdog. the coalition is not at all affected by the wishes of working people and the trade union officials they elect. All TA and his team need be concerned about is keeping Rupert, Gina et al happy. Can see 'greed is good' making a comeback over the next 3 years.

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:48PM
  • Now the 'real' Abbott will stand up!!!

    Brace yourselves Australia - you ain't seen nothing yet!

    Commenter
    Desley
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:45AM
    • I hope you haven't yet.

      Commenter
      Rudless
      Location
      at last
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:57AM
  • Action Day - sounds like we can almost expect Abbott to run through an AFL-style banner, through the tyre maze and finish off with a triple back flip with a 2 1/2 pike, to the loud cheers of the Ministry.

    Commenter
    Hacka
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:38AM
    • Hacka.....I am quite sure Abbott will be perfecting his back flips over the next twelve months. Fluro tights and all.

      Commenter
      This is going to be fun
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:58AM
    • Perhaps. He'll also need to perfect heavy weightlifting, fencing to cut the red tape and wrestling (he might have to personally stop a boat).

      Congratulations Prime Minister Abbott - what a journey.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:14AM
  • Oh yes and here comes the Abbott posse! Why does his wife look so bored already??

    Commenter
    Debra
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:37AM
    • Because the clown have left town!

      Commenter
      Rudless
      Location
      at last
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:59AM
    • She notices comments like yours perhaps?

      Commenter
      The Oracle
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:06AM
  • What a nightmare. His first jobs in office to dismantle clean energy policy, reduce the influence of science, wind back action on climate change, dilute protection of marine parks, penalize asylum seekers even further.

    This is just the start, we may as well have elected Alan Jones or Andrew Bolt.

    Well done to the public of Australia.

    Commenter
    Julian
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:31AM
    • yay,lets hope he keeps all those promises.

      Commenter
      Lane
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:06AM
    • It truly is the worst half of Australia. The front cover of the telegraph celebrates the fact they say people in Sydney are using bicycles less.

      Seriously, how screwed up does your world view to be celebrating that because it ultimately dovetails with corporate defense if individual car use from a profits perspective.

      How can you celebrate removing science from policy and decision making, celebrate removing environmental protections?

      Ever get the feeling you've been conned? I don't but clearly many have.

      Commenter
      Julian
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:44AM
  • Liberals have 1 woman in Cabinet.
    Labor requires a quota system to get women into Cabinet.

    The Greens just work on merit and gender is not an issue, there are heaps of women in high positions. It's just not an issue.

    The number of women in the House of Reps after the election and in the Senate from July 2014, as a proportion of the party's total representation - assuming election results do not change:

    Coalition 22%
    Labor 41%
    Greens 64%

    Commenter
    Riddley Walker
    Location
    Inland
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:26AM
    • Thank you Tony, very droll! ;-)

      Commenter
      Riddley Walker
      Location
      Inland
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:07AM
    • What are the Greens doing to promote gender equality?

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:22PM
  • and so begins the downfall of australia. Worst government in history we demand an election NOW

    Commenter
    harry
    Location
    melbourne
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:21AM
    • What a silly comment. If that is the opposition, we don't have much to worry about. I think Abbott will surprise you with how competent and moderate he will be.

      Commenter
      Bianca
      Location
      Camden
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:30AM
    • Cant agree more
      Going to love the next three years . Now have the oppotunity to bitch and moan about the government and blame them for all my woes . Thank you lib supporters for showing me the way in regards to whingeing . I'll do my best to live down to your low standards
      How's this for starters
      Bah hah my teles too small 55" just doesn't cut it anymore
      Bah hah school fees too high
      Boo hoo can't afford 2nd os holiday

      Commenter
      JohnL
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:34AM
    • Don't worry precious petal, you'll get another chance in three years to vote for Albo/Willly Shorten/Rudd/Bowen or whatever clown gets on the merry-go-round that is the Labor Party leadership.

      Commenter
      Nulla
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:35AM
    • might be time to take a holiday overseas for a few years Harry, if you have started already imagine the ulser you will develop over the next 6- 9 years of Coalition government. The adults are back in charge now Harry, best get used to the idea or toodle-oo.

      Commenter
      Rich
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:40AM
    • Unhinged much Harry? We had an election just over a week ago, the people have spoken. If you loathe democracy move to China or North Korea.

      Commenter
      Richo
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:40AM
    • Harry, I think the downfall may have started back in school when you failed to learn that Australia is a proper noun and thus begins with a capital "A".

      Commenter
      Grammar Nazi
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:40AM
    • Good bit of satire, harry.

      Commenter
      David Morrison
      Location
      Blue Mountains
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:41AM
    • harry, how do you know that this will be the worst governemnt in history when they are only being sworn in today? could you please use your crystal ball and tell me next weeks lottos numbers?

      Commenter
      todd
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:49AM
    • @ David and I am just warming up.

      Commenter
      harry
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:50AM
    • And replace the one week old government with the Clowns we just booted out?
      We don't need the circus back!!

      Commenter
      Labor is Ruddless
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:53AM
    • Yes, yes, yes.... go and do some anger management courses and come back in a dozen or so years.

      Commenter
      The Oracle
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:03AM
    • Seriously, you people do not get this is irony? Harry's comment is exactly what we had to put up with for the last three years from Abbott supporters, from day one of the last Government.

      Election Now!!!

      Commenter
      Riddley Walker
      Location
      Inland
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:11AM
    • How can it be the worst government in history - it hasn't governed yet and based on history, the libs always produce great econiomic environments. The Gillard/Rudd experiment was a true sign of incompetent government.

      Commenter
      KevinDudd
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:15AM
    • Nice pick-up of the capital needed for a proper noun Grammar Nazi...pity you're not a spelling nazi too otherwise you would have condemned 'Rich' for the incorrect spelling of ulcer...

      Commenter
      Romeo Charlie
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:44AM
    • Labor is the worst opposition ever, all they want to do is oppose everything and they have come up with no policies in the whole couple of hours they've been in opposition.

      You lot are so incredibly stupid for drawing comparisons between people calling for another election in 2010 with this election result . Way to completely miss the point. What was the Labor majority in 2010 again?

      Commenter
      adrian
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:06PM
  • When will the new Administrative Arrangements Orders be release. Also, is there a list anywhere of what Minister/PST is respnsible for what department?

    Commenter
    Alex
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:19AM
    • PMC website is still in caretaker mode (well its only been 10 minutes...). But Abbott said AAO should be out today, and everything should be official and easy to find by end today as well.

      Commenter
      Simon
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:37AM
    • The Governor General signs off on them after the swearing in.

      Commenter
      Tim
      Location
      InnerCity
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:50AM
  • :"STOP THE WOMEN"

    Commenter
    It's oly just bginning
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:09AM
    • Best do it in caps, makes it seem more genuine. Are you a sheep? Baa?

      Commenter
      The Oracle
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:02AM
    • Women make great assistants!

      Commenter
      Ruth
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 11:51AM
    • Women are great! Every kitchen should have one!

      Commenter
      QED
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:18PM
    • Come on there are good women knocking on the Cabinet Room door after all. (Tone and his boys need a cup of tea delivered every now and again after all)

      Commenter
      meganjj
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 1:49PM
  • All quotas do is guarantee mediocrity for the sake of political correctness.

    Commenter
    brian
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:08AM
    • I agree; all those quotas for National Party and Lib State party reps in Cabinet should be stopped immediately.

      Commenter
      Jace
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 10:48AM
    • Well said Jace. If we really want to crack down on "political correctness" (whatever that means) then the National Party quota in the ministry should be abolished immediately.

      Commenter
      parkerlewis
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 12:17PM
  • Does Quentin Bryce hold the record for the most swearing in ceremonies by a GG? It feels like she's done more than a few in the past six years.

    Commenter
    Nulla
    Location
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 10:06AM
  • Kelly O'Dyer doesn't even make parliamentary secretary?? I don't think Tony Abbott is really all that disappointed.

    Commenter
    Lewis
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 18, 2013, 9:58AM
    • Kelly O'Dwyer is one of the talented backbenchers, as is Christian Porter, a former WA Treasurer and Attorney-General.

      Commenter
      parkerlewis
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 2:08PM
    • Kelly has not even served one full term yet. Give her some time. I'm sure that by the end of the wonderful Abbott years she will have been promoted.

      Commenter
      Denny
      Location
      Date and time
      September 18, 2013, 3:41PM
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