Federal Politics

Politics Live: July 10, 2014

Palmer karma.

 

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer arrives for his joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson. ...
Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer arrives for his joint press conference with former Liberal leader John Hewson. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

It's about time we found our equivalent of a private jet (hello, ACTION busses) and headed home.

Before that, what did we learn today?

  • People who make predictions in the new Senate are foolish indeed;
  • Despite a majority of Senators opposing the carbon tax, the carbon tax lives;
  • Beware of constitutional issues; but more importantly,
  • Beware of PUPs bearing amendments.

 

Many thanks for tuning in today. And to Fergus Hunter, Michael Pachi and Francis Keany for their behind-the-scenes help.

Alex Ellinghausen and I will SEE you on MONDAY.

 

The Senate now has "general business" ahead of it tonight and the consideration of committee reports.

It is due to adjourn at 8.40pm.

Then, both it and the House will be back on Monday for one last week before the winter break.

Lambie also talks of "carbon karma".

She says the government could have got the carbon tax repeal through the "easy way" or the "hard way".

Lambie argues the government has been playing "silly little political games" and would not give PUP the amendments they were asking for.

(The government argues this is not the case. And says it will support the amendments.)

Jacqui Lambie is on 3AW.

She says the Eric Abetz's performance in the Senate has been "disgraceful" this week.

"The PM should sack him."

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"Clive Palmer could not have appeared more content if a dozen hand-maidens had appeared bearing racks of pork chops, a gallon or so of caramelised banana and coconut ice-cream, the keys to a 1939 Maybach limousine and Tony Abbott's head on a plate ..."

Tony Wright's sketch has landed.

 

During question time earlier today, John Faulkner niggled Cormann about the delay in tabling.

Then after QT, during "motions to take note of answers," Labor's Sam Dastyari read chunks of the FOFA regulations into Hansard.

His colleague Anne McEwen then moved to table the document he was reading from.

As Gareth Hutchens tells us, this caught the government on the hop and Labor won the vote 34 ayes to 31 noes.

After this, the government then returned to the chamber about ten minutes later to table the regulations themselves.

So it looks like the Senate will have a vote to disallow the FOFA regulations next week.

 

Labor has had another win in the red room this afternoon.

It has managed to get the government's regulations that water down financial advice rules tabled in the Senate.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann registered the regulations late last month.

The regulations strike out parts of Labor's Future of Finance Advice (FOFA) law - which came into force on July 1 - that forbid banks to reward their financial planners for steering customers to the institutions own products.

The Senate is expected to throw out the regulations (Labor and the Greens oppose the changes and PUP have indicated they will also oppose them).

But the government had - until this afternoon - declined the table the regulations.

Alex Ellinghausen has compared the pair.

 

Labor's Senate leader Penny Wong has done a doorstop.

"It's been an interesting day in the Senate," she told reporters in the Mural Hall.

From Labor, we saw a party "putting forward a serious and responsible policy on clmate change".

From the government? "You saw chaos and dysfunction".

"Deals literally cobbled together in the corridors".

 

 

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Penny Wong, addresses the media during a doorstop on Thursday. Photo: ...
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Penny Wong, addresses the media during a doorstop on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 
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In jobs news, Australia's unemployment rate for June has held steady in trend terms at 5.9 per cent.

And former union boss Paul Howes has got a new gig at KPMG.

 

And now, for some non-carbon, non-PUP news.

(There are others things prowling the political prairies today.)

In foreign affairs happenings:

Andrew Darby writes that Shinzo Abe's visit to Australia has been an opportunity lost for Tony Abbott on whaling.

Meanwhile, Abbott and Abe might have gone west yesterday, but they were chased all the way by criticism of their speeches to Parliament.

As James Massola reports, Chinese state-owned newsagency Xinhua called Abbott's speech, in which he praised the courage of Japanese submariners in World War II, "appalling".

 

High fives, hugs, back pats.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower House on June ...
Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower House on June 26. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

It was a different story for the Coalition and the carbon tax repeal.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower house on June ...
Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower house on June 26. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

Remember this time two weeks ago?

Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal bills pass the lower House on June ...
Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal bills pass the lower House on June 26. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 
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**MEMORY LANE ALERT**

 

Here at The Pulse we really appreciate the judicious use of CAPITALS.

It really helps to get your point across sometimes.

Glenn Lazarus is clearly a fan of the technique as well.

As his Facebook page notes: "Palmer United had put the ABBOTT Government on NOTICE that we will ONLY repeal the CARBON Tax if the Abbott Government guarantees to PASS on ALL the cost savings to Australians in the form of LOWER power prices!".

Clive Palmer has certainly been the main meal of today's carbon tax banquet.

But at the end of this comments in the Senate courtyard today he told reporters, "God bless you all, I'm going on holiday".

His phone is going through to voicemail and a spokesman for Palmer has confirmed he has now gone off for a day or two.

The PUP leader was dropped at Canberra airport this afternoon where he picked up his private jet.

Palmer's spokesman said he did not know where the PUP leader was going.

But he never gets a holiday these days.

It was suggested that perhaps he would just go to Coolum.

 

Peace.

Eric "peace man" Abetz . Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Eric "peace man" Abetz . Photo: Alex Ellinghausen 

At 3.06pm, Abetz asks that "further questions be placed on notice".

 

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