A day can be a long time in politics. The election of Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party on Monday night and his installation on Tuesday as Prime Minister has turned bourgeois politics in Australia on its head.
US presidential candidate Donald Trump appeals to veterans on Tuesday, saying a Trump administration would take better care of them while also building up the US military. In a 14-minute speech that had been billed as a major national security address, the real estate mogul chose to stage the event aboard a decommissioned battleship, the USS Iowa.
The Tony Abbott-led government should have done a better job at laying the groundwork for big reforms before it released its first federal budget, the father of the house, Philip Ruddock, said on Thursday.
It is getting difficult to express in a cartoon all the emotions and trends following the removal of Tony Abbott by Turnbull. But I have tried. Better cartoonist can do better.
Here we have to first note the reaction of the Murdoch Press. Mostly negative. Abbott was the Murdoch's chosen puppet — no-one else. Straight away, the Murdoch Press mentions a $4 billion deal to keep the Nationals happy: a bigger hole in a national budget already in tatters. But all is not as it seems.
The ability to execute its own citizens has been a mark of tyrannical government from Rome in the days of the Caesars to Moscow during the Great Purge in the 1930s.
Indeed, the only concrete policy issue touched on on Monday night was to confirm the Abbott regime's whacky "Direct Action" climate policy. It looks like Malcolm has learned from his mistakes as it was his commitment to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) that allowed Abbott to take his job as opposition leader by one vote.
People living in Mandurah are rich. Many are retirees and those who can afford it, have beautiful mansions by the river/lake/waterways. But with Turdy's suicidal disdain of global warming, these mansions will be drowning by 2120. By 2090, the water level, lapping the sea walls, will be destroying their lawns — and this with only a 2 degrees Celsius increase on present average temperature worldwide.
Voting for Tony Abbott will only accelerate this drowning process because Abbott plans to inject more and more extra CO2 in the atmosphere. "Coal is the future of humanity" says Tony...
Good luck to you, waterfront owners.
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