It’s Gillard

Written By: - Date published: 5:24 pm, September 7th, 2010 - 36 comments
Categories: australian politics, International - Tags: , ,

Independent MP Tony Windsor has decided to support the Labor Party into government, with fellow independent Rob Oakeschott expected to follow suit. The main reasons Windsor cited are broadband, climate change, and regional development. The country independents say the best bet for rural regions is to remain independent and stick up for themselves – lessons for NZ?

Perhaps one lesson for us is that in spite of the common history of the National Party and farmers, that maybe Labour can offer rural people a better deal.

36 comments on “It’s Gillard”

  1. Bright Red 1

    The way these independents run their electorates like fiefdoms and are fixated on pork barrel politics is amazing – like the US. For example, the one who indicated support for the Coalition says he can switch back in the interests of ‘stability’ if the offer is right.

    I think the fact the Coalition’s numbers were just made up and they didn’t even want to let Treasury cost them was the final straw. So fimiliar too – vauge uncosted policies that promise the earth for no free are the election tactic de jour of rightwing parties worldwide.

    • Nick C 1.1

      “Vauge uncosted policies that promise the earth for no free are the election tactic de jour of rightwing parties worldwide.”

      What??

      Have you seen debt in the US recently? Or in Britian before the Conservatives won? Its the lefties who are running the world into debt.

      • aj 1.1.1

        Have you ever heard of a guy called George Bush? look at his economic record.

        • Nick C 1.1.1.1

          Yeah Bush wasnt exactly the golden standard of economic liberalism; but compare his spending record to Obamas:

          http://theblogprof.blogspot.com/2010/05/video-obama-again-blames-bush-for.html

          • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1.1

            Take a look at this graph:

            http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/75128/the-stigmatization-bush-blaming

            Most of the current deficit stems from bush era policy. The proportion of the debt stemming from bush’s policies will increase over time. Your links argument is that Obama voted for tarp, but tarp spending is a miniscule amount of the deficit and rapidly becomes insignificant. The majority of the damage was done by Bush’s tax cuts. blogprof doesn’t seem to mention that. Perhaps he thinks Obama is at fault for not reversing all those cuts? Blogprof also thinks the healthcare reform will add to the deficit. The GAO says the healthcare reform will reduce the deficit. Who to believe?

            • Loota 1.1.1.1.1.1

              If Nick C is true GOP, then you are wasting your time. Whatever can’t be pinned on Obama gets pinned on Clinton. Bush? Who was he?

              However, spin doesn’t change the reality. And that is what the US is slowly being crushed under the weight of right now.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.1.2

        Singularly mindless. Seeing you still have that ridiculous GOP logo, why don’t you tell us how the GOP paid for the wars? Or what their tax cuts did to the budget? Or why they gave them expiry dates that they are now politicking hard to renege on? Or what GOP politicians say about the stimulus projects that they open in their states at the same time they whinge about paying for them on the national stage?

        Or maybe we should go further back and take a look at what Reagan did to the budget. Or why Bush 1 had to raise taxes. Or what Clinton did to the budget. Or what the GAO says about the stimulus package? Or what inflation and the ten year bond rates are at and compare those figures to right wing predictions about bond vigilantes and hyperinflation.

        Or not. Your call.

        • Loota 1.1.2.1

          Even better, how the GOP refused to extend healthcare coverage for the rescue heroes of 9/11 because they didn’t want any new taxes to offset the costs

          Screw you heroes, you did a good thing now get lost.

      • Shane 1.1.3

        Hello? Ronald Reagan – he ran up massive debts and caused a financial crisis – as did Bush II. Clinton had the US economy in good shape before the right wing nut jobs got into power.
        The Labour party in Britain was doing petty well financially btw before the major financial crash, which was caused by people who advocate for the crazed free market ideology you seem to support.

  2. FORTRAN 2

    Lessons for Labour?

    It’s not too late to replace Goff

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.1

      The Aussies went through 3 opposition leaders in 3 years !!!

    • lprent 2.2

      The idea of shifting leaders in midstream is as obsolete as your language?

      I remember it being tried several times here without result. Even in aussie, I think that Gillard was down in election numbers compared to the polls prior to rolling Rudd. I suspect that Labour there started from (relatively) good poll numbers compared to ours here….

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Remember that the TPP ( two party preferred vote) is NOT for all 150 seats. So isnt an absolute as claimed on Farragoblog.

    There are 8 seats left out. Which includes the independents , greens, and others. Labour could well be ahead on the absolute TPP

    this from AEC website
    The TPP vote count figure is a summation of the TCP vote count figures from all seats where the two TCP candidates are from the ALP and the Coalition. It excludes TCP vote count figures for either the ALP or the Coalition from seats where one, or both, of the TCP candidates is not from either the ALP or the Coalition – in the 2010 election these seats are Batman, Denison, Grayndler, Kennedy, Lyne, Melbourne, New England and O’Connor
    http://www.aec.gov.au/election/vtr.htm

  4. Loota 4

    Well Labour has yet to hit its stride with rural communities. Let’s see how Labor in Oz does with this over the next period of time.

  5. Reality Check 5

    I wouldnt trust the independants. i just watched their media coverage live and they admitted that the reason they supported Labor is because they new that the coalition would probably go to the polls and win, whereas labor wouldnt because they know they would lose. So thus, they will be in for three years.

    These independants are no different to any other politician….it is all about themselves.

  6. The Voice of Reason 6

    Sweet result. Good for Australia, good for Aussie voters. It looks to me like a Government of national unity, minus Abbott, Truss and one red necked hokey homophobe. I think we’ll find that the National Party will come off worst. The rural independents have shown that there is another way for the voice of the bush to be heard.

    The labor left, particularly the unions, took a major punt on Gillard and have got the bonus of a Red/Green senate to see good battler friendly legislation get passed. The independents get broadband and a few itches scratched. They’ll be a handbrake on some stuff, but it’ll be cool to see the Greens get to put some of their policies into action.

    • Rex Widerstrom 6.1

      National unity?! Gillard has offered the independents a “regional package” with a prima facie price tag of $10 billion. That’s on top of other pre-election promises. Labor won’t be rewarded by the beneficiaries of this largesse come the nect election, and they know it – it was just a cynical purchase of three years of power and the right for Gillard to go down in history as Australia’s first elected female PM.

      Windsor and Oakeshott were both quite explicit about their reasons for choosing Labor: the Coalition would likely call an early election and win it decisively, thus taking them out of their position of undue influence. That can mean only one thing – the demands from these two (and probably Bob “Rule 1 – no poofters” Katter as well) have only just begun.

      If Gillard refuses it’ll be chaos. If she continues to acquiesce people will quickly get heartily sick of it.

      And that’s leaving Wilkie out of the picture, who’s got his own big barrel of pork and is tucking in his bib for the second course. It’ll be about as stable as the Nats and NZF post 1996, but instead of one Winston flouncing about making demands Gillard has four.

      The Greens have, however, played a very astute game. They’ve got their agreement – on which they concede nothing, while Labor agrees to things which will lose it some large blocs of votes it sepcifically tried to win back by toppling Rudd – and will continue to undermine Labor in urban seats while demanding Labor preferences. They’re the only ones who’ll come out of this better off than they went in.

      • Zaphod Beeblebrox 6.1.1

        Yeah but look at the bright side- the Murray River will finally get some real money spent on it, public transport in Melb and Sydeney will get some backing and Australia will have a Carbon Tax by next year. Let Mr ‘Climate Change is crap’, ‘i’ll tow the boats back out to see’ Abbott campaign on that in the hope that he can get back control of the Senate from the Greens.

      • The Voice of Reason 6.1.2

        I was a bit flippant on the ‘national unity’ riff, Rex. The way I see it, this new arrangement is actually an externalisation of the factions that already exist inside Labor (left, centre left, right). I don’t know if its a fundamental change to where Labour are here, the pivot around which left coalition Governments can be formed, but it’s an interesting dynamic.

        Saw Bob Brown on Sky and he looked like a lotto winner. Grinning from ear to ear. Wouldn’t it be terrific if Tony Abbott dipped out because Bob Katter couldn’t countenance sitting at the same table as a gay man?

        • Rex Widerstrom 6.1.2.1

          Katter went with the Coalition, TVoR, but it’d have been poetry of Shakespearean proportions of that’s what it came down to. It’s incredible that enough Australians vote for Katter to give him an unshiftable majority and put him into a position of power, and even those who find such sentiments abhorrent tend to roll their eyes and shrug as if they have no right to expect any better from a dimwitted bigot.

          Yet when Stephanie Rice, a young athlete, in a moment of exuberance after a Wallabies win tweets “Suck on that you faggots” – then deletes it and apologises profusely – she’s called homophobic, loses the Jaguar sponsorship, and is generally vilified. She’s undoubtedly a silly girl but she’s been knocked out of the Commonwealth Games side due to needing shoulder surgery and broke down several times at her press conference. So she was over-reacting to a sporting triumph, not expressing some deep-seated homophobia (especially since she’s a popular member of the Australian team, which includes, and has recently included, both openly and reputedly gay men).

          When we start holding sports people to higher standards than we do our elected representatives, we need to take another look at our priorities.

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 7

    The Liberals ( and Country party allies ) barely won the 1962 election, with a majority of one seat ( which they won by 130 votes). But they then won the following election in 1963. 1966 and 1969.
    So its is possible for Labour to bounce back like the Libs did in the 60s

  8. Nick C 8

    “The country independents say the best bet for rural regions is to remain independent and stick up for themselves – lessons for NZ”

    Hmmmm, I wonder why rural independent MPs think that rural electorates should vote for independent MPs…

  9. nilats 9

    well at least wages will come together between NZ & Aust as the green tail wagging the Labor dog will decrease real incomes on intro of CO2 taxes and mining taxes designed to destroy jobs.
    I am sure govt department employee numbers will swell though to give the illusion of full employment,

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 9.1

      What- Australia has already had three years of Socialism and their stimulus spending, whilst NZ has had the wise tax cutting Mr Key. Imagine how wide the gap would have been if they didn’t have that.

  10. Bill 10

    Gillard is just yet another sad example of a Labor or Labour Party leader with the principles of a Tory. Even her own mother warned in the immediate aftermath of her assuming the leadership that she would be the best PM Australia had seen as long as she didn’t turn into another Thatcher. Her own mother.

    So ‘Whoop’ for us workers.

  11. jbanks 11

    Perhaps one lesson for us is that in spite of the common history of the National Party and farmers, that maybe Labour can offer rural people a better deal.

    Perhaps no.

    The Australian Labor Party is conservative in relation to the New Zealand Labour Party. Apples & oranges.

    • tea 11.1

      ummmm…..errrrr….you have heard about the Unions in Australia right? NZ Labour is quite right wing imo…

  12. outofbed 12

    Yeah another right winger in charge of a labour party wtf

  13. I think that remaining independent (and yes that is how it is spelt boys and girls, the only thing that is ever dependant is a relative), sitting on the cross-benches and voting each issue shows a maturity in the Australian politician that has been absent in NZ in a similar situation for years.

    Have you all had enough of walk-outs, constitutional crises, back-room deals, detailed coalition agreements, waka jumping, strategic voting and the tail wagging the dog, yet?

  14. RobertM 14

    Helen Clark always feared going into coaliton with the NZ greens so Rod Donald and Fitzimons never got into cabinet. Possibly she feared they would be too inflexible and Bradford certainly proved so. Australia’s greens are stronger, more ideological, more determined to implement a global warming emissions policy that dramatically raises costs and reduces carbon.
    Tony Abbott should enjoy the next two years as the Greens and pretty boy Oakshot lead Gillard in a merry dance around the Maypole. My guess is after two years Gillard will not be able to go into any pub in Australia for a pint of dark. After this my guess is Labour will be unelectable for 20 years.
    The other amusing thing will be how long before Malcolm Bligh Turnbull walks the plank and does the dishonourable thing and defects to Gillard. With any luck it will end the ‘Bligh’ myth as I am decended from the broader Heywood family and it is the ultimate tribal rift. The liberals will be well rid of Turnbull.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 14.1

      Wrong. When labour and the Alliance were in coalition, the Greens were too high and mighty to support them. Later they wanted the baubles of office but Peters and Dunne blocked them

  15. ak 15

    She’s achieved the almost-impossible under the worst possible circumstances and come out of it looking stronger than she went in. I’ll be very surprised if she doesn’t do three terms as PM. A good day for our mokos.

  16. Tanz 16

    What a farce. Abbott won the popular vote, and the Independents have shown contempt for the wishes of the majority. The govt will be a house of cards, and Gillard cares not for fair outcomes or true democracy. One by-election and her govt will be in trouble. A hollow victory, if a victory at all.

  17. kriswgtn 17

    Excellant

    Better than that Abbott

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    1 week ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    1 week ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    1 week ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    2 weeks ago

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