Friday 18th of January 2019

the next lot of liberal (CONservative) ding-dongs?


Embattled Victorian Liberal Party figure Paul Mitchell has resigned his posts, following the furore over text messages in which he allegedly described Indians as "curries".

Key points:
  • The Liberals suffered a large swing against it in November's Victorian election
  • Paul Mitchell's resignation follows leaked text messages allegedly showing he described Indians as "curries"
  • He said he would remain a member of the party, believing its "greatest days are yet to come"


In an email to outgoing state director Nick Demiris, Mr Mitchell resigned on Saturday saying he did not want to be a distraction for the party as it prepares to battle the federal election next year.

He said he had taken too much focus off the candidates and MPs.

"The fallout from the state election loss has had severe consequences for leaders of the party, including your fine self, but clearly for many the bloodletting has not gone far enough," Mr Mitchell wrote. 

"To help assuage this bloodlust I hereby resign all of my office-bearing positions forthwith."

Mr Mitchell was the vice president of the Victorian Liberal Party, chairman of the steering committee, secretary of the Flinders electorate conference and membership officer of the Nepean electorate conference.

Mr Mitchell is the latest in a series of resignations to hit the party following the disastrous Victorian state election result.

State director Nick Demiris also quit his post this week.

Mr Mitchell and his factional ally Marcus Bastiaan prompted anger inside and outside the party this week when The Age revealed a series of derogatory texts and Facebook messages, including Mr Bastiaan referring to a group as "fag Catholics". 

They have both denied sending those messages.

The leaks caused further embarrassment for the party that is already struggling with perceptions that it struggles to respect women, the LGBTQI community and migrants.

Mr Mitchell told Mr Demiris he would remain a member of the party.

"I will not resign my Liberal Party membership for I know the party's greatest days are yet to come. I am grateful to the Liberal Party for giving a young bloke the opportunity to serve," he wrote.


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they now want revenge?...

Queensland federal MP George Christensen has identified himself as the politician at the centre of allegations about travel to South-East Asia, dismissing them as part of a vile hate campaign.

Key points:
  • George Christensen wrote in a post on social media that Australian Federal Police (AFP) had launched inquiries into him
  • He said the AFP had found no evidence or information supporting the allegations, or any criminal conduct
  • Mr Christensen wrote he would not be making any further comment on "these lies and smears for now"


News Corp Australia this week reported Australian Federal Police (AFP) launched inquiries into an MP because of trips he made to parts of Asia known for prostitution and drugs, and suggestions he sent money to bank accounts in the region. 

The Prime Minister's office issued a statement saying the allegations were made by a Labor frontbencher and had been discredited and dismissed by police. 

This morning, Mr Christensen, the federal MP for Dawson in Mackay in north Queensland, wrote in a Facebook post that the allegations were about him, but the AFP had found no evidence or information supporting them, or any criminal conduct. 

"I have confirmation in writing from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that someone made an allegation to the AFP about me, even though they 'had no direct knowledge of the conduct' they were alleging — that's called vexatious in my books," Mr Christensen wrote.

"The AFP have further stated they 'found there was no evidence, or other information to support the allegation, or establish criminal conduct' and, as such, they did not launch any investigation nor did they, at any stage, interview me about any matter, criminal or otherwise.


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The AFP did not say Labor was beind the "leak" of "fake news"... but the PM ws quick tp point out the culprits, though it seems there were other "forces":


... such a vile and hateful smear campaign and I can only think it is because I stood up for my electorate against the powers that be, or rather, that were, on too many occasions," Mr Christensen wrote.

"They now want revenge and have sided with Labor in this smear campaign to try and get that revenge."



Note: Christensen views on global warming are crap.

broad and broads...

Scott Morrison's office knew about the "sugar daddy" allegations surrounding former assistant minister Andrew Broad two weeks before they were published, as the fallout from the ongoing scandal threatens to derail the start to an election year for the federal government.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age can reveal the Prime Minister's office was also aware the text messages between Mr Broad and his Hong Kong-based Irish-date Amy Keating were the subject of potential legal proceedings, after the Nationals MP asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate the alleged blackmail.

The latest revelations raise further questions about the handling of the drama at the most senior levels of government, with staff in both camps either ignorant or hoping to contain the reputational damage to the government at the end of a torrid year.


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a rotten potato...

Peter Dutton’s decision to attack the leader he attempted, and ultimately failed, to replace in the dying days of 2018 has been greeted with dismay by colleagues, questioning why a senior minister would remind voters “of our worst days” so close to the next election.

Coalition MPs who spoke to Guardian Australia said they read Dutton’s interview with News Corp with “barely contained groans” as the home affairs minister, posing with his family on the beach, defended his decision to topple Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

Three MPs lamented the lost “last chance at a reset”, while another four questioned Dutton’s timing.

“Everyone is staying quiet for a reason,” one said.

“No one wants to remind people of what went on. We have an election in the next five months. Worse-case scenario, in the next three months. There was absolutely no point to this now. We are all trying to move on, but some just can’t seem to help themselves.



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