Go Back   AFA Forums > Secularism and Social Issues > Politics

Politics Political issues which help or hinder our society

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 14th November 2017, 02:01 PM
Blue Lightning's Avatar
Blue Lightning Blue Lightning is offline
"Mr Charles Darwin had the gall to ask"
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 6,013
Default Bennelong by-election

*Watch*this*space*

Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally to stand for Labor in Bennelong byelection

Quote:
Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally will be Labor's star candidate in the Bennelong byelection after declaring she has had enough of the "awful" Turnbull government.

The shock announcement means Labor could have a strong chance of seizing the seat from the Liberals on December 16, putting the Turnbull government's majority under threat.

...

Ms Keneally said she was not running because Mr Alexander was a dual citizen. "I mean, that's why we're having this byelection but that is not why I am running. I am running because this is a moment, this is an opportunity for the community in which I live to stand up and say to Malcolm Turnbull: 'Your government is awful. Enough is enough'."

...
Kristina Keneally shock: Liberals face horror scenario as Labor rolls out another star candidate

Quote:
John Alexander must feel like the player returning from injury who draws Roger Federer in the first round.

The reliable, if unspectacular grass court technician can still make it through, but he'll have to be on his game. And then some.

Exaggeration? Perhaps. Kristina Keneally is not the world's No.1 player, but there's no doubt she's a heavy hitter. An intimidating opponent with an established profile who must be taken very seriously.

...

The suburban Sydney seat is set to become ground zero of Australian politics right up to the Christmas break.

Malcolm Turnbull can't take a trick. Beset on all sides with an untidy cavalcade of resignations, subsequent High Court referrals, and the insurgency over marriage equality, he has once again has been outmanoeuvred by Bill Shorten on the politics.

Suddenly, a byelection that looked reasonably safe, even a formality given Alexander's nearly 10 per cent buffer obtained in 2016, is anything but predictable.

...

Such moments are always difficult for governments especially in contestable metropolitan seats, and doubly so when the governments are unpopular.

But "unpopular" doesn't convey the trench this government is in.

Shorten's pitch when unveiling the former NSW premier – the first woman to hold that office – signalled the fight to come.

Labor hopes to make the race a referendum on the Turnbull government - a referendum on the now politically toxic NBN. A vote on the same-sex marriage betrayal some within the Coalition would have Turnbull undertake. A chance for voters to send a message to Canberra about anything and everything from flat wages growth, to the abolition of Sunday penalty rates, climate change and soaring energy costs, and any other grievance.

...
__________________
"Just stick to the idea that science is just about making descriptive models of natural phenomena, whose emergent predictions are tested to destruction" - Woof!
"Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves" - Richard Feynman

Last edited by Blue Lightning; 14th November 2017 at 02:07 PM.
Reply With Quote
Thank The Irreverent Mr Black thanked this post
  #2  
Old 14th November 2017, 02:16 PM
Blue Lightning's Avatar
Blue Lightning Blue Lightning is offline
"Mr Charles Darwin had the gall to ask"
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 6,013
Default Re: Bennelong by-election

Kristina Keneally's candidacy in Bennelong is Labor's 'go-for government' strategy
The opposition will throw everything at Bennelong, whose voters have a bolshie record of delivering stark messages to Canberra


Quote:
As Bill Shorten took to social media to confirm Labor had drafted a star candidate for the looming political contest in Bennelong – the former New South Wales premier Kristina Keneally – people back in Canberra were talking about a go-for-government strategy.



With all the stature and experience of a former state premier, and the polish of a professional broadcaster, Keneally smiled genially as she went for Malcolm Turnbull’s throat.

She said Turnbull had allowed a “crisis” to envelope the parliament on his watch. Flanked by Shorten, Keneally told reporters she was running “because this is a moment, this is an opportunity for the community in which I live to stand up and say to Malcolm Turnbull: Your government is awful. Enough is enough.”

“We have had enough of your poor services. We have had enough of your poor policies and we have had enough of your poor leadership,” she said.

… The Labor leader reinforced Keneally’s message that the Bennelong byelection was an opportunity to send a message to Canberra.

“It’s not about the personalities,” he said. “It may have been triggered by John Alexander falling foul of the constitution but it’s actually not about Mr Alexander. The people of Bennelong have an opportunity to send a message to Mr Turnbull.”



Labor will throw everything it has at the seat, and voters in Bennelong have proved a bolshie lot when push comes to shove.

Recent history shows once they get tired of a political contest which isn’t serving their interests, they’ve been bold enough to turf out a sitting prime minister. Just ask John Howard whether a star recruit can win Bennelong. He would have to tell you yes.

...
__________________
"Just stick to the idea that science is just about making descriptive models of natural phenomena, whose emergent predictions are tested to destruction" - Woof!
"Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves" - Richard Feynman
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 14th November 2017, 02:21 PM
Blue Lightning's Avatar
Blue Lightning Blue Lightning is offline
"Mr Charles Darwin had the gall to ask"
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 6,013
Default Re: Bennelong by-election

The LNP defence will focus on Keneally's links to Obeid, et al. She emerged, of course, comprehensively in the clear after the ICAC investigations.

Even back then, although the NSW Labor government was (quite rightly!) in an even more dire situation than Turnbull's LNP is now, Keneally's popularity remained high. She was always "preferred Premier". Whilst the state Labor government had well and truly passed its "use by" date, she personally had not.

She's smart, she's a great orator, she's popular. She will be a tough candidate.
__________________
"Just stick to the idea that science is just about making descriptive models of natural phenomena, whose emergent predictions are tested to destruction" - Woof!
"Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves" - Richard Feynman

Last edited by Blue Lightning; 14th November 2017 at 02:30 PM.
Reply With Quote
Like The Irreverent Mr Black liked this post
Thank Strato thanked this post
  #4  
Old 14th November 2017, 02:23 PM
workmx's Avatar
workmx workmx is offline
Feminazi and semi-professional inconoclast
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Canberra
Posts: 6,122
Default Re: Bennelong by-election

Should be an interesting one to watch.
__________________
Forgive me, I'm a sociologist and high horse slut! Twitter Blogger
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +11. The time now is 08:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.