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    The big coming story in Canberra is the ongoing Turnbull tumour on Abbott's leadership.

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    I note with some interest that all state ALP branches bar NSW have now adopted pro-gay marriage positions, with Victoria jumping on board last week. This brings two things to mind. Firstly:



    Secondly, this was a big loss for faction heavy Joe de Bruyn, who was once famously described by Gough Whitlam as "A Dutchman who doesn't like dykes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    The big coming story in Canberra is the ongoing Turnbull tumour on Abbott's leadership.

    Turnbull calls for leadership on climate
    Like all Opposition leaders, Abbott's tenure is inextricably tied up with opinon polls - and probably him more so than most given his polarising persona.

    However, while the party's ratings remain strastopheric, his leadership is as safe as a house.
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    Didn't they say the same thing about Rudd?

    Granted, whilst Gillard is in office forcing a drop will be a right challenge.
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    Mike Rann did the gutsy thing. Thought strongly about an issue 30 years ago but waited until he was retiring before speaking out.

    The ALP will get their act together only once they have lost an election in each state and federally...so 2013 then...

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    Bill Shorten is a future PM. Absolutely no doubt about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James90 View Post
    Bill Shorten is a future PM. Absolutely no doubt about it.
    Dunno about that, but he gave the Silver Fox a well deserved smack down at one point tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James90 View Post
    Bill Shorten is a future PM. Absolutely no doubt about it.
    The general feeling is that he's been underwhelming and a disappointment to his supporters since he entered Parliament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    "You mean the Prime Minister was talking to the ambassador with the boy next to him AND SHE DIDN'T SPEAK TO THE KID!?! Heartless bitch".

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    The general feeling is that he's been underwhelming and a disappointment to his supporters since he entered Parliament.
    Really? I thought he did some good things with disabilty policy. I think, though, his role in throwing out Rudd has gone against him in terms of not getting a bigger gig sooner.

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    Disappointment in the sense that he had really high expectations placed on him particularly on the back on his great display in the Beaconsfield mining saga. So, the bar was pretty high, and on balance I think there is a feeling that he hasn't measured up (just in the sense of his media appearances, his authority, his prosecution) to that high bar. But yes, I agree that he's done some good work on that disability insurance scheme which I think is one of the more crucial policy areas going forward. There is an incredible number of disbled people around, and particularly as they move into adulthood the costs for them and their family are quite mind blowing.

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    Last night's Newspoll suggests 57% of people on a two-party preferred basis are disabled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Last night's Newspoll suggests 57% of people on a two-party preferred basis are disabled
    I'm not sure whether to be insulted at that comment because I'm a Liberal or because I don't think it's right to denigrate people with disabilities.

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