YAY... Happy Birthday to me
1. She did not axe Rudd on her own, it was going to happen anyway and she believed she was the best choice as his replacement. This is politics, not a knitting circle.
3. We need it, it's good for the environment (which you obviously don't realise is in dire straits at the moment).
4. We don't need more money dumped into defence, we need it for health, education and the environment.
5. Already covered in previous post
6. I think you might be getting lib/labor mixed up - lib's cut $1 billion, labor has increased funding by 50%
8. seriously? Why should excessively rich companies who have no claim over our land get all the proceeds from mining? In my opinion it should be left in the damn ground - the environmental impact of mining is catastrophic - but if we can't stop it, the public should at least gain some monetary benefit from it.
Think about the world you want your kids to grow up in. I want my kids to be healthy, safe, clever and happy. I want them to breathe fresh air and have empathy for all people and creatures on this Earth. Tax breaks are going to mean sweet F A when we have no clean water to drink. If you only care about yourself, vote Liberal. If you care are about all Australians, vote Labor. If you care about the planet, vote Greens.
This thread has gone quiet, thoughts on today's resignations and tears?
Nicola Roxon resigning is v significant.
She's been a loyal Gillard supporter since day one. She has also coveted the job of AG for years. Years!
It's clear though she wasn't in Gillard's circle of trust or she would have announced her resignation sooner.
Additionally, if Gillard had known Roxon intended to resign she would have alerted her and had her do it before the Press Club announcement.
I think it's quite logical that members of parliament announce their intention to resign after an election is called. Its then that the party needs to start planning for a new candidate. If they really hated their boss I think they would announce their intentions prior to an election: that would be destabilizing to the remainder of the governments term.
Traditionally, MPs and Ministers have been on notice to resign in the lead up to an election if they don't intent to run again. The leader generally gives them a nudge as the time approaches.
McClelland got a nudge. I know that for a fact.
Roxon didn't. She's inner cabinet and she wasn't told Gillard intended to name the election date. You'd expect she would have been given a heads up.
I don't mean to suggest it isn't usual for ministers, members and senators to resign in an election year. Simply that it isn't usual for them not to know the point in time before which they need to pull the pin. That point is usually months before an election announcement.
I am frightened for our country as I believe Abbott will be our next PM.
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