Credlin comeback in the works but former chief of staff’s enemies pop up everywhere
And there are several new moves to celebrate Australia’s greatest military figure
Could somebody be making the mother of all comebacks in Canberra? James Campbell in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, yesterday: According to three conservative — previously Abbott-supporting — MPs … Abbott has asked all of them how they would feel about “bringing Peta back”. You can’t deny Tony Abbott is loyal. Paul Kelly in The Australian, September 26, 2015: In fighting for history he (Abbott) knows the anti-Abbott bandwagon is far advanced in trashing his legacy with powerful symbols to deploy … the imperial honours, the Prince Philip knighthood, the “tin ear” blunders, the stoic dependency on Peta Credlin. Peta Credlin did seem to fall out with her Sky News colleagues this week. Paul Murray Live, Wednesday: Credlin: Conservatives are more likely to tell me and I think you (her fellow panellists) are all piss and wind. Murray: (Groan) Thank you. Let’s take a break here on Paul Murray Live, back in a sec. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop wouldn’t like to see Credlin back on the hill. Credlin on The Bolt Report, Monday: I think she diminishes all Liberal women by saying that just because the idea comes from a woman it should be supported … I also had eight years as the secretary of shadow cabinet listening to Julie’s brilliant ideas … Because Peta never blamed sexism for her woes. The ex-chief of staff speaking at an Australian Women’s Weekly event, September 22, 2015: The covert (sexism) is groups of men at the end of the day just finding themselves together to go for dinner and not thinking to ask anyone else. In other news, World War I hero Sir John Monash could be immortalised in our federal parliament. The Australian, yesterday: A push to rename an inner-city Mel- bourne seat after Australia’s greatest military leader has the support of some political heavyweights but faces an uphill battle with the nation’s electoral commission. And it has reignited another campaign to celebrate one of our greatest countrymen. Committee for Monash chairwoman Kate Ashmor writing in The Australian, yesterday: Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who would like Monash posthumously elevated to field marshal, believes he deserves further recognition, describing him as Australia’s greatest citizen general who did so much for the nation before, during and after World War I. Such a move has precedent: former US president Gerald Ford posthumously promoted his nation’s first commander-in-chief. US Public Law 94-479, passed by congress on October 11, 1976: The President is authorised and requested to appoint George Washington posthumously to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States. Fischer’s campaign has had the backing of this august organ. The Australian’s editorial, November 11, 2008: … promote Monash posthumously in recognition of his achievements and sheer humanity. It’d be a great move by Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate Monash on next year’s 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Ashmor writing in The Australian, yesterday: His contribution cannot be over-estimated: Monash all but won the war for the Allies.