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

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

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.

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