La­bor Shop of Hor­rors re­vived in Ben­ne­long as ex-NSW pre­mier is brought back to life

Is it crazy-brave to run the leader of NSW’s worst govern­ment in Ben­ne­long? Yuh huh

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

NSW pre­mier Nathan Rees faces the cam­eras for the last time. Speak­ing in Syd­ney, De­cem­ber 3, 2009: Should I not be pre­mier by the end of this day, let there be no doubt … that any challenger will be a pup­pet of Ed­die Obeid and Joe Tripodi. New pre­mier Kristina Ke­neally speaks the next day in the NSW Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly, De­cem­ber 4, 2009: I’m no­body’s pup­pet, I’m no­body’s pro­tege, I’m no­body’s girl. Turns out she’s Bill Shorten’s girl. The fed­eral Op­po­si­tion Leader in Syd­ney’s East­wood, yes­ter­day: I have asked Kristina to once again serve, to serve the cause of the vot­ers of Ben­ne­long by pro­vid­ing a real choice … Want to win a by-elec­tion? Just pick the woman who led NSW La­bor to its worst de­feat. The Aus­tralian on­line’s NSW elec­tion blog, March 26, 2011: Count­ing at 8.15pm had the ALP around 26 per cent of the pri­mary vote, the Coali­tion about 51 … This is the big­gest loss the ALP has suf­fered in NSW. To­day many, many peo­ple voted Lib­eral/Na­tion­als for the first time in their lives. Ke­neally re­veals why she is run­ning against dual cit­i­zen and ex-Lib MP John Alexan­der. East­wood, yes­ter­day: … this is an op­por­tu­nity … to stand up and say to Mal­colm Turn­bull: “Your govern­ment is aw­ful. Enough is enough.” Let us tell you about an aw­ful govern­ment, Kristina. AAP, May 7, 2010: Karyn Paluz­zano has re­signed from the state par­lia­ment … Ms Paluz­zano was sus­pended by the NSW La­bor Party on Thurs­day night and could be jailed af­ter ad­mit­ting sign­ing false staff pay slips, rort­ing her par­lia­men­tary mail­ing al­lowance and then ly­ing about it to a cor­rup­tion in­quiry. A no-good, very smelly govern­ment. The Daily Tele­graph, June 8, 2010: Ian Mac­don­ald quit par­lia­ment last night … Fears over more dam­ag­ing rev­e­la­tions about Mr Mac­don­ald’s ex­penses on a trip to Dubai and Italy and the way he ran his min­istry are be­lieved re­spon­si­ble for his de­ci­sion … Who led that govern­ment, mate? Oh yeah, that clown show was all you. Ke­neally speak­ing in East­wood, yes­ter­day: I sup­pose I can have a slight claim to some ex­pe­ri­ence in govern­ment … Ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes bring­ing Mac­don­ald back into the NSW La­bor cab­i­net in the first place. The Aus­tralian, De­cem­ber 9, 2009: … sacked by Mr Rees just three weeks ago, (Mac­don­ald) has been given the min­istries for state and re­gional de­vel­op­ment … That turned out well. The Aus­tralian, June 2: Mac­don­ald … (has been) sen­tenced to 10 years’ im­pris­on­ment, with a non­pa­role pe­riod of seven years, for mis­con­duct in pub­lic of­fice. The ABC’s NSW po­lit­i­cal re­porter Brigid Glanville pro­vides the Ben­ne­long Lib­er­als with a cam­paign slo­gan on Twit­ter, yes­ter­day: I was go­ing to ring Ed­die Obeid and Ian Mac­don­ald to get their re­ac­tion to Kristina Ke­neally’s news … but oops I can’t … they’re in jail. And here’s an­other from the woman her­self. Ke­neally speaks to The Week­end Aus­tralian Mag­a­zine, De­cem­ber 4, 2010: … the La­bor Party was in a highly un­sta­ble sit­u­a­tion. I’m go­ing to ac­knowl­edge it up­front, and I’m go­ing to apol­o­gise for it.

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