Bad week for Bill is cause for second thoughts
Despite losing their 24th consecutive Newspoll it’s been a better week for Malcolm Turnbull and the federal government but it’s on the back of a dreadful effort by Bill Shorten. Mr Shorten has looked silly over his claims Labor had nothing to worry about in relation to dual citizenship and of course there’s his absolute paralysis when it comes to Sam Dastyari.
Shanghai Sam will probably survive but after the revelations in this paper earlier this week by Shari Markson, Shorten really needs to ask for his resignation. It appears Sam is a Senator acting on behalf of Beijing not NSW. No discussion from the Senator about Broken Hill, Bankstown, Bondi, Brewarrina, Blacktown or Bourke, just Beijing.
Bill Shorten’s declaration of war on business is another reason why he can’t be prime minister. Couple that with Chris Bowen as Treasurer, Mark Dreyfus as Attorney-General, Shane Neumann as Immigration Minister and Michelle Rowland as Communications Minister and it would be a disaster comparable with their previous efforts under Rudd and Gillard.
It was strange to hear the PM Malcolm Turnbull taking any credit for the resounding victory by Barnaby Joyce last weekend. I would think the member for New England increased his majority despite the PM not because of him.
Attorney-General George Brandis projects as a bloke with an enormous and undeserved opinion of himself. His disparaging comments about NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro tell you more about him than Barilaro. The A/G needs to take his head out of backside and stop his delusions of adequacy.
The NSW plan for “Return and Earn” is a compete fiasco. This week listeners have sent me photos of the recycling machines surrounded with rubbish. Why didn’t someone from Minister Upton’s office call the SA government, who’ve operated a successful operation for 40 years, and ask some questions.
Little babies are being put at risk because of a lack of paediatric intensive care beds at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Families are having surgery postponed many times despite world-class doctors and theatre nurses being available but there are no beds for the children after the operation. The best the NSW government can do is say they are working on the problem and it will be fixed sometime in 2018.
The law can sometimes be incredibly hard to understand. How a 49-year-old teacher can have a sexual relationship with a 17year-old student and be found to have no case to answer because he wasn’t actually her teacher in Year 12 is bizarre. That’s despite being her teacher in Years 8, 9 and 10. He’s still employed in a non-teaching role with the Department Of Education, but has now been suspended without pay.
This week marked the fifth anniversary of the murder of a brave and dedicated NSW Police officer, Bryson Anderson. His family are in our thoughts
Plenty of criticism of Australian captain Steve Smith for not enforcing the follow-on in the second Test against England. It stopped after a victory and a two-nil lead in the Ashes series.