Bad week for Bill is cause for sec­ond thoughts

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion - RAY HADLEY


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.

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