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Dec 7, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

ABBOTT FORCED TO SINK HIS $20 BILLION PPL ‘BARNACLE’

 

ABBOTT FORCED TO SINK HIS $20 BILLION PPL ‘BARNACLE’

 

Reports today indicate Tony Abbott has been forced into a humiliating backdown on his “signature policy” – his unfair and extravagant paid parental leave scheme.

 

There could be no greater sign of just how much trouble Tony Abbott is in with his own colleagues.

 

Tony Abbott has defended his unaffordable and unfair paid parental leave scheme up hill and down dale.

 

He has stubbornly and repeatedly promised to stand by his friendless scheme no matter what.

 

“This wasn’t just a policy that the Coalition took to the 2013 election, it was the policy that we took to the 2010 election. This is a policy to which I am personally very committed.”

 

TONY ABBOTT – PRESS CONFERENCE – 13 MARCH 2014

 

Labor, business and many of his own colleagues have long been calling on Tony Abbott to dump his paid parental leave scheme that would see millionaires paid $50,000 to have a baby.

 

Now, at the end of a year of lies and broken promises, and thanks to Joe Hockey’s Budget mess, Tony Abbott has finally been forced to concede defeat.

 

Tony Abbott must release the detail of his revised paid parental leave scheme immediately. He should have had the guts to put it to the Parliament – not wait until after the Parliament has risen for the year before announcing it.

 

Labor will wait to see the detail – but we know one thing for sure – if Tony Abbott was serious about helping working families’ make ends meet he would reverse his $1 billion cut to child care.

 

Tony Abbott’s signature paid parental leave scheme looks finally set to be consigned to history.

 

He should now scrap those other Budget barnacles – his GP tax, pension cuts and $100,000 degrees.

 

SUNDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2014

 

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Dec 5, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

BROKEN PROMISE ON RET IRRESPONSIBLE

Labor believes a strong renewable energy sector will keep downward pressure on power prices, support new clean energy jobs through continued investment and contribute to reducing Australia’s carbon emissions.

 

The Abbott Government destroyed bipartisan support for the Renewable Energy Target in Australia by breaking its election commitment and trying to reduce Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.

 

Before the election Tony Abbott promised –

          “We have no plans to change the renewable energy target.”  TONY ABBOTT – 27 SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Labor has again written to the Minister for Industry to reiterate our willingness to explore every opportunity to re-establish bipartisan support for the Renewable Energy Target.

 

However, Labor will not stand by and watch billions of dollars in investment in the Australian renewable energy sector, along with thousands of jobs, go overseas because of cuts to the target.

 

Tony Abbott has no vision for Australia’s future and his Government fails to understand the economic and environmental benefits of a strong renewable energy industry in Australia.

 

“I drive to Canberra to go to Parliament…and I must say, I find those wind turbines around Lake George to be utterly offensive and I think they are just a blight on the landscape.”  JOE HOCKEY – 2 MAY 2014

 

The Abbott Government’s starting position of a 40 per cent cut to the Renewable Energy Target puts a secure economic future for Australia at risk.

 

Investor confidence in the Renewable Energy Target has been smashed by Tony Abbott’s decision to walk away from his previous support for the policy – new investment in renewables is down 70 per cent since he became Prime Minister.

 

Labor has set out clearly defined negotiating parameters within which we are willing to work with the Government.

 

We believe there is a case for emissions intensive trade exposed sectors, like the aluminium sector, to be exempt from the RET to protect Australian jobs.

 

Labor commenced negotiations with the Government in good faith because we know that industry needs a bipartisan solution.

 

While Labor remains committed to seeking a bipartisan outcome, we will not be party to a plan that kills jobs and investment, increases pollution and forces power prices to rise.

 

Labor remains committed to a strong and sustainable renewable energy sector and remains open to further discussions with the Government.

 

FRIDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2014

 

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Dec 4, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

2014: TONY ABBOTT’S YEAR OF BROKEN PROMISES

 

 

Before the last election, Tony Abbott made a lot of promises to the Australian people.

 

After a year in office, almost every single one of those promises has been broken.

 

Tony Abbott promised no cuts to health, no cuts to education, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABS or SBS.

 

He promised no increase to university fees and that university funding arrangements would not change.

 

He promised to retain the Renewable Energy Target.

 

He promised to reduce cost of living pressure and make childcare more accessible and affordable.

 

He promised 1 million new jobs and better support for apprentices.

 

He also promised that taxes will always be lower under a Coalition government.

 

He promised to be the Prime Minister for Women and the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

 

He promised to lead a government of no surprises and no excuses.

 

He promised to lead a government that says what it means and does what it says.

 

Tony Abbott has broken almost every single one these promises to the Australian people, who elected him Prime Minister.

 

None more so than this commitment from on election night:

 

                             “We will not let you down.”

 

TONY ABBOTT – ELECTION NIGHT SPEECH – 7 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

Tony Abbott has let Australians down.

 

This is not the government they said they would be.

 

2014 may be a year that Tony Abbott would rather forget – but Australians will always remember.

 

Labor will continue to hold the Abbott Government to account in 2015, as we have in 2014.

 

But more importantly, Labor will continue to fight the Government’s unfair measures that hurt Australians.

 

And Labor will put forward a positive vision and policies that protect living standards, jobs and a secure economic future.

 

For more details head to abbottslies.com.au

 

THURSDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2014

 

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Dec 4, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

LYNNE KOSKY

This morning I learned that Lynne Kosky had tragically lost her battle with cancer.

 

As we mourn the loss of this remarkable woman, we recognise the stunning contribution she made in public life.

 

We sincerely thank Lynne for dedicating herself to raising awareness of breast cancer throughout her illness – a true testament to her strength of character, her sense of public service and her generosity to others.

 

As a Minister she was deeply commitment to modernising Victoria’s education and training system to deliver greater opportunity.

 

Lynne Kosky will also be remembered for her dedication to the promotion of women in Labor and throughout our nations parliaments.

 

And there has been no more committed advocate for the people of Melbourne’s west than Lynne Kosky.

 

Lynne served as a councillor at Footscray City Council between 1986 and 1990, including as Mayor in 1988.

 

Elected the Member for Altona in 1996, Lynne became a key member of the Bracks and Brumby Labor Government in Victoria.

 

I had the privilege of working closely with Lynne in the late 1980’s. She was a tireless champion for everyday Victorians, and her loss will be felt by all who knew her.

 

On behalf of Federal Labor, I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to Lynne’s husband, Jim and children Hana and Jackson.

 

My thoughts are also with the friends and colleagues of Lynne Kosky who have long admired her bravery and commitment to social justice.

 

THURSDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2014

 

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Dec 2, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

ANOTHER HUMILATING DEFEAT FOR TONY ABBOTT’S UNFAIR BUDGET

 

The Senate’s rejection of Tony Abbott’s plans for $100,000 university degrees is another humiliating defeat for Tony Abbott and his unfair Budget.

 

Labor has joined with students and families in the fight against Tony Abbott’s unfair changes to higher education – and we’ve won this round.

 

This is a sweet victory for everyone who has fought Tony Abbott’s plans for $100,000 degrees – but it is not over yet.

 

The Abbott Government has made it clear that they will continue to try to push through plans to deregulate university fees, rip billions out of our universities and saddle students with a lifetime of debt.

 

Labor will never support plans to stop low and middle income Australians from having the opportunity of attending university – we will never stop fighting Tony Abbott’s and his plans to Americanise our universities.

 

Labor believes going to university should depend on hard work and good marks, not your parents’ bank account.

 

Young Australians, no matter their background, should get the opportunity to go to university, get a great job and contribute to our nation.  It speaks volumes of this Prime Minister’s priorities that he wants to saddle young Australians with a crippling debt sentence for life.

 

Education is essential to opportunity in Australia and our economic growth in the future – and Labor will always fight for it.

 

TUESDAY, 2 DECEMBER 2014

 

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Dec 2, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION SECURED

Community consultation on the Maribyrnong defence site will be held in early 2015, Opposition Leader and Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten said today.

 

Bill Shorten secured the commitment on behalf of local residents after raising the issue with Federal Defence Minister.

 

“The last community consultation was held over a year ago, under the former Labor Government,” he said.

 

Bill Shorten said that it was integral that local residents know how work on the site was progressing.

 

“Residents in neighbouring areas need to know what is happening and when,” he said.

 

“I trust that this community consultation will give the local residents the answers they deserve.”

 

Dec 1, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT’S NBN BYPASSES MARIBYRNONG AGAIN

The Abbott Government’s revised 18-month NBN plan had again neglected the local community, Opposition Leader and Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten said today.

 

Bill Shorten said that the recently released rollout plan had excluded the entire Maribyrnong electorate.

 

“Before the election, Tony Abbott promised that every Australian would have access to the NBN by 2016,” he said.

 

“With the most recent rollout plan entirely ignoring our community, it’s clear that this is just another broken promise from the Abbott Government.”

 

Bill Shorten said that local suburbs which had previously been included in the former Labor Government’s rollout schedule were still not in the Abbott Government’s plan.

 

“Local residents  still don’t know when they can expect the NBN,” Bill Shorten said.

 

“Not only has the Abbott Government’s NBN completely bypassed our community, local residents still don’t even know if they can expect fibre to the home,” he said.

 

Dec 1, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

DEADLINE DAY FOR TONY ABBOTT TO TAKE ACTION ON ADF PAY DEAL

THE HON BILL SHORTEN

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

 

SENATOR STEPHEN CONROY

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

 

GAI BRODTMANN MP

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR DEFENCE

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

DEADLINE DAY FOR TONY ABBOTT TO TAKE ACTION ON ADF PAY DEAL

 

Tony Abbott has until the end of the day to ensure a fair pay deal for Australian Defence Force personnel.

 

It is time Tony Abbott showed some leadership and took action to overturn the Government’s unfair decision to cut the real pay and conditions of our servicemen and women, including Christmas and Recreation leave.

 

Some reports suggest that Tony Abbott may back down on some leave entitlements, but is still planning on delivering a real cut in wages to our service men and women.

 

That is shameful and wrong.

 

The deadline for the Prime Minister to write to the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal is 1 December.

 

Funding for a fair pay deal for our service men and women is already in the budget.

 

Community outrage at the Abbott Government’s decision is growing, with more than 58,000 people signing a petition calling for a fair pay deal.

 

Labor is proud to receive this petition today and to keep up the pressure on the Prime Minister to take action.

 

The Prime Minister is also disgracefully using the ADF as political pawns to cut the pay and conditions of all Commonwealth public servant.

 

He told Parliament last week:

 

“I can assure members opposite that no-one in the public sector will be get a better deal than our defence force personnel.”

 

This is simply shameful.

 

Our service men and women shouldn’t have to fight the Abbott Government for decent pay and conditions.

 

 

MONDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2014

 

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Nov 29, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

Victorian Election Result

VICTORIAN ELECTION RESULT

 

The Victorian election result is a sensational outcome for everyone who believes in a stronger, fairer Victoria.

 

Daniel Andrews and Labor offered Victorians a clear choice at this election. And Victorians have made a clear choice.

 

Daniel Andrews put forward a positive vision for Victoria’s future:

 

A leader who will end the ambo crisis. A leader who will fight for nurses, firies and teachers.

 

A leader who will fix our schools, save our TAFEs and secure the jobs of the future.

 

A leader who will take his orders from Victorians – not from Tony Abbott.

 

Victoria now has a state leader that will stand up to Tony Abbott.

 

There is no doubt Victorians used this election to send Tony Abbott a clear message – no GP Tax, no $100,000 degrees and no cuts to schools and hospitals. And no more lies.

 

Deemed “box office poison” by Victorian Liberals, Tony Abbott kept a low profile throughout the campaign but his unfair Budget was ever present.

 

Tonight’s result proves people care about hospitals, schools, jobs, higher education and skills.

 

It also proves people aren’t interested in tired old personal attacks, they’re hungry for a positive plan for the future.

 

Daniel Andrews has made history in Victoria, but he couldn’t have done it without his amazing family and the support of his dedicated team, including thousands of volunteers.

 

I congratulate Premier-elect, Daniel Andrews and his team on this outstanding result.

 

SATURDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2014

 

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Nov 29, 2014
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

Doorstop Interview: Moonee Ponds

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

DOORSTOP INTERVIEW

MOONEE PONDS

SUNDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2014

 

SUBJECT/S: Victorian election; Tony Abbott; Australian Defence Force pay deal.

 

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Last night Victorians made history by turning out a first term Liberal Government, and instead choosing a new Labor hero, Daniel Andrews. I want to congratulate Daniel and his Labor colleagues for running a positive campaign, for talking about the future and having a vision for Victoria. I also would like to put on record my appreciation for not only for Daniel, but for his whole family’s contribution. Cath Andrews, I think as Victorians got to meet her, they liked who they were meeting. So Daniel Andrews has pulled off an earthquake, all congratulations are due to him.

 

I also think it is fair to say that Tony Abbott did play a significant role in this election, even if he didn’t come to Victoria. There’s no doubt that on the one hand, Victorians wanted a strong leader who would stand up to Canberra, whose boss would be the Victorian people, not Tony Abbott. On the other hand, Tony Abbott’s policies were clearly a factor of some anger in the Victorian electorate. Cuts to schools and hospitals, the GP Tax, a $100,000 university degree. Victorians clearly didn’t like the way Tony Abbott is taking the nation, and they wanted a strong leader in Victoria to stand up. Last night was historic, Daniel Andrews and his team ran a great campaign, and they clearly showed that they could win the confidence of the Victorian people. Happy to take questions.

 

JOURNALIST: Obviously the Liberal Coalition is spinning this as an election not fought on federal issues but on state issues. What do you say to that? That’s expected obviously.

 

SHORTEN: Well I think part of the way you’ve just framed your question shows what we all think about it. If Tony Abbott and his Coalition team in Canberra, with their unfair Budget and broken promises, are in denial about one of the factors in this election, well that would be a dreadful mistake. I take nothing away, in fact I congratulate Daniel Andrews and his team for the campaign they ran. There were certainly lots of state issues very much front and centre in this election. But if Tony Abbott thinks that merely by not being here, by putting his hands over his ears, by closing his eyes, by singing ‘la la la’, and somehow pretend that there were no federal issues in this election, then I think Australia has more problems than we even thought we had under this unfair Budget.

 

This week in Parliament Tony Abbott has a chance to show that he’s listened to Victoria, that he’s heard the message. He mightn’t have come here, but Victorians have spoken loud enough that he could here this message anywhere in the country. This week, Tony Abbott should drop the GP Tax, he should scrap $100,000 university degrees, he should rule out cuts to schools and hospitals, and he should also make sure that Victorians get their fair share of infrastructure spending, rather than punishing Victorians because they wouldn’t vote for Tony Abbott’s preferred candidate.

 

JOURNALIST: What do you make of the Greens winning their first ever lower house seat in Victoria?

 

SHORTEN: Well it’s the preferential voting system, I congratulate the Greens for winning one seat in the Victorian Parliament. I believe obviously that Labor, as the only party challenging Tony Abbott, can form an alternative government. And so I get that some people want to vote for protest parties, what I would clearly say though, is that Labor’s got the policies and they demonstrated in Victoria they form governments, not just simply to be the party of complaint and protest.

 

JOURNALIST: Do you consider the Greens to be a protest party?

 

SHORTEN: Well I have to say that they aren’t seriously ever going to form a government in this country. I have made it clear that if I was to lead a Labor government that we wouldn’t go into coalition with the Greens. I do not believe the Greens can form a government in this country. So yes, I think that we should recognise them for what they are.

 

JOURNALIST: But why then are votes leaking from Labor to the Greens? Can you explain that?

 

SHORTEN: Last night Labor staged a historic win –

 

JOURNALIST: No, but in particular seats. You know the question that I am asking.

 

JOURNALIST: Why are you using the inner city?

 

SHORTEN: Well first of all, Labor won the election last night. And I know that perhaps the Federal Government want us not to talk about them. Certainly, Labor has to make sure that it can reach out and appeal to all Victorians, but Labor got a big swing to it across Victoria, I think this is a remarkable accomplishment. That the Greens won a seat does not in my opinion take away from the fact that the conceived wisdom has always been that first term governments never lose. In fact in Victorian history it last happened in 1955 when the Labor Party split. So the conceived wisdom is that first term governments never lose.

 

Daniel Andrews, a new Labor hero and a great Premier for Victoria in the making, won and defeated a first term Coalition Government. And I believe that some of the issues which contributed to it – some of the issues, not all of the issues – were the fact that Tony Abbott has brought down the most unfair, unpopular Budget in living memory. And the very fact that a Prime Minister of Australia had to send their Foreign Minister to Victoria, and wouldn’t visit Victoria himself except for the most fleeting visits that if you blinked you’d have missed his arrival and departure in Victoria, this is story across Australia.

 

And again, this week Parliament sits for the last week of the year. I think the lesson of Daniel Andrews, why he was successful, is he was positive, not just negative. That he had a view that he was going to fix up the disputes with the ambulance officers, that he was a leader who would not go to war with firefighters, nurses and teachers, but rather work with them. That he would restore TAFE to the position it should be in, he would fight to secure jobs for Victoria, including in manufacturing, and he would look after our education system. That’s how you grow an economy.

 

Tony Abbott, when all is said and done this week, should look at himself in the mirror and say okay, no more just changing of my speaking notes, no more just spinning, I will just drop the GP tax, it’s clearly not in the best interests of the nation. Tony Abbott should drop his $100,000 university degrees. Tony Abbott should rule out the Victorians missing out on their fair share of infrastructure. And I think to complete it this week, he should make it very clear that he will not engage in engage in wholesale cuts to hospitals and schools.

 

JOURNALIST: Obviously those messages weren’t enough to reach inner-Melbourne though, will you look at those results and try to figure out a strategy to try and hold them next time?

 

SHORTEN: I’m ambitious for the Labor Party and for Australia. We want everyone possible that we can persuade to vote for us. That goes for the inner city, the middle suburbs, the outer suburbs, regional and country Australia. Obviously we would like to see more people voting for us. But let’s not take away – we can talk about one out of 88 seats or we can talk about what happened across all 88 seats. I congratulate Daniel Andrews. He has done a remarkable thing. The history books are being rewritten, political precedence and conventions are turned on their head.

 

What it shows me, and what Daniel Andrews was able to demonstrate, is that if you can contest governments with trust deficits, if you contest governments who say one thing before the election and do something else after the election, then Australians will punish you pretty quickly. And what Daniel Andrews did is instead offered a positive vision of the future of not just inner city Melbourne, not just Melbourne, but of the whole of Victoria, country and city.

 

JOURNALIST: As you point out, one term governments are an oddity in Australian politics, does this result send a message that a second term is no longer a given? What do you think about that?

 

SHORTEN: Well let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. This is a significant outcome, and the political rule books are being ripped up as we speak in terms of what people expect. The electorate want governments who do things, they want governments to be positive, they want governments who don’t just simply cut and cut and cut, they want governments who create jobs, not wave goodbye to jobs overseas. They want to make sure we’re providing – making Australia a better place. Tony Abbott this week, in all seriousness, has an opportunity. This has been a pretty big message which has been heard all around Australia, state issues and federal issues, they’re all in the mix. The only thing not in the mix here was Tony Abbott. He needs to not be in denial, not put his hands over his ears, not just say no, no, nothing to do with me, nothing to see here, keep moving. He needs to instead I think seriously just consider dropping his GP Tax, forgetting about his $100,000 degrees on university students, dropping his cuts to schools and hospitals. Maybe he should reconsider what he’s doing with the ABC and SBS.

 

If he wants to fix up defence pay, he shouldn’t do it in a half-hearted fashion. What he needs to do with defence pay is make sure that our troops, their wages, are keeping up just with the cost of living. Australia’s defence forces are not greedy people, they do not want to be in the newspapers for these matters. I see reports that Tony Abbott’s considering a half-hearted, half-baked, too little too late response on defence force pay. I think this is the week that Tony Abbott could demonstrate that he’s a leader. Drop the GP Tax, drop the $100,000 university degrees, sort out defence pay properly, not in a half-hearted, too little too late matter, no cuts to schools and hospitals. And of course, even though last week he was making wild and inflammatory statements, reckless statements about taking billions of dollars away, taking billions of dollars away from Victorian infrastructure, he needs to sit down, respect the choice of Victorian voters, work with Daniel Andrews, not stamp his foot and play petty politics.

 

JOURNALIST: The Greens say that they will move in the Senate for the $3 billion that was to go to the East West link to come to Doncaster rail and public transport in Melbourne, would you support that move?

 

SHORTEN: Well, Labor has the policy on metro rail which says that we think if you want to sort out Melbourne’s traffic congestion, part of the answer has to be in public transport, and improving that. I hope that Tony Abbott has enough insight, has enough wisdom, is not in denial, he should sit down with Daniel Andrews and work out a plan that Daniel Andrews and the Victorian people want, not just Tony Abbott. Last question thanks.

 

JOURNALIST: [Inaudible]

 

SHORTEN: Daniel Andrews has gone to the election with a very clear policy prioritising –  if you want to sort out roads, you have to give people alternatives to driving on our congested roads, which involves of course public transport. So I think that Daniel Andrews will prove to be, just as he was during the election, a surprise package, I think we have every chance to see a great Victorian Premier in the making.

 

What I would say to Tony Abbott is Daniel Andrews took his policies to an election. Tony Abbott hasn’t taken all his polices to an election. There’s a lesson here for Tony Abbott, that if you want to do reckless and unfair things to Australian society, if you want to divide the community, if you want to cut services, cut education, cut hospitals, at least have the courage to take your views to an election first. Daniel Andrews has done that with all of his polices, and he is a man of his convictions, and I’m sure that Victoria today is a better destination than it was looking like under a Liberal government.

 

JOURNALIST: [Inaudible] because there’s no guarantee that the contracts are able to be ripped up?

 

SHORTEN: Well if you want to talk about falsehoods with East West, how on earth did the Abbott Government give $1.5 billion to a political ally, with no cost-benefit analysis? If you want to talk about falsity, why is Tony Abbott just saying – he threatened Victorians, you know I wouldn’t underplay, people don’t like being told that if they exercise their own vote contrary to Tony Abbott, that he’ll take billions of dollars off them. Tony Abbott’s got to understand that if you try and bully Victorians, or if you try and bully the nation, you might get an unwelcome response.

 

Anyway, let’s see what happens in Parliament this week. Tony Abbott has an opportunity. Drop the nasties in your unfair Budget, keep your promises, and that would be a good way to end the year I think for Australia. If Tony Abbott is in denial, if he says it’s nothing to do with him, if we want to get these mixed messages that we saw last week – is the GP on again, off again? Are they going to try and do it by avoiding Parliament? Are they going to persist with all of these sort of broken promises? Are they going to persist with cuts to the ABC? They’ve got a Defence Minister who is literally at sea. This is a Government adrift. I think this week Tony Abbott needs to carefully consider – not hot-headed, not lose his temper – carefully consider what Victorians have said, take advantage of the wisdom of the people and change the way he’s doing business, otherwise he’s going to have I think more difficulties ahead.

 

Thanks everyone.

 

 

 

ENDS

 

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