That freedom MPs are ‘rebels’ is why Liberals deserve to lose

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  1. C.L. says:

    Nationals MP Llew O’Brien is considering joining a group of rebel MPs vowing to abstain from voting on government legislation over vaccine mandates, despite Scott Morrison warning that the Coalition would lose the next election if it were divided.

    The Prime Minister stared down a backbench rebellion in the Coalition partyroom meeting on Tuesday, declaring Labor would “sneak into government” if MPs were not disciplined and united.

    “If we surrender that, we surrender government,” Mr Morrison told MPs, according to Coalition sources

    “It’s up to us whether we will allow Labor to take the reins of government.”

    Mr O’Brien told The Australian he would consider abstaining on legislation if the Prime Minister did not secure a timeline from state governments on when vaccine mandates would end – a move that would further destabilise the Coalition’s command on the House of Representatives. .

    “Any sort of a timeline needs to be established. There needs to be an end date on this stuff,” Mr O’Brien said. “I’m keeping a close eye on it. While I’m not in that (rebel) camp at the moment, I am not ruling any future action out.”

    Mr O’Brien, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, left the door open to joining the rebels as soon as next week.

    Liberal senators Alex Antic and Gerard Rennick are vowing to team up with One Nation to block contentious government legislation from passing the Senate until Mr Morrison takes action against state government-­imposed vaccine mandates.

    As revealed by The Australian, Nationals MP George Christensen on Monday became the first lower house MP to join the rebellion by declaring the government could not be assured of his vote on legislation.

    His first act of defiance on Tuesday was to abstain from a vote against a Labor-proposed amendment to the National Redress Scheme. The amendment, which was defeated, would have lifted the $200,000 cap on redress payments and criticised the government’s implementation of the scheme

    After five Coalition senators crossed the floor on Monday to support a One Nation bill to ban vaccine mandates, Mr Morrison said every MP should ask themselves whether an action they were taking was helping the ­Coalition’s re-election prospects.

    “I can assure you we can win this election. I know the path from here to there,” he told MPs, ­according to Coalition sources.

    “And it comes with discipline, effort and focus that all colleagues know well. I know the path there, we can do it again. I need all of you to come there with me. I’m leaving nothing on the field between now and the next election.”

    Mr Morrison told MPs they could choose to spend the next two sitting weeks in Canberra making the government stronger or putting a “smile on Labor’s face”.

    The Coalition controls 76 out of 151 members in the House of Representatives and 36 of 76 members of the Senate.

    If Mr Christensen and Mr O’Brien cross the floor in the lower house, the government would need the support of Labor or at least two crossbenchers to pass legislation.

    In the Senate, the government would need the support of Labor or the Greens to pass legislation if Senator Antic and Senator Rennick join One Nation in abstaining from voting.

    Mr Morrison has spoken to Senator Antic and Senator Rennick in an effort to convince them to drop their protest against the federal government over mandates imposed by the states.

    The rebels believe there are several ways the federal government can pull the states into line, including through stopping them from accessing vaccine data from the Australian Immunisation Register.

    The senators are maintaining their stance, with Senator Rennick accusing Mr Morrison of not wanting to stand up to the states.

    Anthony Albanese accused Mr Morrison of not being able to control the Coalition partyroom.

    “If you can’t govern your party, how can you govern the country?” the Opposition Leader said.

    However, One Nation and senators Rennick and Antic voted with the government on Tuesday to prevent a Senate debate on Labor-backed legislation.

    Independent senator Rex Patrick tried to take advantage of ­Coalition instability by moving to suspend standing orders to allow the debate of his bill to establish a federal anti-corruption commission. One Nation voted against the motion while the Coalition rebels allowed themselves to be paired with Labor senators who were not in Canberra.

    The pairing of senators Antic and Rennick deadlocked the vote at 25 each side and prevented the motion from succeeding.

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    Exclusive by Greg Brown in The Australian

  2. Chris M says:

    Excellent O’Brien, the time for you to be decisive and stand up for Australians is right now.

    “It’s up to us whether we will allow Labor to take the reins of government.”

    Is there time to buy the Dominion system + dropboxes? If not the outcome may be up to the voters. Maybe take voting rights away from the unvaxxed? You don’t regard them as citizens after all.

  3. local oaf says:

    “It’s up to us whether we will allow Labor to take the reins of government.”

    Morrison got that right. It’s up to the Liberals to do the right thing, not the “rebels”.

  4. Terry says:

    And the point of a “Coalition” government that refuses to act in the interests of those that elected them is what, exactly?

    No Scummo. We’ll decide who “take[s] the reins of government” – not you. Now, back in your box until you are summoned for your input -OR- maybe just leave (F#c% 0ff).

  5. Lee says:

    Anthony Albanese accused Mr Morrison of not being able to control the Coalition partyroom.

    “If you can’t govern your party, how can you govern the country?” the Opposition Leader said.

    Piss off Albo!

    Where were you when Victorian police were chasing unarmed people down streets, shooting protesters in the back with rubber bullets, slamming an elderly lady onto the road and then pepper-spraying her in the face, and a big police thug was choking a young woman for not wearing a mask?

    Mind you, Scummo also stands condemned for not speaking out against state violence against members of the public.

  6. Texas Jack says:

    Crab Walk

    VERB

    To move sideways or diagonally, typically in an awkward or furtive manner.

    Not content crab-walking sideways, before jerking-off to Glasgow, Morrison clearly decided to see if he could get any political traction by trialing it in reverse. At the rate he’s going there’ll be no ‘there’ there, and he’ll be lucky to hold on in Cook!

    Sitting LNP and National Party members holding regional marginals are going to soon sniff the wind and realise the Party of Sharma and Zimmerman isn’t worth losing a seat for.

    That’s when things get really interesting.

  7. Pommyal says:

    Morrison still doesn’t get it.
    Until he gets a grip on these moronic labour state premiers he’s toast. Absolutely dead in the water. If he is too gutless to do that he is gone. Fucking moron.

  8. Lee says:

    Morrison still doesn’t get it.
    Until he gets a grip on these moronic labour state premiers he’s toast. Absolutely dead in the water. If he is too gutless to do that he is gone.

    I would suggest that the biggest single reason for ScoMo’s (and the federal government’s) plummeting popularity in the polls is precisely because he has absolutely refused to rein in the premiers, or criticize them, even for their worst excesses, such as police brutality.
    (Though shamefully and embarrassingly for him, ScoMo was extremely quick to jump the gun and condemn the supposed political targeting of a politician’s – Andy Meddick’s son/daughter – which it most definitely was not, as even VicPol admits.)

    In fact, I believe his complete indifference to the goings on at state level, including coercing of vaccines on the public and refusal to condemn state-sanctioned police thuggery has emboldened the premiers.

  9. twostix says:

    Morrison endorses and agrees with this.

    His entire career in politics has been ruthlessly chasing unvaccinated people and finding new and unique ways to track, punish parents and throw children out of society if they miss a single one of the 18 mandated ‘jabs’ the Commonwealth orders them to get.

    He’s the reason there is no realistic exemptions anymore. He personally removed the last one.

    The states could not act, there could not under any circumstances be vaccine ‘mandates’ at this scale if Morrison hadn’t made the AIR open to them all and made reporting COVID ‘jabs’ to the AIR compulsory while also averting his eyes re the Privacy Act which classes biomedical data (vaccination status, etc) as “sensitive” – the highest level of protection required. Hardly inline with letting the local waiter of checkout chick at Supercheap have the power to demand to see it, right?

    People pretending he’s hapless and being run roughshod over on this are fooling themselves.

  10. Ed Case says:

    Mr O’Brien told The Australian he would consider abstaining on legislation if the Prime Minister did not secure a timeline from state governments on when vaccine mandates would end

    Sounds pretty wishy washy to me, L-L-L-Lew.
    If Andrews and the other Labor State Leaders say 12/12/2025 is the End Date, then things will be okay again?

  11. Ed Case says:

    He’s the reason there is no realistic exemptions anymore. He personally removed the last one.

    The states could not act, there could not under any circumstances be vaccine ‘mandates’ at this scale if Morrison hadn’t made the AIR open to them all and made reporting COVID ‘jabs’ to the AIR compulsory

    If that’s correct, then Scotty has gotta go now.

  12. Twostix says:

    The Commonwealth Government will end the conscientious objector exemption on children’s vaccination for access to taxpayer funded Child Care Benefits, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement from 1 January 2016.

    Parents who vaccinate their children should have confidence that they can take their children to child care without the fear that their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious objections of others.

    From 1 January 2016, ‘conscientious objection’ will be removed as an exemption category for child care payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate) and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement.

    Christian Scientists will no longer be able to claim a religious exemption to avoid vaccinating their children.
    Social Services Minister Scott Morrison had talks with the Church of Christ, Scientist and has removed the group’s approved exemption that has been in place since 1998.
    The religion is no longer advising members to avoid vaccinating their children.
    The only remaining vaccination exemption will be on medical grounds.

  13. a reader says:

    Parents who vaccinate their children should have confidence that they can take their children to child care without the fear that their children will be at risk of contracting a serious or potentially life-threatening illness because of the conscientious objections of others.

    given that pretty much all, if not all, the childhood injections actually work (unliked the covid nonsense) this doesn’t even make sense

  14. Twostix says:

    Morrison’s crown jewel over is the creation of the vaccination apparatus and tracking system that is now being used to hunt down and trap every adult in Australia.

    – Total visibility of every individual’s vaccine status, made available to the whole of Australia.
    – No exemptions allowed.
    – No jab no job
    – No jab no service

    It is the official expansion of the childhood vaccination apparatus to adults.

  15. Twostix says:

    given that pretty much all, if not all, the childhood injections actually work (unliked the covid nonsense) this doesn’t even make sense

    Do you think this is all new? Like this immense social fracking that they’re doing is just off the cuff?

    This stuff, the nonsensical messaging, the ‘crying out in pain the strike you’ type tactics, has been sharpened and honed for years.

    Just be glad we’re not hearing from their favorite tired old pitbull: ‘herd immunity’.

  16. Ed Case says:

    given that pretty much all, if not all, the childhood injections actually work (unliked the covid nonsense) this doesn’t even make sense

    In what way does it work?
    Have a look at Burial Indexes in the 19th Century.
    The causes of Infant Death were:
    Premature Birth, Gastroenteritis, Typhoid and Convulsions.
    Diphtheria as a cause of death was about as common as Plague and being Hanged, Whooping Cough was rarer and Measles deaths were non existent.
    And that was 130 years ago, when water came from the well, the toilet was a hole in the backyard and hot water required firewood.

  17. Ed Case says:

    Careful, Twostix, it’s not your blog.

  18. twostix says:

    Ed you good old contrarian….I have no idea what that means.

  19. C.L. says:

    They made a mistake in vaccinating too many people.
    Anything north of, say 75 percent means ‘blame the unvaxxed’ isn’t going to work. After that, you have to really start rounding ’em up – yes, like Jews in Warsaw – which is what we’re seeing now in Austria and Germany particularly.
    They should have kept about 40 percent of the population in the Strategic Vilification Reserve.

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