Laurie Oakes – The Sage – tips…


Gillard has apparently called for a ballot on Monday. The old sage Laurie Oakes from Channel 9 was commenting on the Today Show this morning, and he said Rudd and his supporters need not respond to that. They could tell Gillard there will be a challenge but it would not to the PM’s timing. The reasons are simple – firstly, there would be no time for campaigning. Secondly, parliament is still sitting and should the ballot result in a change of PM, negotiations with independent MPs would be required and parliament could not simply be suspended for that to happen.

All very sound arguments to a lay person like me.

What was interesting however, was the sense that Laurie Oakes sounded like he was advising the Rudd camp on the appropriate response. Oakes is a known Rudd fan and he doesnt mince his words in showing his disdain for Gillard. Rudd supporters would be all ears when Oakes speaks, Oakes probably knows that.

Whatever the outcome, at least Australian politics is a little bit more interesting. Interesting stuff that the country can do without however… just bring on the elections.

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Lucky Country, Mr Thomson?


The Health Services Union and the NSW Police, have at long last, decided to act and take the next step to formally investigate Craig Thomson for possible criminal breaches. Madame Prime Minister is unlikely to sleep well now. Who knows, Craig Thomson may well be the one to bring an end to the carbon tax stupidity. Talk about serendipity and Australia being the lucky country.

Taking after a recent tendency amongst some of my dearest beloved to romanise the Hokkien dialect – “Gong Gong Chia Ti Kong”. Translated loosely, it means (I think) that the heavens show mercy on the simple-minded, or the perhaps literally, “fools are fed by the heavens”.

Craig Thomson could well turn out to be the saviour of Australia.