Prime Bloke rolls out one barrel girl

TONY Abbott's daughters on the campaign trail were meant as a constant rebuff of the perception that he has a problem with women.

It was kind of cheesy for about a minute, after which it was more like Tony and his barrel girls.

Now he's Prime Minister and looks no longer need to be deceiving, it is back to the blokey bloke and a Cabinet room full of suits, albeit with one worn by the bag lady for WA mining interests.

There would have been two, Tony was quick to assure us, but for the fact that the four foot, two inch package of pure poison doesn't look likely in Indi.

Bob Hawke claimed that Tanya Plibersek was not suited to the Labor leadership because she has a three-year-old child.

Mr Hawke is old and very much yesterday's man.

Too many decisions like his Cabinet selections may see Mr Abbott quickly match him for relevance. 

 

THE new Cabinet doesn't have ministers for science, the aging or disabilities. Mr Abbott said those things were included in the responsibilities of his ministry but he had pared back names to avoid "title inflation".

I wonder if he'll follow NSW's lead and start referring to coal seam gas as "natural gas from coal seams".

 

THE Labor Party's plan to allow all members a say in who will lead it in Opposition is a necessary move for an organisation that appears to have lost track of its roots.

That a new leader won't be known until October 13 is of little concern given the new Parliament is unlikely to have sat by then.

What is a concern - or at least should be - is that the number eligible is just 40,000, pitiful for a national party with a long history.

There has been a stab at branch development in Fisher here on the Sunshine Coast but Labor has some considerable way to go if it is to match the LNP's branch membership in a seat now held by Mal Brough.

JARROD Bleijie comes across as only half-cute with his defence of laws relating to political donations from trade unions.

He makes the point that they apply equally to trade union and employer groups.

What they don't also apply to is publicly listed companies, who are free to do as they please without first going to the expense of polling shareholders.

Ultimately the legislation did what was intended and cut a key source of Labor election funding.

Without Palmer United Party's presence the 2013 federal election on the Sunshine Coast would have been a no contest for the LNP's big-spending campaigns in Fairfax and Fisher.


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