Category Archives: Question Time

On the QT: Combet has them at the jump

OK, Question Time today, as ever was pretty dull, but yesterday and today Combet has been having a bit of fun with Tony Abbott’s predictions about the impact of the carbon price. Today Combet rather tortiously made mention of predictions … Continue reading

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On the QT: The element of predictability

And so it reached 3:15pm. There was a sense of nervousness in the air. The House was restless; the gallery confused; the people on Twitter techy dishevelled and at a loss. Surely on this the anniversary of the rolling of … Continue reading

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On the QT: Like a Broken Pencil

Everything you need to know about Question time can be summed up in the supplementary asked today by Julie Bishop to Kevin Rudd "Will the Foreign Minister advise the House when he intends to return to Bougainville?" Some background. Firstly … Continue reading

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On the QT: No majority; no policy worthy of it

The ending of the nice, short three day week of Parliament began with the Green’s MP Adam Bandt moving this motion: That this House: (1) condemns the Gillard Government’s deal with Malaysia that would see 800 asylum seekers intercepted in … Continue reading

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On the QT: No smoke, no fire

The day’s events in politics started with the massive scandal that Nicola Roxon back in 2005 wrote a letter to cigarette company Philip Morris seeking their attendance at a $1,500 a table fundraising dinner. This was of course after the … Continue reading

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On the QT: No blog.. sort of

Sorry all – family life interrupts. No blog tonight… err except this blog saying that there is no blog. Oh bugger it, a few quick things: The Bushby saying “meow” to Wong thing in Senate Estimates was interesting but hardly … Continue reading

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On the QT: One sentence is not a report

The parliamentary nonsense started this morning with the latest Newspoll coming out in The Oz showing that the the ALP’s 2PP vote had increased 2 points and narrowed the LNP’s lead from 46-54 to 48-52. Naturally this was reported as … Continue reading

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>On the QT: The stench, it rises (so too does the economy)

> The day in Parliament House started with The PM and Tony Abbott and most other MPs attending the Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser for Cancer at which both Gillard and Abbott gave speeches. Tony Abbott, as is his way, decided … Continue reading

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>On the QT: “You should be made to wear earphones”

> Yesterday I made note that very, very little of what occurs in Question Time has a connection with the real world. Today was a nice example of that, which make you think “there is no sense in trying”. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Seen it all before.

> I’ve been writing about Question Time for as long as I’ve been writing this blog. I don’t mean to suggest I am some old hand at the caper, though as a decent politics nerd of some standing I have … Continue reading

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