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This makes for depressing reading as it highlights Labor's desperation for power (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23). If the main purpose of a carbon tax is to create another Labor constituency how is this in the national interest? Last week Wilkie was Gillard's dixie cup, all used up, today he is her best mate. Someone, anyone, anything please put an end to this woeful government.
How can one manage a country (the biggest company in the land) like a bloody $2 shop? (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23.)
I am sick of politicians, north, south, east and west.
Get honest astute business managers in (if there are any) to drive the ship.
Screw political promises that divert attention from the main game. That is delivering goods and services for our taxes.
Please, please Santa bring us an election before Christmas (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Promise we'll be good this time.
No wonder there is zero confidence in the economy accompanied by a growing breakdown in the social fabric of the country (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23). Social and economic collapse into the black hole that results from a leadership vacuum now seems inevitable, unless parliament is dissolved for an immediate election. Such is the Gillard legacy!
If he fails for the slippery snake oil salesmenship once again then Wilkie and the current government deserve each other (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
The only solution to fix this mess is another election so we can get a clear majority government (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23). If Labor had any integrity they would allow an election to stop this joke.
How gullible does this woman think the Australian people are (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
She is so lucky this is Australia and not some Middle East nation where there would be riots and angry protests, and Julia would have real egg on her face!
I cannot believe anyone can be so desperate to hang on to power.
Wilkie should just show some maturity and tell her to take her bat and ball and go play somewhere else!
Alan, I can't have the statement that the pillars of marginal seats are living off the misery of pokie players (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
I belong to two of the largest clubs in Australia and both are run by volunteer boards who give their time, and in some cases almost full-time, to run these clubs and are not paid any excessive amounts of money to do so. Over the years, 40-plus that I have lived in this region, the clubs' managements have been huge supporters of local sporting and social clubs, hospitals, SES, schools, etc. As for the misery of pokie players I can't have that this is true of the people who play the machines. If they did not enjoy it there is no way that they will play them. There will always be problem gamblers just like there are problem criminals and drinkers and drivers. It is crazy thinking on Wilkie's behalf that putting mandatory limits is going to stop a person who wants to gamble. What he should be looking at to keep ahead of the game is the prolific increase of online gambling. One cannot watch a game of any sport or horse racing to be inundated with ads quoting odds on outcomes. No benefits of this gambling flow back into the local communities at all – just corporate profits and government taxation and we all know how much benefit we are getting from Gillard's spending sprees. If she gives into Wilkie there is no doubt the massacre at the polls will be worse than even that is expected now.
Going back to the pokie pre-committment now would have to be seen by even the blindest, rusted-on Labor supporter as nothing more than pure political expedience (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Whatever It Takes, Graham Richardson's book title, was never more evident than it is today.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to see the government set sensible policy, then administer programs to deliver stated policy outcomes?
No, not here: Canberra prefers the flip-flop of trying to pick up a few votes in the house, at vast cost, with little consideration of our long-term future.
Shameful (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
How things change (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23). When Gillard sold her, and Labor's, soul to form a minority government, all comments seemed to focus on Abbott, not Gillard, doing everything he possibly could do to be the government.
We now know he didn't make deals with other MP's, he didn't lie to the electorate, but more importantly didn't put himself in a position to renege on a deal because it was too hard. It's going to be interesting to see what Gillard does next.
I am not a big user of pokies so really don't care. But I think Wilkie's reforms are an invasion and the cons far out-way the pros. Internet gambling is already big and will only get bigger and besides that there are a multitude of other gambling activities available.
Pokies are not just big revenue raisers for clubs and pubs, but also for governments. A lot of community activities are reliant on poker machine revenue. I acknowledge the fact we have gambling addicts, but is this the best way of dealing with the problem? Are we cutting our nose off to spite our face?
Gillard dealt with her problem by convincing Slipper to defect, or thought she did, But I agree with Alan, Wilkie has now become the most important MP in Canberra.
This article states in relation to the NBN, that city-dwellers are blissfully unaware they are subsidising regional internet users (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Many of us are actually aware of the fact that we are (or will be) subsidising regional internet users.
I have lived in the country and in the city. I know what a raw deal country people get in relation to telecommunications and many other services that city people take for granted.
Country people feed the nation despite Coles and Woolworth's attempts to put them out of business.
Sir Robert Menzies recognised the need, in such a geographically large nation, to ensure regional Australia was viable. It is something that seems to have been forgotten.
As a nation, we would be stuffed without country people. As a taxpayer, I am happy to subsidise services for regional Australia to a reasonable extent.
I am starting to despair over our politicians, you know those entrusted to run the country for us Australians (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Not run self aggrandisement campaigns.
However, this poker machine fiasco takes the cake. As a Duntroon grad and former army officer, Mr Wilkie should know that just about the only thing that will change human behaviour is a life threatening situation or a lump of 4x2 between the ears.
Changing computer code, however, is far simpler. And all poker machines are glorified computers. As there are very few manufacturers, then the operating systems of all pokies must also be able to counted on two hands, if that.
Modify that code to slow down the spin rate; reduce the noise and light levels to 50 per cent of current levels; eliminate the doubling up and reduce the payout levels; eliminate the note feeding hoppers and recognition coding and reduce the number of coins that can be fed in at any one time. And mandate that by legislation for complying with licensing.
Now about the NBN, the aforementioned 4x2 should be applied indiscriminately to opposition members. Except those poor confused souls who, while supporting the party dogma of getting rid of it, are simultaneously complaining that they have been left out of the first three-year plan.
If the independents provide confidence to Abbott (he could in theory be appointed prime minister on the 8th of May when the house resumes) then there is nothing preventing him from instructing the governor-general to call an election (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Doing so would make them irrelevant. Polling suggests that Wilkie, Oakeshott and Windsor all lose their seats and the likely new Coalition majority makes Crook, Bandt and Katter irrelevant.
This means PM Gillard can do anything she wants policy-wise.
The best Coalition outcome occurs if Slipper and Thompson are expelled from parliament and the Coalition wins both by-elections:
Coalition goes from 71 to 73 plus Tony Crook, which equals 74.
ALP goes from 72 to 71 (Thompson).
Independents go from four to three (Slipper).
This notwithstanding, Gillard remains prime minister. She can count on Wilkie (72), Bandt (73), Oakeshott (74) and Windsor (75) who all are out of a job and/or irrelevant the second Gillard loses hers.
Who gets support and whether there is an election is all about the numbers and has nothing to do with policy.
The key is Katter: If Katter secures the infrastructure and funding needed to run a national Senate election; and he senses his numbers have peaked, then in a world where Slipper and Thompson are replaced by Coalition members, Katter may join Abbott in a no-confidence motion.
But even in this scenario no one has the 76 votes needed to appoint a new PM. At best they can block supply with 75.
In response it's up to the governor-general to trigger Dismissal MkII: No supply, refusal to call an election, PM with minority in the house – a justified outcome.
So when you think the most realistic option for an early election is via a dismissal after two by-elections then you're actually saying the chances are extraordinarily remote.
I think there are more things to worry about than pokie reforms! (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23.)
Education, health and getting rid of this so-called government that has just taken for their own benefit!
Enough is enough, I'm sick of them all. Nothing but lies and none of them are in the best interest of Australians.
Andrew Wilkie now has a chance to force the ALP to honour its written promise. Andrew go for it (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
It would represent the ALP leaders honouring a promise that may even turn around this government – it would be a rare if not significant event to have politicians honouring written agreements
Denis Cartledge has some very sensible ideas (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23). I think as a nation we need to pick up our pieces of 4x2 and stand outside parliament until both sides can agree on sensible policies that put the community at large first, not themselves. This can be achieved, but I think the real culprit is adversarial politics and the structure of the system, that allows no rewards/incentives for oppositions to be constructive with those in power. This is really what needs to change. A collegiate atmosphere in parliament with all participants working towards the greater good ...a big dream, but worth putting time and effort into thinking about how to get there.
Australia wouldn't be held to ransom by minorities if the opposition was doing it's job instead of acting like spoilt little children (sorry about the insult to little children) because they missed out on winning the election and successfully negotiating a Coalition government (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
May be if instead of applauding Mr Abbott and his merry men for doing absolutely nothing (except being paid) since the election the media kept highlighting his responsibilities and reminding him that the opposition has a duty to people of Australia to do and act in the best interests of the country not the best interests of Mr Abbott and his team.
"Of the three, pokie reforms have proved the biggest headache." (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23.)
Really? My goodness it's going to be a massive headache then! Or is this just journalistic hyperbole?
I love it when you write this stuff Alan. A great article as per usual, I might add (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
There are some great comments here from others too but I must say that Tim Ainsworth (April 23, 9.52am) says it all so simply for me and I have to add that not once, not ever did Santa ever let me down in my 64 years.
Yes, I do believe in Santa more than Julia Gillard and her mob of pathetic sheep and other hangers on.
Both sides of politics cast integrity aside when necessary. Remember Mal Coulson, a Labor senator who allegedly rorted his travel allowance and who the Liberals made deputy leader of the Senate because they needed his vote (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Enough is enough. Gillard has to finally capitulate and allow a proper and effect government to be formed (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23).
Danny, the reason Abbott did not form a minority government, was in part to not selling out his party by making deals with the Independents and Greens (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 23). He also refused to backflip on election commitments and lie to the electorate.
The other reason, and possibly the most important was the claim by the independents that he was going call a fresh election and win in his own right. For that reason Gillard could not afford to go back to the electorate. The simple fact is the independents saw their best chance of fame was to support Gillard.
The evidence shows it was Gillard and the independents who acted like spoilt children, not Abbott.
As far as doing something more, what do you want him to do. Gillard has the numbers in the lower house and senate. Until he has the numbers all he can do is point out to the voters how incompetent she is. And the polls are telling us that he doing a pretty good job at that.
Let now see if Gillard comes crawling back to Wilkie. It is certainly the type of form she has shown since that fateful election.
Australians will forgive the odd mistake of a prime minister but the combination of Julia Gillard's sly dealing with the speakership, her support for Craig Thomson and the actions of her staff in instigating the Australia Day violence aimed at Tony Abbott indicate a serious loss of moral authority in the prime minister's office (Gillard's pokie glass slipper, April 27).