On this week’s review show Australian politics continues to be highly volatile, we discuss and analyze it with Unshackled Contributor Jacob Watts.
All the signs have been pointing to Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministership being terminal. This week there was the federal government’s stunning backflip by deciding to hold a banking royal commission and even more damaging was New South Wales Deputy Premier and State Nationals Leader John Barilaro saying that Turnbull should go by Christmas. However over the weekend Barnaby Joyce had a comprehensive victory in the New England by-election where he backed Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership in his victory speech, the unnamed Coalition MP threatening to quit who was revealed to be George Christensen had also told Joyce he will now stay. John Howard also called for the madness in Canberra to end and stated his strong support for Malcolm Turnbull.
Labor Senator Sam Dastyari’s links with Chinese businessman Huang Xiangmo were back in the news this week after it was revealed that he tipped off Mr Huang that his phone may be bugged by ASIO. Also audio was released of his press conference with Mr Huang in 2016 where his contradiction of Labor policy on the South China Sea was shown to be a carefully scripted remark. Dastyari has resigned as Deputy Senate Whip however they are rightfully calls for him to go from the Senate, Labor has still left open the possibility he can return to the frontbench. How can someone who has undermined Australia’s national interest and our security agencies serve in a senior government position?
One week after the Queensland state election Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor look set to form majority government. In the aftermath there has been a lot of commentary about the role One Nation played in delivering preferences to Labor. Attorney-General George Brandis called dealing with One Nation poison while Nationals Senator Matt Canavan believed that his party needed maintain a separate identity in the Coalition. Because One Nation has a mixture of disaffected Coalition and Labor voters it is hesitant to always preference the Coalition.
United States President Donald Trump was in trouble again for his activity on twitter, this time retweeted three videos of Muslims committing violence from the account of Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen. He was condemned by Theresa May who called Britian First a “hateful organisation”. Trump responded on twitter by telling May she should focus on the Radical Islamic Terrorism occurring in the UK rather than him. May also reaffirmed her government’s commitment to cracking down on the activities of the so called far-right. Britain First are a political party and street movement, they are not a white nationalist organisation rather stand for British values, the violence that occurs at their events are perpetrated by leftist counter protestors.
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The Big Guns Rally Around Malcolm Turnbull
Sam Dastyari Offers An Explanation
ABC suggests Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have majority – The Courier Mail
Theresa May Reaffirms Commitment to Far Right Crackdown