The aftermath of the Liberal leadership spills which saw Scott Morrison emerge as Prime Minister is still dominating the news cycle. To discuss this as well as what is happening in his home state of Queensland I am joined once again by the Unshackled’s Political Editor Michael Smyth.
There have been accusations from Turnbull supporters of bullying from the Dutton camp during the spills with Julia Banks the member for the marginal Victorian seat of Chisholm announcing she will retire after one term citing threats and intimidation and bad culture for women. Other female Liberal MPs have backed up her claims, no one has been named yet but there has been much commentary about if the Liberal Party has a woman problem.
There have been leaks against Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton about his ministerial interventions to stop the deportation of two au pairs. The Immigration Minister does has power to override decisions of departments and bureaucrats to avoid unfair/unreasonable decisions but Labor and the Greens have attacked Dutton’s decisions with race being brought into it due to brown families having family members deported.
CFEMU Victorian state secretary John Setka on father’s day use his children to send a vile message to his opponents in the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Labor leaders Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek quite rightly refused to defend it but attacked Scott Morrison’s comments about looking at de-registering the CFMEU.
At a state level not all is well in Queensland with a radical abortion decriminalization bill before the Parliament where there was a 3,000 strong March for Life in Brisbane on the weekend to oppose the bill. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has decided to punish the state Katter party for refusing to denounce their Federal Senator Fraser Anning’s maiden speech by removing their extra staff.