Tony Crook may join Climate Committee

It’s being reported that WA National Tony Crook, fresh from (we presume) voting against Nationals MP Bruce Scott for Deputy Speaker, is considering joining the government’s Climate Committee, as is Nick Xenophon.

I think day one of the New Paradigm shows at least one thing – Tony Abbott has probably completely alienated everyone in Parliament outside his own crew, with the possible exception of Steve Fielding. It’s now clear that his word is worthless, and if Sophie Mirabella’s ridiculous carry on last night on Q&A is any indication of what “ferocious opposition” looks like, the less said the better.

Surely he must have given up any hope of a “baton change”. And I’m not at all sure that a by-election would reward nattering nabobs of negativity (to quote Spiro Agnew).

NB: Previous discussion of the Climate Committee is here.

Correction: Tony Crook says he voted for Bruce Scott, so that means that one other Coalition member voted for Slipper.


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19 responses to “Tony Crook may join Climate Committee”

  1. p.a.travers

    Bob a job Nabobs whilst the U.S.A. CEO and other rich roosters are in Sydney town if you don’t mind!? One of them a laughing jackass doesn’t believe in democracy it gets in the road.Thankfully there are no N.S.W. Police horsemen getting in his way either.Otherwise he would have to capitalise and sell the dead horsemeat on the spot.God knows what he would do with the dead Police Officer’s uniform.Perhaps Taser it so he can call it a stiff.Which still may mean something other than that which is being mentioned in a round about way in France.Sorry.Off Subject.

  2. hannah's dad

    There is a rumour going around that Crook has stated he voted for the COALition candidate for Dep Speaker, ie he did NOT vote for Slipper.
    IF this is so then someone else from within the COALition must have.

    I wonder who?

  3. BK

    @1 Was that outburst really necessary? I was appalled by the frank, fearless and frightening comment of the nabob you mention but to incite violence is both dangerous and ill conceived. I would have thought your comment should have been moderated.

    Anyway, Abbott has himself in all sorts of trouble on this and I suspect we are only seeing one fifth of the iceberg, quoting Hemingway. One vote got Abbott over the line in the leadership spill and he is alienating himself daily within the Coalition.

    @2 Turnbull?

    As for Mirabella, her rhetorical style is borrowed from the Gish Gallup, a method developed by Creationist Duane Gish and taken up with alacrity by all sorts of nuts including Palin and the entire Fox News team. Expect to see it emerge here on the new Ray Hadley show on Sky TV and in the barrage of negativity issuing from Team Abbott. The technique – and it is a conscious deployment of a rhetorical style – involves talking over your debating opponent in a stream of lies, diversions and accusations that makes it very difficult for the opponent to respond. It is a wall of irrationality. Witness Conroy’s inability to deal with Mirabella. It works and there needs to be a clear understanding of how to rebuff it in stand offs like the one on Q&A last night.

  4. wpd

    Sophie Mirabella’s ridiculous carry on last night on Q&A

    Yep! A complete embarrassment.

  5. simon

    It is very early days in a very new parliament. In my view far too soon to be making any predictions about anything. Both sides will be implementing chess moves with the ultimate aim to wedge each other severely. Writing of either Abbotts or Gillards tactics is very naive when both are proven accomplished and successful players at this particular game.The prime wedge of Gillards making will obviously be on a carbon price in order to flush out Turnbull and other soft liberal MPs on a conviction issue. The danger for Labor is a wedge from the Greens on either of their forthcoming private members bills on Territory rights (Euthanasia), Gay Marriage and carbon price/tax where the Greens will want over ten per cent cut in emissions to Labors declared five per cent.
    The biggest issue of all is coming by Christmas in that we can expect at least one and possibly two interest rate rises. when that happens everything will switch from conscience votes to bread and butter domestic issues. Watch for the polls to move in line with increased domestic budgetry costs and anyone like refugees who will take the blame for infratructure problems or lack of housing affordability. Then and only then will the polls really start to move and Abbotts whole strategy will be to wait for that shift in sentiment on cost of living issues in the aspirational outer suburbs. That is when the real onslaught will begin folks.

  6. Diogenes

    Sophie Mirabella will never change. She’s always suffered from diarrhoea of the mouth and constipation of ideas.

  7. Robert Merkel

    Hmmm. Does Crook actually meet the baseline of “believes in climate change” and “accepts that a carbon price is a necessary component of action”?

    As for Xenophon, he was pushing some unnecessarily complicated scheme based on emissions intensity, and ceased supporting carbon pricing when he didn’t get his way. If he’s going to take that attitude this time around, he’d be more liability than asset.

    Not to mention that – not to put too fine a point on it – his vote becomes irrelevant after July 2011.

  8. PeterTB

    Witness Conroy’s inability to deal with Mirabella.

    Yup.

  9. Labor Outsider

    Robert, in this instance, creating the perception that the ALP is being inclusive on the issue is well worth the additional challenges that will come with including Xenophon and Crook on the committee. Kim is right that it strengthens the perception that Abbott is a one-man wrecking ball. Xenophon is a reasonable guy who came to the conclusion that a baseline and credit scheme was superior to the ETS crafted by the government. He isn’t a sceptic and he does think some sort of carbon price is necessary (B&C is still a market mechanism that implicitly prices carbon). As for Crook, he may turn out to be the kind of guy that is prepared to change his mind once presented with the right evidence by the right people, especially if the government is prepared to offer some concessions (if they turn are reasonable).

  10. Robert Merkel

    I agree on that point, Kim.

    I wonder why we’re not seeing (at least externally) more anger from the Coalition partyroom and organization that the leadership couldn’t convince three country independents to side with them.

  11. Bilko

    Perhaps Turnbull saw a way to undermine the Mad Monk without exposing himself, it will drive Abbott insane trying to find out who. And now despite all of Crooks past comments he failed at the first post, so write him off as an Independent/National.

  12. Sir Henry Casingbroke

    I am surprised there weren’t at least 20 Coalition MPs voting to stick it up Mr Abbott.

  13. BK

    [email protected]
    “I just saw Crook on Lateline saying he voted for Scott, so have corrected the post. That does mean that another Coalition member voted for Slipper.”
    So, you would have seen Turnbull’s doorstop smirk too.
    [email protected] In that smirk lies your answer, IMO.
    Turnbull is not a quitter. He’s after Abbott.

  14. David Irving (no relation)

    PeterTB @ 8, the effectiveness of the Gish Gallop (and, by implication, la Mirabella) is because a lie will be half way round the world before the truth has its boots on.

  15. Sam Bauers

    Am I missing something? Surely Slipper voted for himself, or is that not done?

  16. Kim

    Yeah, but there’s still one vote to be accounted for because Jenkins didn’t vote.