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.