October 13, 2004

RAMSEY CATERED FOR

The increasingly ridiculous Alan Ramsey on ALP senator John Faulknerís resignation:

At 10am yesterday, he called an 11.30am conference with the Canberra press gallery to announce he would not recontest Labor's Senate leadership next week.

Faulkner would arguably be the most widely admired federal parliamentary figure in the entire Labor movement. But he has an old-fashioned Labor caution about the media and, despite his relaxed affability, dealt with yesterday's press conference as he would one of his old classes with impaired children.

He was thinking of you, Alan. Faulkner isnít the only ALP identity to go:

Former Keating government ministers Simon Crean and Bob McMullan have also decided against standing for their economic posts on the front bench, allowing Mr Latham to freshen up his shadow ministry with two "generational change" candidates.

UPDATE. Darren Lehmann catches stand-down fever.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 13, 2004 04:01 AM
Comments

How come the Labor Party won so many seats at the election.? No one I know votes for the Labor Party.

Posted by: mike.a at October 13, 2004 at 04:59 AM

Hey Tim (and commentors),
Haven't been able to find it around the web, but did that Midnight Oil creepshow win or not?

Posted by: Don Mynack at October 13, 2004 at 06:18 AM

How can you be so insensitive Tim? This is a time for healing.

Posted by: Arty at October 13, 2004 at 06:31 AM

3 openings on the front bench.
Allan Ramsey,Phillip Adams and Margo would give the Labor party credibility.If only they used their talents for niceness in the party instead of nastiness in the media.
sarc
Don,Peter Garrett got in.

Posted by: gubbaboy at October 13, 2004 at 07:48 AM

Don Mynack: "... did that Midnight Oil creepshow win or not?"

He won.

Posted by: David Blue at October 13, 2004 at 07:49 AM

I wonder if Ramsey realises he's become one of Australia's National Living Figures of Ridicule.

Posted by: Tony.T at October 13, 2004 at 08:11 AM

Yup, He's now Peter Garrett, Member for Kingsford Smith.

Posted by: Quentin George at October 13, 2004 at 08:12 AM

Ramsey felt right at home in the intellectually moderate class...just like he does at his intellectually moderate newspaper.

Posted by: bad templar at October 13, 2004 at 08:19 AM

New generation, eh? Does that mean that when Labor finally _does_ get into power, that none of the new ministers will have any ministerial experience?

Posted by: Jorge at October 13, 2004 at 08:44 AM


The bit that really strikes me here is that the Labor party seems to think that changing who delivers the message will help, rather than looking at the message they are delivering.

Posted by: Harry Tuttle at October 13, 2004 at 08:49 AM

I gather you recently had some kind of election. How did that work out?

Posted by: Harry Hutton at October 13, 2004 at 09:14 AM

Much as I detest what the modern ALP has become - especially under Latham's leadership - I think that McMullan and Faulkner stepping back are both serious losses to the party and to Australian public life.

Crean is an oxygen thief, though, and should have been put out of his misery years ago.

TFK

Posted by: TFK at October 13, 2004 at 09:25 AM

Thank goodness we will no longer have to put up with the spectacle of Faulkner's strutting, preening and posturing as chair of various Senate committees of inquiry. He always reminded me of some small-town JP, who'd got the role of Clarence Darrow in the local amateur drama club production of "Inherit the Wind".

Posted by: cuckoo at October 13, 2004 at 11:03 AM

Cuckoo, more like a young Elton John with those ridiculous glasses. And now he's off down the yellow brick road.

Posted by: mr magoo at October 13, 2004 at 11:09 AM

That's right Jorge. By the time Labor gets back into power none of them will have any ministerial experience.

To Harry Hutton: Australia has just had a Federal General Election. The incumbent Liberal Party (our version of the GOP) increased its majority and seems as though it will be the first government in about 25 years to have control of both Houses of Parliament. They seem to have won half the Senate seats and should be able to deal with one or more independents. The Labor (sic) Party (our version of Democrats) is indeed sick and is also very sorry.

Most of the electioneering was on domestic issues, the economy, health, education and environment, but although largely not mentioned by either party was also something of a referendum on Iraq. Specifically it was on Labor's policy of withdrawing our troops by Christmas 2004.

Australians voted not only, not to cut and run, but also voted for good solid economic government and for jobs over environmental activism.

Posted by: Fool to Himself & Burden to Others at October 13, 2004 at 11:13 AM

Speaking of sore losers, check out these guys:

http://www.vibewire.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1563

"I felt worse on Saturday night than when my dear old granddad passed away 8 years ago. I cried for 2 days after his funeral. For the election, it was 3 nights. I was advised to lock myself up in a room to listen to 3 hours of Dylan. That helped a bit. It still sucks though."

Posted by: Jorge at October 13, 2004 at 11:35 AM

The striking thing about this article is Ramsay's utter self-delusion and/ or lack of honesty. After boosting the ALP to a ridiculous length for three years, he suddenly finds it was useless and wasted its opportunities. He is beneath criticism.

Posted by: Sue at October 13, 2004 at 11:49 AM

You're right about the glasses, Magoo. I always thought the frames were a big girly, and that he must have pinched them from Janine Haines. At least we won't be singing 'The Bitch is back'.

Posted by: cuckoo at October 13, 2004 at 12:35 PM

Fool To Himself & Burden To Others. This has to be from a school report for sure. I have one with "Mark is a distraction to himself and others" on it. I have always kept it as it is quite accurate.

Posted by: Gibbo at October 13, 2004 at 12:38 PM

Sen Faulkner:..." dealt with yesterday's press conference as he would one of his old classes with impaired children." said Alan Ramsay.
Damm! I thought Faulkner was a dill.
Maybe Faulky not so Fawlty after all.
Strewth, how will Phatty Adams feel about this?

Posted by: John L Devlin at October 13, 2004 at 12:43 PM

I say Yahoo Serious and the guy who played Paul Hogan's slow sidekick on his old comedy show for Labor front benchers. Give the bunch a little star power.

Posted by: slayerdaddy:bravo at October 13, 2004 at 12:48 PM

Has Ramsey predicted a Bush defeat yet?

Posted by: Andjam at October 13, 2004 at 01:03 PM

"I was advised to lock myself up in a room to listen to 3 hours of Dylan. That helped a bit. It still sucks though."
Someone should tell this dickhead that Dylan's confided he's a mainstream, white-picket fence kind of guy. That should be worth a week's blubbing.

Posted by: slatts at October 13, 2004 at 01:18 PM

Someone should tell this dickhead that Dylan's confided he's a mainstream, white-picket fence kind of guy. That should be worth a week's blubbing.

He should switch to Bruce "I've found enormous sustenance from Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd" Springsteen.

Posted by: PW at October 13, 2004 at 01:22 PM

Like many of you, I've enjoyed the wailing and teeth-gnashing going among Aussie leftists over the past few days. I've noticed that from time to time, some poor soul tries to cheer him/herself up by saying "Well, there's still the American elections,...,"

But it really is a no-win situation for the moonbats Down Under. If Bush wins, well, surely wicked American Imperialists will soon crush all the nice brown peoples of the world under their bootheel. But if, God forbid, there's a Kerry victory, that will mean (from an Aussie nutwing perspective) that the stupid hayseed denizens of The Most Terrible Country In the History of the World - are more "enlightened" than Australians.

Either way, these will be the times that try an Aussie loon's soul.

However, since I live in the U.S., I pray that on Nov. 2 American voters will prove that they're just as greedy and nasty and warmongering and unenlightened as the Australians.:-)

Posted by: Donna V. at October 13, 2004 at 02:48 PM

Hey timbo you forecast for the election was a lot worse that don't call me al.

If he is a boofhead concerning the election then you must be worse surely.

Psst by the way I did tell Backpages readers on the weekend before last that paraphrasing the late grate Bill collins the ALP couldn't win given the opinion polls and history.

Incidentally there are also plenrty of boofeheads alah don't cal me al in both the LIBs and the ALP.

I was told by both sides by people who 'should know' that the election should be very close and the ALP should gainn 3 or 4 seats.

Let me hasten to say however that I am the biggest boofhead. given I had looked at debt servicing given today' huge mortgages I promptly forgot all this. Looking at the swings last Saturday night brought it all back.

housing rates of 7-7.5% will have a much bigger impact on the economy that 17% in Hawkes time. This is why the RBA is ultra-cautious about raising rates.

So just remember interest sensitivity is a two edged sword

Posted by: Homer Paxton at October 13, 2004 at 03:29 PM

Homer, oil prices are also at record highs. There's no need to raise rates.

Posted by: Art Vandelay at October 13, 2004 at 03:35 PM

You should raise rate to control over-borrowing.

Depending on who absorbs the extra oil costs, could affect whether oil price rises are inflationary or deflationary(business absorbs costs through lower profits, less investment in employment etc)

P.S. The record inflation adjusted oil price IS 80USD...

Posted by: Rob Read at October 13, 2004 at 09:06 PM