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    The Politics Thread

    They refused to release the numbers (despite Abbott's own “Warringah Motion” promoting democracy and transparency) and the reports seem to change depending who's telling the story. - Some claim 46-for, 38-against, 9-informal, 93-total... meaning he had less than the 50%+1 required for endorsement. - Others claim that the informal count was slightly lower, and that he had 55% support. - Abbot himself claims he had at least 70% support. Regardless of who's correct, it's revealing that an unopposed candidate has so much lack of support. It's also reported that when asked if they would like Abbott to give an address on the past year, the response from the floor was "No". Warringah would never be a Labor seat, but might be open to a "centre-right" independent.
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    The Politics Thread

    Complex estates with executors or public trustees, or estates without wills, etc etc, can take a long time to research and settle. It's not uncommon for such an estate to take a year to settle, some may take multiple years, and if there are multiple accounts and documents can't be found easily, then the banks can have a field day in the interim. I know that one of my deceased family members has a couple of active accounts - one with a zero balance and the other with $10 - and the banks refuse to close them unless provided with an original Death Cert and a request from the executor. The person died intestate and no executor was appointed, so that's not going to happen. Meanwhile they keep paying to mail out statements every month...
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    The Politics Thread

    I see that Jones has lost the defamation case with the Toowoomba quarry owners, and that they've been awarded $3.7m. I wonder when Jones becomes too much of a liability.
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    Peter Fitz explains: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nfl/nike-s-kaepernick-stance-alienates-all-the-right-people-20180905-p501yg.html
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    The Politics Thread

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    The Politics Thread

    Being an ex-politician, regardless of the party, should be a disqualification from being GG - who is supposed to be non-political.
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    The Politics Thread

    Worse, is that he has said he intends to stick around. He plans to contest the next one, and no one is likely to challenge his pre-selection, so the only way he'll be gone is if his electorate actually vote him out, and that's not likely given how safe his seat still is, despite a -9% swing last time.
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    Skin checks

    One of the checks some forget is a retina scan - if you are in the 'at risk' category for melanoma, you should get this done.
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    The Politics Thread

    Church day tomorrow - so time for a bit of prophesying, snake-handling and tongue speaking.
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    The Politics Thread

    Abbott was rolled after he'd been given an ultimatum by his party and had narrowly avoided a spill motion by agreeing to conditions that he then failed meet - i.e. to change the way he and Credlin ran their office. Turnbull was given the green-light by that group, and that's the reason Arthur Sinodinos made the effort to be there yesterday. The newspoll thing was as spurious then, as it is now. As for the rest of it, Turnbull knew he was gone and was just buying enough time for ScoMo to secure the numbers he needed.
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    The Politics Thread

    Yes... obviously the next NewsPoll will be much better than the last one: LNP:76, Labor:69, Turnbull preferred PM to Shorten Morgan Snap Poll: Turnbull preferred PM to Shorten, Shorten preferred PM to Dutton, ScoMo and Shorten equal. Well played guys.
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    The Politics Thread

    Just when I thought Kelly's performance in trying to justify the coup was the dumbest thing I'd heard, along comes Dan Tehan on 7:30 last night as the 'and dumber'. He'd obviously managed to memorize: 'we are united and we are focused on the Australian people" but clearly, they don't know why it all went 'lord-of-the-flies' this week and he was completely incapable of a coherent sentence to explain it. Leigh Sales just gave up in the end.
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    The Politics Thread

    The order of signing doesn't mean or indicate anything. The final numbers against the spill suggest that Cormann & Co were mislead, but the reality is that it was a matter of when not if - the right never wanted Turnbull and were determined to get rid of him - Craig Kelly's ridiculous attempt to justify the action demonstrates it was personal. A more interesting question on the numbers would be whether or not some were intimidated with pre-selection threats.
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    The Politics Thread

    Craig Kelly - seriously?
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    The Politics Thread

    ScoMo+Frydenberg - two who remained as Turnbull supporters - I wonder how that's going down with the Dutton team.