Campaign countdown: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
In an exciting first for parliamentary democracy, The Punch is pioneering the use of hold music for viewers of Question Time who, this week, have had to wait an eternity to hear any actual questions.
From now on, whenever Tony Abbott moves a censure motion, forcing a time-sapping division as the vote is predictably lost on party lines, the timeless classic Spanish Flea by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass is played on our Coveritlive module. For added variety we will occasionally play Yakety Sax, following requests from our equally jaded readers.
We’ve been looking for a word to describe Question Time this week, and we’ve decided that the word is “crap”. It had been going for 32 minutes yesterday before a single question had been asked. The biggest story of the week has been the collapse in public support for the major parties, and they have both seemed hell-bent on proving the punters right by turning the Parliament into a rabble.
There’s obviously important stuff going on. Global mining giant Xstrata has suddenly announced it’s suspending $586m of investment in Queensland, placing 3250 jobs under a cloud. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh urged both the mining companies and the Rudd Government to start proper negotiations, saying: “This is no longer a war of words.”
But out of Federal Parliament this week we have seen nothing but tactically-questionable stunts.
Kevin Rudd is blaming Tony Abbott. Labor said yesterday that, since Abbott became Opposition Leader last December, he’s moved a censure motion or a no-confidence on every third sitting day to bludge a cheap “Kevin Rudd today faced censure” line on the radios and the nightly news.
Tony Abbott is blaiming Kevin Rudd, saying Labor’s total lack of accountability on the backflip over government advertising for the mining tax, and everything from insulation to the BER and in between, means that Question Time is no longer operating as an information-gathering forum.
As they say in California, like, whatever. At the end of this week, the first for our campaign countdown daily blog, we score the Greens as hands-down the biggest winners, having not only doubled their party support to an election-shattering 16 points in Newspoll, but benefitted from the poor conduct across both sides of the chamber.
There’s no Parliament until Monday June 14 when it returns for a fortnight - possibly the last two sitting weeks before the election. There’s a couple of takes on the election timing that are worth a look - Dennis Shanahan on the five hurdles Rudd must clear before the poll, and Mark Kenny from The Advertiser examines the implications of the Greens surge.
After a week like this, bring on the election, as nothing could be worse than another non-question Question Time.
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