Coalition’s own goal in the insulation shoot-out
It was so simple for the Opposition. Keep hammering Peter Garrett on the details of when exactly he saw Minter Ellison warnings about the risks associated with the Government’s home insulation scheme.
If they didn’t get his scalp, they would at least have a strong message about Ministerial incompetence in the Rudd Government for the Federal Election campaign.
Then this morning Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham jumped the shark.
Commenting on the timing of the release of the Government’s counter-terrorism white paper Birmingham said:
The greatest threat to the safety of many Australian families over the last 12 months has been the home insulation program and Peter Garrett’s mismanagement of it and tragically that’s an ongoing threat to safety. Perhaps the government should put its top priority on how it’s going to inspect all the homes fitted with dodgy insulation.
It was all the Government needed in Question Time this afternoon to blunt Tony Abbott’s so-far stinging attack on the Environment Minister.
Garrett appeared far more comfortable at the Despatch Box this afternoon than he did yesterday, as he started deflecting responsibility to his department. That could partly have been due to the thought that if Rudd was going to axe him it would have happened by now.
But it would also have been the fact almost every question he got from the Opposition was bookended by a an opportunity for his colleagues to hit back over Birmingham’s stupid quote, claiming the Opposition didn’t take terrorism seriously.
Tony Abbott’s sure ground on this issue has suddenly eroded, and the Green’s attempt this afternoon to censure the Government in the Senate is unlikely to get much traction.
It’s a fair bet Senator Birmingham won’t be making an appearance on the doors tomorrow morning.
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