Independent MP Rob Oakeshott is not a man known for being succinct. But today in just 28 words he’s muddied the political waters in Canberra.

One from the Warren Brown files…

Oakeshott, one of the cross-benchers the Government relies on to stay in power, released a statement in response to numerous inquiries for his position on tensions in the Labor Party.

The short statement ended: “But if the Labor Party is more interested in focusing on the next election, then I will do what I can to oblige them with that next election.”

The Punch rang Oakeshott’s office to find out what that meant, but things were less clear after the conversation with his media advisor than before.

She insisted it was “not a threat”, but couldn’t explain what, if any, action Oakeshott was contemplating when he said “I will do what I can to oblige them with that next election”.

Although she did point out his commitment to Julia Gillard extended only as far as guaranteeing supply, not automatically supporting all legislation.

It all sounds sort of threat-like.

Perhaps to wind things back a bit, this afternoon Oakeshott did an interview with the ABC where he said: “There’s a whole range of ways this could play itself out - that is a choice for the Labor Party today”.

Again, not helping with the clarity.

If this is designed to help Julia Gillard he might want to be more specific.

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    • MZS says:

      03:08pm | 20/07/12

      Hollow words from a hollow man. As usual, he’ll do a big fat zilch.

    • Bomb78 says:

      03:23pm | 20/07/12

      And that, MZS, should be the end of this story. the best thing about the next election won;t be the drubbing Gillard and the ALP will get, it will be that Oakeshott will disappear into the night and the fog forever.

    • Brad Coward says:

      04:31pm | 20/07/12

      The man just isn’t any good at getting his point across via the short statement, is he ?

    • Shane says:

      04:37pm | 20/07/12

      I had to stop and check to see if I’d missed some months and it was back to April 1st again.

    • Joakeshott says:

      07:39pm | 20/07/12

      Oakey doesn’t have the bottle. Its a veiled threat to keep Gillard and not to contemplate a return to Rudd. Gillard’s people doubtless put him up to it. I’d like to label him a ‘useful idiot’ at this stage but, truth be told, we all know Oakey doesn’t have the stones to pull the trigger so his threat isn’t too ‘useful’.

    • Rosie says:

      09:27am | 21/07/12


      Took the words out of my mouth.

      Oakeshott & Windsor will say anything to remind the people that they are the real rulers while Julia Gillard remains the Australian PM. Again and again we have been treated as idiots, all because of those ambitious union thugs who now haven’t the balls to get rid of Gillard even if they so desperately desire to do so.

      Every move Labor and their supporters try to instigate will make it worse for Labor than it already is. Now we have the Union ashamedly supporting Gillard and not how the Labor Minority Govt is governing. This is not a very good look - Australia in the 21st century who would think so???

    • Joan says:

      10:25am | 21/07/12

      Oakeshott - the guy who will go down in Australian history as Gillards minority government clown court jester and that his 17 minute ramble in 2010 has not in fact stopped. - just long pauses in between stupid outbursts.

    • nihonin says:

      03:10pm | 20/07/12

      ICB Oakeshott.

    • james says:

      04:02pm | 20/07/12

      Oaky hates the nationals too much to support them, as he believes they have sold their soul to the libs and fail to act for the country folk.

    • Mattb says:

      04:35pm | 20/07/12

      james says: 04:02pm | 20/07/12
      “Oaky hates the nationals too much to support them, as he believes they have sold their soul to the libs and fail to act for the country folk.”

      what?, is their actually people out there stupid enough not to think that this is the case?...

    • Ruddslide says:

      07:49pm | 20/07/12

      Oakey fears a Rudd renaissance because a strong leader like Rudd will tell Oakey to POQ. Fear of instant relevance withdrawal motivates this swipe at Kevin. Oaken wants Gillard in so he can continue to order the Labor party around. A strong labor leader is the last thing Oakey wants.

    • Against the Man says:

      07:02am | 21/07/12

      james your statement might make you the weakest link.

    • AJL says:

      03:18pm | 20/07/12

      As sincere as a Bart Simpson’s “sorry”....

    • Brian Taylor says:

      01:32am | 21/07/12

      @ mattb newman- gillard’s latest weapon and soon to be one term wonder.
      care to put your money where your big mouth is matty boy
      Newman will easily win his next election no worries.
      strange how you mad dog labor mob turn a story about Oaksnot into a story about Newman.
      funny that ...I didn’t see Newman’s name anywhere in the story…maybe I missed it?

    • Joel B1 says:

      03:38pm | 20/07/12

      See, the point you miss A, is that that is just conjecture (look it up ALP staffer).

      The reality is that, between them Rudd and Gillard have actually (again, look it up) managed to fail at every ill-conceived, back-of-a-wine-coaster, thought-bubble, buy-more-votes, kill-freedom-of-the-press, keep-all-your-emails-and-site-visits-for-2-years thing we’ve been unlucky enough for them to “think” of.

      That’s “conjecture” versus “actuality”. Not something the left is very good at.

      Think Greens and people drowning at sea.

    • RMB says:

      03:40pm | 20/07/12

      @A. What’s Greg Withers up to these days?

    • Mattb says:

      04:46pm | 20/07/12

      newman- gillard’s latest weapon and soon to be one term wonder. 100 days from the election, a dozen broken promises with nepotism and ‘jobs for the boys’ rife within his government proves cantdo is just a crap as anna.

      suprise, suprise, I see your another one of these ‘labor did it, so why cant the LNP’ hypocrites joel b. theres a reason bligh was shitcanned joel..

    • Northern Steve says:

      08:39pm | 20/07/12

      Newman’s got three years yet.  He’s going hard and will hurt people at the moment, but he’s got time to repair that.  It’s a bit early to call him a one term wonder.  Hopefully he will actually do a bit of good to the state’s bottom line in the meantime.
      The nepotism stuff is also not real smart, but new governments make mistakes.  If the LNP learn from this, people will forget or forgive over the next three years.  It’s a bit harder to forgive a party that’s been in power for 20 years for nepotism (as typified by Greg Withers), when they really should know better.

    • ZSRenn says:

      01:31pm | 21/07/12

      @A says: lol Combet’s mother in law is the Governor General and you give the LNP a lecture based on conjecture regarding nepotism. Hilarious!

    • Joel B1 says:

      03:23pm | 20/07/12

      Are you sure Oakeshott said that?

      Sound just like Wilkie when he said “I no longer support the Gillard government”. Except that was just Wilkie weasel words.

      Because in his letter to his constituents he makes it very unclear that despite not supporting the Gillard government he will actually support them.

      Weasel words.

    • Cynic says:

      03:58pm | 20/07/12

      I don’t have too much time for Oakeshott but one thing’s for sure - he has more guts than Wilkie. Unless he does something worthwhile to appease his electorate he knows only too well that he’ll be tossed out at the next election

    • Gregg says:

      05:30pm | 20/07/12

      ” Unless he does something worthwhile to appease his electorate he knows only too well that he’ll be tossed out at the next election “

      Don’t know about guts but he knows what side his toast is buttered on and right now he’ll be looking at how to butter the other side.
      That’s all he is doing, aligning himself to blow in his own direction.

    • Allistair says:

      03:27pm | 20/07/12


      Is this bagful of stale air still making empty threats to pull his support from Labor?


    • Tim says:

      03:29pm | 20/07/12

      Let’s just rejoice in the knowledge that when there finally is an election, we’ll never again have to listen to his verbal diarrhea.

    • jg says:

      03:31pm | 20/07/12


      Sack himself?

      Not likely.

    • Fiddler says:

      03:37pm | 20/07/12

      I think he is suffering from a bit of “no-one is paying me any attention” syndrome. Like a small child he should be patted on the head and left to go on his way

    • Keith Hammersmith says:

      04:27pm | 20/07/12

      I think thats it Fiddler.  He sees his power over this nation diminishing rapidly, and is trying to eek out every last morsel of said power. But in reality it is as JG above says, he must not be stupid enough to realize that he betrayed his electorate, is very unpopular there and stands no chance of holding on to his seat when the next election comes.
      He and this is just a waste of time…

    • Against the Man says:

      08:01pm | 20/07/12

      Right on the money!

    • Drew(Darlinghurst) says:

      03:42pm | 20/07/12

      I’m so over these “grand standing” independents. BUT…

      I’m not looking forward to PM Tony Abbott that “Foaming at the mouth, end time Christian, waiting for the rapture”

      YIKES!!!!!! Be afraid , be very afraid.

    • Keith Hammersmith says:

      04:28pm | 20/07/12

      try and educate your self please, before making such inane comments.

    • ZSRenn says:

      11:11am | 21/07/12

      Is that really the bullshit you latte sippers are stupid enough to believe in down town Darlinghurst. Despite all the damage to the here and now that this the worst government in Australian History this is your reason for not voting for Abbott.

      Even if your totally inaccurate statement were true you would not vote for him because his beliefs, regarding the end of times, are different than yours. 

      On further thought, you must be a troll. Surely no one in Australia is this stupid.

    • Rip Van Winkle says:

      01:07pm | 21/07/12

      So sleepyrenn awakes from his hidey hole in China to tell us what he imagines is going on in Australia.
      He gives us his bullshit worst government routine he parrots from the shock jocks with no basis in reality.
      You must be a troll. This is certainly a good government.
      Low unemployment, low interest rates, economy the envy of the world taking action to reduce emissions. The list goes on.
      Sleepy, you gotta stop listening to the conservative propaganda.

    • Steve says:

      03:46pm | 20/07/12

      I’ll believe it when I see but if he goes through with it I’ll be buying him a beer or 10….

    • Luke says:

      08:25am | 21/07/12

      That’s his only hope, he knows he’s gone at the next election unless he pulls the plug on Gillard to appease his electorate. It won’t work Rob!

    • thatmosis says:

      03:59pm | 20/07/12

      What a pathetic little man he is. He makes all these big pronouncements then backs away as he realises that his job too will go. He reminds me a bit of that hero Jubilation T Cornpone who led the attack that led them straight to the rear. I really think the old saying “he’s full of piss and wind” should now be called the “Oakeshott Syndrome”.

    • eRon says:

      04:00pm | 20/07/12

      Now I know this might just be coming from left field, but it could be that Oakeshott hasn’t seen his own name in the papers for a couple of weeks.
      Call me crazy.

    • Steve says:

      04:03pm | 20/07/12

      It is a desperate gambit by Oakshott to separate his re-election chances from those of Labor. 

      He is a goner at present, but if he can portray himself to his electorate as either a) the man that ended the tragic farce of this hung parliament or b) the man who forced Labor to get on with governing, his electorate might might just reconsider him.

      Good luck, Rob..

    • pa_kelvin says:

      07:17pm | 20/07/12

      Problem being he is already seen as ‘the one that helped them stay in power this long’. He will be gone next election…...BYE BYE Oakshott..

    • pa_kelvin says:

      07:19pm | 20/07/12

      Sorry .....Here’s the ‘e’ I left out off Oakeshott. smile

    • Simon says:

      04:12pm | 20/07/12

      It he goes through with his threat, Then I think people will see him in a different light…

      However I think He’ll be the Oakeshot of old, all big words and not much else.

      Mr Oakeshot: ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS

    • dancan says:

      04:13pm | 20/07/12

      Oakeshott is like north Korea, batshit crazy and attention seeking. Like north Korea if he’s feeling a bit neglected one crazy threat statement later and he’s front page news

    • Burp! says:

      04:20pm | 20/07/12

      Why would RO pull his support from the govt and take unemployment over a seat at the trough - More hollow words and rhetoric from one of Gillard’s chosen ones, er one of the required.

    • Karen from Qld says:

      04:24pm | 20/07/12

      You put your right side in you pull your right side out
      You put your left side in and shake it all about
      You do the Oaky pokie and you turn around
      And that’s what it’s all about.

      You tell the left side that you want the redhead boss
      You tell the left side that there’s gonna be a loss
      You do the Oaky pokie and you start to shout
      And that’s what it’s all about.
      Oh the Oaky Pokie
      And that’s what it’s all about

    • Slothy says:

      04:57pm | 20/07/12

      I’ll pay it.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      07:24pm | 20/07/12

      Not your best,but it will do.  6.5 outta 10. smile

    • Inky says:

      07:40pm | 20/07/12

      Well played.

    • Mouse says:

      12:45am | 21/07/12

      hahahahahahaha I love your mind Karen!  lol :o)

    • Karen from Qld says:

      11:57am | 21/07/12

      Gee pa kelvin tough crowd. Could I say in my defence that I am getting over a nasty cold.

    • Luke says:

      01:12pm | 21/07/12

      7/10 Karen, not bad

    • pa_kelvin says:

      02:04pm | 21/07/12

      Okay ....Cold counts as 1.75… score 8.25 keep up the good work. Hot lemon toddies. Lots of scotch. smile

    • Grey says:

      04:34pm | 20/07/12

      I have grown somewhat more impressed by Rob Oakeshott, but I wish he wouldn’t let himself be sucked into Labor factional games.  His threat is empty as he can’t hold his own seat..  Having said that, if he has been induced to make such a statement, the Ruddite barbarians must be at the gate.

      Although in theory, while I doubt he had this in mind, in a hung parliament it may not be a straightforward process to call an early election.  Normally the Government can just call up the GG and demand a poll, but in the present situation she might need to see if anyone else could form a government first

    • Northern Steve says:

      08:32pm | 20/07/12

      No, the PM can still call an election at any stage while she has the confidence of the parliament.  If the PM loses a vote of confidence at any stage, then the PM is expected to resign and advise the GG to offer TA the chance t form government. If TA is unable to gain the confidence of the parliament, then he would likely advise the GG to go to an election.

    • grey says:

      02:34pm | 21/07/12

      Your belief, delivered so authoritatively, seems to be without foundation.  In 1941 Lord Gowrie intervened personally to request the two independents support Curtin after they withdrew their support from Fadden.
      Section 5 of the Constitution appears to give wide discretionary powers to the Governor General:
      “5. The Governor-General may appoint such times for holding the sessions of the Parliament as he thinks fit, and may also from time to time, by Proclamation or otherwise, prorogue the Parliament, and may in like manner dissolve the House of Representatives.”
      Since early elections out costs and inconveniences regarding the Senate, it is by no means certain that the GG would automatically grant a new election if she believed that there was a genuine probability of a stable government being formed.

    • Northern Steve says:

      01:38pm | 22/07/12

      Thanks grey, I’ll have to have a read of the ‘41 situation a bit more closely - I’m intrigued.  Your comment, however, does’t exactly answer the original question, which was whether JG could call an election at any time, and I can’t see any reason why not.

    • marley says:

      02:50pm | 22/07/12

      There was a rather major constitutional crisis in Canada back in the 1920s, when the PM of a minority government asked the GG to call and election and the GG refused, instead offering the opposition a crack at it.  His main reasoning was that the government was barely two months old at the time, and he felt another election was not in the interests of democracy, particularly as the main opposition party had more seats anyway. 

      Although the issue is still much debated, the King-Byng affair resulted in a parliamentary convention in Canada (and it applies to other Westminster democracies) that the GG will do as the PM asks, unless there are exceptional circumstances (generally meaning, there’s been an election within the last year, and another party has sufficient seats to be able to govern).

      (It also, incidentally, broke the nexus between colonial GGs and the British government.  From then on, the GG became purely the representative of the Queen and not of the UK Parliament.)

      The issue arose again a couple of years ago, when the Canadian PM, heading a minority government which was barely six weeks old, asked the GG to prorogue Parliament so he could avoid a confidence vote which he was likely to lose as the opposition has just formed a coalition which gave them the numbers.  The GG took legal advice and agreed to the prorogation, as opposed to calling another election within a couple of months of the previous one, or offering the opposition the chance to govern.  Her argument was that she was bound to follow the instructions of the PM.  That one is still being debated as well, needless to say.

      The point here is that modern convention seems to be that the GG will do what the PM advises him or her to do.  And while the constitutional experts can argue all they want about it, the weight seems to be on the PM calling the shots.  I doubt, given the history of the Dismissal, that an Australian PM would be too keen to have another try at acting against the wishes of the PM.

    • Queensland Observer says:

      04:38pm | 20/07/12

      I’d like to think that there was an ounce of sanity left in that head of his, and he’d do the honourable thing and pull the plug on this Government.

      However reality hit me with the force of a freight train, and I realised that there was no way Oakeshott would ever put his country before his own interests.

      Wilkie, Windsor, Oakeshott, Labor, Greens are all birds of feather flocking together.

    • Nikki says:

      04:43pm | 20/07/12

      I don’t know what annoys me about Oakeshott more, his grandstanding or his constant attitute of blithe self-satisfaction. How I would dearly love to slap that shit-eating grin off his vacuous mug.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      07:27pm | 20/07/12

      Comment of the day…love it. smile

    • Brian Taylor says:

      01:40am | 21/07/12

      give him a couple of slaps for me too please lol hard ones

    • Alfie says:

      10:48am | 21/07/12

      Remind me never to mess with Nikki’s shit.  lol

    • TimB says:

      04:43pm | 20/07/12

      If, I say IF, this means anything, my guess it’s a veiled threat to vote for an early election- If Gillard is thrown out by a desperate ALP.

      Change of leaders = Too much focus on the election= instant vote of no confidence by Oakeshott.

      That’s the only thing that seems even remotely plausible.

    • Knemon says:

      05:57pm | 20/07/12

      You nailed it TimB. It’s pretty obvious. Rob’s a good man wink

    • PsychoHyena says:

      06:01pm | 20/07/12

      @TimB, I think you might have it there, obviously a removal of Gillard would be an attempt at preparing for the next election. Going to an election with Gillard would result in failure while booting Gillard would also result in failure.

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      05:15am | 21/07/12

      When Gillard forced the Labor challenge, there was a spike in favourable poll numbers for the Labor party and Leadership.

      The Labor party read this as the voting public being impressed by Gillard talking tough.

      What it in fact was was the voting public coming back to Labor at the prospect of the return of Rudd.

      Rudd is a big threat to a Coalition landslide at the next election.

      This grandstanding of the Independents is a crazy stunt by people whom Gillard owns. It is not in the best interests of the Labor party.

      The Labor party needs to understand Gillard has lost the trust of the Australian people. We cannot be bought. That trust will never return.

      In fact it is the duty of all Australians, regardless of political persuasion, to vote Gillard out so as to send a clear message to future PMs, that we want honesty and integrity above all.

      Personally I am so impressed, that despite millions of carbon tax compensation being tossed at us, we have remained resolute in our view of Gillard. Take a bow Australia!

    • PhilD says:

      08:38pm | 22/07/12

      Rob’s one of a growing group that could write a book titled “In bed with Julia”.

    • Bob says:

      09:41pm | 22/07/12

      Babylon in Canberra: Your theory is good, except that Abbott basically had his campaign vs Rudd written for him by the Labor party members who were publicly slagging him off. When facing Rudd he wouldn’t need to do much more than keep playing those clips over and over again. When they did that, Abbott can only have been hugging himself with joy.

    • Futureproof says:

      05:00pm | 20/07/12

      You only get one bite at the 15 minutes of fame (well in Jokeshott’s case - 17 minutes) and he’s had his allocation.  Sorry Oakshott, your a showpony, and you’re going down the gurglar sonny Jim.

    • James says:

      05:11pm | 20/07/12

      The only way Oakey will keep his seat at the next election is to change strategy. He knows it and this attention seeking git is exactly the right personality to play a much bigger role yet.

      Watch it all play out !!

    • Against the Man says:

      08:04pm | 20/07/12

      If he wants his seat back he stands a better chance if he triggers an election now, if he waits any longer he will be starting to fill out applications for a Green card pretty soon. He made himself public enemy, and maybe one of the few people actually just as stupid as Gillard wink

    • paulh says:

      05:15pm | 20/07/12

      basically he is a self important pillock, he has cost the tax paying Australian public BILLIONS,he has assissted in racking up a RECORD National DEBT.The man is deluded

    • The Razor says:

      06:13pm | 20/07/12

      This is Oakeshott rhetoric to try and get back in the good books with the voters, but unless he embraces the ” Actions speak louder than words ” philosophy, he is doomed like Labor and the revenge filled Windsor. These days the voters do not forget like they did in the past, they now extract their own revenge at the ballot box !

    • mikem says:

      07:24pm | 20/07/12

      The Liberals will be revelling in the success of their divide and rule campaign.  The icing on their cake is Oakeshott’s statement.  The DHs in the Labor Party are keeping the focus on themselves and giving the Liberals a free ride.  A sure fire way to ensure electoral decimation at the next election.

    • Lita says:

      07:41pm | 20/07/12

      Oakeshott & Windsor are both delusional.  They both stated in 2010 that Labor will not go to an early election and are therefore now just making nothing but noises.  Labor are afraid to go to an early election because they know their numbers will be decimated.  At the end of 2013 after the election PM Tony Abbott will clear the air of despondency from businesses and consumers and individuals.  Australia will be free of this curse of a Labor government.

    • Muggles says:

      08:29pm | 20/07/12

      The man is so transparent.

      He’s deathly afraid of the next election (and with good reason) so he needs Labor to survive, but he also has to distance himself from their rampant stupidity.

      Too late Rob. You’re gone.  And you’ll have brought it on yourself.

    • Bobby says:

      08:40pm | 20/07/12

      38 comments between 3:08 and 5:15pm and all (bar possibly one) right-wing hate fests. Gee you guys are quick to pounce!

      Someone has to say it so (heart in mouth) here goes. I really like the guy! He’s one of our more decent politicians.  Really like Windsor too. Wish we had more like them.

    • Alfie says:

      08:07am | 21/07/12

      ‘Bobby’ - is that you Oakeshott? C’mon own up.

    • Morgan says:

      09:21pm | 20/07/12

      Really? Everybody hates Oakeshott that much? From the perspective of an Independent he’s just doing his job. He’s not out to handle the interests of the Labor party or the Coalition. He only cares about his own electorate.

      Luck (and a minority government) would have it that for once he had power to effect real change on a federal level for his electorate and he took that opportunity and used it. Now he’s sticking to his word (his agreement is with Julia Gillard personally, not the labor party in general) and standing for stable and secure government and he’s some power hungry media whore?

      He didn’t bargain for personal benefits or a cushy job like Peter Slipper (A liberal, I might add) but for policy changes to benefit the people who put him in parliament to begin with. Tony Abbott wouldn’t give him that, Julia Gillard did, Boo hoo. If anything, I’d say he’s one of the few left acting with integrity.

    • Terry2 says:

      08:51am | 21/07/12

      Morgan, a good and balanced analysis but up against a lot of conservative bigotry on this blog: well said.

    • TimB says:

      09:37am | 21/07/12

      ‘Conservative bigotry’? Where? Do you even know what the word bigotry means?

      You want to see bifgotry, just go read Drew from Darlinghurst’s post above.

      And Morgan, the people who put him in power do not think he is legislating for their interests at all. It is not integrity when you completely defy the wishes of your own electorate, that’s just plain old arrogance.

      The next election will make that clear to you.

    • Terry2 says:

      12:31pm | 21/07/12

      TimB: the definition that you are looking for.
      Bigot: /noun: a person with strong and prejudiced views who will not listen to the opinion of others.
      ‘hope this helps

    • TimB says:

      01:56pm | 21/07/12

      Sound like you’re describing yourself there Terry.

      Damn all those nasty conservatives here having an opinion, right? You shouldn’t have to listen to that shit.

    • Trader Vic says:

      02:32pm | 21/07/12

      conservative bigot - (n.) TimB, craig2, yotd, gregg, etc…

    • marley says:

      03:38pm | 21/07/12

      Geez, guys, there’s a difference between conservative opinion and conservative bigotry.  I know lots of conservatives who have reasoned explanations for their positions, as I know plenty of center-of-the-road types and left wingers who can back up their particular positions on issues as well.  And I know plenty on all sides who rely on insults rather than reason to back their arguments.  The Punch is replete with all types.

      Well here’s a bit of reality:  just because someone takes a difference stance than you do on political or social issues, doesn’t mean they’re bigots.  By dismissing them as such without actually considering what they’re saying, you’re worse than the people you slap blanket labels on.

    • TimB says:

      07:15pm | 21/07/12

      Thanks Marley. You’ve explained it far better than I could have hoped to.

    • year of the dragon says:

      01:02pm | 22/07/12

      Trader Vic says: 02:32pm | 21/07/12
      “conservative bigot - (n.) TimB, craig2, yotd, gregg, etc…”

      I can’t speak for the others but I defy you to link to one comment by me (one) that is bigoted.

      In fact, the closest thing to bigotry on this thread to bigotry is the assumption that because someone is a conservative that they are therefore also a bigot.

      I will take your failure to do so as a humble apology.

    • Mouse says:

      03:26pm | 22/07/12

      yotd, it would depend on what Trader Vic & Terry2’s definition of “bigot” is. If it is that a bigot is anyone that doesn’t agree with them, then it may very well be that 70% of Australians are bigots and of that 70%, 56% or so are conservative. 
      In a Democracy, the majority are supposed to rule, so maybe they should just shut up then. But in Australia we are in a Labor coalition rule, which is more socialist/communist rule, so maybe we should all just hide under the bed until it passes!  lol :o)

    • year of the dragon says:

      05:23pm | 23/07/12

      Mouse says:03:26pm | 22/07/12

      “yotd, it would depend on what Trader Vic & Terry2’s definition of “bigot” is.”

      I note that they have failed to rise the challenge thus revealing themselves as not only illiterate but also cowards and, ironically, bigots.

      The most revolting thing about this style of progressive is that in indulging their pretentions they trivialise actual bigotry or whatever cause happens to be fashionable at the time.

      All they are concered for is clawing themselves onto a pedestal from which they can lecture their inferiors using the very causes that they purport to represent as a tread.

    • Brian Taylor says:

      01:22am | 21/07/12

      ahhh good old oaksnot and windy sticking their lying 2 cents worth in eh?
      there is NO way in hell they’ll pull the plug on the Govt because they know full well they’d be the very first ones out of a job, nothing surer.
      wish they would pull the plug, the sooner the better

    • Onlooker says:

      06:09am | 21/07/12

      I like Oakshot and Windsor but in saying that they need concentrate on their own jobs and stop meddling who leads or does not lead the Labor Party.. this hung Parliament has sent all the independents and The Greens Power mad. Their votes alone will not get Labor over the line at the next election, they need Labor voters or they won’t win a seat. And as for that self opinionated idiot who won’t give them a donation of $200 thousand..well lets hope he can vote Gillard and The Labor Party back in on his own.

    • Babs of Sydney says:

      06:29am | 21/07/12

      You call it “acting with integrity”, most would call it “accepting bribery”.  An election will be a good indicator of how his electorate see him.

    • Alfie says:

      07:42am | 21/07/12

      I am beyond caring what Oakeshott say or does. He is a complete fool and will get his along with the rest of the Labor/Green circus.

    • stew says:

      08:16am | 21/07/12

      No, he is self-serving and betrayed the majority of voters in his own electorate. This is why he fears an early election. He faces political oblivion.

    • thatmosis says:

      08:17am | 21/07/12

      Morgan, Oakeshott went against the wishes of his own electorate to vote with Labor so don’t paint him as doing his job. As for hate, its not so much hate as loathing that a person who should know better sides continually with an almost Government who brings in policies that fail continually, waste billions of dollars, cost lives and home and businesses and tries to tell the people its a new era of cooperation. A man who props up an almost Government who whose supposed leader back stabbed her own leader, lied to the people of Australia and is an embarrassment to all Australians on the world stage.
        Bobby, you like the guy, well lucky you, do you like Hitler and Stalin as well as they betrayed their countrymen too. Any person who goes against the wishes of his own electorate shouldn’t be allowed to be in parliament or public office.

    • Thunderoad says:

      11:29am | 21/07/12

      It took a while, we had to sit tight until Saturday to get it, but thatmosis manages to chip in late with a rolled gold cert for comment of the week.

      I view Oakeshott as largely a harmless ditherer but you manage to, in all seriousness, equate him with Hitler and Stalin.


    • ChrisW says:

      09:13am | 21/07/12

      Oakeshott went against the wishes of his electorate when he supported the present government. If nobody is tapping him on the shoulder and saying, “There’s a job for you here” he is going to be heading to Centrelink. That alone will probably keep him where he is.
      If he did have the courage to bring down the government he would quite possibly be offered a job somewhere but I am not sure he recognises that.

    • Nikki says:

      12:45pm | 21/07/12

      I for one am looking forward to the Today Tonight “Where are they now?” sty;e story in a couple of years time, about Oakey’s new career as a window cleaner and odd-jobs man.

      Interviewer: So what prompted the move from politics? (apart from the absolute drubbing at the last election)

      Oakey: I felt like I had achieved everything I set out to do in my political life and delievered on all my promises to my electorate, and I needed to spend more time with my family. *grins like village idiot*

    • Anaerobic says:

      02:03pm | 21/07/12

      I saw Oakeshott walking through the looby at port Panthers the other day. Not upon the faces of the gathered throng were there glances of admiration reserved for a man of status, courage and principle, more likely the puckered faces staring bitterly at the bastard that farted in the elevator.

      I may be wrong but I think he’s gone at the next federal election and we all think he knows it. Unlike failed Labor and Liberal candidates, as an “Independent” there will be no cushy consolation job as a party functionary paid from the public purse. Come the next federal election, Rob Oakeshott will truly be independent. No friends, no party to fall back on, no job and totally unemployable anywhere in his electorate in any capacity.  For him to hasten the process would take either great courage or great stupidity. Has to be a 50/50 chance the way I see it.

    • Seamus says:

      11:37am | 22/07/12

      Rob Oakeshott will do whatever is best for Rob Oakeshott and for keeping any tenuous hold he may have on his seat in parliament.

    • Andreas Jacobs says:

      12:28pm | 22/07/12

      Yep, I voted for Tony Windsor at the last federal election.  And yep, I regret it!  Should have listened to my wife and voted for the Nationals candidate.  The New England and Port Macquarie electorates are predominately conservitave; a fact which Oakeshott and Windsor have ignored.  At their own peril come the next election.

    • year of the dragon says:

      01:12pm | 22/07/12

      The fix is in: Gillard will not be PM by the end of September.

    • alan says:

      04:14pm | 22/07/12

      How the hell did so many people vote for this idiot,ithey must have been asleep its plan to see and to hear he should have never been an m.p in any austraian government,a shot across the bow,i say an idiot waiting for his pensionm next election,abbott WILL BE THE NEXT P.M..and i,m sure the BOATS will stop ,,and i was a labor voter.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      04:26pm | 22/07/12

      South Australians thought their previous Premier, the big spending, profligate, debt-enhancing Mike Rann was a Media Slut!
      Robby-boy leaves Mikey for dead. Every time the 5 minute news cycle changes & Rob’s not included he has to make one of his inane statements.
      The problem for Oakeshot, Windsor & Willkie is that they tied themselves to Gillard’s apron strings & now they don’t have a clue as to how to undo the knots they tied. It’s not as if Robby & Tony aren’t already in big trouble in their very conservative electorates as a result of them “Going All the Way with Julisa Gillard” their continuing to back her is making them even more angry.
      Being so conservative those electors will probably be thouroughly pissed off that despite Gillard having chopped around $5.6 billions from the Defence Budget - before Abbott went to the USA - she then had the gall to criticise Abbott for even mentioning Defence whilst there. The impact of his remarkes were as nothing when compared to her $5.6 billion cuts - because US weapons & arms manufacturers saw sales slipping. Never mind that the USA & others are also making big cuts to their defence spending!
      Gillard may well not be PM by the end of September which, of course, raises the question as to who will be.
      Who have they got? Rudd? The Union Bosses won’t have a bar of him.
      Shorten? Not yet for he’s still in knitted woolen shorts (probably from China)
      Swan? A dismal failure as Treasurer so why would anyone imagine he is remotely capable of being PM?
      Apart from anything else who the hell would want the job when the ALP is facing probably it’s worst defeat ever. Mind you, some poor back-bencher would probably accept the job for the money involved & then do the right thing & go see her/his pal in the Governor-General’s Office & ask her to Issue the Writs for a Federal Election!


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