Crikey piece on the Senate’s reject pile

Two weeks of the new Senate is enough to show there is a strong likelihood of the government ending up with a large pile of rejected legislation – plenty for a double dissolution election some time next year should Kevin Rudd want one.  There have already been four packages of legislation knocked back so far this year. I’ve written about it in more detail in this piece over at Crikey.


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  1. Yes Andrew. Kevin Rudd needs to be talking and negotiating with the Greens more as we Greens have our own mandate and Kevin07 seems to have been totally switched off. He should have contacted Bob Brown and seen what can be arranged. A double dissolution is always possible. Bring it on I say.

  2. Rudd’s going to want to be careful about the idea of a DD. Rudd’s recently announced ‘WorkChoices III’ style policies aren’t all that far from what the electorate strongly rejected.

    Whatever can be said of Turnball (or even, God forbid, Costello), post-Howard, I can’t see the Liberals being as reflexively racist as they were. Without that, there’s not really a lot of product difference. Hanson’s “vote the incumbent out — doesn’t matter who they are, both major parties are bastards” strategy’s looking more and more attractive, to me anyway.

    Daniel, I wish today’s Labor were capable of or willing to talk to The Greens, but, they’re that far to the right now that they’ve essentially refused to negotiate outright. I suspect that’s at least part of the reason for Rudd’s regular claims to want bipartisanship; they’ve more in common with the Coalition than the Greens and believe they have as many Greens preferences in their pocket as they’re going to get anyway.

  3. Andrew:

    If Naomi is correct about Fielding doing a backflip on tax on luxury cars, and he continues to do that on other issues, how much would that alter the likelihood of a double dissolution?

    Pete from Perth:

    Yes, I saw Julia Gillard do the National Press Club address. People on very low incomes (cleaners were mentioned) didn’t seem to have the same rights regarding stop work meetings as other workers.

    Also, employers with less than 15 staff wouldn’t have to offer their people redundancy packages.

    I realise there are a couple of good reasons why they have these ideas, but does it seem fair?

    I still think anything Labor might come up with has to be an improvement on Howard’s Workchoices legislation.

    The new opposition leader’s name is Turnbull. “Turnball” was pretty interesting – but I think he might be better named Turnbully.

    I liked Brendan Nelson far better than him, even though I couldn’t bring myself to squeeze out a single tear when he said he had a mortgage.

    Yes, Pauline Hanson has the right idea about getting rid of Labor and Coalition.

    I think Labor will become as Green as it needs to be to stay in power, with Peter Garrett possibly acting as the umbilical cord.

  4. LORIKEET -I wouldn’t hold out any hope re Peter Garrett? What a disappointment he’s been.(I remember voting for the Nuclear Disarmament Party??) Said OK to the Gunns ‘Paper Mill in Tassie; allowed enlarging the already large and environmentally horrific Honeymoon Uranium mine (spilling litres of toxic water into the environment)and who knows what’s next? I’m very sad about his ‘about face’? But, as others have stated, Labor has moved so far to the right, that there’s only a bit of difference between the major parties now, although, hopefully Kevin Rudd is more compassionate/decent than Howard was. I support the Greens over the ALP – have for several years now.

    I’m also disgusted, that the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC) is not to be slashed.Howard’s ‘dogs & balaclava’ equivalent to the Building Industry workers. Noel Washington in Victoria faces a 6 month jail term because he refused to be questioned by the ‘gestapo’ bullies from ABCC, about a ‘meeting’ that took place in his own time, at a barbeque, NOT on ‘work’ premises of any work site. Workers are denied the basic right to remain silent; not to discuss the ‘interview’ with anyone, even their partner/s, and failure to comply brings about a jail sentence and/or hefty fine of thousands.(Watch “Constructing Fear” on the net at CFMEU-horrific stories). Comm.Cole’s inquiry didn’t produce one criminal act by workers in that industry, in fact, there should be tougher laws on employers re deaths to workers-1 killed a week, and too many preventable injuries! Bosses won’t spend the money on safety equipment?

    The ‘big end of town’ are too close to the Labor govt. Most disturbing! I don’t think they’d get too far with Bob Brown, who I have immense respect for. I’ve been to several rallies and heard him speak, and interacted with his office etc. I was sorry to see Senator Kerry Nettle lose her position – she worked very hard too, like Andrew and Lyn Allison did. I think it’s very sad – for us!

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