from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Australian Labor Party in its pre-elections mode is united as ever.
Because of the cascade of Labor leadership spills, from Simon Crean’s ousting of Kim Beazley, through Mark Latham’s axing of Crean, Crean’s dumping in favour of Beazley, followed by Rudd’s undermining of Beazley and Gillard’s subsequent knifing of Rudd, all pretence of loyalty has long evaporated.
As another Labor figure remarked: “Why would anyone feel sorry for anyone now? No one will break out in crocodile tears, whatever happens.
“Look at the nonsense, which erupted when (NT Senator) Trish Crossin was dumped from the ticket when she was part of the cabal, which did Beazley in and gave us Latham.” Piers Akerman 17-02-13
Ms Crossin, as many Laboristas, takes no heed of Biblical warnings : Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:52, King James Version) One wonders what would Jesus said on the subject of poisoned daggers and backstabbing. And on the subject of Peris see – Peris the thought.
NTNews 08-02-13: Territorians shouldn’t feel too sorry for Trish Crossin following her dumping from the Senate. She will get an annual tax-free pension of more than $100,000 a year and five free business class flights a year. Senator Crossin will have access to the luxury of the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge at airports, which is open only to captains of industry, major celebrities – and politicians.
The veteran Labor left-winger (Crossin) and her husband Mark have bought land in Melbourne. Senator Crossin owns homes in Darwin’s northern suburbs and in Canberra.
Her nemesis, prescient Ms Gillard managed to sell her real estate in Canberra in October last year.
A senior Labor source said Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decision to give Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris the No 1 slot on the Senate ticket had angered rank-and-file ALP members.
“But there’s little personal sympathy for Trish – it’s more anger at the process, at people not being allowed to vote for the Senate candidate,” the source said.
“We all like Trish but she’s very inward-looking. She only works the party members.”
There are just over 500 Labor members in the Territory …
It must have been hard work.