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Our politicians losing all credibility?

Posted by: 2UE | 10 October, 2012 - 6:45 AM
Parliamentarians to receive a hefty pay rise for Christmas

Name calling, claims of sexist, misogynist behavior thrown across the parliamentary floor. Jason Morrison asks whatever happened to MPs of respect that were held in high esteem as our representatives.

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Coalition MPs say the resignation of Speaker Peter Slipper has further damaged the public's view of parliament.

Anna Burke becomes the third Speaker in as many years, after Mr Slipper was forced to stand down in light of damaging text messages sent to a former staffer.

Mr Slipper did so in a flurry of tears last nights - as he announced he would move to the cross bench as an Independent MP.

Stuart Bocking speaks with SMH Columnist Peter Hartcher who says today that by supporting Slipper, Gillard chose power over the principle of respect for women.


Deputy Federal Opposition leader Julie Bishop says there have always been questions about the behaviour of former speaker Peter Slipper.

At the end of a dramatic day yesterday he stepped down from the role, despite vigorous defence of his position by the Gillard Government.

Julie Bishop has told Stuart Bocking Prime Minister Gillard knew there were always issues with Mr Slipper, but Julia Gillard put him in as speaker anyway.


Anna Burke elected Federal Speaker

Anna Burke is elected Speaker of the House of Representatives

Labor has nominated Anna Burke as the new speaker of the House of Representatives. It follows a day of turmoil in the house as the previous speaker Peter Slipper survives a vote but resigns the position.

Slipper resigns as Federal Speaker

Jason Morrison on Speaker Peter Slipper's glass jaw

Breaking News: Peter Slipper has declared that he won't be continuing as Speaker of the federal parliament. An emotional Mr Slipper tonight told the lower house he is arranging his resignation. Have Your Say!

Blog comments Your Say

  • @zYusuf with your posting here you are partially correct son. But we seriously do need those people whom you call 'shock jocks' and 'media commentators. It is only through the perspicacity and probity by these people that we remain a democratic country. Give Gillard another term and we will be a real communist state. I dislke her and everything she represents as an insult to our almost lost democratic system of open, value added, intelligent government. A fool indeed is Gillard and her cohorts, each of whom are equal utter failures.

    Jonathon L Benson Friday 12 October, 2012 - 9:45 PM
  • @Terrence the labor party rep - the $47 billion dollars is the money 'they' have borrowed for fiscal 2011/12. Then, add the deficits for the preceding two financial years and the national debt is now around $146 Billion dollars - all borrowed money. And the fool Swan claims he will bring in a budget surplus - all sleight of hand, mumbo jumbo of course, son.

    Samuel Kyrikos Friday 12 October, 2012 - 9:09 AM
  • Terrence, you are not only a Goon & Labor Sheep you are complete Imbecile as well.

    Peter B Thursday 11 October, 2012 - 5:00 PM
  • I love my country but I cannot believe how bloody nasty people have become. Where do we get off calling Julia Gillard "Gillard" and yet the 2UE broadcasters all say Tony Abbott. I never thought I would see such behaviour from people (most of them halfwits) in my Australia. Some of the things I hear from callers and broadcasters alike are little short of disgusting..

    Maureen Thursday 11 October, 2012 - 4:29 PM
  • @Samuel, where did you get the $47 billion deficit from? Looks like you have swallowed the Abbott/Jones pill. Your induction to the fear campaign is now complete at a time when they were writing its obituary.

    I am pretty confident they will have a surplus although I am angry that they are aiming for one. We don't need a surplus at this stage when no country in the developed world has one. Our economy is one of the strongest if not THE strongest in the world and we don't need a surplus. We need more investments.

    Terrence Thursday 11 October, 2012 - 12:02 PM
  • I don't recall politicians ever having any real credibility.

    Rosie Wednesday 10 October, 2012 - 5:09 PM

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