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Peter Adamis  29 July 2014.   These past few weeks Victorians have been fed little fibs, big fibs and a lot of misinformation surrounding the BaillieuGate leaked tape. its contents, location and its subsequent disposal by embarrassed Labor officials. A complete copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: BALLIEUGATE 11

Labors’ lost opportunities.                      The recent main headlines regarding the BaillieuGate headlines have not placed Labor in a good light and one only has to glimpse the main topic headlines to understand that labor has dug its own grave and possibly its own political demise.  Headlines such as: Daniel Andrews’ dirty mess, Tomazin Torrid affair could have been avoided,  Denials pressure Andrews,  Andrews adamant dictaphone was not stolen and now we have Daniel Andrews saying: ” they destroyed the recorder”, ”a bad call”,  ”dirty mess” all of which indirectly infer that he is unable to keep his own house in order. If this is the case how can Victorians support or vote for him and his party.

Not a good start for any one political party but then again one has to role with the punches if one wants to be in Parliament. take the good with the bad and one has to admire Daniel Andrews for taking it on the chin like a man and not letting it faze him or seeking any disciplinary action against his own political supporters. Who knows what the right of Labor will do when they caucus meets again to decide the future. Like the Liberals, Labor will also be looking for another leader of one or the other loss the election.

When that time comes, one can be sure that those who have the best ring side seats will not be disappointed. I am quite sure that political blood will be shed by old gladiators still trying to survive in the political arena against the young and far sighted new generation of hopefuls.  Those in between the Baby boomer generation and the current generation coming up through the ranks will miss out. they have been waiting in the wings for so long that they are shedding their wings and casting off their reptile skins in preparation for what is to come.

Not until the crows come home. This author is of the believe that the BaillieuGate affair is far from over and that further revelations will come to air over the next few weeks. revelations that will decide who will govern Victoria. My bet is on the Liberals retuning power but at a cost to their management and hierarchal power structure. New alliances are being made as we speak, the various factions storing up their arsenal of weapons whatever they may be and ensuring that their powder remains dry enough to explode explosive after effects that will bring undone those who have been plotting behind the scenes to bring down the Prime Minister and that of the Victorian Premier.  

They are indeed and surely playing for high stakes which makes them a  target for others to monitor their political aspirations  This is a pity because many of them are well known and have much to offer Victorians and Australians in the wider political landscape.  Whoever these so called senior Liberals are that are saying that Tony abbot’s presence in Victoria is seen as a negative can only mean that either they are concerned about Tony Abbots conservative leanings and that it would impinge on the local political fiefdom, or that  they are using Tony Abbotts; public image in order to undermine him within the Victorian electorate. I for one put my money on the latter.

Coalition of the willing gala dinner.                   At a recent Liberal party dinner in the Eastern suburbs Scott Morison, Kevin Andrews, Allan Tudge and Michael Sukkar address the party right wing faithful.  Approximately 500 members who attended the gala dinner were not disappointed as they had the opportunity to meet and greet, create new alliances, catch up with the latest, rub shoulders with the “pollies”, while other just monitored gathered intelligence and monitored the political  “miscreants” and “leakers” of which only a few found the courage to be present.

Michael Sukkar was an enthusiastic and though roughly enjoyable as the Master of Ceremonies by keeping everyone on their toes throughout the evening He was followed by Scott Morrison who had just arrived from his trip to India and spoke brilliantly about his trip and that of the illegal boats. Kevin Andrews as usual was at his best and gave a riveting speech on the government and also Allan Tudge who gave his view on the current political climate in Canberra.

Helen Kroger former Victorian Senator who was amongst the guests was made welcome by well wishers, friends and colleagues and wished her al the best post senate.  It is believed that supporters have arranged for a series tribute dinners to Helen on her contributions to the Australian Senate. Sandra Mercer Moore the former Liberal party Vice President was at the head table flanked by Neil Brown the former member for Menzies, Richard Dalla Riva, Julian McGauran former Victorian, Mr. and Mrs, Samuels and Anthony Fernandez.  Sandra Mercer Moore since the Liberal State Council elections has been instrumental in coordinating many of the activities within the Menzies electorate and supporting quietly resting

Peter Vlahos former Mayor of Monash, Tim Smith Liberal candidate for Kew, Andrew Davenport, Vasan Sirinivasan the Indian community representative, Nick Demiris, Russell Hannan, Nick McGowan and other too numerous to mention were to be seen. It was pleasing to see Senator Scot Ryan and Liberal Party President Tony Snell along with other like minded individuals be present. Overall it was a successful gala dinner where thousands of dollars were raised as campaign funds for the future.

Healing and growing.                    One hopes that the evening contributed towards a healing of factional differences and created an environment political compatibility that can be built upon. This is important if unity is to be the platform upon which Tony Snell and his team have been espousing since the State Council. They say it takes two to tango, but it will take a number of chorus girls to be able to dance in harmony and appeal to the customers at the same time. Life is but full of surprises as today’s opponents soon find that they have a common adversary and alliances unheard of before are possible in order to survive in the political arena.

All for one and one for all.                        Would it be idealistic of me to think that would be the case. One rule of law for all.  I say this in light of what the Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said in regards to the Peter Slipper affair that no one is above the law. I find this very encouraging and would like to believe that Tony abbot is bringing back rational Australian values of respect, fairgo for the battler and changing the behavioural attitudes of a nation that is in danger of falling on its sword without even trying. This country needs to be awakened from its free handouts and reliance on welfare in order to create an environment where Australian values mean something again.

Changing attitudes and behaviours.                The work for the Dole is but one aspect of what Australians can expect, and I for one would support such a concept with some adjustments that are more compatible with Australian values. Mind you the program is not to being until another twelve months and much works needs to be done. His recent handling of the MH17 airplane disaster was statesman like and all Australians approved his actions.  I will make a prophecy that Tony abbot will become a fine Prime Minister who will surpass rather than  emulate his mentor John Howard. His firm, fair and compassionate attitude towards Australians is not always reported pun by the media which unfortunately points to a negative approach by the media hungry for news. 

Peter Adamis Australia Day iconThe Voice from the Pavement – Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum.  He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News.  He holds a Bachelor   of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health  & Safety, (Monash),  Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538

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