‘Anything but Sell My Ass’

In continued debate on the carbon price during Question Time in the House of Representatives of Australian Federal Parliament, once again the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, called for a suspension of standing orders to censure the prime-minister, Julia Gillard.

The opposition leader’s continued argument is that in the lead up to the last federal election, Julia Gillard as the Labor leader, said: “there would be no carbon tax under a government I lead.”

Of course the outcome of that election in November 2010 is well known, and after a couple of weeks of negotiations and deliberations, the majority of independents sided with Labor to form a minority government; and with the Greens holding the balance of power in The Senate or ‘House of Review’.

The instigators of the carbon price legislation, which indeed became law in Australia as of 1st July 2012 were in-fact the Independents, including Tony Windsor, and the Greens. The Labor government voted for the legislation.

And it was this that riled the independent Tony Windsor today to stand up and defend the prime-minister and attack the opposition leader for yet another request to suspend standing orders — i.e. parliament’s regular procedure — in an attempt to censure the Prime Minister.

Tony Windsor said that the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was a disgrace, claiming that he [Abbott] had said at the last election that he would “do anything to get the prime-ministership, except sell my ass.”


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