30 May

Overbearing pride or presumption. John Howard’s favourite word of late, as in: Don’t you come in here [Kevin Rudd] with your puffed-up hubris and start lecturing this side of the House.

Pardon me while I pick myself up off the floor!

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You get the drift.

Thanks to The Chaser for the video…

…NARDA GILMORE: In a change from last week’s warning of annihilation, John Howard today urged his party room to keep the faith and to maintain a positive sense of self-belief. For his part, Kevin Rudd warned his Caucus that Labor still faces a formidable task. This week’s political battleground is climate change, the Opposition seizing on the Prime Minister’s admission today that some money has been spent on plans for a new advertising campaign, though final approval hasn’t yet been given.

KEVIN RUDD: A classic exercise in prime ministerial duck and weave.

NARDA GILMORE: John Howard fired back, calling Labor extreme over its embrace of greenhouse targets recommended by the British economist Sir Nicholas Stern.

JOHN HOWARD: Stern is not the biblical scholar of climate change that is posited by those who sit opposite.

KEVIN RUDD: We’ve had in this place a Prime Minister who for 11 years has stood in this place and been a role goal [sic: try “rolled gold”, ABC!] climate change denier.

NARDA GILMORE: The Prime Minister will receive a report from his own emissions task force on Thursday, which is expected to recommend a national emissions trading scheme.

JOHN HOWARD: This will be an Australian report for Australian conditions to preserve the strength of the Australian economy.

NARDA GILMORE: Climate change is one of the major issues concerning voters in the lead up to the election, and the Prime Minister is clearly pointing to a conservative approach. On another big election issue, industrial relations, the Government was celebrating a small victory today. Despite labelling it a pre-election stunt, Labor says it will support the new fairness test.

JULIA GILLARD, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: His laws have been 100 per cent unfair. After this Bill passes this Parliament, they will be 99 per cent unfair.

JOE HOCKEY, WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER: It just illustrates a hypocrisy of the Labor Party, that they’ve been criticising the fairness test from one end of the country to the other, now they’re voting for it. What a joke.

NARDA GILMORE: The legislation will be debated in Parliament tomorrow.

Narda Gilmore, Lateline.

I’d like to see that report on John Howard’s emissions:

And Joe, what would you expect the ALP to do? It was a classic “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.

As for hubris, there’s been more than enough to go round in recent years.

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