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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Steven Fielding: The Grinch That Stole Student Unionism

Well, that's it for Christmas. It's aaaall over.

First we had Backdown Barnaby - now it's F**kup Fielding, after Family First Senator Steven Fielding - denying all the way that a deal was done - sided with the Coalition last night to pass the contentious Voluntary Student Unionism bill a matter of minutes before the Senate ended its sitting for 2005.

Why ???

Firstly, the government have been treating Fielding like a red-headed stepchild ever since they realised they didn't have to rely on him to hold balance of power in the Senate. Not a single one of the much-mooted Family Impact Statements that the Coalition promised would be attached to every bill to keep him on their good side was ever written.

Secondly, Fielding claims he voted on the `substance of the bill'. I strongly doubt this. A deal has certainly been done somewhere. That isn't to say that since the Coalition realised Barnaby was going to backdown for the wrong side this time, they've haven't been lobbying their little freely-educated rear ends off to get Fielding onside. The line they pushed was likely this: student union fees are several hundred dollars. Expenses are bad for families. Therefore, compulsory student unionism is bad for families. QED.

What students will face now is exactly what students of Western Australia - particularly in rural universities such as Edith Cowan - faced: nothing. Little or no on-campus food stores, no support services like childcare, Women's officers, publications, sports teams. The things that make university a community rather than something you may as well do by correspondence course. Fielding is confident that they'll `survive in some form'.

Thanks for putting families first, Stevo.

As for Brendan Nelson and John Howard's claim that the vote on VSU was forced `without knowing which way Mr Fielding would vote' - I have one thing to say about that.

HAHAHAAHHHHAHAAHAHAHHAHHHhHHHHAAAHAHAHAAHAHAAyeahright. The government was really going to watch Barnie cross the floor and mope off to their Comcars going `Boo hoo ... that didn't work ...'

Well, that about wraps it up for one of the bleakest parliamentary years on record, and one of the most earthshattering parliamentary weeks. It is not alarmist to say that the laws we have seen passed in only the past five days (with an absolute minimum of debate - little over two hours for most bills) have fundamentally changed many aspects of Australian legislature. It was obviously too much to think that one stray ray of light would escape through the darkness ... hard to believe the Coalition have only had the Senate since July, and yet they've managed to do (or undo) so much since then. Drinks all round at Kirribilli house ...


At 10:54 am, Blogger Liam said...

A deal on RU486 seems to be the most popular suggestion. I reckon he'd be stupid to deal on something for which the Government can't even guarantee its own votes, so it's more likely it was something else.
Say, abolition of the Family Court and the end of no-fault divorce?

At 5:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fielding voted for VSU because he thought Howard would support him on RU486, making him this year's answer to Meg Lees. But just watch now as Howard double-crosses him by allowing a "conscience vote" on RU486. And then just watch as all of the left-wing Liberals join with Labor, Democrats etc to allow the sale of RU486. Fielding sold his soul on VSU, thinking RU486 was more important. But, as Meg Lees found out...

At 12:53 am, Blogger Minotaur said...

Yeah, I've heard the RU486 rumour now too. Surely the only way Howard could have won Fielding over is by withdrawing his support for a conscience vote and allowing Tony Abbott's original ruling - that the case be closed on (dodgy) medical advice - stand? Otherwise, Fielding's an even bigger nitwit.

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