The Kelly solution

By February 25, 2021Australian Politics

Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, having handed his letter of resignation to Scott Morrison during a party room meeting. Kelly has said he will sit on the crossbench but will continue to vote with the government on legislation related to the budget, and on legislation to do with policies taken to the 2019 election1. Kelly has been damaging the government with his constant spruiking of hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as treatments for Covid-19. 

Multiple high-quality studies have shown no benefit of hydroxychloroquine use as post-exposure prophylaxis or as a Covid-19 treatment, and a recent study has shown that hydroxychloroquine also has no effect in preventing mortality from Covid-192. Similarly, there is insufficient data to support the use of Ivermectin for prophylaxis or treatment of COVID-19, such that it was not included in the December release of the British Medical Journal systematic review of Covid-19 drug treatments. While, like hydroxychloroquine there is evidence of in-vitro activity of ivermectin on infected cells, it is unlikely the necessary concentrations for an in-vivo effect could be attainable in humans3. Why Kelly keeps spruiking this drivel is unknown; one could be forgiven for believing he bought a shedload of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin and cannot shift it. Even sillier, he seems to have jumped on the antivaxxer bandwagon in questioning the safety of any Covid-19 vaccine, and taken a bit from the QAnon asylum in claiming that forcing children to wear masks was child abuse4.

Kelly has been so damaging the government that Morrison surprised everyone and actually did something and criticised him, with all the stenographers in the media calling it a ‘dressing down’. It was Morrison who saved Kelly’s preselection prior to the 2019 election by offering his opponent (who had the numbers to oust Kelly) a $350,000 party job5. Kelly would not be looked upon so favourably before the next preselection, but he has said he will still contest the election as an ‘independent’. He will most likely lose, as his constant outspoken stupidity on almost everything6-9, has led to several groups trying to give him the boot from his electorate of Hughes, in much the same way Warringah gave the idiotic Tony Abbott the boot10-12.

I wouldn’t be surprised that Scott Morrison suggested that Kelly leave the Liberal Party with the promise of a sinecure when he loses his seat at the next election. During this parliament, this will allow Morrison, when Kelly spouts more ludicrous claims, to tell the voters he cannot do anything, as Kelly is not a member of his party. It is yet another way for Morrison to avoid responsibility.

Sources

  1. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-23/craig-kelly-quits-liberal-party/13182994
  2. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanrhe/article/PIIS2665-9913(20)30390-8/fulltext
  3. https://aci.health.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/625090/20201223-Evidence-Check-Ivermectin-and-COVID-19.pdf
  4. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-02/scott-morrison-dresses-down-craig-kelly-over-covid-19-claims/13114764
  5. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-s-fixer-offered-craig-kelly-s-challenger-a-350-000-party-job-to-drop-out-20181219-p50n7j.html
  6. https://blotreport.com/2018/05/03/is-craig-kelly-the-dumbest-parliamentarian/
  7. https://blotreport.com/2019/09/09/yes-craig-kelly-is-the-dumbest-parliamentarian/
  8. https://blotreport.com/2019/09/26/more-craig-kelly-stupidity/
  9. https://blotreport.com/2020/08/28/as-thick-as-they-come/
  10. https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/young-people-angling-to-get-rid-of-craig-kelly/13118336
  11. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/craig-kelly-must-go-search-on-for-modern-candidate-for-hughes-20201030-p56a7m.html
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/03/craig-kelly-faces-grassroots-campaign-to-oust-him-from-seat-of-hughes

4 Comments

  • Warren says:

    At every turn, Morrison is desperate to avoid responsibility. He is the exact opposite of a true leader.

  • Russell says:

    The last two contributions show why Scummo has perpetrated the sad furphy that he didn’t know for two solid years about the serious Higgins allegation concerning Bruce Lehrmann, ( oops, that is,maybe, possibly, 99%likely ) a staffer in a minister’s office. Now look here; inside the PM’s office at least three top aides knew within a couple of days of the incident, Linda Reynolds was close to Brittany as she dealt with it, and she phoned the police about L….., I mean the unidentified assailant. However, be assured that NOBODY, no party-pooper and bad news messenger, informed the PM in that week, nor did Scummo hear a single hint of gossip swirling around the Parliament corridors.
    I believe the teflon PM’S version, but then I also believe these: the moon is made of greek fetta, and when I die I will sit at the right hand of the Lord eating manna in Paradise. Oh yes, and Labor will win the next federal election by a landslide.

    • admin says:

      Russell,
      I have found that if you make the assumption that whatever Morrison says is not true (i.e. a lie), then you will have a reasonable understanding of what is going on.

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