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Pollie Waffle November 14: All you need to know from this week in politics

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Tony Abbott鈥檚 鈥?a href=”深圳桑拿网网,深圳桑拿网,

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sbs深圳桑拿网会所,深圳桑拿网,/news/article/2014/11/10/abbott-softens-towards-putin-mh17-discussions-loom”>brain snap鈥?was quickly watered down as discussions with President Vladimir Putin loomed on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

The pair met to discuss the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster and while no punches landed, Abbott didn鈥檛 mince his words with the Russian leader.

In short, he asked Putin to say sorry and pay up to the families of the 38 Australian victims killed in the tragedy.

The longer story reads that Abbott told Putin that Australia had reliable evidence that it was a Russian missile fired from Eastern Ukraine which shot down the airliner.

Pretty strong stuff.

Abbott also revealed that the country鈥檚 special forces are finally moving into lraq, almost two months after they were deployed to the Middle East.

And Australia isn鈥檛 the only ones moving troops.

The week ended with Russian warships lurking in international waters off Australia, an unwelcome distraction for the Coalition and early Christmas gift for the graphics departments at News Corp.

Not a great endorsement for Abbott鈥檚 ability to stop the boats.

Climate change clashes

But Putin was the least of Abbott鈥檚 concerns by the end of the APEC gathering.

Like the rest of the world, he was caught by surprise on Wednesday when the US and China announced a landmark agreement on clean energy.

The timing couldn鈥檛 be worse for the Prime Minister.

Not only had he repeatedly stated that climate change wouldn鈥檛 be on the agenda for this weekend鈥檚 G20 Summit, but negotiations over a reduction in Australia鈥檚 renewable energy target had disintegrated just hours before news of the US China deal broke.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pulled no punches, saying Abbott’s “flat-earth views” were an embarrassment, while Greens leader Christine Milne labelled the announcement a 鈥渨ake up call鈥?

And it only got worse for the Coalition as the evening went on, with former prime minister Paul Keating joining the push to include climate change on the G20.

Of course, it wasn鈥檛 all bad news.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt used the announcement as an opportunity to highlight his abolishment of 鈥淟abor’s ineffective and costly carbon tax鈥? while Family First Senator Bob Day voiced his support for another axing 鈥?this time, the RET.

PUP off the chain?

It鈥檚 a pup-eat-pup world in parliament, at least for the Palmer United Party.

Its members have been nipping at each other since party leader Clive Palmer slammed a Remembrance Day campaign by Senator Jacqui Lambie, who urged the public to turn their backs on Coalition members at November 11 services.

The Tasmanian senator soon hit back, telling the ABC that Palmer and her Senate colleagues needed to get off the fence and 鈥?a href=”深圳桑拿网网,深圳桑拿网,sbs深圳桑拿网会所,深圳桑拿网,/news/article/2014/11/12/lambie-slams-own-party-and-says-she-will-leave-if-asked”>pull their socks up鈥?  

鈥淚鈥檓 not going to sit here and make my PUP senators or Clive Palmer look good when I鈥檓 not feeling that way about them,鈥?she said.

鈥溾€?If the party is going to survive then they鈥檇 better come up with a bloody better plan of attack than what they鈥檝e been using.鈥?/p>

The spat soon escalated with Palmer expelling Lambie鈥檚 chief of staff Rob Messenger from the party, telling the rogue Senator to either challenge or get on with the job.

But Lambie is standing by her staffer, refusing leave the party or be drawn into 鈥減olitical games鈥?

But with Lambie saying she鈥檇 make a better party leader and crossbench Senators offering her a seat in their voting bloc, the winner of these games remains to be seen.

Chopping blocks and black holes for finance heads

And it鈥檚 another wait and see for our country鈥檚 finance men after a week of ups and downs.

Our beleaguered Treasurer Joe Hockey faced a new battle on Tuesday with a report citing a $51 billion black hole in the budget, courtesy of a stubborn Senate.

Treasury had expected a $29.8 billion deficit this year, but the report from consultancy firm Macroeconomics indicates that his mid-year financial outlook may bring a black day for the Coalition.

Hockey this week ruled out any a mini budget or any 鈥渓arge structural changes鈥?to his budget in next month鈥檚 announcement.

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister managed to sidestep the excitement, appearing on ABC鈥檚 Kitchen Cabinet instead.

Mathias Cormann skimmed over the budget with a few laughs over a chopping board, with discussion instead focussed on beer, sausages and the wonders of Perth.

There was, of course, talk of *that* cigar photo.

鈥淭he only prank that has been played on me recently is shortly before the budget when I was catching up with Joe and some camera was hiding 250 metres in the bushes,鈥?Cormann said.

鈥淥utrageous.鈥?/p>The foreign minister and the feminist

It鈥檚 been a better week for the Foreign Minister.

Not only has Julie Bishop been working the room with international leaders, she鈥檚 also been unveiled as Harper鈥檚 Bazaar鈥檚 Woman of the Year.

Bishop 鈥?who this year has already picked up international acclaim and the rare Dutch foreign ministry order of merit 鈥?used the title to again press her rejection of the dreaded f-word.

鈥淪top whingeing, get on with it and prove them all wrong,鈥?she said of feminists.

It鈥檚 not a statement that went down well with everyone in parliament, with her Opposition counterpart Tanya Plibersek hitting back with some choice comments of her own.

Writing in Fairfax Media, the Deputy Opposition Leader said she was feminist not because she was a whinger, but due to her gratitude for her position.

This back and forth is probably the last thing Madeleine Albright imagined when she first uttered her now famous line, 鈥渢here is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women鈥?

The final bite

In between the drama of APEC and the G20, people may have forgotten that the fuel excise came into effect this week.

The news was overshadowed by the passing of former Queensland Premier and Labor stalwart Wayne Goss, who succumbed to ill health at age 63.

A state funeral has been offered for Goss, who Labor leader Bill Shorten described as a 鈥済reat Queenslander and a truly great Labor man鈥?

Another figure from our political past made headlines this week, with former prime minister John Howard delivering the national ceremony speech outside the Australian War Memorial on Remembrance Day.

Howard fronted the media afterwards, weighing in on Islamic State militants and defending his decision to commit troops to Iraq.

鈥淲e鈥檝e gone to war to defend values and principles, and we ought to always remember that,鈥?he said.

鈥淎nd we should never apologise for the stand that we鈥檝e taken in the past or the stand that we take now.鈥?/p>

Of course, the government does occasionally get things wrong, as the Privacy Commissioner pointed out this week.

But now is the time to look ahead with the world鈥檚 leaders flooding not only Brisbane for the G20 Summit, but also parliament and even Tasmania in the days to come.

Malcolm Turnbull and Tanya Plibersek will also be on Monday鈥檚 Q&A program, following this week鈥檚 double act of Greg Hunt and Anthony Albanese.

Surely they鈥檒l manage to keep the shirtfront threats to a minimum.

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