100 Of The Best Tweets From This Week's Australian Politics Disaster

    "John Howard must be turning in his grave."

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    1. The smell of a leadership spill was in the air.

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    This one paragraph summarises Australia with unbearable accuracy

    3. Challenger Peter Dutton was circling.

    Dutton: “I Have What It Takes To One Day Get Dumped As PM” https://t.co/rHWe9gcXbk

    4. And then prime minister Turnbull called a shock vote... which he won.

    Australia your prime minister is... #auspol #libspill

    5. But it wasn't over yet. Ministers started resigning.

    I love hearing about the resignations of no-name frontbenchers. Senator Bobert McGland from the seat of Jellymole has quit as junior spokesperson for ancient grains

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    lotta chirping about modern australia not being able to keep a prime minister for a full term from the people who left one at the beach.

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    When you go on that diet after just one more packet of Tim Tams https://t.co/qWIZ5D01fS

    8. And faux pas were made.

    Peter Dutton is absolutely the kind of person whose favourite AC/DC songs are actually songs by Jet

    9. Then we found out Dutton was collecting 43 signatures on a petition so there would be another vote.

    I feel sorry for the journalists in Canberra who are going to miss The Bachelor tonight.

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    i have seen the petition with my own two eyes. its written in size 72 jokerman font. purple

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    Hearing that a birthday card is circulating around among Liberal MPs. When they get 43 signatures they can all then go to the surprise party.

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    Txt from Liberal MP: We don’t know what happened to the petition after it was sent to Chatswood Post Office for processing.

    13. Book Week played a weirdly large role in the spill.

    IT IS UNAUSTRALIAN TO HAVE TWO LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES DURING THE WEEK PARENTS ARE PREPARING BOOK WEEK PARADE OUTFITS #auspol #bookweek

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    @PatsKarvelas @albericie A petition to end book week costumes would get more than 43 signatures

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    how dare they do this in book week of all weeks #libspill3

    16. The whole country was riveted.

    Australia today: https://t.co/4bTKvanm5C

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    It’s just like House of Cards! If House of Cards were stripped of logic, coherence, charisma, momentum, strategy and any semblance of enjoyment or hope. #LibSpill

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    My favourite part of all of this is Turnbull sitting in his office without support just like 'no I shan't be leaving sorry guys' #libspill

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    The Dutton camp are still trying to work out how many LNP members there are in total. Turnbull, who simply looked the number up on Wikipedia, is at an advantage. But for how long?

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    The most Aussie tweet ever? 😂 https://t.co/atx7nsXcGY

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    You get to be PM, and you get to be PM, and you get to be PM, everyone in Canberra gets a turn at being PM! #libspill https://t.co/7vMxt2Hlqd

    24.

    Only three more Prime Ministers until Christmas! #libspill #auspol

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    🎶We got spills, they're multiplyin', and we're losin' control Cause the power and the lyin'... It's ELECTRIFYIN'🎶 ... THIS IS WHAT NOBODY WANTS (No no nobody wants) ooh ooh ooh🎵 #libspill

    26. And also high-key done with the whole thing.

    lets put parliament in jail and start again

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    for any foreign followers #libspill is the purge

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    Just putting it out there. Maybe the government's polling poorly because ... it's not governing well? Maybe it's not about the leader? #LibSpill #Libspill2 #LibSpill3

    30.

    Flying the flag upside down is an officially recognised international symbol of distress 🇦🇺🙃

    31.

    @jacindaardern just wondering if you have room for approx 20 million new citizens, wb pls

    32. We entered day three.

    Libspill Day Three? Why not Libspill Day Me. Self care is so important you guys x

    33.

    "Mum, who was prime minister when you were growing up?" "Sorry darling, I have no fucking idea, what week in what year are we talking?"

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    Lucy Turnbull is at home, getting Malc's leather jackets out of storage. #LibSpill3

    36. This American popcorn entrepreneur went viral.

    I wish the people of Australia would look at my profile and realize I’m a 30 yr old black man before sending me tweets and DMs. https://t.co/vzTF8JeMlZ

    37. Then the government just adjourned parliament until September 10 to sort out its own drama.

    Government has walked off the job. Is this strike against democracy protected under the Fair Work Act? Asking for 25 million Australians.

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    i'm proroguing work to go have a cold one

    39.

    Is this the most highly paid sick day in Australian history?

    40.

    23 August 2018: in which the government rage-quit governing

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    So I guess good government won't be starting today either.

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    If anyone was ever going to invade Australia, now would probably be a good time. #libspill

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    46. The chaos kept going and going and going.

    #chaos is now trending in Australia https://t.co/knzWe5DCsk

    47.

    john howard must be turning in his grave

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    Turnbull "he must gather the 43 signatures before I will call a party meeting" Great, another boring fetch quest.

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    Remember when you’d refresh Twitter to see who was voted off whatever reality show. I am now refreshing to see who the leader of my country. #libspill

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    Australian Political Assassinations: A History #LibSpill3

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    The general feeling of the youth of Australia at the moment, summarised perfectly by this message we just received. "Everything that’s happening has been so random, I’ve never seen that bald man in my life." #Libspill #Auspol #WhoIsHe

    53.

    Pauline Hanson is on her feet in the Senate talking about how the Parliament has been brought into disrepute. (She is not wearing a burqa.)

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    On the positive side, we are now virtually guaranteed to get another series of The Killing Season from @FergusonNews

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    the year is 2050; no new laws have been passed in australia for over a decade, the only thing remaining is ever-faster leadership spills. so far 28% of the country has had a go as PM, our current leader back in for his 47th go, though due to go in the next 14 seconds.

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    Twitter launched in 2006. 2007 was the last year Australia saw a PM serve a full term. Coincidence? #Libspill

    57.

    Hey Australia. House of Cards is not an instructional video. #auspol

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    thanks to libra for providing me with the perfect morning exercise

    59.

    Why is no-one talking about this bloke ducking out for what appears to be the most flamboyant smoke of all time? #libspill https://t.co/hMzzBAiCa6

    60.

    Just when it gets to the exciting bit, Parliament is buffering.

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    62. Then a bunch of fresh candidates cropped up.

    Everyone seems extremely enthusiastic about becoming the PM to lose the next election

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    I would like to put forward an alternative Prime Minister.

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    Concerned that I have to check Twitter every 5 seconds to confirm who the prime minister is #shambles #libspill

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    used some advanced technology to create a rendering of Peter Dutton with hair and some media training

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    I’d like to announce Grant Denyer will be running for the Liberal Party leadership.

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    Sky's tracking of candidates for the Liberal party leadership soon became unwieldy #libspill

    72.

    The latest challenger Jon Snow appeared in Canberra today...#winteriscoming #auspol #libspill #libspill3 #youknownothingjonsnow #got https://t.co/IQ2MivsSRk

    73. Everything was a mess.

    Just landed @VirginAustralia flight into Canberra. Flight attendant ‘Welcome to Canberra, home of our Nations kerfuffle at the moment.’ I think she nailed it!

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    CALL 👏 AN 👏 ELECTION 👏 THE 👏 PEOPLE 👏 DEMAND 👏 SAUSAGES

    75.

    #libspill *Aliens land* Aliens: Take us to your leader. *Australians look around nervously* Australians: Ok, so here's the thing...

    76.

    A hundred years from now, some will say the banning of single use shopping bags awakened an anger in the top echelons of the liberals that led to the libspill

    77. There was even a B plot in which Dutton is maybe ineligible to be in parliament under the constitution.

    as an s44 expert (i have read dozens of posts) i say he is guilty and should be deported immediately

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    Solicitor General: In my view, it is not unreasonable to conclude - although one would not hesitate to do so without incaution - that Mr Dutton is not not incapable of remaining in parliament.

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    Desperate times call for double negatives. #auspol

    80. Then we found out the petition was done but Dutton's camp hesitated in handing it over to Turnbull.

    Hector: So, you got the money? Tony Montana: Yep. You got the stuff? Hector: Sure I have the stuff. I don't have it with me here right now. I have it close by. Tony Montana: Oh... well I don't have the money either. I have it close by too. https://t.co/LzFCHcWK4u

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    I’m about to get on a plane to Melbourne and I hope that if we get a new Prime Minister while we’re in the air the pilot does that cool thing where they announce it in-flight and everyone cheers and then we fly to New Zealand.

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    the reason they won't hand over the petition is because Turnbull could pull the ultimate power move and eat the petition then deny it ever existed

    83. The meeting was on... and everyone waited breathlessly for the final result.

    crimes are legal until they get a new prime minister

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    I know it's been said but it bears repeating: Australia has had 17,000 prime ministers in the last six months. think about that

    86. And then the news broke: Scott Morrison would be the next Prime Minister.

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    Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott: tactical geniuses

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    We cross now to Bill Shorten for comment

    90. (ScoMo is a fan.)

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    All the American Peter Duttons can relax now

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    Sources confirm Peter Dutton said “I can’t believe I shaved my legs for this” post ballot #libspill #libspilt #thebachelorau @TheBachelorAU https://t.co/nQhcafH15Q

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    The leader of Australia, pictured here with Scott Morrision

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    Tony Abbott: I’m not crying, I am just eating an onion

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    The last 48 hours in one photo. ScoMo: Go on mate, do it. P-Duts: You got my back ScoMo: Totally Narrator: He did not #Libspill3 #auspol https://t.co/SEssGB1kqn

    99.

    Scott Morrison right now #auspol #libspill

    100. And that was just one week in Australian politics.

    Sex is good but have you ever had a full term Prime Minister?

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