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ACT Politics

Posted on: 10 November 2012

Fiscal Cliffs and Political Post Mortems

If you think that what the United States Government does has no effect on you, think again. Australians are starting to fall off the edge of the fiscal cliff and experience serious financial pain, something that has happened already to many Americans.

So what is a fiscal cliff? Fiscal cliffs are created when Government does not change certain laws, increases taxes, curtails spending and makes unnecessary reductions to budget deficits just to save face.

If you haven’t got the picture yet, just think: Australians now have the carbon tax while Treasurer Swann is getting so much practice chopping off benefits that he would be seen as the unbeatable short odds favourite to win the woodchopping contest at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Annual Country show at Nambour Showgrounds next year particularly as it‘s likely that Kevin Rudd would be there cheering him on. And wouldn’t it be a coup for Nambour too, if Kevin had an entry in the Beaut Ute competition at the show and won?

But let me move from fiscal cliffs to post-election in the ACT. Whether or not in the scheme of politics the ACT election stand high, like elections everywhere when the last vote has been counted and the results are known, platoons of pathologists emerge to conduct public post mortems on unsuccessful parties and Independent candidates to find out what caused them to meet their political doom.

Did their doom result because they lacked the money to keep their election machine running at top speed, or because the driver of the machine lacked skill, or that the machine itself was past its use by date? Whatever the reason, you can bet the political pathologists will offer as many opinions about the cause as a mangy dog has fleas. And you can also be sure of one thing: right up until the time of the next election the results of the various post mortems will still be under discussion.

Well, Canberra’s political pathologists have got off to a flying start with a new set of seventeen post mortems to conduct. Eight of those post mortems concern Liberals who have suffered a fate worse than doom because for the next four years they might be seen as little more than political has-beens. Not that the Labor eight can feel any more comfortable because without support from another source they, too, might have been seen as political has-beens.

Last but not least is a Green who, unlike his fellow Greens, might avoid becoming a has-been. It could be, that as he rubs noses with Labor Ministers over the next four years he might change his racing colours. One thing’s for sure, he won’t have to change his thinking much.

At the same time, one former Labor minister whose position was given to the Green might have changed his thinking already. And although I doubt it perhaps he just said to himself, C’est la vie.

Of course it’s early days yet and perhaps those parties and Independents the political pathologists said were dead, rather than doomed, might recover enough life to consider entering the political fray once again.
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