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Will Australia’s Opposition be a good alternative Government?

Posted on: 18 May 2013

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Will Australia’s Opposition be a good alternative Government?

Haven’t blogged for a few days due to illness. That I am recovering is due partly to the good news I had helped an old friend, who has been unemployed for some time, to get a job.

Self – praise ended, my last blog was about the budget brought down last Tuesday by Wayne Swan, Treasurer in Australia’s Labor Government. While perhaps not of great interest to all my overseas followers, it could, nonetheless, be of interest to some of them for comparison purposes with the budgets of their own country.

I described the budget as being like a curate’s egg (good in parts) which I also suggested had more than a whiff of robbing Peter to pay Paul, an opinion that did not go down particularly well with long standing Labor voters and  members of the Labor autocracy.

However, as custom dictates, at least to this blogger, just as I commented on Wayne Swan’s budget speech, the reply of Tony Abbott, Liberal, and Leader of the Liberal/National coalition Opposition, is also worthy of comment.

Before offering my opinion about Mr Abbott’ reply let me preface it with the comment that it was the opinion of most of Australia’s prominent political commentators that he would not provide details of what his budget would be if he became PM after the election in September, an election that most of them have assumed he will win. However, if their prediction about the election is as good as their prediction about the likely content of his speech, could they have counted their chickens before they were hatched.

The fact is, in his speech. Mr Abbott confounded them by doing the opposite of what they had predicted by providing details they didn’t’ expect. At the start of his speech, it was clear that Mr Abbott was nervous. Was this due to the fact that some of what he was about to say might make some of his supporters nervous, such as announcing that he would accept some of the Government’s proposals albeit that in some cases he reserved the right to change his mind when, if elected, he found the economy worse than expected.

At the same time however, he was unequivocal in his intention to repeal the carbon tax, a tax that the government had said on many occasions that it would never introduce and also unequivocal that he would support Disability Care (NDIS) introduced by the Labor. He was also unequivocal that pensioners would not lose anything by any measures he might have to introduce if he became Prime Minister.

After a few minutes his early nervousness disappeared and a confident Mr Abbott appeared. As he spoke his usual negativity had disappeared and even the bad news items such as a reduction of 12,000 federal public servant jobs by attrition were delivered with a conviction that suggested most voters would understand the necessity of making such decisions.

But perhaps the best sentiment expressed in his speech was his words that if elected he would be a Prime Minister of Australia not one who governed to meet the wishes of some party members and he would do that because he would listen to what voters, regardless of their politics, told him.  Does this herald a return to truth in politics and will voters be able to cast aside their cynicism and just vote for the best ideas? One would hope so.

However, I would be more pleased if the constitution could be altered to say that no MP or Senator could hold their position for more than two parliaments. Yes I’ve heard the arguments about people doing a good job should be retained to which I reply that, if they sincerely wish to do a good job for Australia, like millions of other Australians, they can do it even after they leave Parliament.

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23 Responses to "Will Australia’s Opposition be a good alternative Government?"

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