A week later and still the misogyny, xenophobia, political opportunism, populism, misrepresentation, trivial distraction from the key issues and bulls**t continues.
Tuning out is almost impossible, it’s everywhere, and there is a poll for everything. All essentially meaningless. Thankfully Anthony Green (ABC) and Ross Gittins (SMH) are providing welcome oases of rationality amongst the drivel. I’ve even taken up Sudoku again as a distraction from the endless yapping.
Despite this the message that I can’t avoid is that if the Liberals get in there will be:
- no mining tax to provide benefits to Australians
- changes to the workplace laws
- no spending on infrastructure
- no improvement on health services
- no improvements to education
- no spending to prevent another recession should this happen
- changes to unfair dismissal laws
- no broadband for everyone
- no carbon abatement scheme, and
- all the promises currently being made will come into force around 2012 or beyond.
If the Labor party gets in they won’t do what the Liberals will do but their promises will also come into force around 2012 or beyond. Sounds very Howard era to me, especially when Peter Costello (thankfully an ex Liberal treasurer) suggests that there should be a reduction in personal tax. Good idea Pete, we certainly won’t need any taxes for infrastructure, health and education spending when the Liberals return to government! Not so much “moving forward” as “leaping backwards”.
Once again “Gruen Nation” saved the week. The negative ad challenge was again the highlight of a very funny show. The ads were the best with the anti-Liberal ad being the distinct winner. A truly frightening and very penetrating ad leaving you with the question: “Maybe this is the real Tony Abbott”. Just too frightening to contemplate. Will we see both Liberal and Labor pinch the idea?
The points were well made that marginal seats determine the outcome and that electoral advertising looks at treating electors as readily influenced simpletons. Which leads one to thinking that perhaps the total number of votes a party receives nationwide should determine whether they are the government, and that compulsory voting shouldn’t be, well, compulsory.