As Australia careers towards an Abbott government, a question that routinely occurs to me is: “is it really conservatives voting for this party?”
There really is nothing conservative about what the Abbott coalition is offering. Rather, it is a strangely inverted conservatism; a big-government, socially regressive proflicracy.
This word ‘values’ flys around the politicians and media players; but like many English words it seems to have many meanings. This is not in the slippery or weasel-wordish way, it is just a word that most people seem to feel they understand, and are entitled to use in any old way that they mean it.
Stupid hashtag misquotes of Tony Abbott (and equally stupid reporting thereof) aside, recent weeks have seen a bump in the presence of policy discussion in Australia. Both parties have been forced to discuss substance in view of the upcoming budget and in the absence of parliamentary sitting days to fill with ephemera and shouting.
The Australian’s Cut & Paste column today even-handedly reminds Fairfax and News Limited folk like Dennis Atkins …
On this May Day that has passed, the University of Western Sydney’s Whitlam Institute organised a political forum called It’s My Party, as a part of the Behind the Lines exhibition that is being hosted at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres. Labor’s John Faulkner, the Liberals’ Joe Hockey and the Greens’ Bob Brown were invited to outlay the underlying philosophies of their respective parties. The audience were then invited to ask questions about those philosophies afterwards.
Senior federal government staffers are Very Important People. Just ask them. Some are so important - and erudite - that they have at least a book or two in them. Dr Professor Jim Chalmers PhD (Hons) important work named in honour of a Springsteen anthem 'Glory Days', sneak-leaked to your favourite news source offers some important insights into what went wrong with the Labor government.
In the wake of Leigh Sales’ most recent interview with the Opposition Leader, the Kabuki-like response began right on cue.
Prior to the interview, after Sales announced on Twitter that she would be speaking to Tony Abbott, the usual suspects began salivating over the prospect of an evisceration akin to his previous 730 effort, when he tried to blame BHP’s Olympic Dam postponement on the carbon price when the company had said everything but.