Argy-bargy politics

Heather Ridout has nailed it. I think we are all fed up with the low standard of debate in Canberra. And her concerns that this dumbing down of debate is masking the real issues are also well founded. But I would go a step further and lay a lot of the blame at the feet of the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.

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Heather Ridout has nailed it. I think we are all fed up with the low standard of debate in Canberra. And her concerns that this dumbing down of debate is masking the real issues are also well founded. But I would go a step further and lay a lot of the blame at the feet of the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.

When he was elected as leader of the Opposition, “knifing’ Malcolm Turnbull along the way, he stated his job was to ‘oppose’. And this is what he has done ever since. Whether the government presents good, bad or mediocre policy, he simply opposes it. As a former press secretary to former Liberal leader, John Hewson, Abbott is master of the quick grab, the smart one-liner. So we hear ‘great big new tax’ chanted like a mantra about a variety of financial initiatives, rolling all into one great ball of fear. Similarly with the arrival of boat people. The handful of people who arrive in Australia by boat pales to insignificance when compared to those coming by air. Yet we never hear a word about tackling this problem. We just keep hearing about a tiny minority of people fleeing persecution – people who are NOT illegal immigrants, as we are obliged (under the UNHRC treaty to which Australia is a signatory) to give them sanctuary.

I am sick to death of the great wave of negativity which has engulfed our political debate. I believe the current coalition government has passed some very important legislation. It has also managed the global financial crisis, mark one and two, with great skill and success. The Australian economy does have challenges – but overall it is riding high compared to most others in the Western world. So let’s get the debate back on track. What we need now is vision, courage and a very long view.

Come on Australia – we are a nation capable of great innovation so can’t we drag our pollies back to the basics of responsible legislation sooner rather than later?

Should politicians just deal with the issues at hand?
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