How could it all go so wrong

For people struggling on a pension, Australia might not be the lucky country.

Australia, government, GFC, budget, politicians

Australia – the lucky country. For those losing jobs, struggling on a pension, or not being able to afford to buy a home, it may not feel that way. When the Labor Government first came to power in 2007 under the then leadership of Kevin Rudd, everything was rosy. The economy had more than one speed and wasn’t kept afloat by mining, house prices were on the rise and pensioners were given their largest increase in Age Pension payments since the system began.

Just one year later, 2008, brought the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) but through careful money management, stimulus payments and of course, buoyant mining trade with China, Australia emerged almost unscathed.

So then, surely we should be sitting back and smelling the roses? Apparently not. For some reason the Labor Party simply imploded. Kevin Rudd, the hero of 2007 was no longer in favour and in a leadership coup, Julia Gillard took over. This played straight into the hands of Tony Abbott, who was mounting a strong campaign against Labor and the apparent disarray was just the pretext he needed to push the Labor party into a coalition government in the 2010 federal election.

Bound by promises she had made to get the numbers she needed, Julia Gillard was no longer able to govern the country in the way she wanted. Too many of her policies were torn apart from ‘inside’ and to those outside (and possibly also inside the party) she simply couldn’t make a decision and stick to it.  Up pops Kevin again in 2011 to get his own back and challenge Julia for the leadership. Although unsuccessful, the damage was done. Throw in a couple of scandalous MPs, a rogue Speaker and we have our very own Shakespearean tragedy happening before our very eyes.

Now this is just politics you may say, and indeed, you would be correct. However, while the internal squabbling, the frequent and forced statements on one debacle after the other is going on, who is managing the country? What is happening to our booming economy? Why is our retail industry struggling? How many more jobs will be lost? How many more people made homeless? Will our age pensioners be driven to suicide because they simply can’t survive on a pittance?

Luck country – maybe not after all.

Has the Labor Party ruined its own chances of re-election? Can a government lead by Tony Abbott be more successful?

Should the Labor Party be given one more chance to turn the country’s fortunes around?
Yes
No
 




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    Reppie
    8th May 2012
    12:42pm
    No, Abbott is NO solution to this problem, he is just one of the many problems. The trouble is, come an election any time soon, we have Julia or Tony, neither of which listen to what the people are saying. Julia just does the ostrich trick, while Tony just rambles on with all his inbuilt negativity - even when it comes to policies that Labor have introduced after the Libs lost the last elelction on the same track.

    I have to ask, when did Australian politicians become so American-ised? All that they utter is rubbishing the other side - nothing positive.

    I wish pollies would wake up, grow up, and shut up - not necessarily in that order. If our pre-schoolers were carrying on like they do, we would at the very least sit them in the naughty corner for a time - in the hope they would learn that they cannot behave like this and get away with it, yet our pollies go on and on, and on with it, endlessly.

    Mr. Rudd was the best person for the job of PM when voted in, but they he was ousted by his bunch of cut-throat pirates, who have systematically strangled the way of life we all enjoyed. Now all we can do, especially as pensioners is hope and pray that another bonus (Mr. Rudd's initiative) or at least a reasonable increase in our pensions will come to pass to make our lives just a little more comfortable.
    Wanderer
    8th May 2012
    1:40pm
    Is it simply coincidence that at least 3 times, in my lifetime, Labour has taken over and the country goes downhill fast resulting in yet another Liberal (or whoever they're called at the time) win and slow recovery? Is it that the Liberals can't cope when the big issues hit the fan and people respond in fear to the slide that's already in place, assuming the alternaive must be the only choice, then leaving the (Labour) party to be blamed for the ultimate mess? Do the Liberals really offer the country a better alternative? Imagine Clive Palmer as Prime Minister or Treasurer..... better alternative to Tony Abbott? The choice on the other side isn't between Julia or Kevin either even though many prefer Kevin - it's not an option on offer at the moment. Although I don't especially like either alternative available I'd like an honest answer to the above questions. Do pigs fly?
    Reppie
    8th May 2012
    1:42pm
    Agree totally VivK - we don't have a reasonable alternative right now.
    ariescards
    8th May 2012
    2:18pm
    Can anybody tell me where the revenue comes from that the government of the day uses to support all of the things that the government uses to carry out all of the promises they make to help the average Australian?

    Tony Abbott is certainly not the answer. If I see him one more time wearing a silly hairnet on an assembly line I will be physically sick. Surely there are other polititians that have enough thick skin to take on this important role and have the backing and support of those in their party for it to succeed in its running of this Country. I dread to think of what this country is going to be like when our little ones are adults the way it is going at present.
    jennyya
    8th May 2012
    2:34pm
    Excuse me Debbie - Everything was "Rosie" when John Howard had hold of the reins. If you really look into the last few years you will see this. I am afraid that this country is a Labor orientated country and unless wrong doings are actually shoved under peoples' noses they will still vote Labor. Our beautiful country is going to rack and ruin. We need business men and women to run the country not socialistic greenies with no brains - all they want to do is spend, spend, spend other peoples' hard-earned money. I really cannot see why a double dissolution has not been called before this. What with the illegals coming in boat and air loads and the way that Gillard and her party have lied to us - it is truly a disgrace. I am not proud to call myself Australian at this stage.
    Reppie
    8th May 2012
    3:17pm
    The problem with Howard, as now is with Julia - they just stop listening to what the people are saying, and go on their sweet merry way alienating all along the line.

    You cannot afford to stop hearing the wishes of the people, as there is nothing surer than that they will just vote you out a.s.a.p.
    jennyya
    8th May 2012
    4:51pm
    You still haven't got it have you? Under Howard's careful way employment was fabulous, the boat people were not coming, real estate was booming. Life was good except the people who vote Labor were not happy. They wanted a change - and they didn't know why but they "just wanted a change". Well we sure got one didn't we? And we will never be the same again. Our great grand children will be paying off this huge debt we now have - so thanks all you Labor voters, for nothing!!
    Wanderer
    8th May 2012
    5:02pm
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Howard involved in the "children overboard" fiasco? If there were no boat people in his time, what was that all about? Oh, that's right, it was all a set up .....
    ariescards
    8th May 2012
    5:35pm
    I can't answer the above yes or no questions as I don't feel either party has the right leader.
    Reppie
    8th May 2012
    5:35pm
    I have got it Jennya, but I don't agree - didn't think I had to actually.

    The first, and only time I have ever voted Labor was when Mr. Rudd was standing as our PM - I still wonder if he were still in power, would things be as chaotic as they are right now. I don't claim to know all the answers, but I do have the right to MY OWN opinions, especially in here!!
    Pines
    9th May 2012
    10:56pm
    Many people are singing the praises of John Howard and his government but you all seem to forget that things were all going rosy for them. Labor also got off to a good start too, but we have to consider the facts that so many catastrophic things happened one after the other beginning with the GFC, largely due to America's woeful financial problems which set a chain reaction around the world. At least give Labor the credit for seeing us through this. Constant negativity from Abbott has made people frightened as he seems to never be off our TV screens. I also remember what an unfeeling person he was when he was part of a governing party. You all seem to forget these things. Also should we forget the marches by Pensioners to Canberra when Howard was in because single pensioners particularly were in dire need. It took Labor to give them anywhere near a decent increase. As for Julia Gillard "lying" I seem to remember a good few lies that John Howard told too. ALL politicians lie.
    Wanderer
    10th May 2012
    8:10pm
    Good on you Pines. I do have a problem with all politicians. It does seem though, that whichever party is in, the other party is viewed through rose-coloured glasses. Guess we'll never be satisfied this side of heaven.
    Wanderer
    10th May 2012
    8:13pm
    Another issue - all those well-to-do almost 60-yr-olds - don't forget how pleased you were with Labour when there was suddenly no more conscription! At least under the current government we have professional soldiers only going overseas.
    Pines
    10th May 2012
    8:38pm
    Yes VivK, I agree. I also think Governments (any government) cannot do everything that everyone wants. Unfortunately they promise everything and cannot provide everything. All countries have this same problem. They do and say lots of things to get into power and then don't perform, and I think the Opposition is doing that now. I am afraid that Julia Gillard seems not to be able to "take a trick" she could walk on water and perform miracles but she will get no credit. I do not know the answer to this problem as the general public seems bent on hating her. I think Tony Abbott has done a real good job on convincing the public. You hear a lot about Aussies giving people a Fair Go but this doesn't seem to apply to Julia Gillard does it?.
    Wanderer
    10th May 2012
    10:25pm
    Agreed !! If all the decisions & the machinations behind those decisions were made public I think the populace would be hiding in the hills! Of course, everyone thinks that their own special gripe is THE most important event in the history of the Australian Government. About time we took our hats off to those brave people who even dare to "represent" us.


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