Australia’s political landscape is far from serene so who can save the Labor Party?
Yet again embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard has to batten down the hatches and fight for her position as leader of Australia. Thanks to the folly of one errant MP and a speaker who seems to be more interested in the pomp of the position rather than the responsibility, Australia’s political landscape is far from serene.
The usual suspects are standing behind Julia, those who, for the moment anyway, do not have leadership aspirations of their own. Penny Wong, Craig Emerson and Tony Burke have all toed the party line and stated that no changes are afoot in the Labor Party.
Kevin Rudd is keeping quiet; not surprising given his last failed leadership challenge, but we may not have heard the last of him yet. Bill Shorten is a possibility, but perhaps he hasn't quite cut his political teeth. So who else can save the Labor Party from near-certain defeat at the polls?
Step forward Wayne Swan. Pop on your superhero cape and save the day. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Julia’s right-hand man challenges her for the role of leader, but with next week’s Federal Budget looming, he could take off some of the heat. As with many other Australians, I have a basic grasp of economics and understand that in an ideal world, it’s better to have more coming in than going out. But when there are people in the country who can’t afford to put a roof over their heads, heat their homes or feed their families, surely it’s time to be proactive.
In 2009 Australia’s Age Pensioners received a pension boost under the reforms implemented by the Rudd government. However, this only served to address the shortfall which pensions had experienced for years. Since then? Nothing. Single Australians on an Age Pension are still living with a shortfall of $85 on what is required to live a modest lifestyle, according to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia. Julia Gillard is famously reported to have opposed the 2009 pension reforms on the grounds that ‘pensioners don’t vote Labor’. Julia, perhaps it’s time to eat humble pie and do something to get seniors Australians on your side.
Is it important to get back the country’s finances back to surplus? Or is it more important to ensure people have enough on which to live?
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