from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I do not envy Abbott (the Australian Prime Minister, for the foreign readers). Forty-seven percent of the voting age population prefer Labor and its policies, and so does, I guess, a similar percentage of the Coalition politicians. The light blue of their “convictions” changes into the pink under slightest pressure.
So far Tony Abbott’s softly, softly approach has caught the press hacks wrong-footed, but that is not going to last. The media’s vicious attacks, led by the taxpayers-funded Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Australian Labor Party propaganda outlet, will grow and will be a serious distraction which he can’t afford to ignore for too long. Propaganda works; if not, it would be abandoned by now. By the way – have I mentioned anywhere before how I pity the people who rely on the main stream media?
Unfortunately we will see the corresponding increase in the violence on the streets, for the leftist ferals mostly suppressed their natural inclination to mayhem during the socialist rule. Recent ugly examples are an attack on pro-life March for Babies in Melbourne on 12th October, an attack on a group of Jews in Sydney on 27th October and an attack on the Treasurer Joe Hockey on 30st October. While the policing of the public places is a matter for the States, Abbott will have to shoulder the blame.
Looking for something positive – hopefully the Coalition will not mess up the economy even further than Labor/Greens did. However, the painless economy cure is impossible, and pain will upset the voters. The main effort of the Coalition politicians will go towards their re-election; the economy and the well-being of citizens are secondary. It ought to be remembered that under the Liberal rule even the profitable mineral exporter state of Western Australia managed to get its credit rating reduced to AA+ .
Abbott already indicated that the workplace reforms will have to wait for his next term, which means, even if he were to win the next election, archetypal Australia ‘never never’. The current crop of the Coalition politicians is afraid of the unions, and the Australian people will suffer.
In any case there will be more workplace disputes and strikes. Under the previous regime they were mostly kept under the lid by the compliant media and cowardly employers. They will get the full Monty, sympathetic publicity now.
Whatever the Coalition will do about the General Motors Holden bail-out will be wrong. Some motor industry Australia perhaps should have for strategic reasons, but the financial interests of the overseas owners of all three, Ford, General Motors and Toyota lie elsewhere. Any taxpayers’ funded salvaging (objectionable in principle) now would be too late. Our trade unions made sure of that, as they made sure that the most of the Australian manufacturing ceased to exist. However, the ultimate demise of car industry will happen on the (pseudo)conservatives’ watch and Abbott will be blamed.
It will be interesting and most likely depressing to watch the Treasurer Joe Hockey explaining the sale or not of GrainCorp, which has practical monopoly on grain storage and handling in the eastern seaboard. It is, more or less, Australian owned and about to be acquired by Archer-Daniles-Midland, US agribusiness conglomerate and corporate raider. The take-over is subject to the Federal Government approval; the decision has now been delayed until December 2013.
My guess is that ADM already has a Chinese purchaser lined up. What will win – the principles of the so called free market or the interests of Australia? I do not know and am afraid to guess. Politicians can not be trusted.
What I though could be an optimistic part of the Spirit of Compromise series, showed itself not to be so.