WHERE TO NOW FOR ABBOTT?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
"This is a win for the unions", said Premier-elect Daniel Andrews. It wasn’t a phrase he used during the election, but it was immediately after, and it could spell disaster for the Garden State. It also means a severe migraine for Abbott and don’t expect Andrews to offer him any Panadol or assist with his proposal for GST reform now that Vic seems determined to join SA and Tas on a disability pension.
Obviously the Vics hadn’t bothered tuning in to the Royal Commission on Unions.
The Labor campaign was brilliant, innovative, creative, ruthless and dirty, it utilised social media in ways the Coalition hasn’t yet discovered, and it worked exactly as planned.
Alarm bells should have tolled in Canberra long before this election result was known because Labor has consistently run better campaigns and it has consistently kept the Coalition on the back foot.
Labor governs in orgies of self indulgence and ideological sex games, but each time the Libs are appointed to clean up the empties, the vomit, used condoms and broken strap-ons, they lose electoral skin... until it’s time for another Labor orgy.
And that’s the way it has always been.
What epitomised the Libs’ weakness and lack of attack this week was the, “I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe” comment from Defence Minister, Senator Johnston, in relation to the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC).
Of course Labor spun this comment to suggest it was a treasonous outrage against our Defence Forces. It wasn’t any such thing! It was a justified comment about a lazy, incompetent, unionised Adelaide workforce that has set our naval defence capacity back 20 years, forcing us to look to Japan to replace the inoperable Collins Class subs.
Abbott, instead of blubbering an apology on Johnston’s behalf, should have doubled down on the “canoe” comment and thrown the lot back in Shorten’s face with, “The bloated, incompetent and highly unionised ASC is a subsidiary of Labor... it prefers things that go down, not up!"
As one of 60 submariners said of an ASC built Collins Class sub when it lost both engines off Perth, " 'I'm gone, I'm dead',' I recalled thinking as the powerless submarine began to slide towards the ocean floor”.
When back-up power was also lost another said, "When we started going down, I just tried to accept it and make peace with myself."
It’s not until the enormity of the Collins Class multi-billion dollar disaster is understood that the Japanese option and Johnston’s justified comment come into focus.
It seems every time Abbott rises to his feet he is voluntarily on the defence! How can that possibly be after six years of a destructive orgy conducted by the rabble opposite?
Changes need to be made in the Coalition’s approach to governance or Abbott will quickly find himself exchanged for Morrison.
Over half Australia feels let down.