Worse, Barnett’s response is to call for a rise in the GST!
I think it is fair to say that Barnett is leading a Labor Lite government.
In the first test of Mr Abbott’s leadership, Liberal WA Premier Colin Barnett has insisted he man up and sort out the tax, suggesting Australians wouldn’t mind paying more to fund vital public services….
“Do Australians really mind that much if the GST was 10 per cent or 12.5 per cent if it means maintaining high-quality health and education and disability services?” he told the ABC.
I give Abbott’s Cabinet selections only an average score. By my count 69 per cent of Ministers, assistant Ministers and Secretaries are either former lawyers and / or former political advisors. Seems hardly reflective of the broader community and more reflective – dare I say – of the type of people that were in the ALP Cabinet.
For example, I wonder how someone like Marise Payne is going to manage a complex and technical portfolio like Human Services, when her only background is in arts / law and working in the Liberal Party. It is a bit ridiculous. The same might be said of many other Ministers that are likely to be over awed by their responsibilities because they lack the requisite skills and background to understand their portfolio responsibilities. As a consequence, they are likely to become overly dependent on their Departments for advice and the voters will just end up with more of the same as last time.
However, the following Cabinet members are not as described above: Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce, Ian Macfarlane, Peter Dutton, Andrew Robb, Luke Hartsuyker, Sussan Ley, Stuart Robert, Richard Colbeck, Bob Baldwin, Steven Ciobo, Paul Fletcher and Michael McCormack. They are all non-legal, non-arts, non-political advisor types.
There should be quotas to keep the lawyers and spin merchants out of office.
Scientist and Coalition Dennis Jensen MP is not happy with the selections.
The audacity of Shorten to seek the leadership after he knifed Rudd and then Gillard. Another union hack – not exactly what the ALP needs right now. His announcement for the leadership was only given 8 seconds on Channel 9 news tonight. Shorten is being called a ‘rat and a liar’ on 2GB. Listen to the linked audio. It is unbelievable.
David Cameron has congratulated Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying how it will be ‘great to work with another centre-right leader.’
Tory MP Douglas Carswell seized on Mr Abbott’s victory to urge Mr Cameron to adopt similar policies.
‘I’m loving the way that the centre right in Australia have modernised – and won. Ought to inspire Conservatives here in UK!’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘Abbott won offering lower taxes, less immigration, an end to obsession with CO2 and less foreign aid. Go figure.
‘Abbott’s views are throughly modern. He seems to have seen through global warming fad, wants less government and is pro Anglosphere.’
Tony Abbott will become Australia’s Prime Minister. I’d like to second John O’Sullivan’s wise words on Mr Abbott’s conservatism: we’re not talking about a Cameronesque trimmer and opportunist here….I remember wishing the GOP could produce a few more chaps like that, instead of risk-averse over-managed money guys who can afford to buy up the previous loser’s most expensive consultants.
Tony Abbott has won the Australian election – a blow not only to the Australian Labor Party but to Left-wingers everywhere who presumed that he was too “Neanderthal” to win. Well, us Neanderthals will be having a barbie tonight and sculling some beers to celebrate. “Good on yer, mate!”
In other words, this pseudo-compassion (which the Left wears on its sleeves to proclaim its own virtue) is actually responsible for creating a more brutalised, selfish and irresponsible society.
By comparison, Mr Abbott’s beliefs are sincere: he lives a compassionate life….
In short, Britain has every reason to be envious of its Aussie friends. Can we clone Tony Abbott, please, and put him into Number 10 forthwith?
In the run up to 2015, perhaps we need what Tony Abbott seems to have more than anything: authenticity. He believes in what he says, and says what he believes – not in what the commentariat say he should say.
Australians like their politicians blunt and pugilistic, and Abbott is certainly that. But his detractors often miss, or affect to miss, his wryness, his self-awareness, his humour. The purple, choking rage he provokes among Lefties has a lot to do with the fact that he is, in their eyes, a kind of class traitor: an intellectual who speaks demotically; a Rhodes Scholar with the common touch; an Australian Roman Catholic who inexcusably refuses to be either republican or Labour.
For more than a decade Australia had one of the world’s most successful center-right governments, and on Saturday it voted overwhelmingly for a restoration….Much of the West has careened to the statist left since the 2008 financial panic, the U.S. included. Australia had a dalliance with that fate but is now pulling back. The center-right politicians of America and Europe could do worse than ask Mr. Abbott how he did it.
Have you ever heard of any of the following parties:
Liberal Democratic Party;
Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party (11,202 votes); and
Australian Sports Party (1,908 votes).
They all now have elected Senators. Add in PUP, Family First, the Democratic Labour Party and the Nick Xenophon Group and the Senate is clearly unrepresentative of voter intentions; more representative of shady preference deals between minor parties. In case of the LDP, a pathetic play on words to confuse voters with the Liberal Party in the hope of picking up votes.
The only positives that I can think of is that Abbott’s overly generous PPL policy will most likely not make it into law because of the Senate.
On retrospect there may be some possibilities with getting legislation through the cross-benches; however, I don’t think that diminishes the urgent need for Senate electoral reform and cross-benches sometimes have unpredictable views. Apparently many of the Senate minor party members are more than likely centre-right to libertarian in outlook, as from the LDP and FF. The rest of them really are an unknown quantity.
Even showing a Medicare card or a utility bill would be better than showing nothing at our Federal elections. There were around 16,000 voter irregularities at the last election and not one prosecution.