Wonder in 2010

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Election 2010

Election in Australia is just a few days away.

Australia faces a choice between a fresh new leader and a member of the old guard.

Tony Abbott was a loyal Minister within Howard’s inner circle.  Abbott was in favour of work choices, limiting access to abortion and has clear anti-gay marriage views.  He has been going around telling everyone he is a moderate, but I can’t be sure.  Tony Abbott took over from Malcolm Turnbull with the support of the Climate Change sceptics – his policy is climate change is likely to be standard Abbott fare:  Do Nothing!

Julia Gillard was a (?loyal) Education minister and Deputy Leader in the Rudd government.

Gillard was apparently against a pension increase (#1), and introduced reforms to make schools and teachers more accountable.  The unions hate it, which makes me wonder – if the Union hates a Labour initiative, I want to have a second look.  There is nothing wrong with accountability – reward for performance, and give the tools for parents to decide.

(#1) information from Cabinet meetings, apparently leaked by Mr Sour Grapes Rudd).

Abbott is running a negative campaign, including:

  • cancellation of the NBN (without the NBN, Telstra’s position as the ‘owner’ of the backbone network will be maintained), and
  • blasting at anything that labour has done (good or bad).

Abbott claims that good economic policy (Howard’s) saved Australia from the GFC – I think it was Labour’s stimulus package.  And if 10% of it was wasted, so be it.  Quick action was necessary, and you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

Gillard is running a positive campaign, however this is only made clear if you pay attention to REAL news (almost an extinct in Australia).

Look beyond the 10 second grabs on the news at night – this is not news, this is entertainment!

Are we going forward into the 21st century, or backwards to the 1950’s?

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