Currently, the Prime-Minister Julia Gillard and the ex-Prime-Minister Kevin Rudd are in a leadership battle, both vying for the top seat, and willing to destroy the entire Labor Party to get there.
Or are they?
Both have been asked, both on and off the record, and both have flatly denied it.
Julia has said that she is “Committed to serving the country, and leading through until the next election in 2012-13”.
Kevin has said “I am happy in my current role as Foreign Minister, and will not challenge for leadership”
However, the media have a different story. The media would have us believe that both Kevin & Julia are planning a battle, the likes of which Australian Politics have never seen before. I dub this battle “Canberrageddon”. Remember, every scrap of talk of this entire ‘leadership challenge’ is emanating from either the mainstream media, or the Liberal party. Labor have flatly denied it, no one from Labor has peeped a single utterance of anything that is ‘in the pipeline’ or a ‘innevitable battle of the leaders’.
My beliefs on this are simple. The Liberal party have run out of scare-mongering ideas to attempt to stonewall Labor, from the ‘Dirty Toxic Taxes’ talks, to the ‘NBN Cost Blowout’, and of course the ‘Global Financial Crisis’, and have somehow come to the conclusion, that running a stonewalling campaign to completely block media coverage of anything else the Government is doing will make it seem like they aren’t doing anything at all.
Firstly, the ‘Carbon Tax’ that we have is because every other option was blocked by the Liberals in the Senate. Labor wanted an “Emissions Trading Scheme”, but Liberals blocked it. Nothing could change their minds. Rather than look like they had gone against an election promise to do something positive in regards to planet conservation, they tried again with an option of a “Carbon Tax”. Liberals let it through the Senate, no problems. Then they went to the media and cried “Wolf!”, claiming that this tax would cause every single Australian to drop back to a 3rd world status, go hungry, fuel costs would rise dramatically, as would water costs… Pretty much the entire plot of Mad Max 2.
The Carbon Tax is a tax on Big Businesses that pollute the environment and remove resources to export and sell off-shore. The tax would mean they would pay a tax on the resources removed, increasing the Government’s funds, lowering the surplus, which then gets put back into Hospitals, Schools and Infrastructure.
No individuals are going to be taxed, and quite a large portion would be compensated through pensions and unemployment payments.
Doing nothing would have opened the Government to a barrage of “So your targets of 2020 are a joke now, huh” type comments.
I cannot believe people are whingeing and crying ‘murder’ over something designed to make this world a cleaner, more enjoyable place for us, our children and our children’s children!
The NBN is something that many people consider a luxury that is not required.
Firstly, the idea for a National Fibre Network was originally suggested by John Howard, but after laying a ton of cables alongside new rail lines, the idea was scrapped. These cables were never activated, and remain underground, waiting to be used and to earn some of their costs back. The Liberal Party are against the NBN, most-likely because Labor are using a Howard idea that they changed their minds on, effectively taking a discarded idea, and running with it. The Liberal alternative (That Tony Abbott went on record to say was cheaper, faster and more efficient than the NBN) was a National Wireless Network.
Anyone who knows anything about technology knows that Fibre Optics is the fastest option we will ever have. It consists of a laser beam being sent down a glass tube, pulsating a signal to the other end. Wireless technology is plagued with problems. Interference, signal loss, out of range, weather conditions, etc. Ask anyone who has a laptop and works on the road how frustrating it is to do their work when out of a built-up city. Now multiply that by 1,000 when all internet users are jamming up the airwaves. Welcome to the Liberal Party Internet Service.
I’m sorry, Liberal Party, but nothing travels faster than light/laser. You can argue all you like, however Albert Einstein, whilst dead, will prove you wrong.
The NBN is required for many things, porn playing a rather small part of this factor. Education via internet to remote communities, medical purposes; possibly even robotic surgery – controlled by a surgeon in Sydney for a sick child in Darwin would be possible… I would not trust this on Wireless Internet. Not to mention that the rest of the world has much, much better internet than we do! I saw this first hand in New York and especially in Japan. Both had speeds that blew me away, and that was just in the Internet Cafes.
We are currently using outdated copper lines, some as old as 75 years, to transmit data through at incredible speeds. It is not what the lines were designed for. They are at capacity now, and have no room to grow. The time is here for us to either upgrade, or remain at this level forever, and in a few years, we will resemble the infrastructure of Cuba.
Oh, my favourite complaint of the Liberal Party. The Global Financial Crisis.
Somehow this can be used against Labor, almost suggesting that this was entirely the doings of th Labor Party, yet it is also used as an excuse as to why the Liberals cannot release a detailed and comprehensive Shadow Budget. One of the few things that an Opposition is meant to do.
Firstly, no, it was not the fault of the Labor Party, nor was it the fault of anyone in Australia. The GFC was a result of over lending and overborrowing in the Wall St sector of NYC, and the Banks that funded their lavish lifestyles of spending (seriously, watch ‘Wall Street’… this is what they were like!). The banks were loaning more than they had, and the Wall St Traders were simply pissing it down the drain, and asking for more. As a result, many families lost their homes, as the banks simply upped the interest rates on their loans to try to make more money, Wall St crashed and burned (figuratively speaking) and as a result, the entire economic world came to a grinding halt. This was worse than the Great Depression of the 1920s.
That said, Australia barely felt a shockwave. Thanks to some quick thinking from the Labor Government, and their leader at the time Kevin Rudd, they worked out that by giving every registered voter a $700 payment, and told them to spend it, they could save the local economy. Since this has happened, many world leaders have praised Australia for coming out of this GFC relatively unscathed. Our Treasurer Wayne Swann has been given awards for his work done, and recognised around the world. Our dollar is currently much higher than it was, entering the GFC at about $0.70US, and coming out, today resting at $1.07US.
This is the highest our dollar has been since it was floated by Bob Hawke in 1988.
According to the Liberals, however, Labor was irresponsible, caused some debt, and was irrational. They have even gone as far as practically blaming Labor for the Wall St crash.
So would it be such a stretch to think that Abbott and his moronic followers and helper-monkeys could have concocted a story about an otherwise long-forgotten issue over ‘who gets to sit in the big chair’ simply to blanket the media in this drivel, and block out any of the other changes and improvements that might be being made in Government?
Honestly, I am sick of hearing of “The Leadership Battle”, I want to get back to policies and actual work of a Government.
Last night’s “Q and A” or #qanda as it is known on Twitter, spent half the show whingeing over who said this or that and who knows what about the leadership battle. It took Bill Shorten to point this out, and even say “We have spent half the show talking about this matter. That’s half the show we will never get back. That’s time we could’ve spent discussing actual policies.”
Well said, Bill Shorten!