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Election 2013 « Previous | |Next »
September 7, 2013

We now know that under an Abbott Government the majority of the Coalition’s infrastructure spending will be on regional roads, and that this is the Coalition’s idea of infrastructure. In Coalition logic NBN = bad infrastructure, roads = good infrastructure. Improving public transport in the capital cities is also bad. It is an example of government waste that needs to be eliminated.

RoweDVote.jpg David Rowe

So the quality of life in capital cities is going to get worse under a Coalition government, which gained power in a such resounding fashion. Any urban renewal will now be equated with increasing urban sprawl. There will be no support from an Abbott Government for those state governments seeking to infill the brown sites or build around public transport hubs. Infrastructure is all about cars for them, whilst their conception of good, prudent governance does not include sustainability.

If we look back on the Rudd and Gillard governments we can see that they did recognise and engage with key challenges facing Australia in the first two decades of the 21st century – including the global financial crisis, the Asian Century and climate change. As Carol Johnston points out:

The National Broadband Network was seen as essential in ensuring that Australian industries could compete internationally and in ensuring that education and services could be delivered throughout the country, including in the regions. Both the Rudd and Gillard governments also emphasised the need to develop a diverse Australian economy that would prosper beyond the mining boom. Indeed, the mining tax was partly meant to redistribute profits from the miners to those sections of the economy that were more vulnerable.

It's not clear that a badly defeated ALP, with its history of self-destruction, will "stand and fight" and defend its reform legacy. The Labor Right, for instance, would only be too keen to allow an Abbott government to do what it wants on climate change and avoid the prospect of a double dissolution election.

We all know that Abbott has brought the conservatives back to power in Australia by beating up on refugees and global warming. Things are back in their rightful place. The old order of Fortress Australia has been restored.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:58 PM | | Comments (13)


The Coalition is to cut back the water buybacks in the Murray-Darling at a time when water entitlements are cheaper than they have been in years.

Ha Ha

Really? I would have thought they would have been informing their rural electorates if that were the case. Maybe they will discover some of the waste and change things, but I doubt it.

A significant cause of the ALP's defeat Les was its own disunity and factional infighting. Election 2013 shows that disunity in politics is death.

Labor really have no one to blame for that defeat but themselves. Rudd should leave Parliament, and allow what left of the ALP to draw a line on the poisonous Gillard/Rudd years. Only then can any sense of renewal begin. Rudd years.

the National Party is not known for its competence

"Things are back in their rightful place. The old order has been restored."

Yep, time to get rid of the public sector workers and phony welfare scroungers sucking life out of economy. That's Rupert Murdoch's advice to an Abbott Government.

Expect to hear a lot about how much unions are holding back the Australian economy in the next three years and how much has to be done to put them back in their box.

It was interesting to hear so many Labor figures last night blame defeat on the public's dislike of disunity. Nothing wrong with our policies, blah blah blah. It was all Kevin's fault, in other words. He should have just gone quietly away in 2010 and everything would have been sweet.

This manages to overlook what has happened to the ALP at state level. I believe in truth a lot of Australians simply no longer like the ALP and what it has come to stand for.

I'm one of them. When I read stories about Labor ministers doing multi-million dollar favours for union leaders, I realise a lot of Liberal criticisms in the past had much more substance than I was prepared to accept at the time. Ditto the conservative yarns I jeered at in 2007, that Rudd was only a stalking horse for a Gillard takeover once he had got Labor into power ... and we all know who ended up being correct.

Fool me once, etc. I can't see myself trusting the ALP ever again in my lifetime.

We can expect an extensive, open ended, 'waste hunt' in the ABC.

Nick Xenophon is saying that he would resist any coalition plans to cut $500 million from the automotive transformation fund and he would any move by an Abbott Government to reduce Murray River flows into South Australia.

Something is up.

Yes Ken, The deflection of blame allows Labor to not be wrong, to not of been bad government. We were just disunited and that was Kevin's fault. Hmmm don't plan any fishing trips Kev. Best you get a job in London quick smart.
So Kevin served 2 purposes. He allowed Labor not to get completely smashed and remain in striking distance in 3 years.
I had a good win on this election. Think I'll buy a new car and drive past your houses a few times. TOOT! TOOT!

The Loon Pond is worth a good chuckle