October 15, 2013
The doublespeak doesn't really matter does it?
One reason is that the incoming Senate crossbench is unlikely to present a serious obstacle to the implementation of much the Abbott Government’s policy agenda. Since a government which controls both Houses can pretty well do as it pleases as the opposition has no leverage over it, so Labor has very little leverage over the Abbott government.
Since Labor has very little room to move in, they could devote their energies to developing some decent policies, instead of ensuring that their personal bile and political factional subterfuge helps sell the mainstream newspapers.
Hugh White points out in The Age that Abbott's doublespeak---his saying opposite things to different audiences----won't work too well in the international sphere. This is because what Abbott says at home will be heard abroad and what Abbott says abroad will be heard at home. This is especially so with respect to Indonesia and China. They will keep an sharp eye on what Abbott says to different audiences about the issues that are important to them.