Two days in a row in Federal Parliament the Prime Minister was asked questions by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Julie Bishop, on her involvement in the AWU scandal.
Her stock answer was that “she has dealt with them before” and then after further questioning says that “the Leader of the Opposition’s strategy is offensive.” Once again we have the Prime Minister not answering qustions on this matter and blaming Tony Abbott, and trying to take the moral high ground.
It has been a bad week for Gillard and the Labor Party with former ALP politican Maxine McKew, in her book disputing Gillard’s version of the sacking of a sitting Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, the ALP faceless men of the right knocking off Finance Minister Penny Wong to the number two spot on the South Australian Senate paper, and then embarrassingly reinstating her to the number one spot. Then we have Chief Whip and former Cabinet Minister Joel Fitzgibbon calling for the renewable energy target to be cut, in the process infuriating the Greens.
Former ALP President, Michael Williamson has been charged with 28 new offences, including cheating and defrauding the HSU and dealing with the proceeds of crime. NSW Police expect that more people will be charged, including former staff of the now dismantled HSU East.
Left faction leader Doug Cameron says he felt “ambushed” by Gillard in caucus today after the leaking of a committee report on foreign workers.
It is also reported that Labor’s border protection regime will hit taxpayers for nearly $1.7 billion this year.
The Asian Century white paper has gone down like a lead balloon, as it should with benchmarks set for 2025 without any implementation plan or strategy announced. As a minimum the new agenda is set to cost $100 million a year but the government has provided no costs.
Then we have the NBN receiving $4.7 billion this financial year, with a further $6.1 billion in the next financial year, all off budget. That is because it is a commercial entity that will generate returns and allow the government to get their investment back. Pigs might fly.
It has been reported that the divisive Mining Tax did not raise any revenue in the first 3 months, but as late as May Treasury was forecasting that $5.3 billion would be raised over 4 years. And of course, business was going to be the winner with tax breaks and incentives worth $6 billion on offer, but now they have been cut.
Finally, no one in the Government wants to talk about the return to surplus. Gillard refuses to repeat her surplus promise and shifts responsibility to the Treasurer, Wayne Swan. Another broken committment.
I will leave you with a piece in “The Spectator Australia” authored by James Allan, Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland:
“And of course we have a stifling political correctness that comes from the likes of our Prime Minister standing up and playing the victim, and thereby trying to take humour and criticism off the table. Can you imagine Margaret Thatcher or Angela Merkel or Helen Clark stooping to such pathetic levels? My rule of thumb is that any time a politican tries to play the victim, the voters ought to oblige at the next election.”