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Many pigs that fly and barrels they live in

Published August 16, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

This political slogan coined by the Coalition seems a contradiction when reflecting on this group’s political philosophy and policy history. Being the party of small government and low taxes, has in the past 4 weeks amassed an wide-ranging list of electoral promises (pork barrelling) including extending current service provisions and a new  2% business tax., oh sorry temporary levy. Today, I received a flyer from the LNP candidate for Dawson George ‘Waa Waa’ Christensen promising the

following, obviously if elected.

Real action but is it realistic

  • Mackay ring road – $30 million – traffic control
  • Townsville Good Sheppard Home – $2 million  – extensions – private
  • Whitsunday Sports Park $600,000
  • Mackay Events Precinct #5 million
  • Proserpine Community Centre $100,000 – new build
  • Mackay Basketball Stadium $4 million  – upgrade
  • CCTV – Burdekin – law & order
  • Local Tourism – $1 million – promotion

Dollars & no sense

On the never never plan

  • Bruce hwy improvement
  • Bowen Water Treatment plant
  • Airlie Beach Main Street upgrade

Please note these are all infrastructure projects, something the Coalition does not seem to have a good record on readily addressing.

The Action Contract

  • Pay back the debt –capitalism thieves on debt that is how the WFC happened.
  • End waste – small government means the States have to pick up the bill by cutting back services
  • Stop new taxes – no taxes for the mining sector, but a 2% levy on businesses
  • Help families – paid maternity leave
  • Stop the boats – the great foreign threat
  • Do the right thing – what do they mean if this isn’t subjective according to whose value base

Feeling left out

Published August 16, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

At the official launch of Labor’s 2010 campaign Bob ‘the right wing patsy’ Hawke promoted as the esteemed father of modern Australian Labor, a faded image of its historical self. One could argue Hawke is the architect of processes that has seen Labor swing from a social change agenda towards reinforcing the mundane status quo of the centre-right. However, he cannot take all the credit successive Labor leaders have blindly facilitated these processes in turning a socialist force into a party of insipid lawyers, academics and right wing union stooges. Their only goal to retain political power for its own sake with no ambition to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged or address other social justice issues. Rather, the opposite seems to be the case in mounting a laundry list of middle class welfare responses to endear themselves to the aspirational voting blocs.

This may explain why it seem at the present there are no visionary political leaders,  rather the opposite with the performances of Gillard and Abbott during this campaign. Even today Gillard sort to invoke Obama with her ‘Yes we will mantra’, while the mad monk shopkeeper could only offer another round of criticisms. Some commentators argued it is an attempt by Labor to make a distinct contrast between them and the Coalition, the question then is what these differences are.

  • LaborSocialistcentre-right – a mob  of insipid lawyers, academics and right wing union stooges
  • Liberalsliberalist – conservative – voice of business and private enterprise with a culture of  shopkeepers, lawyers and doctors
  • Nationals – conservative voice of regional, rural and remote Australia –  whinging landowners who rarely look beyond the next harvest and complain bitterly about anything especially, how hard life is and how poor they are.

Do not look here for fire in the belly politics advocating social change.