From my stuffed political armchair;
It’s been a few months now since I heard the words ‘Australia is the land of the fair go’. I was driving to and from somewhere and Meryl Swanson, host on a radio talkback show, was the person delivering this infrequently heard, optimistic, Aussie saying.
As cars chopped and changed lanes I fleetingly wondered if that holds for Australians these days. Probably I figured, but politicians (especially Federal) flashed, like a neon sign, as the exception. This thought stayed with me until recently…..
Tony Abbott said he would ‘stop the boats’; meaning people smuggling boats for paying, hopeful asylum seekers. He had only been in the job for a few months but the strategy so far appears to be reasonably successful. Credit where credit is due.
Best intentions aside, the Rudd/Gillard Labour Gov’t totally stuffed the policy and handling of people smugglers/asylum seekers arriving by boat. They opened the floodgates and it seemed there were boats enough to be used as stepping stones from Indonesia (rest area) to Australia.
From where I sit, the Federal Opposition Leader and Greens Leader should pull their heads in. What the hell are they going on about in Parliament? Trying to make something out of nothing, being kept in the dark? They sound like childish, poor losers to me.
During Lab/Greens terms of gov’t, asylum seekers were just about a daily newsflash (here and world-wide) and boats were bumper to bumper with an increased risk of tragedy. Who can forget Christmas Island?
Labour and the Greens had their chance and they blew it big time. The people smugglers were in control, Australia was being used as a doormat.
The Abbott governments stategy should get a fair go. It won’t be perfect but it’s a hell of a lot better than what we had. Hopefully it can develope to something better still and get the nod from both sides of politics. Time will tell.
Word for today: Fair - reasonable, equal, evenly matched, given a chance.
More to come; same blog time, same blog channel