….Tony Abbott P.M. said he would ‘stop the boats’. It seems he has, or at least put a mighty big dent in the flotilla of people smuggler boats heading for the land of the easy touch. While I know that asylum seekers are a policy in progress it’s mighty good, even amazing, not to see them as the daily headlines.
Given the success so far I wondered whether to tag Tony Abbott P.M. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ or possibly ‘Two Term Tony’. I wondered much too soon.
Because back from the ‘dead and buried’, the cold case files, the dusty drawers, the gone but not forgotton, arose……. WorkChoices. Yes, like Sid the Sloth in Ice Age when asked if he had been killed, Sid answered; ‘sadly yes, but I lived!’
WorkChoices is back on the agenda, being floated over the electorate, brought quietly into conversation in a leisurely, low key manner. After all, Mr Abbott did murmur the name, WorkChoices, in his campaign prior to the election which made him P.M.
‘Dead, buried, cremated’ is how Tony Abbott (as Opposition Leader) described WorkChoices. He’s on record, after a previous lost election, saying the people of Australia have voted. His P.M. at the time, John Howard, was voted out on the WorkChoices issue.
As Fed. Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott was relentless on the then P.M. Julia Gillard for doing a back flip on a Carbon Tax. While P.M. Gillard struggled to maintain composure on this subject, Mr Abbott continued to turn the screws. How easily she could have gagged him by a simple explanation or apology to the generally forgiving Australian population; but she didn’t and paid dearly.
Mr Abbott is running a subtle process of resurrecting WorkChoices and in contrast, hardly a whimper from the Oppostion Leader Bill Shorten, the media or the public on this backflip. Dead, buried, cremated. He’s done a Julia and getting away with it.
Not if, but when P.M. Abbott slips a renamed WorkChoices under the back door to join the active policy crowd, I wonder what will happen? A different tag came to mind, ‘The lizard of Oz’, but I thought it to be a little mean. I think I’ll go with ‘One Term Tony’ for now.
Words for today; WorkChoices – back from the ashes.
More to come; same blog time, same blog channel.