Posted by: Bruce | April 15, 2014

Tony Abbott P.M. – does a Julia with nary a whimper.

The swinging voterFrom my stuffed political armchair, an observation to rattle the keys…..

….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.

Stop the jokes and don't call me Liz - NoNegNot 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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-19/abbott-sends-mixed-workchoices-messages/911064

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/tony-abbott-signs-contract-on-work-choices-but-muddles-message-on-workplace-laws/story-fn59niix-1225893906267

Words for today;  WorkChoicesback from the ashes.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

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  1. I prefer The Lizard of Oz. Even before the last election we were hearing from Liberal pollies and the chamber of commerce types telling us that workchoices was the way to go. And Joe Hockey’s era of entitlement is sadly reminiscent of Jeff Kennett’s cut all the deadwood out, the deadwood being human beings needing to pay off mortgages Interesting times, Bruce.

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    • When I penned Lizard of Oz, you came to mind straight away Mary. Is it just my imagination that his apparent backflip is happening without much fuss? I don’t think he ever buried Work Choices very deeply, just enough to sound good.

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      • Predictable, that’s me, Bruce. 🙂
        Interesting, isn’t it? That media types are suddenly silent. I was waiting to hear from them after Hockey’s prophetic statement about the interesting times on their way. Oh, how depressing.

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