Labor form government

The independents have decided and we will have another ALP term of government. Not that unexpected given the noises coming from the independents in recent days. I don’t think the ALP deserved another shot but now that they have one I hope they restrain themselves and deliver effectively. The early headlines are not so good. They suggest that the ALP essentially bought off the independents with lots of cash for the bush. Hopefully this isn’t from new borrowing or taxes and is merely a shift in spending priorities. I’m sure there will be plenty of analysis over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to share your thoughts. Will Julia be better than Kevin? What will the Greens do with their new found position of influence?

16 thoughts on “Labor form government

  1. Will Julia Gillard’s Labor Party government fixed voters voices, pains and crying?

    Australia citizens now enter a very challenging political era for 70 years in the 2010 federal election, many reforms are demanding by voters are looking for a change with anger to share fairer resources supplied lives from the first term of government?

    Australia social fabric repair long over due? The historical hung parliament demonstrated deep in voter’s heart a fixed must to carry on in vision and action immediately:

    Voters’ voices do not hear?
    Voters’ pains do not ease?
    Voters’ cries do not care?

    1. Poverty will not be phase out if no fairer resources to share;
    2. Illness will not be reducing if no preventive measurement in real action;
    3. Agriculture will not be revitalize if urbanization continuing its path;
    4. Housing affordability will not be reach for young generation if government continues cashing from young generation debt by eating out the whole cake of education export revenue without plough back;
    5. Manufacture industry will shrink smaller and smaller if no new elements there to power up to survive;
    6. Employability will not in the sustainable mode for so long as manufacture and agriculture not going to boost.

    Ma kee wai
    (Member of Inventor Association Queensland since 1993)

  2. Ma Sealake, you might be able to make yourself understood where you live, but your sentences are hard to understand here.
    As a would-be inventor, I presume that you are in favour of patents and property rights- therefore, you are likely to prefer a Liberal Government instead of a Labor government. good on you! Whilst I am not fanatical about any big party, Labor is more inclined to centralism, which I oppose.

  3. Abbott’s best strategy at this stage would be to announce that a future coalition government would not guarantee the debts of NBNCo.

    There would be no impact to sovereign risk now, as few have any exposure to it. But when (not if) the cost blows out to over $100b, NBNCo’s creditors will be looking to the Australian taxpayer to make up the difference.

    Abbott could then advise the Australian taxpayer that they can avoid this massive cost simply by voting for him. By that stage, sovereign risk assessments by NBNCo’s creditors should have already factored their loss into a coalition victory.

    The ALP would have no response – can’t say “me too” as the sovereign risk situation does not apply for their victory.

  4. p.s. It would push up the cost of finance which would be used by the ALP to slap the conservatives around the face politically. Still I like the tactic. It would ensure money is rarely borrowed without bipartisan support.

  5. It’s a bit hard to understand, but essentially it sounds like he or she is saying that the government should step in and redistribute more wealth by force, assume responsibility for everyone’s health choices, subsidise agriculture and/or force people to live in the country, subsidise housing, and created a sheltered workshop for manufacturing/agriculture.

    In short this new cobbled-together government somehow has the mandate to assume unprecendented control over all of our lives and fix all of our problems.

    I’m always one to encourage alternative or dissenting viewpoints, but I must admit it’s a curious post for a libertarian blog!

    I don’t think Ma Sealake is trying to start a heated debate or a flame war, just that he or she may not realise what this blog’s about.

  6. Re 5: I know it would add a risk premium for NBN Co, but the response from the coalition would simply be that if the ALP govt did not engage in dodgy financial arrangements, these things wouldn’t happen.

  7. I’m not totally enamoured of Tony Abbott, but I agree he deserved to win and the Gillard govt deserved to be booted out. He campaigned surprisingly well (given some of his past bad behaviour) and can hold his head high.

    I know ‘them’s the rules’, but he won more seats, more primary votes, more 2PP votes than Labor, would most likely win outright if another election were held now (as the 3 independents admitted), and except for Wilkie, the independents’ electorates all overwhelmingly preferred the Coalition to Labor.
    I’d say it’s a travesty, and Oakeshott and Windsor in particular have sold their souls and sold out their constituents for three years in the limelight. I sincerely hope their electorates boot them out at the earliest possible opportunity.

    I also hope that opportunity comes soon; I can’t see this arrangement being any good at all. Superficially you might think these three will keep a check on Labor’s crazy spending and big government / centralisation tendencies, but they’re either for big government themselves or will be bought off with electorate bribes.

  8. Yeah – if it were just a matter of preventing ALP doing anything, that wouldn’t be so bad… the Greens and Indies will want all sorts of shit. I really hope Oakeshott takes the up ministry offer. Having him and Rudd in the cabinet will be entertaining indeed.

  9. I for one am annoyed.
    On the 7:30 report tues 7th sept 2010 she said her new climate change panel will consist of politicians “across the Parliament, people who believe climate change is real and who believe we will only reduce carbon pollution and meet our 2020 targets if we price carbon”, not the individually informed citizens assembly.
    Essentially a CO2 tax is coming if she has her way.
    Maybe that will pay for the NBN?

  10. Papa- I think this new cobbled together government has a chance of trying to do all those things!

    It sounds just like the kind of mix of national socialist policies that a Green-Lab-National hybrid government would push for…

  11. “he won more seats, more primary votes, more 2PP votes than Labor,”

    The seats and primary votes claim only works if you include all the junior partner parties and the WA Nationals, ie all those who wanted an Abbott government. In which case, you should include the Greens and minor ALP-affiliated parties, at which point “more votes” actually went against Abbott.

    Also, the latest 2PP (that is still subject to change) is now in Labor’s favour.

  12. Normally, yes, this is the case. But Swan has engaged in some dodgy financial arrangements surrounding NBNCo, so the figures don’t go into the budget. In this way, the expenditure avoids the parliamentary scrutiny that would normally be the case.

    Abbott’s opportunity to respond like this is a direct consequence of the game that Swan has played.

    I am actually quite deeply concerned for the consequences if Abbott does not take this action. If Swan gets away with this, and his behaviour becomes the norm, there will be a serious decline in government accountability.

  13. What democratic societies should learn lessen from Australia election 2010:
    1. What productive action Gillard Labor government 5 billions to UN buys ousted PM Kevin Rudd’s face?
    Voter’s pains did not link to high income Politicians and Bureaucracy.
    The Australia historical hung parliament demonstrated the big gap of inequality society between the small educated elite groups who get highest pay by talk feast used mouth work controlling live essential resources of the country in every social platforms against the biggest less educated groups who get lowest pay by hands work squeezed by discriminative policies that sucking live blood from individual poor/less wealth off?

    Voters’ voices do not hear?
    Voters’ pains do not ease?
    Voters’ cries do not care?

    1. Poverty will not be phase out if no fairer resources to share;
    2. Illness will not be reducing if no preventive measurement in real action;
    3. Agriculture will not be revitalize if urbanization continuing its path;
    4. Housing affordability will not be reach for young generation if government continues cashing from young generation debt by eating out the whole cake of education export revenue without plough back;
    5. Manufacture industry will shrink smaller and smaller if no new elements there to power up to survive;
    6. Employability will not in the sustainable mode for so long as manufacture and agriculture not going to boost.

    Ma kee wai
    (Member of Inventor Association Queensland since 1993)

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