Why is Abbott so spooked by the WorkChoices bogyman? reads the headline in the Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Reith writes:
The Liberal Party has to take responsibility for labour market reform in Australia because the Labor Party is hopelessly compromised by the fact that it is owned lock, stock and barrel by the unions.
Reith then answers his own original question:
Too many people are worried about WorkChoices. WorkChoices is obviously buried and no one wants it back.
And here come the sour grapes:
And Abbott? He played “show and tell”. This is the opposite of a secret ballot and much favoured by Labor party factional bosses who like to see the ballots to make sure that their lackeys vote as directed or as agreed in a deal. It was a pity that the Liberal federal director did not accept my suggestion that we needed polling booths because some delegates felt they were being pressured. Anyway, that was not a problem for Abbott. Sitting at the top table in the full glare of the media, he filled out the form and showed it to Stockdale, who was sitting next to him. Stockdale looked pleased.
Over to you…