This year on the blog there hasn’t been a political story we’ve failed to debate. Some of these political events that inspired our posts have been – in our view – good. Some, of course, have been bad while some have been downright ugly.To round off our political discussions for 2012 I’ll dot point the good stories, the bad ones and the ugly ones for review.
- Following months of media speculation of a Rudd challenge for the ALP leadership, Julia Gillard hits him for six to retain the top job.
- Whyalla survived! Tony Abbott’s predicted it wouldn’t.
- Euromoney magazine awarded Wayne Swan the title of Finance Minister of the Year “for his careful stewardship of Australia’s finances and economic performance, both during and since the global financial crisis”.
- The economy received a shot in the arm after the introduction of the carbon price. Share prices and house prices both rose, business confidence and consumer sentiment also rose; jobs were being created and the unemployment rate ticked lower.
- Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech aimed at Tony Abbott reverberated around the world.
- Julia Gillard announced the creation of a national royal commission into institutional responses to instances of child sexual abuse.
- Wayne Swan gave up the unrealistic goal of delivering a surplus in the 2013-14 Budget. Economists were in unison, agreeing that the Government had done the right thing to drop the surplus commitment.
- Bob Brown resigned as leader of the Australian Greens. He also resigned from the Senate.
- The failure of the political media to critically analyse the mutterings of Tony Abbott revealing that they are either entirely incompetent or they just didn’t want to throw him a challenge. Either or, we have a continual ludicrous situation where we are harrowed by an alternate Prime Minister who offers nothing and a compliant media who ask of him exactly that. Nothing.
- We asked the question: Has the ABC lost the meaning of respect or is it just following the political discourse? A discourse, it seems, being set by the Republicans in America and the Liberals in Australia where respect is ignored even if earned, yet handed out to the undeserving few.
- The Government introduced legislation into Parliament allowing the resumption of offshore processing on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.
- Tony Abbott’s media performances, best described as pathetic.
- The death of Julia Gillard’s father.
- Mr. Abbott’s words of wisdom (in trying to pick a fight with Aborigines) that interrupted the PM Citizenship ceremony on Australia Day, which led to what are now referred to as the Australia Day Riots, as timid as they were.
- The political bloodbath that left Labor reeling after the Queensland state election.
- Larry Pickering. What more can I say?
- Tony Abbott’s fraudulent scare campaign against the carbon price.
- The hate-filled bile constantly being spewed by the right-wing sections of our media.
- Senator Cory Bernardi’s suggestion that legalising same sex marriage would lead to demands for bestiality.
- Veteran broadcaster and 2GB host Alan Jones claim that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father died of “shame” because of the political “lies” his daughter told.
- Ashbygate started to turn ugly. Very ugly . . . for the Opposition.
Feel free to re-visit these topics.