John Lord’s Election Updates on The AIMN not only provide insightful reading but also attract a high degree of insightful comments. Kaye Lee provided one such comment in John’s latest election update which would make a great post in itself. Here’s what Kay said:
I also have struggled to find anything positive about the Liberal Party. Even as a debating technique, it is wise to know the Opposition’s strengths. I struggle to find anyone in the Shadow Ministry who I feel has the good of the nation as their prime goal.
I have never felt so strongly and it definitely stems from Tony Abbott. Malcolm at least believes in action on climate change. Judi Moylan is a woman for whom I have a great deal of respect but sadly she is retiring this year which leaves us with the likes of Michaelia Cash to lead the reasoned debate and considered appraisal required in the Senate.
What have Sophie Mirabella and Bronwyn Bishop contributed during their term as Shadow Ministers? Why don’t Peter Dutton and Christopher Pyne ever talk about health and education? What sort of welcome and assistance can asylum seekers expect from Scott Morrison? How good will Julie Bishop be in the sensitive discussions required in Foreign Affairs negotiations?
On policy, I have the choice between action on climate change or not. I have the choice between being hooked up to fast NBN or not. I have the choice between welfare for our most vulnerable or tax concessions for the wealthy and ‘economic zones’ for mining magnates. I have the choice between spending on urban rail or not. I have the choice between an equitable affordable PPL scheme or one that rewards the wealthy paid for by the poor. I have the choice between workplace health and safety standards and protection of workers rights or not. I have the choice between environmental assessments for mining, dredging, and water table protection or a one-stop-shop for developers. I have a choice between taxing mining companies on the extreme wealth they are accruing from my patrimony or not. I have a choice between cutting company tax or raising the Newstart allowance. I have a choice between the full Gonski funding or a very small percentage of it.
I have a choice about who will represent me to the world and if I have ANY say in that it will NOT be Tony Abbott!
Thank you, Kay.