Amid the daily Murdoch mantra that Tony Abbott is the man our country needs it was refreshing to read the views of an independent journalist, Michael Moore, whose ‘take’ on the Abbott victory is best summarised that Abbott has been rewarded for giving us the worst years in our political history. Michael Moore is a former independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1989 – 2001 and his article Rich rewards of the three worst years is, in a word, compelling. Writing for citynews.com.au Moore delivers what can best be described as the absolute truth.
A small part of his article is reproduced below.
The last three years have changed the face of Australian politics. There will probably never be a return to the “kinder, gentler polity” that then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott called for in August 2010.
Some blame minority government, but this is nonsense – effective minority governments remain common across Australian jurisdictions. The blame lies squarely with just two people.
Despite his 2010 call, Tony Abbott was swept up in the international ultra-conservative movement largely led by the Tea Party in the US, where the formula is simple – oppose everything! The aim is clear and simple, make anything but the conservatives look incompetent, particularly in matters financial. Ensure governments achieve as little as possible so that when the conservatives return to power they can build a community in their own image.
This new phase of Australian democracy has a prime minister more beholden than ever before to Rupert Murdoch and his concentration of media outlets. The impact was no clearer than in the swinging seats of western Sydney and Queensland. There was never a more blatant partisan campaign in the media than the one Murdoch ran in this election.
It has been a rough three years in Australian political history where the worst sort of political behaviour has been rewarded. The standards have been set. It is difficult to foresee circumstances in which the downward spiral will be reversed.
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