Even if most Cats don’t get a vote, I don’t see why we should not have an opinion.
I’m leaning towards Albo. Yes, I know what you are thinking. All those mawkish aphorisms: “My role is to fight the Tories, I was brung up by a single mum in a housing commission flat, I want to be remembered as an infrastructure PM.”
And, yes, he was responsible for some appalling policies while in government – eg. the shipping policy which was just another form of government-aided extortion by the MUA.
But, all up, he seems a more straightforward and genuine candidate than the slimey, let’s interfer with everyone’s lives using taxpayer funds, Bill.
And didn’t you just love … not … Bill’s reply to the question he set up: what kind of PM he would like to be? He sounded like a 11 year student attending Youth UN Week. Yes, he would like to be a Prime Minister for the Disadvantaged. Pleease.
This would be the same person who spent most of his time as Workplace Relations Minister attempting to bolster the power of the trade union movement through outrageous legislative changes and appointments. But according to his logic, trade unions represent the disadvantaged, the powerless. Double PLEEASE. The CFMEU? The MUA? The AMWU? The ETU?
And for those unions that represent lower paid workers, they run off with unions’ dues - HSU, Australian Services Union. Just one or two bad apples, according to Bill.
Hyprocrisy aside, the thing about Bill that really gets my goat is all that faux compassion and the notion that the federal government should get involved.
Take domestic violence as an example. Triple PLEEASE. This is a matter for the states and generally the police.
What does Bill have in mind? Another federal agency – COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMMISSION? – that would have a board with lots of Labor mates and would put out unread (indeed unreadable) reports telling us that domestic violence is a bad thing, but that the real cause of domestic violence is income inequality and economic rationalism. You can predict it now.
And now we have another wheeze from Bill.
“There are many people on the disability support pension who want to work and who have the ability to work if they are properly supported,” Mr Shorten told The Australian.
“I believe a national rehabilitation strategy must be explored to ensure that every Australian, including those on the disability support pension, benefits from the dignity and satisfaction of work.”
Under Mr Shorten’s proposal, injured workers on the disability support pension or living on workers’ compensation payouts would be provided with individually tailored assistance to identify the barriers to re-entering the workforce.
Come off it, mate. Again, this is an area which the states control. But this is Bill’s thinking. THE NATIONAL WORKERS REHABILITATION COMMISSION, ditto above, but this time employing caseworkers at vast expense to the taxpayer.
I’M GIVING MY VIRTUAL VOTE TO ALBO. GO ALBO.