You’re not the boss of me

Didn’t you just love it when your children got to the stage of telling you that “You’re not the boss of me”? In my case, my children were not very old when they tried this one on – probably because I was hurling large number of instructions at them.

I was reminded of this with Bill Shorten’s approach to being Opposition Leader and the negative tactics being pursued by the Opposition.

But the real kicker is this … a sort of Jim from Dibley in reverse (yes, yes, yes, no) … Labor is trying to block its own measures, including the freezing of the Child Care Rebate to 2017 and the cuts to higher education.  Go figure … this is crazy stuff.

FEDERAL Labor leader Bill Shorten denies his party has adopted the same negative tactics the coalition used in opposition.

Labor, along with the Greens, has stalled the Abbott government’s carbon tax repeal bill in the Senate with a vote now unlikely before parliament rises for the long summer break on Thursday.

Labor also opposes a range of other government measures, including repeal of the minerals resource rent tax.

When asked whether Labor was earning a reputation as “wreckers and naysayers” Mr Shorten told ABC Television:

“We just don’t abandon our supporters because Tony Abbott stamps his foot.”

He defended the right of the Senate to scrutinise government legislation.

Just because the coalition won the September election did not make Mr Abbott “boss of Australia for life”.

The government on Wednesday failed in its bid to have the Senate sit indefinitely until votes were taken on coalition legislation.

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9 Responses to You’re not the boss of me

  1. H B Bear

    Peanut Head is showing all the signs of being a worse ALP leader than the last two defectives to hold that office. His big plus is Abbott is showing equally little promise as PM.

    At least he is safe knowing KRuddy is safely … where is KRuddy?

  2. Abbott is doing a fine job being negative against his own government. Shorten can just sit back and enjoy the sight of failure.

  3. candy

    ALP Greens went into day 1 of parliament with the view of obstructing legislation, just about any legislation, and making government almost unworkable. In that Bill Shorten is doing a top job, for now.

    He is the new Do No!

  4. entropy

    Well, the ALP have to make hay while the senate shines (for them). After 30 June Tubby Palmer gets to tell everyone where the sun shines. What could go wrong?

  5. Menai Pete

    Has anyone watched Question Time in the Senate lately?
    The Labor/Greens Senators are behaving like an undisciplined rabble

  6. H B Bear

    Australians voted for Abbott despite him being Dr No. His strategy would not have worked against anyone other than the two worst governments since Federation. Ask Bomber Beazley how that small target strategy goes against even modestly successful governments.

    If Peanut Head succeeds in knocking off Abbott (and I don’t think there is a remote possibility of this happening in less than two terms) it will be entirely due to Abbott’s failures – just as his success was due to the monumental failures that were the KRudd and Gillard governments.

  7. Paul

    The old Menzies era “Born to rule” has been transferred to the ALP.

  8. .

    Abbott is doing a fine job being negative against his own government.

    Loopy stuff.

  9. stackja

    Didn’t you just love it when your children got to the stage of telling you that “You’re not the boss of me”? In my case, my children were not very old when they tried this one on – probably because I was hurling large number of instructions at them.

    And the parents of my 40′s generation just smiled.

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