What has Janet Albrechtsen been drinking? Really.
in 2019 we both deserve and need a Shorten government.
Are you out of your mind Janet? Not only does Australian not deserve or need a Shorten government, it did not deserve or need an Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison government.
Dr Albrechsen argues that the chaos of Whitlam brought Australia Hawke and Keating and that the chaos of Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison will delivery Australia the next great government. But Dr Albretchson is only part right.
No body, not Hawke, Keating nor Howard has been able to unwind the mess that Whitlam bequeathed Australia. And no body has been able to unwind the mess that Rudd-Gillard-Rudd left. And no body will be able to unwind the mess that will be Shorten-Plibersek.
Without going line by line through policy, consider the budget consequences of Whitlam:
Whitlam took a Commonwealth budget that had payments as a percentage of GDP of around 18% and has left a legacy of an average of close to 25% since and not 1 single year of sub-20%. No one has been able to touch it and no one ever will. Note the nice little Rudd-Gillard-Rudd kicker also.
There is also the delusion of sending the Liberal Party to the naughty corner to reflect on their bad behaviors:
A rotten Labor government may be just what the Liberal Party needs, too, forcing it to reflect on wasted years in government, factional fights, personality contests and only then discern what it stands for as political party. That means returning to core liberal values.
Aside from the fact that the Liberals, at least for the moment, are in a coalition with a bunch if illiberal, big government, high tariff social agrarians, the chances of this happening are quite slim.
The parliamentary class (Liberal, Labor, National, Green) are a clique of apparatchiks. They are about winning and not losing. Tactics and not strategy. Inputs (spending) and not outcomes (results).
What Australians need is not a Shorten government but rather democratic reform to ensure we get something better than a Shorten or Morrison government.