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Much has been said, and reported on the early days of the new Albanese Labor Government. No one can deny the new government has not been quick off the mark in taking action from day one. There has been a flurry of activity from Labor, not just from Albanese, but from his ministers as well. My question is; Where is the Opposition? After the 2019 election Labor quickly settled on Albanese as leader, and just as quickly took the fight to the Morrison government. Unfortunately after the May 2022 election and the appointment of Peter Dutton as Opposition leader he and others on the conservative side immediately took long holidays. or went into hibernation. So far "those opposite" have did little or nothing to take the fight to the government. Take for instance the '43% Climate Target Bill', if it was not for the Greens and teal independents to fight for minor amendments the bill would have simply passed without much scrutiny. Other than a "no" vote bar one, the Coalition offered nothing. So far Dutton has been ineffectual, and his front bench lacklustre. If it was a football match, one would say the Opposition has let the Government in for a couple of easy tries in the first 10 minutes. Me thinks Captain Pete might be pulled out of the game before half time, due to poor performance.
Posted by Paul1405, Friday, 5 August 2022 6:44:54 AM
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That's just so typical of the non-contributors' mentality, opposition for opposition's sake !
Posted by Indyvidual, Friday, 5 August 2022 8:25:30 AM
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Dear Paul,

The past government was devoid of vision, planning and awareness. When Morrison was asked about priorities he responded, 'jobs, jobs & more jobs.' As though there were no other concerns. Of course when it was suggested that the minimum wage that would only affect the the lowest paid workers be raised he raised the spectre of inflation. It became clear that 'jobs, jobs and more jobs' should be at starvation wages. This, as expressed by Morrison, were the priorities of government. Dutton now leads the opposition. Is it fair to expect more from him? A party that stood for nothing except seeing that fat cats maintain their girth is now in the political wilderness. That seems to be where they belong.
Posted by david f, Friday, 5 August 2022 8:50:13 AM
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Yes. It seems as though the Opposition intends to be weak, with idiots like Senator Birmingham still thinking that the Coalition has to out-idiot the Socialists on weather voodoo to regain office. The twat should be on the bottom of the ticket at the next election. The Laughable Liberals got rid of Amanda Stoker (an actual asset to them) that way; Birmingham now needs to be given the bums rush, quick smart.

Dutton looks like being a fizzer, a la Perrottet in NSW, who was supposed to be 'real' conservative. "Questioning" the Socialists on emissions and details of the racists Voice when he should be opposing both things vigorously.

Dutton will find himself renamed as Dud 'un.

You must be pretty pleased to see the Liberals folding, Paul. Looks like I'll be going back to 'none of these' at the next election. Australia is well and truly rooted.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 5 August 2022 9:12:48 AM
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ttbn,
Agree %100
I am so disappointed with myself having thought Morrison would turn out alright, I copped personal set-backs from Morrison's Govt & manned by a Labor cronies Public service !
I think that both sides are suffering from Australian education-indoctrinated politicians.
Posted by Indyvidual, Friday, 5 August 2022 11:03:08 AM
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Indyvidual

Yes mate. It's certainly disappointing, and I feel disenfranchised more than ever. I got laughed at by our pal Paul for voting One Nation and UAP this time, but I don't think I'll even bother doing that again; with the unwillingness of the average Australian voter to take politics and the country's future seriously - to try something different - it's a waste of time.

I think the penalty for not voting and being responsible for the same idiots year after year is only $20. But it might still be worthwhile voting in the Senate.
Posted by ttbn, Friday, 5 August 2022 11:34:49 AM
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