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Dear Paul,

There are too many people boiling with hate and resentment.
It is alarming. I was so pleased when our current PM
said he was prepared to negotiate - to do what was right
for the country. I'm hoping that he will get support from
the other politicians and all of them will unite and together
will be able to achieve a great deal for the good of
us all.

It should not matter who thinks up good ideas - if they are
good ideas - they should be supported regardless of who
suggested them. That's how politics should work.
Posted by Foxy, Friday, 5 August 2022 3:42:03 PM
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In reverse,

Yuyutsu, Just as not all plumbers are the same. I've known many politicians from both sides, state and federal, and they are not all the same, they are not a homogeneous lot, we should not be so cynical towards them. There are many genuine people who enter politics for the right reasons.

ttbn, steady on old chap, you're not happy. Nothing is so serious that a bit of humour won't fix. I know as an old conservative you're rather dour when it comes to politics, as most true conservatives are, and as Andrew Peacock would say in his sternest of voice; "This..is..a..very..serious..MATTER!" so Andy thought. There are big issues afoot in little old Australia, not the least the one the opposition has already got its teeth into, I expect an announcement on the matter from Constable Clod any day now, all is explained in the following link;

http://thetierack.com.au/

Foxy, The Horrible Hanson is in a world of her own, best to leave her there.
Posted by Paul1405, Friday, 5 August 2022 4:04:56 PM
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Dear Paul,

You're right, the woman can't possibly realize how ugly
her behaviour is. She is to be pitied.
Posted by Foxy, Friday, 5 August 2022 4:21:25 PM
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Hi Foxy,

In a true democracy an effective opposition is almost as necessary as an effective government. What I've seen so far is the government is making all the running, and the supposed opposition is looking less than mediocre. Will Dutton be hamstrung on many issues, due to internal factionalism within the Coalition parties. If it continues, and I expect it will, Dutton will be lucky to last 18 months.
Posted by Paul1405, Friday, 5 August 2022 4:35:09 PM
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Whenever a party, long in power, loses power they always take a while to recalibrate. The party will have internal reviews as to the cause of the loss and a full re-evaluation of past policies.

With a large percentage of Reps and Senators gone, the dynamics of the party room will have changed and that will also take time to bed down.

Its not the roll of the opposition to fix government policy. The Labs have had years to work out what they'd do in government, yet Paul seems upset that the Libs aren't helping the Labs get it right.

The first year of a new government is almost always theirs's. The opposition is best to just keep their head down and start to work on policies and philosophies they will adopt once the inevitable honeymoon period passes.

Again, it is my hope that the Libs will realise that they need to return to core values and jettison the Turnbull/Morrison era. But we'll wait to see.

As I said before the election, the economic winds are not favourable to the new government. For the time being they can blame it all on the Libs and that'll hold. But in a year? The RBA are increasingly talking down the economic fortunes of the country. All the feel good stuff about hearing Voices and 43% and the like will be forgotten when inflation gets to 8% and real wages fall by 5% and unemployment starts rising and mortgage rates get to 5% and recession beckons.

Then we'll talk about where the opposition is.
Posted by mhaze, Friday, 5 August 2022 4:50:14 PM
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Dear Paul,

«There are many genuine people who enter politics for the right reasons.»

Indeed - they remain genuine until they actually get elected and corrupted.

They all essentially believe in the same - in the rule and control of the state over the good people of the land. They also believe in one big Australia stretching 1000's of kilometers, this whole continent helplessly ruled by bureaucrats from the village of Canberra. And they believe that what they cannot get by agreement, they will obtain by threats and force, through their police.
Posted by Yuyutsu, Friday, 5 August 2022 4:50:54 PM
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