Remember what this election is all about?
No, not jobs and growth. No, not asylum seekers and the need for STRONG borders. Not Gonski (because, remember, Labor and Liberal are “at one” on education and if we vote Liberals in no school will lose any money. Or, as Pyne clarified after the 2013 election, when they said “school” they meant “schools” and when they “no school” they meant that “no private school”)! No, it’s not about climate change, because the Direct InAction Policy is doing quite enough there, thank you. Or the Great Barrier Reef because as Greg Hunt pointed out we’re doing more to protect the Reef than any other country in the world according to a UN report. (One of the good ones which we can use as evidence, not one of the bad UN reports where we can tell it to stop lecturing us). Although why Mr Hunt would expect other countries to be spending money to help the Great Barrier Reef is something I can’t work out.
And the election certainly isn’t about reconciliation because we’re all in agreement that there’s no racism in Australia. I mean, look at the way the news of Nova Peris’ decision not to stand was greeted. Like Clive Palmer, she chose not to re-contest the election. However, Ms. Peris attracted criticism, not because of her sex or race – of course not – she attracted criticism because she made her decision not to contest an election. I mean, surely she should have waited till after the election and jumped ship like so many people do when their party doesn’t win.
No, we rushed to the polls because of the desperate need to bring the building unions to heel. They’re concern with workplace safety was leading to a lot of unnecessary red tape, and their behaviour was so bad that parts of the Royal Commission’s findings had to be sealed so that we couldn’t know about them, but, no matter, if you can’t trust the government then the ABC wouldn’t feel that it was ok to shut down their Fact Check unit. (No, it wasn’t because various Coalition MPs were complaining that the facts were showing a distinct bias against them and it was therefore contrary to the ABC’s charter! That was just a scurilous rumour started by some of those lefties who are trying to tell us that Turnbull will be replaced by Abbott as soon as the first party meeting leaving Turnbull free to move to New York.)
I just feel compelled to remind everyone of the reason for the early election, because in the hurly burly of the election campaign, the Liberals seem to have forgotten why they called it in the first place. If you do a Google search on ABCC and the election and various combinations of things, it seems that it hasn’t been mentioned since the election was called. Which would seem a terrible oversight. We might all go to the polls and totally forget how vital this piece of legislation is just because Malcolm hasn’t seen fit to mention it. He has more important things on his brain, like growths and a job. And illiterate refugees managing to steal the jobs from right under our noses while refusing to learn English and blowing the welfare bill out while they languish on the dole or incite terrorism.
So remember, when you go to the polls that this is about ensuring that building unions can’t slow down progress by insisting on checking that working conditions are safe. Labor’s been tremendously hypocritical here because well, remember that their Pink Batts insulation scheme was such a failure that four people died because they rushed it out, so they should have no problem with the odd industrial accident here and there in the name of productivity. And while we’re on the subject let’s remind everyone of the Pink Batts scheme because it’s one of the few things that we can actually criticise Labor for, because now we’ve been in power for nearly three years and haven’t reduced government debt by as much as we said, when we bring that up, some pedantic people point out that we’ve actually increased it.
Ah well, it’s the leaders’ debate tonight. Perhaps that’s where Malcolm intends to make the case for his decision to call a double dissolution. Or perhaps he’s just hoping that we all just understand and there’s no need to spell out his reasons or his plan for jobs and growth. Mm, it’s common sense really.
Just like we need strong borders when it comes to refugees, but free trade deals are really, really terrific because they break down barriers… You know, like borders.
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