Twice within the next 12 months, we will be going to the polls here in NSW. We have the Federal Election coming up this year and a State Election early next year.
Federally we have Kevin (The Milky Bar Kid) Rudd PM running against Tony (The Mad Monk) Abbott. Although the Mad Monk’s chances of still being leader at that time aren’t all that high. With Malcolm Turnbull sitting on the sidelines waiting his chance to topple Tony next time he allows his mouth free reign without the use of his brain, anything could happen.
This popularity polls are such a close run thing at the moment that nobody is really willing to take a punt on the outcome. There are people running around like chooks with their heads cut off worrying that Kevin Rudd will get back in. Why? Well, it hasn’t been the best of terms for a Prime Minister. There have been numerous negatives for him over the past couple of years, not least of which is the debacle regarding Roof Insulation. The thing that gets me every time there is an election is the people who get themselves all bent out of shape over a few things that went wrong. There has never been a government in the history of this or any other country that didn’t have problems. If that is all people are going to focus on then they really should not be allowed to vote. This Labor Government has done so many great things not remembered for more than 1 second by these people that you’d think they never happened. Australia is lauded worldwide for it’s ability to overcome the Global Financial Crisis as well as it has, but because of that most people didn’t really feel the bite and therefore have no idea how damn lucky they are that Kevin and his team are in power at this time. The one major thing that stopped Australia from a slide down into a real crisis was the amount of cash dispersed and that it went to the people and not directly to business as it would have under a Liberal government. Lifelong Liberal voters can say whatever the hell they like, it will not change the fact that we would not have weathered this situation as well as we have under Howard.
To show you just how wrong they had it, you have to remember that they were the doomsayers of Kevin Rudd’s plan to throw cash around to the people. As far as they were concerned that would do nothing for the economy and would most likely cause things to be worse than they needed to be. Of course that hasn’t happened and not one of them can acknowledge the fact. Bipartisanship is dead as far as the Liberal/National Coalition is concerned.
We will be in real trouble if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister. You only have to listen to the way he changes his mind every time he talks to a different reporter. His admission that you can’t trust what he says unless it is scripted is something every Australian should keep in mind as we get closer to the election. His promises mean nothing. Also, his ability to make things up on the fly without even discussing it with his party should foretell just how policies will be formed. Do you want this country to be run in that manner? His off the cuff, slap a bit of undercoat on it, way of coming up with policies is dangerous in the extreme. Everything we have gained will be lost in favour of big business as it has everytime they regain power.
Of course it is always those that aren’t on the bottom rung of society in this country that whinge and bitch about Labor, but let them get hit hard and see how fast they change their mind. For once, the people of this country, all the people, are better off and the only ones who have any reason to complain are BIG business, but that is only because for once they are being asked to pay their way.
In NSW we have Premier Kristina Keneally running against Barry O’Farrell.
NSW Labor have had nothing but problems since Bob Carr left office. The intervening leaders have not been up to scratch. They did not seem to have decent leadership abilities and be able to get their team to behave. Their have been numerous ‘scandals’, none of which are big, but enough to annoy people to the point of seeing Labor as a dying proposition. Now though, we have Kristina. Sure we still have a couple of problems, but that is the way of government. This lady has the right stuff and has brought stability to the State. We have a vision at last and it really is possible to see it all laid out and being put into action. This is something I have not seen in a long time. It would be a huge mistake not to keep Labor in this State for at least one more term. I think everyone would be pleasantly surprised at how far this young woman can and will take us. Kristina has a strong hand, mind and outlook. She is determined to do not only a good job, but the best job she can. This is not an easy task coming on the heels of the problems she inherited from the previous Leaders. On the other hand, we have Barry O’Farrell. I’ll be honest with you and say that I don’t watch much television and that would have been a good excuse why I don’t hear much from him, except that it hasn’t stopped me hearing about Kristina day in and day out. She is a hands on type of person and you can’t help but hear about her and what she is doing.
This state has picked up under her leadership and it would be a shame to throw away the best opportunity we’ve had in many years for a person we know nearly nothing about and has no track record.
How much do you know of your State MP? Do you know what they have accomplished in your area? Or do you only know what the media tell you that gets them ratings? Do you want media ratings to be the medium which chooses who runs your country?
I will admit that we will still have problems, but that is normal. What we won’t have is probably the most important thing. We won’t have the people looking after business instead of the other way around. We won’t have the country handed over to the religious right as Tony seems intent on doing. We will have a fairer system for all and we will have Leaders that listen. Kevin and Kristina have never stopped holding meetings with the people. They travel the country and state all the time holding meetings, not only with the little people but with small business owners so they can keep up with the needs of those who are the most in need of help.
I can only see good things ahead for both State and Country if we keep Labor in power. The people need to start looking at the good things being done by both governments and not just saying they’ll change sides because of one issue that has grabbed headlines the one night they actually watched the news. Far too many people vote on one issue in this country and that is not the way to get good government. If you vote against a Party only because you didn’t get the swimming pool your area wanted instead of weighing up all the issues, then you quite probably voted against your best interests.
The next 12 months will be interesting for anyone who takes notice of the to’s and fro’s of politics in this country.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You expect that I’m going to vote Labor. Well, you are doing it again if that is what you are thinking. You are looking at just this one post and making assumptions that could quite possibly be wrong. As I’ve been trying to tell you, keeping an eye on things and weighing up all the issues is what is needed and that is exactly what I will be doing. On their merits at the moment I would vote Labor in both elections, but that may change.