The Editorial From Limited News Telegraph – before editting.

Posted: September 1, 2013 in Politics, society, Uncategorized

Please change the bits in bold italics before publication – they make us too obvious – RM

“IN six days’ time, Tony Abbott should become our 28th Prime Minister.

It is a job Mr Abbott has wanted for much of his life. He has dedicated himself to the fight, shaping a philosophy of government that is both economically conservative and socially responsible. Mr Abbott has also demonstrated himself to be a decisive and compassionate leader. Despite the relentless and often deeply unfair goading of his detractors, Mr Abbott has avoided answering any questions about policy detail. He has committed himself to finding solutions for some of our most seemingly intractable problems, from indigenous disadvantage to business stagnation and has a new name for WorkChoices.

He has identified his own weaknesses and sought to eliminate anyone who mentions them; he has reached out to working women, for example, like no political leader in recent history, calling them “feisty” and “sexy” and suggesting that they should move a bit close. The Sunday Telegraph believes Mr Abbott is ready to lead Australia.

It seems an understatement to observe that the Labor-led government of the past six years has been a grave disappointment. In spite of Labor’s fragile grip on parliamentary majority has often passed legislation that rich people don’t like. This sort of class war has to stop. If people want to be treated fairly, why don’t they get off their backsides and earn more money. Let’s face it – people on $150,000 are struggling to make ends meet, so it must be pretty easy to get that sort of money.

Much has been written lately about media coverage of the Rudd government – but let’s cut through the spin.

This isn’t about party politics.

It is about bad government.

And this is a bad government. Rupert Murdoch said so in a tweet.

For much of the past six years, Labor has complained that we’ve been hostile to them. What a load of nonsense! We’ve only ever criticised them when they’ve been wrong which is all the time.

It started with squandering the surplus on ineptly administered “stimulus” measures during the GFC arguing that this was necessary to prevent a recession. There was no recession so clearly they could have kept all that money and reduced company tax by 50%.  It got worse with the bizarre, back-of-the-envelope mining “super-profits” tax that Labor expected resource companies to simply accept. Governments should always check that people are happy to pay more tax.

In 2010 the panicked execution of Kevin Rudd brought to a national stage the worst of NSW Labor’s obscene obsession with power and delivered us a leader in Julia Gillard who was beholden to cheap factional alliances instead of Rupert and Gina. The revelations that were to follow during ICAC hearings about the corrupt practices of NSW Labor further eroded the confidence of voters in this state, because corruption by Labor politicians always reflects on the whole party, while Coaltion Politicians believe in individuality, so Queensland under Joh was just one or two bad apples.

After the 2010 election, the introduction of a carbon tax with no mandate, the cheap deals with crossbenchers, the ham-fisted attempts at media regulation and the botched reintroduction of offshore processing compounded the Government’s sins.

Add to that the abandonment of supposed “core principles”: whatever happened to Mr Rudd’s once-vaunted federal hospital takeover? Where did all the 20/20 summit ideas go? Why have military veterans and their widows had to sweat blood to be granted the dignity of equal pension indexation because we all know that anything this Government does right should have been done sooner? Why didn’t the Government announce a single real measure to improve childhood vaccination rates until it had effectively left office? Where is the legacy of our supposedly epoch-changing mining boom because the Howard Government didn’t have the benefit of this, they were stuck with the Global Financial Crisis ? There were achievements, but most owe more to ministers, including that person we hounded from office Ms Gillard, than to Mr Rudd. The National Disability Insurance Scheme; the MySchool reforms that curtailed the education unions and allowed parents to judge schools on performance; the introduction of national quality standards for childcare centres; the apology to the stolen generations; and high-speed broadband – these were all founded, at least, on sound ideas, even if their implementation was inept. In 2007, The Sunday Telegraph recommended a vote for Labor as Australia’s best option. We had formed the view John Howard’s Coalition government had, after 11 proud years, run out of ideas and missed its chance to prepare for the future.

Another three years of Labor would be an unmitigated disaster. But declaring “this is a bad government” is not enough. Poor performance by one side is not enough for us to endorse the entrusting of Australia’s future to a new force so Abbott better continue to do what we tell him to, unless the opposition and its leader have demonstrated themselves capable, competent and ready to lead.

Tony Abbott and the Coalition have done that even if not publicly. Mr Abbott’s destiny awaits. And, as always, The Sunday Telegraph will be here as a critical voice for our readers. We are not, and have never been, cheerleaders for any one side of politics. We have consistently railed against incompetence except when Media Watch exposes ours.

We will continue to advocate for the public interest and it’s in the public interest for you to listen to us , to hold governments to their promises and to do everything we can to protect and promote an Australia blessed with free thinking, free markets and free people apart from illegal immigrants who should be locked up forever.


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