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Happy Abbottversary: The Abbott Government is ticking all the “Right” boxes

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Happy Abbottversary, Australia! Today, Laurie Atlas hands down the report card of the Abbott Government after a year in power. On the other side, is a view from the Left by Jacob Lynagh…


On the first anniversary of the victory by the Abbott-led LNP, the government needs to be looked at in the context of the world in which we are living.

I have never noticed a Prime Minister or a government that has faced a barrage of negativity like this one.

Not particularly because of bad policy, not particularly because of bad decisions, but just because their critics can’t stand the fact that someone else won the election.

The Abbott Government came to power with essentially three planks on which to build a legacy for itself:

1)     Stop the boats (tick)

2)     Abolish the carbon tax (tick)

3)     Fix the economy (trying)

They have had to deal with a hostile Senate, opposition to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme and constant lists of broken promises made, as well as bickering over whether or not we have a budget emergency.

Most economists appear to agree we need to do something about the budget. We are spending more than we earn, and leaving a legacy for our children that will have to be paid eventually. The issue of whether this debt is medium or long term is up for debate. Either way, someone has to step up to the plate and deal with it.

It appears to me that the Abbott Government should at least be given credit for trying to do something.

All the opposition appear to want to do, whether they be Labor, Green or Union, is shrug their shoulders and put no alternative forward or create an “emergency scenario” around every policy decision, reminiscent of Chicken Little through the streets shouting “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”.

Here’s the thing – I sense through my work in the media that the average Australian doesn’t listen to the noise that is created. Or to clarify, they don’t listen as closely as the media would like. I sense that the average Australian goes to the polls every four years to make a decision on who they would like to lead them and then they just want the winner to get on with it.

They are, in fact, repelled by the chaos and negativity and just want a quiet life. This is often misconstrued as indifference, but don’t fall for that, it’s just that people have their own lives to get on with and wish that the governments they elect will do the same, knowing full well that in three years time if they don’t like the result, democracy states that we can toss them out.

Social media is one great agree-fest full of people whose sole modus operandi is to say everything the Abbott Government does is wrong and those who elected them are either stupid, deluded or both. If you shut down your computer for a few minutes every day and walk in the real world, you just might find that the average voter is far from that.

They just want their problems solved and to live a peaceful life without chaos. They know that negotiations with the Senate are not done in the public eye and that ultimately budgets are passed and usually with changes they can live with.

The Abbott Government will be judged by the public – not today, not tomorrow, but at the next election.

Here’s one major difference as compared to the last Rudd/Gillard/Rudd extravaganza…there is no chaos, little or no infighting. The chaos is coming from the other side, that is their job, but at the end of the day voters don’t listen…talk to them in two years’ time.


Stay tuned for Jacob Lynagh’s “view from the left” of the Abbott Government’s first year in office.

Laurie Atlas

Laurie Atlas is a radio host and has a daily afternoon talk show called ‘The Daily Agenda’ that goes out every afternoon on stations right across Queensland. And just a little piece of quiet advice for the Prime minister before the next election. Go to a store by 3 pairs of socks and gently insert them into the mouths of Joe Hockey, Eric Abetz and George Brandis just as a little safeguard between now and the next election….better to be safe than sorry.....

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  1. Arthur Baker said:

    Your suggestion that I implied that you tell your writers what to think is a strawman. I simply highlighted the writer’s blatant failure to acknowledge Mr Abbott’s “chaos and negativity” between 2010 and 2013. In my humble opinion, that showed a distinct lack of objectivity, not to mention some considerable naivete. The writer of this article is at kindergarten level on the subject of Australian politics. “Simplistic” hardly does it justice. If I get the time I’ll post another response addressing the “essentially three planks” thesis. How about 15 or 20 planks, most of which now count as failures? Hang in there for my next post.

  2. thebigsmoke said:

    Hi Arthur – thanks for your comments.

    The point of TBS is to allow people to have their voices and in doing so be objective. We aren’t in the business of telling our writers, or readers, what to think or which side of politics to fall on like many other media outlets are…

    Please keep hitting TBS up and hopefully you will see viewpoints from every angle on as many issues as possible.

  3. Arthur Baker said:

    “They [average Australians] are, in fact, repelled by the chaos and negativity”.
    I can hardly believe I am reading this on a website which seems to have pretensions towards genuinely objective opinion. Chaos and negativity? Where in the name of all that’s holy was your head between 2010 and 2013? “Repelled” didn’t get close to describing what everyone other than the “Ditch The Witch” Brigade felt.

  4. Arthur Baker said:

    “I sense that the average Australian goes to the polls every four years to make a decision on who they would like to lead them”.
    Oh, man. How did YOU get this article-writing gig? Four? Four years? You’re off the mark by 33.3 percent. Go away and do a bit of elementary research into the Australian political system, then come back and tell us what you’ve learned. On second thoughts, don’t bother. Leave the opinion pieces to someone who at least has half a brain.

  5. Arthur Baker said:

    “I have never noticed a Prime Minister or a government that has faced a barrage of negativity like this one.”
    Really? You must be very young. Young enough to have been sucking at your mum’s breast and playing with Lego during the Gillard government. And who was the champion exponent of the “barrage of negativity” that Gillard faced circa 2010 to 2013? I suppose I’ll have to spell it out for you if you’re that young.
    No actually I won’t. Work it out for yourself. It might help you to acquire a modicum of the political sophistication you now so demonstrably lack.

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