The first one, from the Age, supports Labor’s policy platform with some legitimate criticisms of the mechanisms of the last few Labor governments.
The remaining two support the Coalition based almost solely on their supposed ability to deliver a stable Government. But at what cost does that stability come?
Firstly, I would argue that the past Labor governments have not been unstable. Surely, the Labor government should be rewarded for its skilful navigation of a minority Parliament situation, delivering serious and significant reform for the people of Australia.
It should come of great concern to Australians that The Australian defined introducing DisabilityCare and the Better Schools Plan as audacious acts. How dare the Government seek to improve generational and circumstantial inequality, they write.
I am genuinely concerned for the future of this nation if Tony Abbott and the Coalition are to govern this country, simply by virtue of their alleged ability to do so in a more stable manner.
We may have stability, but we will inflict irrevocable damage on the environment by removing the price on carbon, abolishing the Clean Energy Fund, scrapping marine parks and advocating for a reduction in areas classified as world heritage sites.
We may have stability, but we will see the poor made even poorer with the abolition of the Schoolkids Bonus, low income earner superannuation increases revoked, the introduction of a paid parental leave scheme which helps those who need it least and the potential to wind back the clock on workplace relations to the WorkChoices days.
We may have stability, but we will be a country where only a select few can enter the global digital future; where some will have access to high-speed fibre broadband at an affordable price and others will be relegated to last century’s technology lest they have the money.
We may have stability, but we will see our children potentially not receiving the education they deserve under a Government that has not committed to funding the National Plan for School Improvement in its entirety.
We may have stability, but we will be governed by the most socially conservative leader for some time who describes marriage equality as the fashion of the moment, abortion as a matter of ‘the mother’s convenience’ and does not believe that women will ever reach full equal representation.1
We may have stability, but boy, we will pay for it.
- This is not nearly an exhaustive list ↩