Some of the most spectacular contradictions of the campaign so far:
- Excoriating “Moving Forward” while giving a pass to “Stand Up Australia”.
- Condemning the Labor Cabinet for not immediately supporting paid parental leave, as if the Coalition’s Shadow Cabinet leapt enthusiastically on the idea. Condemning Julia Gillard for initial wariness, whilst ignoring that Tony Abbott had previously been scathing about the notion.
- The media complaining about both parties announcing little of substance, and then ignoring them every time they do to instead focus on irrelevant scuttlebutt.
- That the Liberals going through
threefour leaders in three years is irrelevant; but Labor being on its second proves that they’re vicious backstabbing bastards.
- Convincing pensioners, after being left behind and abandoned by the Liberals in over ten years of Coalition rule, that they should vote against the Labor party that brought them a pension increase because the PM debated it in Cabinet.
- Damning Labor’s efforts to remind people how recently Abbott and the rest of his party supported WorkChoices and how likely it is that he’ll bring it back as soon as he can as “a smear campaign”, whilst the Liberals busily word up journalists on ways to attack the PM through her partner.
- Whinging about the Greens and Labor preferencing each other as if (a) it’s somehow contrary to what their voters would expect and (b) every other party running won’t also make preference deals, often in a much less transparent fashion.
- Attacking the Labor Party for having “factions” and ignoring the dominant role they play in the Coalition.
- Bashing the Greens as being “unwilling to negotiate” on the ETS, when it was Labor that utterly refused to even talk with the Greens about it.
- The Liberals bashing Labor for failing to implement an ETS, when they negotiated with the ALP and then dumped leaders and voted against the agreed legislation.
- Complaining about a media biased against the Liberals, when every News Ltd paper in the country – and even the ABC, which has been bending over backwards not to anger the conservatives – has been ignoring policy all week to bash Labor about the head on the leak “story”.
- Alexander Downer calling someone else “a f**king awful person”.
What have I missed?
I can’t believe I left out:
- Tony Abbott being lauded as “honest” for frankly telling Kerry O’Brien that when he makes promises off the cuff, they’re lies that shouldn’t be believed.
An “Honest Man” indeed.