He’s withdrawing from an agreement – a signed agreement he made only a few weeks ago, after the election, regarding pairing the Speaker’s vote. Why? Because he wants to sabotage this parliament; he wants to force us all back to the polls. We didn’t elect him, and he wants to give us another chance to do so. And, presumably, keep on doing it until we BLOODY GET IT RIGHT.
But it’s important for voters to remember two things:
- Tony is even less honest than your average politician – he will say anything, he will sign anything, and he will refuse to be in any way bound by it. It’s not true to say “they all do that” – even the Liberals can’t find any good examples to minimise Abbott’s betrayal by comparison.
- If this backing out of an agreement forces us back to an election, it’s Tony Abbott who’s done it. Don’t forget who’s dragging you to a polling station to reconsider the vote you cast only last month.
Let’s hope Labor plays as hardball with the Libs as the Libs are playing with them.
PS: How disingenuous is Tony’s “oh Labor promised not to give us a carbon price so my lying is okay” defence? Labor promised a policy it would implement if it won government in its own right. It didn’t win government in its own right. So, after the election, it has to negotiate – and the majority of its voters plus Greens’ voters clearly want a carbon price. It’s not like Labor promised WE WILL NEVER IMPLEMENT A CARBON PRICE (this wasn’t a Liberal Party style “never ever”) – they just had a different process proposed, pre-minority government, for getting to it.
The difference with Tony’s backdown is that nothing has changed since he signed it. The MPs in the House are the same. The Constitution is the same. It’s just that he didn’t get what he wanted, so he’s picking up his bat and ball and going home to sulk.
UPDATE: Talking of Kerry – ohnoes! He’s leaving!