There were also lots of hard core conservatives ****ed off about Abbott being stabbed in the back. I feel bad for Malcolm Turnbull in that he's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't. the majority of the party wanted him as their leader because he was leaps and bounds more popular than Abbott but the reason he was so popular was because of his stance on social issues which aren't aligned with the conservative members of the party. How could he possibly maintain his popularity after becoming PM when he can't actually integrate his values with the "party line"? So he lost favour with people who respected his stance on climate change, equal rights etc, and also lost favour with Abbott supporters who then turned their allegiance to even crazier conservatives like the lambies and the hansons.
Yeah his speech last night was bad. He's obviously on the defensive and trying to explain himself to the party who are thinking WTF? We had a landslide win last election and now are facing a hung parliament... What was the point of this? I don't buy his excuse about the construction industry. There are plenty of injustices in the country which haven't warranted a double dissolution before. He took a gamble and it didn't pay off.
I'm (maybe naively) optimistic about the result in any case as far as winning the election, but scared to think what kind of alliances will be made in the senate to pass any sort of legislation.
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Hung parliaments are common in many other countries. Labor managed to get a lot of legislation passed with over 90% bipartisan support.
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they did get a lot of legislation passed - but it wasnt the legislation they wanted.
They had to negotiate so much that it diluted their core promises and ended up with the whole 'liar' campaign that Abbott went to town on. The majority of the backflips and compromises that Labor were forced into were not of their own making, but required in order to govern.
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I know it's already been mentioned....but seriously....Fred Nile????!!!!! Who voted for this cretin?!
I am gobsmacked.
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