My first impression on election night was that significant parts of the media had downplayed Labour’s chances of re-election. While they come down hard on a politician who under-performs, they have been slow as a class to acknowledge their own shortcomings. Worse, people like Tony Jones assume a snide knowing demeanour when they describe the criticism by Labour politicians of the Murdock press bias as a conspiracy campaign.
So now, it has become a conspiracy to be critical in Australian political discourse; meanwhile Tony Jones talks loftily of philosophy and such, but basically his method is to coax politicians to make embarrassing admissions & disclosures. Really, he should be writing for New Idea.
That hoary veteran, Kerry O’Brien, who used to interview Tony Abbott on the 7.30 time slot, tonight disingenuously asked what Abbott had to offer voters who were fearful of him as the new PM of Australia. We remember Abbott’s admission that he would not be held accountable for any promises he made that were not written down. He has been honest about his reluctance to push for civil union rights to be granted to gay & lesbian couples; no surprise there. However, he promised the indigenous community that he would set wheels in motion within 100 days of being elected, to get a mention written into the constitution, that’s the end of November. We should hold him to that. Talk is cheap.