Paraphrasing several people I’ve seen making similar points on social media, where the hell is our Federal Opposition right now? The current LNP government, when they were in Opposition, staunchly opposed dozens of popular bills for no good reason other than being a way for them to make the Rudd or Gillard government look ineffectual. But when the Abbott government proposes unpopular bills that push us towards being a totalitarian state, or dismantle the social safety net and the public stake/oversight in essential infrastructure, or strip protection away from our environment and farmlands leaving it without meaningful mitigation/adaptation systems for addressing accelerating climate change, or send our military members back into harm’s way while vilifying our Muslim citizens? The Shorten Opposition is there voting with the government in the House without rigorously debating the bills or using the Senate conscientiously as a House of Review, so these bills are being fast-tracked into legislation without adequate scrutiny let alone electoral transparency.
We deserve better from Bill Shorten and we deserve better from the Labor caucus, too. Why the hell is he still the Leader of the Opposition? Does nobody have the guts to step forward and say that they could do a better job? Does nobody believe that they could do a better job? Really? Really?
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