Media Circus: Shame Shorten Shame – Spineless Opposition Edition

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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  1. Sad realisation today that one of my favourite songs – Tom Jones singing ‘Delilah’ is about domestic violence. I mean I always knew he murdered her, I just never gave it a lot of thought or put it into words before.

  2. @Mindy – I had the same unfortunate epiphany – reading the subtitles on a screen in a mall when he sang it at the AFL grand final. It was such a weird juxtaposition, the creepy words on the screen and the people in the stands waving their arms along with them…

  3. 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 ALP supported Howard when he introduced national security legislation too (eg allowing ASIO to detain people and make it a crime for them to say what happened). So I had little hope that they would oppose Abbott now on anything national security related.
    They have been opposing the social changes quite vigourously though haven’t they? Eg medicare co-pays, 6 month wait for newstart etc. Don’t hear much about it in the lower house though because of the large LNP majority and in the Senate with the ALP opposed all the media coverage goes to the minor parties and independents.

    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?

    After what happened during the last 6 years or so I don’t think anyone will challenge Shorten. He’ll get given at least a full election cycle to work things out.

  4. Despite the various bits and pieces of activism I do, I confess I only rarely actually get my act together to call my local MP. Since my federal member is Matt Thistlethwaite, I think in this case I will make the effort to leave him a message, and I shall tell the person taking the calls that they should feel free to use phrases like “unconscionably spineless” and “asleep at the wheel”.

  5. 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?

    Well, Anthony Albanese has already put his hand up once. And, when put to a vote, the party preferred him. Probably because they knew a Shorten opposition would be… ineffectual. Despite their base trying to steer the party left, though, apparently the MPs still get final say because they matter more.
    Or something. I never really understood the reasoning.

  6. So much for his Budget reply.
    Policies, Labour. Get some that are different to the Liberals.
    I am going to have start boycotting elections.
    Re Albanese. I don’t think he was a better choice. He and Chris Bowen enjoyed that ” see how tough we are” stuff just a little bit too much. Although Scott Morrison now makes them look like jolly Santas.
    I have never known the lyrics of ‘Delilah’ until now. I can’t believe the irony of the AFL choosing a song like that as part of their “let’s show women we love them” drive.

  7. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/26/ultra-orthodox-jews-delay-el-al-flight-refusing-to-sit-near-women/
    Read down to where some of these blokes are sealing themselves in plastic bags to maintain their purity.
    I think this should be encouraged. Just think how much better the world would be if all religious bigots did this. All the time.

  8. A couple of articles (not sure if they qualify as news?):

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/09/27/the-atheist-disillusionment/#more-20808

    http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/we-need-to-talk-about-obstetric-violence-20140930-3gydt.html

    And given the obstetric violence article, yes, I know this is relevant to Texas, and not to do with obstetrics, but just to show how hard it can be to get justice in the event of being harmed by a doctor. It is long, but pretty comprehensive.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/02/texas-legal-doctor-lawsuit-christopher-duntsch

  9. http://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/eddie-mcguire-slams-tom-jones-for-singing-domestic-violencethemed-ballad-delilah-at-afl-grand-final/story-fndv7pj3-1227073575619
    Heard on the radio, thought of this thread and did a quick google, yep, there it is. I’m pleased but can scarcely describe how surprised I am.

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