As the practical difficulties of this intervention becomes more apparent, the sense of purpose it has revived in the government may start to wane.
The intervention gives significant support to the Howard government, at least in the short term. It stops what was a potentially damaging opposition strategy dead in its tracks.
Mal Brough gave away the effort to which the government tried to provoke a political reaction from the states by keeping them out of the decision and then calling on them to act.
Howard here is obviously trying to pose as the down-to-earth practical doer against the philosophes in Canberra. The problem is such ‘philosophical’ objections are not being raised.
One of the assumptions of the current debate is that the NT report that kicked this off had conclusive evidence of widespread child abuse. It did not.
There used to be a straight-forward way of stopping child abuse, lock the offenders up. But we are talking here of Aboriginal children, so, of course, the solution cannot be that simple.
The Opposition Leader continues with his messianic bid to make the Australian union movement the most courteous in the developed world.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 State of the parties Comments Off
There is a moment in Keating’s seminal interview on Lateline when the old teeth-puller starts to come over a bit mushy.
A smart bookie should be able to clean up this year.
One was a farce posing as a real issue, the other, a real issue posing as a farce.