With the current Australian Labor Party led Government certain to be thrashed at the election, it’s time to ask the kind of question normally reserved for after a defeat.
Would Labor accept Tony Abbott’s mandate and let him repeal the carbon tax?
Here’s why voters should be told before the election: if Labor insists on voting for their tax, the Liberals must win very big to get enough seats in the Senate to repeal it. Otherwise, the Liberals will call another double dissolution election within a few months to get rid of it.
Who wants a second election? The cost, the uncertainty, the months more of politicking.
So Labor must let voters know: does it have to be really smashed in September or can waverers still trust them with their vote?
How badly does Labor need to be beaten for the carbon tax to be scrapped?
And, of course, a double dissolution could well hand the Coalition control of the Senate, robbing Labor the chance of teaming with the Greens to help union mates, union thugs and union extremists:
THE cornerstones of Tony Abbott’s workplace policy, including an assault on unions and increased criminal penalties for unlawful conduct, will be blocked after the Greens declared they would use their balance of power to oppose the changes.
Deputy leader Adam Bandt said the Greens, who will hold the balance of power in the Senate until at least July next year, would not support four key elements of the Coalition’s workplace policy, including changes that would allow workers to trade off conditions, such as penalty rates, more easily…
Newspoll chief executive Martin O’Shannessy said yesterday that based on current opinion poll results, it was not likely the Coalition would “get control of the Senate very easily” after July 1.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.