Many people question as to the baseness of the debate, including whether some of the criticism of Gillard is wandering into the realm of 'sexism/double standards of sexism,' and pictures like what you posted just re-inforce why people are bemused by this. I won't/haven't reported, I'll leave it up to others to see what they say - Obviously with the lesser activity we've been a bit slow to notice. Obviously you and some others see nothing wrong with it and if it 'lowers the debate/vitriol' any more then so be it, right? But again, intentionally or otherwise, you just simply contributed an answer the question of the original post!
garden gnome wrote:how does one reply to such insightful political wit? Clearly there are some serious problems for the government, not least of which is continued leadership speculation (although that would appear to not be party specific). The budget, rather than being the main feature, became nothing more than an annoying political advert during the continuing soap opera of "days of our pollie lives".
Indeed. I think many have noted - 'Policy' is not sexy, never has been. The media is only drawn to the gimmicks generally, so the pollies resort, that's the cycle to get the 30 secs in the new bulletin. As too Soap Operas - they're gold for an opposing side who will milk it for all it's worth, like in these recent cases. But under the Gillard govt. as I discussed, the bar has lowered more and inpart, thanks to some parties like Alan Jones leading the way.
BTW Leadership speculation is technically over till next election, with the whole hanging of Rudd episode. But they finally get that out of the way and they shoot the other foot - It's clear for most that the govt HAS to hang onto Thomson 'for the vote/majority' same too with 'Slipper.'
All a product of the 'Minority Government' again - Too, too many people don't recognise how this context, scenario, is presenting some of these problems that a government would otherwise not face to this degree. It sure does make things seem worse, more awkward for the government - But maybe it may work out with Slipper anyway, if he's given the clear in all this. Atleast they may be seen to not condemning a man based on pure allegations or something. The Thomson thing is far worse though, in terms of he being from the party and the Fair Work Australia findings against him, suspension of HSU etc.
Like Admiral said, when the inevitable time comes and he finally has to step aside, so the government losing numbers, I guess we'll see what the government's been so afraid of and Abbott's Libs will get what they've been asking, another election right?
FTR There's alot of presumption Libs will be next government, but trends reflect, there's no guarantees and incumbent governments, especially who navigated through difficulty like the GFC AND Minority Government can still hold up well, same goes for Obama over in the US. Some analysts suggested at NSW level anyway, a Minority Govt can follow up next election to win majority, depending on its performance I guess in the Minority period.
Alot too will depend on the impacts, or how people perceive the impacts of the coming Carbon Tax from June. People bemoan the 'compensation for what?' ads, but the working and middle income households it's targeted for may not mind too much come it's implementation. We saw how Howard's Govt. weren't affected by a GST fall out, the same phenom could happen with the Carbon Tax, well that's what the Labor government are hoping.