There is something rather Zombie like about the Gillard government as we traverse the days between now and September 14. They keep trying to pretend that they are still alive but we can all see the green tinge of putrefaction in their collective pallor and we can see the increasingly stilted gait as they go through the motions of government. Gillard talks with faux confidence “Gonski”, NDIS, NBN and all of their other pie in the sky schemes but absolutely no one is listening, NO one believes that Labor will ever be in a position to deliver on anything they promise.
The one thing that they can deliver on that they would be well advised not is the appointment of ” Labor mates” to various well paid government jobs. It really is the worst kind of nepotism so too would be any move by Gillard to appoint a new Governor General as Tony Abbott has made clear in the letter to the Dead PM walking leaked to the Fairfax press:
In the letter, Mr Abbott complains about the recent reappointment of the Australian Electoral Commissioner and other public service appointments, and invokes the ”caretaker” convention to suggest the current government is going beyond its legitimate authority.
”In my view, the decision to announce these appointments subverts the established convention that no government should make decisions that are legitimately the province of a potential successor,” he wrote in the letter dated April 21. ”The announcement of appointments expressed to take effect almost nine months into the term of the next parliament and some 15 months before they become operative is a blatant abuse of power.”
Mr Abbott argues that to attempt to recommend the appointment of a new governor-general more than six months before the term would commence is ”without modern precedent”.
”Quite properly, arrangements regarding the appointment of a new governor-general would be, and should be, a matter for a new or a returned prime minister after the September 14 election.
”Thus, I seek your specific assurance that this precedent will be respected and that arrangements for the appointment of a new governor-general will be a matter for an incoming or re-elected government.”
You could take the view that Gillard’s behaviour is understandable given the inevitability of her political demise however I think that it makes evident a total lack of good character or any commitment to protecting the reputation of the high office that she currently holds. She is just buying more time in the political wilderness for any of her parliamentary colleges who happen to survive the coming electoral annihilation.
I can’t help but compare Gillard to Gough and think that the later had more principle and more good graces than Gillard will ever have, likewise history will not be anywhere near as kind to Rudd and Gillard and their governments than it is to Whitlam. I certainly think that the last five years will go down as the most ineptly governed period in this nation’s history and we just be thankful that despite the grossest maladministration we still have a very robust economy than can only improve with the return of the Coalition to the treasury benches.
Finally I would like to offer a rather telling aside and it is that I have noticed that even the most rabid of Gillard’s cheer squad have substantially reduced the number of their postings trying to defend the government and commentary has likewise been reduced to a few “hail fellow well met” cringe worthy responses and then silence. To me it means that even the far left have given up on Gillard as well as exhausted their “abbott Abbott ABBOTT!” rhetoric even though we still have months to go before the election. I can’t help thinking that come September that Labor will be “the love that dare not speak its name” which is ironic indeed when you consider that Abbott is now holding out the possibility that after the election the party room my reconsider its position on Gay marriage.