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Pre-budget ennui



Hands up all of those who have been utterly underwhelmed by the lead up to to tonight’s Budget? Have you tired of both the government’s “softening up ” process where we are given strong hints of the most extreme measures that the LNP  “drys” have wet dreams about along with the Labor party joining in with their own scare campaign and pathetic warbling about “broken promises”. Now will the rest of the audience who are familiar with this dance join me for a collective rolling of the eyes along with a very audible collective sigh because we have all seen this media dance so many times before.  Every year we are treated to the same bullshit from both sides of politics. the same overstatement with the same expectation that on Wednesday morning we will all breathe a sigh of relief that the budget “could have been worse” and an overall impression that its not so bad.

Personally I think that playing any sort of speculative game about what is or is not in the budget plays right into the hands of the Party propagandists.

Frankly this sums up how I feel about the whole thing:


When we have seen the budget and we know what is ACTUALLY in it then I may get a little bit more interested in what the government is ACTUALLY going to do until then I’ll leave the tail chasing  speculation to lesser mortals.

Cheers Comrades

Yep I managed to get another tweet up on QandA last night much to the chagrin of my biggest fan


  1. Richard Ryan says:

    Will Whyalla be wiped out? snigger-snigger.

  2. Ray Dixon says:

    I only partially agree with you on this, Iain. The part I agree with is that all this extremism being put out by the Coalition is designed to soften the blow and that when the Budget is announced later today we’ll all go “phew, that’s a relief”.

    Where I disagree with you is on your claim that all Govts do this. Wrong. In most cases we hear very little ahead of Budget Day and the event passes without much fanfare and or interest from the GP. What the Coalition have done this time though, is to draw so much attention to their more extreme long term views that they’ve actually damaged their brand – big time. It’s called overkill.

  3. deknarf says:

    I’m waiting for the “Great Big Tax” from Labor and more Hockey moo poo tonight!

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    That said, I reckon Shorten has proven to be lacking in his attacks on the Budget. He’s also missed the point by attacking Abbott’s quite valid and worthwhile proposal to increase income tax on very high income earners – he should support that one and use it to attack the tax cuts and breaks that Abbott plans to give the big corporations. If Paul Keating or even Kevin Rudd were Opposition leader they’d have cut Abbott to shreds and you’d be seeing opinion polls 2PP at about 60 – 40 Labor’s way. But Bill being the unmanly man he is (a wimp and an uncommitted, unconvincing wuss) is just there trying to beat Abbott to death with a warm lettuce leaf (to borrow a Keating saying).

  5. deknarf says:

    Sadly, I have to agree with you on Shorten — an entirely inappropriate selection for Labor leader. Albo would have been better — or someone/anyone else. If the budget is as recessionary as expected then there is a wealth of ammunition to attack the NO Coaliars. One can only hope that Labor has finally got some decent media people on board!

  6. Jeff G. says:

    Yes Shorten is a dud but he is there to soak up the first years in opposition and keep the chair warm. The same as Brendan Nelson did for Turnbull, Alexander Downer for Howard, Bill Hayden for Bob Hawke, etc. He will be replaced before long, just not sure who with. Albo is good value but prob not PM material. I quite like the sound of Plibersek. Not much talent in the ALP otherwise, not that the Libs are much better off.

  7. Jeff G. says:

    Eagerly awaiting Iain’s post on how great the budget was and how crap Labor is. Or he might surprise us and have an original thought of his own. Who knows?

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    There’s no way to replace Shorten in this term – not under the new rules unless 75% of Caucus wants it … and that’s not likely to happen. Labor f*cked up by putting him in because he will NEVER win an election. Albo could though.

    The budget is a joke and I await with glee the protestations. This Govt is already shown up as a fraud. Pity we’ve got no real opposition though.

  9. Jeff G. says:

    But surely if the “new rules” can be brought in by Rudd, they can be dumped by the ALP? The trouble is for that to happen, he either has to be getting thrashed by Abbott (not likely based on Abbott’s recent form) or do something very stupid. Whatever happens I hope they see sense and get rid of him before the next election. Not sure Albo is the best choice for a PM candidate but I would sooner him than Electricity Bill.

  10. GD says:

    It’s called overkill

    Ray the only thing that’s overkill is your use of the derogatory term ‘extremist. The Coalition were voted in at the last election with a massive 90 seat majority. Those voters were and are conservative voters. Calling them or the government they voted for ‘extremists’ is just leftist projection.

    If Paul Keating or even Kevin Rudd were Opposition leader they’d have cut Abbott to shreds

    Paul Keating wasn’t much chop against John Howard in 1996 and Rudd’s performance at the last election was miserable.

    As for the government playing up the budget scare, it was the media that ran with it. Cuts have to be made. Any right-thinking person would agree. Would you have preferred the previous Labor budget announcements about delivering a surplus? Blind Freddie could have seen through that one, although leftards lapped it up from ‘the world’s greatest treasurer’.

    Then, as now, the left are screaming ‘what budget emergency? We’re better off than Greece or Spain’. Clearly Labor hasn’t learnt anything from its disastrous defeat in 2013.

    I do agree that Albo would have been a better choice for Opposition leader, although he’s definitely not PM material. He would have however presented a more viable traditional Labor opposition, which is always needed.

    As for Tanya (screaming banshee) Plibersek becoming prime minister, I’ll say this: Labor’s next Prime Minister hasn’t been born yet. 🙂

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    the only thing that’s overkill is your use of the derogatory term ‘extremist.

    GD, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you 100 times, DO NOT QUOTE ME OUT OF CONTEXT AND TWIST MY WORDS. I did not call the Coalition “extremists”, this is what I said:

    “What the Coalition have done this time though, is to draw so much attention to their more extreme long term views that they’ve actually damaged their brand – big time.”

    And you reckon they have a “90 seat majority”? Prone to exaggeration are we, GD?:

    The Coalition won 90 seats out of 150 and formed the government. Labor hold 55 seats and form the opposition. The Australian Greens, Palmer United Party and Katter’s Australian Party each hold a single seat, while the remaining two are held by independents

    As you are so fond of saying: Get your facts right.

    I won’t bother with the rest of your contorted drivel.

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