Today reflecting on the Q & A program last night, a good program I’ll add, the usual drone tone of the Prime Minister replaced with answers to questions, honestly and clearly and none (but the Rudd one) refused. I was pleasantly surprised, delighted by some of the twitters and left thought provoked by others and the comment of the 80 year old gentleman who said he didn’t think he’d ever see the day when his government worked together for the community. I lay awake for some time wondering and thinking this through and a few things came to mind….
1) Would this have happening if K Rudd was still the PM? No not likely as he refused to work with the Greens (& or Independents), he made that very clear in the early days.
2) Would we have had a multi-party climate change committee if the election was clear cut? Probably NO, one arrogant party after another would have assumed the right to make a decision, dependent on who won would be the outcome, no one would have spent the time nutting out all the detail that the MPCCC has to achieve an outcome everyone can live with …live with is the key point here.
3) Did the PM show her strengths or not last night? Yes I think she did, she answered the questions be they hostile or friendly (although at times hard to tell)
4) Who lost last night? The Liberal party, not because of anything but their leader, I asked myself, what would be different if the Liberal Party wasn’t’ being lead by Tony Abbott, pretty much they would have been included in the MPCCC which meant they too could go down in history for participating in this historical decision/event… you think I’m over stating this, not from the twitters and comments I heard, most people feel there has been a move to all encompassing discussion, agreement if you will.
5) Was there humour, well you can’t go past the CSIRO or Alan Jones comment here, JG had fun with this and so did the audience…
So to summarise, while for a period I doubted JG as PM over K Rudd, I’m now convinced she is the better person for the job because under her leadership, (perhaps not her preferred option but the one she was dealt), The Greens and the Independents have been included in the conversations, conversations the populace wanted them included in, or they wouldn’t have voted as they did. And there was a loser, sadly the Liberal party was excluded because of their leader and his radical views, if someone like Turnbull or Hewson were leading the party heaven only knows we might have saved millions of dollars in stunts and campaigns and included a larger portion of the community to voice their opinion and have their ideas included. I pride myself in supporting a good idea, no matter who puts it forward and I believe if you were able to ask honestly the members of the Libs if they believed and supported the science and measures to address pollution we could have had some valued debate. IMO it’s time the Liberal party accepted their mistake and took steps to rectify the situation, Mr Abbott maybe ahead in the polls for one reason, he doesn’t bother with logic, he plays, as did his predecessor, on fear and sound bite. The sky is falling rhetoric. Given honest information I have faith the people of Australia would all come to the same conclusion about doing the right thing for the planet, is it that we are a little lazy and don’t read the fine detail or the science, is it that we cling so tightly to a proposed ideal or party that we trust them to tell us the truth without checking for ourselves, or are we being played for fools by the media. Perhaps a little of each but I am comforted in that even in just this debate we have come such a long way, that there is hope that our politicians may put the ‘party’ aside and debate the important issues with one goal, bettering the lot of all Australians, the environment and the future of the whole planet.
As one of my colleagues suggested, now let s move on to the Refugee situation and work this out too!
That’s my two cents worth, how do you feel?