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August 21, 2013
Rock and hard place
the equation before voters. On one side is a two-term government racked
by spectacular hatreds, dragged low by broken promises on carbon and
the surplus, various program failures, and a worsening economy. It
campaigns for ''a new way'' but offers a recycled leader once dumped and
then viciously traduced by his own side. This gaffer-taped operation is
asking voters for three more years.
the other side is an opposition famed for its negativity and woefully
small-horizon thinking, yet uncannily united and consistent. Its leader,
while prone to the odd verbal gaffe - his female candidates have ''sex
appeal'' - enjoys unqualified support internally.
wonder, then, that in a choice between Labor's incendiary internal
chaos, which might or might not be behind it, and the Coalition's
ground-dwelling but unified ordinariness, the latter is appealing to
While the 2010 federal election campaign was chaotic and absurd (can anyone ever forget the unveiling of the 'real Julia', who was awfully busy moving everything forward?), come 2013, things are tied, ugly and enervating. Nonetheless, on September 8, we will all wake up to a new government. We will get one or the other, and neither one or the other is anywhere near as good as we deserve.