It’s not fair to remind me of the mess you left when you went away… but it’d be good if you could get your message straight

I really don’t know why Abbott considers himself a conservative.  When he won leadership of the Liberal Party, it was heralded as a victory to the conservatives over the liberals.  Generally, as a conservative, we attempt to preserve the social mechanisms which protect our social values.  That being the case, it seems very strange that he should affirm two statements:

1. ‘We want to make it possible […] for workers to earn more’

2. ‘[T]he laws have […] led to rising wage costs for employers.’

There is only one way for both statements to be true: Abbott wants workers to work for less per hour for more hours in order to earn more.  That sure sounds like a winning election platform.

In order to find ridiculous statements from the Coalition, it’s hard not to look past Barnaby Joyce but that would be an awful lot like laughing at the crippled kid.  Instead, let’s be a little bit more literate.  Let’s take this exchange from the Minister and Shadow Minister for Climate Change at the debate hosted by the National Press Club:

Penny Wong: ‘Every time Mr Hunt says “Direct Action”, I’m reminded that was one of the phrases at university that the Trots used to use.’

Greg Hunt: ‘I feel the same way about how you use the word “Markets”.’

Penny Wong: ‘I’m not sure they used… really… anyway.

Author: Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher is a Canberra-based PhD student, writer, and policy wonk who writes about law, conservatism, atheism, and popular culture. Read his blog at OnlyTheSangfroid. He tweets at @ClothedVillainy

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