The sooner we get the next election over with the better. The prospect of an Opposition “focused on criticising the Government rather than speculating about ourselves” is just too horrible to contemplate.
Tony Abbott promised this morning that his new team of shadow ministers would be a campaigning team “well placed to exploit the Government’s vulnerabilities.” Thus we will have Nick Minchin in the energy and resources portfolio and fellow hardliner Eric Abetz in workplace relations to take us back to the policies of the Howard past. We are going to have the last election campaign all over again with the exception of a Coalition this time opposed to emissions trading rather than in favour. And, to really give an old-times sake feel, Bronwyn Bishop returns from the backbench to preside over seniors with Kevin Andrews bringing his Catholic touch to family policy.
As expected, Barnaby Joyce has abandoned his principles of senatorial independence and joined the mainstream as shadow Minister for Finance. At least it will be fun watching the squabbles in the National Party as he tries to stab a colleague to political death to gain a House of Representatives seat.