Barnaby Joyce brought a tinge of commonsense to political debate this week when he stated the obvious about Tony Abbott’s then un-amended plans for maternity leave payments. The proposal would not get through the Senate so why waste time and effort criticising it?
The same approach will be the sensible one when considering the thoughts of the Audit Commission when they are released today. Most of what will be recommended will never happen because the Government does not have the numbers in the Senate to govern.
The big adjustment the Prime Minister will have to make in the coming months is that he is every bit as captive to minority rule as were his Labor predecessors. The lack of a majority has not changed; only the chamber in which the minority exists.