Over the years I have been a follower of the the ALP (Australian Labor Party) and their politics. Imagine my joy when Gough Whitlam and the ALP was elected to Federal Pariament in 1972, after more than 40 years of Liberal-Country Party Coalition rule.
But they never quite got it right! Subsequent Labor governments also failed to recognise the errors of their predecessors, and to correct them. This culminated in the Rudd-Gillard debacle, where leadership challenges (or talk of them) took centre stage, and all other policy whitered on the vine. “Enough”, I said. I can no longer follow this shambolic rabble that squander every opportunity given to govern.
As I could never follow the Liberal-National Party, as their policies are totally abhorent to my way of thinking, I have have moved my allegiance toward the Australian Greens. This has occurred mostly because of their position on flora/fauna, mining, the environment, fishing limits and their social policies.
But don’t get me wrong. I have a low opinion of ALL politicians, of any persuasion or colour, whose only and most pressing duty, other than to seek as many paliamentary lurks and perks (legal or otherwise), is to seek re-election every three years.
So when I came across this video on YouTube where WA Greens Senator Ludlum was sticking it to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, I knew I had to give it some air.
Also, you might note the empty Senate Chamber. No wonder government in Australia is of such a poor standard. There’s nobody at the helm!
That is Senator Ludlum on his feet in the bottom right of the picture, addressing only 3 other members of a 76 seat Senate!