Gillard and Abbott
Apogee, one of my very loyal readers, lived in Australia for many years and was there during the the problems of the 1970s. Since his return home he continues to keep an occasional eye on political matters and the following are his thoughts on the present situation:
Here you have a political time bomb, possibly atomic in nature. Australians were extremely unhappy the way the Whitlam episode was handled. Most saw it as a stitch-up by the Governor General and the Liberal-Country party and it was brought about by the senate voting down a budget.
The Liberal-Country party coalition had the numbers in the senate. Imagine the Lords with a Tory majority blocking a Labour budget here - but then the Lords cannot do that anymore, can they.
In case of any doubt, the Liberal party, at the time, was worse than the Tories here and the country party, (now calling themselves the National party), was to the political right of Gengis Kahn. It used to be said the Country party did not stand for one-man-one-vote but one-sheep-one-vote. It was so gerrymandered that a city seat could have an electorate of 67,000 and a country party seat as little as 5,000. The Liberals needed the country party to stay in power, so the Country party seemed to get anything they wanted. The Labour party of the time did have its problems and obviously a lot of Liberal-Country party supporters were happy with the result in their favour, but most people were unhappy with the way it was done.
It worries me that I can see the same thing happening in this country. If the Governor General intervenes again, like Sit John Kerr did the last time, the next Labour government will take Australia out of the Commonwealth. People here do not realise just how much hate there was for England interfering in an Australian matter in the 1970s and David Cameron had better be very careful or he will have a full constitutional crisis on his hands.
I should point out that the term 'Pommy bas***d' is not a term of endearment, although in earlier times the greeting of 'how ya goin, ya old bas***d', said in a friendly manner to a fellow Aussie friend (and in an Aussie accent) was. I know it is 35 years on but with the immigrant problems they have had, as we have, it is going to be an interesting time.
I will watch these 'interesting times' attentively.