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Despite the best efforts of naysayers it’s clear from polling that climate change is still a prominent concern amongst Australian voters.

Regardless of your personal views on the subject, the numbers are incontestable. Liberal and Labour alike have basically shelved any real action on the subject, which leaves the Greens as the lone flag waver for true action. Polling shows that Labour is losing a lot of 1st preference votes over its behaviour and the migration creates an interesting sideline to the big boys scrabble for power.

Labour, of course, refused to negotiate with the Greens over the ETS, showing their true colors on the subject by trying to create a Liberal friendly policy. No credit was to be given in any way to the environmental group when it came to this issue. Outstanding arrogance.
The Liberals, for their part, portray the Greens as a bunch of nutters with a no-compromise philosophy. Interesting point of view from the party that rolled its leader rather than ultimately compromise with Labour on a piece of legislation that could have been written by John Howard sitting on Lord Monckton’s lap.
The Greens of course rejected the ETS having recognised that it wasn’t worth the recycled paper it was printed on.

The result of the coming election therefore will possibly have a bigger impact on both major parties than they would like. Should the Greens primary vote rise significantly, watch both major parties scrabble to reverse the trend.

The problem of course is that the track record for Liberal and Labour alike is there on view. For them it’s a public concern that deserves lip service only. Real action would mean annoying the true drivers of government policy… The big business funded lobby groups.
The good news is that at least 10-16% of the population have now worked that one out.

Judging by current polling and Labours pitiful efforts to be re-elected, it’s a fair assumption that Tony Abbott will be Australia’s next prime minister.
Marry this assumption with the recognised possibility that we are about to face a GFC 2.
My question is therefore this. What measures will Tony take to prevent Australia sliding into the brown smelly stuff?

Clearly the targeted stimulus spending is out of the question.  These measures were, after all, opposed last time.
Perhaps the solution will be similar to the U.S. response, throw cash at big business and see if any crumbs trickle down. We all know how well that worked for them.

The problem for Tony would be essentially this. Australia’s response to the first GFC was timely and correct. Stimulus spending continues because the world financial system is still stuffed. But to acknowledge this gives Labour credibility. Hence the focus on how much has and still is being spent rather than what was and still needs to be avoided. Of course Labour¬† has failed miserably to tackle their explanation of what happened, what could have been and still might happen.

So, will all stimulus be withdrawn should the Liberal party win the election? If not, why not? After all, according to them it’s all a massive waste of money.
Or will the stimulus continue as is required, which beggars an explanation.
What we are all witnessing is typical politics, scare the hell out of people who are essentially clueless and decry a policy you know is right in order to get elected.

There are many reasons why Labour deserve to lose, but this is not one of them. I myself look forward to the massive policy backflip and ensuing explanation after the election.
My guess is that the money will still be spent, but targeted towards more Liberal friendly areas. Given that they clearly are not public infrastructure, schools or energy efficiency improvements, I wonder just what they might be.