The Albanese ALP Government is suffering a lot of criticism just now. There is a groundswell of disapproval because it has not yet ‘done anything’ about a number of items which need funding. Mainly ‘Welfare’ in its various forms but housing is also a major thorn in its side.
The big solution to all these problems are the looming ‘Stage Three Tax Cuts’ imposed upon the Australian population by the previous Tory Government. The Party of always lower Taxation! The fact that those ‘Lower Taxes’ are all smoke and mirrors is irrelevant. What really matters is that the headlines can be parlayed into election catch phrases. Ones that have worked in the past!
Taxes aside, one major flaw in the previous Government was its lack of credibility. It lied, it schemed, it broke election promises, it was corrupt! As a part of the drive to reach the Government benches the Labor Party promised to implement the ‘STTCs’ because it had voted for them when wedged with the choice of no tax relief at all for lower waged Aussies.
We, the poor deluded voters, thought that meant Albo would go around breaking promises because it seemed the sensible thing to do!
But would it be sensible?
Come the next election, the Great Potato Lizard of Dickson would be able to stand up and say, with complete honesty, and no sense of shame, ‘Labor breaks promises and Labor are the party of increasing taxes!’
By biting the bullet and holding to his election promise, Albo risks losing a number of electors to other very small socialist parties and to the Greens! The Greens may be three to four elections away from surpassing the Extreme Right Wing Coalition so that is a problem for next decade.
The ‘Teals’ are a small group of Tories who worry about the climate and will attract some of the Liberal Party but have no effect of the National Party. By failing to increase the Government coffers by dumping the STTCs the ALP really risks very little because politics is, in most cases, about the long game.
If the ALP loses the next election, having junked a whole lot of Coalition policies which the ALP said it wouldn’t do, then the Coalition has a green light to dump everything Labor does in the next two years. So winning the next election is VERY important.
It seems Albo has used his political nouse and looked at the big, long term picture and decided that the short term pain of holding onto the Tax cuts for the wealthy parasites is worth it to be able to go to the next election asking the permission of the electorate to remove those tax cuts in return for huge benefits in the ‘Welfare’ or Social Security areas.
Totally negating the usual lying Tory election pitch.
AND there is no guarantee that we need to wait for two full years for a Federal election. The past three elections have been delayed as long as possible by Governments which expected to lose. It is possible that the next election could be held early by a Government which expects to win! Especially if the Bald Solanum tuberosum is still the Leader of the Opposition halfway through 2024!
So, yes, yell and scream about a Labor Government which appears to be failing those who voted for them. Ignore the fact that we are living in an historically difficult period brought about by Tory Governments which have raped and pillaged our Common Wealth for 25 of the past 30 years.
And expect to see real, helpful honest results by 2026! Ones which have been chosen by the Electorate (You and Me!)