Change, Bill Shorten, Change!

I’ll preface this by saying I am not a member of the ALP.  I am a member of the Greens. Yet I do admit that even under Scott Ludlam, the Greens will not win Government.

The best PM Australia will never have.

The best PM Australia will never have.

No! The alternative leader in Australia is Bill Shorten. And, if we listen to vocal ALP members and the MSM and Tony Abbott, he is not doing a very good job.

So what is the job of an opposition leader?

It is to convince the electorate that he, or she, is capable of doing a better job as Prime Minister than the incumbent.

Doesn't he look like Bolt!

Doesn’t he look like Bolt!

Last century this was done by putting forward policies which counter-acted the unpopular policies of the Government, or by putting forward policies which the Opposition felt would improve Australia.

But that is so last century. Kim Beazley did that and look where he went. Mark Latham tried out the new 21st Century style  and was booted out by his own colleagues. Then Kevin Rudd tried a novel approach. He tried to look so much like the incumbent that the electorate couldn’t tell the difference. For him, it worked.

Opposition Leader for Life!

Opposition Leader for Life!

Then we had the rise of the first genuine 21st Century opposition leader. tony abbott. Not a policy in sight but plenty of character assassination, obnoxiousness and three word slogans. This has been the opposition we have obviously grown to love because it swept him into office. Now we have had six years of tony abbott, the Opposition Leader.

In 2015 we have two opposition leaders because abbott is the first PM in Australia’s history to fail to grow into the Prime Ministership. And we expect them both to act the same. But Bill Shorten is not playing the game.

In the six years of abbott opposition the electorate has come to expect, not reasoned policy alternatives and quiet politeness but aggressive name-calling and ever more three word slogans and thought bubbles.

Bill Shorten is seen as a failure and is constantly being denigrated for being a “do-nothing” Opposition Leader. For not being a loud critic of everything the Prime Minister does. For failing to be loud and obnoxious. For this is what the electorate has grown to expect from its opposition. They want Question Time antics to be extended into the real world. Just like tony did.

shortenYet Shorten is, somehow, the preferred PM, leading his party to a huge lead in the polls. Despite only being famous for his “Zingers”. Not recognised for his thoughtfulness and his questioning of the future. Not recognised for not having ALL the answers NOW! This Instant. Not recognised for wanting to have a full answer and a full plan for the future. We need our daily thought bubble NOW, no matter how senseless or impractical or stupid.

Rather he is spending time planning his policies. Refining them. And he has promised to have them out in public by the end of this year. Yet it seems this is not good enough. We need our daily thought bubble NOW, no matter how senseless or impractical.

Apparently this is proof of Shorten’s failure. We are told we must have those new three word slogans. We are told we must have those thought bubbles. We are told we must have loud aggressiveness. And we are told that we want it NOW! Not after it has been considered and refined and honed to current conditions but NOW!

Ignore the fact that a truly effective opposition plans carefully. Shorten does not want to act like abbott because then he would fail as this Government has done.

Australia needs a careful, planning opposition so that we can have a careful, planning Government.

His failure is such that his party is leading 55%-45% in the polls and his own popularity is at 44% compared to abbott’s 34%?

Why should he change?

He is quietly succeeding in his job!

14 responses to “Change, Bill Shorten, Change!

  1. Archie, I have been saying the very same thing about Shorten. The ALP are reforming their policies, you know, the ones that look after the good folk of our country. This takes a little time and I believe good timing for these policies to be released is important. Kaye Lea at AIM has written a great article about putting policies out to the public well before the election, so your comment that Shorten has said that his policies would be released around the end of the year sounds pretty much a very sound idea.
    Patience is something that a lot of people don’t possess these days. The old saying that slowly slowly catchy monkey still runs true.

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  2. When I hear all the interviewers ask Labor where are their policies I have been waiting desperately for someone in Labor to grow a pair and say to the interviewer “When did you lot ever ask the Libs for their policies.” Right up to the day of the election all we got was a blue book full of motherhood statements and 3 word slogans.

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  3. I love Green criticism of Shorten, it shows they are not a legitimate force against the Liberal/Nationals (they would constantly criticise the Coalition but don’t)

    One thing about Shorten, he is is own man, not an Abbott clone and it is that difference (plus his support for disadvantaged Australians) that has made him shine in various Polls so far.

    http://www.afr.com/news/politics/national/newspoll-rates-bill-shorten-better-prime-minister-than-tony-abbott-in-every-state-20150405-1meyjr

    Greens like to skirt around this, as 2015 continues, the ALP will roll out more policies that will benefit ALL Australians & Australia and I presume they will be criticised by Greens for that.

    Aint politics grand :))

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  4. Diedre Eckert

    Why should Shorten give out his policies , he’s in opposition at the moment , Abbott didn’t give his out until the death knock of the elections . Abbott doesn’t have any decent policies so wants help from Labor ,or so he call abuse them on their policies that help people . Bill has until the next elections to give out his ideas and at least we know it won’t be to rip off the lower incomes .

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  6. I have noticed that now alp are launching policies, costed policies at that, the zingers have disappeared. Either he has done a lot more media work or gone back to basics. If you haven’t seen it have a look of shorten’s last effort on 730. As to the costed policies media just dismiss them

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  7. Reblogged this on polyfeministix and commented:
    An excellent piece – reblogging from Archie Archive

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  8. Florence nee Fedup

    Not only Shorten talking about policies, so are many of the shadow ministers.

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  9. Reblogged this on myzania3350 and commented:
    So, um, that article I linked to last week about Shorten?
    This is the answer. My bad. 🙂

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