This site was set up to express fair and balanced points of view on daily matters of interest. To date that is what the writer has attempted to do. However, the political machinations going on in the federal parliament of Australia are so debased that it is difficult to divorce oneself objectively from the shock of witnessing the conventions and principles of Australian democracy being thorougly dishonoured by the conservative Coalition's ongoing mission to depict the Prime Minister of the nation as nothing less than a criminal.
Two quotes will help make the point. From the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott:
"A Prime Minister who ran a protection racket; a member of parliament who has clearly been involved in the most appalling rip-off of low paid union member's money". From the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Julie Bishop: "She created the stolen vehicle that the bank robbers took to the bank". Both insinuations are absurd, untrue, baseless, with no hard evidence or any kind of proof that would stand up in a court of law and yet those quotes are among a slew of others being bandied about in the attempt to degrade and destroy the Prime Minister's reputation.
I doubt parliament has ever been used before in such a scandalous, ignominious way to win votes for the upcoming election in 2013. This from a Coalition that is involved in dramatically bringing a confessed trade union fraudster in Ralph Blewitt back to Australia to milk him of any useful tidbits; that has been in constant communication with a disgraced journalist who was sacked by News Limited for writing a defamatory article about the Prime Minister; and a Coalition that has lied about its association with these people.
Indeed, Perry Mason or Perry Masonette when it comes to the chief prosecutor, Julie Bishop. Tony Abbott's attack dog has extensively and provocatively used the parliament as a de facto court of law to prosecute the Prime Minister of the nation soley for political purposes. The question now is whether the Australian voter can rise above their loyalties for one side of politics or the other and reject this outrageous act of vandalism to our most important institution when they go to the polling booths some time next year. The Australian people should vote on policies and nothing but policies.