01 August 2010

The Australian on the election

The first paragraph of the editorial in The Weekend Australian, 31 July – 1 August 2010, just about sums up my bleak view of the current Federal election campaign:

This election campaign is defined not by a contest of ideas but by the art of combat between professional politicians unwilling and ill-equipped to prosecute the national interest. The battle being played out between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott has revealed the exhaustion of contemporary politics. It is a development that carries significant risks and casts doubt on the willingness of our elected representatives to govern rather than engage in the shallow pursuit of power.

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