This must be published immediately as it is topical, so it is an extra post for the day.
Prime Minister Abbott has survived a spill motion of parliamentary positions brought about by his own party. I haven't seen anything instigated against the Prime Minister by Labor beyond the normal. I haven't seen anything done by the media beyond how it usually behaves. It is sheer internal fighting, probably brought about the dismal Liberal/National Party result in the Queensland state election and the forthcoming New South Wales state election.
Details of what the government does often washes over me, but a workmate of Sri Lankan heritage must have been keeping a record because he listed to me everything that The Abbott had taken away from families, in his case his children and their families. Lordy, to hear it listed, gobsmacked me. Well, I don't believe in middle class welfare and perhaps that was what was removed. What The Abbott misses is that most working class people in Australia consider themselves middle class. So middle class welfare that he approves of might have actually being going to the working class. Complicated, isn't it.
Yes, while denying climate change and doing nothing about it and dropping the mining tax are issues for me, they are not the make or break matters. I knew that he would do this before I did not vote for him.
What really gets up my claw, gets up and on my nose's goat is Medicare which he seems determined to crush and turn our medical system into an American style system which has proven to be bad and obviously failed, yet still costs a lot money to the taxpayer.
I don't recall if it was a backbencher or a Minister who said, 'I earn a lot of money. I am am not poor. Why should I depend on the taxpayers for my medical treatment and doctor's visits'. Well, minister, you can depend on it because it is a universal health care system. And this what the Liberal Party has missed. Time and time again Australians have shown and voted that they want our universal health system. It is a health care system that cares for everyone, no matter your wealth. It has its issues and problems at times, but so does the private system. Many of us were forced into private health insurance by punitive measures by a former government, so what do we do? We go to the public hospital and say, no, I don't have private health insurance. (just as Mother did late last year when we took her, that is we who pay her private health insurance)
I am not quite sure if former Labour Prime Minister, the Verdi opera loving, Zegna suit wearing, antique clock collector, Paul Keating paid for private health insurance, but I know he did not use it. He and his children and he used the public health system and was criticised for it by the Liberal opposition party. No Liberal Party. This is what a universal health care system is about. It is for the poorest and the richest.
Just waiting now for the apology from the threatened Prime Minister Abbott. He will apologise to me for him not having sold his message well.
Just bloody delicious.