I really shouldn’t be surprised when my intelligence is insulted any more, but being the naïve young thing that I am, I still take it to heart every time is happens.
Today’s example comes from business leaders, Gerry Harvey, John Singleton and John Symond. The three of them have called for a fresh election to “restore confidence.” Symond said, “We've got a government in limbo, dictated to by minor factions.”
Wow, do you think he means the mining industry?
Predictably enough, Tony Abbott agrees with them. So can we assume that if he had been successful in securing the support of the independents last year, that he would have called another election less than twelve months into its term? Place your bets!
It bothers me that people who are so powerful are so ignorant about how the Australian government works. As I wrote last week, we don’t elect a government, we elect a parliament and that parliament is the government. The Australian people, in their collective wisdom, chose a hung parliament and if that displeases a small group of millionaires, then they can cry all the way to the bank. We have elections when it is constitutionally mandated, not when a few minor factions decide they want a do-over.
There is also the enormous conceit in the assumption that a new election would return a clear majority. Who says it would? While it’s fair to say that nobody expected this result, this election is really no different to any other. Every electorate voted in their representative, and there are a lot more voices being heard in this parliament than there would have been under either a Labor or a Coalition majority.
If Harvey, Singo and Symonds don’t like that, then their vote is worth just as much as the next person’s. And doesn’t that piss them off.