Joe Nation wrote:
Thanks for the explanation. Are your politics really driven so much by popularity? Ours are, I guess, but I never know exactly who is determining what is popular.
For the last 11 years, it seems to have been driven by the what the government thought it could get away with. For a lot of the time, the opposition party was in a state of turmoil (or appeared to be! appearances are everything). When the electorate doesn't see a viable alternative, then the government of the day is a lot safer. At the previous election (2004) the Liberal Party gained control of both houses, which enabled them to enact any legislation they desired, without having to appease any other ideological group. They used their power to enact the most draconian workplace laws in the Western world. This occurred through the blind arrogance of a man who'd been in power too long, and like so many before him, got corrupted by the power he held. He was so out of touch, he either couldn't see the damaged he'd done to people, or just didn't care. The opposition got it's act together through a new leadership team, that for the first time in years, offered a stable and more palatable alternative. And John Howard, the putrid, slimy little right wing slug, got his ass well and truly trounced.