Julia says things are different now. And they are. She doesn’t need you to vote for her anymore, and won’t for the next three years, by which time you will have forgotten. So bye, bye promises.
Also, Julia says the Opposition should stop acting like an opposition, and just be nice. By being nice she means they should agree with everything she says.
Apparently, now is not the time to be disagreeing about stuff. We should all agree about stuff. Like a carbon tax, and the National Broadband Netwreck.
But the job of the Opposition is to oppose. To pick holes, to ask questions. To try to ensure that legislative and executive decisions made by the government are in the best interests of the country.
Which may not always co-incide with the best interests of the ruling party.
“With restraint and civility we can put aside the empty rancour of partisanship and seek to work together,” she said.
“We can strengthen opportunity for all Australians and build an enduring legacy for future generations.
“That is how we will honour Ben Chifley and keep the Light on the Hill burning bright.”
At yesterday’s Liberal conference, Mr Abbott says Ms Gillard’s admission that several election promises will be broken due to the hung parliament is an example of why she cannot be trusted.
“The more we see of Julia Gillard, I’ve got to say, the better Kevin Rudd looks,” he said.
“I never thought I would say that, but Kevin Rudd looks strong and principled by comparison to the current incumbent.
“We have Prime Minister Gillard saying that she has a blank cheque to break promises.
“What an outrage. If the Prime Minister did not believe that she could put her election commitments into practice she should not have accepted a commission from the Governor-General.”
Hear that Julia? If you did not believe you could put your election commitments into practice, you should not have accepted a commission from the Governor-General.