So when he’s pitching for the city tabloids, Tony Abbott is all “we are going to slash jobs in Canberra”.
But then he realises that when he goes campaigning in the “bellwether” electorate of Eden-Monaro, even though those people are in NSW (not the dreaded Canberra), a lot of them work here too, so he’s all “it’ll be alright – trust me”. (Or not – given it wasn’t written down in a careful scripted and focus-grouped script, so it doesn’t really count.)
Seems he’s realised that he has reminded people a little too much about what happened when John Howard got in.
But then he couldn’t help but toss in another slur on the public service while he’s at it: “I think it is a mistake to think Eden-Monaro was dominated by the public service.” Dominated – because the public service is a nasty big overbearing beast isn’t it? Nudge wink.
Of course it must be acknowledged that Rudd did much the same thing on the campaign trail himself.
Surely we’ve had a gut full of Canberra being the whipping post for anyone after some cheap political point scoring, where the search for a few media headlines for a day or two has lasting impact on our community and on many people’s lives?