There is little doubt our Federal Government is lost somewhere in the wilderness, flitting from issue to issue with what appears to be no real purpose. Or is it?
Commentators were left aghast yesterday by what appears to be on the surface yet another own goal – this time by the treasurer.
At a time when the government is attempting to avoid distractions and get back on track, here is the treasurer derailing his own rebooted tax reform mission by reviving the republic debate.
What is it about Joe Hockey? Is he the treasurer of Australia with his hands firmly on the nation’s economic steering wheel, or is he a policy will-o’-the-wisp? They wrote.
This all comes after the advancement of a so-called parliamentary friendship group here in Canberra yesterday by the Australian republican movement and its mischievous new leader, Peter FitzSimons (personally I like the bandanna).
Some have called it a bold AND cheeky move – having the nation’s chief bean counter on the team, along with one of our newest senators, Katy Gallagher. Could it be Joe Hockey’s public support will allow further division inside an already vacillating cabinet?
Like it or not, the issue is now back on the front pages. Should Australia become a Republic? FitzSimons and his cohorts will as usual throw up the patriotic tune of “It’s about time Australia had it’s own head of state.”
What is missing, at first glance, is what exact system they wish to adopt – much like the issue which lead to failure back in 1999.
What also might be missing, and this is more important for the ‘current’ state of affairs, might be bi-partisan support within the government itself.
I think we all know where Tony Abbott stands on the issue, after all, he did knight the Queen’s husband. While thinking about this today, I’m reminded of a comment received following my last write up on The Riot ACT regarding the controversial Q and A tweet:
“I saw the tweet but missed the handle … but what we really need to know is whether it came from the cabinet or the backbench.”
Exactly. As if the PM already had enough to worry about.