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Sunday, September 8, 2013

"Australia is Under New Management"

Australia conservatives won big in the national elections down under.

From Reuters:

Australia's conservative leader Tony Abbott swept into office in national elections on Saturday as voters punished the outgoing Labor government for six years of turbulent rule and for failing to maximize the benefits of a now fading mining boom. 
Abbott, a former boxer, Rhodes scholar and trainee priest, promised to restore political stability, cut taxes and crack down on asylum seekers arriving by boat. 
"From today I declare that Australia is under new management and Australia is once more open for business," Abbott told jubilant supporters in Sydney. 
It was frustration with Labor's leadership turmoil that cost the government dearly at the polls.
Hmm. I think there was also a lot of frustration at the unpopular carbon tax the Labor government imposed as well, as the article later notes.

The election was been pitched as a choice on who is best to lead the A$1.5 trillion ($1.4 trillion) economy as it adjusts to an end to a prolonged mining investment boom, fuelled by China's demand for its abundant natural resources. 
Abbott, 55, built up a strong opinion poll lead on the back of promises to rein in government spending, scrap an unpopular tax on carbon emissions, and stop the flow of refugee boats arriving in Australia's northwest. [emphasis mine]

Interesting that the Reuters article barely mentions the carbon tax and instead spends a fair amount of time blaming Labor's political disorder for the loss. You see, the loss wasn't because of the government spending and carbon tax-- it was just a failure of people.

*sigh* Does the media ever get tired of making excuses for bad Leftist policies?

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