The federal Labor Party’s emulation of every stance John Howard takes now extends to them also demanding the Senate rubber stamps major legislative changes with no time for proper inquiry or public input.
The Federal Opposition is warning the Senate to support Labor’s industrial relations policy should it win the election.
Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Gillard has told ABC TV’s Lateline if Labor wins the election, it wants the legislation passed before year’s end.
“We would say to Senators from all political parties they ought to respect that Labor has been elected with this mandate.”
Insisting that legislation be rushed through before its even been written is the sort of thing governments do after they’ve been in power far too long, but the ALP is doing it before they’ve even been elected!
Regardless of whether I’m re-elected at the coming election or not, my current term doesn’t expire until June 30, 2008, and there is no way I am supporting the bulldozing of any legislation of this significance and complexity through the Senate in the space of a few weeks. Nor I am going to automatically support legislation without considering amendments just because a newly elected government rolls up the old “mandate” furphy.
It never ceases to amaze me how a government can interpret winning an election as a “mandate” from the electorate for every word, every comma and every semi-colon they pack into subsequent legislation. Even if Labor wins and tries to claim a mandate for their industrial relations policy, – a dubious enough idea in itself, as many people will vote for Labor for plenty of other reasons, not least because they just really want to get rid of the other mob – this is still a far cry from being able to say that legislation in the industrial relations area should have to be pushed through the Senate without proper examination and inquiry, and with no right for the Senate to amend it as it then sees fit.