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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Playing Politics is Important, Ms Gillard

I was watching the ABC news tonight and there was (unsurprising) an article on the extreme weather Queensland has been facing this month. The article was about the "flood levy", proposed by the Labor Party, where everyone in Australia has to pay some money to help with the flood recovery. Mr Abbott, the opposition leader, has criticised this tax, basically saying the last thing people want is another tax. Then, in a moment that truly shocked me, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the treasurer, Wayne Swan, criticised Abbott for "playing politics in a time of crisis" (click here for an article about the issue - not the article I saw on the news, but you get the idea).

Now, I'm not really a huge fan of Abbott (or Gillard for that matter), but I think he has every right to "play politics". Why? HE'S A POLITICIAN!

As the opposition leader, isn't it more or less his job to question the current government's actions? Criticising Abbott for "playing politics" would be like criticising Gillard for being photographed when she visited flood-affected areas.

Look at her, playing politics. She makes me sick.

Not to mention, if the opposition wasn't allowed to (or, heck, even discouraged) from criticising the government during a time of crisis, then wouldn't that give the government carte blanche to do whatever they wanted? Imagine if Australia was at war, and the government decided that the best solution would be using biological weapons against the enemy. Even though it's against international law, the opposition can't criticise this move, because that would be playing politics!

Mr Abbott, you continue to criticise the government to the best of your ability. Only by seeing their flaws will any government be able to improve.

Now if you'll excuse me, after defending Tony Abbott, I suddenly feel the need for a very long shower...

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