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Us Libs do not do opposition well (Read 1527 times)
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Us Libs do not do opposition well
Dec 11th, 2007 at 11:26am
 
Cause we are rarely there. Smiley

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"It is accurate to say that the Liberals do not do opposition well. Bill Snedden struggled between late 1972 and early 1975 when Malcolm Fraser succeeded him and went on to defeat Gough Whitlam later that year. The Liberals also found opposition difficult during the governments led by Bob Hawke and Paul Keating until John Howard defeated Keating in March 1996. And now the Liberals look in trouble again under the new leadership of Brendan Nelson.

When the Liberals go into opposition, some academics step forward to proclaim the end of the party. In July 1993 Judith Brett declared that "the Liberal Party in the 1990s seems doomed". But it was back in office within three years."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/gerard-henderson/libs-will-pull-through-again/2007/12/10/1197135370995.html


Don't worry, once the cowardly Howard kickers are shown up for their motives of selfishness, once Rudds hastily made decisions prove overly expensive, once rates rise and home owners become evicted, the true liberal values will be appreciated.
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Re: Us Libs do not do opposition well
Reply #1 - Dec 11th, 2007 at 5:42pm
 
We''l be back in three years this time too.  Already Little Kevvy has been shown up for what he really is with his backpedalling, reneging and lying - a couple of weeks in.  He will be gone in three years - but what will be left for Australians?
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Re: Us Libs do not do opposition well
Reply #2 - Dec 11th, 2007 at 5:47pm
 
The power of office quickly corrupts each party. How long they stay in office is primarily determined by how much they slow down this process. This inlcudes the temptation to abandon the party's core values for 'the greater good' (ie remaining in power). Time in opposition is necessary for each party to rebuild itself, while not destabilising the nation. It gives the party members a chance to reassert their authority over the leadership. As Labor demonstrated, this process may have to be repeated a few times.
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