Keep Going, Julia
There ain’t anything else to it.
And it’s the right thing to do as well.
The Prime Minister must continue to show the nerves of a U-boat commander and just press forward, pushing what former Prime Minister Paul Keating generously acknowledges as an economic reform that ranks with the floating of the dollar.
Coal is going to continue to expand as the data quoted below confirms. Whyalla will not be closed down,as Premier Mike Rann confirmed earlier this week. And as the Prime Minister noted in her press club address, zinc and other operations will continue to prosper. There will be ribbon-cutting for renewable investment and an expansion of gas. Barring a by-election the next general election will be held after another two years of robust resources activity.
Moreover Abbott will now be pressed about:
- how he funds competitive tax cuts without a carbon tax
- how he funds his direct action plan.
Labor should expect polling to be lamentable for the foreseeable and the anti-Labor barrage from conservative media to continue. But the plan is out there now, with all its specifics. And a party united on this as the only way forward is positively willing the PM to stick to her guns.
As Margaret Thatcher was fond of saying, there is no alternative.
Or to return to the earlier analogy, show the nerves of a U-boat captain and ignore the torpedoes.