- "We are making the hard choices to fully fund our investments in Australia's future"
- "Restoring the national budget without smashing family budgets"
- "Building stronger economy -without hurting the things that help it to grow"
- ".. a growing economy where opportunity belongs to everyone"
- "A Health system where medicare not your credit card guarantees you access to the treatment you need"
- "Putting the Australian dream of home ownership back in reach of working families"
- "Real action on climate change"
- "Closing the gender pay gap"
- "properly funding child care"
Appealing, bewitching words but effective only on those with a short memory.
As for the rest of us, we recall that just a few years ago Labor had two terms in government. Two chaotic terms, with three PMs, countless crises, woeful waste, disastrous decisions all leading to deaths by sea and debilitating debt. A far cry from the alluring image Shorten and the ALP are fabricating today.
How can one see the reality behind the facade? There is no better guide than the old adage;
"Do not listen to what they say, look at what they do"Indeed let's take a look at what they did in government.
Labor's woeful last termThere are many accounts of the RGR period but lets just take a quick look at a couple. Josh Frydenberg delivered an extensive list of ALP disasters in his speech to the house of representative on 26 Nov 2012. It takes but 5 minutes but well worth the jog to one's memory.
Or have a read through the even more exhaustive list below; -
But this time it will be different!
No doubt in the face of this inconvenient history there would be loud protests that "This time it would be different". But of course they would say that wouldn't they?
So I suggest we don't risk it. Just rely on the old adage "Do not listen to what they say, look at what they do".