Modia Minotaur

Trawling the airwaves to spare you the agony!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Let The Games Begin

John Howard's speech to the Menzies Institute this week was more than just an attack on Labor's family tax policy - it could be seen to mark the beginning of the next election cycle. Yes, it seems only yesterday that we were having the last election, but with a three year cycle, there's effectively only one year of rest between the sturm und drang of election year wind-ups and wind-downs.

It's intriguing that Howard should choose a topic on which Labor is so clearly in the ascendant to begin his attack, though. In one sense, it's another example of the idea of forming pseudo-Opposition within his own party, as I discussed earlier. In another, however, the government is on very shaky ground on this issue. As Polemica suggests, there's just not a lot of justification for giving people who are already rich more money to raise their children, and furthermore, the structure of the Family Tax Benefits system is clearly doing more to stymie productivity than our previous industrial relations regime ever did.

Will the government continue trying to attack Labor on its own territory? A very odd technique, and according to the political theory whose name escapes me (if anyone can drop it in the Comments I'd be most grateful) but which dictates that social democratic parties will always win arguments on social issues, and conservative parties will always win arguments on economic issues, a pretty poor one.


At 7:37 pm, Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Certainly feels like an election cycle alright. And today I read about Howard saying the school english syllabus, after being hijacked by "political correctness", is being dumbed down by "rubbish" literature, as opposed to "traditional" stuff.

It's going to be a very long campaign.

At 11:43 am, Blogger Minotaur said...

I heard that too - it's on for young and old, eh? And again, Howard's taking on a social-democrat issue, education. It's very strange.

At 2:43 pm, Blogger oakleyses said...

oakley sunglasses cheap, ugg boots clearance, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton handbags, cheap uggs, michael kors outlet online sale, uggs, rolex watches, tory burch outlet, burberry outlet, prada outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, air max, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, louboutin, louis vuitton outlet stores, burberry outlet, ugg outlet, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp handbags, nike free, michael kors outlet, tiffany and co, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, gucci outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren, louboutin shoes, chanel handbags, nike shoes, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, kate spade outlet, christian louboutin, longchamp handbags, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, uggs outlet, tiffany and co, ray ban sunglasses, prada handbags

At 2:44 pm, Blogger oakleyses said...

abercrombie and fitch, sac hermes, timberland, nike free pas cher, air max, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet, true religion outlet, air max, nike air force, hogan outlet, vanessa bruno, mulberry, sac longchamp pas cher, hollister, north face, ralph lauren, nike tn, vans pas cher, hollister, nike air max, michael kors uk, lululemon outlet online, polo lacoste, kate spade handbags, coach purses, true religion jeans, michael kors pas cher, oakley pas cher, true religion jeans, nike roshe, ray ban sunglasses, nike roshe run pas cher, coach outlet store online, north face, air jordan, louboutin, ray ban pas cher, sac burberry, nike free, air max pas cher, polo ralph lauren, coach factory outlet, sac guess, converse pas cher, coach outlet, nike blazer, new balance pas cher, michael kors, longchamp

At 2:44 pm, Blogger oakleyses said...

nfl jerseys, ferragamo shoes, beats by dre, jimmy choo outlet, air max, gucci, converse shoes, vans, insanity workout, reebok outlet, hollister clothing store, lululemon outlet, wedding dresses, herve leger, giuseppe zanotti, asics running shoes, ray ban, air max, new balance shoes, soccer jerseys, timberland boots, instyler, iphone cases, hollister, ghd, oakley, vans shoes, celine handbags, longchamp, mac cosmetics, bottega veneta, p90x, nike huaraches, mcm handbags, mont blanc, north face outlet, chi flat iron, nike trainers, nike roshe run, abercrombie and fitch, valentino shoes, birkin bag, converse, louboutin, baseball bats, babyliss pro, abercrombie, north face jackets, ralph lauren, soccer shoes

At 2:45 pm, Blogger oakleyses said...

sac louis vuitton, marc jacobs, canada goose, michael kors outlet online, supra shoes, moncler outlet, michael kors handbags, ugg, michael kors outlet, barbour, swarovski, moncler, moncler, rolex watches, louis vuitton, canada goose, louis vuitton, doke gabbana, ugg, canada goose, toms shoes, montre homme, moncler, wedding dresses, juicy couture, karen millen, canada goose, thomas sabo, moncler, barbour, ugg boots, juicy couture outlet, pandora charms, canada goose outlet, moncler, coach outlet store online, canada goose uk, ugg pas cher, moncler, sac lancel, pandora jewelry, swarovski crystal, sac louis vuitton, moncler, pandora charms, canada goose, hollister, links of london, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton uk, canada goose jackets, ugg


Post a Comment

<< Home