It must be really heartening for pensioners who depend on Medicare and federal government subsides to pay there registration, electricity, rent and telephone bills, and for average wage earners who sometimes battle week after week to get enough work hours and depend on penalty rates to feed families and pay rent and mortgages on their homes, to see Bill Shorten – who has spent a lifetime as a union official fighting for workers rights – finally emerging with a real chance of terminating this hopelessly out of touch government.
Tony Abbott must have seen the danger Bill Shorten presented when he selected the Liberal-leaning judge to head the politically motivated Royal Commission into Trade Unions, in the mistaken belief that somehow he might just get something corrupt to stick to Bill, (ha ha that worked didn’t it).
Well Bill presented himself magnificently and both he and Julia Gillard were completely cleared of any corruption and the royal commission was seen to be the sham that it was, and it was in fact the judge who was left denying claims of perceived bias.
Now I realize that many rusted on National Party voters are probably starting to experience panic attacks about possibly losing the election, and a certain type of person could even start writing fallacious letters about Bill Shorten to local newspapers.
Now before these poor people engage in this rather scurrilous activity, they should realize that most voters do not have short memories.
Keith Duncan, Pimlico.
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Still haven't made your mind up who to vote for yet? Well, crawl out from whatever rock you've been hiding under and pay some fricking attention. It's really quite simple. Just match your ideology with one of these political parties and away you go.