I saw the outcome of the election on the English language TV news service in Beijing. It got lengthy coverage here followed by an interview with an academic who discussed the consequences for Australia-China relations – generally they were seen as very positive. (Incidentally I am interested to see the Australian ‘All Ordinaries’ among the indices included in Beijing’s “Asian Stock Market Roundup”). Also on BBC Asia.
I am disappointed with the election outcome – I certainly would have preferred Abbott to Gillard – but, in the end, cannot muster much rage. Abbott’s mindless populism during the campaign was on a par with Gillard’s fear-mongering and I cannot forget or forgive Abbott’s backflip on the ETS. Nor do I think Abbott dealt well with the severe cost implications of the NBN. In the end Gillard pressured by a bunch of fairly half-witted Greens and some naive independents might somehow get Australia to the starting post on climate change policy. It would be a good outcome and would justify the decision of tens of thousands of revisionists like myself who voted Green at the election.
We certainly won’t do it again if Gillard turns into a clone of Rudd who blabbers but does little. The Labor Party needs to act on climate change or be replaced by a group of politicians who would be better managers than they are. (324)