Talk is cheap. It’s pretty clear a vote for her is simply a vote for an increasingly reactionary Liberal Party.
I read Margot Kingston's book about her 1998 campaign and I felt quite sorry for her, she was exploited by anyone and everyone including the far right and the Liberal Party themselves. Tony Abbott orchestrated her being thrown into jail, something that was definitely wrong. But she certainly appears to have learned a lot from that experience and this time around she has a cogent message and has developed some actual policies - she's also dumped lots of the unnecessary stuff like the racism and homophobia, in fact she even has support amongst some of the Aboriginal communities in QLD because she took the fight to Canberra about the cronyism going on with the land trusts etc. She has cleverly broadened her appeal but I think a lot of people still want to tar her with the right wing reactionary brush because it suits their agenda - what she does need to do is to focus on making her policy positions firmly known and to also make sure that she selects appropriate people to represent her political party - she still lacks the discipline and/or proper advice to make it work like an actual political party.
She made an excellent speech in the Senate a few weeks ago about the fact that we simply don't have the money or resources to maintain the existing turbo-charged immigration program that is overflowing Sydney and Melbourne and yet not one mainstream media outlet reported on it. She also spoke about the need to ensure that we looked after programs like Medicare and Centrelink because we are giving family reunion and parental visas away too cheaply and it's going to be huge drain on our economy as these people age - which is bang on the money, she's a hundred percent right. Why does nobody report on this - because there's a loose agreement between the dominant political and media forces to keep her marginalised?
Mind you that habitual political gold-digger is the gift that keeps on giving. Launching that Battler Bus with Champaign!
No - I think she's one person who is definitely not there for the money.
P.S. I have never voted Green as many of its policies are too OTT. Not a great believer in piddle-down-on-them economics though. You believe supporting those from the Adolf side of politics will somehow make your life better. As a student of history, you may be right. Those of the right racial profile probably were better off. Plenty of them were more than willing to put his policies into effect. Was it worth it?
Oh dear, you're not really going to invoke Hitler are you? Some of Pauline's policies are simply old-fashioned protectionist along the lines of Jack McEwan's National Party of old, I think that's probably who she has most in common with in terms of Aussie history. Frankly if I could vote for Jack McEwan (or Chifley, Curtin... even Menzies was practically a benevolent socialist by modern Thatcherite standards) I probably would, but we don't have that option in 2017, instead we get these stupid so-called "free market" idiots who are determined to drive our once great nation right into the ground and they are permeating both sides of the house so you don't really have a choice. Bipartisan idiocy.
We really need Pauline right now, believe me. If the only choice was to vote LNP/Labor/Greens I would probably throw my vote in the bin and just refuse to participate - I'm one of the disenfranchised who doesn't believe in our system any longer because it's become so infested with parasites trying to set themselves and their mates up for life. The fact that the dominant political hierarchy is popping a vein over her (all of them) should show you that Pauline is in danger of destroying the oligarchy that has become so very entrenched in Aussie politics. Do you have any other ideas for trying to turn this thing around? I don't.