Well, you can't deny the fact that this current Government have made an absolute art form out of smeg, lying and deceiving the public.
Yes, all politicians lie but this bunch take the gold medal. Just because you think Tony Abbott will/does lie should not condone or let off the hook the current lot for doing it.
I have a strong suspicion that the same people bagging Rudd/Gillard will not be nearly as judgemental about Tony Abbott's lying once he's in office.
I'm not letting the Rudd/Gillard government 'off the hook' but some of the comments that have been made about their supposed incompetence conveniently ignore how the conservatives completely screwed our country under the guise of 'sound economic management'. Do you really think they will be any different this time around? Sure Gillard and Rudd have made big mistakes but come on, Howard sat on his hands while the infrastructure of this country rotted into the ground, manufacturing died (supposedly good policy) and agriculture withered because of their marvellous 'free trade' mantra, signing some of the worst lopsided free-trade agreements ever. I'm totally with Bob Katter on that one - for some reason it was considered good policy to sell out our manufacturers and farmers because people like Rio Tinto were going to look after our national interests forever (yeah right!).
In addition to that, Johnny Howard completely asset-stripped the Commonwealth Government to the extent that major government departments like DFAT and DHS were forced to sell their Canberra headquarters and then rent them back from the private sector buyers (mates?) at extortionate rates. Anyone who thinks that the era of Johnny Howard was a time of sound, competent economic management needs to take their rose-coloured glasses off and realise they were carpet-baggers shoring up their own (and their mates) futures - not ours. Howard never gave a damn about Menzie's 'forgotten people', he was too busy successfully demonising boat people and appealing to people's personal selfishness and greed.
Case in point - "The Future Fund". Whose future? Not mine or yours - theirs. A multi-billion dollar fund set up exclusively to make sure the Commonwealth can continue to pay the six-figure superannuation incomes for people like Howard and Costello long after the place has gone bankrupt. Says it all, really. If Tony was so much more honest than Rudd he would come out and tell us what programs will go under his leadership... but he won't because that's going to be in the bag of lovely surprises he's saving till after he gets elected. That's because (what a shock) he's just as much a liar as the rest of them.