Some people seem to be in raptures this evening that it is the 20th anniversary of John Howard's election as Prime Minister. Having lived through that fairly closely I'm wondering why they are so enamoured. He was not a great reformer, nor has anyone since been a great or even mildly effective reformer. Look at the current incumbent. He wanted the prize so badly that he took the office off a Prime Minister who took his party to an election win. And what has happened since? Nada. As for Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, what a desperate shame that these two good people got caught up in a power play that saw their party lose. There is something particularly smelly about Australian politics of late. Toe the party line and you will succeed. I have no clue about Joe Bullock but at least he had the balls to believe in something and stand up to his party (no matter how 19th century his beliefs may be). If a few more politicians would do so it would make for a stronger Parliament. Celebrate the victory but stop living in the past. We need politicians for the 21st century and we don't have many.
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