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Abbott's first 100 days

Abbott's first 100 days : the 'bring himself to' problem

The US pundits tell us that in the "first 100 days" of any new government you know everything you need to know about what that "new administration stands for".

If that is correct, then Australia will pay a huge price for its change of government in September 2013.

Broad generic

The broad generic describing the Abbott government at the end of its first 100 days is 'amoral'; it "stands for nothing"!

Abbott's first month - Comments

Scorecard?

A month is a long time in politics. I was going to wait for the first 100 days to prepare the score card, as they do in the US after a presidential election, but a lot of water has flown under the bridge, and a few realities are already quite obvious, even before the first Question Time in the new parliament.

So, while the score-card may still happen, a few comments at the end of the first month seem to be well in order.

What is a mandate?

As Abbott prepares to take over the reigns of power, much has been said in MSM and social media in the last week about "mandate". It is obvious that few understand what it is and how it applies in this case and lots of people are prepared to offer advice to the rest of us based on this ignorance.

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