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.
Abbott's new cabinet is a tough move away from the fundamentals that were key to the two terms of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd governments. Abbott calls it a "return to the basics".
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.
The impact of the election on current next steps
Well, my life has changed. With Abbott in the driving seat, Australia is a different place to the one I have been ruminating about for the last few years. Here is a summation of some realities I am going to have to come to terms with, as the 'next three year' period commences:
Steve Irons writes in Independent Australia :
Could be a flop ...
"The local government referendum has all but disappeared from view since Kevin Rudd became prime minister again; Steve Irons talks about the change to government we should all support and why.
Debate in the Parliament
The debate in the House of Representatives over
changing the Constitution to give the Commonwealth the power to grant financial assistance to any State, or to any local government body formed by a law of a State
was left very late indeed.
In an unusual moment of bipartisanship, key parliamentary advocates Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull have come together to promote a new book on a New Australia, a book considered by many to be long overdue; a book promoting a blueprint for change; a book suggesting that a republic is achievable and maybe earlier than we think.