Peter Adamis 7 August 2014. There is no higher responsibility of government than that of maintaining the security of its people.Governments primary objective. A copy of the complete article may be downloaded by clicking on: TONY ABBOTT UNITY IN LEADERSHIP
Given that each Australian governments primary responsibility is the security of its people and as such it must use all of the tools available to it to ensure their safety. In the absence of any tool, legislation is created to arm the government in order to achieve that objective it has to consult with a wide raging of representatives in order to get it through the safeguards of the Australian Senate. This can be frustrating an confusing at times, but the Westminster model has proven time and time again to be an effective means of government.
Rhetoric or misinformation. We as citizens are rightly confused by the admixture of rhetoric and misinformation and/or the lack on the part of the government to provide all of which it is seeking to legislate with the public’s knowledge. Since The Liberal Government was elected it has attempted to change the culture of the Australian way of life to a past based on values, traditions and culture that unfortunately are not valued or given the respect they deserve.
It is of interest to that everything takes on a new meaning when one is in government and in power and that the mantle of responsibility of governing a nation is not as easy as it seemed when in opposition. Still in the short time that the Liberal Government has been in power, they have managed to somehow keep their disagreements within the party room and are seen by the people of Australia as a team united.
Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has come a long way in demonstrating leadership and history will judge him as one of the best Prime Ministers this country has ever seen. I say this based on my observations of him when he was the opposition leader traversing Australia and spreading his message of hope and opportunity for all Australians.
Tony Abbott in my view was at his best in the manner in which he handled the two Malaysian air disasters. This was true leadership at its best. Tony Abbot may still have a way to go to achieve all of his political objectives and this is being achieved by working behind the scenes to maintain unity and consistently demonstrating leadership on the job. A job that he is not only well prepared for but also armed with the appropriate political and life experiences to go with it.
A human side. He means well, is compassionate, highly educated, hard working, family man comes across as a secure and stable member of our society and a great believer in the maintenance of Australian institutions and cultural values.
The hard exterior that once shrouded him in opposition is now being shed and replaced by a softer side that retains the best of realism, pragmatism and traditionalist in his dream to see a united Australia.This is most evident in his treatment of his political opponents both on and off the political arena, an arena where no holds are barred and each party fights vigorously during robust debates defending their points of view.
However despite all of his well meaning attempts since he has been in government, he is still subject of the occasional gaffe which in my mind is the actions of a man under heavy responsibility and stress brought about the demands of being a Prime Minister. He is human after all and an Australian at that. History if I am not proven wrong will judge him kindly and future generation s will be able to point back to 2014 and say that it was Tony Abbott’s finest hour.
Government setbacks. Having said the above, this brings us to the matter of the recent setbacks by the government. I for one am perplexed by the recent revelations over changes to the Racial Discrimination’s act, Retention of Metadata and changes to the definition of terrorism and its definition of Australians fighting overseas for a cause they believe in. Let’s get real for once and try work what exactly does the government want from us. These recent setbacks that have forced the government to return back to the drawing board can only strengthen their resolve to try even harder next time.
Projects and Policy analysis. The policies or projects being pursued may only require minor changes to ensure that what they propose is rock solid and up to date with current societal expectations. Policies and projects that may look good on paper are really only effective when they have been trialled or at least modeled on past proven projects. Some of these policies and/or projects which have been presented to the Australian public are as shown in the scorecard below:
Changes perceptions and behaviours. The above are but some of the many changes underway if not being pursued by a government determined to ensure long term economic security. What is evident from the above analysis is that the Government has embarked upon an ideological change that is fundamentally flawed in its delivery of its messages. I say this because on many occasion the government has not sold its policies well to the Australian people and its disappointing that policy makers have not done sufficient research to ensure policies are based on domestic and global factors that can be reinforced by data.
Effective opposition. Labor, PUP and the Greens have been effective in advising an alternative point of view by misconstruing the government policies and thus creating an environment of skepticism, ignorance and fear of the unknown. This after all is their main responsibility and one must admit whether the reader supports them or not, the opposition parties have been extremely difficult to work with. This is where the talents of Tony Abbot come in and he is able to consult and work with the opposition parties to ensure that legislation is passed through both houses.
Not all is lost. I am of the view that the government still has a long way to go and the sting out of their policies has now been driven home to an Australian public who now know that their lives will no longer be the same. This is not a negative analysis but rather a different direction being taken by a government that is determined that short term pain is well worth it to achieve long term economic security. advice as the man in the streets and a grass roots members is to review their methodologies and delivery of new ideas, concepts, projects and policies.
WHAT IS THEREFORE REALLY AT STAKE – IS IT SECURITY, SNOOPING, FREEDOM OR BIG BROTHER
The Voice from the Pavement – Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538