Senate could become Bill Shorten’s best friend
Peter van Onselen is the token Leftist at "The Australian" but he says below what I have been thinking: Shorten is all hot air when you reflect how unlikely it is that his destructive policies will get through the Senate. In both Australia and the USA, Senates are a great force for stability and obstructing change of all sorts.
Van Onselen however adds a speculation about voters being devious, which I think is far-fetched. He seems to think everybody else is a professor of politics. I think the Senate will be Shorten's best friend because it will prevent him from legislating great and impoverishing follies
The Senate could become Bill Shorten’s best friend. With the opposition leader’s tax agenda under significant scrutiny — even though most of it has been publicly known for years — the role of the house of review just might save Shorten from himself.
Australians vote more intelligently than they often get credit for. We know our electoral system and understand that governments don’t always get their way. Not in the upper house where the balance of power is held by minor parties.
Even if Labor wins the election, it can squeal all it likes about the mandate won, yet minor parties in the senate will claim the support they got in the senate is also a mandate to follow their policy scripts — which in the case of a number of the minor parties involves disagreeing with Labor’s plans on negative gearing and franking credits.
If voters think that Shorten’s tax agenda will be blocked then they can use their lower house vote to punish the Coalition for a mix of failures in government — doubling the deficit, changing prime ministers not once but twice, having no serious policy for addressing climate change, you name it.