Chaos and confusion, infighting and back biting: the Coalition story
The Labor team under Bill Shorten has been a show of unity, a shadow ministry and backbench working towards government as one.
Speaking today in Townsville, Labor leader Bill Shorten highlighted this prized unity, and the trench warfare the Australian people have been forced to endure under the Abbott-Turnbull government.
“One thing is for sure on July the 3rd,” said Shorten.
“Win or lose, the Liberal Party, who have temporarily suspended hostilities between their different groups, they want to get this election out of the way so that they can get on with what they really want to do — the Abbott forces squaring off against the Turnbull forces
“You can see the impatience of that civil war, even unravelling before the election is over.
“You’ve got Tony Abbott, challenging Turnbull’s interpretation of European settlement of Australia.
“You’ve got Cory Bernardi calling his boss a liar.
“We do not need three more years of a weak Prime Minister leading a divided government.”
“Ah well, you know — he’s not always wrong, so I don’t know.
“What you’ve also got is what I think is a sign this week of what happens when you’ve got a divided government.
“You’ve got Turnbull saying now that whilst there’ll be a plebiscite on marriage equality his cabinet won’t be bound by it.
“We do not need three more years of a weak prime minister leading a divided government.
“We don’t even need a public opinion poll which has no effect in terms of the voting patterns of the Liberals,” he added.
For all Australian voters who want a united, stable government after July 2, there is only one option.
“We are united, they are not,” said the Labor leader.
“We will provide stable government — he cannot,” Shorted added.
This article originally appeared in the Labor Herald.