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Tony endorsed by the papers

August 20, 2010

The newspapers today have come out with their opinions as to who should form the next government and it makes for some interesting reading. Recognition of the fatal incompetence of Labor is refreshing to hear.

The Daily Telegraph:

But after two years and 10 months in office, and five weeks of campaigning and assaulting our senses with tens of millions of dollars of advertising and slogans, we’re still not sure what Labor stands for any more Labor is in a sick state. It needs to heal itself and only a stint in opposition can give it the opportunity to rediscover its moral compass.

Herald Sun:

Without any great enthusiasm, we believe Mr Abbott and the Coalition are best placed to lead Australia.

Labor is bloodied by its swift removal of Mr Rudd and remains equally accountable for the mistakes he made. The insulation batts scheme, the BER chaos and the confusion over the climate change debate will be writ large in the history books. The Coalition is right in wanting to cut government spending. Mr Abbott would put Australia’s much-needed broadband rollout in the hands of private enterprise, whereas Labor would take $43 billion from the public purse to finance it.

This is not about irresponsibly throwing out a government after its first term. This is about holding a government to account.

The Australian:

One thing is abundantly clear, however: Kevin Rudd’s big-government experiment was a disaster. Whichever party is returned, this ugly revival of old-style central planning must be buried and cremated. …

Our doubts towards Labor are about the party, not Ms Gillard, who has an abundance of courage and a talented frontbench team. Yet the financial crisis has revived a command economy culture we thought had been purged by Mr Hawke a quarter of a century ago. It was not big government that saved Australia from recession but the courage of leaders like Mr Hawke, Mr Howard and Paul Keating, who spent their own political capital on economic reform. The true test of a prime minister is not how he or she survives an external shock but how well they prepare us for the next one. It comes down to a question of trust in a contest between a leader who learned his trade under Mr Howard and one who served under Mr Rudd. On those grounds, we endorse Mr Abbott as our 28th prime minister.

Courier Mail:

The past three years have been a story of government being presented as the solution to the nation’s challenges, when in fact it only added to them. Nothing Labor has said in this campaign suggests its behaviour in government over the next three years would be anything different. Like its state counterparts in this and other states, federal Labor has placed itself in a position where it sees more government as the answer to everything…

Tony Abbott has emerged as an unexpected leader of the Liberal Party and, like many leaders, has already shown how he can grow with responsibility. His critics regard it as a weakness that he will not allow strongly held, personal positions to determine public policy.

This, in fact, is a strength and shows a commitment to the people he aspires to serve. We know well what Mr Abbott stands for because his positions are well chronicled. Like this newspaper, he stands for the strength of free enterprise empowered by less regulation and lower taxes. So does his party. The nation will be better for their return to government.

Gold Coast Bulletin:

The Bulletin endorses a Coalition vote tomorrow. But it is without enthusiasm and with a caveat that all Members of our Parliament must do better than we have seen in the past five weeks. But in that context, a Coalition government stands to deliver more for this city than a south-centric Labor.

Thanks to Andrew Bolt’s blog

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