Labor Party now irrelevant
Today, the conservative Howard Government were handed a majority in the Upper House courtesy of a general election last year.
The left of Australian politics, Labor, have been brushed aside by the public and are now irrelevant. The debate about legislation will now happen within the government. Labor and the Greens will be debating the crumbs that are left when legislation is tabled.
There are already signs that the executive of the government will not necessarily have a smooth ride on a number of pieces of legislation due to opposition from within its own ranks.
The President of the Upper House, also a conservative, won his position unanimously. The other nominee was Senator Kerry Nettle of the Greens. When Senator Bob Brown (Greens, Tasmania) rose to put forward her nominations, cackles were heard from both government and opposition ranks. The Greens are a joke.
Personally, I hope the government deals with the clear mandate the public have given it, in a honest and responsible way. I hope that they serve the people and not special interest groups. This is after all, why (theoretically at least) they have been elected.