Tuesday, 25th February 2014


The Coalition's pursuit of Labor was entirely understandable and justifiable when it was in Opposition. Using the power and privileges of government to continue to flog old wounds risks looking not only petty but vindictive.

The Coalition launched a royal commission into the home insulation scheme in a fairly transparent attempt to tar the previous government with the workplace deaths of four young men. Numerous inquiries had already been conducted, and the flaws of the program are now clearly understood.

But the Coalition won't rest until it has exploited the issue to the utmost, even breaking accepted bipartisan practice by releasing the previous government's Cabinet documents to the royal commission – on the orders of Tony Abbott.

In another unusual move, the Liberal Party is sponsoring a parliamentary motion of apology to Health Services Union workers for the "egregious falsehoods" uttered by former Labor MP Craig Thomson following his misuse of union funds.

Apologies in parliament are generally reserved for such things as Stolen Generations, but the Coalition would have us believe that it cares so greatly for the welfare and feelings of HSU workers that it is willing to set this precedent. The real reason, of course, is to embarrass anyone in the ALP with union links.

If the government had shown any inclination to hold its own sitting MPs to account it might be justified in pursuing its opponents so blatantly. But Coalition MPs travel rorts were never addressed, for example; Senator Nash recently misled the Senate over the health-labelling issue and faced no censure; and Scott Morrison is a law unto himself.

The Coalition seems to believe that when it is voted out of office, its opponents won't have the whip hand. 

Nick Feik
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