So happy about the election result. Gathered with my friends last night, we were almost crying with joy. After 11.5 years of a Howard government (half of my life), the idea of change is just so amazing. And I didn’t really believe that the Australian population would turn so much, the Coalition was just smashed.
And Maxine McKew in Bennelong just topped it all off. And the huge amount of votes for the Greens in so many seats, and the senate. Everything my friends and I had been hoping for was delivered, and more.
We grabbed cabs to go to Newtown to celebrate (spiritual home of raving lefties) and a cab driver was stupid enough to ask me why I was happy about the election result.
“Because the Howard government has disenfranchised young people, made university study prohibitively expensive, underfunded public schools and institutions, and ruled by holding the population in constant fear of others and fear of change. Not to mention that they have done nothing to address housing affordability, which means my generation look forward to being life long renters.”
I didn’t even get started on Iraq. Or Tampa. Or telecommunications in rural and regional Australia. Or the Aboriginal intervention.
“I think it’s bad. What about the economy?” he said.
Silly cab driver.
“The economy has been driven by the resources boom. John Howard has done a good job of managing the economy, but Australia’s prosperity is linked to the global economy and so many other factors,” I said.
He couldn’t argue back at all. He didn’t even know where to start. I was feeling genorous so I tried to give him an out by turning to my friend and starting to talk about Australian Idol.
The cabbie was gobsmacked and didn’t take the escape route from my excited lefty vitreol.
“But don’t you think interest rates will go up?” he asked contemptously.
“Yes. But they started going up under Howard. The economy is global. No government could fully protect Australia from the inflationary pressures caused by things such as the sub prime mortgage market collapse in the USA. So they will probably go up, but it won’t necessarily be the Australian government’s fault.”
He didn’t know how to respond. Luckily we had kinda arrived at our destination.
“Aren’t you worried?” he asked.
“I’m always worried. But I already know what’s wrong with the Howard government. I hope the Rudd one works out for both of us.”
Out of the cab we skipped, walking up the middle of a back street to King St, where the lefties really were out in jubilant force.
“We can walk on the road in Rudd’s Australia,” I tipsily decreed as we strode toward the Townie.