The Left Press is now hyperventilating about the possibility of an early election due to a popular budget and it only demonstrates its anti-Abbott woolly thinking. Unless you listen to fools like Hartcher of the SMH, an early election is not an option for the Coalition for the simple reason that the current Senate rabble would remain in place. And Abbott already commands a healthy majority in the House.
An early election would not only be an exercise in futility, it would be an own goal.
The dreadful dross that snaffled six year Senate terms on preference anomalies in the 2013 election would remain, with the possibility of a separate, out-of-sync Senate election if a double dissolution was not called for. A potential disaster for the Coalition.
A trigger for a double dissolution already exists and maybe Abbott is testing the rabble’s resolve in preventing the Coalition governing. But a DD is an equally impossible scenario, it’s too late now, and halved quotas would mean even more Lambies and Lazaruses.
Hockey’s small business budget, along with lower interest rates, will result in a rapid increase in employment, an increase in the tax take, and if the ore price continues to recover and a return to surplus is nailed down for 2020, an election budget in 2016 looks certain to give the Coalition another term at least.
So the Left media can continue to stupidly promote that this budget is an early election budget and that Morrison is chasing Hockey’s job and that Turnbull is chasing Abbott’s.
Shorten and the Greens can continue with their unintelligible gibberish, but the bottom line is that this is a growth budget that dovetails perfectly into a normal 2016 election.
Forget the polls, they are notoriously misleading, and mid-term they mean absolutely bugger all.
Abbott may refuse to rule out an early election but that’s no more than a ruse. His best bet now is to aim for a normal 2016 election.
Oh, and hope that Shorten isn't replaced.