Wednesday, June 11, 2014
It is true that blocking supply would result in significant social upheaval but the Greens' arguments against doing so are disingenuous:
* "Blocking supply would not necessarily lead to a new election"
That's true, but it is hard to imagine any other outcome (if you make the fair assumption that the Abbott government wouldn't respond to a senate decision to block supply by seriously amending the budget to make it palatable).
* "The most reliable and most rapid way to force a fresh election on the Abbott Government is by a double dissolution election"
Not true. It is a very unreliable way to get a new election. It certainly wouldn't "force" one. In fact, no matter how many double dissolution triggers there are, in the current circumstances you'd have to say that a double dissolution is extremely unlikely! It most certainly would not be "rapid".
* "The Greens are ready to block every cruel measure in the Abbott Budget."
Not true. Lots of "cruel measures" - such as funding cuts to the ABC and CSIRO and many others - are incorporated into the appropriation bills. If the Greens vote for the appropriation bills, they are voting *for* those things!
Socialist Alliance: Why we should block the budget