Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.
Dateline: Australia, Federal Politics, May 2017.
So the Coalition's Federal Budget was deemed to be 'Labor Lite'.
Its political positioning was near perfect to marginalise the ALP. However, its timing is 18 months too late.
Had Malcolm Turnbull brought down an economic statement or a mini budget (remember those?) before the end of 2015 that reflected the positioning adopted in the 2017 Budget and then brought down a full budget in May 2016 to reinforce that positioning, the Coalition would have won the 2016 election in a landslide. Had he done that, in his next term he then could've pursued social issues such as equal marriage with immense authority.
The public initially invested a great deal of hope in the Prime Minister and he has let them down. The time to have impressed the voters by taking decisive action was early in his term. Now it is far too late. The die has been cast.
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen; the saddest are these: it might have been."
Here you go, Malcolm: Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams "Too Much Too Little Too Late" - YouTube link: here