The Coalition’s embarrassing confusion on whether it will implement an Internet filter or not will not lose it the election, but nor will it make it any friends. It reeks of policy on the run, a charge the Coalition is happy to level against Kevin Rudd and the Government (with some justification).
There were two policies in six hours, and still we’re not quite sure what will happen.
This has all happened 36 hours before the polling booths open. Whatever the policy, you might have thought it was determined a little earlier than that. You might have thought that Malcolm Turnbull had some hand in it, rather than cleaning up afterwards.
The Opposition – and Australia – is fortunate in having someone as talented as Malcolm Turnbull in charge of communications policy. But it seems the systems are not quite working. Let’s hope things work more smoothly if (or when) they are in Government. It’s not a good sign.
How do these things happen? Who’s in charge? What does it mean for future policy directions? Come on fellas – get your act together. Can do better.