Last week the Government with the help of independents got through their carbon emission trading scheme, through the lower house. I've a few thoughts on this.
- There have been more significant legislation passed through this parliament with this minority than a government with a majority. I think Howard's GST, was the last significant large reform. I'm under the impression now that independents are a benefit to the political system. Not only for the ability to vocalise issues, but to apply pressure on the government to do something about real community concerns.
- Love her or hate her, Julia Gillard will be looked on historically as a significant reformer, especially if she makes it to the end of term; Even if the Coalition repeals a lot of her legislation, her negotiation with independents and getting legislation through is significant, considering her limitations of a minority government.