The Australian reports this morning:

“Tony Abbott is under pressure to confirm an undertaking by senior frontbencher Christopher Pyne that he would never raise the GST in government.”

There you have it: everything you hate about politics and the media cycle in a single sentence.

An opposition that says it’s serious about addressing structural issues in tax revenue collection but already ruling out what its review would quite likely recommend; a government that forced the opposition into doing it for cheap political points, inciting fear rather than admitting any responsible government will have to consider lifting the rate of the GST in the future. A frontbencher who says one thing; a leader who must immediately defend it amid cries of division from desperate opponents.

This is why we can’t have proper political debate in this country. This here.

You’re all guilty. And you’re giant babies, the lot of you.

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