When fairness and respect die

Friday 20 January 2006 11:50 PM

Richard Woolcott (Opinion, 21/1) has captured clearly what I have felt for several years, but could not have expressed as he has. "Hubris and arrogance" neatly capture the character and approach of the Federal government, especially in recent years. And Woolcott didn't even need to mention the pre-Christmas legislative assault. The economic fruit of the Howard-Costello government is impressive and undeniable. But it has come at far too great a cost to our social fabric. We have not had true value for money. Please Mr Beazley & co., get your collective act together in time to be a credible alternative government at next year's election. Before our erstwhile character of fairness and respect becomes irretrievable.