It amazes me constantly that people believe that there is any potential for negotiation with the oligarchs and especially that their 'budget black holes' and 'tax reforms' have any meaning whatsoever. People trumpet Howard as 'solving the debt problem' when any politician could solve 'deficits' instantly if they weren't beholden to the deals they made to enter the power class. We have had a brief flurry of relative freedom and prosperity in the 20th century nd it is ending. The oligarchs are attacking the lower class and pushing them into peasantry and attacking the middle class and pushing them into the lower class. Do you think Abbott reintroducing Knights and Ladies was a temporary aberration from an incompetent monarchist. No, the rich believe they need Titles and the peasants bowing their heads as the Sir Stole-a-lot drives by. (just read Carr's book - a shining example of political expediency and born to rule mindset - to see into their actual values). They are re-engineering Australia, and it's not to your advantage, and using all the brainwash techniques that have worked so well in the past: Welfare spongers and pull yourself up by the bootstraps, work hard and be rewarded. It's absolute crap and every time you take sides in the game they've put up to distract you then they win a little more. None of this is fate or chance or 'inevitable'. It's all planned and your well being is not included.