With the coming Coalition domination of the Senate and Abbott reigned in, the Liberal backbench can finally exert some influence on social policy. Inspiringly, they're going to tackle child-care by examining that most pressing social issue: the high price of nannies in today's world (The Sunday Age, 5/12). Their solution - subsidies through tax relief - is the kind of creative, bold and forwarding-thinking policy that we'd expect from such a famously diverse group of politicians.
I look forward to grants for gardeners, bursaries for butlers, concessions for chauffeurs, payments for pool-boys and please - while you're at it, bring back the tax-deductible working lunch! (The Age, 7,12).
John Howard's warnings against arrogance and contempt are now just a faint echo.