As tends to happen in countries with binary political systems the pendulum of opinion swings from one end to the other. Australia finds itself leaning on the more conservative end. While other parties do exist, the two party preferred vote keeps power between the Coalition or Labor parties.
Since taking power Tony Abbot’s conservative Liberal party (I know that sounds like a oxymoron here in the US) has played one of the surest cards someone on the right can play: xenophobia. While Australia has few Muslims, the panic throughout the world over ISIS has given Prime Minister Abbott a good excuse to look tough and as a result reap the benefits of higher opinion polls. Sending fighter jets and soldiers is just one way one way to distract Australians from any of his misgivings at home. War and looking tough have long been tools used by politicians to shift the attention of the public away from domestic issues. Granted at times there are cases when foreign policy should be at the forefront of public attention, i’m skeptical as to whether Tony Abbott is really doing this for the good and safety of the Australian people.