Budget talk: rhetorical constraints and contests

Walter, Ryan and Uhr, John (2013) Budget talk: rhetorical constraints and contests. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 4: 431-444. doi:10.1080/10361146.2013.837426

Author Walter, Ryan
Uhr, John
Title Budget talk: rhetorical constraints and contests
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2013-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2013.837426
Open Access Status
Volume 48
Issue 4
Start page 431
End page 444
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the budget surplus debate that occurred during the Gillard minority government (2010-13) to broaden the range of linguistic phenomena that are typically scrutinised in relation to Australian political rhetoric. The budget debate reveals the persistent efforts of both major parties to compete for control of the normative force that derives from using what Skinner calls 'evaluative-descriptive terms'. In this case, 'responsible economic government' was the legitimating principle, yet use of this term became entwined with the issue of trustworthiness. Delivering a budget surplus by 2012-13 was converted from a judgement regarding prudent macro-management into an election promise. Thus, Labor surrendered rhetorical control of a flexible legitimating principle for an immobile test of morality, to its political misfortune.
Keyword Australian politics
Budget politics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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