Abbott is being a little childish with this pairing arrangement negotiation, and I can't see how it is going to do the Australian public or the Coalition any good. His popularity will go downhill quickly if he keeps this up. Gillard has already signalled how she is going to 'govern'. 'There will be no carbon tax while I lead the government' was a straight and unambiguous statement to try and garner some more votes the day before the election. A few days after the government was formed and it is now clear there is a straight backflip on this to suit her new political alliance. The clear signal for me here is (whether you believe in a carbon tax or not) that she will govern for her own political interests, and not what she truly believes is in the best national interest. I also note that Labor has now reversed their objection to a bill concerning protection of journalist sources. Bill was being put forth by Wilkie and Xenophon, and had the backing of the Coalition (meaning it would likely be passed). Labor has backflipped on their original stance just so that the Coalition doesn't get a one over them in the house of reps. So that is one opposition backflip to two government backflips. The opposition backflip concerns the working of the government, while the two government backflips concern two possible bills, one of which could be the biggest new tax since the introduction of the GST.