11. Apr, 2022

Morrison's Easter Rabbit

 To mark the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred period in the Christian calendar, Australian Prime Minister Morrison called a Federal election for 21 May.

 As though this wasn’t depressing enough for those of us that had our mind on higher things, the headlines of Queensland’s Sunday Mail blared: “Race that Defines a Nation” rubbing it in that the triennial electoral cycle of nonsense had commenced. Confirming this, pages four and five contained editorial puff pieces by the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister under the respective headings: We can be a nation that builds and You know what we stand for.  

 What utter tosh!

 The leader of the Labor-Green Axis has gone the complete Biden in his non-articulation of policy or specific ideas. Moreover his political movement has proved itself either diametrically opposed to, or totally incompetent at effecting commercial progress, economic development, mineral mining and sound infrastructure development.

 The current Labor-Green Axis is not my choice of government – however I respect their commitment to their principles. They wish to totally re-engineer Australian society. I have greater respect generally for leaders of the Labor Party. They have a broader vision of what society could be like. Unfortunately I find most of their offerings in this regard quite abhorrent. But I really do know what to expect with such a government under their watch.

 By contrast, the Prime Minister’s blatant lie is as insulting as it is manifestly obvious. We certainly do not know what he stands for! In three years he has proved himself as evasive, slippery and treacherous as King John in his dealings with his nobles over the question of the Magna Carta.

 This Prime Minister has, for three years, played fast and loose with every principle and policy he articulated at the last election. He has demonstrated he is a straw man without any political conviction and will blow wherever the wind takes him. Over the Covid crisis he provided no strength of Prime Ministerial leadership, letting the states ride rough-shod over him. A National Cabinet for heaven’s sake! He was the Prime Minister. Period. His word should have been enough. Period. He should have led and directed. Period. Who can forget his cringing comments on 6PR radio in Perth supporting McGowan’s lockdown only days after he had publicly railed about it!

 He is a straw man and, like a man clutching at straws, he imposed upon us a new defence treaty, the full ramifications of which we know little about – probably because none of the signatories really appreciate what it’s about, being policy made on the run by all parties.

 On the question of defence, let us not forget the Prime Minister’s craven withdrawal from Afghanistan. Let us not forget how quick he was to condemn the Special Forces soldiers before they’d even had a trial! Let us not forget how he sent troops and police to the Solomon Islands to shut down the rioters who were rioting against Chinse influence in their islands!  And now we are involving ourselves in a perceived popular bandwagon by sending our expensive military assets to yet another war which is none of our business. As for the saga of the submarines…

 The Liberal-National Axis comprise a species of political humanity I detest. From years of experience dealing with them I know they stand for nothing, they understand nothing except the bottom line and they see the world through the prism of the next election.

 They, of which this Prime Minister is a prime example, constantly pander to the woke and progressive side of politics; time and time again they fritter away heaven sent opportunities to seriously push back; they reward their enemies and ignore their friends; they have no inclination or stomach to engage in the culture wars; they stand in abject cowardice before the education and university establishments; their much vaunted expertise in economic management is no more than sensible book-keeping and reducing costs, and they have no taste whatsoever for major long-term defence and infrastructure planning – one of the key foundations for Australian federation in the first place.

 The electoral choice facing Australians in forty days’ time is extremely dismal: a government of political chancers who have proved over their past three terms that they are unfit to govern, or a government of radical progressives who will endeavour to turn this country into a socially nihilistic state sans freedom of thought and expression fit for the likes of crazies such as Nancy Pelosi.

 I caution however that although the former – the devil you know - might sound the more tempting option of the two, a vote for the Liberal-National Axis is essentially a vote for the other side inasmuch that their continuation to pander to progressivism in truth represents a death by a thousand cuts.

 Neither of the two major parties can in any sense be called democratic or truly representative of their electorates. The electoral wheeling and dealing; the so-called ‘captains picks’; the candidate parachuting into electorates and so forth of the past few months amply demonstrates that the parties care not a tinker’s tuppence about the individual electorates. They want high profile candidates to garner votes no matter his or her political convictions.

Sadly, we will never be able to reconstitute our failed system of representative democracy as it stands. It requires a root and branch overhaul. But we can apply some badly needed first-aid. In doing so we have to accept that both major political groupings are badly soiled. Having thus done, it behoves us to apply serious contemplation on the individual candidates on offer in our electorates.

Have they really represented you and your values during their term in parliament? What about the party they belong to? Has that party really lived up to your expectations? If you answer these questions critically and honestly you might surprise yourself.

 Then, quite obviously, we should turn our attentions to alternatives. Forget the imprecations of the major parties telling you not to ‘waste or throwaway your vote’ and so forth and so on. They have a necessarily vested interest in you following the party ‘How to Vote’ card. Have a look at the alternative candidates. Do their values align more with yours? What about alternative parties you might not have considered before – do their policies resonate better with you than the same old same old?   

 In the spirit of Holy Week it is my view that we badly need some restoration of spiritual values in the Federal Parliament: we badly need representatives that are able to discern the difference between right and wrong, representatives who have the strength of conscience, will and intellect to stand up to the majority and tell the Emperor that he isn’t wearing any clothes.

 If you share my general disgust with all politicians and all their doings, I urge you to exercise your considered choice in this election. I know we have a crock of inconsequence to choose from, but as each election cycle spews out less attractive candidates than the previous one, the very least we can do is to make a concerted endeavour to leaven the moral fibre of those who seek to govern us.


Latest comments

08.11 | 06:21

The Australian community is in for a world of long overdue pain. It is wholly its own fault for which I have nil sympathy.

08.11 | 06:15

Thanks indeed for the comment. I do agree that we badly need to 'clean out the swamp'. Trump certainly stirred those fetid waters.

08.11 | 05:22

I agree with the general thrust of your comments but the Australian community believes the governments can deliver without pain and there will be a lot of pain up ahead.

07.11 | 11:17

Nice job on the essay John, but regardless of his positions, Dutton is too much a cretin of the past, he also looks like the walking dead. We don't need more career politicians, we need a Trump.

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