Monday 23 January 2017
1 How time flies. Thursday 26th is Australia Day. A day conspicuous for the arguments it raises as to whether it’s the best day to celebrate it or as some Indigenous folk would say it’s “invasion day”. It’s also the day we celebrate the selection of the Australian of the Year. A person of great accomplishment in one way or another.
It is also unofficially the day that the political gloves are taken off and the combatants get down to business. Yes, time does fly. On this day last year I wrote:
“Leading your Party in Opposition must surely be a job you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. It’s a thankless, powerless, task that has few positives but comes with enormous expectations from those who follow you.
The media focus is on the incumbent and often a 10 second grab on the nightly news is about all one can expect. Often you are damned if you support something with bi-partisan intent or damned if you don’t.
Your followers have a ‘Why doesn’t he stick it up em’ mentality that is laced with an unrealistic desire to win every argument along the way.”
Having said that, the Opposition Leader this year does have a lot of ammunition to fire at the Prime Minister. I don’t intend to get into the ongoing debate as to if Bill Shorten is the right man to lead the Labor Party.
What I do know is that both sides had better take the Trump factor seriously. The frustration with Australian politics is at breaking point and it will only take something even miniscule to tip the Australian politic on its laconic head. It’s a trust crisis that is causing systemic community breakdown. According to the 2017 Trust Barometer by Edelman, Australia is experiencing a steady year to year meltdown in the trust of politicians. Only 37% of our voters trust the Government. Only 32% trust the media. I expect the likes of Bolt and his cohorts of the same ilk are responsible for that.
The left can do much to lift the country out of the malaise it’s in. It could make a series of commitment’s that would lead to a more inclusive people’s democracy. There is no shortage of ideas on how this could be accomplished.
The right have governed so poorly that it is solely concentrated on repairing things it has stuffed up. Just look at the mess they made over the Christmas New Year period. So much so that it has no policy agenda for the year. The Coalition reeks with internal dissent just waiting for Bernardi or others to break ranks and blow it apart. Its leader is beholding to extremists.
Its policies on climate, the NBN, NDIS, the economy, marriage equality, Offshore detention, expenses, Centrelink, pensions, and a multitude of others are in a complete shambles and now they are talking about raising the Medicare levy that will bring in an extra $4 billion a year. The question is will they spend it on health.
How time flies. The budget is due in 4 months and the Government hasn’t yet had its so-called Zombie bills from 2014 passed by the Senate. Surely they cannot just leave $13 billion in the budget and pretend it’s real.
The fact is that Turnbull can only ever govern to retain power and a Government that does that isn’t worth voting for.
2 For Turnbull, the value of having a moderate, popular and charismatic leader in Mike Baird in NSW, Australia’s most populous, state was immeasurable.
3 The grubby James Ashby whispered in the ear of the famous redhead and she turned a human tragedy into an argument against those of another race. In itself another tragedy. She is now known as the Government tea lady. Given her propensity to vote for all things conservative the title fits well. She has not yet apologised
4 On top of that another grubby individual David Leyonjelm made a totality inappropriate remark on the same subject. Both he and Hansen are unworthy of being taken seriously about anything.
Well its free speech and it does show people up for what they represent. This is what he said about the Bourke street disaster where 5 people were killed be a deranged driver.
“Probably one of those semi-automatic assault cars.”
5 ”More than a million women march and protest against Donald Trump”
600 Marches in 57 countries screamed the headline on the Huffington Post web page. The many videos from around the world were truly astonishing. The crowd in Washington alone was arguably larger than at Trump’s inauguration the previous day. Women of the world made their point.
New Press Secretary Sean Spicer disagreed with comparisons with the Obama and Trump inauguration crowds, stating that the Trump’s inauguration was the largest crowd ever witnessed. Which of course is probably the first of many whoppers he will tell in the next four years.
President Trump also lambasted the media:
“Now, that’s not bad. But it’s a lie,” he said about his crowd. He falsely claimed there were people stretching from the steps of the Capitol, where he spoke, along 20 blocks back to the Washington Monument.
“So we caught them and we caught them in a beauty and I think they’re going to pay a big price,” said Trump.
Now any fair-minded person comparing pictures of both would have to say that the President was also lying. Now in the totality of things crown sizes may not be all that important but when Presidents lie we are duty bound to call them out.
This is likely to occur daily over the next four years. If you differ you are a liar in Trump’s mind.
My thought for the day.
“Those who say that everything happens for a reason have a lot of explaining to do.”