For the past five and a half years, the Australian Government has been forcing asylum seekers to share accommodation with dangerous people. I know this because we’ve been told by our government. Some of these people who’ll be brought to Australia for treatment are rapists and murderers…
Actually, I think I may be quoting Donald Trump there. Actually, I think Matthias and Scottie and Christopher may be quoting the Trumpster… wonder when we’ll have a bill before Parliament asking for money so we can build a wall.
Anyway, for the past five years, the government has been forcing women and children (and men too, but for some reason they get overlooked when we’re going for the emotive appeal) to live with these dangerous people who are even more dangerous than Tony Mokbel because nobody suggested that he was too dangerous to let doctors treat!
Still, you can’t expect Scott Morrison to be behaving rationally at the moment. Ok, ok, you’d be an optimist if you ever expected anything but a sales pitch from the old “where the bloody hell are you” guy. However, lately there are signs that he’s working on the theory that if he just copies John Howard then the electorate will just copy the 2001 electorate and vote them back in.
While anything’s possible, there’s a number of things that he’s not taking into account:
- 2001 wasn’t just about The Tampa. There was also that attack on the World Trade Center which had people all confused and scared and they wanted a strong man to protect them from the terrorists.
- Kim Beasley capitulated and waved through legislation which he told everyone he didn’t agree with. This gave people the impression that he was weak and Howard was strong. (See point 1 again). Shorten is standing up to Morrison and it’s Scottie who looks like the man out of control, even if he is doing a good shoutie, cross man.
- People bought the “children overboard” lie. While it’s possible that the Liberals may be able to find something to convince a handful of people, most of the electorate is a little bit more cynical about politicians generally now that we’ve have so many Prime Ministers. As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me three times and I’ll be nominated to head of the body regulating the banks.”
- Leaders who become leader after launching a coup against the elected leader don’t have a very good record in the next election. This may be why Momo was at pains to suggest that he just became leader by accident and didn’t really plan it.
- Barnaby Joyce… I don’t need to elaborate, surely.
- Morrison actually needs to win seats to stay in power. In a new parliament, there’s no guarantees of confidence and supply. It’s a whole new ball game and if the Independents held a balance of power in the new one, they’d hardly be convinced to support the current Keystone Cabinet.
- In order to avoid looking out of control, the Coalition have turned their backs on potential legislation about energy prices, the banks, investigations into the disability sector and just about everything they told us was a priority. This is in spite of Scottie’s assurance that he wasn’t afraid of losing a vote… why he lost one the just other day and we only had the longest question time in history because there were a lot of questions!! (See point one again!)
- Every few days, Tony Abbott reminds some people that they actually voted for him once and, while they can forgive themselves for one mistake like that, voting for Morrison may make them wonder if they can actually blame ASIC for believing the banks when they said they were sorry. Remember the earlier comment: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me three times and I’m a One Nation voter.”
- Scott Morrison is not John Howard. Actually, I suspect that know he no longer wears glasses, John Howard isn’t even John Howard these days.
- Sooner or later, some investigative journalist will find out exactly why we’re paying some guys with a non-existent post box as an address on Kangaroo Island millions of dollars for handling security for asylum seekers.
- People will get sick of looking at dead fish. (That’s a reference to the Murray Darling situation and not the Coalition front bench)
- Peter Dutton speaks from time to time.
This is all ignoring the fact that Bill Shorten campaigned well last election, while Scott Morrison is an unknown quantity in an election campaign, the strange fetish the Coalition seems to have for coal, the fact that the Budget will have to admit the economic forecasts were a little too optimistic and the free kick they’ve given Shorten by suggesting that he’ll have billions to spend with his decision to tax those who plan to negative gear and retirees. Ok, it’s not the one percent, but it’s not most of us!
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