I am not sure how many of the Australian population approve of Scott Morrison as PM, or on what basis that approval might rest.
Everything I have read about the way in which he has assumed his present position leaves me absolutely certain that he is totally misplaced.
I make a point of subscribing to a variety of independent news outlets, and one of these – Crikey – is, I believe, one of the best in terms of its extensive research and balance.
The outlet criticises government – not because of which is the current party in power, but in terms of their capacity to govern fairly.
While it is, sadly, true that most politicians lie, IMHO, Scott Morrison wins the prize for the most blatant performance.
As a woman, born and educated in the UK, but an Australian resident for over 50 years, and a citizen for 46 of those years, I have seen Australia going backwards during the times that the Coalition has maintained power.
I did not take much notice in my early years here of what was going on in Canberra, but Gough Whitlam’s vision for equality was as inspiring as his attempts to develop it were clumsy. His overthrow was not a total disaster, given that Fraser was a small ‘l’ liberal.
AND – we still have a national health service which sets a standard for all other developed nations!
Free education has been replaced by systems which benefit private school students to an unreasonable extent.
Equality is not part of the Coalition vision.
In fact the reverse is definitely seen as more desirable.
But when it comes to sexual equality, the difference between the major parties is stark!
To have ministerial officers behaving like dirty little boys, sniggering over their sexual prowess, is, I find, absolutely disgusting.
I am well aware that TV and social media have resulted in a general lowering of the threshold for what is acceptable, but, even so, what is now seen as acceptable is often absolutely disgusting.
As is the behaviour of the PM.
In my early years here, a Minister in Hawke’s government stepped down while he was being investigated for failing to declare that he had imported a Paddington Bear.
Now, the death of an alleged rape victim has shown the person whom she accused of being the rapist being supported to the hilt by the PM.
No chance of an inquiry – which, one might think, might actually be advantageous for this person. So why refuse to let it happen?
Morrison tells so many lies that I fear for the reputation of Australia in other nations with more robust standards.
As long as we have a Prime Minister whose own standards are so unacceptable, I shall feel no pride in being Australian.
And a great lack in our Constitution is our inability to force the resignation of a PM who commands little, if any, respect from a majority of voters.
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