Thursday 30 June 2016
1 As we reach the nitty-gritty end of a long and arduous election campaign it is time to reflect on what has been said, what has been offered and what has not.
Turnbull decided that in an 8 week passionless campaign he would be a small target with no policies (two in a row now) and a determination to focus his whole attention on blaming Labor for everything. It was a ‘don’t do anything that we can be criticised for‘ campaign that never once gave way to a narrative of how the Prime Minister pictured Australia in the future.
He said that Australia needed the stability his government had so ably demonstrated of its tenure. He was the only one who recognised it.
He said that Australia needed the ongoing successful economic management that the Coalition was able to exhibit, and we needed it for another three years.
Much to the disappointment of many said that there was absolutely nothing untoward about Tony Abbott’s policies. It was just his style of leadership that needed to be replaced.
The Coalition in opposition had for some time said that the budget was out of hand, a disaster waiting to happen. It was in crisis and required urgent attention before a catastrophic event of calamitous proportion took place.
When Labor left office the budget had a $30 billion dollar deficit. It is now in deficit to the tune of $48 billion yet they say they are the better economic managers.
It says it is performing miracles on the job front. When Labor left office unemployment was 5.8%. Now it is 6.2% and getting worse. Full time jobs are becoming a thing of the past.12% of young people cannot get a job unless it is part-time.
Growth was 2.5 % under Labor and 2% under the Coalition, and their growth forecasts are highly optimistic according to Treasury. Throw in the fact that the dollar has slipped from 92 cents to 70 and you don’t have to be Einstein to figure out that their claim to be good economic managers is a lot of baloney.
Other than sprinkling dollars like confetti on a daily basis in tight electorates the Coalition has offered nothing on social policy other than a plan for jobs and growth that they say is working.
The plan is centered on tax cuts for the rich, paid for from the taxes of the ‘un-rich’ and later returned via the Margaret Thatcher theory of drip down economics.
When you look at the facts I have presented you could only conclude that they are rotten economic managers without a clue as to what they are doing.
When things of this nature were put to him by Leigh Sales on Tuesday night he more or less, despite her saying that she was “only quoting the facts”, told her she didn’t know what she was talking about. The truth is that he doesn’t have a clue as to whether he will have the $50 billion for tax cuts because he doesn’t know what the growth rate will be.
How on earth could you vote for morons like this?
2 The marriage equality plebiscite continues to fester inside the government with two Ministers openly declaring that they cannot say how they will vote. Others may abstain.
Conservatives of course want a plebiscite for two reasons. Firstly to delay in order to propagate more Far Right Evangelical Christian propaganda and secondly to gain access to half of the $150 million to support their cause.
It seems obscenely immoral to me to be spending that amount of money on something that surveys and polls have for a number of years shown overwhelming support for a ‘yes’ vote.
If politicians are not there to carry out or reflect the will of the people, what are they there for?
Having spent a major part of my life in the church environment I am fully conversant with the Biblical argument on this and other issues of social justice. They helped form my rejection of regressive religion.
Having said that, many surveys suggest that people of faith in main stream churches are in favour of marriage equality.
We should not underestimate just how influential Abbott, Andrews, Bernardi and others are in the Coalition parties.
As late as Tuesday it now seems that the plebiscite will be modelled on a referendum vote. Meaning that it will be compulsory. Turnbull even suggested that regardless of the outcome members would still have a free vote.
The whole thing is being set up for defeat. Turnbull knows it but is captive to the right.
It must be one of the worst examples of policy leadership in Australian political history.
Warren Entsch said: “It makes you wonder why we would spend millions of dollars on a plebiscite if you’re not going to respect the result. I find it rather bizarre.”
The $150 million would be better back in the program against domestic violence where it will probably came from.
My thought for the day.
“People often argue from within the limitations of their understanding and when their factual evidence is scant, they revert to an expression of their feelings”.
And one for our Prime Minister.
“We all have to make important decisions in our lives. None more important than the rejection of those things that tempt us into being somebody we are not”.