Sunday 3 July 2016
I said yesterday that I believed that scandal after political scandal had at last woken us from our apathy.
That we were angry and we were ready to take it out on some one. I said people were disgusted with Turnbull’s caving into the ratbags on the right of his party. That his hypocritical leadership on gay marriage, the NBN and the environment must play on the minds of the voters as must the appalling performance of his government.
I went on to say that ongoing banking scandals, political donations and ministerial deceit surely will not escape the public’s attention. So too his repetitive cave-ins on tax reform. The fact that they are split on so many issues must also come into play.
I concluded that voters were primed to take to someone with weapons of mass destruction. It might as well be the government. So don’t be surprised.
It’s not a boast but I had read the mood of the Australian people perfectly.
Although the result will not be known for some time yet one thing is absolutely certain. As a nation Australia lost. As things stand and if the election night final figures stand up then we would probably have a hung parliament. The likely outcome however, is that the Coalition will win one or two of these seats and form government.
Australia lost. The government will have a leader without a mandate to do anything. His policies will have been, as will his leadership, comprehensively rejected. The public saw through his hypocrisy and told him so.
With the probable make up of the senate his life will be made unbearable, or should I say ungovernable.
He will even lose the ABCC Double Dissolution on which he called the election. The right-wing conservative media led by Andrew Bolt are calling for his head. Cory Bernardi’s voice is getting louder.
Australia has lost three years of governance and now we are about to lose another three. Rather than governance we will have a divided party with rampant right-wing nutters fighting moderates for control of the party and a leader willing to compromise with anyone to keep his job
Australia lost. The good governance we so need will elude us in the fight for ideological supremacy within the Coalition. The Nationals intent dislike and mistrust of Turnbull will come to the fore and make his life even more miserable. His polices, or lack thereof will continue and his innovation talk be shattered. He may not even last until Christmas.
The public have said that health, education, a decent NBN and inequality among other things do matter. That economics has to be married to the broader social political agenda.
I was right when I said:
“We are angry and we want to take it out on some one. How dare they treat us like this? F*ck the polls. We don’t give a shit about the rights and wrongs, we just want to be treated with some respect.”
People don’t care who the voice is they just want someone to speak for them be it Hinch, Hanson or whoever. Australia lost. We are now likely to have a more bizarre bunch of Senate cross benches than the previous weird lot. If that’s possible. They will now need even more cross bench Senators to get legislation passed.
For some time I have been saying that in the absence of charisma Bill Shorten could only win with sound well thought out policies. He hasn’t won but he put in a remarkable effort. I was right again. It must be said that he performed admirably and one would have to conclude that his job is safer than Turnbull’s.
A word on the so-called “Mediscare”. Scare campaigns are usually based on an absence of substantive truth. In this case there was constructive evidence that they were fiddling with the policy to the point where there was a clear assumption where it might end up completely different to the Medibank people knew and understood. That is not a scare campaign but rather informing people of something that might happen based on the evidence of past actions.
In his election night speech Turnbull displayed all the characteristics of a sore loser blaming everyone else but himself. He spent more time talking about his opponent than himself. He showed no grace and never came near to the leader the public had once thought he was.
Australia lost. In summary we have a situation where we will go through a period of uncertainty. The Coalition will most likely win. There are gathering storms ahead both internally and externally. We will have a lame duck leader, leading a lame duck government being told what the can and can’t do by a lame duck Senate.
Australia lost. It was as I predicted a protest vote that will bring about instability. Our adversarial political system will continue with the government spending more time on the retention of power than governing for the common good.
“It is the misinformed who shout the loudest. The rest of us are content with the truth we enquired about”.
Of course Shorten could govern in his own right if by some miracle he won all the remaining 19 seats but I’m not prepared to go that far.
My thought for the day.
A message for Malcolm. Australia lost.
“Power is a malevolent possession when you are prepared to forgo your principles and your country’s wellbeing for the sake of it”.
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