No two leaders have done more to enhance the legacy of its opposition than the current Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull and his predecessor Tony Abbott. With the capitulation on Labor’s NDIS and Education they, in effect, have admitted that Labor had been right all along. Now the new Coalition policies might be seen as ‘Labor Lite’ but they are nonetheless embryonic of Labor ideas.
Labor might be a little upset by the blatant theft, and rightly so, but they should accept them and argue that they are underfunded and move on.
On Friday the Coalition will again, well sort of, capitulate on the issue of climate change. It is tipped that the Chief Scientist will offer a couple of options for the Government to consider and if they go for a low emissions target, Bill Shorten might support it. Politics being the art of compromise.
Politics being what it is Turnbull cannot enlist a price on carbon even if recommended by the Chief Scientist. It would cost him his job.
Opposition Shadow Minister Mark Butler, this morning said: ”If we’re going to junk a policy that we took to the election, then we’ll want to be confident this is something that will stand the test of time.”
I think the public has come to the realisation that a price on carbon was the best policy in the first place. This Coalition has a de facto way of saying it without owning up to it.
There are also advantages for Labor. One, it would end the war on climate. Two, it would offer stability to the energy sector, which is what that sector wants. And it would mean no scare campaign on power prices.
It is here that the subtly comes in. So subtle that people may not have even noticed that the Government has reverted to its age-old practice of scaring people about national security.
Turning on the TV Tuesday afternoon, I saw that Turnbull was commenting on the events in Melbourne. I found his manner and his body language a little over the top. His voice was charged with the sort of false agitation that is so easily recognisable:
”How was this man on parole?” he demanded to know. His anger over acted.
”He had a long record of violence. A very long record of violence. He had been charged with a terrorist offence some years ago and had been acquitted. He was known to have connections, at least in the past, with violent extremism. But he was a known violent offender. How was he on parole?”
He has since then been demanding that the states do something about it. Particularly the Victorian Premier.
So with the Prime Minister pilfering much of Labor’s policies no matter how lite-weight he coverts then to, he will now switch back to the tried and trusted Islam and refugee bashing with terrorism the main focus lessening education, health and climate change, thus reducing their importance in the process.
This subtle political change could easily end up more significant, more important, than anything the budget served up, both in substance and politics. Which leads me into the media’s role in all this.
Do people ever stop to think how manipulated we have become? Everything the media does, displays or says is for its own self-interest, not ours. It does so because it gives it influence, power and control. It certainly doesn’t nurture the ideals of truth, justice and the common good.
It never considers that reporting truth alone might give it all the influence it needs. Finding the truth and reporting it should be more important than creating a narrative where controversy matters more.
To borrow from Kaye Lee’s comment on my post yesterday:
”Tony Abbott’s tacit endorsement of ”Islamophobia” this week has annoyed security officials who believe such comments only make it harder to thwart domestic terrorist attacks.
Security sources have told Australian Financial Review that as a former prime minister, Mr Abbott “should know better” and not add to the inflammatory rhetoric against Muslim communities.
For several years, security authorities have been keen for elected officials to desist from generalising about Muslims because it is the Muslim communities that often provide the intelligence to thwart attacks and they are also the frontline in deradicalisation programs.”
That won’t stop the nutters on the right, though.
There is one thing to be thankful for. That is that Turnbull doesn’t do the demonizing with the same venom as Abbott. He doesn’t look authentic. And perhaps the public is just sick of it anyway.
My thought for the day:
“If a newspaper article is written in a manner to suggest objectivity but subjective words are scattered throughout it together with carefully phrased unsupported statements then dismiss the article as having no cogency.”
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