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Day to Day Politics: How will a Turnbull win change politics?

Thursday 16 June 2016

1 Assuming that Malcolm Turnbull and his party of extreme right conservatives win the upcoming election, how will it change our politics, if at all?

The polls indicate a close election with the Coalition expected to win with a greatly reduced margin. The Australian people will have rewarded an incompetent government with another three-year term and like the last term, three months later we will in a moment of retrospection wonder why they did.

Rather than Turnbull being remunerated with the leadership authority he craves he will still find himself captive to the nutters within his party, the homophobes and climate denialists who see society as a serfdom, a master servant one in which inequality rewards the rich for their enterprise.

Their neo-conservative voices will rise to a scream in the party room and Turnbull will have to give into the voices of self-serving religious fanatics.

The polls will begin to reflect the lack of authority Turnbull will have in his party room and the media will continue to ask why Abbott was disposed of in the first place, then the media will begin to speculate about a comeback for the previous incumbent.

Any hope that the small ‘L’ elements might find a voice will have been eliminated and those who had longed for the leadership they perceived Turnbull would bring, will be greatly disillusioned.

Progress will be a word that once walked the centre between liberalism and conservatism but will no longer tread the path.

Despite a new voting system for the Senate engineered to make it more manageable it seems inevitable that it will be just as unwieldy as the last.

In essence a close Coalition return will be a miserable result for its leader, his party and the country.

After six years in opposition in which it developed no policies in the belief that just being in power would resolve the countries problems and another three with the same self-indulgence, nothing will have changed.

The monetary plan they said they had, the one that appeared overnight after three budgets and nobody understood – well except that it would make the rich richer – will be implemented and people will wonder why the cost of living gets worse. We will still be wondering what they did in their first term and be bewildered or confused by what they said they would do in their second.

All in all the people of Australia will have once again shown poor judgement. It won’t be entirely their own fault because the purpose of propaganda is to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetrated on you.

The students of the body politic will not at all be surprised at our further decent into Fascism.

And on election night when the result is known, if indeed it is, you can be assured that the Prime Minister will say those immortal words; “I will govern for all Australians”.


2 We live in a time where we are sanitised against the revelation of horror. We yawn and say “only in America” when yet another mass killing occurs. We are seemingly controlled by nefarious folk who place the importance of being able to purchase and carry weapons of war to defend themselves over and above the lives of children and minority groups realising their right to the expression of life’s bestowing.

But now and then something happens that stirs our indignation. A wave of emotion momentarily touches us, a personal sadness, fear, even defiance. Then we steel ourselves for the next inevitable act of terror.

It is within our power to act but the hearts and minds of men and women are controlled by people who are themselves insane.

The sanity of the leaders of the National Rifleman Association who insist that the insane be allowed to purchase assault weapons is highly questionable.

How stupid are they that they would supply for a few dollars weapons of war to terrorists in order to murder their own people? Those who would allow it are as guilty as the perpetrator himself.

An observation.

The knowledge that the one and only life we are living is but short should make it all the more precious”.

3 This week’s Essential Poll has Labor leading 52/49.

4 From an unknown Facebook source. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the figures but they seem real enough.

“In 1971 the average adult wage was $48pw. The dole was $7pw. When Whitlam got in he increased it to $21pw and the average wage was $52pw. When Fraser got in there were 3 increases over the 6 years of $3pw bringing the dole to $33pw (Whitlam had added another $4 during his term). Hawke and Keating tied increases to CPI. This brought the dole up to $111pw by 1996. During Howard’s era every request for an increase was fought bitterly until 2006 when they granted a $23 pw increase which brought the dole up to $139pw -an increase of $28 over the entire 10 years. Labor from 2007 to 2013 pushed it up to $231pw. Why am I writing this? To show those on low incomes and welfare get bugger all from the conservatives. I could also talk about the pensions because they suffer the same fate”.

My thought for the day.

“The pedlars of verbal violence and dishonesty are the most vigorous defenders of free speech because it gives their vitriolic nonsense legitimacy. With the use of free speech, the bigots and hate-mongers seek to influence those in the community who are susceptible or like-minded”.


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  1. Pappinbarra Fox

    How many light bulbs does it take to change a politician?

    It is a trick question. Politicians don’t change. Just hide their spots temporarily no matter how much light is shining on them!

  2. Freethinker

    “I will govern for all Australians” and the second thing they will say that they have a clear mandate to implement all their policies.
    If Malcolm have guts he can do a 180 turn and try to introduce the ideas that he previous supported.
    If he get removed, the coalition will be wiped out of our political environment for many years to come.
    Unfortunately I just dream………….

  3. Terry2

    We are about to see a roll-out of Liberal attack ads against Labor (and the Greens) : the irony is that we will be paying for a large part of these ads courtesy Parakeelia.

    Does it get worse than this ?

  4. cornlegend

    Maybe time for a day to day Politics of LNPers behaving badly
    Unsurprisingly all the politicians and candidates caught behaving badly by the mainstream media are either members of the Liberal Party of Australia, the Liberal National Party or the Country Liberals….

    Liberal candidate resigns over Frankston brothel ownership

    “Mr Hsu has resigned, with immediate effect, as an endorsed candidate of the Liberal Party and has resigned as a member of the party,” the statement said.

    “Given the AEC’s nomination deadlines the Liberal Party will not be running an endorsed candidate in the division of Calwell.”

    The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2016

    The Northern Territory’s chief minister was “horrified” to learn his sports minister had sent sexually explicit videos to a female constituent.

    Nathan Barrett resigned from the Country Liberals cabinet on Saturday after admitting he sent two videos of himself masturbating to a woman, which she told News Corp Australia were unsolicited., 11 June 2016:

    Senior Turnbull confidantes Senator James McGrath and principal private secretary Sally Cray asked, respectively, who paid for the activist’s unemployment benefits and how she would fund hospitals when challenged on the Adani coal mine and healthcare cuts.
    “Who pays for your dole?” Senator McGrath fired at the protester, who had not mentioned her employment situation, when she mentioned tax breaks for coal mines.

    “What sort of ridiculous question is that? How do you know where I’m from? How rude are you? I’m not on the dole, mate,” she responded.

    The Australian, 11 June 2016:

    Tasmania’s Mining Minister, Adam Brooks, has been stood aside over a perceived conflict of interest related to his ongoing use of a former company email address.

    Mr Brooks has continued to use his company email despite being required to begin divestment of his mining industry business interests since becoming a minister.

    The Australian, 11 June 2016:

    FRESH from being dumped by the Australian Defence Force, Canning MP Andrew Hastie has been exposed breaching parliamentary rules by failing to declare an $870,000 house he bought in March.

    Perth Now, 12 June 2016

    Jermyn – the candidate who made headlines on May 28 when his attempt to ambush Bill Shorten at a campaign event backfired spectacularly – was at the helm of the project as CEO of Mooter partner company Hot Shot Media…….
    But then something went horribly wrong. Shutterbug Millionaire missed its launch date and Mooter went quiet until January 2013, when the company suddenly announced a trading halt. A few days later it went into voluntary administration.

    The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 2016:

  5. Kronomex

    The only change I can see is that they will roll Turnbull within twelve months and install Morrison or bring back (not unsurprisingly) Rasputin Abbott.

  6. Kaye Lee


    James McGrath is the guy who paid for dirt files on Labor MPs including their drinking habits, sexual proclivities, health issues like epilepsy, and where their kids went to school. He is a very sleazy character.

    Ooh Ah James McGrath

  7. helvityni

    “Any hope that the small ‘L’ elements might find a voice will have been eliminated and those who had longed for the leadership they perceived Turnbull would bring, will be greatly disillusioned.”

    I did not know that there were any small ‘L’ elements on the Coalition side, those elements disappeared during Abbott regime. Many are already disillusioned with Turnbull, and the possibility of Morrison arising is unthinkable to say the least.

    I cry for you, Australia.

  8. Kaye Lee

    From James McGrath’s maiden speech…..

    “The ‘Hundred Years War against Tyranny’ continues today on three fronts: first of all Islamist fundamentalism intent on caliphates destroying Western civilisation, especially religious freedom; secondly, democratic governments restricting freedom of speech and association, betraying hundreds of years of liberty; and, finally, leftists delegitimising all views other than their own, especially in media and education.

    Whether I serve here for 16 days or 16 years, I shall always judge myself on how I have battled against tyranny and fought for the axis of enlightenment—that is, liberty of the individual, a free market, small government and low taxes. I will let others badge and brand and box me, as, in my great broad church that is the Liberal Party, my pew is a moveable feast. I have campaigned against dictator-loving Islamist fundamentalists in the Maldives; Sinn Fein- and PLO-supporting Labour candidates in London; and godless rebranded communists in Mongolia—not to mention the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party!

    My life has not been about the pursuit or gain of power but to confiscate power back from government to free people.

    From the dockyards of Kronstat to the editorial desk of The Age, the Left always want to control and brutalise. By restricting freedom of speech, they are building Australian gulags for words and thoughts.

    I want to support the ABC. I like the ABC. Yet while it continues to represent only inner-city leftist views, and funded by our taxes, it is in danger of losing its social licence to operate. I am calling for a review of the ABC’s charter. And if they fail to make inroads to restore balance, then the ABC should be sold and replaced by a regional and rural broadcasting service. In the meantime, Triple J, because of its demographic dominance and clear ability to stand on its own, should be immediately sold.”

  9. Jaquix

    My guess is that Abbott will indeed get a Ministry (assuming the Libs get in) and that he has already been offered one, in exchange for him keeping quiet during the election campaign. Textor would have put the fear of God into him – and made sure he gets this offer – because Textor would know that Toxic Tony was a huge liability to the party. A talking to from Malcolm hasnt made any difference, so I believe Textor/strategists have made sure he is neutralised for the duration of the campaign. He has been noticeably and suspiciously absent from the media for the last few weeks, and there must be a compelling reason for that.

  10. Matters Not

    The idea that Abbott will return to the Ministry should be publicised here, there and everywhere. He’s electoral poison and rumours of his impending return ought to be spread far and wide.

    Nevertheless, if Turnbull is seriously considering the return of Abbott, then it’s evidence his own position is truly precarious. Why would he want someone in his Ministry who is desperate for his job? Why give Abbott a leg-up? If he does, then it’s Malcolm that desperate.

  11. diannaart


    I believe your point regarding Abbott is frighteningly possible. He has been remarkably quiet throughout – somehow he has been persuaded to keep his head down, knowing Abbott he would have to be rewarded…

  12. Kaye Lee

    Former Australian Army officer James Brown, writing in the latest Quarterly Essay, described Mr Abbott’s handling of defence as “the clearest case in recent times of a prime minister struggling to grasp the limits of Australian military power”.

    “This concentration of war powers in the hands of the prime minister, when combined with the institutional shortcomings, creates potential problems in decision-making that could cost lives. There are very few checks and balances,” he said.

    Mr Brown used the Abbott example as part of a ruthless dissection of the superficial way Australia’s political system and public debates deal with war.

    He said Mr Abbott wanted to use the Australian Defence Force to make Australia a muscular middle power but concluded his approach was “problematic – chaotic even” and could have “exposed Australian troops to substantial danger in pursuit of lofty objectives misaligned with national interests”.

    Disclaimer: James Brown is Turnbull’s son-in-law

  13. Carol Taylor

    So true John about the use of propaganda to make us feel relaxed and comfortable..or ashamed that ‘the average householder’ with his/her negatively geared multiple investment properties, kiddies in the so-called ‘best’ schools and enough left over to sock extra into one’s already bulging superannuation account..doesn’t in any way resemble oneself or one’s family. Hence the reason for Morrison and Turnbull repeatedly using numbers called ‘the average householder’ while knowing that the numbers refer to only the top 20%.

    Jaquix, I would say that this is correct – it’s quite odd how Abbott suddenly shut up. Poor sad lonely figure Tony handing out all on his little lonesome was meant to evoke reminders as to how shabbily he had been treated. Then Credlin as well as The Australian went into bat. Then Tony made some announcements – then he left. Yes, something in it for him – a front bench position with a future challenge is what he has in mind.

  14. Hotspringer

    “Despite a new voting system for the Senate engineered to make it more manageable it seems inevitable that it will be just as unwieldy as the last.” I hope and pray that the new voting system, enabling the voter rather than some party preference whisperers to direct preferences, will make Senate more independent and determined to stop bad policies.

  15. stephentardrew

    Beautifully written John. Thank you.

  16. cornlegend

    How will a Turnbull win change politics?
    Look ahead to 2019

    Easy, Australia will be indistinguishable from the USA other than they will have Obamacare, and things will be so firmly entrenched Labor if elected then would have buckleys chance of reversing things
    2013-2016 was a warm up, LNP win ratchet it up, adopt IPAs 75 agenda points and the working class and those in need will be stuffed
    The shit that nightmares are made of !!!!!

  17. win jeavons

    Isn’t parakeelia another name for pigface?

  18. diannaart


    I thought ‘parakeelia’ was a type of avian flu – but ‘pigface’ works.

  19. eddietla

    “he will still find himself captive to the nutters within his party, the homophobes and climate denialists”

    Exactly.They will also stabTurnbull in the back,and make Abbott PM

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