It is becoming increasingly apparent that the bullet we thought we dodged in August last year is actually lodged in the spine of the government.
According to Laura Jayes, Scott Morrison is just a front man with the real power residing with “the gang of four” – Peter Dutton, Mathias Cormann, Christian Porter and Josh Frydenberg.
“They are the decision makers around the Cabinet table, their views and judgment hold huge sway. They’re the new praetorian guard.”
Disturbingly, Senator James Paterson told Sky News “We would follow Mathias Cormann into a burning building if he asked us to.”
As history has shown, that sort of unquestioning obedience can be very dangerous.
Nearly all the senior Liberal moderates who might have put a handbrake on the far right have left the parliament – Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, Kelly O’Dwyer, Michael Keenan, George Brandis, with Arthur Sinodinis and Mitch Fifield to depart soon.
Crazy Craig Kelly is a constant presence on Sky and 2GB and will, along with the Mad Monk, address a conservative conference next week.
Also speaking at CPAC will be Amanda Stoker who was given George Brandis’ Senate position. She has been described as “Queensland’s youthful answer to Margaret Thatcher” – like that is a good thing? Perhaps they didn’t see the street parties in England when Thatcher died.
Jim Molan is insisting he deserves to fill the upcoming Senate vacancy because he is “The man who stopped the boats” and “The man who led Coalition forces to success in Iraq.” I shudder to think what Jim’s idea of failure is.
Angus Taylor is still viewed as a rising star, seemingly impervious to the growing number of revelations of how the Taylor dynasty has used their influence to benefit themselves and their business partners.
Fellow Pentacostal, Stuart Robert, has also risen from the ashes of multiple scandals.
At last year’s Liberal Party annual conference, they endorsed the Young Liberals’ platform to move our embassy to Jerusalem and to sell off the ABC. They also dumped the moderate and experienced Trish Worth and installed far-right conservative Teena McQueen as vice president.
There will be no social reform under this government – no Voice for Indigenous people, no help for the unemployed, no fair distribution of the wealth earned from 28 years of economic growth, no action on cutting emissions.
They are paralysed by the bullet lodged in their spine.
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