Scott Morrison has instructed Coalition MPs that they are not to talk about anything that they did not take to the election. No-one is to have an opinion about anything or to make any suggestions. As Ken Wyatt quickly learned, even opening up a discussion will not be tolerated.
They are not to say anything unless they have something to announce.
Since the only thing they took to the election, tax cuts, has passed, they have had to go to Peter Dutton to fill the breach with confected problems. Toss in the usual union-bashing, and yet more drought stuff to keep the Nats happy, and that seems to be all they intend to do.
Greg Hunt pops out occasionally to announce threepence ha’penny for medical research, or to make a fanfare about the generic version of a drug being put on the PBS.
It’s hard to take this newfound interest in suicide prevention seriously when they continue to keep innocent refugees in limbo, when they lock up Indigenous people for petty indiscretions at alarming rates, when they refuse to introduce responsible gambling legislation, and when they refuse to do anything about climate change that is destroying people’s livelihoods.
The highest age-specific suicide rate in 2017 was observed in the 85+ age group (32.8 per 100,000), yet the Coalition refuses to discuss assisted dying.
The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating effect but the Coalition clings to tax concessions that favour investors and which distort investment away from more productive enterprises. Had they adopted Labor’s policy of restricting negative gearing to new properties in the future, they could have stimulated a flagging construction industry.
They talk about caring about stopping domestic violence, but the lack of emergency refuge whilst millions are spent on advertising and awareness campaigns shows they do not understand the crisis.
We don’t have enough money to increase Newstart yet we have enough to cut taxes, pay billions out in excess franking credit refunds, and deliver a surplus. It is glaringly apparent that a surplus is more important to this government than the people who are struggling in poverty.
The Taylor dynasty keeps hitting the news, but only about how they have used their positions to try to get public money or some deregulation that just so happens to benefit them and the organisations with which they have been involved. Energy and emissions reduction have become a plaything rather than a policy.
The restart of polling shows the electorate are quite impressed with the ScoMo show – thumbs up and take my picture.
How good is this crap we are dishing up.
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