You may not know Liberal MP Jason Falinski – he’s the guy that ousted Bronwyn Bishop for preselection in Mackellar and went on to win the 2016 election.
There is also a significant chance that he is a dual citizen as his father travelled on a Polish passport. (Groan)
The SMH described him as “the Liberal’s attack dog” in an article about how he questioned a bank boss about his previous employment before quickly backing off when challenged by said bank boss to withdraw any question about his reputation. I would call him more a confused puppy chasing after the wrong toy.
In July, Falinksi accompanied Craig Kelly and George Christensen on a trip to Japan funded by the Minerals Council of Australia-linked Coal21 Fund, to meet with coal-fired power station operators.
Today, Mr Falinski has excelled himself, saying businesses had shown a lack of leadership by paying more attention to social debates than economic arguments.
“They say they don’t want to get involved in political or policy discourse, but they’re happy to get involved in the same-sex marriage debate,” Mr Falinski said.
“When was the last time we had a business leader come out on tax issues, or regulation issues, or industrial relations issues?”
Apparently, Mr Falnski has missed every business leader, every time they speak publicly, calling for lower taxes and less regulation. Perhaps he is unaware that business lobby groups make submissions to the Fair Work Commission on all industrial relations matters.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was even more obvious in his plea for business leaders to spruik the government’s economic policies.
“It is business that must advocate the importance of a low-taxing, fiscally responsible government which creates the environment in which the economy will thrive,” he told The Australian on Monday.
Business groups hit back at the government, with Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox saying there had been a “deep frustration” at the coalition’s inaction on workplace relations.
All stakeholders have highlighted the lack of energy and climate policies as a handbrake on the economy.
I think what the government is trying to say is “We can’t sell our policies so can you?”
Falinski’s slur that the corporate sector should stop “virtue-signalling” on social issues underlines that the people of Australia mean nothing to men like him. Society is reduced to production units. Value is measured in dollars. And all this apparently functions outside the general well-being of the people.
[All those fossil fuel groups that have joined up with an unknown NFP who was given half a billion to save the reef “because they could leverage industry funding” are apparently not virtue-signalling.]
This is a government with a dollar sign for a heart, an ear only for profiteers, and a brain that cannot extend beyond short slogans.
Get rid of them and elect people who will govern for the people.