Thursday 25 April 2019
Monday 22 April
1 I was thinking about the big Aussie Rules clash at the “G” on Thursday and I was reminded of the saying. “You are only as good as your last game.”
I know it is a measure of your form in sport but taking it further there is not an area in life, be it sport, leadership, commerce, or whatever, where performance is not the key indicator of one’s success or otherwise.
Using that criteria you would think the Coalition wouldn’t have a chance of winning the upcoming election. That any opposition would be a mile in front of this excuse for a Government. But they are not.
The Polls would have us believe that the Government is in with a chance.
Under Abbott and then Turnbull and now Morrison, by any standard, they have governed abysmally. So much so that they really don’t deserve to win. Their form has been so poor that they (the ministers) wouldn’t get a game in the reserves.
It would be fair to say that a vote for the Coalition would be a reward for governance that doesn’t even approach mediocrity.
Imagine if they did win. Their belief that they were born to rule would be emboldened and the hard right would take over.
Their belief in lying, as a legitimate tool to retain power, would be confirmed and truth will have been defeated and may never recover. They would continue to abuse any system, any institution that stood in their way.
Having said that then one has to ask the question, how come they are still in with a chance? Is it because people think Labor would be even worse? There is an element of that in it but I don’t believe it is the answer.
Whatever it is, the question remains. Why on earth would you vote for a government who has performed so abysmally?
Realistically the government has no eye to the future, no narrative to guide us through a complex, rapidly changing world.
They, after six years in power seemingly are unable to make decisions, or form ideas because it dissatisfies some on the extreme right.
They have been powerless to advance the nation; they are barren of any ideas, any cohesion, and even the day-to-day tasks of governance seems beyond them.
“The right to vote is the gift that democracy gives. If a political party is not transparent in supplying all the information necessary to exercise this right. It is destroying the democracy that enables it to exist.” – JL
2 However the show must go on and it is my belief that the baseball bats are still behind the front door, at the ready, waiting for the astute hands of the thinkers and the sages.
3 I think there are a few things I have missed over the holiday period. It’s impossible to mention everything but I will attempt to cover some important issues.
4 A new poll released by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), found that 72% of people supported a boost to the unemployment benefit, (the dole) which has not risen in real terms in two decades. Just deplorable in a nation as rich as ours.
Labor plans an increase after an inquiry but the Coalition stands firmly against it. They are yet to learn that economics and society are one in the same.
5 When the Prime Minister first commented on the remarks of controversial homophobic footballer Israel Folau, (who happens to be deeply religious) he said that Folau was a “good man”, and that he had “shown a lot of strength of character in just standing up for what he believes in and I think that’s what this country is about”.
However, when Folau reappeared on Instagram to proclaim hell awaits homosexuals, Morrison said.
“I thought they were terribly insensitive comments and obviously that was a matter for the RA and they’ve taken that decision.”
I don’t know why I’m writing about this. I guess it has something to do with character, integrity, honesty, decency and hypocrisy. There must be more important things confronting our society. Surely.
6 It’s hard to keep a good man down. You can be assured that when required Malcolm Turnbull will put everyone straight about what was said and not said if it concerns his reputation.
So he was out and about on the weekend warning all and sundry that dumping the national energy guarantee – a decision taken by Scott Morrison – will drive up power prices.
Apparently, Turnbull was taken aback with a column characterising the national energy guarantee as “Malcolm Turnbull’s Neg.”
As I said, he just wanted to set the matter straight by saying that it was Scott Morrison and many in the cabinet who really owned it.
“A right-wing minority in the party room refused to accept the majority position and threatened to cross the floor and defeat their own government”. – Malcolm Turnbull
7 The Government tries to start a Scare campaign over death duties with fake news but fail to explain this. Here is a headline from the SMH on November 14 2015. Turnbull government refuses to rule out return of death duties
Tuesday 23 April.
8 I awake at 6 and my daily scan of the MSM begins with blurred eyesight but the headline in The Guardian brings them into focus. Calls mount for royal commission into controversial Murray-Darling water buybacks.
We might have a real “Watergate” on our hands. Further perusal of the MSM confirms the putrid odour of gutter water in the deal. For 6 years we have been subject to a daily shower of Trumpish swamp like deals. This needs a few facts to nail it before the dam bursts.
“Humility is the basis of all intellectual advancement. However, it is truth that enables human progress” – John Lord
Joyce is in the thick of it and loses it in an interview with Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas.
He got the Water Portfolio at his own insistence when Malcolm Turnbull gained power and cascades of scandal have flooded the Nationals ever since.
“You don’t pay Versace prices for water that you get from The Reject Shop, and that looks like what Barnaby Joyce has done.” – Tony Burke.
Sarah Hansen Young Tweeted:
“I’ve written to Bill Shorten today, urging Labor to work with Greens to establish a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin. So much shonky stuff around Barnaby Joyce, water purchases & cash handouts to big irrigators. It’s time for an independent investigation.” #watergate
Scott Morrison immediately came to the defence of Joyce; very much in his inimitable fashion using a gushing overflow of words that you have forgotten before he has finished.
9 My Polling friend William Bowe from The Poll Bludger published the following yesterday morning. Any interest in it is clouded by the fact that polling individual electorates is notoriously unreliable. Especially if the samples are 500 or 600.
“The Australian has published what can doubtless be regarded as the most reliable – or at any rate, least unreliable – seat polls to emerge from the campaign so far, from four well-chosen electorates. These are automated phone polls conducted on Saturday and have modest samples, from 509 to 618, although they seem to fit very well with where the major parties believe things to stand. Among other things, this means each looks to be going down to the wire. Perhaps a little more surprisingly, they find Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party doing at least, as well as the Palmer United Party, did in 2013.”
10 The booing of dual Brownlow medalist and Geelong favourite Gary Abbott at the MCG on Monday has some very interesting religious and political implications but I will leave it for another time.
My thought for the day
“Religion does not have a monopoly on morality. Or anything else in my experience.”
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