After an entirely unexpected election win, Morrison is being hailed as a genius. His judgement is impeccable according to those who aren’t still traumatised by the disaster of another three years of inaction on climate change, contracts without tender, jobs for mates, unregulated profit gouging, undermining of job security, and increasing wealth inequality.
Whilst our tireless PM never resiles from a photo opportunity, be it shearing a sheep or serving up a snorker, is he actually up to the job of leading the country? Can he turn off the political posturing and start thinking about what is best for the nation?
His choices so far make that doubtful.
One of Morrison’s first actions was to appoint a rich white man who arrived on a boat from England, who has since only ever lived in Sydney aside from a couple of years spent in the hallowed halls of Oxford, and who had recently cut over half a billion dollars from the ATSI budget, as Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs.
Tony’s best effort at achieving anything was to employ more truancy officers.
Morrison also appointed the man who pretty much single-handedly destroyed the Murray-Darling Basin plan, handing over millions of dollars to mates and unmonitored water to irrigators, a man who does not believe climate change is real and who wants to build more coal-fired power stations, as Special Envoy for Drought.
Aside from handing out potloads of money, Barnaby’s mission seemed to be a never-ending country pub crawl.
Scott interceded to overturn the local preselectors’ choice in Hughes and insist on Craig Kelly again being the candidate in the safe Liberal seat.
One visit to Craig Kelly’s facebook page reveals an absolute nutter obsessed with the worst case of climate change denial one could ever find. It’s all he ever posts about.
Scott’s decision to parachute Warren Mundine into Gilmore to replace the preselected candidate was not as successful.
As Tanya Plibersek put it, “For a long time Mundine was desperate for the Labor Party to give him a seat in parliament. There is a reason we didn’t, and I’m sure the voters of Gilmore will discover that.”
It doesn’t take long listening to Warren to realise he is as dumb as a post. But that hasn’t stopped the Coalition from giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars to host a tv show on Sky.
Peter Dutton’s incompetence in every portfolio he has ever held has been no impediment to his continued power grab, and so it remains in the Morrison government. The Monkey Pod group are reconvening.
The choice of wind farm opponent and Cayman Islands company director, Angus Taylor, as Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction may seem particularly perverse, but the Taylor family have done very well from their foray into public life.
Matthias Cormann is hailed as a competent strategist. It was his idea to court Pauling Hanson before the Western Australian state election and it was his backing that led to Peter Dutton challenging for the leadership. He retains the Finance portfolio despite his disloyalty and obvious inability to count. When he assures us that the economy is strong, it’s about as believable as when he said he was loyal to Malcolm Turnbull.
When you knowingly surround yourself with unscrupulous incompetents for political purposes, the question needs to be asked – were you just trying to win an election or do you seriously want to take on the job of actually running the country?
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