If Scott Morrison was leading the Coalition, he would have announced that a referendum on constitutional recognition will be held during this term. He seems to want to do it with Labor’s help. He even sent the well-meaning but ineffectual Ken Wyatt out to gently test the waters, suggesting a Voice could be legislated.
But Craig Kelly said no and the threats were followed by a hasty retreat.
If Scott Morrison was leading the Coalition, he would repeat to them what he said in April last year – that electricity from new coal-fired power plants would cost twice as much as power from existing coal power stations.
Or what he said about the NEG and subsidies for coal and gas energy:
“The days of subsidies in energy are over, whether it is for coal, wind, solar, any of them. That is the way I think you get the best functioning energy market with the lowest possible price for businesses and for households and that is what the national energy guarantee and our energy policies are designed to achieve.”
But Craig Kelly said no to the NEG, we want coal. Angus to the rescue with a fund to subsidise coal and gas with a few renewable projects thrown in for cover. And here’s a feasibility study for a new coal-fired power station to tide you over. And a great big new coal mine to boot.
If Scott Morrison was leading the Coalition, he would distance himself from the climate change deniers in his party. He would state that the views expressed by backbenchers Barnaby Joyce and Craig Kelly are ill-informed and not consistent with the government’s commitment to meet its Paris targets.
But this weed is allowed to flourish.
If Scott Morrison was leading the Coalition, Jim Molan would not be running a personal campaign against the wishes of the party. Twice the Liberal preselectors rejected him, presumably for good reasons. His public job application for a Senate spot that is not yet vacant is inappropriate. It will be a party decision. A leader would tell him that.
When the NSW Liberal Party state executive tried to dump Craig Kelly, he threatened to go to the crossbench if he wasn’t chosen as the candidate. Scott Morrison pleaded with the executive to endorse Kelly so he wouldn’t embarrass the PM. That is not how a leader responds to threats.
If Scott Morrison was competent enough to lead this government, we wouldn’t have to rely on prayers and miracles.
But sadly, that may be all we’ve got for the next three years.
How good is ScoMo?
Not even good enough to stand up to a failed furniture salesman lobbing bombs from the backbench.
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