Scott Morrison might tell us he has “stepped up to the plate” to bring everyone together, but ever since he became PM, he has been pissing people off.
His captain’s call to bring up his willingness to “discuss” moving our embassy to Jerusalem angered the Palestinians, the Indonesians, the Malaysians and the Australians who recognise that would be an incendiary move. Why would you announce a “discussion” at such cost?
Likewise his Trumpian thought bubble to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal which angered all those who worked so hard to secure it.
The dismissal of the IPCC report and the arrogant gaffe by Melissa Price and her “cheque book” has pissed off Pacific nations and the majority of Australians who want action on climate change. Morrison has firmly stuck his head in the sand, saying we won’t be contributing to the UN fund as we promised, and we won’t be going to climate change conferences.
The suppression, followed by the inevitable leaking, of the Ruddock review has ended up annoying both the gay rights activists and the religious lobby as we now argue about whether religious schools should keep the right to discriminate against gay students and teachers.
The support for gambling advertising on “Australia’s biggest billboard”, aka the Sydney Opera House, angered pretty much everyone except the racing industry and the politicians who are oh so eager to appease them.
The never-ending attacks on the ABC, with more funding cuts and four reviews underway, shows a government scared of scrutiny and unable to take criticism. Hands off our ABC has become a clarion call in the community.
The special deal to give extra funding to religious schools has enraged public school advocates and made a mockery of needs-based funding.
The embarrassing revelation that Coalition Senators don’t have a clue what they are voting on when they supported Pauline Hanson’s ridiculous anti-white discrimination bill should worry everyone as should Abbott and Howard’s push to undermine the autonomy of universities with their Western civilisation degree.
The refusal to save the children on Nauru has angered doctors, lawyers, refugee advocates, and, finally, the majority of the public. Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton have tried to hide the plight of the asylum seekers we have incarcerated, denying there were any problems or deflecting responsibility to the corrupt Nauruan government who is keeping these people hostage in order to keep the money rolling in.
Our slashing of foreign aid whilst spending hundreds of billions on war machinery might please the arms manufacturers but it has angered the world community who understand the value of helping our neighbours.
Our push to become an arms exporter has led to several contracts to supply the Saudis with weapons but our government, unlike others, shrouds these dealings in secrecy, unwilling to say exactly what deals we are doing and with whom. We can’t even decide whether to be cross with them or not for dismembering a journalist in their Turkish Embassy.
Despite advice from everyone that welfare payments are inadequate to live on and an impediment to finding employment, welfare recipients continue to be penalised whilst tax cuts for the wealthy are fast-tracked.
With stagnant wage growth and sham contracting adding to inequality and eroding workplace entitlements, the government goes in to bat for the employer every time, cutting penalty rates and defending the casualisation of the workforce. They have done everything in their power to undermine collective action by workers, attacking unions for all they are worth.
Claims from women within Morrison’s own party that they have been bullied and intimidated have been swept under the carpet, as were all the investigations into Barnaby Joyce’s behaviour in giving his girlfriend a job, rorting his expenses, and harassing women. But hey, let’s bring him back. What sort of signal does that send to women about making complaints?
Scott may have stepped up to the plate swinging but all he has done is hit foul balls – his eye is on the camera and not the game.
After Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison, it’s time for the Australian public to call it – three strikes and you are out.