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Serving the people, your ideology, or serving God. What comes first?

What is the agenda of this government? What is their narrative for the future of our country? What is it we should be hearing from our Prime Minister? Does he intend that in a future economy we should be the world leader in (wait, I’m thinking) solar toothbrushes?

How does he see the nation with all the problems that we face both externally and internally in 20, 30 or 40 years? Will we follow the rest of the world into a technological future with renewable energy being our main source of power or will we still be reliant on coal. Will we be driving electric cars or pushing scooters.

All the old political fights of the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison years have found a permanent place in the new Government. They continue to fight about the same old things, with themselves and their opposition.

The government this week, well at least so far, has gone out of its way, even after being offered the pipe of peace, to be seen to be looking for a full on blue in many policy areas.

“It’s all Labor’s fault,” argues Morrison. Albanese answers with “They are the government, ask them” The media are confused by the emptiness of power.

Is it all Morrison knows? Perhaps it’s indicative of a leader either out of his depth or an inability to frame an agenda in his mind. Is bashing his opposition all he has to offer as a leader. Does he, as a Christian, not hear the words of Jesus? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

He is excellent at a sort of pseudo aggressive politic but lacks the depth of worldly acumen to paint a picture of our country’s future like a Whitlam, Hawke, Keating or even Howard.

What has emerged thus far from Morrison is a rather nasty, for a Christian at least, attempt at a full on class war. Exactly what the good citizens of Australia don’t need, but it hides behind their ignorance.

At the moment he seems intent on wedging Labor on everything including the Newstart allowance, climate change, asylum seekers, Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians, drought relief, ongoing problems with the Murray Darling, union bashing and the impending religion report and free speech, of course.

Frankly speaking, the rich and privileged have so many ways to avoid paying tax that they are now giving it to them no questions asked.

Everything was Labor’s fault under Abbott then Turnbull, and then through Morrison’s first period and now he is continuing the theme with all the gusto of the 1812 overture.

For me it is a sign of a leader who has run out of things to spruik about his own government.

At present it is the Pyne and Bishop problems that seem to be occupying the Prime Minister’s time.

With all the power a good leader has, he could, if he wanted, put most of this behind him in 6 months leaving 30 months to concentrate on nation building. That’s if he overcomes his indifference.

The problem though is getting over the hurdle of the current list of problems all of which are interwoven in ideology in one way or another.

Let’s take a look.

Most of the observers I read or listen to agree that Newstart needs to be higher. Even their own MPs agree that it would be impossible to live on $40 dollars a day yet the Prime Minister categorically insists it wont be raised.

There are two reasons for this. One is that the cost would obstruct a surplus that they so ideologically seek.

Two is the construct of a class war. They govern for the haves, not the have nots.

Where is the Christ in that?

The subject of climate change will continue on its current path of disbelief even though conservatives believe that market based economies are better placed to fix the problem. The fact that this phenomenon is destroying our planet seems to be beyond them.

Where is God’s name in that?

The ideas of today need to be honed with critical reason, factual evidence and scientific methods of enquiry so that they clearly articulate the currency of tomorrow.

The issue of asylum seekers will be with us for as long as the conservatives think their incarceration is proving to be a deterrent to others. Liberals would have been done with the issue but conservatives wring the neck of any issue that enhances their reputation of being tough. Compassion is not their Jesus.

Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians will not under this government  see the light off day so long as the word equality speaks its name on the document. The government will go through the motions of change of course but as Socrates said: “The secret of change is to focus all your energy on not fighting the old, but on building the future.”

Why is it that religion assumes it has some bizarre ownership on people’s morality. To assume that an atheist is any less moral than someone religious is an absurdity.

A drought relief fund has in the past few days been passed by the parliament. Funding will come from the Building Australia Fund, which has sat dormant since the 2014-15 financial year. It doesn’t fully satisfy Labor, but it resolves the issue for the time being. The funding won’t start until this time next year, which  makes a mockery of the government’s need for urgency.

Why the Lord would provide funding but not rain remains a mystery.

The upkeep of the Murray Darling Basin and the distribution of its resources still remains a problem with not enough people genuinely wanting to save the old girl. It isn’t beyond the scope of human kindness but it seems not to live in the hearts of conservatives. Another decision based on looking after one’s own first.

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm 37:4).

Pyne and Bishop cannot escape the criticism of many that have gone before them. Everyone knows the solution is a simple piece of legislation that would prevent ministers from taking jobs for two years that reflected the portfolio to which they had oversight.

Pyne, Bishop and Morrison might even be called before a Senate Standing Committee to answer a few questions.

The proposal that under the federal government’s Ensuring Integrity Bill anyone with a vested interest could apply to the Federal Court to have a union official disqualified seems a bit over the top; even draconian, even like Union bashing.

This is but another battle over ideology. If it had its way it would be rid of the unions altogether. The same goes for the ABC, which in the Roy Morgan Annual trust survey just released remains the most trusted media outlet. Only 7% of those surveyed said they didn’t.

My thought for the day

Nothing has ever stood in the way of science and technology. Its advancement has been staggering. So why are the conservative political forces so opposed to it?

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  1. Winston

    Answer as to why? Ideology, which has no reason.

  2. Terence Mills

    It seems that this flurry of legislation has all been designed with the prime objective of wedging Labor with little of no thought of the broader community interest.

    Pillaging the Infrastructure program to fund drought measures is cute https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/ but this is at the very time that the Reserve Bank is calling on the Australian government to bring forward infrastructure spending.

    We were told that the tax cuts well into the future were because we were paying too much tax and the government needed to return our money to us which implied that they were flush with funds. But when it comes to increasing Newstart we are told that they can’t afford to do so.

    Well, here’s a suggestion, get rid of the franking credits anomaly and that will save some $8 billion and for heavens sake rein in the negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions which continue to distort the housing market in favour of investors.

  3. Bronte ALLAN

    Labor, bloody Labor. It has been over 6 years since labor was in power, so why are ALL these COALition fuckwits still blaming hem for anything? Probably because they have NO “original” thoughts or ideas of their own & so they have to stoop to still blaming Labor? This whole inane bloody COALition, “led” by the biggest quasi-christian of them all, Shlomo, want to force their own stupid so-called Christian policies onto every Australian. Never mind that almost everything any of this rabble talks about etc, does not seem in my opinion–as an atheist–to be very Christian at all! The really stupid (& sad) part about all this bloody Christian crap they are trying to foist on us, is that this is almost the same as the orange-headed, lying, “fake news” fucking Trumpet is doing to his own people in America. And what an absolute disaster this pea-brained dickhead is! I am afraid the future of Australia is going to be far worse than it has been in the last 50 years or so, notwithstanding the “outstanding”, NOT, bloody Johnny Hogwarts “efforts” when he was in power! Yet another great article Mr Lord!

  4. Egalitarian

    The reason The Conservatives “THE LNP” are doing so well is because they are winning the Psychological games as they have

    mastered the devious art of “Gaslighting”. Labor has to learn the art of belting them for 6 more often.

  5. Keitha Granvillek

    They are against science because deep down they believe fervently in creationism. God will fix it. And if he doesn’t fix it, it’s because someone didn’t pray hard enough.

    Apologies to any genuine Christians – the ones who follow the 2 great commandments. You know that Scomo doesn’t.

  6. wam

    The government has had a consistent trinity that explains their attitude to:
    climate change: It is a natural phenomenon on God’s earth
    privatisation: private enterprise creates and shares the wealth
    ‘dole bludgers’:’God helps those who help themselves!’
    and nobody helps themselves like bible believing politicians. Some before, all during and some after.
    My top’after’ is robb erred in FTA giving benefits to china then took a ‘generous’ pension and a $750k part time job with the chinese
    Similarly, for number 2, the pynenut made a shocking decision on submarines (Japanese or german subs could be built in SA)he and the media lauded the building the subs in SA and he got elected.
    “The french papers French Prime Minister Manuel Valls took to Twitter to describe the contract as a ‘magnificent success for DCNS and our industry’ (‘magnifique succès pour DCNS et notre industrie’). In a radio interview for Europe1, French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian struck a similar tone, stating that the contract would create ‘thousands of jobs in France’ (‘milliers d’emplois en France’).” Little billy, labor and the loonies- rien dit??
    The bishop women run both of them to the edge.
    Keep fit, lord, in the freezing south or catch a plane north.

  7. David Stakes

    The Holy Grail of a surplus when reached, will the cup overfloweth for all to benefit…I doubt indeed.

  8. Terence Mills

    News Flash

    The coalition have settled on their terms of reference for the religious protections legislation. They will follow the Liberal party mantra as contained in Matthew 13:12

    Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

    So there !

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