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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