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The baggage they have lugged from one year to the next means 2020 will be a hard slog (part 3)

I cannot remember a time when my country has been so devoid of political leadership. In recent times we have had potential but it was lost in power struggles, undignified self-interest and narcissistic personality.

The combined intelligence of Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison has resulted in almost 7 years of the most appalling leadership. The country has carried their baggage for far too long.

Leadership is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of life and grow over time. Character governs moral choices and demonstrates empathy toward others. It is far better for those with these qualities to lead rather than follow.

It is known as servant leadership.

In the recipe of good leadership there are many ingredients. Popularity is but one. It however ranks far below getting things done for the common good.

1 With Michael (what’s his name) proving to be not a leader’s bootlace and the National Party unrepresentative of country folk it’s difficult to see what sort of a future it or he has.

At some time in 2020 a National Party leadership challenge will take place.

Having said that, Australia has suffered from a dearth of leadership since the times of Bob Hawke. Howard may have given us longevity but with him came an incapacity to fathom immigration, Tampa, the Iraq war and a total lack of empathy for Indigenous Australians.

Rudd, like Turnbull, had a giant intellect but couldn’t see beyond his ego. With it came an inability to make courageous decisions. The exception being his Sorry speech to the Stolen Generation.

Julia Gillard had all the attributes of leadership, courage, empathy, determined with willingness to delegate and compromise. She however, could never overcome Rupert Murdoch’s resolve to be rid of her. The sexism thrown at her by the likes of Bolt, Jones and Abbott was a dark period in Australian political history.

When Malcolm “the velvet fog” Turnbull came along everyone breathed a sigh of relief that he had replaced the much-hated Tony Abbott. He was nicknamed so because of his, polished manner and suave sophistication. People thought, myself included, that at last some reason, dignity and transparency would come to debate within the body politic.

Alas, we had all been conned by the supreme snake oil salesman who later proved to be the biggest hypocrite in Australian political history. He had thrown previous convictions out with the bathwater.

John Hewson had this to say of Tony Abbott:

”I suffered from his disloyalty because he was a constant channel from my office to John Howard.”

”He did go down in history as probably the most effective leader of the opposition in the sense that he made negativity an art form, but from the point of view of good government and reform processes and so on, it was a pretty disastrous period.”

Of course, if Turnbull was a hypocrite then his predecessor had to be the greatest liar ever to have walked the halls of the parliament. His self-confessed lies are verifiable. He throws them around like confetti at a windy wedding, but the fact is that he couldn’t get away with it forever.

The leap from foul-mouthed, shirt-fronting misogynist and democracy destroyer to dignified Prime Minister was simply a step too far and he was an abysmal failure.

Our current Prime Minister – based on recent behaviour – seems to have been advised to seek a personality transplant urgently.

Nobody wants to be true to who they are anymore.

Now I’m not privy to who has given him this advice but it seems rather odd that any Prime Minister would want to develop the persona of a quick talking vacuum cleaner door-to-door salesman of the 1940s.

The series of bad decisions Scott Morrison is currently displaying has been a bad look giving way to questions of his credibility. People who once thought his credibility real and his Christianity authentic are now questioning his persona.

Currently Scott Morrison is looking and sounding like a middle-aged country bumpkin driving around outback Australia trying to convince everyone that he is something he is not.

People just find it difficult to reconcile their perception of how a Christian acts, with what Scott Morrison does in relation to asylum seekers. The two seen incompatible to most people. In short, he is a chameleon.

Scott Morrison is renowned for his hyperbolic embellishment of everything. He delivers it with all the magnification of a charismatic preacher. Facts don’t matter so long as perceptions are created.

Lying is justified if the theology demands it. Defend your teaching by saying the others are evil.

2 After watching Scott Morrison’s 22 December press conference after his embarrassing return from leave l have to say that he wasn’t the least bit impressive.

One thing I did conclude though was that sympathy doesn’t come naturally to the him.

3 The grant handed to the church where he attends fellowships “Horizon Church” in Sutherland, is intended to “protect children” from “religious intolerance.”

4 The question as to why the White House refused Hillsong Pastor Houston an invitation together with our Prime Minister still remains a mystery. Morrison’s refusal to answer only adds to his already long list of bizarre decisions. Transparency please.

5 Barnaby Joyce, who still sees himself as the natural leader of the Nationals, seems intent on making matters worse by dismissing science and invoking a higher order:

“And the other thing we’ve got to acknowledge is there’s a higher authority that’s beyond our comprehension – right up there in the sky – and unless we understand that it’s got to be respected, then we’re just fools, we’re going to get nailed.”

Despite his dalliances into the realms of fanciful imagination a leadership challenge from him this year seems highly probable.

6 The redrafted Religious Discrimination Bill will not find an easy passage. It’s about trying to please everybody all the time, an impossibility for any government.

No doubt the Prime Minister will be keen to see that Hillsong has its rights, as they see them, fully protected. This will cause a bit of a ruckus, I should think.

My thought for the day

Power is a malevolent possession when you are prepared to forgo your principles and your country’s wellbeing for the sake of it.

PS: In my final post my words cover a number of issues that are carry over; unresolved baggage.

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  1. New England Cocky

    “5 Barnaby Joyce, who still sees himself as the natural leader of the Nationals, seems intent on making matters worse by dismissing science and invoking a higher order:

    “And the other thing we’ve got to acknowledge is there’s a higher authority that’s beyond our comprehension – right up there in the sky – and unless we understand that it’s got to be respected, then we’re just fools, we’re going to get nailed.”

    Despite his dalliances into the realms of fanciful imagination a leadership challenge from him this year seems highly probable.”

    (*****)

    The thinkers of New England have long recognised that Barnyard Joke could not lead water down hill with a sharp stick. Sadly these Australian voters are a minority compared to the local bogans who believe adultery, alcoholism and misogyny are the necessary marks of “a real man”. Perhaps these values are aligned with their own personal morals, but strangely the subjugated women objected when the political mantra “Tamworth women supporting adultery support national$” was announced at 2019 Federal election polling booths.

    The sad thing is that these bogans cannot see that if Barnyard is “the natural leader of the Nationals” then they have no political representation at all. Instead they have a self-serving, ignorant, amoral sociopath ignoring the best interests of his electorate in order to promote the best interests of himself and his mates among former nat$ leaders and of course, the socially acceptable BIG COAL fraternity.

    The reception given to Barnyard at the Torrington fire ground where 17 homes were lost in the fires sent his scurrying back into his rat-hole ASAP. East of Glen Innes at Wytaliba, an an alternative life style village that lost about two thirds of its houses and the school was ignored, perhaps because of their green principles.

    Expecting any political change soon in New England is unrealistic because the present policies of both NSW and federal governments is to keep New England as a genuine, authentic, original 19th century theme park, cut off from the world by destroying the Great Northern Railway to cross-subsidise the Sydney Metropolitan Suburban Train Network and prevent competition with the Northern Inland Railway chaired by a former nat$ leader, failing to upgrade airports to large jet standard, failing to maintain highways and roads to the standard required for vehicles produced in the 21st century, and failing to decentralise government jobs into high speed Internet linked urban regional centres to create local economic booms as the 3.5 multiplier effect creating the accompanying private sector jobs occurs.

    Future plans appear to be for Malpas Dam, that drought-proofs and supplies drinking water for Armidale (population 25,000 since 1974), to be sold off to the Guyra Tomato Farm, about 50% owned by a Canadian agri-investment corporation having foreign shareholders, for consideration of future financial donations to the national$ at local, NSW and Federal levels, so that the unelected political hacks in their air-conditioned metropolitan offices can maintain the life style they believe they are entitled to receive.

    New England could be accurately likened to the frog in the slowly boiling water. As poverty increases and skilled tradespersons permanently move away for reliable work, the survivors of this slow motion demolition of all the principles behind the original Country Party will still think the best view of the future is seen by standing with your legs apart, putting your head between your knees and looking up.

  2. Jack sprat

    I have finally been able to decipher barnaby Joyce’s Christmas message come rant . On climate change when he pointed his camera to the heavens and proclaimed we must all answer to a higher authority , he was referring to murdoch’s sky news.

  3. wam

    The dismissal of science in emissions has been around for a long time??
    I Checked a post(sent you a copy lord)) showing a science article from the Rodney and Otamatea Times,
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/1912-article-global-warming/
    It was assessed as true and followed an article in Australia.
    “Further attesting to its authenticity (and perhaps its role as a bit of stock news used to fill space) is that an identical story had appeared in an Australian newspaper a month prior, in the 17 July 1912, issue of The Braidwood Dispatch and Mining”Journal,
    ps
    A good honest giggle this morning, lord, but missed the truth reference??
    Loved your thought about forgoing principles for ‘power’. Does power include money? Know anyone who chased power got money but lost power???
    pps
    murdoch and fairfax sold papers by giving the rabbott his head. Any idea who gave him his start???

  4. Harry Lime

    NEC, I believe your final lines describe introspection,which doesn’t seem to thrive in your neck of the woods.I wonder what the reaction would be if observations like yours were printed on the front pages of the Ugly American’s propaganda pamphlets?

  5. New England Cocky

    @Harry Lime: With the local Armidale Express having a copy boy editor enamoured with the representative of the Nat$ in Northern Tablelands plus a member of the nat$ as a senior journalist, it seems unlikely that freedom of expression will be allowed to flourish within Gulag New England.

    Pity, there was a time past when under one editor there were two full pages of Letters to the Editor content from our educated citizens in each of three weekly editions. Now publication has been shrunk to twice weekly with amalgamation into the Tamworth Northern Daily leader becoming a real economic reality under new proprietor Antony Catalano.

    This Valhalla was replaced with imports from the Deep North of Queensland who were welded on nat$ supporters regardless of the nat$ reckless indifference to the community need for building a future regional economy based on everything other than agriculture that employs only 4% (about 1,000 persons total) of the population.

    As I note above, remember that looking into the future in New England means seeing the end of your nose.

  6. Patagonian

    ”He did go down in history as probably the most effective leader of the opposition in the sense that he made negativity an art form, but from the point of view of good government and reform processes and so on, it was a pretty disastrous period.”

    Thank fucking Dog somebody has finally said it – Abbort was an APPALLING opposition leader but was egged on by a MSM who forgot that they weren’t the players. ll the MSM ever say is “he was an effective opposition leader”. John Hewson has completed the sentence.

    I often wonder what would have happened if Labor was in power and Abbott was in opposition when the Port Arthur massacre occurre. I doubt very much gun law reform would have made it through parliament, just because it was Labor’s idea.

    Sadly we are seeing the same reactionary behaviour from the total incompetent currently warming a seat that is way too big for him.

    I found this on the net tonight – the perfect job for Morrison’s meagre talents. In fact for a moment, taking in the chubby countenance and the baseball cap, I thought it WAS him.: https://twitter.com/silentmoviegifs/status/1215871710307790848

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