As if given a second wind by a few writers who have dared call him out for his blatant lying (me included), the Australian Prime Minister has belligerently doubled down on his deceptions, telling 3AW Radio Host Neil Mitchell when asked if he had ever told a lie in public life, he answered; “I don’t believe so, no.”
Last week, I spoke to a Facebook friend who criticised me for not writing anything positive about this Australian Government. He was right. Indeed, I cannot remember the last time my keyboard had anything positive to say about the LNP and its leader.
I must admit that I took it to heart because I like to think that I can put aside any bias I might have when writing. So, I thought about it for the day and concluded that I was right.
The truth is the Prime Minister’s demeanour over the past week or so has been so agitated and his lying so blatantly offensive that I had to call him out for his dishonesty. I have nothing positive to write about Scott Morrison or his band of liars.
Neither does Chris Bowen, telling Sky News that:
“Tragically, Scott Morrison has managed to trash that, quickly, with his very clumsy handling.
“Secondly, of interest to the Australian people is Scott Morrison’s fundamental dishonesty; I mean this guy lies, he lies to Australians, he lies at every opportunity, he lies about Labor, he lies about the past.”
And Annabel Crabb said this in her weekly email newsletter:
“Never was this feature more in evidence than this week’s prime ministerial heavy-petting tour of Melbourne, during which the nation’s leader blankly denied ever having disparaged electric vehicles during the 2019 election.”
And on it goes, with Sarah Martin reporting in The Guardian that:
“For those who need a reminder, Morrison shamelessly claimed that Labor’s policy, which set a target of half of all new cars to be electric by 2030, would “end the weekend” and lead to apartment dwellers dangling extension cords out of their windows.
“It’s not going to tow your trailer. It’s not going to tow your boat. It’s not going to get you out to your favourite camping spot with your family,” Morrison said at the time.
“A hyperbolic Michaelia Cash, then the small business minister, pledged to ‘stand by our tradies and … save their utes’ from Bill Shorten’s grasp.”
Doug Cameron – always good at hammering a message home – got some runs on the board.
Have known @AlboMP for years and watched him promote a stronger, fairer Australia. He has, like his mentor the great Tom Uren always put Australia’s interests first.
To have a despicable fraud like Morrison question his patriotism is disgusting! https://t.co/IJVekOeFiu
— Doug Cameron (@DougCameron51) November 11, 2021
No @PhillipCoorey the Govt has not had an “epiphany”on climate action. It is a cynical ploy after years of climate denialism and is being called out by some professionals in the media.
Unfortunately too many simpering sycophants in the media are grovelling Govt mouthpieces!
— Doug Cameron (@DougCameron51) November 9, 2021
The Australian mainstream media had little to say about it, and surprisingly it hardly rated a mention on last Sunday’s Insiders programme.
His lying on both an international and national scale is very concerning. Without any understanding of the art of diplomacy, it is time perhaps that we should be truly concerned about the man’s ability to govern.
Morrison is currently converting himself and his language to that of outlandish “Trumpism.”
Imagine, if you will, a world in which we all openly lied to each other as a matter of normality.
This is now my third post in a row in which I talk about his lying, mistakes, bungles, stuff up’s and what we Australians call a “balls-up.”
It is somewhat extraordinary when you think about it that a government with a lying leader could make so many blunders over such an extended period, many of bewildering proportion, and still be governing.
They have made errors, faults, blunders, slips, indiscretions, gaffes and been obsessed with an appetite for lying unsurpassed in Australian political history, but this Government has survived it all.
Morrison still thinks he is God’s gift to the nation. I find it impossible to imagine that the Australian people could be so gullible to re-elect a government that has performed so miserably over such a long period.
It has some of the most devious, suspicious and allegedly corrupt men and women amongst its MPs, yet we re-elect them. Astonishing, isn’t it?
Every day, it seems, I awaken to a new controversy wondering why illogical opinion is allowed to shout its perverted anger longer and louder than science.
Simply put, their rhetoric about climate change does not match the facts, and has become worse.
We have impacted the climate; can we at least agree on that? Dismiss the science if you wish, but can we acknowledge that the weather is manifestly unlike what we experienced when we were kids.
It is the self-superior wealthy white males who impact our thinking. People like the Trumps of this world have thrown every notion of facts, goodness and empathy out the window, and Australia, as is its way, is following suit.
Both Trump and Morrison are narcissists who have treated the rules and established conventions of democracy that bind a society together like a personal plaything. To bend and corrupt for a hold on power? With Trump now gone, the people of Australia need to see that Morrison suffers the same fate.
The people of this great nation need to, at the next election, reconsider the course their country is taking and the leadership that is compelling them toward disaster. Do we need a leader who lies as triumphantly and belligerently as he does?
In the history of Australia, have the people ever elected a Prime Minister so ready to abuse his powers. If not, then he is most certainly the most divisive ever.
The conversion of some Australians into de facto Americans usually comes after an extended stay in the land of milk and honey. Scott Morrison managed it in his first meeting with Trump.
His conversion to Trumpism is so apparent. So in your face, that we need to ask the Prime Minister if he agrees with the former president’s stated view that “The future does not belong to globalists; it belongs to patriots.”
A term I find to be an ugly and ridiculous proposition.
Morrison’s ability to be “Trumpesque“, repeatedly lie, lie by omission and obfuscate in an Aussie sort of way will either work for him or equally bring him undone.
Now he has added a new dimension to his character. Just like Trump, Morrison now shoots from the hip, rejecting anything he has said in the past as a Labor lie. Being “loose with the truth” is now the norm, even when confronted by a literal truth.
He warned against fuelling “needless anxiety”:
Watch: Australian PM @ScottMorrisonMP has warned against fuelling "needless anxiety" among Australian children in the wake of a scathing judgment from Swedish activist @GretaThunberg about the danger of climate change. "I've always liked kids to be kids," Mr Morrison said. pic.twitter.com/4QZQbJ1gYr
— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) September 25, 2019
If Scott Morrison wanted our kids to be free of worry and anxiety about their future, then he should do something about it.
He could start by declaring a climate emergency and not opening up more coal mines.
Morrison also claimed that:
“… activists had spread ‘completely false’ reports about Australia’s efforts on climate change.”
How grubby, how condescending, how patronising when speaking to the voices of tomorrow; the sufferers of his decisions.
And speaking of grubby, on Sky News Rowan Dean said:
“… climate activist Greta Thunberg has now become a “diagnostician able to cure mental illnesses” with the “medication” of climate change activism.”
What do these misogynistic, demented, bigoted, and narcissistic right-wing zealots and deniers like Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt, Sam Newman, Chris Kenny, Mark Latham Lyle Shelton know about delusion? Other than they might all suffer from it themselves.
What do they see in this mild-mannered young girl that provokes such intense rage?
These types deny the science of climate change. All of them have debased, belittled, insulted, and pilloried a young girl who believes passionately in the planet before self-interest and greed.
In their temper, they have thrown at her some of the vilest, vicious criticism, but in the face of their bullying, she has stood mature and resolute.
Have they not viewed the pictures of our youth protesting in all our major cities and beyond?
Morrison repeated his claim that Australia exceeded its emissions targets in his recent speech to the United Nations. A claim those who know anything on the subject say is bullshit. Morrison’s use of Trumpesque language must be seen as words of bullshit and was taken as such when he addressed a near-empty auditorium at the COP26 meeting in Scotland.
Scott Morrison, his government, and by association the Australian people are now an international joke on climate policy.
Whatever advances we are so far making is being done by business and the state governments. Indeed, not the Australian Government.
Australia’s climate policies have:
- been ranked last for its climate policies behind Russia and Brazil
- slipped four spots to 58th overall in latest Climate Change Performance Index
What a disgrace we are.
More to the point, what a disgrace Scott Morrison is.
My thought for the day
Science has made in my lifetime, the most staggering achievements and they are embraced, recognised and enjoyed by all sections of society. The only areas that I can think of where science is questioned is in the religious fever of climate change doubters, conservative politics and unconventional religious belief.
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