To say that I’m completely surprised would be an understatement. During the election campaign the LNP assured us that they were the best at managing our economy and that everything was fine economically.
Now I don’t know what to believe. I do know however, that when you only govern to win the next election – or indeed to be rid of your leader – then you haven’t got your eyes on the road ahead.
The example that readily comes to mind is the government’s refusal to give the surplus a miss and put the money into infrastructure. Surely the management of our money is now in question.
Blaming Labor, Labor, Labor, Trump, floods and drought will no longer do. Labor had a Global Financial Crisis to contend with and they came through with flying colours.
Because they have promoted themselves as the best party to manage the economy doesn’t make it God’s truth.
On that front Wednesday’s news that the economy was tanking came as no surprise. Before I go on let me say this …
To hear the Treasure waffle on about the latest growth figures in the G7 (of which we are not a member) like they were a tiny hiccup instead of a full-on fart was agonisingly consistent.
The Prime Minister talks about consistency in all policy (in this case refugees) but that raises the question of his own Christian consistency and of course consistency is something that the LNP is very familiar with.
Chaos has been the one consistent throughout the tenure of the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments and it continues unabated.
If you think back over the now 6 years plus of this government’s performance, then chaos consistency has been its greatest achievement.
This government’s performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of chaotic offensiveness consistently raining down on society. One has to ask if performance – or the lack of it – means anything.
When drafting a budget for the common good what should your priorities be?
Last Sunday morning while I was watching ABC Insiders it occurred to me just how many policy areas they include in the program. Some raised didn’t get the discussion they deserved.
Because I have always taken notes while I watch it, I can verify what I say. It all points to the turmoil of the government.
They began with the obvious Aldi bag full of dollar notes but Labor escaped a full-on hiding when it was agreed that both parties accept donations in dishonest circumstances and that something needs to be done about it. This led into the need for a National ICAC, real time disclosure of donations and there the discussion terminated.
Then they moved onto the eminent High Court decision regarding the Sri Lankan family and the options open to the government.
Then they went back to the ICAC discussion and the need for Labor head office intervention in NSW.
Religious freedoms were next on the list and many points were raised as to the complexity of the proposed legislation.
I pause at this juncture to point out my reason for this listing. It is to communicate to the reader that this is what happens every week on the program and has been the case for the last 6 plus years.
They then went on to discuss education, needs-based funding and raising teaching standards.
From that they went onto university fees and how foreign students propped up universities.
Then it was our relationship with China and how poor it was, and how it affected our trade with them. Somehow the Deputy PM copped a serve from the panel with one of them calling him hopeless. I concur. What is his name again?
From there they went onto the US-China trade war and then to that travesty of justice known as Witness K.
By this time they hadn’t even touched on the state of the economy and when they did it, didn’t get the time it deserved.
The same can be said for press freedom, and then it was all over rover and from that I hope I have made my point.
Chaos reins and has done so since the LNP won office. No doubt you can add the economy and Treasurer’s pithy attempt to spin it, drug testing welfare recipients and the AFP raid plus our right to know into tomorrow’s program.
When a political party deliberately withholds information that the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned assessment of how it is being governed. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy.
From last week you could add the Barrier Reef, and credibility on climate change.
Previous to that it was Newstart, Joyce bringing abortion into line, women’s vote, digital enquiry, personal information, ACCC Report, transparency in government, news diversity, Australian content, surcharge on access to NBN, lying about Paris figures, lying about job figures, drought funding, industrial relations, Angus Taylor and power prices. Must have been a week where they gave climate change a miss.
So there you have it. For six years we have had scandal after scandal or leadership challenges with chaos spreading like rust throughout the whole parliament.
Never in the longevity of my observation of our politics have I witnessed a more incompetent, corrupt and narcissistic bunch of lying fools.
Afraid to make decisions or when they do it’s usually to take something from us or to give the rich more wealth.
It now continues, gathering pace, as did Steven Bradbury at the 2002 winter Olympics, winning by doing nothing. Being consistently bad at what you do takes a lot out of anybody but fair dinkum all these blokes deserve a gold medal. And the girls of course.
They have nowhere to go on the economy because in their consistency they have never been able to see that economics and society are intertwined and is therefore is abhorrent to them.
Wouldn’t it be good if in our parliament, regardless of ideology, we had politician’s whose first interest was the peoples and not their own.
Embedded in their minds is the idea that economics is the domain of the rich and privileged and society belongs to those of class and privilege.
After six years of various prime ministers and treasurers, internal warfare and amateur government, Australia has just recorded its worst financial year since the 1990-91 recession. Josh Frydenberg thinks it’s a sign of a good year in the rose garden. As I said, they are consistently good at being bad. Everything points to another financial year of much the same consistency.
They will place all their faith in an extremist neo-liberal orthodoxy of old monetary policy that might give them a Clayton’s surplus and a recession just to top it off.
My thought for the day
The notion that a few privileged individuals can own the vast majority of a countries wealth and the remainder own little is on any level unsustainable, politically, economically or morally.
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