As Scott Morrison ramps up his new image as our strong protector, the only one with the “mettle” to save us from the evil that is knocking on our door, it is worth examining who this shouty Billy Bunter takes on in our defence.
Does he go after the big corporations and wealthy individuals who avoid paying tax and the lax rules that allow them to? No.
Does he protect the environment from those who put profit first? No.
Does he champion human rights and call out those who abuse them? No
Does he pursue and punish corruption? No.
Does he fight for self-determination for our First People? No.
Does he punish businesses that exploit their workers? No.
Does he insist on transparency and accountability in government? No.
Does he expect and enforce a higher standard of behaviour from his colleagues? No.
So who are the targets of this courageous crusader?
Traumatised asylum seekers are held hostage for years, with no options for the future, and vilified as rapists, pedophiles and murderers. We even refuse them the medical treatment that we freely give to actual criminals.
Migrants are blamed for everything – urban congestion, hospital waiting times, housing unaffordability, unemployment, crime.
People on welfare are labelled dole bludgers and leaners and pursued for old debts they don’t owe. Disability pensioners are forced to constantly jump through hoops to prove they haven’t recovered from being disabled and the unemployed are so busy trying to comply with the rules set by jobsearch that they don’t have the time or money to actually look for work.
The pathway forward suggested by the Uluru statement is rejected in favour of income management, tougher sentencing, more gaols and truancy officers.
Environmentalists are condemned as virtue-signalling job-destroying socialist dilettantes.
Children are told to stop being activists and to get back to school and leave politics to the adults – the adults who want to make tertiary education so prohibitively expensive as to be financially exclusive.
New mothers are labelled as ‘double dippers’ and have their maternity leave entitlements reduced.
Weekend workers have their penalty rates reduced because the weekend is just like any other day according to the politicians who turn up to work about 50 days a year and can fly their family to join them on the public purse.
Charities, NFPs and community support programs have their funding stripped while dubious organisations are gifted hundreds of millions in government contracts and grants with no competitive tender, oversight or evaluation.
Yeah Scott, you’re real tough – when you’re picking on the little guy.
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