The following is a brief excerpt of a longer essay in the Leftist Woke THE CONVERSATION. These Left leaning Marxists are thrilled that the lying Australian PM has received the endorsement from the Nationals for him to go to Glasgow and sign more of Australia’s economic future and sovereignty away to the globalist anti-God climate scammers.
‘Resources Minister Keith Pitt is set to be elevated to cabinet under a deal between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce that sees the Nationals sign up to the 2050 net-zero target.
Pitt, who was demoted to the outer ministry by Joyce, has been one of the toughest critics of a rush to embrace the 2050 target, and a very strong advocate of the coal industry’s future.
Under the deal, the Nationals cabinet numbers would go from four to five although their overall frontbench numbers stay the same. Asked whether he’d put up the proposal of an extra cabinet minister, Joyce said “any decision like that is a decision for the prime minister”.
Politics in Australia is much like that in the USA except the USA has had the good fortune of having Donald J. Trump for four years and Australia hasn’t! After the Coalition here in Australia threw out true conservative Tony Abbott from being PM the Coalition put left leaning in the wind Turnbull. By the way, Turnbull should be thrown out of the Liberal Party altogether and when Turnbull was put out to pasture Australia was given Scott Morrison. What a prize! Morrison is just barely a smidgen better than Turnbull but he is better. Nevertheless, even though Morrison and much of his party claim to be center right the following article points out how these make believe conservatives show exactly what they are by their appointments to unelected positions of authority. Those appointments are one of the many reasons why Australia finds itself in the position it is in today! For example ‘Why is it that left-wing political parties are so good at ruthlessly appointing like-minded fellow travellers to all the key unelected positions that matter such as the Human Rights Commissions, the public broadcaster, the judiciary, the various other commissions and tribunals and so on? And relatedly, why is it that supposedly right-wing parties and governments like the current Coalition government in Canberra are not?
It’s an interesting question because we can see this phenomenon of conservative pusillanimity and surrender in appointments across the anglosphere. Indeed, this issue has been exercising the British commentator Douglas Murray who earlier this year argued forcefully that newly re-elected conservative governments must be far more courageous in how they make their appointments to all the key positions across government. But looking at the last seven years of Coalition governments here in Australia – from the Abbott government through the Turnbull government now on to the Morrison one – all anyone on the right side of politics can observe is near-on total surrender. Cowardly appointment after cowardly appointment, all of them seemingly more concerned to stay on the good side of the ABC (good luck with that!) than of its core supporters.
The question was intriguing enough that I took it as the theme for my chapter in a new book Keeping Australia Right (just out so order away) that brought together 15 different authors who each contributed a chapter on themes ranging from immigration (we need less, way less after Covid), to energy (it’s been the Libs almost as much as Labor that have taken us from the democratic world’s cheapest electricity 15 years ago to its most expensive today, and all in the name of virtue-signalling), labour relations (too depressing to think about), economic policy and more. The book is published by Connor Court, an outfit that unlike all the university publishers does not receive a penny of government money and that helps those on the right side of politics have an outlet for their views.
At any rate, in my chapter I looked at this theme of ‘appointments and courage’ because the one thing you never see from virtually any conservative government is courage when it comes to appointments. It’s almost as if they’d much prefer to appoint their ideological enemies to these key unelected positions than anyone who might, you know, actually vote for them and share their core beliefs – and yes, I know, it is a leap to suppose that many of today’s supposedly conservative politicians have those, or indeed any, beliefs but let’s be generous. And yes, I know it’s just as bad in Britain as it is here but really that is hardly an excuse. After all, this is a core part of the culture wars we are losing and this should be one of the easiest things to turn around, given that none of these appointments needs to go through the Senate. Yet in seven years the record is exiguous at best. Try it. Try to point to a single staunch conservative appointed to anything. Go ahead. But me no Buttroses though.
And to make that point in my chapter I run the reader through recent Coalition appointments to the High Court. I point out how wholly useless the Coalition has been in their appointments to the Human Rights Commission (which in my view should be disbanded immediately, but if that’s too brave an option for them at least don’t appoint ‘Freedom Commissioners’ whom the Greens could have chosen and who do not exactly light up the airwaves on behalf of free speech or against s.18C hate speech laws or in condemnation of Dan the Man in Victoria – and this is a Coalition pick to be clear). I also mention woeful appointments to the ABC. I note that for the government that effectively bankrolls all the universities you’d be hard-pressed to name a single, solitary vice-chancellor or deputy vice-chancellor (leave aside those in charge of ‘Diversity and Equity’ to be sporting) who has right-of-centre views. Of course as all surveys throughout the anglosphere repeatedly show, university academics vote left more than right by huge margins, upwards of 8 or 9 to 1 at a minimum. In some university departments and schools you can’t find a single conservative willing to come out of the closet, assuming any exist at all.
I suppose somebody must already have pointed out to Team ScoMo that you can’t win the culture wars if you don’t even turn up to fight them. Appeasement doesn’t work. One of the things I loved about Donald Trump, and that so many effete conservatives disliked, is that he actually did fight back. Sure that’s hard to do when so much of the public service, media class, lawyerly caste and academia leans so massively left and will do near on anything to stop you. But what Trump has done is to flush out the appeasers in his own Republican party. It is hard to see any future Republican nominee or new Senate or gubernatorial candidate being successful who does not commit to the Trump-like willingness to fight back against cancel culture, political correctness, patent media bias and having left- wing nostrums shoved down our throats, not to mention committing to a public list from which all top judicial picks will be made. (And though you may instinctively dislike such lists let me tell you that what they do is to keep the right side of politics honest. In my view the majority of recent High Court of Australia appointments made by the Coalition these past seven years could never have been made had there been a list and these people’s names put on the list beforehand – because you can say things before someone’s appointed that you can’t say afterwards.)
Remember O’Sullivan’s Law coined by Maggie Thatcher’s speechwriter John O’Sullivan: ‘Any organisation or enterprise [in today’s world] that is not expressly right-wing will become left-wing over time.’ Then go and take a look at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney set up by John Howard where (as far as I could tell) not a single one of the many academics there supported Trump, not one. Or even take a look at where the Ramsay Centre seems to be moving of late. Or look at the Liberal MPs who come out of right-leaning think-tanks only to turn to mush once elected. Heck, take a look at the upper echelons of much of our military. Where, oh where, in this country is the courage in appointments that Douglas Murray is calling for? I can’t see it. Can you?’https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/12/fighting-back-with-conservative-appointments/
The Hollow man Scott Morrison is not a conservative nor (in my own opinion) a true friend of the USA. He seems to be one of those who tries to play both sides. Now, the ‘Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that Australia’s pursuit of national interests on the world stage has been wrongly interpreted as siding with the US over China, adding that his government will not make a “binary choice” between the two major powers.
The fools here are those who believe Morrison is a conservative! There will come the time when a choice between freedom and social Marxism will HAVE to be made and I don’t think this PM will make the right choice!
The supposedly conservative Coalition Federal government of Australia is selling its citizens into financial poverty through its belief that it can change the climate! Billions of tax dollars thrown down the renewable hole while electricity prices go through the roof and the grid ruined. It wasn’t that long ago that the present PM took a lump of coal into Parliament to prove some point but has not since pushed for the building of even one new coal power station. Rather than waking up to the climate scam lie the make believe conservatives take the nation with them to ruin by taking a ‘…strong domestic and international action to reduce emissions and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Our Foreign Policy White Paper recognises the challenges that climate change will increasingly present in the coming years, and the economic opportunities in the transition to a low emissions global economy. Given the growing challenges to sustainable development presented by climate change, the White Paper also highlighted that responding to climate change will continue to be a priority for Australia’s development assistance.
Australia’s targets will be met through a comprehensive policy suite to reduce emissions, encourage technological innovation and expand our clean energy sector. Australia will complete a Long Term Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy in 2020. More information about Australia’s domestic mitigation efforts can be found at the Department of the Environment and Energy. Information about Australia’s adaptation efforts can be found at the website of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
As well as taking action at home, Australia is supporting other countries to reduce their emissions, build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The Government will achieve its 2015 commitment of providing at least $1 billion in climate development assistance for developing countries from 2015–2020 from the Australian aid program, including$300 million over four years for climate change and disaster resilience in the Pacific. In August 2019, Prime Minister Morrison announced a further $500 million over five years from 2020 to help Pacific nations invest in renewable energy and climate and disaster resilience. Australia’s support for climate action through our development program over 2020-25 will be guided by our Climate Change Action Strategy, released in November 2019.
Australia is leading global partnerships to protect rainforests such as the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Partnership and marine ecosystems, including the International Coral Reef Initiative and the International Partnership for Blue Carbon. We are also building capacity in measurement, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas mitigation, and support for the development of blue carbon inventories.
Our politicians are selling us down the muddy climate scam river to financial ruin. It will not be too long until keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer will be a luxury that many will not be able to afford. Why? Because of the climate scam lie and our politicians pushing that lie through pouring billions of tax payer dollars in renewable subsidies. I regularly protest to my local members via email concerning this issue and this is one of the most recent emails to those members.
It was a supposedly ‘conservative’ Australian Federal government of the Liberal/Nationals coalition that threw the Australian economy into a nose dive due to the China virus. Now, after the financial chaos the Prime Minister talks a lot about jobs while throwing billions into grid chaos renewables. He also says he is not into fighting the culture wars and yet his own Liberal party is obsessed with progressive ideas. Yes, ‘WHILE Australians are worried about actual problems like rising unemployment, the Liberal Party is worried about gender imbalance among its MPs.
It’s hard to believe that Australia’s conservative party would allow itself to be defined by progressive values, especially when progressives cannot even define the word “woman”.
But Liberals have allowed themselves to become convinced that anything less than 50 per cent of their MPs being women is inherently bad.
Nobody ever gives cogent reasons as to why there should be an equal number of men and women in parliament. That women comprise half the population is a statistical fact, but not an argument for the composition of parliament.
And the argument that “we need more representation of women” is a misuse of language since every member of parliament represents men and women equally.
The sexist idea that only a woman can truly represent the interests of women was well and truly dismantled this week when it was revealed Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne was yet to speak to her Qatar counterpart about the alleged strip search of 13 Australian woman at Doha airport more than three weeks ago.
Imagine if a male foreign minister said he was waiting for an official report before raising the subject with Qatar’s foreign minister!
Meanwhile, the possibility that men dominate parliaments because most women are far too intelligent to pursue a career in branch stacking, faction dealing, fund raising and functions at all hours that interfere with family life is not allowed to be considered.
Anything less than male-female parity is now prima facie evidence of the Liberal Party’s “problem with women”. Only when parity is achieved can Liberals say they are inclusive and hold their heads high.
But if the Liberals were serious about a parliament that mirrored the general population, they would worry less about gender and instead focus on pre-selecting people with backgrounds other than in law.
Or they would insist that half of all MPs were professing Christians.
Or they would insist on pre-selecting candidates who were actually conservatives, regardless of gender, rather than people who were a pale shade of green.
A report released this week by Liberal think tank the Menzies Research Centre has warned that the Liberal Party was taking only “incremental steps” towards gender balance.
Currently 25 per cent of Liberal MPs across Australia are women. This is well short of the 50 per cent mark the party was hoping to achieve by 2025. By contrast 46 per cent of Labor MPs are women. And how’s that working out for them?
The ALP lost the last federal election and received around 300,000 less votes from women than did the Liberal Party.
No wonder the MRC report says that a significant number of Liberals deny that gender imbalance matters.
But like I said, it is now an article of faith that anything less than equal numbers of men and women is evidence of a problem.
So the MRC report insisted that “the first step in addressing the representation of women in the Liberal Party is to acknowledge that the Party does in fact have a problem”. In other words, if you think that gender imbalance is not a problem, you are the problem.
The report rejected the idea of “quotas”, as used by the Labor Party, but demanded “targeted intervention” which was a fancy way of saying quotas without using the word.
Each Liberal Party division, it said, should set targets for female representation that were measured and reported every year.
So the Liberals may not be using quotas, but their fixation on social engineering shows that they are taking Australia down the same woke cul-de-sac as Labor, only more slowly.
The Liberals will betray their conservative base who believe in meritocracy and they will disappoint progressives for not doing woke as well or as quickly as the ALP and Greens.
Whatever diversity candidates they do get into parliament will bring with them their baggage of imagined grievance, which they will then project onto the party and onto society at large.
The United States is voting today for their freedom! Yes, their freedom because if Sleepy Joe wins individual freedom as once known is gone. Islam and Marxism will be the new guys on the block!
Here in Australia we have a couple of years before another Federal election. However, there isn’t a real big choice here when it comes to the major parties. The supposedly conservatives, Liberal/Nationals, are simply socialist Labor/Green lite. So many on both sides have succumbed to the Chinese and their money.
However, it is not only the Chinese that is a worry with our Australian politicians but also the culture war. For instance Liberal Prime Minister Morrison and his government have failed miserably in many many areas of which one ‘…is against the transgender ideology. In June, Health Minister Greg Hunt refused to support a joint federal/state inquiry into what advice is being given by gender clinics to parents of young children and to young people under 18 presenting for treatment. As noted by Moira Deeming in this publication, the increasing numbers of children and young people presenting to gender clinics is very concerning. The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Gender Service, Melbourne reported a 250-fold increase in new referrals to their service between 2003 and 2017 – from 1 to 250. Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory have now made “gender conversion” practices illegal. Victoria will soon follow suit. This is despite the evidence provided by a significant majority of medical professionals that almost all affected children will revert to an identity congruent with chromosomes through puberty. All that is needed in the great majority of cases is ‘watchful waiting’ in expectation of natural reversion, supported by individual and family counselling, and appropriate administration of psychiatric care. This view is supported by many individuals who have experienced a positive change from properly given and appropriate therapy. Under the above-mentioned legislation, access to such therapy will be denied and anyone with influence involved in a child’s life risks incarceration if they do not embrace “affirmative therapy”.
Why then is the government — and the Prime Minister in particular — so hostile to the exercise of fundamental freedoms?
To find a possible answer, we must go back as far as March 2017, when he was Treasurer in the Turnbull government. At this time, attempts were being made to amend section 18C of the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975, which prohibits an act that is reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity. It had been Coalition policy to either repeal this law or amend it significantly, since it infringes the implied right in the Australian Constitution of freedom of political communication given that the language and emotions 18C targets – offence, insult and humiliation – go far beyond what is required in the international treaties most directly supporting this Act, they being the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).
During the debate on the legislation to amend the Act, Morrison told The Sydney Morning Herald that changing section 18C would not help reduce unemployment or improve any other economic metric. He said at the time: “As a senior figure in this government … I know this issue doesn’t create one job, doesn’t open one business, doesn’t give anyone one extra hour. It doesn’t make housing more affordable or energy more affordable. I don’t see any intersection between that issue and those priorities.”
Well, as we have seen this year, oppressive measures to counter coronavirus which have failed to protect those most vulnerable and the Prime Minister’s support for them, have created economic disaster and numbers of unemployed not seen since the early 1990s. The fact is that this appalling result has been achieved with authoritarian provisions in denying the fundamental human rights of Australians, yet at the same time expecting their total obedience and acquiescence. M
The Prime Minister’s weak criticism of the Victorian government in the parliament while at the same time justifying is actions is consistent with that of a man who has in the past displayed his authoritarian tendencies on several occasions.
“It was a low day in Oz politics when Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull decided not to risk Abbott and Hastie winning the WA seat of Canning in a by election on that Saturday. They won anyway but it was too late, the treachery of the Libs’ Left had played out with another first term PM mercilessly dumped to salve the ego of one person.
Media scribes have suggested that Tony Abbott can now regain the Prime Ministership. That’s mischievous rubbish! But make no mistake, had he not been murdered, he would today be burying Shorten for good and counting a manageable majority.
Media thought an athletic PM a non sequitur and that biting an onion and winking was a terminal fault. But Abbott copped it sweet, he never complained.
Turnbull and Bishop could not have carried out their killing of Abbott without the viciously partisan support of the Left media, but hey, what goes around….
Abbott must have slept last night with a wry smile on his face. He had killed off the Rudd/Gillard nightmare and despite the Senate he had stopped the boats and destroyed Labor’s damaging mining and carbon taxes. Abbott was on the way to a comfortable 2016 win.
Turnbull has taken all of Abbott’s record 2013 landslide and trashed it… nothing left, good people gone forever, just to satisfy Turnbull’s unhealthy, lustful, egocentric craving for The Lodge… a craving he has nursed for decades.
As said here ad nauseum, the window for a DD election closed in September last year when Abbott was gearing up to rid the Senate of its rancid, obstructionist rubbish with his own DD. Instead he was knifed earlier than was planned, before he could win that by-election of Canning, and show once again his ability to overcome insurmountable political odds.
Abbott was a proven winner, Turnbull is a proven failure. But Lib sanity was lost in a pool of blood on a Party room floor.
To call a DD election to follow a third-term May budget takes a special type of fool, and yesterday proved the folly. Turnbull not only allowed the Libs to be savaged by a grub like Shorten, he doubled the obstructionist Senators he was attempting to get rid of and gave the worst of them another six year tenure! Bloody hell, you’re good Turnbull.
The Coalition Nats increased their representation because some voters saw them as the only alternative to voting for Turnbull. Surely the Libs now realise that a further Turnbull experiment will lead to a nasty split and multiple terms for Labor.
Yet somehow among the carnage there is a thread of good ol’ Aussie common sense that didn’t give Shorten a term as PM, that killed off Oakeshott and Windsor, that elevated Pauline Hanson and other Parties that are concerned with the failure of multiculturalism and that will finally rid Australia of a fool like Turnbull.
We aren’t silly, we got exactly what we wanted… a spanking for Turnbull but not such a belting that would have delivered us Shorten. It was a fine line to tread but we managed to do it once again.
The only time that elections do not reflect Aussie common sense is when they are taken out of our hands on Party room floors.
The average voter believes a successful merchant banker like Turnbull should have the wherewithal to govern. Not necessarily so! The role of a merchant banker is to gamble with other people’s money to profit from other people’s stature and successes… Turnbull to a tee.