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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/
Australia’s Senator Pauline Hanson speaks her mind and when she does I usually agree with her. The present supposedly conservative Australian Federal government is ANYTHING but conservative and I am in total agreement with Pauline Hanson making a motion ‘…calling on the Australian government to boycott the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Great Reset agenda was blocked in the Senate on Nov. 11.
The Great Reset of capitalism aims to take advantage of the chaos and disruption caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus (novel coronavirus) pandemic to revamp “all aspects of our societies and economies.”
Hanson said the polices of the Great Reset would destroy Australia’s economy, “push socialist and neo-Marxist policies” onto Australians, and “pave the way for big controlling government, suppression of free speech, and reduced property rights.”
The proposal was defeated 2 – 37 after the Liberals and the Nationals allied with Labor and the Greens.
“It is an absolute travesty that the Australian Government has sided with the globalists of the World Economic Forum and their Great Reset agenda against the interests of everyday Australians,” Hanson told The Epoch Times in a statement.
“This is a group of global lefty elites—billionaires, business executives, and celebrities—who think they know better than us how to run our own country,” she said.
However, South Australian Liberal Senator Anne Ruston rejected “the notion of boycotting discussions” on the Great Reset.
She said the government participates in a variety of international forums designed to enhance collaboration but would not be part of any agreements that don’t reflect Australia’s values or interests.
Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice also rose to express opposition to the motion where she accused Hanson of “running scared of Agenda 21, the Illuminati, and the shadowy cabals that supposedly control the world.”
Rice described the Great Reset agenda as a modest WEF initiative that aims for global cooperation to manage the direct consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The truth is, unless we take this pandemic seriously and cooperate globally, dying of coronavirus actually has a much more serious impact on your individual freedoms and your economic freedoms,” Rice said.
But what Rice described as a modest initiative, Prince Charles—a strong proponent of the Great Reset—described as “a chance to remake nations across the planet.”
For Hanson and others, the Great Reset agenda is seeking to capitalise on the pandemic to “overturn lives, push control agendas, and meddle in social systems in countries across the world.”
“This so-called reset is absolute rubbish and we should make a stand to play no part in it, to protect Australians and our way of life,” Hanson said.
What is the ‘Great Reset’?
Justin Haskins, editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com and the editorial director of The Heartland Institute, wrote about the Great Reset in an op-ed for The Epoch Times in July.
Global leaders, including Prince Charles, met at a virtual meeting held in June to call for a Great Reset of capitalism.
Haskins said that many of those at the meeting support the elimination of the world’s current capitalist system and have promoted socialist policies—such as wealth taxes, Green New Deal-like programs, and national job guarantees and government incomes.
“Among those who spoke at the event or expressed their support separately for the plan were Ma Jun, the chairman of the Green Finance Committee at the China Society for Finance and Banking and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China; António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations; powerful union leaders; activists from groups such as Greenpeace International; CEOs and presidents of large corporations such as BP, MasterCard, and Microsoft; and officials from the International Monetary Fund.
“But the person who has most clearly articulated the vision of the Great Reset is Klaus Schwab, the head of the World Economic Forum and one of the Reset’s most ardent supporters,” Haskins wrote.
“Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed,” Schwab wrote in an article published on WEF’s website. “In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.”
Schwab also said that “all aspects of our societies and economies” must be “revamped,” “from education to social contracts and working conditions.”
Haskins wrote that as terrifying as this might sound the worst was yet to come.
At the June event, the WEF announced that the Great Reset agenda would be the focus of its next annual event in Davis, scheduled for January 2021.
“At the Davos meeting, powerful business leaders, government officials, activists, and academics will promote the Great Reset and coordinate a massive worldwide campaign to promote their agenda,” Haskins wrote.
For Haskins, the Great Reset agenda is a “dangerous moment for freedom, both in the United States and across the planet.”
“Not only has government used the COVID-19 pandemic to increase its power, world leaders are now planning to expand it dramatically in the years to come through their Great Reset reforms,” he wrote. “If we don’t stop this radical move toward collectivism and the decimation of capitalism, the world’s freedom movement might never recover.”’https://www.theepochtimes.com/great-reset-of-capitalism-a-threat-to-our-way-of-life-australian-senator_3573950.html