22. May, 2022

Election 2022

Well the election has come and gone. Our cumbersome farce and so overly democratic electoral system, ceasing to be representative in any meaningful manner, has delivered us into the hands of a new set of the ineffable Chesterton’s ‘unhappy Lords’.   

On a positive note, it did rid us of the abhorrent Morrison and his excuse for a government and it has provided us with lots of angst and outright entertainment in watching the new bunch of clowns in their endeavour to implement their various social engineering, environmental and clean energy policy. Their forays into foreign affairs should be at least as much fun as the last shower.

Let me be plain. I disagree with nearly everything this new government stands for- but I respect the fact that they stand for something and I wish them well. If they can get this country out of its current moral and economic slough they will deserve our gratitude. I do not however hold out any hopes.

I am however far more interested in the important lessons to be absorbed from this election.

The farcically low vote for the two major parties amply indicates a deep electoral dissatisfaction with politics, politicians and all their doings. It is surely time for this benighted species to smarten their footwork and actually listen to and act upon the wishes of their electors.

The appalling paucity of policy debate during the course of this election totally confounds belief. This country stands in the cross-hairs of geopolitical crisis; it is in hock to god knows who for trillions of dollars; its economy is in peril; urban Australia is busting at the seams and the price of housing is a national disgrace; our manufacturing base is non-existent; our agriculture sector is flailing; our island continent has been recently ravaged by drought; fire and flood; our armed forces are pathetic; we are a maritime nation without a merchant fleet and the list continues.

Where was the debate about infrastructure planning; regional and urban planning; manufacturing development; agricultural development; dry-land farming and water security; defence planning and ship-building; value adding our mineral resources; immigration policies and so forth and so on?

Watching television yesterday was a depressing experience, as swathes of the great unwashed, interviewed on camera, repeated the mantra – climate change; women’s rights, the economy – period. Not a word about the big picture. Why?

Because none of our putative leaders led any substantive debate or unveiled any cost effective and practicable polices in these critical matters.

A distinguishing feature of this election was the eloquent affirmation of the old maxim that ‘money talks’. The overnight appearance from the posh catwalks of our country of a bevy of haute-couture and well-heeled teal bimbos spruiking the same and only song they knew – climate change – made a total mockery of the term ‘independent’. These ‘independents’ were underwritten largely by a scion of one of the most ruthless and rapacious West Australian tycoons of the ‘seventies and ‘eighties, who himself, and of course totally coincidently, is purported to have large investments in the alternative energy sector. This agenda-laden bevy of air-headed beauties represents a disturbing trend in Australian politics being the exercise of blatant wealth and pure and untrammelled elitism.      

A cursory review of the credentials of most of these independents reveals that many come from old money and old political families – suggesting perhaps a ‘born to rule’ attitude whilst others come from media and activist backgrounds. All contested and many now represent affluent and once classical Liberal electorates and all may be classified as being part of Australia’s wealth elite.

The American term ‘luxury belief’ is most apposite here. This virtue signalling tokenism to socio-political fads and fashions such as ‘climate change’ is readily affordable to the wealthy who can afford it: but it comes at great cost to the poor and struggling classes who cannot.

This new political elite introduces a new and unwanted element into Australian politics. It smacks of the egregious British class system and, more significantly, distorts quite substantially the national debate about the subject. Sadly it speaks volumes about the electorates that voted for this vapid and pampered cohort of political irritants.

On this theme, the significance of the Green vote in the inner urban electorates is also indicative of a dangerous trend in Australian politics. It represents solidification of the divide between not only ‘town’ and ‘country’ but of ultra-urban and regional Australia. Although the divide between town and country had been a natural feature of politics in every country since time immemorial, hard Green policies designed to appeal to the ultra-urbanite Green voter has the potential to play a disproportional role in shaping both Liberal and Labor policies. Moreover, the Greens can rely upon a ready and willing cohort of vocal and violent supporters and activists to press their point.

As inner urban dwelling became chic so did the appeal of the Greens to the extent that they now are a credible force dictating policy over industries such as mining, fishing and agriculture that they know little about. The divide between city and country is a matter that requires serious address.   

This election has highlighted the need for a totally new centre-right force in this country’s political milieu. A force that can openly, honestly and actually aggregate the aspirations and values of ordinary working men and women of Australia. We had a party like that once – it was called the Liberal Party. Sadly, it disappeared.

From a personal perspective I am delighted at the results of this election. It supports my long-held thesis that the time for liberal representative democracy has come and gone. Secondly, the advent of the aforementioned bevy of independents has relegated my far too long-standing, rancorous and abominable independent local member into a furthered role of total irrelevance.   

ENDS