Aussie Election Lesson: Climate Activism is a Game for Lazy Rich Elitists

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. By User:Clrdms – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

One of the most intriguing takeaways from the 18th May Federal Election in Australia is how poorly Labor’s climate action political campaign focus played in working class areas.

Scott Morrison has earnt a permanent place as a Liberal Party legend — returning the Government in what was meant to be an unwinnable election for the Coalition.

Mr Morrison smashed the doctrine that disunity will lead to electoral death.

Despite three prime ministers in two terms of government, the Queensland swing to back the Coalition and swings in Tasmania and WA showed that ultimately jobs and fear of change are too dominant.
The Prime Minister made the campaign all about economic management and himself — out-campaigning Labor by running a brutal and stunning campaign demolishing Labor’s big-target policy agenda.

Mr Morrison made the campaign a referendum on him and Bill Shorten, and downplayed the Liberal brand — cultivating a new Scott Morrison image and promising to be a steady pair of hands on the economy.
He told a packed crowd of Liberal supporters in Sydney he had always believed in miracles.

“And tonight we’ve been delivered another one,” he said.

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-19/federal-election-result-morrison-turn-labor-strategy-into-weapon/11116468

This isn’t the first time the climate movement has misjudged their audience. The wealthy elitism of the climate movement was on full display during the recent Extinction Rebellion shutdown of central London.

During the “rebellion”, leisure rich dilettante hippies partied in London, creating commuter misery for people who have to work for a living. Yet the out of touch Extinction Rebellion hippies somehow thought that raising “awareness” of climate change, by mocking workers with their privilege, would win support from the victims of their disruption.

The Australian Labor Party was traditionally the party of workers. But like Extinction Rebellion in the UK, and the Democrats in the USA, the Australian Labor Party has lost touch with their base, and become the plaything of rich champagne socialists who want to assuage their self indulgent liberal angst by virtue signalling issues like climate activism.

The May 18 2019 Australian election is a message to the climate movement, and to out of touch politicians everywhere who somehow think climate messages are a way of connecting with voters; it’s not working.

Update (EW): Fixed a spelling mistake (h/t Tony)

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132 thoughts on “Aussie Election Lesson: Climate Activism is a Game for Lazy Rich Elitists

    • I always have trouble remembering how to spell champagne. I’ve found it easier to say “limozene liberal” instead.

      • There are so many loan words in English from other languages, it tends to be memory rather than phonetics.

        • They’re, there and their. The modern English language was created by….politicians! There is a stunning documentary about the origins of English, I can’t recall who was the presenter/narrator anymore. But there was a time when the official language of England was French, and people took to chance to read English books.

          • If you are recalling the same documentary as I am, I think it was by McNeil, of McNeil Lehrer evening news. Something like “The story of English”.

          • The current use of English as the international lingua franca for diplomacy, business, science, technology, aviation, etc. is based on its large vocabulary and complex grammar which evolved as different invading cultures helped shape the language and grammar of Britannia. (See: “The Story of English” by Robert McCrum, William Cran, & Robert MacNeil.)

          • “Alexander Feht May 18, 2019 at 9:28 pm”

            Yes. And having lived in Ireland and tried to speak it.

          • I just had a quick look at the start of the McNeil doco. I’ll watch the rest later. I was glad to see that he used “different from” instead of “different to”. The first couple of academics talking about public schools (aka private schools. Not state schools) seemed to me to be a bit anti. And, good grief, why did they use Winchester as an example? Biggest bunch of pretentious pricks on the planet. We were friendly with our rival schools such as Eton, Harrow (Hmmm), Marlborough and Rugby, but Winchester was a bit strange.

          • “its large vocabulary and complex grammar ”

            Large vocabulary, emphatically yes. Complex grammar no, English barely has a grammar, just syntax.

          • “I saw the girl in the park with the telescope”

            Where am I, where is the girl and where is the telescope?

      • My wife and I had a celebratory bottle this evening, so I’m a bit past wondering how it’s spelled. Or is that spelt?

        If I want to remember the spelling of champagne, I pronounce it in French in my mind.

      • Why are we discussing the history of the English language just because the article had a spelling error? Please let’s keep to the subject of the original blog without digression.

        • agree;-)
          so on that subject.. apart from shorta^ses unctuous manner of speaking down to the people, and his cliamte crawling to the young…who are a LOT less of the electorate and apart from (should be ) committed protosctivist types still too lazy to work out ow to vote effectively.
          even the slowest people have finally worked out that a pile of seeming generous” govvy gifts” are followed by having fees n charges and taxes rise to pay for them.
          in this case higher power and other charges nd repealing the laws that removed death duties.
          thats a biggie as very few people back then or again now could pay the death taxes to inherit their parents or partners home thereby ending up renting(ha ha try that and survive) or homeless.
          the repeal of those insidious and outright robbery charges meant some people managed to finally be secure in tenure.
          add the fiddling with retirement and super etc and he signed victory away
          however the ABC and other media like yours before clinton trump were pushing laborto suit THEIR agendas and polling results were skewed if not fudged to try and make people think like sheeple . didnt work;-)
          bills new book titled what happened? with a picture of a stunned mullet on the cover will be in bookstores soon

    • Nothing doing. A classic Freudian slip. A prescient reference to the delicious sounds of popping corks following the sweetest win of all time in an unwinnable election having been consistently behind in the polls since 2015.

    • I suggest that “Champaign” is brilliant new word, and is exactly the right one to use in this comment. It could refer to any campaign supported by “leisure rich dilettante hippies”: that is, people who can afford the financial impact of economically suicidal policies invented by brain-addled tree-hugging virtue-signallers and supported by trustafarians and champagne socialists. The policy-setters of Australian Labor, US Democrats and UK LibLabConGreen coalition still don’t comprehend how many votes they lose by running or supporting a champaign. Instead of questioning why their policies are so unpopular, they point their fingers variously at newly-minted bogeymen such as Russia, the “far-right”, Chinese telecom companies and the internet, and demand “regulation”.

      • Progressivism is about keeping the poor poor, dumb, and without power but in a way the poor do it voluntary like in saving the Earth. Progressivism has never been about We The People.
        Progressivism brought us central banking and income tax (etc) to give them the right to know everything about you. It is about slavery.

    • Probably had “Champagne Charlie” and “Hooray Henry” on his mind when talking about the wealthy elite of Extinction Rebellion.

      Moving away from the subject of spelling/typing errors, I would not underestimate the affect of years of indoctrination by the media and ‘climate change’ zealots of politicians, the young and public at large. Climate change indoctrination is constant in the media in the UK (especially the BBC), is in the national school curriculum and universities. This leads to confirmation bias due to the left wing social bubble the MSM live in and social media users who tend to be in contact with people of the same opinion.

      Also, the recent habit of ostracising and name calling anyone who disagrees with their alarmist, catastrophic view of ‘climate change’ and the environment results in voters keeping their opinions to themselves or, just pretending to agree with what someone ranting at them is saying.

      Most voters, of whatever persuasion; including those at the poll exit; will not want to admit who they voted for if their opinion may be subject to ridicule or name calling in their community or on social media and the MSM.

      ‘Climate emergency’ may take a new meaning when those in fuel poverty begin to realise that they are paying for the wealthy elite (in subsidies and feed in tariffs) to install solar panels on their big houses and paying for their subsidised luxury electric vehicles and for their electricity charging points while; at the same time; those in fuel poverty, losing their job (maybe to a factory in China next to a new coal power plant) because their employer can’t afford the energy costs.

      As the public eventually found in Northern Ireland, leading to the collapse of their government, some very wealthy individuals are making billions from subsidies and feed in tariffs for solar farms, biomass/wood-chip burning and wind farms, releasing more CO2 emissions than the natural gas they were using.

      The next environmental catastrophe will likely be caused by renewable energy schemes, battery, wind farm and solar panel waste, but many Western countries will not be able to deal with it because their economies will have collapsed due to ‘climate change’ costs.

      The EU are now proposing to spend a quarter of their budget on ‘climate change’.

      • Boy, isn’t that the truth. Of course, the failures of alternative energy in both Northern Ireland and Germany have been given scant attention by our mainstream media here in the US. But they could not help but notice the Australian election result.

        Voters around the world are tired of constant (and totally unfounded) hysteria and catastrophism. The Democrats in the US should be quaking in their boots right now. The only catastrophe they will be enduring if they persist in their foolishness is massive election defeat in November 2020.

    • Hi Tom,

      C’mom, it’s perfect. A “champaign” is a crusade, launched by the liberal elite class, against the interests of regular working folk, usually accompanied by posh parties and copious drinking.

      Cheers,
      Jeremy

  1. This should be a shot across the bow for the EU, Canada and the USA about their upcoming elections that if Big Climate and the ill thought resultant energy policies such as what USA Democrats, Oz Labor, and Canadian Liberals are professing, then the same election result is also probable. People are just sick of hearing about impending doom and gloom about some imaginary ‘climate emergency’ and the world ending in 12 years.

    • Even if you’d hit the bull’s eye of the “EU” and not just fire a shot across the bow, they’d never give in. They are making mistakes galore, but instead of putting their BS right, they have nothing to say but “We know, but we need more”. The “EU” is doomed.

  2. Please, let’s not disavow them of their political delusions until they have suffered some more major defeats.

    Of course, they will most likely conclude that their messaging was faulty and the voters are just too stupid to get it.

  3. “promising to be a steady pair of hands on the economy.
    He told a packed crowd of Liberal supporters in Sydney he had always believed in miracles.”

    Well, I guess that will help the economy.

    • Agreed, Australia’s economy is still in deep trouble because Morrison has sent mixed messages on fossil fuels and green energy, so energy prices are soaring – nobody is investing in new coal. I expressed my unhappiness about this a few days ago. But Shorten really thought climate activism would carry the day.

      • Eric…A bit of a worry…in fact a major concern…is that former PM Abbott was defeated in a ‘Get Tony Out’ campaign by a so called independent.
        They…The activist Left… tried to get rid of Immigration minister Dutton and Greg Hunt as well but failed.
        Steggall, the victor over Tony Abbott, is as Woke and Yuppie as possible and a former Olympic medallist in Skiing …what else for such a luvvie…and will be going all in on this Climate Bunkum and I fear our new LNP will accommodate her Climate nonsense to try to appease the wealthy and privilege mob that drive this rubbish.
        However Scott Morrison has produced a magic rabbit out of his political hat and it really is a kick in the backside for the establishment woke class who expected a Labor win and all the rewards that was to bring.
        Labor are likely to elect Anthony ‘Albo’ Anthonese as new leader and he is of the left and will double down on Climate Change spending to the cheers of the elite groups…an interesting 3 years ahead.
        Now for The Donald to win in 2020. That actually is the biggie as The Democrats will spend like drunken sailors on unreliables and renewables if they win. And Buffy Ocasio Cortez will be even more idiotic and unbearable.

      • Spot on Eric, Morision is better than Shorten by a very long way, but ‘ScoMo’ is far from a clean-skin regarding the CAGW circus, he still mouths the climate-change claims and action agenda. And Turnbull’s surreptitious carbon trading scheme scam is still with us.

      • I am waiting for the market to open today. Should be good news after all the uncertainty.

    • What happens when you make the cost of doing and making stuff so expensive? It goes offshore! Economy dies. Thanks ALP/Greens.

      What will Australia do if raw minerals bottom out and is not selling to anyone? Australia has a history of mining boom and bust. Will we build a massive solar array in WA and sell power to South East Asia?

      Ha ha ha ha ha…

    • Nothing radical would get thru the senate anyhow and there won’t be any effort to try. It will be basically status quo for 3 years while both parties try to work out where they go next to get a real working majority at the next election.

    • Actually the greatest virtue of the right is that they spend less and governments all of them spend money poorly because its not theirs.

      The left conversely spend more money for us and yes poorly that is why a left oriented party gives us the experience of poorer growth and ultimately ejection, unless they take the only course to remain in power possible to them, defeating the democracy.
      Unfortunately for the poor they vote for these folk who make them even poorer and wonder why the right are much less focused on their well being due to the obvious reality that they never form part of their voter base.

      • Paradoxically, Conservative provincial governments in Canada have tended to drive up deficits. They quite rightly tend to accuse the NDP as “tax and spend”. On the other hand, I notice that the Conservatives tend to be “don’t tax and spend anyway”. link

        Canada hasn’t had an NDP federal government. The Liberals (Canada’s natural governing party according to them) have had some pretty eye watering deficits.

        • You have a link to fake news.

          It is a fact that Canada’s NDP parties (provinces and federal) are all socialist parties that are also ‘green’ parties.

          Green parties due to CAGW all have developed overt plans to kill industry with regulations and new laws party.

          The province of Alberta had an NDP party for one four-year term.

          Socialism parties in Canada run dangerous deficits and kill economies.

          The fundamental objective of governments is making the GDP grow so there is more money to spend, rather than destroying an economy which then leads to dangerous deficits.

          Alberta now has the highest unemployment in its history and while the NDP were in charge it had the largest deficits in its history and the lowest growth in its history.

          Alberta has lost $40 billion dollars in large projects due to NDP and Liberal party policies.

          Alberta has the largest oil reserve (heavy oil) in the world, 1.5 trillion barrels of which roughly 30% to 40% is recoverable using the new Cenovus heavy oil recovery scheme.

          https://edmontonsun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-ndp-policies-destructive-for-already-struggling-alberta

          Put that deficit into context, though. Yes, at $6.9 billion, the 2018-19 deficit will be $1.9 billion lower than forecast. Yet it would still be the largest deficit in Alberta history were it not for the NDP’s first three deficits.

          And it’s almost entirely the fault of the provincial NDP and federal Liberal governments. Their carbon taxes, environmental regulations, long delays in approving new projects and increased business and personal taxes have scared away tens of billions of dollars in investment (as well as the small businesses and new jobs that go with all that money).

          Alberta has the highest unemployment rate in the country outside Atlantic Canada.

          For a contrast, look at the oil states in the U.S. where there aren’t “green,” socialist governments putting up roadblocks at every step and squeezing out what little blood is left in the golden goose.

          North Dakota has an unemployment rate of 2.7 per cent, Oklahoma’s is 3.2 per cent, Utah’s 3.2 per cent and Texas is 3.7.

          For a contrast, look at the oil states in the U.S. where there aren’t “green,” socialist governments putting up roadblocks at every step and squeezing out what little blood is left in the golden goose.

    • Miracles: Try the full quote “I have always believed in miracles!” Scott Morrison, the prime minister, told loyalists in Sydney. “I’m standing with the three biggest miracles (his wife and two daughters) in my life here tonight! And tonight we’ve been delivered another one!”.
      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/18/labour-optimistic-counting-begins-australian-general-election/
      I think I am right in saying that the Morrisons at one time thought that they might not be able to have children.

      • I think Morrison saying “I have always believed in miracles” had at least 3 meanings:

        – The miracle of winning the “unwinnable” election (obviously),

        – The miracle of life in his own family (I believe it took 18 years for Mr. and Mrs. Morrison to conceive their first child – they have 2 daughters now),

        – A dig at his detractors who attacked his Christian faith late in the election campaign (trying to conflate it with the ugly Christophobic campaign against Israel Folau, star Australian rugby player). I suggest this was a foolish move, electorally speaking.

    • Economic miracles do happen. link At least one analyst describes what President Trump has done as an economic miracle. link

    • ScoMo might say miracles, but the reason he has another chance at PM is that more voters want sensible use of fossil fuels for prosperity and security.

    • Mr. Stokes: Why obfuscate by pairing his “belief in miracles” with another part of his speech?

      But we all believe in miracles, don’t we? He believes in a political miracles, which sometimes come true. Economic “miracle” might overstate it, but voters clearly believe that labour’s plans (which you support, right?) to “help” the climate would not produce an economic miracle. Your particular miracle, if I may, is a climate miracle- you believe reducing AU emissions will somehow improve the global climate. I also have a “climate miracle”- permit humans to safely, cleanly (co2 defined as clean & safe) produce energy as they see fit, leave the climate alone, and watch a real economic miracle happen, where ever you do it. Let’s see how it works out in AU, USA, maybe GB?

  4. The Grauniad called this the Climate Change Election. They are absolutely spewing over this result. SO FUNNY. Another thing is that the Liberals and Nats got rid of their left–the white ants and so maybe the government could be a tad more conservative now. The only downside was Tony Abbott lost his seat.

  5. To paraphrase Paul Keating and old Labor Prime Minister: The Coalition’s victory was the sweetest in memory and one for the true believers in Liberalism.

  6. We dodged a bullet, but there is a tank coming up from behind. The tank is the generation of children that have been brainwashed with climate propaganda. They will soon be on the voting roll and worse still, old enough to be on the GetUp bankroll. It is up to US to make sure this tank runs out of fuel before before it hits the polling booth both in terms of votes and GetUp leftist fundamentalists.
    You can fool some people all of the time. You can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. We dodged a bullet this time, but with more coming, we need to better able to act at the next battle.

    • Yes, but they will find it hard trying to find work. Living off mummy and daddy won’t cut it!

    • Patrick MJD has it right. Yes, those brainwashed children will indeed soon be on the voting roll, but they will also get into the workforce, get housed, have children. There’s nothing quite like the cost of living for making people wake up.

  7. Personally I like a quote from one of the Liberal faithful Saturday night “Labor used to be the party for The Workers, now its the party for those that don’t work!”. Labor hammering on about the “top of end of town” or the rich resonated with folks who finally realised that “top end of town” or being rich was anyone who had a job…

    • +++

      One could add that the Greens used to be the party for concerned environmentalists, now it’s a party for whackers

  8. Everything is copacetic until the status quo doesn’t align with your state of thought. How inconvenient. Truth always wins out in the end.

  9. As far as Labor goes; It couldn’t have happened to nicer people. They are an ignorant bunch, bless em’.

    • Dang you’ve spoiled the surprise – I was going to wait for greens to say this 😉

    • Most of the whining I’m witnessing is to blame a complicit Murdoch. Regardless, the common theme is to blame everything but the party themselves. On the bright side, it has revealed which of my acquaintances I should pay way less attention to.

  10. ” traditionally the party of workers”

    They traditionally portray themselves as the party of workers.
    They never were.
    They were always about gaining power on the backs of workers. Pushing programs that they claimed would help everyone, but in reality never helped anyone other than themselves and their elitists friends.

    • I’m a bit hesitant to ascribe bad motives to people I disagree with, in my experience most people who join political parties usually do so because they believe in what they are doing, even if some of them end up corrupt.

        • Easy – Turnbull believed in what HE was doing.

          Turnbull’s failure was that he has been a failure in just about everything he has done.

          Australian Republic Movement? Fail
          Attempted to join the Labor Party? Fail
          Attempted to be Liberal leader in 2009? Fail
          Attempted to reform the Liberal Party in his image? Fail
          Attempted to justify removing Abbott with his ’30 Polls in a Row’, only to lose more than that? Fail
          Attempted to remain party leader? Fail
          Attempted to gain revenge by backing the ALP? Fail

          The man is a serial failure. For the sake of his loved ones I really hope he doesn’t decide to take up chainsaw juggling.

          • oh give credit he was/IS very successful at stashing money offshore and owns 40+ neg geared homes units. while still remaining very palsy with his usa bankster goldbags sux buddies who he seemed to run over to visit very fast after he got booted out
            he will hang around doing damage where and as he can

          • Yes, but there is a rumor doing the rounds that the wanker who put $1,000,000 on Labor to win just $235,000 (and lost) is Son of Tin-Ear Turnbull – if true it would appear failure is just a natural trait being passed on from father to son.

      • This post just begs for the response to end the discussion, so I won’t post a reply.

      • Explain Palmer and Turnbull and the ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme). Palmer voted with the coalition to pass the ETS legislation.

        Regards
        Climate Heretic

    • MarkW
      “Pushing programs that they claimed would help everyone, but in reality never helped anyone other than themselves and their elitists friends.”
      If think Mark is confusing his countries. We are not taking about Trump and his buddy friendly tax cuts here.

  11. Unfortunately the emphasis was assigned to economic loss. Only when people understand the science/truth/deception behind AGW will they understand.

  12. Labor leader Biĺl Shorten calling climate skeptics in the mining areas “knuckle draggers” resulted in big swing away from his party.
    He learned nothing from Hilary’s “deplorables”

    • “We’re going to put all you coal miners out of business” worked real well for Hilary.
      She lost West Virginia by 42 points.

  13. Their next WINNING platform …

    “OK, no more global warming lectures and promise of massive taxes. We tried to save the planet. But you are science-ignorant rubes who didn’t believe us. So, if you want to die in a miserable sweltering cataclysm… vote for us … we will let you die just as you wish.”

    “No. Really! Vote for us, and we’ll let you die. We won’t harangue you ANY more.”

  14. The left wing of Australian politics has retreated from the liberalisation of the Hawke/Keating years of the eighties and nineties. The next time they attain government, as they inevitably must, it is going to be an absolute disaster.

    • The interesting part is Labor may have to elect a right wing leader, there primary vote has dropped to 33%. Both Albanese and Plibersek are lefties and that is an issue in the wash up from the election.

    • The thing is there is a continual comparison to the Hawke/Keating years in Australia however, those years were very different, on the worlds stage, economically and politically, and that approach does not work in today’s world.

  15. Yet again the pollsters got it completely wrong. I could make a fortune by betting on the losing side according to them.

  16. In the UK the Labour Party (socialist) is also out of touch, being mainly run by champagne socialists who are alien to their constituents.

  17. I am a worker and I volunteered way more of my time than you can imagine on this campaign. The Liberals had to PAY people to campaign. They are the real elitists. I see people on the left working themselves into the ground volunteering on these campaigns in addition to their jobs. Who are the real elitists now?

    • Pushing your self-righteous deception. A wild baseless self-serving set of assertions!
      Left & bereft . . .

    • Ah, I see. You were tricked into working for nothing by the fat cat lefty politicians to keep them in the lifestyle they feel entitled to. You do know that they send their children to private school and have massive carbon footprints.

      Be angry and don’t let anyone do that to you again. You have an intrinsic value as a human being despite they way they have behaved towards you.

    • Working to save your country from insane climate repairmen, and getting paid for it? Nice work if you can get it. What don’t you comprehend?

    • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation acted as the de-facto Labor media section, using $1.2 BILLION of the TAXPAYERS’ money, while proving how throughly out of touch they were with the average Australian.

      The epitome of elitism.

    • The Australian Broadcasting Corporation acted as the de-facto Labor media section, using $1.2 BILLION of the TAXPAYERS’ money, while proving how throughly out of touch they were with the average Australian.

      The epitome of elitism.

      Union bosses using their members’ money to fund the election of their (the bosses’) cronies to power….. yet more elitism. No wonder union membership has declined so steeply in the private sector.

  18. The left wanted two scalps regardless; they only got one.
    Tony Abbott – GOT GOT.
    Peter Dutton – FAIL.
    The big legal firms heavily funded GetUp to take Dutton down so their chances of restarting the refugee industry could be improved. Slater & Gordon were a major donor.

  19. We need full documentation of what the Labor-Green alliance (competitors in name only) were trying to foist on the population this time to list exactly what was being rejected because the memories of the left will fade faster than their hangover, and cognitive-dissonance will be the order of the day.

    And I’m so happy to congratulate the neo-Stalinist green-sludge machine, Dick Di Natale, who’s failed watermelon outfit won only one seat in the Australian House of Representatives (Australia’s equivalent of the US Congress).

    That’s how ‘representative’ of the Australian cultural ethos the green-sludge is Dick, so get off your high-horse and quit the conceited pretense that you and yours represent more than 1/150th of the Australian peoples thinking. The Greens are an insignificant bug-splat mark on Australia’s windshield, you’re painfully unrepresentative in the Parliament for very good reason, and it’s all of your own doing.

    Seats won:

    Government Coalition (73)
    Liberal (58)[a]
    National (15)[b]

    Opposition Labor (69)

    Crossbenchers (8)
    National (1)[c]
    Katter’s Australian (1)
    Centre Alliance (1)
    Independent (4)[d]
    Greens (1)

    Greens are 1 out of 151 seats Dick.

  20. Don’t write Tony Abbott off just yet, he may well be of more value out of
    Parliament.

    While in Parliament as a back bencher, other than causing a little instability
    by his very presence, he was not able to do much re. CC .

    But outside just as with his ex Chief of staff, he may be in demand for his
    views on the CC matter.

    His basic problem was his religious baggage, I never did understand his
    attitude to issues such as same sex marriage. While I myself was against it,
    as I considered it to weaken the original marriage contract, which evolved
    primarily to raising a family, which same sex marriages seldom do.

    But if we vote in a person to “”Represent us ” then even if the feeling in a
    particular electorate is running contrary to the member personnel beliefs,
    he or she should say “”I vote for or against this particular matter as it is what
    the electorate wants” After all that is what being represented really
    means, certainly not one’s personnel feelings on the matter.

    MJE VK5ELL

  21. What is bemusing is that the ABC are doubling down on something that never actually happened.

    Morrison is practically invisible. Your part of Australia may vary, but in mine and my 40 minute each way daily drive to the day job I can recall seeing no posters of either Shorten or Morrison.

    Labor tried to campaign on Climate Action. I actually received from letterboxing an ALP card saying ‘If the Liberals truly believed in Climate Action they would not have gotten rid of Malcolm Turnbull’. To be honest I am not even sure what that is suppose to mean. Don’t the ALP understand that conservatives HATED Turnbull? This wonderful reminder, kindly hand delivered by ALP members, basically said ‘Hey, remember that leader you liked who pushed that expensive policy you don’t believe in? Well both of them are gone now, so it is safe for you to vote for our political enemies again!’

    Core point on Climate Action that everyone in Australia seems unable to understand. The Greens get less than 10% of the vote. The Greens. The political party that wears their gaia worship very very clearly in their party name. That have been proudly and loudly pushing Climate Action for over a decade and 90% of Australian voters have always answered by giving their votes to someone else.

    Climate Action is dead. Climate Action is so dead that the Greens here in South Oz seems to have more posters up pushing marine parks, the Bight and water management in the Murray Darling. Even they were refusing to go full Climate.

    Shorten lost because the Australian public dislike him and believe him to be something of an idiot who would struggle to tell you what day of the week it was without evasion and getting the month wrong.

    Labor lost because they tried to go Full Climate Action on a public that now cares more about cost of living and then utterly failed to crush rumours it was going to cost voters their first born.

    Labor lost because they pushed class warfare while lacking the self awareness of what actual class they actually are.

    Labor lost because they fail to understand that the ‘Little Aussie Battler’ is now a conservative small business owner with a massive morgage and not the pro union semi skilled factory worker.

    Labor lost because they fail to realise the semi skilled factory workers lost their jobs when their own greedy unions destroyed the manufacturing industry and those people have moved on.

    Labor lost because they fail to realise their core supporters are now public servants and the rest of Australia actually work for a living.

    Labor lost because they believed the polls would transfer straight over into the ballot boxes.

    Morrison won by simply not being stupid, offering a safe, low risk low cost policy and remembering to never do a nudie run outside a primary school. (cause let’s face it, NO ONE votes for anyone who nudie runs outside schools, so for all those thinking of one day getting into politics? Keep ya pants on!)

    (actually, now I have raised that point, what actually were the Liberal policies? The only one I can actually remember is ‘This is the one Bill Australia cannot afford’, so basically as far as I can remember the ENTIRE Liberal election promise was not to be as dumb as Shorten.)

    Morrison won by keeping to the game plan and refusing to believe what the MSM were telling him.

    The fact that the ABC do not understand this is another sign they are not only pointless, but are actually beginning to become a danger to themselves.

    • the abc are always for labor socialist as they want moar money!!!
      in spite of massive wages they still claim poverty and underfunding
      abc was all over whatsis face Krudd and then julIAR, and still is.
      amazing how quiet they were today ;-)))))
      theyre having scomo derangement symptoms in the broom closet
      or any closet thats handy , they have a lot of closet space in abc buildings;-)

    • Very true Craig. The only thing ScoMo had to do was not be stupid and let people keep looking at Shorten and thinking ‘no way’. The Climate Obsession seems to have been losing for Labor at least since KRudd exposed himself for what he was and his back to ‘No Carbon Tax’ Julia.

      I would prefer to see the ABC reformed and be forced to be non-partisan, rather than privatised or eliminated. They are still the best source of some hard news, e.g. disasters and electoral outcomes, but one does have to ignore the ideological ranting that goes along with the reporting. (Antony Green, however, seems a relict of the past and more interested in analysis than pushing dogma.) It is a travesty, though, that so many tax dollars go to the ABC for barracking in support of the Green Party and Labor.

  22. In all venues, three-generation socio-cultural cycles shift regular as clockwork every 2 x 36 = 72 years. For example, Russia’s sadsack Soviet Era lasted 1919 – ’91… as of 2017, seventy-two years past Hiroshima, the post-WW II period of crypto-fascist administrative/regulatory (“Deep State”) dominance by Enarque clerisies ground finally to its end.

    As in (roughly) 1848 – 1920, since 2016 a sea-change in ye ole Western cultural Zeitgeist (to date, the spirit driving all the rest) has set the world’s dirigiste New Bourbon oligarchs shivering on their club barstools. Come the much-bruited robotics/AI “Singularity” of AD 2030, concomitant with a 70+ year Grand Solar Minimum similar to that of 1645 – 1715, the years to c. AD 2100 and beyond will witness changes dwarfing those of 1801 – 1900, 1901 – 2000; and as ever, the world’s blinkered, cozened “experts on the future” will be the most surprised.

    Anyone born after c. AD 2050 – ’75 will download his psyche to a hyperlinked, effectively immortal symbiontic exocete, typically plying gigantic exosolar refugia ever-outward to the stars.

  23. Looking back you’d think our political leaders with half a brain would have learnt by now that getting serious about climate change is to commit political suicide so add Battery Bill to the pile of corpses. The punters don’t mind being thrown some pink batts, solar panel subsidies and FIT, CF/LED globes, shower heads and the odd door draught stopper but don’t go talking about fuel and carbon taxes or saying you can’t possibly put a price on changing the climate and intimating the sky’s the limit. That’s yellow vest stuff but we’re more laid back than that and Bill was a dead man talking.

    Climate change is now like world peace motherhood and fluffy kittens. You can’t go around intimating fluffy kittens are a steaming pile of manure but you’re not remotely expected to own one or rescue one from the pound and pay to look after it. Just smile and pay it lip service but Battery Bill took it all seriously. Next!

    There is one wee problem with the fluffy kitten approach. National power grids don’t run on emotion but physics and engineering with concomitant economics so that’s ScoMo’s BIG number one problem now. He was the brains behind Operation Sovereign Borders that stopped the fluffy kitten drownings when the serious fluffy kitten mob reckoned it couldn’t be done humanely. So it will be very interesting to see how he handles the rising power bill problem and the national grid headed for a train wreck with increasing unreliables. Lip service and fluffy kittens aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

    • “A coalition of a small number of bad actors now threaten the survivability of our species,”

      Reads: Gulp! Our cosy gravy train sustainability club is coming to an end here guys.

    • “A small number of bad actors”…elected by an increased proportion of Australian citizens.

      Funny how they can characterise a ballot of 95% of Australia’s adult population (Australia has compulsory voting), can as determined by a small number of people.

  24. I think that our lefty friends have “lost the plot” as the Brits say.

    Old Plot: OMG, the world is going to end unless we fight for the workers.
    Good idea, because back in the day, the workers were the majority of voters, and they liked the free stuff.

    Today’s Plot: OMG, the world is going to end unless we save the climate.
    Bad idea, because the majority of voters just want jobs, housing, and a future for their kids. Free stuff? Only climate scientists and Tesla buyers need apply.

  25. Unfortunately ScoMo’s team includes some affluent poseurs who are still insisting that “climate change is real” – well, yes it is but humans can’t control it and it won’t necessarily be detrimental anyway.
    So this is a form of reprieve but not yet victory.

    • ”still insisting that “climate change is real” – well, yes it is”

      Not it’s not. And that’s the problem. What we are talking about is a small change (most probably temporary and benign) in weather…..if that!
      The definition of climate being 30 years’ average weather is made up garbage.

      CLIMATE……
      The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region……(eg tropical, temperate, polar)
      CHANGE……..
      The replacing of one thing for another; substitution.

  26. Language in Normandy originated from Norske, Norman. With loanwords from french, the lingua franca for easier communication between the people.

    The written language was Latin, spiritual and secular leaders were able to easily communicate in the then known world across political and religious boundaries.

    Anglo-Saxon was a plain german dialect – which led to short, easy-to-understand expressions.

  27. SO PROUD TO BE AN AUSSIE FOR A WHILE AND HOPEFULLY A WHILE LONGER
    1. Judge Salvadore Vasta’s judgement of JCU bullying of Peter Ridd
    2. ignorant climate change agendas did not prevail in our latest election

    oi oi oi

  28. Its a mantra I have been drumming for a long time now. This whole climate hoax is a fad that must necessarily go into a self-induced suicide spin as the remedy proposed denies the majority of the population of just about anywhere a decent life. And people want to live – they care about jobs – they care about full stomachs – hell they even care about their nightly sitcom. Those are the things people really do care about ultimately when they are done with virtue signaling. Because gluing your breasts to the street is no fun when the hospital that’s supposed to fix the stupid damage you do to yourself has no more electricity to just do that. Or when people have to choose between eating or heating. There will be more like this and in Europe, it’s festering.

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