Are our politicians dragging Australia down into the third world, just as Argentina’s did?
Our massive public debt is out of control. As Mr Micawber warned, this can only lead to misery − ours, not the politicians who incurred it. And when the bailiffs come knocking, there’ll be no rich countries to lean on, as Greece did.
Instead of reining in their extravagance, the politicians have defaced our institutions through a series of banana republic style coups, the latest and worst being the result of long term planned destabilisation by treacherous elements within the Cabinet working hand-in-hand with their media allies.
In the pubs and the living rooms across the nation, Australians are asking are we going backwards. Why did we stop building dams, and why are our farmers − the salt of the earth − persecuted by brigades of green shirts? And with the Murray flowing again − contrary to predictions of the global warmists − the farmers have been denied their usual access to water. Turnbull’s plan involved both excessive allocations to ‘the environment’ as conceived by various inner-city elites and to deregulation, with the speculators driving water prices to dizzy heights. As well, mining endangering our crucial water reserves is being foisted onto unwilling farmers on prime agricultural land. The result is that politicians are gradually destroying much of the nation’s agriculture.
Australians are also wondering why their country, once the greatest example of criminal rehabilitation, is now burdened by a dysfunctional criminal justice system. And how it is that with a record life expectancy, so many are chronically ill and we have so many disabled pensioners, including even jihadists.
They are surprised that while four-star treatment is accorded to asylum seekers, so many of the mentally ill are homeless. They are uneasy over the fact that the politicians have brought in a minority which, although only 2.2 per cent of the population, has imposed a universal halal tax, and is overrepresented in the gaols, in terrorist crime and in welfare dependence. They are outraged that within them there lurks a terrorist fifth column with a broader base of sympathisers.
Australians also wonder why the politicians have run down our defences and, for an island nation, acquired such an inadequate and third rate submarine fleet.
They ask why, when record sums have been poured into education, standards have never been so low. And when we enjoy one of the world’s lowest population densities, why is housing beyond the reach of the young? They are outraged that for decades the politicians have stood by while vast numbers of small businesses have been sent to the wall by monopolists. And they’re well aware that a whole class of ‘crony capitalists’ have been enriched not because of their entrepreneurship but through the activities of lobbyists and politicians.
Above all, how could a country with such promise, such wealth, such a well designed constitution, such a record of service to freedom in the world and with such a glorious past, have such a mediocre present and such a bleak future?
Much of the answer lies in the fact that our politicians are unaccountable in between elections, which are in any event corrupted by the major parties’ selection processes. These are more consistent with a banana republic, the latest evidence being in the rigging of the preselection in the Liberal blue ribbon seat of North Sydney recently vacated by Joe Hockey.
This appalling mess has been achieved by an alliance between the political powerbrokers, the intellectual elites who have marched through so many of our institutions, and the commentariat who so blatantly misinform the people.
During the 1999 referendum, the war hero, former Minister and former editor, Lord Deedes, brilliantly exposed much of the nation’s maintream media as operating not to inform but to advance their partisan political agenda.
‘I have rarely attended elections in any country, certainly not a democratic one’, he wrote in London’s Daily Telegraph, ‘in which the newspapers have displayed more shameless bias. One and all, they determined that Australians should have a republic and they used every device towards that end’.
While they were roundly defeated in 1999, the commentariat played a key role in bringing down Tony Abbott who, like Reagan, Thatcher and Howard, was in the process of restoring the nation to the greatness it once enjoyed. They had already seen how successful he could be when he did what they said could never be done −and should never be done – securing the borders, as well as repealing the carbon dioxide tax designed to morph into that favourite of global warmists and merchant bankers, that rort to end all rorts, an ETS.
They struck gold by misreporting and lying about the knighthood awarded to Prince Philip, turning what in other countries in similar circumstances had been no more than a neutral news report, into a cause célèbre.
How can rank-and-file Australians act to restore our land to the greatness it once enjoyed? The choice at the next federal election has been designed by the political class to be limited, and Turnbull will of course treat any victory as a mandate to follow up on his earlier errors – the Murray River Basin Plan, Australia’s unilateral solution to the problem that doesn’t exist – global warming, and installing a politicians’ republic which will vastly increase the powers of the political class and if the 1999 model is followed, the prime minister.
The solution lies in not only electing the right people, but in making the politicians and judges truly accountable not every few years but 24/7 − just as most working Australians are. This means doing what our founders so wonderfully did – looking to Switzerland. By taking the Swiss referendum, the founders protected the Constitution – although this did not completely stop the judicial activists and the politicians. The only way to stop the decline is by the people not just demanding but insisting on the right to recall non-performing politicians, to veto their laws and treaties as well as the right to impose the legislation the people want.
Such an ingredient of direct democracy works and works well in Switzerland, and in varying degrees in parts of North America. It would be our salvation.
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