Same-sex marriage off the agenda? Here is my politically incorrect list of what any right-of-centre political party in Australia needs to begin to do to get us back on the right track. Roughly speaking, the list is meant to move from most important towards the lesser important things:
- Take on the billion dollar a year behemoth that is the ABC and cut it down to size. Our public broadcaster is so biased, and does nothing at all to meet its obligation to be balanced in its political coverage, that a future successful right-of-centre party absolutely must take it on. The options are many. Cut its budget significantly. Refuse to have any MPs ever appear on any of its shows. Force it to take advertising to supplement its pared back revenue (as was done in Canada with some success). Legislate so that all the big ticket TV current affairs shows must have two hosts, each recognisably from one side of the political divide. Or perhaps use technology so that individuals have to pay individually to receive the ABC. If you want it, with its near on wall-to-wall green-left ideology, you can pay some sort of fee and you’ll then get it. If you don’t pay you don’t receive it. The fee could be set by dividing today’s ABC budget by, say, the number of Australian households. If we all opted in then the ABC would have the same budget. My guess is that the head-honchos in Ultimo land would be in for a rude awakening. Whatever it is, do something!
- Start appointing right-of-centre people to the bench, to the Human Rights Commission, to head up the ABC, to just about everything in the exact same ruthless way that Labor does. Look, this Coalition government has been an out-and-out disgrace on this front. It runs up the white flag right off the bat and signals that it has no fight in it at all. Justin Milne and Michelle Guthrie to run the ABC? Are you kidding me Mr Turnbull? Or Ed Santow and Rosalind Croucher to sit on the Human Rights Commission? Brandis should be deselected for those picks. A right-of-centre political party with any fight in it at all would have closed down the HRC. But at least put people into these $350,000 per year jobs who share some right-of-centre values. The Liberal Party in this country, at the state and commonwealth level, are and have been particularly pathetic on this issue of appointments. It’s like they are complete invertebrates.
- Be prepared to repeal statutes you argued against when Labor was forcing them through the legislature. Nothing is more disheartening to supporters than a party that never, ever tries to repeal bad Labor laws. Here’s just one of many examples. The Coalition in Victoria argued hard against that state’s awful Charter of Rights. But when Ted Baillieu got elected, and after his own MPs on the reviewing committee opted for emasculating this terrible judge-empowering bill of rights, Red Ted opted to keep it. It was like an Australian John McCain showing his true colours and after campaigning hard and long on the absolute need to repeal Obamacare, opting to vote to keep it when he had the deciding vote. Want to know why voters on the right resort to a vulgarian property developer like Trump? Because they are sick and tired of being sold out by the right of centre political class. Turnbull to my mind is way worse on this score than Abbott, but Tony was bad too. He increased taxes when we already have the top 10 per cent paying half the country’s taxes. And he was too gutless to put section 18c to the Senate, and keep putting it to the Senate, however many of his own partyroom threatened to cross the floor on the issue (as we now know that they did; no doubt Black Hands, the lot waiting for the coup to dislodge the voters’ PM). And Tony had miles and miles more fight than Malcolm and miles and miles more right of centre beliefs.
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