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Trump, Turnbull, McCormack

3 March 2018

9:00 AM

3 March 2018

9:00 AM

Conservative and mainstream Australians can only sit idly by and watch the ‘Trump revolution’ with a mixture of envy and regret. Envy that the American economy is being liberated not only from unnecessary and punishing high taxes, but also from the ideological madness of the Paris Agreement on climate change. And regret that we don’t have a leader capable of such single-minded determination to ‘get stuff done’.

According to former Trump strategist Sebastian Gorka, writing in US journal The Hill, ‘With the economy predicted to exceed 3 per cent growth, the tax reform bearing tangible fruit for millions, and employee bonuses and corporate repatriation already reaching hundreds of billions of dollars, the Democratic Party message seems all the more irrelevant by the day.’ If only the same could be said about of our own current political landscape, where instead the polls continue to worsen for the government as well as for the Prime Minister  himself (in contrast to President Trump’s, whose ratings have improved dramatically), meaningful tax reform appears to slip further over the horizon (although hopefully the imminent Budget will correct that), sex and citizenship carry on stealing the headlines, and unbelievably the Labor party’s message – a quasi-Corbyn mix of ‘soak the rich’ identity politics and union pandering – carries on being taken seriously by the public.

The key to President Trump’s success lies in his firm convictions. Intriguingly, his are not so much ‘political’ or ideological convictions, but rather, convictions built on years of being a successful entrepreneur; a winning wheeler and dealer. In short, Mr Trump knows how to achieve his goals, and his convictions are based around what he believes to be the very best ‘deal’ for his country and its people, and indeed, for the people he admires around the world.

In less than three months, the Americans will move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why? Because like all successful deal-makers, Mr Trump is determined to show the world that he is not intimidated by Palestinian skullduggery and the antagonism of the UN and the EU towards Israel. A peace ‘deal’ will be struck on Trump’s terms, or he’s not interested. Audiences familiar with the somewhat overblown Darkest Hour movie will recognise the psychological importance of broadcasting a victory-at-all-costs strategy when confronted with the sort of murderous totalitarianism that Hamas in particular, but also Fatah, represent.


Similarly, President Trump has put the lie to the fraudulent Paris Agreement, a disastrous global hoax that is taken seriously by only the weakest or greediest of nations, and arguably the greatest ever economic betrayal of Australians by their own government. (Mr Khemlani would’ve been impressed.) As Mr Trump announced, in his own unique way, only hours before meeting with Mr Turnbull: ‘We have ended the war on American energy, we were in war. And we have ended the war on beautiful, clean, coal, one of our great natural resources. Virtually as soon as I got into office… we announced our withdrawal from the totally disastrous job-killing, wealth-knocking out [Paris climate control treaty]. You know, it knocked out our wealth – or it would have – they basically wanted to take our wealth away. They didn’t want us to use our wealth power. We knocked out the Paris Climate Accord. It would have been a disaster.’ His speech was greeted with rapturous applause.

How President Trump managed to keep a straight face in his subsequent meeting only an hour or so later with Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull remains a mystery. It surely baffles Mr Trump, as it does readers of this magazine, how the Turnbull government has either the sheer gall or the unbelievable stupidity to hand over our hard-earned tax dollars to the socialist coffers of this globalist farce. Do these Green Liberal party bed-wetters seriously believe they are ‘saving the planet’? Even when their own Chief Scientist has confirmed to parliament that all our efforts will only ever have at best a ‘negligible’ effect on reducing global emissions? When their own minister for the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, returns from a trip to the so-called ‘sinking’ islands under her watch and blithely comments how puzzled she is that the changes wrought by global warming are ‘very, very minuscule’ (i.e. non-existent)? Or are the Cabinet, as is more likely, simply ‘doing a Gillard’ and polishing up their CV’s in order to secure post-electoral defeat positions for themselves on the New York/Geneva/corporate boards gravy train, where ‘belief’ in climate change is de rigueur?

Will no-one in the Cabinet actually have the courage and decency to stand up against this madness? In his first speech to parliament in 2010, our freshly-minted Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack – the son of a farmer – referred to climate science as ‘the nonsense we hear so often spoken by so many who base their views on mere assumptions of what might or might not happen’. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope, after all.

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