This election is the most important since 2007 when the best prime minister since Menzies, John Howard, was so unwisely removed.
Australians risk being governed by a cabal of thieves, thugs and constitutional vandals whose key project to constrain carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent will deliver the very national suicide note of which Terry McCrann and Alan Jones have long warned.
Even if the theory alleging man-made global warming were to be proven correct, there is nothing Australia could do to prevent it. As CSIRO head Dr Alan Finkel has admitted, the impact on global temperatures of Australia closing down all economic activity would be ‘virtually nothing’.
Yet Australian politicians remain among the world’s most fanatical devotees of this increasingly discredited theory, despite enjoying some of the largest CO2 footprints in the nation or among Western politicians.
The Labor-Greens global warming policy is far worse than the Coalition’s.
Challenged to reveal the cost of his plan, Bill Shorten prevaricated and became increasingly irritable.
In a few days his army of advisers invented an implausible answer, that no one can possibly measure the true cost of not acting. This, Shorten claims, is the consequential increase in what global warmists call ‘extreme weather events’ and normal people call, and have called from time immemorial: cyclones, floods, bushfires, hurricanes, droughts, etc.
But even the United Nation’s IPCC does not dare make the unjustified claim that Shorten does, that an increase in the number and intensity of extreme weather events is the result of global warming.
As University of Colorado Professor Roger Pielke said of their latest report, ‘The IPCC once again reports that there is little basis for claiming that drought, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes have increased, much less increased due to greenhouse gases.’
The Labor-Greens are thus descending deeper and deeper into an ocean of lies to justify the imposition of their national suicide note. This alone should deny them government. But where is the mainstream media on this fraud on a fraud?
There is even worse, a fraud on a fraud on a fraud. This is the claim that the cost of the Shorten plan cannot be calculated. The former head of the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Dr Brian Fisher, has done just that. He is no inconsequential observer; he has long advised both Coalition and Labor governments and even acted as an IPCC reviewer. He is respected by all and his qualifications, skills and ability never questioned. In a typically careful and meticulous study on the impact of the measures proposed, he found that by 2030, under Shorten’s plan, 333,000 jobs could be lost and up to $542 billion wiped from the economy.
But rather than producing expert advice to counter this, Shorten, who insults anyone not endorsing global warming theory as a ‘knuckle-dragger’, dismissed Fisher’s meticulous study as ‘just rubbish’. In a low act, Shorten disgracefully claimed Fisher was in the same league as doctors who defend ‘big tobacco’. His environment spokesman, Mark Butler, followed Shorten into the gutter by claiming the study was ‘a complete crock of rubbish’ despicably alleging Fisher an untruth, that Fisher had ‘spent 20 years building a career fighting every single climate policy’.
A climate change millionaire tweeted Fisher’s private address with thugs attacking his house, no doubt as a warning to him and his family.
So why is the nation being called on to commit suicide to attempt to stop non-existent global warming?
The reason is not environmental. IPCC supremo Christiana Figueres let the cat out of the bag by revealing her preference for communist dictatorship, declaring that the objective is ‘to change the economic development model (i.e., private enterprise) that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.’
This election remains a choice between a dangerous Shorten Labor-Greens government and the middle-of-the-road Morrison government.
Much now will depend on the 15 to 20 per cent of voters who intend to give their first preferences to small, mainly conservative parties and who, Essential reports, are significantly less likely to vote early and therefore more likely to see the whole campaign.
I was host recently for a South Australian forum to meet the candidates where the rich well-endowed major parties all found some reason not to appear.
With such arrogance being typical, it will not be surprising if there is a good number of small party senators who will constrain government excess.
And the preferences of these small party voters will be crucial.
While the Liberals acted sensibly over UAP preferences, Mr Morrison seemed to panic when he foolishly decided to preference Labor before One Nation. When I said this on Sky, Liberal grandee Kerry Chikarovski justified Morrison’s decision because of the Al Jazeera video showing One Nation officials meeting with the National Rifle Association of America. One Nation’s voting record in the Senate was apparently of no importance.
Presenter Chris Kenny argued that the sole criterion in allocating preferences should be the best interests of the Liberal party. What Kenny was saying was essentially the application to domestic politics of the principle explained by Lord Palmertson in 1848 and applied by Churchill to Stalin in the second world war:
‘We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.’
Kenny is right. Mr Morrison should have applied this principle and stuck by preference deals with One Nation instead of doing the ABC’s and the Left’s bidding and abandoning them. The good news is that Ms Hanson has not been provoked to retaliate in key seats.
Australia is still facing the possibility of being ruled by a government which promises to be more disastrous than the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments.
That some Australians are not aware of this is entirely the result of too many in the mainstream media abandoning their first duty, enunciated long ago by the Times, ‘to obtain the earliest and most correct intelligence of the events of the time, and instantly, by disclosing them, to make them the common property of the nation’.
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