Political predictions can sometimes come to pass. That the Australian Republican Movement would release a preferred republican model, featuring an elected president stripped of all powers, was predicted in detail at the 2020 Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM) National Conference, recorded on Monarchy Australia TV, and summarised here in March 2021.
Despite a widely assumed inevitability and overwhelming odds, ACM winning the republic referendum was not unexpected. Nor will the end of this reign ensure the replacement of our crowned republic with some politicians’ republic.
There were sound, published reasons for believing Britain would vote for Brexit, America for Donald Trump in 2016 and Australia for the Coalition in 2019. Notwithstanding Minister Alex Hawke’s hope that signing a lettre de cachet would turn the political tide, it has had no effect, with history likely to be kinder to Novak Djokovic than to him.
Many, if not most pundits, predict a Labor victory in the 2022 Australian election. But as voters increasingly realise that the difference between the captured principal parties is little different from that between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, they may increasingly look elsewhere.
This capture could have been avoided if at Federation our second prime minister, Alfred Deakin, had not rejected Charles Kingston’s plan to make politicians accountable 24/7, as in Switzerland. Deakin argued that the Westminster system ensured accountability. Little did he know that the Australian version would be increasingly corrupted, from faking Question Time to the caucus rule and its Coalition equivalent which forced Craig Kelly out. This blatantly strips MP’s of the quality for which the great constitutionalist Burke said they are chosen, their judgement.
The ultimate corruption has been the parties’ capture by backroom power-brokers wielding control and leveraging rivers of gold. And while Labor always suffered from communist infiltration, who would have thought that what Gerard Henderson aptly named ‘Menzies’ Child’ would be infiltrated by LINOs?
All this has enabled the political class to extend bipartisan support to alien dogmas which serve malevolent foreign interests and which so damage our nation. Prominent among these is the discredited theory of man-made global warming, with net zero emissions (NZE) certain to do even greater harm than the foolish surrender by the political class of our great comparative advantage over other nations — cheap and reliable electricity.
While having no impact at all on the weather, NZE will only benefit Beijing’s genocidal thugs, associated Western billionaires and a political class who have sold out to them.
Bipartisan support for policies against the national interest is nothing new. The Coalition has long followed the Hawke government’s ban on any serious harvesting of water. So instead of the widespread development of Australia, all the political class offers is the ugly and unbearable overcrowding of Sydney, Melbourne and South East Queensland.
Both sides have long indulged in the misappropriation of the defence acquisitions budget for political purposes, and both are responsible for the disastrous decline in educational standards.
When the Wuhan virus, engineered by Beijing, with financial assistance from Dr Anthony Fauci, caused a world-wide pandemic, both sides foolishly abandoned all the advantages which flow from being a remote island nation. Instead, they followed the corrupt and disastrous Fauci strategy of total reliance on inaccurate modelling, quarantining the healthy in seriously damaging lockdowns, and the total suppression of proven and highly successful forms of early treatment using inexpensive, safe medicines endorsed by the world’s leading scientists, including Nobel laureates. Indeed, several conclude that most US deaths were due to Fauci’s suppression, on one estimate some 500,000 souls.
Early treatment was replaced in Australia by an obsessive total reliance on the pharmaceutical oligopoly’s inadequately tested novel vaccines which only received emergency authorisation in the US on the fiction that no early treatment was available.
And when, notwithstanding earlier indications to the contrary by the Prime Minister, politicians moved to mandate vaccination, strong rank-and-file opposition began to emerge, with demonstrations especially in Melbourne, some larger than even those during the Vietnam war.
Among those parties opposed to the de facto united front between the principal parties on a range of anti-Australian issues, the United Australia Party (UAP) seems to enjoy some, but not all, of the advantages which allowed Donald Trump to take the presidency.
Like Trump, the UAP enjoys — thanks to Clive Palmer — the resources necessary to conduct a major campaign. If successful, the UAP could be well-placed to build a coalition between like-minded parties and individuals.
And in Craig Kelly, the UAP party has a principled leader with an agenda significantly different from those of the major parties. In a long three-part interview for the Epoch Times, he answered all questions (of which he had no notice) fluently and without reference to notes. His basic honesty, the fact that he had thought a lot about the issues and is well-informed, as well as the fact that he was never a career politician, stand out. He comes across as a man of the people.
However, Trump had three advantages Kelly does not.
First, Trump had the great advantage of gaining preselection from an existing party, the Republicans, but only because it is democratic and allows non-member supporters a vote.
Second, America does not have compulsory voting which gives greater weight to the passionate voter.
Third, the US media, who expected him to lose, treated Trump as newsworthy. (When he won they tried everything to destroy him.) So far, the Australian media have ignored or downplayed Kelly. Yet in a September Redbridge poll of three western Sydney electorates, the UAP recorded an extraordinary 19% primary vote. If this is an indication of the momentum Kelly has given the campaign, the UAP is a serious contender and one which in a hung parliament could secure understandings with One Nation and real Liberals and Nationals.
With politics now as much an oligopoly as the pharmaceutical industry or social media, Australia deserves more than a Tweedledum/Tweedledee choice.
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The interviews with Craig Kelly can be seen at https://rumble.com/c/c-1135484
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