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Nope, it won’t be easy under Albanese

We are in far worse shape than we should be to weather a Labor government

4 June 2022

9:00 AM

4 June 2022

9:00 AM

Well, the election is over and after six weeks of cringeworthy campaigning and callow reporting, we have again put our lives into the hands of those who advertise their manifest inadequacy to perform such a role.

The incoming Labor government has promised to use other people’s money to ‘improve’ Medicare, to ‘fix’ the National Disability Insurance Scheme, to put home purchases within easier reach of a few, to get people into electric cars and to accelerate emissions abatement while bringing down the price of electricity. It also promised to support a 5.1 per cent wage rise while simultaneously keeping the unemployment and inflation rates low. Steak knives are in the mail.

Rather than advocate one nation under one flag, Labor offers partition based on race, replete with a separate Aboriginal voice in Parliament and in foreign policy. No doubt it will create roles for a privileged few. Yet Labor turns blind eyes to the reality that wherever racially segregated, state-dependent populations exist, they live in misery.

The election result should surprise no one. For seven years, former prime ministers Turnbull and Morrison abandoned their party’s base in favour of the fashionable urban Left. As a member of that cohort, Mr Turnbull must have known there would be no political return for his party. And while Scott Morrison sees himself as a ‘bulldozer’, the electorate saw him as a rudderless dinghy, changing course whenever the winds came from the left. His last-minute advocacy of women’s issues was contradictory and contrived and lent weight to his ‘Scotty from marketing’ image.

Indeed, it has long been obvious that to hold on to power, Mr Morrison and his colleagues would accept anything. Far easier to talk about freedom for Ukraine than to confront Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on human rights abuses or to challenge other premiers for breaches of the Australian Constitution. Nothing says more about the weakness of the Turnbull/Morrison governments than their consistent refusal to mount a campaign advertising Australia’s positive record on climate change. If it was otherwise, the reality that Australians spend four to five times more per capita on renewable energy than China, the United States, Japan and Britain would be conventional wisdom not an arcane fact.

Even when China and India decided to lift their coal production by a combined 400 million tonnes, four times Australia’s annual output, the Morrison government watched in silence. It talked climate action to the city electorates and support for coal in the regions. Australian coal miners were offered vague assurances that ‘they’ll continue to be working in that industry for decades to come’.

The Turnbull/Morrison governments are testament to the reality that in Canberra the cultural cringe of the Sixties and Seventies is alive and well. Indeed, intellectual cowardice may explain why Australia so readily signed up to the Paris climate agreement, the Glasgow Climate Pact and now has agreed to back the concept of a Global Pandemic Treaty which will contract out domestic responsibility for pandemic management to the thoroughly discredited World Health Organisation. Australia’s best interests clearly run second to a ‘global agenda’ pushed by United Nations bullies.

This agenda has spread to our classrooms where students are taught they are descendants of a shameful, sexist, white supremacist culture, responsible for Aboriginal dispossession and environmental destruction.

Lengthy Covid lockdowns provided teen-aged zealots in affluent suburbs with plenty of opportunities to brainwash their voting parents. They also created a negative feedback loop where people were paid not to work and where big government and staying at home became a virtue. For many guilt-ridden adults anxious to appease their young, voting Green or Teal must have appealed. However, their kumbaya delusions are about to collide with post-lockdown realities, exposing a polity unprepared for economic shocks.

That China’s zero-Covid policies would drive it to sub-four percent growth this year should have been clear. So too that Beijing’s over-leveraged economy could no longer play the positive global locomotive role it once did. It should also be no surprise that China’s slowdown and Ukraine war disruptions are having serious impacts on the European and American economies. Epic inflation, tighter fiscal conditions, rate hikes, currency instability and falling stock prices are all pointing to a global contraction.

How deep the global recession will be remains to be seen. But if Australia wants to be a serious country, the Albanese government must quickly recognise that Covid  and the war in Ukraine have fundamentally ended the fashionable push for globalisation. Supply shortages and an unhealthy dependence on Chinese goods have shown that global interconnectedness comes at a steep price. Strategic self-sufficiency and bilateral trade agreements are now receiving urgent attention.

And United Nations rhetoric on climate change notwithstanding, surging energy prices have seen the UK fire up an old power plant and give earnest consideration to a new coal mine; its first in decades. European states are of a similar mind. Japan has stalled its fossil fuel withdrawal.

New defence alliances are also undermining the UN’s influence. Sweden and Finland are seeking Nato membership while Australia has joined the Quadrilateral Dialogue and the Aukus pact. Prime Minister Albanese was quick to attend the Tokyo Quad meeting, a clear sign of who he thinks Australia’s friends are.

‘It won’t be easy under Albanese’ may have been a Liberal party election slogan but with the international environment deteriorating it wouldn’t have been easy under Mr Morrison either. Having put the interests of globalist elites, crony capitalists and other rent-seekers ahead of aspirational Australians, he and Mr Turnbull have left one trillion dollars of debt, lower living standards and a widening wealth gap.

At some point Mr Albanese must address this inheritance and realise he can’t tax his way out of it. He must cut spending, scrap regulations and restore the economic and social flexibilities which enabled him to progress from such humble beginnings to become Prime Minister of Australia. But will he? Don’t hold your breath.

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