Andrew L. Urban.
It was Labor’s political owl Graham Richardson, who, just a couple of weeks before the event, was promoting his presence on Sky’s election night panel, promising to be smiling, at last, over a Labor landslide. Oh, dunno, maybe a 20 seat majority, some thought … It was also Richo who was first to admit he got it wrong – for the first time ever – and to honestly admit what the less experienced Richard Marles seated next to him on the election commentary panel, tried to defer to infinity. Labor had lost.
But not even Richo counted the real size of the victory for the Coalition. It is arguable that the Coalition ‘won’, or saved, all those seats that were destined by the pundits to go to Labor. A dozen maybe. The landslide was trumpeted by the media, with the singular exception of Spectator Australia’s editor Rowan ‘Oracle’ Dean (at left), as he should now be known.
Labor ‘lost’ those seats and with it, the hope of its self-determined destiny to bulldoze Australia’s democracy.
The thuggish nature of so many leftist activists underscored the nastiness that characterises the green-left cohort; they don’t understand the damage they do to their own cause, denigrating their decency and incriminating their intelligence. This undercurrent of brutishness attached itself to the aggression that Bill Shorten often conveys, perhaps unconsciously revealing the underlying nature of his brand of Labor. It didn’t resonate well.
Shorten made his exit with a revealing answer to the question why Labor lost. “We didn’t get enough votes…” A characteristic smart-aleck remark. The question wasn’t about the number of votes, obviously, but the reason why they didn’t get enough votes. Shorten’s answer should have been: “Because we lost the confidence of the people.” (Like Turnbull had lost the confidence of his party room back in August 2018.)
And the people have spoken: A party that is so dense that it insists on calling franking credits a ‘gift’ from the government and expects to be taken seriously must never take power.
A party that is so incompetent that it persists with a destructive policy to deconstruct negative gearing (despite the lived experience proving it unworkable) should never be allowed near the government benches.
A party that plans for the wholesale destruction of Australia’s industries and agriculture to achieve nothing more than a show of anti-carbon dioxide emissions fervour, must never be allowed near policy making.
A party so captured by the fetish of identity politics that it is oblivious to the erosion of freedoms is a definite danger to democracy.
Well spoken, Australia.