Liked Scott Morrison’s quiet Australians (The Monthly)

By the time Morrison entered a jubilant party room on May 28 to address his fellow MPs, his language was tinged with an undeniable evangelical fervour. He seemed to be falling into prayer as he promised to “govern humbly” and place Australians “at the centre of our thoughts, each and every day”. “We must burn for the Australian people,” he told them. At this point, I felt myself burning too. I was tired of Morrison’s paternalism and the utter banality of so many of his protestations in defence of the “quiet Australians”, the people he patronisingly described as “too busy” to take an interest in politics, those who either couldn’t be bothered or preferred to cling to their disdain for politics and bed down with the eternally disaffected. “But they turn up every three years at elections and they take a good, close look at what the options are.” And then, like sleepwalkers, they vote for the Coalition or the more extreme parties that send preferences its way. It’s an old recipe in a faintly new guise, but its dangers for our body politic and for Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party are clear.

Replied to After the hype, our economy’s grim reality setting in

The future may turn out to be golden but, even if it does, the econocrats have no way of knowing that in advance – they’re just guessing – and the road between now and then looks pretty rocky.

Way too many black swans to be making such concrete predictions.
Liked It may yet turn out that this was a good election to have lost

In a year’s time, if it has put the stench of one of the most inept campaigns in Australian political history behind it, Labor may be empowered to ask some pointed questions – and possibly dream of a reversal in its fortunes.

It may even be in a position to “burn’’ Morrison politically, if not biblically.

Replied to The backlash has been breathtaking (ABC Weekend Reads)

Apparently, I wasn’t tough enough on the Government. I didn’t demolish all their scare campaigns. I’m an IPA plant and a Murdoch stooge (yes, that again – for the love of god, could someone please tell that to all the Murdoch columnists who continue to write me up as the second incarnation of Rosa Luxemburg?)


You’d have to have a sense of self bordering on the psychopathic not to take some of this on. Apart from the daily intensity of knowing that every moment of your paid job is broadcast live to the country and therefore to be scrutinised by all, there’s another level of pressure and, yes self-doubt, that comes with political interviews during a federal election. Did I do a good enough job? Was it properly researched, balanced, informative, rigorous? And a natural tendency towards self-doubt will always lend a receptive ear to the clamour of criticism.

Really enjoyed your reflection on the week that was Virginia. I have found some of the responses disconcerting to say the least. There was at least solace in Annabel Crabb’s analysis on the situation. Keep up the great work.
Bookmarked Triumph holds an epic warning for Morrison by an author (ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))

Naturally, Labor’s shock loss has left the party reeling. But Scott Morrison, too, should heed the warning it sends for his party’s third term.

Annabel Crabb explains that Australia is actually very much the same as it was before the election. The reason for the ferocity of response is simply expectation. Labor tried to do too much. It tried to change the government and get a mandate for massive change at the same time. Crabb explains that in the last 50 years there have been five similar attempts, with only Whitlam in 1972 being successful. On the flip side, three of the governments that survived against the odds were gone at the next election. As Ross Gittins’ has also touched on, Morrison now has the challenge of putting together an agenda that was largely missing during his campaign.
Liked Morrison’s miracle election may turn out to be the easy bit by Ross Gittins (Sydney Morning Herald)

Morrison has no policy to control electricity prices, no convincing policy on climate change, no policy to halt the rising cost of health insurance, no policy response to any downturn in the economy, no solution to “cost of living pressures” and no plan to increase wages except yet more waiting.

The day may come when he decides winning the election was the easy bit.

Liked Palmer’s policies come in at 177 vague words by an author (ABC News)

It is an odd party that so loudly proclaims it will form government, yet has fewer detail in its policies than many other independent candidates.

Strange too, that Palmer’s candidates reportedly have to pay back their high advertising costs should they win a seat, but desert the party.