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Scott Morrison and the election are frauds. He has never governed in the public interest and took the position in a party room coup. The government spawned from this is illegitimate. It claims legal authority, but due to the nature of its birth, it has no moral authority.
Power takes many forms. We can attain charismatic power through merit, or through wisdom and great deeds. This government has none. By its actions preceding the election it has demonstrated complete contempt for Australians. This is unforgivable and unacceptable.
Dismissing parliament and avoiding scrutiny, perpetuating falsehoods (death tax, retiree tax), saturation on social media, colluding with the extreme right, peddling racism, seeking preferences from Clive and Pauline, denying climate science, any one of which is unforgivable.
The cabinet sworn in after the election is a gallery of rogues drenched in scandal. There are religious paybacks (Stuart), a numerological environment minister with a penchant for charter flights and no knowledge of science, an emissions minister wading in #watergate2019, ...
A racist muckraking multicultural minister, an unremarkable Foreign Minister prepared to cut development assistance and diplomacy when we need it most, saddled with an additional ‘burden’ of ‘women.’ Diplomatic appointees to important roles lack credentials and credibility. Etc.
Scott is a chimera. A religious evangelist devoted to a bizarre brainwashing money making enterprise steeped in criminal allegations citing Satan and prosperity doctrines. His past is shadier than Trump, with allegations of fraud, failure, and misconduct. Yet he became PM.
The coalition is an unholy alliance between Murdoch media, extreme racist right wing fanatics, Pauline Hanson, Clive Palmer, and religious groups. Scott is little more than a sock puppet for these powerful influences. He holds and wields little power in his own right.
Scott lacks the intellectual authority and credibility to lead. Australians are headed for conflict; a clash between those committed to reason, rational thought, science, accountability, and those prepared to lie, cheat, and bluff their way out of immoral and illegal behavior.
Raids represent a dire warning to public servants and the press. This government is not prepared to tolerate criticism or scrutiny. In cases where unethical conduct has been alleged, nothing has been done. No explanation is offered or provided. This in itself is scandalous.
Barnaby can endure a farcical drunken appearance on air, Angus has yet to respond to his role in $80m Cayman Islands #watergate2019 debacle. Mathias ‘forgot’ to pay for holidays in #helloworld scandal, and there has been no public response on $400m++ #paladin or Great Barrier.
Politicians are falling over themselves to poison Australian water tables for #adani100jobs despite the risks. We are amidst a crisis on offshore detention suicides on #Manus. To no avail. Scott is absent. He is not governing. He is not leading. He is in denial. In avoidance.
Just like the inadequate and shambolic election campaign, there are no rational answers from government, just more distraction about ‘religious freedom,’ dog whistle code for homophobia. The hatred has bubbled over the surface and is now mainstream.
The tragedy with this unprecedented triumph of neo-liberal nazism is that it offers a false narrative. It promises prosperity on the basis of environmental destruction, anti-globalization, and xenophobia. Truth is these responses will inevitably bring inequality and conflict.
We are facing myriad challenges; Climate change, global economic stagnation, China, refugee flows, Yemen, Syria, terrorism, right wing extremists (you might say last two are synonymous, and you’d be correct). Same roots. Instead of solutions we seem intent on escalation.
Faced with an ethical, moral and intellectual vacuum in government, we are not prepared to respond to the issues facing Australia. Our economy is tanking, inequality rising, drug abuse and homelessness are so prevalent we pretend not to notice any more. It is inexcusable.
A government that takes power illegitimately on a bed of lies and deals with bankrupt tycoons who can’t pay their workers and avowed racists has no moral authority. Zilch. Squat. This is not going to end well.
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