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Mar 29 34 tweets 3 min read
we start with the formalities that conveniently veil the fact that this is a wholly partisan speech and corruption of incumbent power.
he starts with “the war in Europe” - he means the Putin invasion of Ukraine - to try and uplift the fiscal failings of his government with a vague international comparison. Stay classy mate.
the expected list of numbers. Compared to last year ie internal KPIs, like the “expected” trope that follows. People are of course obscured and disappeared into “welfare” and “unemployment” and “jobs”.
he has started attacking Labor already and lying about the disastrous record of Coalition economic management. That took about three minutes.
phoney rehearsed volume and pitch drop to leverage flood victims for partisan political purpose. Hope. Lmao plz. Who in a disaster zone would look to [checks notes] Josh Frydenberg for hope?
flexibility. Families. Threats. Modern. Protec. Buzzword buzzword to lead into the bribes. Plan. PLaN. He blames Putin (“events abroad”) again for their wages suppression and inequality-promoting fiscal settings.
welp. The gallery got what they wanted. An emissions-promoting fuel excise cut. Still got that influence! Well done. Frydenberg also has a magic pudding which will stop the emissions increase (excise cut) from impacting the road spending it supposedly but clearly does not fund.
the one-off cash payment bribes.
wow polling must be really really bad for Liberal and National Party candidates. They are hurling the cash around here. I wonder WhAt It WiLL CoSt? How will they pay for it? Which cuts will be made?
Oh wait sorry these are Liberal Party election promises.
apprentices and training places - via promises to give free public money to bosses, of course. Not the previously functioning affordable and efficient TAFE sector.
more handouts to small business, to court the vote of people who claim they believe in small government and free enterprise and meritocracy mythology (hard work etc) and oppose handouts because of course they do.
manufacturing. Like the car sector they destroyed? A patent box lmao wtf is apparently “modern and resilient”. The National Party voter handouts are “long term investments”. Drink.
more deflection onto a virus and a foreign invasion. More lies about the Coalition record. Transport routes. Health childcare medical regional infrastructure pipeline oh my. He is winding himself up a bit here.
the snowy hydro elephant. Drink.
Tasmania, Western Australia, Central Australia, Melbourne recites Frydenberg. The Coalition must be tanking in the polls just about everywhere.
“Australia has the highest rooftop solar uptake” so the Coalition “will invest further” in renewables? What? Does he not know who pays for rooftop solar?
women. Drink. The next announcement comes with the obligatory anecdote. Fuck these misogynists.
pandemic. PPE stockpile. Moving on immediately - the over two years of global pandemic got about 20 seconds - mental illness. Phoney pitch drop, pace slowed, now it is DV. Their policies cause mental health conditions and actively deny women financial independence.
“female” workforce participation is up, apparently. Presumably mostly in dangerous and low paid precarious jobs while literally keeping people alive.
they are giving another $17 billion to aged care bosses and the aged care equivalent of for-profit job agencies.
pharmacies in aged care facilities sounds like an improvement. Remember when nursing homes employed nurses.
“home ownership is fundamental to the Coalition” mate surely there is not a Coalition politician alive who does not own at least one house. Uses sole parents for his #CampaignComms, again.
tertiary ed. Not touching that.
“our First Nations people”😒
fund all the Indigenous rangers tho.
within seconds, “our koalas”. I see what he did there.
veterans, with requisite national security posturing. Histrionics. Chest beating incoming.
attack on Labor to pump up the spending on killing machines, of course. This is toxic masculinity.
ten billion on tech bros over ten years. They will be salivating.
that was the centrepiece. We are back to Mackellar coloniality and blaming a virus for crap economic management.
repetition. Screaming.
job application lmao
Lipsom cuts back in excitedly, normalising Coalition abuse of incumbent power and amplifying their myths and lies about economic management. This is political economy, press gallery style.
okay I am out. These partisan recaps are more garbage than I can take.

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