The (disgusting) comic strip that is the Australian Government of Malcolm Turnbull took another turn today. With the High Court announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Senators Larissa Waters, Malcolm Roberts, Scott Ludlam and Fiona Nash are dual citizens, the seats of five elected Australian representatives – all from the Liberal and National parties – became vacant. The vacancies ensure that the Government of Mr Turnbull is now in grave danger of falling, having lost its majority.
Let me be clear now. The Australian Government has not collapsed. It is however holding an extremely tenuous grasp on power. With multiple Senators having been found ineligible to be in an elected office by the High Court, the immediate well being of the Liberal-National coalition is in grave jeopardy. Just a single seat change would deprive them of a majority. This would have one of two potential outcomes. The first option would be to hold a confidence vote, in which Labor tries to topple the Government. The second would be to see if the Court can force the resignations of the ineligible Senators.
I have no sympathy for this extremely dysfunctional, completely inept, arrogant and compassion less Government. Held hostage by fear mongers and money grubbing thieves, the Government of Malcolm Turnbull has put on show not a display of efficiency or legislative brilliance, but one of supreme ineptitude. When the ruling was released today, Mr Turnbull had no answers ready for the Australian people. He had no apology for its conduct and only took one question before scampering out of sight.
As a New Zealander, I see no gains for this country from Australia continuing with the shambles that exists. Far better would be to dissolve Parliament and call a snap election that clears up what the people of Australia think – or don’t think – about the Government from the get go. The Turnbull Government has done much to undermine its small Pacific Island neighbours. It has failed to acknowledge, much to Australia’s growing environmental and economic cost, the threat of climate change.
During the time of this Government New Zealanders have wound up in the monstrosities called the Nauru and Manus Island Detention Centres. New Zealanders are finding themselves being shut out of Australia by the failure to address a lack of common route to Australian citizenship for expats.
The truly incredible thing is that no vetting was done to determine all of this before they even stood for Parliament in the first place. If they had, this Government could have been quite different.
In particular I would like to make mention of Anthony (Tony) Abbott, M.P. for Warringah. When a Government permits an immortal kamikaze M.P. to go randomly crashing into whatever he wishes, getting up and immediately doing it again what does that tell you about him? Mr Abbott is an attack machine. He single handedly destroyed former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, through a combination of misogynistic attacks and exploiting her feud with her predecessor Kevin Rudd. Mr Abbott then became Prime Minister of Australia in the 2013 election. But before his first term was even over, the Liberal Party of Australia had lost its lead in the polls. An attack dog Mr Abbott might have been, he was no leader. Mr Abbott had been deposed by Malcolm Turnbull because he was in danger of leading the Liberal Party to its first ever first-term defeat. When Mr Abbott, a staunch Catholic conservative took power, he had four priorities:
- Deny climate change
- Lower taxes
- Increase defence spending, especially on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project
- Turn the refugee boats around and make sure they never come back
Australia began to slide backwards. He began to chip away at the support building for same sex marriage. His Treasurer Scott Morrison unveiled a package of tax cuts aimed at the wealthy and proposed cuts to tertiary education, health and the environment to fund it the cuts.
Current Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted Mr Abbott in a desperate attempt to stop the Labor Party gaining a lethal grip on the proverbial throat of the government. The Liberal Party of Australia won the 2016 General Election, but only just, losing all but one of their majority.
Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton declared war on asylum seekers – they take your jobs, cost taxes and commit crimes he said. Mr Dutton went on to say refugees are a menace and they don’t know how to look after their children. They won’t settle in Australian society and mistreat their women, said Mr Dutton. Quite forgetting of course that Australia is not so hot on this (but that’s another story). The extent to which Mr Dutton has gone to war has caught the attention of media such as the Guardian, caused condemnation at the United Nations and made himself and his Government a target of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch activism. The war continues.
Another issue on which an active war is being fought – though hopefully not for much longer – is the campaign for same sex marriage. Australia has an opportunity to join the ranks of New Zealand and ther countries who have legalized same sex marriage. Whilst many are enthusiastic, there has unfortunately been a clique who have waged active war trying to stop it. They do not want same sex marriage and to many its all about Adam and Eve, as opposed to Anna and Eve or Adam and Steve, but when asked for facts to back up their claims, no one can – or will.
But it does not need to.
Just like the idiot who started it. And the illegitimate, contemptuous, vacuous waste of space that calls itself the Government of Australia. Australia and New Zealand, like the rest of the world would be better off.