A Budget Primed to Backfire

CeRnyezWwAEoPysWe will know pretty soon, probably next week, how Scott Morrison’s fiscal statement (aka the budget) has gone down with the electorate. Trying to judge the mood of the voters today is fraught with difficulty. It is safe to say, however, that at least 52% will not be swayed by this so-called Labor-lite document.

Some would even see it as a complete capitulation of long standing Liberal values in their desperation to remain in power. For indeed that’s all it is; a pathetic attempt, not to balance the books, for they now know that is a bridge too far, but to give the impression that they can make the right call given changed circumstances. They will fail.

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The Budget…an ongoing lie

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As a political commentator, I probably shouldn’t admit that I’ve given up on Q&A. I came to the conclusion late last year that it had lost its way. I felt it was pandering more to ‘gotcha’ moments for entertainment purposes rather than in-depth political analysis and holding politicians to account.

I haven’t watched a full program this year, tuning in only at the tail end to see if anyone had imploded or proclaimed Australia a Republic. None of that happened last night, but what I did witness toward the end was the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Dan Tehan, give us his view on how we were going to repay the national debt.

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Good and Bad Debt from Dumb and Dumber

da9aa5c89393e149e30ff3c04d9e2991Finally something of interest came forth from the mouths of our good Prime Minister and Treasurer this week.  They began talking about good and bad debt. It sounded a bit like funny money, at first, coming as it did from two staunch economic conservatives who hate debt of any kind while having little understanding of it.

What they were trying to tell us, albeit quite badly, is that they see no way out of the debt (so called) spiral they have been taking us and want to redefine it in such a way that shelters them from the harsh realities of their own incompetence.

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What They Say, Is Not What They Do

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“He’s a can-do prime minister,” she said, “He’s got a vision for this country, he’s got a lot of issues to deal with but he’s performing strongly and he will retain the support of the vast majority of the party room in order to lead us to the next election.”

These are the words of Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop on 26th March when asked if the Government might dump Malcolm Turnbull as party leader. Let’s unpack this seemingly simply statement and juxtapose it with the March 26th Fairfax-Ipsos opinion poll.

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Catholicism and the Liberal Party

4212aa8c867d0571664e9818717f04f9So Cory Bernardi has finally made his move and put his career where his mouth is. A brave move whatever one might think of his politics, but one where at least his job won’t be at risk for another five and a half years.

He leaves the Liberal Party no worse off really. He’ll still support them. But it’s not a good look, electorally. At the moment it’s easy to watch the Liberal Party imploding. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of us who have witnessed the party’s evolution over the past 50-60 years.

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A Race to the Bottom

trump-turnbull-960x540Firstly, Donald Trump and the future of the world……

Here’s my take…….Donald is possibly the most narcissistic person I have encountered in public life. From history I have concluded that John Paul II, Nixon, Hitler, Bismarck, Lincoln, Napoleon, Henry VIII, Pope Innocent III, all the way back to Augustine and Alexander were narcissists. They all caused, to some degree greater or lesser, serious upheaval within their sphere of influence. Trump will do the same. How serious this upheaval will be is hard to say, but I do not rule out some military conflict and certainly some global economic consequences. He might pal up with Putin but if China is the target, make no mistake, Russia will side with China when the spaghetti hits the fan.

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Unlike Turnbull, Trump Holds No Fear of Debt

_87740375_ad745816-231a-4270-beb6-afc0463d5656Whatever one thinks of Donald Trump, there was something he said in his inaugural address today, that Malcolm Turnbull should note well.

Trump said, “We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labour.”

This could be a blueprint for Australia as well. Does anyone think The Donald would be concerned about where the money comes from? Not likely. One suspects he is already ahead of the game.

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