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11:07 am, May 20th, 2019 - 78 comments
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National will be licking its lips and thinking that the Australian election will provide them with a roadmap to how to succeed in 2020.
There are a few takeaways. They need to make sure that a right wing megalomaniac controls the majority of the media and will instruct his channels to spew out anti left propaganda. And a well financed extreme right wing party will help.
And don’t forget the local. Labor was hit hard in Queensland probably because of the Adani mine project.
In the adjoining seats the three LNP members of parliament had swings to them of up to 15% converting former marginal seats into safe seats.
The Adani mine shows everything that is wrong with Australian politics. Put aside the fact that if completed it would release huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere as well as wreck the Great Barrier reef not to mention fragile local habitats it makes no economic sense whatsoever. The price of coal is crashing. No merchant bank would go near the project, it appears that even merchant banks have minimum ethical standards.
Adani claimed originally that 10,000 jobs would be created but this has subsequently been reduced to 1,468. Spending billions to create so few jobs makes no sense.
It also had open rights to use artesian water, that commodity that will become more and more valuable in Australia. It has been estimated that the mine would use 4.6 billion litres of water a year. Consent was rushed through by the LNP three days before the election even though the report relied on had major faults. From the Conversation thread linked to above:
Details leaked to the ABC showed the review actually found that Adani’s modelling was “not suitable to ensure the outcomes sought by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Protection Act are met” and that advice for the approval was rushed through in a single afternoon.
The review found that the modelling was “not sufficiently robust”, over-predicting flows back into the aquifiers it was drawing on and using incorrect measurements for calibration.
The mine owner had also sought a billion dollar government loan to pay for the required rail infrastructure. Thankfully the Queensland Labor Government has killed this off.
The project should be terminal and put to death. Instead of this it has arguably helped return an incompetent inhumane right wing Government back to power.
But don’t be surprised if we see some similar sort of issue arise in New Zealand. In fact off sea oil drilling in Taranaki is already serving this function for National.
The other aspect is the role of minor parties. Clive Palmer’s United Australia party spent $60 million and gained nothing. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party did extraordinarily well when you think about how recently her party was implicated in seeking funding from the NRA to weaken gun laws and the defence offered was the senior staffers involved were on the turps. But Palmer and Hanson both shook Labor voters loose and then directed them over to LNP.
This underlines the need for National to have similar parties to its right. And will incentivise plans to have Alfred Ngaro form a new party.
On the weekend the rhetoric was turned up with Ngaro saying that abortion was an unholy holocaust.
Jami-Lee Ross responded quickly:
This morning Bridges confirmed that discussions were reasonably well advanced, contrary to previous indications.
On Friday Bridges’ office claimed comments about Ngaro were all rumour and speculation. This reinforced something that he had said earlier. Then this morning he conceded that parts of the story were actually true. He said this:
The truth is that the story I suppose had parts of it that were substantive and based on substance, some of it was wrong and so that is the reality of it.
Bridges then confirmed that Ngaro had been approached and Bridges had told him to keep Bridges in the loop.
Marvel at the video.
Wonder how a self confessed Christian politician can reconcile the use of fibbing with strongly held Christian beliefs, even if the fibbing is for political advantage.
And it makes you wonder where ACT will be. Because Bridges has also been reported as saying this:
I’m not interested in electorate deals – that’s certainly not something I have canvassed with Alfred or anyone else for that matter.”
But expect local politics to get uglier and more brutal at least in the short term. Although Jacinda is no Shorten and in my view has the ability and the empathy to counter this sort of approach.