Sunday 28th of May 2023

in need of polishing….

Sky News host Andrew Bolt says the Liberal Party need to reinvent themselves into “the party of the battlers” and “common sense”.

“See the Liberals are no longer the party of the rich. That’s Labor and the climate independents. They're the ones who can afford crazy green policies,” he said. “The Liberals now are the party of the battlers, in the outer suburbs and towns. “So, reinvent yourself, guys, into the party of the battlers, the party of common sense, not of climate hysterics.”





A legacy of lost opportunities

As I wrote after his miracle win in 2019, Morrison had the chance to use his towering authority as a proven winner to shape the government’s agenda. And this he duly did. 

He made a virtue of his pragmatism: Morrisons’ government racked up billions in debt to save the economy, but made it clear which sectors were out of favour. The flaws in the COVID vaccine rollout stemmed from early decisions designed to maximise the government’s political benefit. 

But when the strategy fell apart due to a lack of forethought and capacity, the states took up the slack and the military was brought in.

The government flirted with industrial relations reform before shelving it as too risky. 

The Commonwealth Integrity Commission saga revealed precisely the government’s true preferences on accountability.

The government’s response to women’s anger – try as it might – only succeeded in comprehensively showing they did not understand the problem. 

Morrisons’ three-year long crab walk on a 2050 emissions target illustrated both his political skills but also his impotence in the face of the Nationals, upon whom he was dependent to govern. 

The government’s shock when its religious freedom bill failed, demonstrated where it was prepared to fight and die. 

At the end of three years and a six-week campaign, the same question about what a Coalition government even wanted to do with another term was – unbelievably – still hanging in the air. 


Morrison – a brilliant communicator [Gus link] and a bulldozer

Morrison has always been a brilliant communicator and his message has been clear all along: despite a rapidly changing world, he would defend, as far as possible, the status quo. 

Like all successful Liberal leaders, Morrison did dominate his government and did shape it in his own image.


a climate-change election change…….


Make no mistake, this was a climate change election (“Albanese must balance reality with myriad expectations”, May 23). Labor and the Coalition lost primary votes, though the Coalition far more than Labor. Those votes went to the Greens and to the teal independents, both groups seeking strong action on climate change. Seats that were once considered Liberal strongholds now have strong independents representing them. Long-term Liberal voters abandoned the party because of its decade-long inaction on climate change. Unless the Coalition changes its policies on climate, it will not get these votes back. 

Neil Ormerod, Kingsgrove


There will inevitably be a push, perhaps even a demand, by the Greens and teals for a more ambitious climate target. Admittedly, this would also go down well at COP27 in Egypt in November, where every attendee will be expected to commit to increased greenhouse gas reduction. The dilemma is, of course, how to achieve it. Labor has at present a plan of action to deliver a 43 per cent reduction by 2030 and should retain this with the undertaking that everything will be done to try to exceed this target. If the Greens and teals have constructive proposals, they should be listened to respectfully and possibly implemented. But it should be understood by all that greenhouse gas reduction is not easy and usually takes considerable time. A useful strategy would be, via a nationwide advertising campaign, to convince Australians of the dire situation the world is experiencing and for the young and future generations, encourage everyone to attempt to live a far greener lifestyle, even at the cost of some comforts. 

Geoff Harding, Chatswood