The Australian Taxpayers Alliance Director Tim Andrews vents on the state of political play in Canberra.
I had a strange dream last night.Yes indeed, we need an election NOW.
I dreamt that I was in bizzaro-world watching a tragi-comedy soap opera. An absolute farce where we had a government clinging to power with the vote of a man Thompson who was so brazen in his misuse of union funds, he didn’t just use them to pay for his re-election campaign - his union credit card was used to pay for brothels! Where the government installed a speaker (with full press gallery support) who is before the courts for sexually harassing a young staffer, who is under police investigation for fraud against the commonwealth, and who repeatedly sent abusive, sexist, and grossly offensive misogynist texts.
In this dream, the Prime Minister, who in the past secretly aided her former-boyfriend to set up what she admitted was a “slush fund” and to then buy property with stolen union funds, defended the disgraced Speaker, and her defence was simply to say that everyone opposed to her was a misogynist: a government that with a straight face defended misogyny by accusing misogyny.
Phillipa Martyr summed up this bizzaro-world:
"- The twice-married Peter Slipper repeatedly sexts a young and good-looking gay man who works for him ... Peter Slipper expresses in these sexts a marked dislike for lady bits ... Peter Slipper tells the court that he loves his wife (despite her having the same unpleasant lady bits) ... Peter Slipper is therefore Husband of the Year and an innocent victim of Liberal Party machinations ..."
"Tony Abbott shows no signs of being fazed by strong women, having been married to one for years ... Tony Abbott turns his back on Nicola Roxon in parliament ... Tony Abbott calls for the resignation of lady-bits-insulter and office masher Peter Slipper as Speaker of the House of Representatives ... Tony Abbott is a misogynist sexist pig."
In my dream, the government complained of the "Americanisation" of Australian politics, while itself basing it's attack template on US Marxist activist Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" (eg: Rule 12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
So bizzare is this world that everyone in the media simply lapped this cognative madness up and reported the government line verbatim praising the Prime Minister's speech.
To say this dream described a total farce is an understatement. It is a comedy which puts Yes Minister to shame. It is absolutely totally unbelievable that such a thing could ever occur in reality.
Our political and media class would NEVER stoop so low.
Except, … as you are well aware, this was not a dream. This insanity is exactly what is occurring.
How can anyone possibly justify this excuse of a government? Anyone observing from the outside can only conclude that it is a total, absolute, and utter joke. Yet so insulated is our media, so removed from reality is our Canberra Press Gallery, that they blindly regurgitate the government line.
Julia Gillard’s rambling defence of the indefensible yesterday – her gall in baselessly attacking her opponents while she supported the utter disgrace of Peter Slipper (who since resigned as speaker), her shameless audacity is mind-boggling. And yet our fawning media faithfully reprinted the government line. And praised her speech.
I would laugh at these antics, if it were not for the fact that they have real consequences, in the real world.
As this farce continues, our budget deficit skyrockets, waste and overspending is occurring left right and centre, the “Infrastructure Government” hasn’t built a single thing, the carbon tax is hitting every Australian family, our defence force becomes dilapidated and our borders unsecure.
Families are hurting, and all the government can do is obsess about name-calling Tony Abbott.
This is beyond a joke.
We need an election now.