With his observe report of financial mismanagement and political ineptitude, Scott Morrison wants to focus on these too younger to know higher, writes Sam Leckie.
AS 20-YEAR-OLDS DO when the footy finishes on the pub, the dialog rapidly turned to the 2022 Federal Election.
Over a recreation of pool and a number of other wheat-based drinks, our evaluation echoed what seems to be the rising consensus amongst Australians — “Scomo is a straight talker”, “The other guy is too quiet and I don’t know his name” and “We know what to expect” are just some examples.
For the politically inclined, the Coalition’s “you know what to expect” stance is misplaced at finest and at worst, one other instance of this Government’s obvious and catastrophic aspirations of self-sabotage.
The Australian public, nevertheless, does know what to anticipate. Blatant public lies – the electrical automobiles and Emmanuel Macron sagas to call a pair – adopted by the predictable denial of such falsehoods. Fumbling administration of local weather, public well being and financial coverage. Failure to legislate the federal corruption fee which was promised previous to the 2019 Election. Cultivating a parliamentary tradition that enables the rape of a feminine staffer and fails to effectively handle such crimes and violations.
The record of indiscretions goes on, however one statistic leaves this Election very a lot within the steadiness.
The bulk of the Australian inhabitants is considerably politically disengaged and this dynamic is especially excessive amongst 18-29-year-olds — my age group. For all of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s flaws, his advertising background makes him an amazing campaigner and the dearth of curiosity in political outcomes amongst Australians falls proper into his arc.
The fallout of that is an arduous six-week marketing campaign of public persona, mudslinging and overly stage-managed public appearances, not coverage.
The primary concern is that this model of election coincides with a important juncture in Australia’s and the world’s historical past. Growing worldwide tensions, an environmental disaster at a tipping level, the persistent menace of a world pandemic and an financial system operating quick on sustainable stimulation current an uphill battle to maintain our lifestyle. If there was ever a time for an election to concentrate on coverage, not character, now could be it.
Nobody – no matter their political engagement – can deny that Morrison’s Coalition has had some of the turbulent parliamentary phrases in Australian historical past, with pure disasters, a pandemic and plenty of different issues difficult the Government in unprecedented methods.
What those that don’t observe politics might not realise is that in 2022 – with these crises nonetheless at giant – the Coalition introduced solely ten parliamentary sitting days, ending in March with no extra accessible till August. The annual common is 67. Not quite a lot of time to deal with these points with significant coverage.
The pandemic apart, the 2013-22 Coalition Government has fostered a nationwide debt of almost $1 trillion, relative earnings inequality worse than that of Bangladesh and Sudan, an unheralded aged care disaster and stagnant environmental coverage which has seen two once-in-a-generation pure disasters happen throughout the final two years. This is a authorities that has proved time and time once more that it doesn’t study from its errors, nor handle them. Yet Scott Morrison will ask you to vote L-NP since you “know what to expect”.
The early levels of the Election and the primary chief’s debate on 20 April boasted extra of what we count on from Morrison — political spin, championing causes equivalent to a powerful financial system with out substantial reasoning and a capability to say no matter he needs with out consequence.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s (sure, that’s his title) Labor Government has already pledged, with significant conviction and analysis, an Indigenous voice to Parliament, a federal corruption watchdog and reforms to a struggling aged care and public well being system. While Morrison has proven us that election guarantees imply little when you’re within the chair, the observe information of the 2 main candidates converse a thousand phrases.
I nonetheless have grave concern that Australia and our politically uninterested inhabitants are being led down a Yellow Brick Road and a scarcity of important pondering leaves the door broad open for Morrison to seize the reins as soon as once more. Who is aware of the place which may lead us?
Sam Leckie is a eager follower of sports activities, politics and economics. He is at the moment in his second 12 months of an undergraduate diploma in Journalism on the University of Queensland, majoring in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies.
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