This election is a character test for Australia

Scott Morrison gives flowers to his mother Marion and wife Jenny as he takes the stage at the Liberal party’s 2019 Australian federal election campaign

I have just watched the Coalition policy launch in Melbourne, and each party leader delivered an absolute stemwinder of a speech.

The choice right now is whether we preserve what we have or throw it away on unaffordable waste while preserving us from a global warming (aka climate change) that is non-existent.

Mostly on the economy, both what the Coalition will do – like balancing the budget – and what Labor will do – which is drive us into the poor house while plundering every cache of money they can get their hands on. In the PM’s words: “To spend well, you have to know how to manage money”. That is definitely not the ALP’s long suit.

And just for me, at the end the PM added in that they will keep our borders secure: “only the Liberal-National parties can be trusted”. Absolutely right.

It is game on and the election remains a toss up, but now leaning slightly, but only slightly, towards the Libs.

Here is the description from Channel Nine.

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37 Responses to This election is a character test for Australia

  1. stackja

    Reality or dream time?

  2. woolfe

    Will it be reported by the MSM?

  3. Muddy

    Sure. If they transplanted Kaley Cuoco’s face and breasts onto the corpse of a mummified goat and named it Libby, I’d vote for it too.

    Sheesh. Terminal cognitive decline really has gripped the planet, hasn’t it?

  4. Mark M

    Should we follow Bill’s masters, the UN down the drain …?

    U.N. chief warns staff, member states: We’re running out of cash

    “United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned staff that the world body is running out of cash and urged member states to pay what they owe as soon as possible”

    Owe? For what?

    So this green galoot gets to fossil-fuel his way around the world to tell me I can’t use fossil fuels?

    UN chief says ‘total disaster’ if warming not stopped

    “Guterres said he’s about to tour Pacific islands to see how climate change is devastating them as part of his renewed push to fight it. ”

    https://apnews.com/5771645c622d4717bffc3e33fbc20df9?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosgenerate&stream=top

    Better get used to it, I suppose, it is just a week away.

  5. egg_

    Even Abbott seems to have lost his cajones over climate change.
    What’s the pressure source, after Trump told them to stick the Paris Agreement and China and India are thumbing their noses.
    UN juntas?

  6. Leo G

    The choice right now is whether we preserve what we have or throw it away on unaffordable waste while preserving us from a global warming (aka climate change) that is non-existent.

    Even if man-made global warming/climate change does exist, populist “action on climate change” technology is a Heath Robinson fantasy.

  7. egg_

    UN chief says ‘total disaster’ if WARNING not stopped

    FTFY

  8. Leo G

    Even Abbott seems to have lost his cajones over climate change bollocks.

    FTFY

  9. Roger

    What’s the pressure source, after Trump told them to stick the Paris Agreement and China and India are thumbing their noses.

    Low information voters feeding back alarmist propaganda in surveys.

    In the headlines on Thursday:

    “Climate change threat now tops Australians’ concerns, Lowy poll finds”

    This is the result of the Liberals surrendering on the issue.

  10. mh

    Mostly on the economy, both what the Coalition will do – like balancing the budget

    Will do? So they will do something that they have not done for the last 2 terms of Coalition government.

    Like the fat slob on the couch, pizza in hand, congratulating themselves for starting a diet next year.

  11. zyconoclast

    The choice right now is whether we preserve what we have

    What do we have?

    Other than a slightly better refugee policy…

  12. Leo G

    Like the fat slob on the couch, pizza in hand, congratulating themselves for starting a diet next year.

    The pizza slob diet really started about 5 years ago.
    Each year he got to eat more pizza, but extorted an annual increase in his allowance that allowed him gradually to reduce the annual increase in pizza shop credit card debt so that the debt stabilizes by next year.

  13. vlad

    Every day I see Shorty promising another mumblety-billion for something else. And I think: people have to see (one hopes) this as impossible. As for his fast train from Brisbane to Melbourne, well, that’s the politics of desperation. When they start talking about the fast train you know they’ve run out of ideas.

    It is game on and the election remains a toss up, but now leaning slightly, but only slightly, towards the Libs.

    The Libs are in government, so if it’s going even slightly their way – and I believe it is – that’s a big plus.

    There is no reason for complacency, but there is reason for hope.

  14. Leo G

    When they start talking about the fast train you know they’ve run out of ideas.

    But its a great idea.
    You run a fast train past voters in the last days of an election. It has to be a very fast train, mind you, or voters may notice the ethereal quality. Smoke and mirror stock levels are always high during these times, and the public broadcast media are always ready with the stuff as dreams are made on (for a consideration).

  15. egg_

    Low information voters feeding back alarmist propaganda in surveys.

    This is the result of the Liberals surrendering on the issue.

    The Trumble Coalition strikes again.

  16. John Constantine

    Great news has come in. As the result of a long battle on the ground by local community members, and led by the anti-fracking group Groundswell Gloucester, an important victory has just been won.

    The mining company behind the Rocky Hill coal mine issued a brief press release yesterday (8 May 2019), making it clear that it will not go ahead with the project. It appeared in the local newspaper, the Gloucester Advocate.

    Groundswell Gloucester had made the case that that the mine would have a detrimental impact on climate change and the social fabric of the town must be considered. Expert evidence was presented to back this up.

    Justice Preston said in his final statement: “The construction and operation of the mine, and the transportation of and combustion of the coal from the mine, will result in the emission of greenhouse gases, which will contribute to climate change.”

    The case has profound implications, because it set a precedent for NSW courts to make rulings on the basis of an impact on the impact of a case on climate change. This will have an influence across Australia.

    David Morris of the Environmental Defenders Office of NSW said: “This is the leading case for how decision makers should take into consideration a project’s impact on climate change, and on the social health and wellbeing and cultural health of the community.”

    This would win would not have occurred, were it not for all those who have fought in and around Gloucester to stop the mine going ahead, and the all the people around Australia, campaigning for action on the threat of global warming. They are changing what the Australian community wants, and this is a poweful force for change.

  17. egg_

    This would win would not have occurred, were it not for all those who have fought in and around Gloucester to stop the mine going ahead, and the all the people around Australia, campaigning for action on the threat of global warming. They are changing what the Australian community wants, and this is a poweful force for change.

    Gloucester yoghurt weavers are going to be engulfed by sea level rise?

  18. a happy little debunker

    Another harebrained home ownership scheme being touted by the LNP!

    If you want a strong market economy, stop fiddling with it’s bits, Scott.

    #snowymk2

  19. Robbo

    Shorten will continue to promise everything and anything, regardless of cost, to win. Labor has not learnt it’s lesson from the Governments of Whitlam, Keating, Rudd and Gillard and remains economically irresponsible. What has been said many times over the years remains as relevant to Labor under Shorten as it was under other Labor leaders. YOU CANNOT TRUST THE LABOR PARTY TO MANAGE THE ECONOMY OF AUSTRALIA. With Labor in power all we will get is massively increased debt, increased unemployment, higher cost of living and more illegal immigration. Only an idiot would vote Labor.

  20. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The commies polling margin shows Australia has already lost the character test.

  21. Dr Fred Lenin

    Thr Very Fast Train that old chestnut , I remember years ago they were talking abot one from Melboune through the Gippsland mountains to Canberra then on to Sydney and Brisbane . Some east gippsland residents were very enthused ,saying how the value of their properties would soar . I was the prphet of doom , poining out that it wouldnt stop in gippsland ,not nearly enough population ,then the cost of building it through the mountains would be huge ,much more than the proposed budget ,like the NBN “somewhere between 3 and 876 billion ball oark figure “. It died a death after the election it was supposed to help win . Polliemuppets are lawyers and the law trade is based on lying .

  22. Howard Hill

    First home buyers would only need to save five per cent of the purchase price – down from 20 per cent – with the government underwriting the balance.

    When will we actually get someone to vote for with an ounce of brain more than this??

    Labor can have their spend-a-thon, he said.

    Treasurer and deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg received a standing ovation when he took to the stage, using his speech to hammer Labor for its platform of higher taxes.

    While he keeps pushing the ruinable bullshit down our throats. Marvellous, just marvellous….!

    Didn’t read the rest, too busy throwing up.

  23. flyingduk

    YOU CANNOT TRUST THE LABOR PARTY TO MANAGE THE ECONOMY OF AUSTRALIA

    Actually, you cant trust any central body to run it, the economy is a wild animal that only remains healthy if left to roam free…

  24. cohenite

    Tits has bedazzled the sheeple with talk of being King Canute and stopping the Gods of climate from doing nasty things.

    Tits is no dope; his union bruddas who run Industry Super, the largest investor in ruinables, will be whispering in his ears.

    Stock up on candles folks.

  25. mh

    Already voted.

    Fraser Anning 1, PHON 2. Both ballots.

  26. Ubique

    Living in Fremantle where Kim Jong-un or Pol Pot would be elected if either was the Labor party candidate.

  27. Flyingduk:

    Actually, you cant trust any central body to run it, the economy is a wild animal that only remains healthy if left to roam free…

    Nicely put, and more than a grain of truth in that statement.

  28. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Fraser Anning 1, PHON 2. Both ballots.

    +1 the uniparty needs a lesson

  29. Iva Right

    The electorate will always run toward free money and seeing as how Shorten has promised everyone (except those he knows would never vote labor) heaps of free money the die is cast! They will eventually ponder this once the industries and jobs are gone and the largess dries up but that will take many, many terms as Shorten hasn’t yet dipped completely into superannuation savings and of course there is death duties on those who have worked and saved. Eventually, after there is no “big end of town” to plunder and once every source of everyone else’s money is gone there still remains the option of national debt and those who live off others don’t really care about debt as they never have to pay it off!

  30. Tel

    When they start talking about the fast train you know they’ve run out of ideas.

    About ten years ago we were told that the NBN would mean no more commute to work each day.

    They are still promising much the same thing, with just as little evidence.

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/nbn/national-broadband-network-will-forever-change-the-face-of-australia/news-story/eb0ceef77d28c7c1e7952912236ac394

    The KPMG partner said: “Migration and the increase in women working are the trends that shaped the past half-century or so. The next 50 years will be shaped by new technology.

    “This will have the same sort of impact as when electricity was introduced.”

    Life for those born since the late 1990s – GenNBN or GenConnect as Mr Salt dubs them – will be unrecognisable from today.

    The eight-hour working day, and the daily commute that comes with it, will be a thing of the past as people choose where and when they work.

    Mr Salt says the flexibility created by superfast connectivity will bring a unique and ultimate opportunity.

    You would think these morons had never heard of computer networks until there was government money being waved around. I’ve worked from home many times over ADSL and never had an issue. It’s fine for certain types of work. There never was a network issue … but corporations don’t want to make the switch, mostly for cultural reasons, and that’s a management decision. It might eventually happen, but the NBN is totally irrelevant in this process.

  31. Matt

    I think labor is in front, and I can see libs having issues in vic. I hope I’m wrong but I can’t see the libs winning. More likely labor in minority or a narrow majority. What am I missing?

  32. Labor is ahead importantly in QLD and VIC. This is why they will probably still win.

  33. mareeS

    We voted on Friday because we had already seen enough. This is a difficult election, not one where you make up your mind in the booth. btw, use ink, not pencil.

  34. David Brewer

    Getting lost is the fact that Shorten is still getting lost on his own policies.

    This morning’s Insiders was a beauty. Does anyone really believe that a few tiny nips and tucks on negative gearing, capital gains tax (CGT) and franking credits can pay for tax cuts for 10 million people, restoring all previous so-called cuts to health and education, new wage subsidies all over the place, green energy schemes etc. etc.? Even Scrotum-face was crinkling up at this line.

    Shorten also said:

    “If you are currently negatively geared, you get a taxpayer subsidy if your investment makes a loss. Now that’s nice if you can get it, but it’s not sustainable going forward, but no changes for the existing people.”

    So it’s not sustainable, but he is going to sustain it anyway. And not only for “the existing people” – such as most of his frontbench – but also for any “new people” who invest in new buildings.

    No wonder this “savings measure” is only going to generate $2.8 billion over the forward estimates, i.e. just $0.7 billion a year, on his own figures – and that includes the separate CGT hike. Mind you, he has now deleted this estimate from his propaganda – notice how the last sentence here has been disappeared in the version here.

  35. AndrewWA

    Sadly we know that the Australian character is significantly flawed at the moment.
    However, I am still hopeful that it will recover – but not before 18 May 2019.

  36. Iampeter

    The choice right now is whether we preserve what we have or throw it away on unaffordable waste while preserving us from a global warming (aka climate change) that is non-existent.

    And because this is the Coalition, who are largely responsible for the mess of environmentalist regulations in this country, we know what side these speeches must’ve been on.
    Unless you’re saying they denounced the disastrous Howard years and announced some real repeals of something? Stemwinder!

    And just for me, at the end the PM added in that they will keep our borders secure: “only the Liberal-National parties can be trusted”. Absolutely right.

    Right indeed! The only way to save our wealth and prosperity from the statist policies of Labor is with statist policies of…well…Labor.

    Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m all stemwindered out.

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