Australians all let us unite

I thought it was a 50-50 and so it has turned out. The Coalition was always in with a real chance, not that I wasn’t both thrilled and surprised on the night. Let me take you to the post of a couple of days back: Going for broke.

Labor began the campaign with a kind of certainty that has now evaporated. And because they felt so certain, they were almost actually truthful about the kinds of things they would do. They would import more voting herds irrespective of the effect on our cities and the economy. They would pursue a green agenda to the very last measure of stupidity. They would waste even more money and more prodigiously than in the past. They believe the millennial vote will outweigh the effect on retirees whose incomes may be savaged.

This is a pivotal election. Either Labor finds there are limits by losing the election when they thought it was all in hand, or they win and become a modern version of Whitlam.

The ALP was so certain the election was in the bag that they vastly over-reached that aside from their rustidons, ended up turning the country off completely. They underestimated Scott Morrison, they believed Turnbull and Son continuing to slag the Government represented the views of the Liberal Party generally, they were convinced about the universal appeal of climate change, they thought they could get away with plundering the elderly to transfer wealth to others. They thought they could get away with opening the borders. They went all in, and lost, big time.

I also think that Tony Abbott had it right when he said that the focus on his electorate distracted the ALP from its larger ambitions, but also that they thought that in bringing Tony down that this was a sign of a greater appeal than was warranted by the facts, as they are now revealed.

Meanwhile, Morrison ran a Donald Trump campaign, not in style since PDT is unique, but in the direction of his appeal. The Libs went after the deplorable vote, with their appeal to hard-working Australians who wish to get on by succeeding in their own worlds in their own way. And the give away at the end of Morrison’s speech last night was when he ended with, “God Bless, Australia”. He is our Donald Trump.

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70 Responses to Australians all let us unite

  1. jupes

    He is our Donald Trump.

    Oh please.

  2. nb

    “God Bless, Australia”.
    That was a great line. It was the perfect summary.

  3. Abbott is now free from the contraints of party and parliament. It will be interesting to see what he chooses to do.

  4. The LNP would have lost if Turnbull had still been PM. I think he did his best to white-ant the LNP (through his son). Can we call both BS and Turnbull Australia’s biggest losers?

  5. None

    No he didn’t go after the deplorable vote he went after the marginals with a big soft labour vote or else a big undecided. The god bless Australia was nice but I’ll believe me Scott Morrison is no Donald Trump. He folded faster than a Deckchair when he was pressed on the Israel Folau case and I doubt very much that he will do anything to upset the lovies it will be all climate change all the time for the next three years. Watch.

  6. Gab

    He is our Donald Trump.

    Let’s not go overboard.

  7. Iva Right

    The climate change stupidity will continue unabated and political correctness will still abound but at least my superannuation is safe for a few more years and the borders will remain shut! The lazy and the stupid are going to miss out on labor’s promised largess at my expense, at least for a while anyway. Morrison is no Trump but he is a much better alternative to what was on offer. Albo will be a different kettle of fish in three years time especially with the lessons learned by labor last night!

  8. None

    Agree Gary US Ambassador or better UK High Commissioner was what I thought yesterday – he’s actually very good on foreign policy – but on the other hand he and his wife might want to stay put near their daughters and he would be excellent in academia except that I think he’s more a doer and absolutely deadly if he went back to journalism

  9. None

    Tony Abbott for Governor General.

  10. None

    No wait Hurley he’s going to be governor general from tune and Governor Generals can’t really speak out on anything so maybe not rather not yet. Julie Bishop’s being such a b**** she must know that she’s not getting any fancy job.

  11. Confused Old Misfit

    He is our Donald Trump.

    No. Just NO.
    His organization ran a sort of “Trump like strategy” targeting the seat that they knew they HAD to win.
    There were some tiny hints of Trump like determination.
    However, his fold on Folau and his lack of a firm position on the climate change nonsense are causes for concern.

  12. Exit Stage Right

    Steady on Steve.
    Scott Morrison IS NOT Donald Trump!
    Whilst I am overjoyed that the Libs have scraped in, there is much work to be done to consolidate their position. Morro did indeed pull off a miracle, but he was helped every inch of the way by abysmal ALP policies that alienated everyone. Adani was a big factor plus the nil transparency with Labor policies and the lack of costings Labor was asking the voters to vote blind. And the major factor in all of this was the absence of Turnbull and The Stick and there poisonous undermining.
    I am fearful that as a Turnbullite, Morrison may consider Malcolm for the US Ambassador vacancy. Plus he is on board with Climate Change which Australia just voted down. I am not convinced that he is made of tough enough stuff to lead Australia to the Promised Land.

  13. Behind Enemy Lines

    Odd.

    Haven’t heard anything about Russians yet.

    When does it start?

  14. Roger

    Albo will be a different kettle of fish in three years time especially with the lessons learned by labor last night!

    No sign they’ve learned anything so far.

  15. Rafe Champion

    I heard his speech on the way home from Lizzie’s place. I didn’t think he had it in him and I take my hat off to him for that performance.

    One stirring speech in mood of intoxicating triumph does not lift him above the level of mediocrity. As the great coach Jack Ginbson said of a halfback who was looking good behind a superb pack of forwards “You could play Mickey Mouse there.”

  16. Old School Conservative

    Behind Enemy Lines
    #3018287, posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:24 am
    Odd.
    Haven’t heard anything about Russians yet.

    They are still thrashing around looking for the best excuse.
    My bet is on “it was Clive666.”

  17. Flyingduk

    all we get is 3 more years to hide our assets, the general drift leftwards, especially with respect to climate change, will go on.

  18. Old School Conservative

    Police, in following up on rope claims, will be more likely to interview a backbencher than a Prime Minister.

  19. Abbott for Human Rights Commissioner and Ramsay Centre ambassador.

  20. Entropy

    This is a pivotal election. Either Labor finds there are limits by losing the election when they thought it was all in hand, or they win and become a modern version of Whitlam.

    True. Unfortunately it looks like they plan to double down on current policies.

    Roger
    #3018289, posted on May 19, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Albo will be a different kettle of fish in three years time especially with the lessons learned by labor last night!

    No sign they’ve learned anything so far.

    True

    All the ALP seemed have learned is that they should not take their plans to an election. Instead of realising thy need to change their policies to be more palatable, as their current policies being a religious commitment, and how dare the unbaptised disagree with the detail. So instead they are planning to practice deceit and non disclosure.

  21. stackja

    jupes
    #3018244, posted on May 19, 2019 at 10:56 am
    He is our Donald Trump.

    Oh please.

    ScoMo beat the left.

  22. stackja

    Let me take you to the post of a couple of days back: Going for broke.

    linky no worky.

  23. mh

    He is our Donald Trump.

    Steve knows how to put a dampener on the celebrations.

    No he is not.

  24. Mark M

    Barrie Cassidy questions Deputy Liberal Leader Josh Frydenberg about energy policy, “Don’t you get lessons from election campaigns?”

    Deputy Liberal Leader Josh Frydenberg, 1.00: ” I have to say to you on [failed doomsday global warming], it is real, we take it very seriously, as the PM made clear, we will meet and beat our 2020 targets.

    There has been a billion ton turn-around come to government, we will meet and beat our 2030 targets.

    We accept the science and we will continue to take action on [failed doomsday global warming].”

    https://twitter.com/InsidersABC/status/1129896749152161792

    >> It appears Morrison and company didn’t get the message.

  25. mh

    Donald J. Trump Retweeted

    charmane harbert ✝️
    @callme_Chari
    ·
    12h
    Replying to @newscomauHQ
    If he’s anything like Trump congratulations to you all. You have a leader who loves your country and will put citizens first. God Bless!

  26. Crazyoldranga

    I deliberately put my local member, The Tudger, second in the hope that his majority might be decreased and it became a marginal sear. Looks like it has actually increased. Cest la vie.

  27. Infidel Tiger

    What a great country.

    Suck my nuts, socialist filth.

  28. Paul farmer

    Let’s not get carried away with Morrison brilliance. It was more a case of labor lost it by disenfranchising to many voters with a complete arrogance they could so. Tip in adani too , which turned climate change from an abstract fuzzy idea a lot of people who in otherwise sensible middle Australia support if they think it’s not costing whereas adani acted like a catalyst for a number of voters in key qld seats where it was a galvanising symbol that turned climate change into a real life issue that was hurting their electorate, combine that then with first point and add on Clive and one nation as well to provide a vehicle to capture disenfranchised labor voters and you find a path to victory. Morrison ran a good campaign but he had a lot of luck with a strange confluence of factors to get there most of which he didn’t create .

    The real worry is the Libs won’t realise it was a bullet dodged through good luck but now think it was Morrison brilliance and will continue on with the much of their climate nonsense which is just a watered down version of the stupidity of the alp who have sold out the working class of this country to throw their hat in with the woke left. If Morrison dumps or walks back significantly the Libs policy on renewables then I will start calling him brilliant and then maybe comparison with trump becomes warranted.

  29. If Chris Bowen regrets being open about what they planned to do, which were bad enough, what were the things they weren’t open about?

  30. Dr Faustus

    All the ALP seemed have learned is that they should not take their plans to an election. Instead of realising thy need to change their policies to be more palatable, as their current policies being a religious commitment, and how dare the unbaptised disagree with the detail. So instead they are planning to practice deceit and non disclosure.

    Plibersek said as much this morning.

  31. mundi

    The polls are what Doomed labor.

    Shorten announced his taxes on negative gearing, franking etc, over a year ago. The polls showed him in front, and he took the put to increase. The polls didn’t move, so he just kept them.

    In reality the polls where wrong. He was never in front, and it made him stick to bad policy.

    Liberals are just as stupid, replacing leaders over Polls that were never real. Abbott would have won both elections.

  32. Rafe Champion

    +1 Paul farmer.

  33. sabena

    Morrison needs to learn from Keating-Keating thought the result in 1993 was divine providence,not the result of Hewson’s errors.
    The same applies to the ALP -judging by this morning on Insiders,Plibersek doesn’t get it.There is a report that Albanese proposes to ditch the ALP tax plan,which shows he does.So let’s hope Plibersek becomes leader.
    Another who doesn’t’ get it is Trent Zimmerman,who on the ABC(where else) was rabbiting on about climate change.

  34. Ros

    The Insiders all gobsmacked about how nobody knew.

    “Professor Bela Stantic says he knows who will win today’s federal election — and his prediction may surprise you.

    The Griffith University scientist believes Scott Morrison will remain prime minister, with the Liberal Party narrowly holding on to power.”

  35. MPH

    I think we got a ‘least worst’ result. Morrison isn’t Trump, and this election has delayed the time for a disruptor like Trump to get the country back on track. Morrison will hold the line but can’t provide the reset on size of government, state vs fed, immigration and energy insanity that we so desperately need.

  36. Rafe Champion

    A beautiful picture before the election.
    How about an “after” shot!

  37. Ros

    Lest we forget those 2 great unifiers of the Liberal party, Michael Photios ($22,000) and Nick Campbell, donating to the ALP this year because as Labor said, no doubt with relish, “Their decision to donate to Labor is a clear vote of no confidence in Scott Morrison leading into the federal election,” the source said.

    This didn’t stop Photios attending the thousands per head Liberal fundraiser at Justin Hemmes’ “gothic Vaucluse pile The Hermitage” on May 6 however. Or the fools inviting him. Photios obviously costs far more than he gives.

    So Zimmerman choosing to start stirring re climate immediately and the NSW “moderates” seemingly incapable of booting the venal pair of lobbyists, rather removed their nemesis Abbott and Molan, how strong will Morrison be. He did send Turnbull to Indonesia so he could piss on the Coalition seemingly not having grasped the character of the man.

    Sava and co, Morrison now unassailable within Liberal party now, anyone told the “Moderates”.

  38. Bill from the Bush

    Morrison didnt win it, he was handed it on a platter by the arrogance o Shorten and the ALP/ABC.
    Sadly all that has happened is we have been given another PM who really doesn’t stand or anything on the right side of the political divide. He will spend the next 4 years desperately trying to appease the left with all their climate crap, gender issues etc. To compare him with Trump is a nonsense.

    If we had elected our version of Trump, the headlines would already be screaming things like,
    Morrison tears up the Paris accord, or Sec18C will be abolished, or a female toilets are for females etc. etc.
    Don’t hold your breath as this govt. will wander aimlessly along or they simply don’t have the balls to fight or what used to be known as principles.

  39. Rob MW

    They underestimated Scott Morrison, they believed Turnbull and Son continuing to slag the Government represented the views of the Liberal Party generally, they were convinced about the universal appeal of climate change, they thought they could get away with plundering the elderly to transfer wealth to others. They thought they could get away with opening the borders. They went all in, and lost, big time.

    This is what happens when stupidity held in arrogance runs over the drovers dog while the owner is distracted by pissing into the wind. Nationalizing other people’s money is not really that insightful, its been done before with varying degrees of starvation.

  40. jupes

    ScoMo beat the left.

    SloMo IS the left.

    The hard left beat the loony left. 28% renewables vs 45% renewables.

  41. mem

    Fr Rod Brewer channels Hillary in his condemnation of Australian voters as ignorant. Father Rod tweets”

    Very hard to understand a nation who, through its own wilful ignorance, will cause our grandchildren to abandon all hope.’

    Cheer up Rodney, we believe in miracles.

  42. iain russell

    To see Friar Tuck so unhinged has just added to my joy!

  43. Roberto

    Cheer up Rodney, we believe in miracles.

    This atheist ‘minister of religion’ wouldn’t know what a miracle is.

  44. cuckoo

    Liberals are just as stupid, replacing leaders over Polls that were never real. Abbott would have won both elections.

    Sad but true.

    Abbott seemed almost relieved in his concession speech. An object lesson in how grownups behave.

  45. RedneckRuss

    We have dodged a bullet here in Oz with The Australian Labour Party doing a Democrat and losing the sure thing election. The Liberals have achieved a Majority in The House Of Representatives and The Senate is looking Conservative as counting continues.

    The only downside is our great Conservative Warrior and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott ( who abolished a Carbon Tax during his time in power) has fallen in battle to a cynical Progressive vote splitting campaign by Soros funded Pseudo Conservatives. The cry from many Oz Conservatives is “Warringah Delenda Est” The electorate should be razed and Salt ploughed in the ruins for what has happened to A Christian, Fireman & Lifeguard Volunteer who has faithfully served the area and Nation for 25 Years.

    Be advised Mr Morrison I preferenced Angus Taylor 4th and supported you in The Senate as Insurance against the ALP. Like all DelCons you have the opportunity to win us back fully by showing real clawback against economically dangerous AGW policy and initiatives. Do not disappoint us.

    Vale Tony Abbott!!

  46. Deplorable

    Perhaps Morrison did not want to frighten the horses but now elected in his own right and without the bedwetters and Turdbulls we may see a more conservative centre right government. One can live in hope. Sh*tten has been humiliated and his proposed theft of franking credits thwarted..

  47. Don’t worry, the people of Warringah will soon enough regret their voting choice as the chicken comes home to roost.

  48. Sean

    Trump is quite divisive. I don’t think Morrison has been very polarising in the campaign, probably as a definite strategy.

  49. Chris M

    He is our Donald Trump.

    Heh heh, yer bin up drinkin Steve?

    I also understood that Morrison is going to exit Paris, dump the global warming hoax, defund abortions, axe the ABC, defund Universities that persecute conservatives, introduce true freedom of speech and self defence laws, dump SSM, build a string of new power stations, bring in 20% flat tax… then I woke up. That was some strong brew.

  50. mem

    Trump is quite divisive. I don’t think Morrison has been very polarising in the campaign, probably as a definite strategy.
    Agree, but on the other hand Clive whether deliberately or not, got the public worked up enough to reject the Labor pc/climate change tax thieving policies that were endlessly spewed at us. So in many respects Clive had a bigger impact than many will give him credit for. It didn’t play out in seats for him but certainly bolstered the Lib coalitions position.

  51. Crossie

    He folded faster than a Deckchair when he was pressed on the Israel Folau case and I doubt very much that he will do anything to upset the lovies it will be all climate change all the time for the next three years. Watch.

    I’m glad Libs won rather than Labor but I also don’t expect much from ScoMo. He may disappoint or he may surprise us and I sincerely hope it’s the latter.

  52. Crossie

    I am fearful that as a Turnbullite, Morrison may consider Malcolm for the US Ambassador vacancy.

    Yeah, sending Michael Trumble to Washington is just the way to get on Trump’s good side. Not even ScoMo could be that dense.

  53. Stimpson J. Cat

    He is our Donald Trump.

    We don’t have a Donald Trump.
    We have a Clive Palmer.

  54. Crossie

    Liberals are just as stupid, replacing leaders over Polls that were never real. Abbott would have won both elections.

    If we go back even further when Abbott defeated Turnbull for leadership and had Howard not convinced Turnbull to stay we could have avoided so much political and social turmoil of the last few years.

  55. DrBeauGan

    SloMo is hopeless. He didn’t win, Shorten lost with insane policies.

  56. vicki

    And the give away at the end of Morrison’s speech last night was when he ended with, “God Bless, Australia”.

    I have previously said in a post on the Cat Files that I heard Morrison speak on “Australian Values” at the Sydney Institute many years ago, and was impressed by his convictions, since Aussie “values” were quickly becoming out of fashion among the talking heads.

    His subsequent determination in achieving what many thought unachievable in stopping the asylum racket convinced me then that he was a man we needed in a conservative government.

    Few on this blog would probably commend his period as Social Services Minister or as Treasurer. But his ability to get his departments “on side” and motivated allowed him to pin back social service rorts and continue to pull back the indebtedness the Coalition inherited.

    He may not immediately challenge the climate change madness that grips the country or satisfy those who wish for bolder economic measures. But this man, I believe, has the “safe hands” of John Howard and is a the front foot against the cultural warriors of the Left.

    Australia has dodged a bullet in this election, & we should be thankful to the man who worked his butt off in this election to make it happen.

  57. Paul the Farmer:

    Let’s not get carried away with Morrison brilliance. It was more a case of labor lost it by disenfranchising to many voters with a complete arrogance they could so.

    Yep.
    Hubris brought down the Godless Red Scum.

  58. wal1957

    God help us if Scomo is our version of DJT!

    Weak as p!$$!

    His, and the Liberals only saving grace is that they were better than the alternative…and that is not saying very much is it!!!!!

  59. Laterite

    He is our Donald Trump.
    We’ll have to see. The punters on Catallaxy were wrong when they mocked Steve Kates pick of DJT to win the Presidency.

  60. NuThink

    plundering the elderly to transfer wealth to others

    Remember when Julia Gillard said something to the effect that Labor does not care about the elderly as the elderly don’t vote Labor.

  61. Viva

    IMO Morrison couldn’t back away from climate change before the election – decades of scare mongering agit prop has done it’s work and the last thing he needed was for the left to start screeching “climate denier” and shifting the debate away from the economy. He simply paid lip service to the issue making the right noises so as not to frighten the horses.

    At some point however the government has to start challenging some of the extreme views that have been allowed to proliferate unchecked. Maybe they could start by pointing out the immorality of scaring children to tears and depriving them of their dreams of a bright future.

  62. Crossie

    Remember when Julia Gillard said something to the effect that Labor does not care about the elderly as the elderly don’t vote Labor.

    They may not care for Australian elderly but importing Chinese seniors seemed a good idea. And they never noticed the dissonance?

  63. Chris M

    Dissonance?

    Mate we live in a country where not only can you kill babies up to the point of birth the government will provide the doctor and full taxpayer funding to do so. But cut down a big tree? Face financially crippling fines and jail time. It’s completely bonkers out there.

  64. Tim Neilson

    Don’t worry, the people of Warringah will soon enough regret their voting choice as the chicken comes home to roost.

    It will be interesting to see how often Steggall votes with Labor rather than the Coalition.

    Any takers for under 50%?

  65. HP

    Abbott’s defeat in Warringah is a Pyrrhic victory for the progressive left. Crucial was the reason they wanted rid of Abbott.

    The Libs were supposed to lose the election. Bill Shorten was supposed to have his coronation. Morrison was supposed to be toast. After that, of course, the pertinent question on the Lib side at this point in time was supposed to be:
    Who will replace Morrison to become the Leader of the Opposition?

    It was Abbott in the role of Leader of the Opposition that they feared, going against Bill Shorten’s climate change agenda. The “Vote Out Abbott” was driven by fear of a resurrected Opposition Leader Abbott destroying Shorten and his agenda – as he proved very capable of during his last stint as Leader of the Opposition.

    Shorten was sure to win. They thought that was in the bag already. Defeating Abbott was about clearing the path to going big on climate change and other progressive obsessions.

    But Morrison won. So all this conniving in Warringah has become a very moot point. All this money and effort spent and what did it get them?

    With the Morrison win, the Liberal heartland appears to be shifting to the Western Suburbs of Sydney. If the trend continues, the Eastern Melbourne seats (Kooyong, Higgings, Goldstein) will be increasingly turning more marginal driven by dentists’ wives and other Climate change snobs. These seats are no longer the safe perches for the Libs that they used to be. The Liberal Party is now making the turn towards the deplorables. And yes, I think there are clear Tumpian undertones to all of this.

    Moreover, this re-alignment of the Liberal Party to a working class party, is likely to continue. Morrison’s victory speech is a clear indication. Besides that, the opposition to such a change has been eroded, with the ghost of Turnbull gone, the leaker Julie Bishop gone, leftie factional warlord Pyne gone, schemer Banks is gone, to name a few.

    Abbott also got caught out by that same phenomenon. So bad news for Abbott in that seat, but good news more widely for the Lbs and the country, as he stated himself.

    The lefties may have won the battle of Warringah, but they lost the war.

  66. He is our Donald Trump.

    ….errrrrr, no.

    ScoMo is our Mitt Romney.

  67. MPH

    3 out of 3 ACT seats gone to Labor. Telling…

  68. “They would waste even more money and more prodigiously than in the past.” I used to accept that the Coalition were better money managers than Labor. However, here is link to a layman’s attempt to list how well the Coalition manages money. I am still shocked over the $444 million gift to the Great Barrier Reef foundation while I donate my pension $5 to the Australian Marine Conservation society.
    https://theaimn.com/john-lords-election-diary-no-10-no-policies-so-lets-talk-about-the-climate-and-money/

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