What Hockey and Corman did today was try to scare us with a number of things they won’t enact, or won’t get through the Senate and be discarded. What they did was cast not just the Abbott government but the Baird, Newman, Napthine and Giles governments and the Liberal Party, into outer darkness, perhaps, forever.
Because they thought they had enough respect, enough stature, enough mana in the wider community, the nation, the world, to dare this nonsense, and they didn’t. They already seemed, after the single aberrant knight (there will never be another), and the search in the wrong ocean for the vanished plane, and the twenty-four billion dollar fighter-bomber that can’t win any imaginable war on any planet we might be on soon, a little crazy. And to make war, after that, on on every ingredient of Australia, and Australia itself (the Federation was broken, they said, and that means Australia was broken) was, on the face of it, barking mad.
Where did they get the idea that we as a nation were so keen to get back into surplus that we’d give up our child’s education, and our mother’s comfort in old age? Who told them we were like that?
They seem not to have looked, with any keenness, at recent history. Costello, sure, in 1996, after a similar audit, slashed away at everybody like a Hutu with a machete. But…five hundred days later his party lost eighteen seats, and six percent of the vote, and would have lost government had not Gareth brandished death duties, another daylight robbery of the family home. They seem not to understand, as foreigners, the country they are in. They think we like authoritarian bullies who, having cheated their way to power, keep secret what we they will do next, spread anxiety everywhere, and tell cripples they’ll just have to wait for the new ramp and wheelchair, and their parents they’d better not die yet.
I write this at 3.40 am on Friday, and I sense they’ve lost 12 percent of the vote they won with in September already, and they won’t get it back. Historians will realise what did it, probably, was the search for the MH 370, which they’ll spend and spend and spend for years on, thinking scrap metal in the sea a more vital quest than the basic thing that government is for, saving human souls. They will be seen as sado-narcissist authoritarians who believe taking money from schoolkids will be applauded and spending it on a fighter bomber in an imaginary war — what war is that? Ruanda! Syrua? Iraq? Afghanistan? The civil war in Ukraine? — will be cheered to the rafters. What fools they are, to flag their cruelty so blatantly.
And they pretend it is not going to happen. We asked these auditors to do this, but we won’t take any notice of the bad bits. We’ll just ignore them.
Oh, boy. The old line, ‘the longest suicide note in history’, will be applied by the dimmer journalists to the this huge document. It’s not as if they’d keep one vote that changed their way in September. It’s not as if the voters thought Abbott was doing well, or Corman humorously saying ‘I’ll be back’ in any way allayed the grief of those parents of children with twisted limbs he was kicking in the face.
They blew it, big time. And their blood is all over the walls of their party room. And another Liberal leader will fall, the fourth in a year.
And so it goes.