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Exposing the Immorality of the Coalition

March 29, 2012

Occupying the moral high ground is a popular place and competition for this space is fierce.

Until recently, it was a space on the Australian political landscape often occupied by the Greens, a party that was content to cast observations on the performance of the two major political parties from a distance without any risk or recrimination or responsibility. This has since changed with the Greens now regarded as a significant “third” political force.  Their public statements are now held to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past.

The Greens’ humanitarian approach to the asylum seeker “issue” represents one example where the media will give sufficient air time to the Greens’ alternative “onshore processing” proposal in addition to the “offshore” processing options argued by Labor and the Coalition.

Over on the right, the Liberal party, funded by big business and champions of free enterprise and middle class welfare skate around a veneer of social responsibility providing it benefits the middle to upper echelons of society.  Any attempts to redistribute wealth to those struggling to make ends meet is met with accusations of “class warfare” an argument levelled bizarrely, but not surprisingly by the Opposition’s Christopher Pyne just recently.

Fortunately, in Australia we enjoy low unemployment, low interest rates and a relatively buoyant economy.  By contrast, the situation in the US is particularly dire with the gap between the haves and the have nots continuing to grow since the GFC.

As Katrina vanden Heuvel at the Washington Post observes, it’s the republicans who are causing a moral crisis in America:

“There is a moral crisis in the United States. The only thing is — they’re wrong about what it is and who is causing it.”

“The real crisis of public morality in the United States doesn’t lie in the private decisions Americans make in their lives or their bedrooms; it lies at the heart of an ideology — and a set of policies — that the right-wing has used to batter and browbeat their fellow Americans.”

“Republican Paul Ryan’s latest budget really is case in point. It’s a plan that says that increases in defense spending are so essential, that massive tax cuts for the wealthy are so necessary, that we must pay for them by ripping a hole in the social safety net. The poor need Medicaid to pay for medicine and treatment for their families? We care, we really do, but the wealthy need tax cuts more. Food stamps the only thing standing between your children and starvation? Listen, we feel your pain. We get it. But we’ve got more important things to spend money on. Like a new yacht for that guy who only has one yacht.”

“It is a very strange thing that the people who lecture most fervently about morality are those who are most willing to fight for policies that are so immoral.”

The same could be said about the Liberal Party in Australia.



22 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2012 10:11 am

    reb, your headline is a bit of a furphy.

    The Coalition don’t need to have their immorality exposed in any way…it’s on display for the world to see. They are inordinately proud of it and flaunt it at every opportunity.

    All you need to do is listen to an Abbott brain fart or any Question Time and it just comes pouring out.

    They’re just damn lucky the media is furiously spinning for them and giving them cover.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2012 10:14 am

    In a sign of how much voters turned on the Bligh Government last Saturday, the 23-year-old will now swap his meagre Woolies deli pay packet for a six-figure salary and the surrounds of State Parliament in his first full-time job.

    His last job was part-time at Woolworths, he lives with his parents and now he’s a Member of Parliament.

    Astounding … who nominates these kids? Let alone who votes for them … its time for a very close look at the competencies and life/work experiences necessary to become a functional politician at local, state and federal level.

    There is no way – NO WAY – that this young bloke is going to contribute to any Parliamentary (people like Newman don’t discusss matters with people like Symes they DICTATE to them) … that’s not representative … that’s a token gesture …

    I know the area referred to as Lytton … they won’t know what hit them …

  3. Tony permalink
    March 29, 2012 10:31 am

    “But we’ve got more important things to spend money on. Like a new yacht for that guy who only has one yacht.”

    Fair enough, too. Someone has to stand up for one-yacht families.

  4. March 29, 2012 10:47 am

    Someone has to stand up for one-yacht families.

    Too right…especially when they’re lazing around on their chaises ordering the peons to refresh their mai tais.

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2012 10:58 am

    Wot! 😯

  6. March 29, 2012 12:51 pm

    Yes, but who will think of the BMW owners?

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2012 12:59 pm

    Fuck the BMW owners! What a bout the Rollers?

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2012 1:00 pm

    I sort of paraphrased KL there …

  9. March 29, 2012 1:19 pm

    The Bay City Rollers?

  10. Catching up permalink
    March 29, 2012 2:58 pm

    That kid did achieve a degree.

    Had one job in the field back in 2009.

    One wonders why he went back to Woolworths, stacking shelves,

    He is saying he does have work ethics.

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2012 3:26 pm


    Yes, I just checked his bio, your dead right …. a double degree in fact …


    Neil Symes is your CanDo Candidate for Lytton.

    Neil Symes is the youngest member of the Can Do Queensland team and an active advocate for lowering the cost of living for families, supporting the fishing industry in Moreton Bay, empowering small business within Lytton, and petitioning for better health and education services for people of Lytton and Queensland.

    Neil has been heavily involved in the community and the Liberal National Party. Neil campaigned in the seat of Mansfield during the 2009 State Election and in Bonner at last year’s federal election. He has also actively campaigned against Anna Bligh’s Fuel Tax.

    Neil attended Griffith University and graduated with a double Bachelor Degree in Criminology and Human Services, majoring in Child Protection and Family Studies. He has worked at the Acacia Ridge and Districts Community Centre in Brisbane’s South-West working as a community engagement officer with the Indigenous and African migrant communities. He also had a pivotal role in organising the multicultural festival, Party on in the Park, in 2009.

    Until recently, Neil was Area Coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch in Brisbane’s Southside. Neil has a proven track record in helping the community and has formed strong bonds throughout Brisbane’s southern suburbs with various associations.

    He must have graduated at the earliest aged, 21 … 😯

    Qualifications are only useful if you put them to use and link with practical experience in the field of study …

    Strange that he worked with Indigenous and African migrant communities …. but made this comment:


    But it’s a post from his personal account three years ago that’s getting him more attention. Commenting on the number of boats arriving at Christmas Island, Mr Symes says, “Got to love Labor’s inability to protect our borders from terrorists and queue-jumpers.”

  12. March 29, 2012 5:48 pm

    How amusement!

    Tony Abbott has lashed out at Wayne Swan’s proposed budget cuts declaring that it amounts to “an attack on middle class welfare!”

    Yes Tony, that’s the point. 🙂

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2012 5:57 pm

    Our Tones ‘es a funny lad w’ean ‘e gets int’ Parli’ment …

    Thick as a bloody brick ‘e is … and about as fkn useful …

  14. shaneinqld permalink
    March 29, 2012 6:44 pm


    To provide funds or assistance to individuals or families in need especially the unemployed.

    What amazes me is that Tony Abbott wants to crucify the unemployed and disabled welfare payments. Which is true welfare.

    The Coalition turned welfare, from providing assistance ot those in need, to providing rebates and assistance to those who should not be assisted at all.

    The average wage in Australia is apparently around $50,000 yet many hundreds of thousands are paid less per annum.

    If you earn $150,000 you are earning 300% not 3% or 30% but 300% more than the average wage. So why on earth do you need any types of rebate or welfare and why on earth should you get them. You are not unemployed, you are not poor and you are 300% richer than most wage earners and around 800% richer than those relying on welfare.

    This latest proposal to pay for home nannies is even extending further this ridiculous notion of providing welfare for every aspect of a middle classes life. What it is also doing is redistributing risk and cost to the Federal Government from employers allowing wages to fall further and further behind in providing for all living costs. Seems like we are going the way of Wal Mart and co, with big buiness expecting the government to pay for almost everything allowing them to pay pittance wages.

  15. March 30, 2012 12:06 am

    Seems like we are going the way of Wal Mart and co, with big buiness expecting the government to pay for almost everything allowing them to pay pittance wages.

    All the way with the US of A.
    We don’t even get a choice about it because both major political parties are addicted to neoliberalism, it’s the reason Labor is on the nose with voters. Why elect a pro market Labor Party when there is one available that has always governed in the interest of big business and the wealthy elite – the Liberals.

  16. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 30, 2012 12:09 am

    testing gravatar

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 30, 2012 12:11 am

    finally fixed!
    sorry to put you all through that 😆

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2012 9:57 am

    Well done, KL, noice to see your friendly gravatar again … 🙄


    … the people to whom you refer are the same ones that sit in their car with engine running, air conditioner up high, chewing up petrol and pulluting the atmosphere, while waiting for their kids outside school … often sucking on a fag … instead of simply winding down a couple of windows …

    … we really have become a nation of precious softies over the last couple of decades …

  19. shaneinqld permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:04 am


    How correct you are. I have friends that have a ducted air conditioner which runs 24/7 to keep the house at exactly the same temperature all year round. All windows and doors kept shut all the time.

  20. Tom permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:05 am

    Commentary about US politics (Republicans & Democrats) should not avoid some parallels between the ALP and the US Democrats.

    Despite all its weaknesses, the US Democrats are responsive to the orientation of their constituency. Many unions provide support, but don’t form the party. They’re able to participate in it as an interest group, or by personal membership.

    It’s a far better model than the long out dated ALP version.

  21. Tom permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:11 am

    As a matter of interest, will public service departments get an increase in their budgets for the increasing power bills?

    It seems to me that the PS should adopt a convention, and set an example, to limit power consumption by not heating to above 16 or cooling below 24.

    These are reasonable temperatures for working – certainly anyone in a factory or on a construction site puts up with greater extremes.

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2012 11:51 am

    As a matter of interest, will public service departments get an increase in their budgets for the increasing power bills?

    Not prblem in the Coalition of the Willing government of Tonie & The Monks … half of the PS will be dismissed, so no need for as much power … just turn half the lights off and rent out the other half of the building … Woolies or Coles or even Clivey and Co will be interested … already running the Libs and Nats so just a hop, skip and a jump into the, COW, federal government …

    or should that be BULL … Bigger Under Liberals and Leechers government …

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