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Byron Shire
September 17, 2021

Behind the eight ball

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If there is a constant about this government, it is the predictability, that in times of crisis it’s invariably behind the eight ball in its responses.

Look at Afghanistan and the heartless reneging on rescuing our allies there. The climate emergency – Australia is ranked last out of nearly 200 UN member countries in a recent report that tracks progress towards UN sustainable development goals for slowing climate change.

The vaccine rollout and the difficulty of getting the Pfizer vaccine as recommended for most of the population. The crisis for women and the revelations of the sexual and misogynistic assaults on women in the hallowed halls of our parliament – let’s promote one of the alleged sexual assaulters. The unprecedented extent and intensity of the fires in 2019–20 – let’s go on holiday!

ScoMo seems to exist in a smirking vacuum as he covers for the way he and his government don’t seem to be able to plan their way out of a wet paper bag.

The bare-faced lies – ‘we will rescue our Afghani friends’; ‘we are doing everything we can about climate change’; and constant vague generalisations without detail about plans and policies. For months ‘It’s not a race’ was his response to the failing vaccine rollout. ‘We are going to rely on technology’ (that doesn’t yet work successfully) for climate action.

There’s the rorts, and lack of accountability, misrepresenting facts and data, the absolute lack of vision beyond coal, gas and mining, the immorality of many of his government’s policies and actions – the list goes on. Didn’t he get stood down from his last two jobs? Let’s sack him in the next election!


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