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May 23, 2024

Moral compass and the former PM

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As I reflect on the Morrison government I wonder how it was okay for the former Prime Minister, who fervently professes faith in his God, to treat with such disdain so many people for so long. 

In the early days of COVID-19, it appeared he was being guided by a superior force, even if in fact it was the chief health officers showing the way.

I give him credit for his initial response of putting protections in place quickly, though not without problems. There was ability and leadership in bringing the premiers and health advisors together in a National Cabinet at the time, almost as though the consensus approach of National Cabinet was potentially a new dawn in government.

Double-speak

But the cracks soon appeared. His double-speak on having Commonwealth vaccination mandates for certain workers while supporting protests against vaccination mandates and lockdowns in Victoria was a twisted attempt to drive a wedge between the Victorian premier and Victorians.

Morrison supported Clive Palmer’s challenge to WA lockdowns, though West Australians seemed more than happy about being spared from covid until adequately vaccinated.

What minster for aged care?

Meanwhile the Commonwealth-managed aged care homes were a disaster zone for lives lost from covid, and his minister for aged care was hard to find. There was pressure on states to open borders before populations were adequately vaccinated. Yet he was quick to take credit for the low death rate from covid compared to other developed countries, when in fact it was largely because the states were following health advice despite pressure from the Commonwealth – and because the health workers were assiduously working to protect us.

Were we supposed to sympathise with him in what appeared to be his resignation speech – in the company of his pastor and congregation – when he characterised it in terms of ‘we are all here to serve; …the policeman, the teacher, the pastor, and the PM’ and ‘it is the most appropriate place for me to make this speech’. As though he was faithfully serving the cause with the blessing of his particular God.

Lack of moral direction

How, as a staunch Christian, could he not bring real integrity to a parliament lacking moral direction?

How could his government continue to splurge money on his favoured electorates?

Isn’t Reconciliation worthy of constitutional change for the benefit of all of us and especially for Indigenous Australians?

Why was he so late in acknowledging climate change, even though a large part of the Liberal heartland were convinced?

Why use the difficult issues relating to transgender kids in a political way?

How is it that he believed it okay to coerce strangers in the street into shaking his hand?

And then there were the boats

Is there anything more manipulative than, in his last breath, releasing information about the interception of a Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV), when for years he classified those events as ‘operational’ and not for comment?   

So, on all these character aspects, was there any shred of credibility? Or was it all a case of ‘whatever it takes?’

He probably would claim his religion as his ‘moral compass’, but his course was constantly suffering deviation, and eventually he finished on the rocks.


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19 COMMENTS

  1. Well Frank,
    you certainly remember Morrison’s response to COVID very differently to many , who saw him dither and drag his heals at every stage .
    Do you remember the Ruby Princess ? Nobody State or Federal did one thing to help us until it was at least a month too late.
    The people on the street who wore masks and isolated, long before the authorities relented and accepted the inevitable, it was they, the people, who held our infection and death-rate down. It was the same sensible citizens who saved the hundreds condemned to drown by the SES in the Lismore catastrophe.
    Dr. Norman Swan was the only reliable source of information and deserves recognition. Meanwhile, the NSW and Federal governments were more concerned about how it would effect the tourist industry and so left all responses until the horse had bolted.
    Do NOT rely on ‘ the authorities’ nor government , they will not be there when needed and they don’t put people first !
    Cheers, G”)

  2. This is not the half of it Frank! … not even beginning to touch his many trangressions. Litany of constant lies & cruelty throughout his term. Filling his PM office with Minerals Council members, Lump of (well varnished) coal in parliament, handing millions to Nev whatsisname from the gas industry to head up the recovery which unsurprisingly came up with “A Gas Led Recovery”, The tragedy & misery caused to thousands by his Robodebt …& ended up costing the taxpayer billions. Lies, more lies & more damn lies throughout. This PM was a walking disaster for Australia & the planet with his deliberate road blocks to energy reform & climate action until he was forced into a corner to make a meaningless & totally inadequate target of net zero by 2050 for the Glasgow Climate Conference. He fooled no one there… .the other leaders saw right through him, as did Emmanual Macron “I don’t think he lied, I know he did”.

    • Oh meg so many complaints !! Now this question
      Is not going to be hard to answer.. talk the talk
      Meg ? How many Net Zero days have you had
      as a individual this past 12 months ?

        • liz how yawningly boring .. 😴
          Educated no doubt.. yet you seem
          Conveniently oblivious Liz ..your
          Greens as did the teals / and Labor
          Promised no lights out ? It only has just
          Began.. the energy crisis this country
          Is about to confront is beyond belief..
          Held to ransom.. yet you or your Greens
          Are clueless on detail…as to how we are going
          To survive this Liz ?

          • No Barrow the issues aren’t boring, they’re deadly serious. It’s your net zero day refrain that’s gone way past boring. We take in oxygen B, and breathe our carbon dioxide. I don’t know how anyone would have a “net zero” day.

            During the day plant life does the opposite which is why it’s handy to have a bit of around.

            No one wants you to anyone else to do without power. I have no desire to go back to living in caves – especially without a fire. What some has been advocating for decades now is investment in a TRANSITION from carbon polluting (Earth cooking) fossil fuels.

            There are now an increasing number of businesses, pollies, everyday plebs (even your mate ScoMo) admitting this has to happen. Fine and dandy to see the light now when we are on a trajectory for everything to get much worse before there is any chance of improvement and it’s so much more of a wrench now.

            It’s better though I guess than being the last man standing.

            Your blaming the present government and the Greens for our current issues is far from boring but offers the best comedy in town.

            What is totally behind the current problems isn’t climate policy it’s privatisation of essential services – the poster child of the conservatives.

          • It’s the Cyanobacteria in the oceans that primarily does the CO2 conversion, the crustations turn it into lime stone. Your highly polluting trees switch to respiration at night and start outputting CO2.

          • Yes I said during the day – photosynthesis. Plus trees have other important carbon storage and climate influencing properties.

            Let’s hope theses handy little bacteria survive the rise in water temperature.

  3. Most Christians are self righteous, judgemental and condemning. I’m yet to meet a genuine humble Christian, but they must be out there. He doesn’t practice Godliness he wants to be God.

  4. Well, a ‘short list’ of use, abuse, & stuff-ups is a start, Frank. I don’t
    believe that he believed in anything except a warped Me Too. The
    Devil didn’t make him do anything. He had God on his side & that
    was, & still is, that.

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