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Editorial – Labor does a better job of being less terrible

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Notable laws passed this week alone include the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Secure Jobs Better Pay, and Respect at Work.

The Liberal pick for the President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal also resigned. 

It’s just one of many partisan appointments made over the years, which raise questions around the independence and integrity of our institutions.

Labor also last week censured former Liberal PM Scott Morrison for his secret seizure of ministry powers that damaged our precious and endangered democracy. 

The one use of those secret powers – that the public know about – was to approve a contentious gas project off the NSW coast. 

As the only PM ever to face a censure, Morrison responded like all narcissists do, and said if it wasn’t for his swift action to place himself at the centre of the problem, the place would have fallen apart. 

Upon his censure, Morrison had sycophantic Liberal MPs line up to shake his hand in solidarity. 

The only notable Liberal MP who didn’t ‘kiss the ring’ was Liberal MP Bridget Archer. 

Anyway, as a political dumpster fire goes, the Liberals are tops. 

With their continual decline as a political force, and an unwillingness to move with the times, it’s actually hard to focus on the party who are in power.

Fun fact – Labor not only occupies the federal parliament, but every state and territory parliament, except Tasmania and NSW.  

December 2 also marked 50 years since Labor’s Gough Whitlam won a historic 1972 federal election. 

That win led to free university education, sewers built in capital cities, a family law court, and the removal of the luxury sales tax on the pill, just to name a few reforms. 

Yes, it was where rainbows emerged, and unicorns and fairies also pranced around in the knowledge that the dark and regressive 23 years of the Liberal-Nationals government was behind us. 

The foundations for modern Australia had begun. 

And the last decade, under the Liberal-Nationals, it stalled. 

Just as well we are the lucky country. Not that smart, just lucky.

While it is refreshing that Labor are getting on with stuff while being ignored by mainstream media, the incarceration of Julian Assange is one issue that will continue to cast a shadow over Australian politics. 

Albo’s response this week was to say he’s spoken to high level people within the US government. 

Presumably he told them he’s unhappy. What wedge or bargaining chip is up your sleeve, Albo? 

California’s GDP is larger than Australia’s, so good luck.

Hans Lovejoy, editor

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  1. I think “the one use of those secret powers – that the public know about” was to cancel a contentious gas project off the NSW coast. “Contentious” and sensitive Sydney seats were not a good combination.

    • And open this up to a possible court case as nobody new he had the powers including the minister and the head of his department as well as his cabinet and parliament. Alas we only had to ask and he would have told us.

    • And a fat lot of ‘Sydney seats Liberal Party electoral good’ that resulted from President ScamMO’s PEP11 intervention in the runup to the May 21 Federal Election- Jason Falinski was ousted, Dave Sharma was ousted, Trent Zimmerman was ousted and Zali Steggall further entrenched herself.

  2. Hans, the accolades you are bestowing upon our newly elected Labor Govt certainly becomes you, I don’t know how you manage it. “Labor does a better job of being less terrible”, a masterstroke of supportive journalism; to be clear, what we all are now witnessing in Canberra is a majority elected Labor Govt with a clear mandate, in the process of fulfilling the election promises that it was given by a clear majority of Australians. As recently seen we will work with minor parties and Independents where possible, but will not be bound by the more radical policies these people often promote, you could say we have learnt our lesson on that. How about the energy price cap deal on coal and gas Albo has just negotiated with the states, would the Greens or Independents have been capable of pulling that one off; how about a few kind words in an editorial on that.

  3. We talk about the really nasty and corrupt stuff Morrison got up to? Well, he had accomplices, probably one of the worlds most corrupted medias, that are still protecting him and other LNP from accountability. And remember when Morrison deregistered the NSW Liberal party to branch stack electorates with his captains picks and refuse the branches own preselections. Well, Morrison had Dominic Perrottet in lock step deregistering the Party. These two religious fundamentalists anti-democratic actions ended in a high court challenge. Well, Morrison’s LNP were terminated by voters at the May elections. Perrottet’s and the NSW LNP termination from office, will be in March next year, where the LNP Govts will finally and so deservingly become extinct on mainland Australia? It’s like a introduced feral pest extermination of their USA religious fundamentalist that have infiltrated and branch stacked the LNP these last few decades.


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