The first sign that Kevin '07 Rudd was presiding over the wholesale destruction of Australian democracy was his organising the "2020 Summit" shortly after the 2007 election. 1000 of the "nation's best and brightest thinkers" gave Rudd a rock star ovation as this forum began. What a fine example of advancing democracy, giving the public direct access to the levers of power.
What a crock of shit it turned out to be - the most self-masturbatory politician in Australian history threw this distinguished 1000 under the bus of Rudd's speeding ego. Ignoring ideas that could have propelled Australia into a new decade as economic powerhouse along with increased governmental transparency. Instead we got panicky, half-baked policies like the pink batts.
Rudd and the ALP only actually honoured two of the promises they made at the 2007 election - the "apology to the stolen generation" which was turned into Rudd Theater Absurdium, and the imposition of Fair Work Australia. This boondoggle has been the proximate cause of the collapse of Australian retail business as well as rendering the hospitality business among the least hospitable in the tourism world.
The reality is that Rudd has only Rudd in mind. His self-interest and delusions of grandeur saw Prime Minister as only a stepping-stone to international politics where he's tried to position himself as the modern world leader. So sure was he of reelection he picked September 7 for the election believing he would be standing at the G20 Summit to the accolades of the world. Only as his campaign collapsed did he cancel these ludicrous plans, leaving Foreign Minister Bob Carr holding the bag. Pity, he's a nice man.
Julia Gillard continued the political collapse by assuming the political leadership on the back of a political hit-and-run. And then showing she had fully embraced the "New Democracy", she lied like a drunken sailor during the 2010 campaign (including the infamous "no carbon tax") and then did what she was told. Her biggest fault is that she's a horrible liar, which the public figured out albeit too late.
The Gillard win also saw the independents show their lack of any moral core, as two members elected by some of the most conservative electorates in the country aligned themselves with the Gillard ALP minority government. This confirmed the "pollies before voters" policy has cut across the full spectrum of politics. Both of these gutless cowards refused to stand for another term this year knowing full well they would be turfed out. And the leftie independent Andrew Wilkie who offered up support to the minority government based on only his anti-gambling initiatives couldn't summon up any moral courage when he got dudded by Gillard on his one and only policy. Nor did he have the moral integrity to resign.
In a final act of bastardry breathtaking for those who followed
it this week, Rudd and his poisonous ALP showed how little respect they have for even the process of governing as they blatantly and knowingly lied to the public about the role of the public service in "costing" the LNP programs. Standing alongside him were Chris Bowen and Penny Wong, conspirators in what they all knew was a stinky pack of lies. So incensed were the bureaucrats at Finance and Treasury they did the unthinkable and issued a press release denouncing Rudd and his henchmen.
So the collapse in democratic governmental ethics is complete. No respect for the voters. No respect for the public servants. Self-interest is now the linchpin of Australian Democracy. And a little top up of my super, thank you very much. Oh, and lifetime free air travel. Whoever thought that one up should get the Nobel Sleaze Prize.
This Saturday's election, jettisoning the psychoegocentric Rudd into oblivion for good will not however rectify the damage his methodology has done to the entire political process. And the biggest victims in this new political dynamic continue to be the upstart regional areas of Australia like Cairns.
Bob "we ain't got no queers here" Katter in one moment of profound stupidity showed his "Katter Australia Party" was operating with the same lack of ethics as the rest of them. His preference deal with Labor has been roundly criticised by those he claims to be helping. Bullshit Bob, you're no better than the rest of 'em - trading your ethics for a few more sips from the chalice of power, constituents be damned.
So will we be better off with the change of government coming this Saturday? Not bloody likely. The LNP and Tony Abbott have embraced this new political dynamic, which can be summarised as "tell the voters any old crap and then do what you want". Would Campbell Newman have had such a blowout win in Queensland if he had actually told the public what he was planning to do? Even on what would seem to be simple issues like removal of crocodiles, all the hectoring in the world by John MacKenzie hasn't been able to get MP Michael "hide the backhoe" Trout to stop saying the phrase "problem croc".
And while the local pollies trumpet the expansion of "Neighbourhood Watch" to business, essentially shifting the burden of crime fighting from the police to the public, without a fix to the sentencing problems and the shortage of "beds for crims", this too is more akin to political theatre.
And win or lose, we have one final word for the Minister for Blogs, Warren Entsch.
Go Fuck Yourself. (Sorry, that's three). But we love the link!