For those of us resident on this, our many-splendoured sceptred isle, a democratic election might be a concept that exists only as a lingering memory. Some 10,000 miles away in Australia, elections still seem interesting if only because Australia is a proper country, not a Eurosatropy. Many of us have watched either with bemusement or, in my case, amusement as PM after PM was unceremoniously removed from office. An old acquaintance described the political situation very well: “Australians are ruthless c***s”. Rudd, Juliar, Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull, ScoMo.
It seemed as if this election was a foregone conclusion, a mere formality. Prince Billy of Maribyrnong was awaiting his coronation to be King of Australia. The old Abbott-Turnbull War had cost the Coalition dearly. There was precious little unity and constant bickering. The conservative faction and the Nationals were made deeply uncomfortable by the Labour-light policies of Turnbull and his faction, the Turnbull faction believed that “history was on their side” and that they had to “hold the centre”. Never mind, of course, that most indications — including the results of March’s New South Wales state election — showed quote the opposite to be the case. The only thing the Coalition had left was the fact that ScoMo was far more trusted than Shifty Bill. Fifty polls in a row showed a Labour majority.
Labour were far too confident. They adopted a platform that reflected their worst interests. They intended full well to re-engineer Australian society, to commit to plebiscites without firm plans of how to proceed. One was for indigenous recognition, one was for a nebulous republic. In both cases, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s “You’ve got to pass it to see what’s in it” come to mind. To the last minute, despite a general tightening of the polls, the ALP was confident. And then, Australia voted. As of the time of writing, the Coalition had won or were ahead in 76 constituencies — enough for a majority. With Bob Katter, a true blue Queensland conservative unlikely to do much to block the government’s agenda, there’s a government and it doesn’t belong to the Australian Corbynites.