Labor can’t dig its way out of anti-coal hysteria
Driving home from the Upper Hunter by-election on Saturday night a gratingly familiar voice came onto the radio news bulletin, offering a perfect summary of where the Australian Labor party has got to.
Senator Kristina Keneally was complaining that Defence Minister Peter Dutton wasn’t doing enough to celebrate transgender and homosexuality in the Australian Defence Force.
In Upper Hunter, a seat with battalions of coal miners under siege from the climate change cult, Labor had just been blown away electorally.
One could walk the streets of Singleton, Muswellbrook and Dungog for years and not find a voter talking the language of Kristina Keneally.
Working people are petrified of losing their jobs, the 75,000 of them supported by the coal industry in the Hunter Valley.
When they look at the alternative employment plan of Labor’s Environmental Action Network (which Keneally founded) they don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The showpiece projects are floating windmills off the coast of Newcastle, plus filling disused coal pits with water for ‘watersports tourism’.
These are the wackiest policy proposals since Idi Amin announced that Uganda was joining the space race.
In a strange voyeuristic twist, Labor has become more interested in the sexuality of Australian workers than their job security.
A series of government and university reports on the Hunter have identified no more than 6,000 replacement jobs if the coal industry is closed down – a deficit of 69,000.
The Keneally/Turnbull/Green alternative to coal is a conga line of Centrelink offices from Singleton to Scone. It’s a cruel and unnecessary punishment of blue-collar workers who simply want to hold down a decent job and leave something better for their children.
What makes it unnecessary?
In his recent Quarterly Essay, the former Chief Scientist and energy advisor to the Turnbull Government, Alan Finkel, has admitted that the abolition of Australia’s 1.3 per cent of global carbon emissions will have ZERO impact on global temperatures and climate.
Why then are Labor and the Greens writing a long, tortuous economic suicide note destroying coal regions like the Hunter and Central Queensland for the benefit of solar panels and wind towers made by slave labour in China?
If this is social justice, we would be better off in Burma.
On Saturday the former Labor stronghold of Singleton turned to One Nation and our pro-jobs, pro-industry candidate Dale McNamara.
The message I received consistently from voters was they weren’t going to be turkeys voting for Christmas.
Fifteen years ago, when Labor started talking about climate change, it was a bit of a novelty.
Now the mineworkers are tuned in tightly to these debates (often through Sky News). They know federal and state Labor want to close down coal.
Six months ago in the NSW Upper House, Labor voted 60 times for 100 per cent renewables and 60 times against coal-fired power.
No matter how many times a candidate like Jeff Drayton or a local MP like Joel Fitzgibbon say they are pro-coal, it is simply not credible.
The workers refuse to be tricked. They refuse to fall for a party walking both sides of the street on this issue.
On Sunday, NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay asked rhetorically, ‘We’re the party of workers, workers aren’t voting for us, why aren’t workers voting for us?’
Maybe a mirror would come in handy. If you vote 60 times in parliament against coal then the coalminers, acting sensibly in their own best interests, will take their votes elsewhere.
No wonder Scott Morrison thinks he can win the seats of Hunter, Paterson and probably Shortland at the next federal election.
Labor’s industrial base is dissolving before our eyes.
When it comes to social values and issues, the ALP has also abandoned its working-class base.
It has joined the fashion by which inner-city elites sneer at suburban and regional communities, depicting them as racist and homophobic.
This left-wing snobbery has had to invent new words like ‘misogyny’ and ‘transphobia’ and a whole new alphabet – LGBTIQA – to express its disgust at Australian life.
Labor MPs have locked themselves into a politically correct straightjacket, only ever talking with half-meaning for fear of upsetting Twitter and other woke outlets trading in confected outrage and victimhood.
Working people see themselves as strong and purposeful.
Labor sees them as feeble and ill-informed, badly in need of ‘unconscious bias’ and ‘cultural sensitivity’ retraining to clear their brains of bigotry.
The ALP used to be a party of straight-talking representatives, communicating the observable truths of a better society.
Today it has dumbed itself down to the prissiness of an ABC staff seminar, where feelings are more important than facts and climate change posturing is more important than blue-collar jobs.
The inevitable result has been an Upper Hunter by-election swing to the Berejiklian Government and a Labor primary vote of 21 per cent.
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