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What lies ahead

28 May 2022

9:00 AM

28 May 2022

9:00 AM

Well, here we go! Buckle yourselves in tightly because it’s going to be quite the ride. After nine years of Liberal governments which did their very best to avoid doing anything that might scare the luvvies, we now have a Labor government determined to ‘change Australia’. And they mean it. On climate and energy, on education, on foreign affairs, on indigenous affairs and on the very essence of what it means to be an Australian.

The good news (yes, we always try to look on the bright side!) is that we already know how most of modern Labor’s agenda will play out. We don’t have to imagine the consequences, we merely have to look around, here and overseas.

Take climate, energy  and the cost of living. Within hours of assuming office, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declared to the world that climate change (as opposed to China) is the biggest security and economic threat to our nation and to our Pacific neighbourhood. This would be funny were it not so deadly serious. Mr Albanese’s new bosom buddy and mentor (replacing his erstwhile mate Jeremy Corbyn) is now Joe Biden. A cursory glance at Mr Biden’s climate change adventurism tells us what we are in for. The US President sought, upon taking office, to launch his trillion-dollar-plus ‘Build Back Better’ scheme. Thus far, this disaster has driven US energy prices through the roof, caused soaring inflation and led to a floundering economy and a collapse in support for the Democrats. This coming winter expect to see the pain intensify dramatically (both for the public and for the President) as the most vulnerable in America struggle to heat their homes and feed themselves. Expect somewhat similar results over the coming years here in Australia.

Despite ‘cost of living’ being everybody’s mantra during the federal election campaign, the reality is that ‘action on climate change’ and ‘reducing the cost of living’ are mutually exclusive. Pick one or the other, you can’t have both. And we know which one Labor will doggedly pursue. As our cover story by Judith Sloan on the eve of the election warned, when it comes to the economy under Albo, ‘assume the brace position’.


And, of course, as is always the case with Labor, someone else will have to pick up the tab. Meaning: you. We can expect to see any number of hidden carbon taxes and climate levies on hard-working Aussie businesses in coming years as the taxpayer is forced to finance the grotesque mass-delusion of the doomsday global warming cult.

Next on Labor’s ‘must-do’ list is anything to do with indigenous Australia. Anything, that is, other than actually addressing the ghastly economic conditions that blight our remote indigenous communities. Instead of creating proper jobs and freedoms, expect an avalanche of tokenism and billion-dollar bureaucrats as taxpayers’ money is squandered on meaningless symbolic projects all propped up by a tsunami of racial division, grievance politics and white-shaming. Watch as celebrating Australia Day goes down the gurgler and our democratic rights and freedoms are torched in a Jacobin frenzy led by those who genuinely believe we of European ancestry are living on ‘stolen land’ that must be returned by whatever sneaky means to the ‘original owners’. Again, we only have to look across the Ditch to witness the havoc wreaked by Labour PM Jacinda Ardern as she divides that blighted nation into distinct tribes, the morally inferior white eurotrash and the politically superior iwi. Don’t believe us? Water and land rights are being transferred to Maori interests, the name of the country is being changed and even the everyday news and weather incorporates a stream of politically correct but frequently unintelligible words and language.

But there is some good news from this election! With Spectator Australia contributor Jacinta Price now elected as a federal senator for the Northern Territory, indigenous Australia finally does have a Voice in Parliament well worth listening to.

Not content with ceding whatever political sovereignty it can get away with to the indigenous activists in our midst, Labor will also accelerate handing our economic sovereignty to China. Again, we don’t need a crystal ball to know what this will look like. The ties between Labor luminaries and the Chinese communist party are many and varied, but the tip of the iceberg has been visible, thanks to the occasional Aldi bag that pops up stuffed with wads of cash or to the odd MP here or there caught blatantly kowtowing to Beijing. It was only a couple of years ago, remember, that Dan Andrews’ Victorian Labor government attempted to launch its own foreign policy by signing up to communist China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

All of which is bad enough. But the real damage that will occur under Labor is to our children’s education. After nine years of scandalously not lifting a finger to improve our radical left-wing curriculums, the Coalition leaves office with Australian school kids floundering at the bottom of the international charts. Expect this trend to accelerate, unfortunately.

But let’s end on a bright note. If Peter Dutton plays his cards right, makes Angus Taylor his Treasurer and returns the party to its conservative roots, we can look forward to a 2025 return to sanity.

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