Once upon a time, the newly elected progressive Australian Government was told by
their advisers that financial calamity was to sweep the world, bringing financial ruin,
uncertainty and pestilence (the last one might just be made up) to humanity. The newly
elected government, being of the mind that they employ specialists who have likely
forgotten more about their subjects than the politicians had ever known, asked what to do.
In the past year or so, most of us would have become quite familiar with the group of people
that seem to front up almost daily to discuss the current state of the COVID19 pandemic in
each Australian jurisdiction. Usually there are a couple of politicians ably backed up by the
experts in public health management, a high-ranking commissioned Police Officer, with a
person live translating the discussion into Auslan for the benefit of those with hearing difficulties.
In The Guardian’s detailed history of the ‘Tampa affair’ which
occurred twenty years ago, you will notice a number of similarities
with the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Sadly, you will
also notice that the response by current Prime Minister Morrison is
worse than then Prime Minister Howard’s response twenty years ago.
This short piece is not intended to be a serious treatise; instead it’s a
light-hearted appraisal of federal politics. We have had our fill of commentaries
on the ins and outs of the Canberra scene written by self-confident ‘experts’
who believe they understand the machinations of the political class.
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve looked at some of the less
savoury aspects of the current Coalition Government, led (for the
moment) by Scott Morrison. This week, how about we look at the
environmental record of this government, which reaches back
to the days when Tony Abbott was the Prime Minister.