Australia has a new government. In a representative democracy, the stupid, wilfully ignorant and the greedy have as much right to be represented in our Parliament as I do. And such people are well and truly represented in our current Parliament.
Our Prime Minister is an embarrassment.
Prime Minister Abbott is a climate change denier. He believes that the science behind climate change warnings is “crap”. He became leader of the Liberal Party (now there’s a misnomer if ever there was one) when he and his fellow deniers back-stabbed their then leader, Malcolm Turnbull who was working with the government of the day to develop a bi-partisan approach to addressing the problems of climate change.
His first act in government is to introduce legislation to scrap a price on carbon. He also wants to raise the debt ceiling by 40% to half a trillion dollars. This from a man who talks about fiscal responsibility but has done nothing but scrap taxes, remove government services, antagonise our neighbour, Indonesia and blow out the budget deficit.
The fact that we elect such governments is a poor reflection on the ability of Australian citizens to critically analyse policy. We are no longer a nation whose ethos is “a fair go for all and a helping hand for those in need”. Under John Howard’s government we became a nation whose ethos is “look after number 1 and blame the victims.” This government is taking us further along the loony “tea party” route.