Below, a constituent’s letter to reader Ann Sudmalis MHR, Liberal member for Gilmore, which runs south along the coast from Wollongong
Dear Ann Sudmalis,
Thank you for your letter welcoming me to the electorate of Gilmore. I would like to offer you some thoughts.
I note that in the September leadership challenge you voted for Tony Abbott. In the first instance that speaks well of your sense of loyalty and, in view of how the ‘Turnbull’ government has imploded in a mere seven months and now appears to represent nothing recognisably conservative, it also speaks well of your judgement.
I was recently re-reading James Clavell’s novel Shogun. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the work but in one scene, the English privateer John Blackthorne explains to his Japanese patron Lord Toranaga that, although his allies, the Dutch, are in revolt against their rulers (at that time Spain) there were extenuating circumstances. Toranaga responds that there are no extenuating circumstances for rebels, to which Blackthorne responds ‘unless you win’. With grim humour, Toranaga concedes the point.
The reason I raise this cameo is because it reminds me a lot of the Turnbull coup. The only way in which he can be forgiven is by achieving a big election win – bigger than Tony Abbott might have – coupled with a mandate to do the major thing that Abbott had, up to then, failed to do viz rein in our overblown spending. Right now that outcome is looking highly unlikely.
I recently left the electorate of Eden-Monaro. Had I still been there at the time of the election I would have found it impossible to vote for Peter Hendy. At the time of the first challenge to Tony Abbott, I wrote urging him to support the incumbent PM. Little did I know at the time that he was already one of the plotters instrumental in doing the unthinkable – assassinating a sitting PM in the full knowledge of what Labor had already vividly demonstrated as the price of disloyalty. Prior to the coup, Hendy was already losing much support due to his habit of failing to respond to communications from his constituents.
All the achievements of the current LNP government are attributable to Tony Abbott. Turnbull has not scored one goal and now, rather than prosecute the case for spending restraint, all he can talk about is taxes.
It is beyond my comprehension how a LNP government can, inter alia, walk away from the Section 18C amendments, participate in the promulgation of such a perversion as the so-called Safe Schools program and continue to pay homage to the unmitigated boondoggle that is the theory of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming.
I have been a Liberal supporter all my life but how I vote in the upcoming election is line-ball. For me the only compelling reason to vote for a LNP government that is looking increasingly like an ALP one, is my absolute conviction that if Labor gets back, the illegal immigrant trade will start up again regardless of what Labor may say or do and that they will re-introduce some form of pointless and costly carbon tax.
On the subject of global warming, I pray that if the LNP government is returned there remain enough of the Members who originally threw Turnbull out because of his support for Labor’s ETS, to do the same if he tries it on again.
In the hope that you might be one such person, and in recognition of your support for Tony Abbott, I shall probably put my vote your way.