Brittle Victory on a Plate

Zali Steggall has promised “to make sure we take action on climate change.” With that in mind she has booked a one-way ticket to China with pre-printed signs saying “Xi Jinping do the right thing!” She originally intended to buy a return ticket but was told by the Chinese Embassy, when issuing her visa, that she wouldn’t need one.

In the May issue of Quadrant, I have an article (“In Determined Pursuit of Unhappiness”) which ends thus:

Maybe the tipping point has not been yet reached in America and Hungary where there are still enough people of sound mind to keep the torch of reason lit. How about in Australia? Use Zali Steggall as a barometer. If she gets even close to defeating Abbot in Warringah, it might be time to consider giving up hope. We, the people, will have shown that we really do get the globalist politicians we deserve.

Maybe this is too bleak a picture when set against Scott Morrison’s amazing victory? No, on a mere moment’s reflection, it isn’t. Bear with me.

Let’s face it, Bill Shorten took the advice of the tight-suited arrogant twerp Chris Bowen and simply threw the unlosable election away. Surely, he must suspect Bowen of either being part of a fifth column or perhaps part of some kamikaze coterie within the Labor movement.

But let’s assume that Bowen is on the level. He actually thought it was a good idea as an election pitch to take legitimate tax refunds off millions of self-funded retirees, to make it harder for the upwardly mobile to negatively gear and to impose higher capital gains and income taxes. Vote for us and pay higher taxes. Not sure I’ve seen that election slogan before. And this bloke wanted to be Treasurer? The mind boggles.

Goodness knows who else advised Shorten to cripple the economy with 50 per cent renewable energy at unknown cost. Someone in the mould of Bowen, I would suspect. Tony Burke doesn’t quite fit the bill. It must have been one (or more) pseudo-scientific climate guru(s) in the back-office beholding to the great God Gaia.

Anyway, my point is that we should not read into the election something which isn’t there. Despite the most self-destructive policies yet devised by an opposition party, Labor didn’t lose by very much. To repeat, Bill had to throw it away in order to lose. We won’t be so lucky next time. Cultists are taking over.

Make no mistake, climate change alarmists comprise a cult – the biggest the world has ever known. And it is indoctrinating young, impressionable people whose minds are still forming and, most insidiously, schoolchildren. Cultists can’t be reasoned with. They are akin to those on a mountaintop awaiting the end of the world.

I belong to a Christian church. Let me tell you, I could easily find more people within the church certain of global warming than of the Resurrection. Christianity isn’t a cult. People constantly debate their faith. Global warmists have no doubts. They are cultists. Moreover, like Islamists, also cultists, they won’t be content until everyone has converted.

Tens of thousands of Liberal voters who backed Tony Abbott — a man of conviction and rich experience — last time around switched to an empty head with a fanciful idea to cool the planet. This is a bad sign for our future. It shows that common sense and the faculty of reason are in rapid decline. That’s exactly the effect of growing cult membership.

  • Guido Negraszus

    The people of Warringah shot in their own foot. If Morrison can form majority government he doesn’t need her. She won ‘t be able to do anything. A lonely climate change obsessed nutter. She will be a one-term MP. The people of Warringah on the other hand have no direct path to the sitting government. With Abbott they had that but voted that advantage out. Strange decision.

  • en passant

    Warringah being a reasonably upmarket suburb must have well-paid people living in it. Well-paid usually equates to having some nouse. Well, it used to, but not any more as The Tasmanian Twerp retained his useless seat.

  • ianl

    Palaeochook and Jackie T up in Q’ld sacrificed Shorten to Gaia.

    And today they are unrepentant, in denial.

  • SB

    >””If she gets even close to defeating Abbott in Warringah, it might be time to consider giving up hope.””

    I gave up hope 15 years ago when the Howard government squandered its political capital and senate majority and did NOTHING to roll back the Left’s agenda. The ever-entertaining and incisive James Delingpole speaks of the same thing in British politics:

    >””I’ve never been a party loyalist. I’m an ideologue. I only ever supported the Conservatives because I thought they were the likeliest delivery mechanism for the things I believe in. But it has been years since the Conservative party was in any way Conservative.
    I remember feeling this way at least as far back as a Notting Hill dinner party I attended right at the beginning of the Dave Cameron era [2010]. “Tell me anything the Conservatives have done that is actually Conservative,” I remember saying to Rachel Whetstone [a political adviser]. The best – indeed the only – thing she could come up with was something to do with increasing the tax allowance for married couples. “Great,” I thought, “That’s really going to set the world on fire.”””

    The game is over and has been for 25 years. The Left have won … or, more precisely, conservatives have lost.

  • co2feedstheworld

    The loss of Tony Abbott to Parliament is a great shame and the only significant black spot in this Election. Hopefully he will bounce back. Warringah will not Zaliate again.

  • lloveday

    “Goodness knows who else advised Shorten to cripple the economy with 50 per cent renewable energy at unknown cost. Someone in the mould of Bowen, I would suspect.”
    Mark Butler? He is Labor’s energy spokesman, and even his father thinks he’s a “nutter”.

  • Max Rawnsley

    Abbott missed the upside of silence despite his solid record and historical trust of his electors.. He was subject to a strong and apparently influential Get Up campaign. Whatever his opinion may be concerning climate change I suspect its not smart politics to describe it as ‘crap’. As accurate as that may be there are almost certainly many potential votes gone on that level of public denigration by the elected MP. There were and remain many non suicidal ways and means open for the Liberal/Conservative politicians to manage the climate change populist rush, lets trust PM Morrison to identify and manage them. He will be subject to the same manic attacks as has Trump after a not dissimilar win. i suspect the ‘quiet Australians’ will, again. listen carefully.

  • Max Rawnsley

    A note to Guido Negraszus – 19th May 2019
    Steggall is set up to be an ideal candidate for Labor to patronise and use as a source of ‘poor me ,poor us’ in future campaigns. This loss is structural to Liberal/Conservative politics and needs to be handled carefully.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    Thanks Peter. A timely reminder of what we are dealing with here.

    Any person who sincerely believes a government can control/manipulate the weather/climate is beyond the reach of reason.

    Followers of the CC faith/cult are all about feeling, not facts or evidence.

    In this new cult/religion, Heaven seems to have morphed into “future generations” and Satan into “carbon emissions” (carbon dioxide).

    A sentence from the Member for Wentworth’s departing speech this morning:“Unless we take action now, we will miss the action that we need to take to ensure a clean energy future, where climate change is limited, and I am just hoping that this next government is going to pay attention to that.”?

    Somewhere between nonsense and delusion: a “future where CC is limited”. Ms Phelps apparently wants a Goldilocks climate just right for everyone everywhere – and presumably forever.

    WOW. Bring it ON, Scomo.

    Remember to remember the PM’s not only a Miracle Man, He too is also a believer in the DACC faith. So watch this space and watch out.

    Anyway, at least the Three Ms Amigos have gone from the political stage. But they will continue to stir the Green Pot with shrill passion.

    So beware of the Rise of the Turquoise (blue/green).

  • pgang

    Wow, really? This is one seat in North Sydney – virtue signalling central – that made a stupid choice. They will regret it, and rediscover reality soon enough. This is the most defeatist nonsense I’ve read, even in Quadrant.

  • Geoffrey Luck

    I’ve just analysed the voting in Warringah by polling place. The swing against Abbott was universal, with no booth showing less than 35%. The rich Mosman-Balmoral area had a pretty steady swing against him in the 40%s, but the surprise was the middle class areas of French’s Forest, Forestville and Beacon Hill where they went ballistic against him with swings of 50% to 55%. I have lived (at different times) in both Forestville and Mosman, so at first this was a bit of a puzzle. Mosman’s response to the siren call of climate change I could understand, but French’s Forest? Then my wife reminded me of the years of traffic chaos and mayhem around the new hospital in the area and the apoplectic fury generated. So they took it out on Tony Abbott, who of course was not responsible for the state government’s mess. If that is the level of electoral reasoning, we are in real trouble.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    From their official statement:
    This is not a post we thought we’d have to make.
    We’re looking into the eyes of our friends, families and colleagues and seeing them all searching for answers, but only able to ask the same questions:
    How? Why? Where do we go from here?
    This result flies in the face of all Australians who’ve fought for our climate. For pristine oceans, for clean air, for the thousands of young Australians scared for what their future holds. We demanded they declare an emergency, and they shook a lump of coal in our faces.
    So it’s right now, more than ever, that we want to tell you this:
    This fight is not over, and none of us are going anywhere.
    Tonight we learned something profound, something that changes the ballgame. Something that will require every one of us to stand up and take action in a way we’ve never before.
    The system is broken. And as long our politics are shackled to the coal industry and vested interest, we’ll never fix it.
    It’s time to change the game. It’s time to be disruptive. It’s time to take the power back.
    If our government won’t declare a climate emergency, we’ll declare an uprising.
    Last week Laura, one of the brave climbers who scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge, said that that we can’t afford to rest on our laurels amidst this climate emergency. She put her body on the line and promised us that she’d never give up. And we shouldn’t either.
    Now is not the time to leave. Now is the time to hold each other close, to pick each other up, and to stand up and fight.
    If the climate-wreckers in the Coalition think we’re going to go away quietly, they’ve got another thing coming.
    If Scott Morrison thinks he’s won the war on coal, he’s got another thing coming.
    If anyone thinks the fight for our planet is over, they’ve got another thing coming.
    We’ll be fighting back. Harder than we ever have before.
    Now a new fight begins.

  • Jim Campbell

    Alice – stop climbing bridges and get a real job.

  • lloveday

    Alice Thermopolis,
    Laura and her fellow law-breakers are lucky someone like me was not in charge – I’d have cut the ropes.

    Jim Campbell
    Your post reads to me as if you think Alice was pushing the loonies’ agenda rather than reporting it.

  • Peter Smith

    pgang, you write: “This is the most defeatist nonsense I’ve read, even in Quadrant.”

    True my piece had a defeatist quality about it. This might reflect my recent time in England where climate alarmism is mainstream; In fact all-stream. If you were to take Bowen’s tax madness out of the equation and the edge off Bill’s climate ambitions, it is likely Labor would have won and we would be on our way to many more windmills, increasing power prices, loss of industries, and power blackouts.
    For this not to be in our future, the tide on climate alarmism has to turn. I see no sign that it will. Though, I cling to hope.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    Thanks lloveday.
    Not guilty, not Green.
    Why dangle from bridges when there are mountains to climb and holes to dig?

  • en passant

    I received the same eco-loon email from Greenponce. I took the trouble to reply, as below:
    “To: actau@mail.greenpeace.org
    Subject: My Climate Fighting Vote
    I found the climate in southern Australia to be such an emergency (I was freezing my tits off already), a month before the official start of
    winter) as heating my home has become too expensive (thanks to wind, solar and eco-loon energy) so I drove to the airport in a diesel SUV and got on a fossil fueled plane and flew overseas to spend the winter in a tropical country. Temperature was a delightful 27°C when I stepped off. Until I acclimatise I run the Aircon at little cost as 30km away is a huge coal-fired power station (that is being extended by a further 20%), so I can use as much energy as I want while producing wonderful CO2 plant food.
    Leave the climate alone! It can look after itself, despite the fact that the next cooling cycle has already begun. Claim it as a success when you are skiing down Flinders St in Melbourne, people have frozen to death and famine from crop failures due to frost have begun. We both know that the destruction of human civilisation is your real aim, so don’t be shy.
    Oh, and say ‘hello’ to your founder, Dr. Patrick Moore from me, you know the non-person deleted from the GreenPond history?.
    I note that the Lite-Green Liberal Party has retained power in Oz, despite their pathetic energy policies and staunch refusal to build a coal-fired power station, or (even better) and nuclear one, but it is better than Greenfools having any say in our civilisation.
    Finally, do the right thing: have no children and abort all pregnancies among Greenpeace cultists. It is the only abortion plan that has my full support.
    I note that my Liberal Member retained his seat. Jack, abandon brainless green algae brain come in from the cold …”

  • pgang

    Peter I’m sure the mood here in Australia is very different to that of England. What a mess they are in, but I guess they are further advanced down the road of Post-Christianity than we are. Perhaps their crushing climate alarmism is directly related to their refusal to wrench themselves out of the grip of European slavery. They remind me of the Israelites wanting to return to Egypt as soon as it got a bit hot in the wilderness. I’ll bet that was the progressive element among them.
    The climate meme in Australia needs to run its course. I’ve accepted that now. It will be the next generation that replaces the worn-out solar panels with cheap base-load power. Our generation will continue to pay the price for its vanity, and rightly so. The Coalition are not going to make meaningful improvements. It’s too late for that.
    At the start of this year I noticed something quite astonishing and unexpected about Scott Morrison. He was quietly winning back the conservative base and uniting the Party, and was already on the path to a possible election win for the reasons he has articulated since. At the time, those on the right were vilifying him for not immediately changing the world, which is exactly what Labor was promising. It struck me as absurd. He was in a seemingly impossible position – having to heal bitter wounds and convince Australia that the government was still viable, with time very much against him. It was not the moment for radical change. Morrison struck me then as a natural leader for Australia – a prime minister built from uniquely Aussie nuts and bolts, who understands implicitly that politics is the art of the possible.
    I was at the pub with three friends yesterday evening, among whom I am the only Abbott supporter. But there was a palpable sense of relief from everybody about the election result, summed up by the quote, ‘It feels like we can start getting on with our lives’. There has been an enormous burden lifted from the Australian psyche, which is as much about the Coalition’s past turmoil as it is about Labor’s hubris. Watching Morrison on Paul Murray last night, this was exactly his message to Australians – let’s just get back to work shall we?
    It is time for conservatives to give Morrison full credit for this win, to be thankful that the right man stepped up to the plate, to start supporting him in earnest, and to be gracious when he follows a centrist line that may not please everybody. This is Australia’s Donald Trump – we’ve all been waiting for him to arrive.
    The election was less about a frightening dystopian future under Labor, and more about what Morrison brought to the table to satisfy voters that the Coalition could be relied upon to do the right thing. Who cares about Labor’s mistakes. They were on the nose and nobody really wanted Shorten as PM. Morrison got it, and he showed us a leader worthy of us.
    Morrison said last night that he placates neither the left nor the right, but expects them to meet him in the centre. You can’t please everybody, but you can lead them.
    Tony Abbott’s loss in Warringah is a personal tragedy and undeserved. But it is not the bell-ringer for what happened on Saturday. Rather, it was a blip that shone the light ever more strongly on what really happened. Australia, thanks to Morrison, went quietly back to being Australia.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    Given the election result, readers partial to a little Schadenfreude may wish to attend this CEDA event in Brisbane early next month. No baseball bats or eggs, please.

    Climate Change and Economics
    Al Gore, The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
    Friday, 7 June 2019, 11:45am a-2pm.
    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre,
    Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets, Brisbane
    Event Coordinator: Tamika Hartwig, by phone 07 3229 9955, or by email tamika.hartwig@ceda.com.au

    CEDA welcomes Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore and leaders of governments to detail the economics of climate change.

    Al Gore, Nobel PEACE Prize recipient
    The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade

    Event overview
    With keynote addresses from Al Gore and Queensland Premier the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, CEDA’s network comes together at the conclusion of Climate Week QLD 2019, to better understand the impacts of climate change and to hear what action individuals, governments and the societies they serve are taking to deliver improved environmental and economic outcomes for future generations.

    Climate Week QLD 2019 will identify urgent and effective actions that will deliver prosperous industries, businesses and communities for Queensland and protect our environment and culture

  • Jody

    This needs to become the new Left/Green mantra:


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