It seems we are headed for a double dissolution election with July 2nd being thought the most likely date. The former Senator, Amanda Vanstone, has suggested you should not book a barbecue for that date just yet. We should wait and see how it plays-out.
It is going to be the most interesting election and, with any luck, will rid us of those minor party MPs and Senators who are causing such chaos in the system. Hopefully, it will see an end to Palmer United Party, and its leader, Clive Palmer. Whether Ricky Muir and Jacqui Lambie survive remains to be seen. Certainly, Dio Wang from Western Australia will be gone.
Sadly, the former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, and the former Defence Minister, Kevin Andrews, will be with us whatever happens at the next election. Mr. Abbott, who made such a meal of the Kevin Rudd/Julia Gillard situation, is now doing exactly the same thing to Malcolm Turnbull. Something he promised he wold never do.
One could be forgiven for believing that some politicians are more interested in staying in power than they are about good governance. The coalition government has little chance of success so long as Mr. Abbott, and his remaining supporters, are on the back bench, sniping, and looking to destabilise a Turnbull led government. Abbott refuses to believe that the nation breathed a sigh of relief when he was removed from office. It was what the people wanted. He was one of the least popular prime ministers of all time, and ranks alongside Sir William ‘Billy’ McMahon. The blame for Mr. Abbott’s demise rests with him. He ignored all the warnings from beginning to end – the public ones, the private ones, from his friends, his colleagues, and the media. Australia is not a fiefdom.
Nikki Savva’s book, ‘The Road To Ruin – How Tony Abbot and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government’, is a riveting read. If – and I have no reason to doubt – what Ms. Savva writes is true and accurate, then Mr. Abbott should leave politics. The behaviour he allowed to pervade the highest office in the land is incomprehensible. How Ms. Credlin came to be invested with such wielding power leaves one shaking one’s head incredulously. Veteran political commentator, Laurie Oakes said of the book: “An instant classic – the weirder-than-weird story of a duo who couldn’t govern to save themselves.’
Abbott and Credlin had played it harder and rougher than anybody else to get where they wanted to be. But they proved incapable of managing their own office, much less the government. The, when it was over, when it was crystalclear to everyone that they had failed, when everyone else could see why they had failed, she played the gender card, while he played the victim.
The BBC reports: The governor of the US state of Georgia has vetoed a “religious freedom” bill after facing pressure from business interests.
The bill would have allowed faith-based organisations to refuse service to gay and transgender people. Disney, the National Football League, Coca-Cola, and others threatened to pull business out of the state. The veto comes as other US states enacted similar laws that limit gay rights.
“I believe it is a matter of character for our state,” Governor Nathan Deal said.
“I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.” Disney said it would not shoot films in Georgia if the bill became law.
“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” a Disney spokesman told Variety last week.
Warner Bros and cable network AMC released a similar statement last week. AMC produces the hit show The Walking Dead, which is filmed in the state. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank denounced the bill, and the National Football League said passing the bill would have hurt Atlanta’s chances of hosting the Super Bowl.
“The message to Governor Nathan Deal was loud and clear: this deplorable legislation was bad for his constituents, bad for business, and bad for Georgia’s future,” said Chad Griffin, president the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights group. “Discrimination and intolerance have no place in the 21st century.”
Republican State Senator, Josh McKoon, said he was “disappointed” and thought Mr. Deal was someone “the faith community could rely on”.
The senator’s reaction does make you wonder. What they do in the name of Jesus is appalling. It seems, more and more, we are being governed by religious zealots. If you choose to believe that is your business, but it does not, by a leap of faith, give you the right to demand that everyone else fall in line with you.
The power of corporate business is undeniable, and it goes to show what is achievable when that power is put to good use. The more it happens, the better the world will be.
Roland can be heard each MONDAY morning on 3BA at 10.30 with Edwin Cowlishaw.