The Coalition consists of the Liberal and the National Parties (together, these are the mouthpieces and public faces of the Coalition), the Non-Renewable Energy Industry, the Military and Christian Lobbies, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), the Murdoch Media Conglomrerate and Gerry Harvey.
The sole purpose of the two front parties is to convince the voting public that what is good for the Coalition is good for Joe and Joan Citizen. This is done through gaslighting, pork-barrelling, a perverse type of nationalism, cozy media relations, and an army of PR advisors who all have their snouts firmly planted inside the public purse.
The “WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE COALITION IS GOOD YOU” policy is explained in this educational clip.
The history of the Liberal Party
It is a little known fact that the Liberal Party started as the All for Australia League which had formed after a split in the Labor Government over depression-era fiscal policy. The splitters wanted belt-tightening, godamnit; “fiscal responsibility” underpinned by austerity. This is where spending on welfare, infrastructure, hospitals and public education is cut, but where taxes on big business are slashed, defense spending is increased and in more modern times, handouts are given to big business, alongside increased isubsidies paid to non-government schools. Oh, and granny is asked to hock her gold tooth if she wabts a bit of grey meat of undetermined origin with her cabbage. The net effect is that corporations, their CEOs and share-holders get wealthier, while small businesses are forced to cut staff or to shut down altogether, unable to equally compete for the ever-dwindling available dollars, despite the promises that the subsidies and tax cuts to the corporations will “trickle down”.
The trouble is, it is not trickling down on us, it is pouring, and it is not water.
So… eventually the All for Australia League merged with the Nationalist Party and the Australia Party (a group that had split from the Nationalists) to form a new anti-Labor opposition – the United Australia Party, later rebranded as the Liberal Party under the leadership of Robert Menzies – who earned the name Pig-Iron Bob after selling iron to the Japanese which most likely came back in the form of bombs dropped on China, Peral Harbor and Darwin.
After the Second World War, the anti-Labor philosphy was extended into Cold War era anti-Communism and weaponized to keep Labor out of power between.1949 and 1972.
The History of the National Party
According to Wikipedia, the National Party is the only remaining agrarian socialist party from the “wave of agrarian socialist parties set up around the Western world in the 1920s”, Its socialism goes one way. It looks to position farmers as being able to capitalize its profits and socialize its losses. In all other respects it a deeply conserbative, backward-looking party, yearning for the days of the Landed Gemtry and forced labor.
It started life federally as the Australian Country Party, changing that to the National Country Party in the 1970s, before settling on the National Party in the 1980s. These name changes have somewhat reflected Australia’s changing demographics as well as its shift from “riding the sheep’s back” to a more diverse economy. But these attempts to stay in the game may instead be hastening its demise, as its bids to stay relevant have been seen as being at the expense of its traditional base. It’s days are truly numbered and it is only a matter of time before it is swallowed whole by it’s senior partner. But fear not. This lunbering dinasoar is unlikely to see it coming, so its end will be swift and painless.
The failed attempts of the Nationals to evolve beyond cosmetic name changes is amply demonstrated in this comparison:
The Coalition has but one fervent belief: it has an ordained right to rule – and it will attempt to make that a reality by any and all means possible.
The Australian Labor Party (ALP)
This is the oldest political party in Australia. It enjoyed reasonable electoral success up until a split gave birth to its own arch-enemy (see above). The party was spawned by the Australian union movement which gave the world the 8 hour day and fair elections.
The ALP was kept out of office for 23 years during the Cold War, mainly due to successful RED SCARE campaigns by the Coalition.
Here is but one example:
This game was played throughout Western civilization. The aim was simple: embed tory governments everywhere by equating progressive politics with Communism. Communism was the best friend Tory politicians had as they continued to gaslight the public in this manner.
It was not until 1972, in the middle of an unpopular war and growing social movements among young voters, that Labor came back into office. Even then, it took s slick US style campaign, boldness of ideas and a charasmatic leader for it to occur. We all know how that experiment ended with the first dismissal of an elected goverrnment by the Queen’s representative, after what we now know was unprecedented approval and encouragementl by the Monarchy.
But the Monarchy was not the only institution secretly baying for blood. In the aftermath of the Attorney-General’s raid on the Canberra office of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), PM Whitlam made a speech saying in part
“It has taken regrettably long for the Commonwealth police force and ASIO to adjust themselves from such momentous activities as the pursuit of draft dodgers and Vietnam demonstrators to the new situation where we ought to provide our interest in terrorist activities in our midst.”
This was quickly followed by a plot to oust Whitlam by none other than James Jesus Angleton, head of CIA counter-intelligence, Angleton made a request to CIA station chief in Canberra, John Walker, to ask Peter Barbour, then head of ASIO, to make a false declaration that Whitlam had lied about the raid in Parliament. Barbour refused to make the statement.
The ALP lost it’s mojo after the Whitlam era and has never fully recovered it. In every election loss since (amid an occasional win), it has failed when trying to emulate the boldness of 1972 because it could not properly educate the voters about its policies It has also failed with many attempts at the “small target” strategy in which the party avoids being wedged by agreeing to a raft of reforms it would not normally agree to, and by releasing very little in policy detail. When in this mode, it directs its campaign according to data coming out of polls and focus groups – and media appearances are almost as staged as those on the government side. The ALP has famously lost at least two elections deemed in the lead-up to be unlossable. That takes real talent for cowardice and ineptitude. Multiple internal inquiries have avoided the real reasons fo the defeas like the plague. The electorate is crying out for honesty, not talking points, for explanations, not excuses and blame-laying, for future-proofing, not short-term band-aids, and for true democratic processes and openness, not white board political survival plans and document redactions. Instead, what we get with Labor is Election Ground Hog Day as it jumps back and forth between reform mode that it fails to properly articulate,, and the small target strategy.
And we see it yet again in this current election. The ALP has gone back to a leader from the Left faction. Yet after the last leader (who was from the Right) lost one of those unlosable elections with a big reform platform, the party has once again gone into its protective shell. The government is reeling from internal malfeasance and external disasters handled with all the aplomb of an elephant.looking for a place to die and as a result, Labor is again a red hot favorite to win at the polls.
Yet no one wouldl be surprised by A third unlossable loss as the Coalition turns to good ol’ National Security and “economic management” as the scare campaign themes for 2022, with Labor not even trying to look for a backbone.
The Australian Greens
According to Wikipedia “the party was formed in 1992 and is a confederation of eight state and territorial parties. The party cites four core values, namely ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and non-violence. The party’s origins can be traced to early environmental movement in Australia, the Franklin Dam controversy, the Green bans, and the nuclear disarmament movement. Beginning with the United Tasmania Group, one of the first green parties in the world.” It holds the third largest first preference votes at recent elections.
Since the retirement of founder and leader Dr. Bob Browne, the party has suffered the same fate as the two major parties insofar as internal ructions, scandal and recriminations go. Maybe that is a sign it has made the big league?
Although the platform of the Greens is appealing to certain cohorts, at least some of it lacks scientific support and relies upon pulling emotive strings. Nevertheless, with climate change now hitting home to a pandemic-weary country, the Greens should increase its vote this election.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
One Nation was started in 1997 by Pauline Hanson, a member of parliament kicked out of the Coalition for being too racist even for them. Ms Hanson has been on a roller-coaster ride of upheavals, imprisonment, scandal, and even more political success since then, There is no great secret to her success. She is 100% a creation of the mainstream media – which is attracted to train wrecks and controversy like blue-arse flies are to shit. She has had a multtude of platforms as a result, to spread her right-wing populism. The fact that she is clueless about the world she lives in, is barely coherent at the best of times and has a whiny voice have been no hurdles to her success. Those things may in fact be a help to her as her base sees it all as relatable. Ignorance rocks and now has its own mouthpiece!
Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your own perversity), she will at least provide some comic relief.
One Nation is one of a number of minor parties that stepped in to take seats at all levels of government from the National Party in its own heartland, harnessing the disenchantment of those electorates.
United Australia Party (UAP)
The UAP was founded by mining magnate, Clive Palmer, showing that he can indeed recycle – having taken the name used originally by the Liberal Party.
In the 2019 election, Palmer outspent all other parties combined, yet his party failed to win a single seat. In any case, the purpose was not in his party winning any seats, but ensuring that the ALP lost the election. His advertizing was certainly a contributing factor to that loss, but it was Labor’s sharp-shooting that made the most difference. Labor has never once missed it’s own foot when given time to aim properly.
Palmer is easy to dismiss as a lard-arsed buffoon with way too much money, but he is once again, outspending everyone in this election – and his campaigns are getting slicker. Behind the cartoonish behavior, there is a canny operator who in the past, has been the biggest donor in the world to the JFK Library, and was a director of the JFK Library Foundation. It is not clear if that relationship still exists, but any admiration Palmer may have for the Kennedy presidency is not reflected in his own political party..
Fusion Party Australia
Let’s get this out of the way first. I am a member of the Fusion Party, having crossed over from the Science Party with the amalgamation of a number of minor parties.
The amalgamation was between the center-left Science Party, the libertarian-inclined Pirate Party, the Secular Party and various climate action parties. It came about because of new laws around the registration of political parties, including the need for parties without parliamentary seats to have at least 1,500 members – a threefold increase. This is on top of past increases in fees to register candidates. These cumulative changes were supported by both major parties, ostensibly to eliminate “non-serious” parties. That the changes also made it virtually impossible for any small parties to survive, regardless of how “serious” they are, can’t have escaped their thinking. Finding the extra members, on top of the extra adminsitration costs and time involved simply cuts a lot of people out of the political landscape and is anti-democratic. Amalgamation was the key to survival – and ironically, may also be the key to success.
Australia desperately needs a forward-thinking, motivated, ethical third force in politics. It will be too soon for the Fusion Party to have much impact in this election. What it needs to see is enough support to build for the future.
The party President is microbiologist Dr. Andrea Leong. She is without doubt the right person to help position the party for future electoral success: bright, energentic, compassionate and with the ability to listen, she and her team are ideal choices for these times.
The party’s policies can be viewed here.