With a handful of exceptions, today’s politicians seem to be planning to turn Australia into a backward, poorly educated nation, dishonouring those who built this nation and especially, those who fought and died for her.
If they are not planning this, it will be the result of their profligate policies.
Even the Coalition rejoiced with a standing ovation for a Treasurer who had just announced a trillion-dollar debt.
Up to $230 billion is wasted by Canberra trying to do what is constitutionally reserved to the states. That is not once; it is every year. And it is only the beginning. Just about every way the politicians splurge taxpayers’ money involves massive waste which any good farmer or small businessman would instinctively avoid.
Remember that the greater part of the current deficit comes from unnecessarily locking down small business while exempting the non-frontline bureaucracy. Never forget that Australia escaped the worst of the Wuhan virus not because of politicians, but because, like Fiji, we are remote islands. And Fiji has, in terms of deaths per million, performed nine times better than Australia.
Mismanagement by the political class is today based on ‘The Ten Myths’.
First, ignoring every post-war referendum vote, most problems can be solved by a Canberra-designed program funded endlessly and increasingly by your taxes.
Is there one which has not been a disaster? Take that Gillard government thought-bubble the Coalition foolishly took up, the NDIS. Out-of-control, it will cost almost as much as defence in three years, $40 billion. Then there is the NBN, deceitfully disguised as an ‘off-budget investment’. This was only so that the eventual massive losses you have funded can be played down.
Or take that ‘key allocation’ to aged care of $17.7 billion. The waiting list for home care will continue and despite the Royal Commission, there will not be a 24-hour nurse in aged care homes. A Canberra solution too often comes with two gold-plated guarantees: it will fail and taxpayers will pay a fortune.
Second, politicians are wiser and better qualified than everyone else.
In fact, they are often the very ones who fail to see the obvious. With their foolish free trade agreement, they pushed us into trade dependency on that always sinister, hostile and law-averse power, Communist China, even allowing them a wide range of our premium and strategic assets.
Three, where business involvement is needed, award it to crony capitalists and/or through power brokers.
This process has involved the NSW government awarding a $60 million bus contract to a powerbroker’s client without going to tender, while Canberra paid $30 million for land worth $3 million, justified by saying that, in time, it will be seen as a ‘bargain’.
Four, with inflation conquered and reserve banks endlessly printing money, out-of-control government debt is of no concern.
The warning is, however, on the horizon. The US annualised inflation rate has just shot up to 4.2%.
Five, it is of no concern that our investment rate is projected to rise to a high of only 10%, about one half of many Asian economies.
Australians are on track to becoming the poor cousins who wait on them and amuse them on their holidays down-under.
Six, only the total and not the per capita Growth Domestic Product is important.
The total GDP is artificially pushed up by bringing in more immigrants proportionately than any Western country, with cities overcrowded and Australian families getting poorer and buying a house beyond the young. But a mention of our total GDP on an inside page in the Wall Street Journal will have politicians and Treasury bureaucrats purring. Surely that is worth your suffering.
Seven, the more people are dependent on government the better for them and for the politicians for whom they will vote.
It matters not that the harvest cannot be brought in and jobs not filled, as long as the healthy indolent are happy watching daytime TV, taking drugs and worse.
Eight, forget about Acton’s warning concerning power tending to corrupt, power rewards and checks and balances on the political class only slow down and block efficient government.
The Wuhan virus lockdowns of small business, weddings, funerals and even beaches demonstrated that this democratic fuss is just nonsense. Our Senators were as wise to abandon their power to disallow regulations as US Supreme Court judges were to abandon the enforcement of constitutional electoral law to ensure Biden won.
Nine, the principal policy drivers for government in the modern world are global warming and critical theory.
Both have strong Marxist origins and support, except of course in those countries already enjoying the gift of Marxist rule in perpetuity. Global warming being today’s greatest moral issue, denial should be a criminal offence. Disregard the fact that the leading warmist believer, Bjorn Lomborg, says that even if Paris were universally honoured, warming will at best be reduced by 0.04% . Lomborg, incidentally, does not include any impact of the sun’s potential to impose, without notice, a mini-ice age.
As to critical theory, this ensures social justice for every sub-group of the alleged underprivileged, especially those based on race, sex, ‘gender’ ( an Orwellian newspeak usage) and sexual preference, while always exposing white male heterosexual privilege. This must play an increasing role in the political agenda to be implemented by legislation and persuading judges the constitution is a living document which must accommodate this. Both global warming and critical theory must prevail in every institution including big business, superannuation funds and the defence forces, even if that delights our enemies.
Ten, politicians are by far the best in prioritising the nation’s problems.
Why then, subject to the potential impact of the first real defence minister in years, Peter Dutton, Canberra’s very first duty, the defence of the Commonwealth, is in such a parlous state?
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Professor David Flint AM is an emeritus professor of law and was chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Press Council, president of the National Federation of the English Speaking Union, Associate Commissioner with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and convenor of the Committee of Australian Law Deans. He has been National Convenor of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy since the 1999 referendum campaign. He has authored books on topics such as the media, international economic law and on the Constitution. At Barcelona in 1991 he received a World Jurist Association award as World Outstanding Legal Scholar. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995. His Good Sauce show,Take Back Your Country, discusses the problems and solutions to the decay of federalism and democracy.