…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Oh, those Palmeroids! What would we do without them? Laugh at the abysmal performance of the dysfunctional Abbottoids perhaps? Ignore the Australian politicking altogether? Miss all that fun? No, not yet.
We haven’t had a good conspiracy theory on Fog of Chaos for a good while, and where, outside Obama’s America, of course, one could find a better subject than a certain Clive?
In April 2013 a somewhat rich fellow, a billionaire according to his counting, a multimillionaire by counting of others, created a political party in his image, called it Palmer United and six months later got himself elected to the House of Representatives. “At the same time, two candidates (Glenn Lazarus of Queensland and Jacqui Lambie of Tasmania) were elected to the Senate, alongside Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party candidate Ricky Muir, of Victoria, who later agreed to enter into an informal alliance with the PUP. Additionally, Dio Wang of Western Australia was elected to the Senate at a special election held in April 2014, after the original senate election in the state was voided by the Court of Disputed Returns. The PUP bloc thus had four senators when new members took their seats in July 2014.”
Additionally, Palmer had two of his people in the Queensland Parliament and three in the Northern Territory Parliament.
Then it started.
In August 2014 Queensland PUP leader Alex Douglas resigned from the Party.
In September 2014 Northern Territory PUP MP Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu resigned from the Party.
In October 2014 Queensland PUP MP, Carl Judge resigned from the Party.
In November 2014 Senator Jacqui Lambie has quit the Palmer United Party. Also the same month MP Alison Anderson, PUP’s Northern Territory leader and MP Larisa Lee resigned from the party.
In March 2015 Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus resigned from the Palmer United Party.
The reasons given were predictably selfless: “the party a “total embarrassment”, “a different view of team work”, “jobs for the boys”, “the best interests of Tasmanian constituents”, “can better serve electorate as an independent”, “could do a lot more for his electorate” …
A sceptic could suggest that the re-election chances were uppermost on their minds; and a cynic that strong incentives were offered and accepted.
There is nothing the cosy duopoly of LibNats / LaborGreens hates more than a new political party with a potential. They don’t care about the predestined losers and one-issue mini parties, for the serve the purpose of pretence democracy, but worry about anything which could possibly challenge their stranglehold on power. In the last Federal elections over 3 million voters, out of about 13 million, wanted anything but the LaborGreens/ LibNats’ self-serving seneschalship.
Whether the black-ops sections of the major parties’ Sturmabteilung had anything to do with PUP’s implosion remains to be seen, but it is unlikely that they had to take any part in its abbottic performance.
Big boss himself set the tone and lit the slow fuse by contradicting himself, sometimes more than once in one interview. The policies, such as they were, became a dog’s breakfast of half-baked thought bubbles. (Hmm) The extremely erratic ex-corporal Jacqui Lambie thought that what is the sauce for the gander, could also be a sauce for her. Other Palmeroids were not much better, though if their understanding of the Australian Government system was based solely on watching the Parliamentary broadcasts they could be forgiven for believing that anything goes.
Some may mourn the PAP’s demise for the humour the party provided, but all the clowns are still there, hanging onto their parliamentary pensions and hell-bent on causing as much mischief to their voters as they possibly can.
CAUTION – After the elections they received almost no friendly media reports, only negative and often vicious ones. Both the Left and the Right journalists prefer their politicians in proper kennels, salivating for their every misspelled or mispronounced word of post-modernist wisdom. It it thus possible that the Palmeroids are not as bad as they appear.
Mr Palmer’s company Mineralogy and Mr Palmer personally are being sued by the Communist Chinese government-owned CITIC Pacific for allegedly misapplied money – instead of running a port, $12 million was used to run the electoral campaign. But what about a possibility that money were indeed intended to acquire a tame political party, and then something went wrong. Perhaps Palmer proved to be not tame enough, or that some other branch of the Chinese apparatus decided that it is not necessary to suborn all the politicians. Palmer, of course, would be unlikely to use that in his defence.
With Palmeroids practically gone let’s see what LibNats / LaborGreens will do to the Liberal Democratic Party (523,831 votes) and Senator David Leyonhjelm. LDP platform should make them (and the Chinese communists) shudder.
P.S. LDP policies include the following:
- Federal budgets which are neither in surplus, nor deficit, but balanced
- Support of competitive federalism and political decentralisation
- Restore to the States the power to impose income taxes and other taxes currently reserved to the Commonwealth
- Cease all Commonwealth involvement in health and education
- Extensive reduction of taxes and fines, industrial relations regulations, and government spending including welfare, health and defence, replacing most with a compulsory superannuation payment to fund social services and compulsory insurance cover for those whose balance does not meet a mandated minimum
- Support for commercial off-the-shelf and military off-the-shelf defence acquisitions where possible
- Support of extensive privatisation and deregulation: end government ownership of business enterprises including the ABC, SBS, Australia Post, Medibank Private, electricity generation and public transport services
- Deregulate industry to the greatest extent possible to build its international competitiveness
- Support of a 20% flat rate income tax
- Support of extensive free markets and free trade
- Support of the most efficient and effective electricity generation, with no options off the table
- Support of market over government responses to climate change
- Opposition to industry subsidies including corporate welfare
- Support of citizen-initiated referenda, fixed parliamentary terms, recall elections, and voluntary voting
- Maximisation of freedom of travel administered by a general immigration tariff on all non-humanitarian immigrants from other nations to replace the existing quota system
- Support of free migration agreements with more nations such as the current Australia/New Zealand agreement
- Unauthorised arrivals temporarily detained for health and security checks, transparent process for determining refugee status, community release under bail-like conditions while status is determined
- Removal of sin taxes (including for alcohol and tobacco)
- Support of same-sex marriage
- Equality before the law, including opposition to affirmative action
- Support of property owners’ rights
- Support of fishing and shooting rights
- Re-legalisation of many presently illicit drugs, beginning with marijuana
- Legalisation of assisted suicide
- Abolition of coercive psychiatry
- Decriminalise the means to self defense (including pepper spray, tasers and firearms under some circumstances)
- Opposition to government-funded foreign aid, other than short-term humanitarian relief, in favour of private charity
- Support of a free and independent Tibet and East Turkestan, and restoring official recognition of the Republic of China