Abbott: the adolescent prime minister

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Val Bridge
The Shrinkinglobe Saturday 15th March 2014 16:00
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March in March 2014 is an independent, national protest being held in 32 locations across Australia. It has been organised by named members of the concerned public, is not associated with any political party or organisation and is devoted to total transparency. Along with 30,000+ supporters (from Facebook alone), the march is in peaceful protest as a vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government’s policies. March in March takes place on the weekend of March 15/16th (Canberra on March 17th) with the aim of achieving the best possible government for all of Australia.

Protesting to the Abbott government

Protesting to the Abbott government:
hundreds walk the streets of Gosford, NSW to voice their opposition.

Abbott is not a conservative in any sense in which any serious conservative thinker, or a reputable university politics textbook, would define the term. He, and a large percentage of his colleagues, possess an essentially adolescent world view in which certain groups of people are framed as baddies, things that are valued by these groups of people are therefore framed as “bad” not on their actual merits but simply because these groups value them, and the goal of government becomes the infliction of vengeance on the baddies and the destruction of whatever it is that they value.

Abbott reminds me a lot of former prime minister, John Howard during his later years, in that they have no particular desire to change anything. They want to be in government to prevent assorted radicals, socialists, foreign threats etc upsetting the comfortable status quo that has treated them so well. That involves looking after friends, both domestic and international, and hurting enemies whenever the opportunity arises. Conservatism of a quite pragmatic kind, with no real desire to improve the world and scepticism that it is even possible to do so.

The blatant attitude displayed by the Abbott Government is overwhelmingly condescending, they simply do not believe that Australians are intelligent or aware enough to understand exactly what is going on and why. In a reverse Robin Hood fashion, they’ve gone to extreme lengths to take from the ‘poor’ to give to the rich. There has been an obvious shift in order to benefit only big-business, which has been made a reality by making cuts to every possible area of public sector, including health, education and vital welfare benefits. All of this has been done to make the axing of the mining and carbon taxes achievable and to save the wrong people a whole lot of money.

Based on this belief in an unchallengeable power space Abbott led his campaign with lies and scare-tactics. Now that they hold the reins, they have broken promises and systematically torn apart long-standing and successful policies as quickly as they possibly could. This frenzied attack on our own country has done nothing to benefit anyone other than the rich, those who need assistance least of all.

Perhaps the most dangerously toxic aspect of the Abbott brand is their attitude to climate change. Here they are, day after day, insisting that the carbon tax is toxic, yet never mentioning that it is designed to diminish the toxic effect of greenhouse gases that threaten the world’s climate, irreversibly if we do nothing to reduce carbon emissions.

Since the election in September 2013, growing criticism of the Abbott Government has focused on climate change, the treatment of asylum seekers, proposed budget cuts to the ABC and SBS, and marriage equality. The March in March organiser hopes the protests will be a visible message and give “ordinary Australians a voice to demand a better performance from the Federal Government”.

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