At choir tonight, we will sing Dylan’s The Times are a Changing in celebration of a new government after nine years of a Conservative Coalition (Liberal/National parties) that has been moving steadily to the right, via a succession of white, male, private-school educated, bullying boys. Most recently headed by Scott Morrison aka Scomo, aka Scotty from Marketing. Following our election last Saturday, Anthony Albanese has just been sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister. Despite not yet holding a majority in the lower house (two more seats needed), the Governor General was satisfied he would form a stable government, and our new PM is currently participating in the Quad Talks between USA, Japan, India and Australia. Talk about hitting the ground running!
It was a dirty campaign, and one of the grubbiest personal slurs was a shot at “Albo’s” name. One of the Coalition’s advertisements proclaimed, “It won’t be easy under Albanese”. There’s a slap in the face for every person of Italian descent who was jeered in the schoolyard and called a wog. But this election will go down in history for two things – the rise of women independents nicknamed ‘Teals’ because of their preferred colour brand, and in my humble opinion, the Australian voting public rejecting Rupert Murdoch’s (owner of News Corp in Australia and Fox News in the United States) “Americanisation” of Australian politics. Overlooking his hyperbolic rhetoric, and rejecting the traditional two-party system, voters have sent a record number of Greens and Independents to both the lower and upper houses of Parliament. Due to postal votes, and calculation of preferences , it will be some weeks before the final composition is known.
In the meantime, I recommend this article from fellow blogger Something to Ponder About who has given me permission to repost here. (You need to click on the link to get through to her article).
In the former Yugoslav country of Slovenia, “liberal newcomer Robert Golob defeated populist, Trump-fan Janes Janša, in an election tipped as a “referendum on democracy.” His movement, launched only in January, snapped a whopping 34.5% of the vote. [Thanks Manja Mexi for the link]. Two days ago, it was Australia’s turn to vote. A country […]Australia Votes for Decency — Something to Ponder About