It would be hard to imagine a government being quite as inept as was the Albanese government in 2023. The man himself, globetrotter extraordinaire, showed how inadequate he was during the referendum debate. It wasn’t just the racist proposition itself; he was entirely hopeless in making the case. To boot, his Aboriginal Affairs minister Linda Burney was as hapless as he was hopeless. But none of it ended there.
While Treasurer Jim Chalmers disinterestedly observes the economy from afar – rising interest rates, inflation and government overspending have nothing to do with me – the Employment minister Tony Burke has been busy devising way in which labour laws can further erode productivity. However, he can be consoled by the fact that whatever damage ensues from his efforts, it will be as nothing compared with the destruction wreaked by Energy minister Chris Bowen.
Bowen is intent on bringing down all, and then the remnants, of Australia’s affordable and reliable system of generating electricity. He will brook no inference in his quixotic mission to save the planet; even at the cost of sending Australia broke, Argentina style. The wild glint in his eyes betrays his transcendental conviction. Think of Rasputin for a similar look; and be afraid, very.
Apart from presiding over ruinous immigration levels, Immigration minister Andrew Giles was complicit in the shemozzle which saw dangerous terrorists and criminals released from custody. He formed part of a trio of les incompetents. Home Affairs minister Clare O’Neil and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus completed the incapable three. But fear not three stooges, there are those even less able and much more deplorable than you.
Foreign Affairs minister Penny Wong and Defence minister Richard Marles slither into mind. The first for selling Israel down the river in both her biased commentary on the Gaza War and in overseeing an act of gross immorality in backing a UN resolution giving victory to Hamas. And the second of the two for cravenly refusing an American request to send a warship to the Red Sea to help protect commercial shipping.
Both the vote at the UN and the refusal to send a ship are incomprehensible. They are pusillanimous, backstabbing, ratting. I can’t for the moment think of another suitable adjective which quite describes how they have disgraced Australia on the international stage and betrayed our principal ally and protector.
You might be able to think of other abysmal failures. For the life of me I can’t think of any triumphs. And I want to because Christmas is a time of good will and cheer. Will the New Year be better, I wonder? For Australia’s sake, if not for Albanese’s, we better hope that it is.