There are some good conservative politicians in the federal Coalition government. They speak common sense on many key important economic and cultural issues which is refreshing since they are led by a left wing Prime Minister. Yet time and again they ultimately let the Australian people down by adopting the politically correct elitist viewpoint. It might be because Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull forces them to publicly back his viewpoint or it could be that they are too scared of the left wing media and cultural elite attack against their character or maybe because they are still not in tune with the views of the majority of Australians.
The first example is Immigration Minister Peter Dutton who has been one of the shining lights in this otherwise disappointing government. He has stood firm with the government’s border protection policies and will not allow those who arrived by boat during the Rudd/Gillard open borders era to settle in Australia. He has also stated Australia needs to learn from past immigration mistakes such as letting in Lebanese Muslims in the 1970’s when considering our future migrant intake. He has begun deporting members of Melbourne’s criminal apex gang and will deport other migrants who have been convicted of serious criminal offences.
These stances mean the left are constantly calling for his sacking but they are popular with ordinary Australians who do not want to see our nation become crime ridden. However, he serious misread public sentiment last week when he defended the Australia Day Muslim hijab billboard when asked about during an interview on Melbourne’s 3AW. He commented “I think it’s great that we’ve got young boys, young girls from whatever background who are embracing Australian values’ and further added “People have different elements to their dress and their culture that they embrace”.
The reason this billboard was offensive to so many Australians is because they don’t want to see the Islamic headdress which relates to the oppression of women become mainstream in Australia. Added to the fact that this billboard only featured Muslims and not any other ethnic and cultural group and so was seen to add to the Islamization of Australia. He will also oversee the government’s settlement of over 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Australia. This shows Dutton does not completely understand ordinary citizens concerns. His defence of the Islamic agenda is a great disappointment to many looking for some sort of leadership in our governments.
An0ther recent disappointment is Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. He has long been a campaigner against climate change lunacy and questioning the alleged scientific consensus. He was instrumental back in 2009 of putting a stop to the Coalition’s support of the Rudd government’s then emissions trading scheme and was a leading campaigner against the carbon tax during the Gillard years. Most recently he gave a valiant defence of Australia Day in the face of the left’s invasion day protests telling critics of the day to ‘crawl under a rock’.
However, in the past week Barnaby Joyce has dismissed calls from other Coalition MPs to scrap Australia’s renewable energy target after Donald Trump has indicated his desire to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Joyce stated “We have to have a commitment that is reasonable and we have to have a commitment that is achievable’’. This refusal to even lobby for changes in Australia’s high renewable energy target, which is already causing high electricity prices and blackouts, is another let down from one of the few conservative voices in the Coalition.
This is not the first time that Joyce has dismissed the conservative concerns over a key public policy issue. After Pauline Hanson’s election to the Senate he dismissed calls for a ban on Muslim immigration stating “Every group has their ratbags, even Catholics. We had, in the past, the IRA (Irish Republican Army) but if someone says every Catholic is a member of the IRA, I’d say no’’. The fact the he claimed that Islamic terrorism posed the same risk as the IRA is cultural relativism at its worst. Did the IRA use religious beliefs to endorse their mission and legitimacy?
These examples demonstrate the clear effect that the Coalition party machine has on even the most outspoken conservative voices. In the end, they toe the party line and adopt the progressive left position being too afraid of upsetting the political and cultural establishment. This means that the voices of ordinary Australians are further diminished as their concerns are now being dismissed by even conservatives.
This type of behaviour only further makes the case for a new conservative party that is made up of politicians who are not afraid to speak their mind, stand up for Australians, ignore the leftist outrage and who do not sell out their beliefs to climb the political ladder. Maybe then we would have principled conservative leaders and we would not end up being constantly disappointed.