Australian Politics – Peta Credlin Says That Australia Is Ready For A Trump, Too

Posted on Sun 11/06/2016 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Peta Credlin says Australia is ripe for our own Donald Trump.

But who?

Could Trump happen here in Australia?

You bet… AA - Australian Flag

Trump is no master politician but he’s a canny businessman who has seen a gap in the market and ruthlessly exploited it to his own ­advantage…

In the US just like here at home, the middle class are being squeezed at every turn. They work hard but don’t feel like they’re getting ahead. There’s been very little real wage growth in the private sector. The cost of living keeps going up. They support a safety net but resent the welfare class that don’t work when they can and should.

They are sick of big business which avoids taxes when they pay their fair share. They have had enough of ­political correctness being shoved down their throats: what to say and what to think.

They want their leaders to stand for something — to say what they’ll do and do what they say. They want the problems fixed and then they want government to let them get on with their lives rather than constantly find new ways to interfere and waste their money.

While they support immigration in principle, they don’t think enough care is taken about the people let in and they worry about safety in their communities and their family.

These concerns are real yet they’ve been dismissed by the same sniggering classes who told us we were environmental vandals if we worried about the cost of a carbon tax; that we were racist if we wanted an honest conversation about dysfunction in indigenous communities; that we were intolerant if we questioned gender education for primary schoolchildren; that we lacked compassion if we wanted boats turned back and an immigration program managed by the Australian government and not people smugglers…

The latest example was Friday’s closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

After many years of hysteria ­regarding the use of coal, we now have the Labor Party (state and federal) crying crocodile tears over the loss of 800 jobs and telling us not to worry about the loss of a quarter of Victoria’s electricity supply…

When people say to me “there’s no way Trump can happen here”, I tell them they need to go for a drive outside their leafy suburb, find a pub, sit down in the front bar and just listen.


Pauline Hanson

Australian Senator Pauline Hanson

Australian Senator Pauline Hanson

Hanson is already grabbing a strong Trump vote, although I suspect she’s getting close to her ceiling in support. She could pick up a couple more Senate votes – in Tasmania and South Australia – and maybe several Queensland seats in the House of Representatives, but that could still give her even more influence than she already has. Right now she has a key share of the balance of the power in the Senate. It’s not impossible for her to get the balance of power in the House of Representatives, too. But so far her influence lies largely in saying yes to the Liberals or yes to Labor, and not in getting through anything of substance of her own. That comes in part from having signature issues that as yet are too out-there to get more than niche support and which she does not even have a strategy to achieve politically – such as a total ban on Muslim immigration and a royal commission into the faith. How about most modest, achievable and undeniably necessary measures that would appeal to voters feeling patronised and hoodwinked? How about starting with a parliamentary inquiry into the costs and benefits of our global warming policies that have wasted so many billions of dollars in giving us mothballed desalination plants, dud solar projects, scrapped geothermal projects, unaffordable solar panel subsidies, the home insulation disaster, soaring electricity prices, coal-fired power stations shut down and a green electricity network in South Australia that blacked out the whole state. A few issues like that could give Hanson even more traction.

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi

Bernardi already has his finger hovering over the “eject” button. He could set up a new conservative party in a couple of days, and already has a membership base, a profile and his own Senate seat, with more than five years to run. Bernadi has a clear agenda that would appeal to many disaffected conservative Liberal members, and if he ever got the balance of power he could edge a desperate Coalition Government into more conventionally conservative positions in issues such as free speech and immigration reform. He is a polished media performer, and much more disciplined than he was when Tony Abbott was Prime Minister. He has already started to stake out positions on many of the key issues that would energise voters who feel the political class has locked them out and is sneering at them. So far he is limited in his freedom to defy party policies, but on his own he could push even harder.

Tony Abbott

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Abbott is a long shot, and hampered still by his lack of popularity and a media so hostile that it will mock him even when he falls while out volunteering and fighting fires. But, yes, he was out there with the kind of Australians who help each other and has an authenticity that many other politicians lack, plus a profile and unmatched experience. Abbott still needs to adjust his style, and go more retail – both in the topics he picks and the people he’s trying to impress. But it is not impossible at all to see him coming back, particularly as the antidote to a leadership that seems out of convictions, out of puff and out of chances. Abbott has already done a Trump in taking on the dirty insider politics of the NSW Liberal branch, where lobbyists and factional bosses have stitched up the process and pick compliant non-entities and non-boat-rockers. Abbott is also (yes, belatedly) leading the charge for free speech, although has yet to broaden this into an attack on kind of people and politics that this censorship is designed to protect. But Abbott’s power will come not from starting another party but taking back the Liberal leadership.

Andrew Hastie

Long-term roughie. The former SAS officer is very young and has been in Parliament as the Liberal member for Canning for just a year, but already has made a mark and has the courage to take stands – rational and conservative stands that reject the media group-think. He is far more thoughtful and well-read than many in the media stupidly assumed from a Christian from the army, and modest enough to know how much he must learn and the limits he can go right now before he’s seen as a spoiler. But watch out for him. His future, too, will be within the Liberals, not outside it. Remember him saying he’d thrown away his Liberal talking points during the elections after talking to one of his constituents?: “It was at that point I realised that a lot of what we were campaigning on nationally just wasn’t resonating with everyday Australians. He couldn’t understand the reason for company tax cuts, he wasn’t earning enough to benefit from the increased tax thresholds and he wasn’t an innovator — he was just an everyday Australian who was trying to pay down his mortgage and look after his children and ensure they had a brighter future.” Watch out for Hastie.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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