By Andrew Bolt ~
Background from TonyfromOz:
The premise of the title combines the two major political parties in Australia. They are The Liberal Party (the major Conservative Party in Australia) and The Labor Party, (from the left side of politics) hence, combining the two, we get the Laboral Party, with barely a difference between them, as Andrew explains below.
The populist conservatives like spinning the line of no real policy differences between Liberal Party Leader Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten — like most of their polemic it is nonsense, since the dominant story these days is the ideological and political battle between Coalition and Labor.
Oh, really? Let’s go through some of the big policy issues that have helped to drive more than a million conservatives away from the Liberals (and Labor). Let’s play spot-the-difference with the Labor and Liberal policies:
Immigration levels? No difference. Both support very high levels.
Taking in 1200 refugees from Syria and Iraq? No difference. Both support bringing them in.
Identity politics? No difference.
Constitutional recognition of Aborigines? No difference in principle. Both support this racist division. Labor just wants to go further.
Global warming? No difference in principle. Both pretend its a massive threat. Both support the Paris Agreement, that binds Australia to slash emissions. Both have useless renewable energy targets that raise power prices without lowering the world’s temperature. Labor just wants to go further.
Free speech? No difference in principle. Both want to keep the Racial Discrimination Act that is being used by activists to gag debate. The Liberals are now promising to consider minor changes to a few words, but have not promised even that.
The ABC? No difference. Both want to keep the state broadcaster’s massive funding and neither plan to crack down on its unlawful bias.
Multiculturalism? No difference. Both support it. For instance, both back the SBS and multicultural handouts. The Prime Minister held an Iftar dinner during the election campaign.
Human Rights Commission? No difference. Both support a highly politicised and taxpayer-funded lobby group that pushes victim politics and identity politics.
Patronising by the elites: No difference. Both support, for instance, the Australian of the Year Awards, usually used to badger Australians about the the latest cause.
Kelly might say, but look at how his friend Malcolm Turnbull has given in to conservatives and taken on Labor on some causes.
But wait: the Liberals were dragged kicking and screaming to reform the Safe Schools program, used to indoctrinate children into thinking gender is a social construct, but it has left much of that scheme intact.
Yes, Turnbull has been dragged into savaging Labor’s mad 50 per cent renewable energy target, but he still won’t admit that even his own 23 per cent target does absolutely nothing to stop a global warming that is probably not a big menace anyway.
Then there are the issues that Kelly hails as the real ideological battleground – arguments between Labor and the Liberals about exactly how small the cuts to our massive overspending should be.
Yes, there are some ideological issues at stake here, even if the Government fails to articulate them clearly enough. But we are talking about cuts at best of about $1 billion a year in a lavish social services budget of $160 billion a year, when our gross debt is about to smash past $500 billion.
Talk about two bald men fighting over a comb.
So to argue that there is indeed a huge ideological difference between Labor and the Liberals is simply false, and to suggest that conservatives see none at all is an exaggeration.
But Kelly makes an even bigger error when he adds:
… the dominant story these days is the ideological and political battle between Coalition and Labor.
Talk about missing the big picture. The dominant story these days is not at all the ideological and political battle between Coalition and Labor, but between both and the “none of the aboves” – between the two big traditional parties and the fast-rising populist ones such as One Nation and the Australian Conservatives.
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.