Australian Liberal’s policy to merely ‘keep the lights on’ is dim

Australian Liberal’s policy to merely ‘keep the lights on’ is dim, by Terry McCrann.

Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg have made a deliberate decision to lose the next election and to lose it badly. The rest of the joint party room voted to endorse the decision, an indeterminate number of Liberal and National members voting for an early retirement.

This is the irresistible and even more the irredeemable political consequence of the Turnbull-Frydenberg decision to opt for a policy of (only trying) “to keep the lights on” over a policy of significantly and quickly cutting both electricity and gas prices….

The next election:

The next election will be won or more probably (certainly?) lost by the government in Queensland.

The blinding obvious is that quite irrespective of what happens to the government’s national vote — either first preference or two-party preferred — unless it wins most of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation preferences in Queensland, it will lose the election.

The Coalition has allowed a fundamental asymmetry to seep into the political culture: that everyone must spurn Hanson. So that it’s OK for Labor to swap preferences with the Greens, but it’s improper for the Coalition to do that with Hanson.

Even though it is the Greens which are easily the more extreme, the more dangerous and dishonest, and when and if they get anywhere near actual government — I offer in indisputable evidence the de facto coalition with the Gillard government — they inflict real harm on Australians.

Now, after the utter misinterpretation of the consequences of the Barnett Liberal government swapping preferences with One Nation in the WA state election — and more potently, the distortion of its impact on the One Nation vote — Hanson is understandably, if incorrectly, running scared of doing it again.

It’s much easier for her in a narrow branding sense to just “put the bastards, otherwise known as each individual incumbent, last,” as she intends to do in the forthcoming Queensland election.

If she also does it federally in 2019, the Turnbull government will lose the election — utterly unavoidably and undeniably, even if it has managed to achieve some miraculous (and impossible to see) recovery from its terminally parlous polling position. …

Power is pivotal:

That’s the necessity, now the opportunity: power prices and power reliability. In other words, a campaign starting right now, to promise the “cheap, plentiful and reliable” electricity that we used to have in Australia, around an unashamed commitment to coal-fired baseload generation and the abandonment or at least progressive dismantling of fake (wind and solar) power.

Now, yes, as Henry Ergas correctly noted, the NEG went in that direction — so in a debating and even power delivery sense, it’s better than the current position. But it does so inadequately and (politically) ineptly.