Australian Election: A Seinfeld election, a show about nothing

Australian Election: A Seinfeld election, a show about nothing. By Alan Moran.

Understandably, the present campaign has been called a ‘Seinfeld election’, one that is a show about nothing. That appellation was also used to describe the Canadian 2019 election, which saw an incumbent leftist government challenged by ostensible conservatives who adopted a shallow differentiation of the government’s policies — including supporting a carbon tax. The conservatives were trounced by the more genuine article. …

The party of the bureaucrats (the modern left) versus everyone else:

A new ‘liberty’ party would need to bear down heavily on regulation. The issue is epitomised by Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine which, located in the middle of nowhere, required 4,500 different approvals taking ten years. By contrast, at the outset of Australia’s mining resurgence 50 odd years ago the Kambalda nickel mine, which transformed Western Mining into a global heavyweight, needed just two approvals. It was producing within six months. This is the outcome of regulatory overkill that not only imposes costs but also weaponizes those in the green left pursuing a war on civilisation.

In contrast to the ALP and Coalition, a liberty party would recognise planning policy as the major cause of high house prices — planners’ imposition of their own preferences of urban concentration restricts land for housing, causing a scarcity that is a de facto tax of $100,000-$200,000 per new housing block. A federal liberty party government would use its financial powers to force a relaxation of these arrangements, which government planning agencies foist on their docile political masters. …

In the western world only Donald Trump and Tony Abbott have enjoyed success with conservative, deregulatory agendas, and in both cases their policies were imperfect and their triumphs transitory. It may be that the corporate state now has too many tentacles of favours and redistributions for such policy approaches to prevail. But we need to explore the possibility.

The great political realignment is moving towards a bureaucratic party of the left (in favor of bigger government) versus a liberty alliance of everyone else.