NOT CONTENT with its complicity in a challenge to a Royal Commissioner — made purely to protect criminal thuggery — the ALP is so beholden to lawless, violent unions as to now undertake an enterprise that risks democracy itself; its plan to seek vice-regal intervention to remove Dyson Heydon is inappropriate, breaches convention, and imperils democratic institutions. Tellingly, it couldn’t care less for the potential consequences.
I wanted to post a follow-up to my article yesterday, in which I hailed the decision by Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon to dismiss the application to have him recuse himself from further proceedings at the inquiry into the union movement as a victory for decency; it was every inch such a triumph, for the alternative amounted to little more than capitulation to institutionalised lawlessness in the face of a sustained campaign of abuse, intimidation, and a bellicose blanket of noise channelled through sympathetic — but irresponsible — organs of the press.
And two weeks ago — when news of Labor’s “back-up” plan first aired — I took aim at the ALP and at Senator Penny Wong in particular, who appears the designated parliamentary vandal in driving its next planned outrage; the Governor-General is not a party political figure, and does not hold office to do the handiwork of whatever grimy political agenda happens to lob onto his desk from unscrupulous political hacks (and whilst I am happy to argue that what happened in November 1975 is utterly consistent with that statement until the cows come home, to do so today would be a diversion: just the sort of diversion ALP types are likely to wish to encourage to detract from the reality that what they now propose represents an attempt to brutalise the entire system of parliamentary democracy).
There is a lot of press around today dealing with both the fallout from yesterday’s decision by Heydon and the next course of action Labor, acting in cahoots with and on behalf of the thugs and bastards in the union movement who control them, appears determined to pursue.
The article I wish to share with readers today comes from Paul Kelly at The Australian — a sober voice of good sense if ever there was one — and whilst I might be accused of partisanship, sinking the boot into Labor and the unions with reckless abandon, Kelly isn’t exactly the sort of journalist anyone can credibly accuse of “bias:” although Labor will, whenever he isn’t blindly concurring with its nonsense, and on account of the ridiculous truism that in ALP eyes anyone who doesn’t unquestioningly comply with its bullshit is “biased” against it.
(I might also note in my own defence that I have been a persistent critic of the Abbott government and my own party — with good reason — and that there is nothing unfair or unjustified in anything I have had to say either way; this, of course, isn’t good enough for the Left, which takes criticism of conservatives as a given but again, so much as a syllable uttered against itself these days is “bias.” There is no reasoning with stupidity, which pretty much characterises Labor these days).
Even so, Kelly writes that “in a squalid stunt, Labor has debased any claims to principle” in its pending demands that Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove “act improperly, trash the principles of responsible government, and violate the principles of his office” — and so eloquent is this scathing summary of the course of action the ALP is quite openly pursuing that I don’t see much need to add to it.
There is something very wrong in Australian politics at present, and it isn’t confined to the fact that the Liberal Party (and by extension, the Abbott government) is utterly incapable of articulating a message, proactively carrying popular sentiment with it, or decisively responding to the kind of outrages we have seen too often from the ALP and/or the union movement in recent years, of which this mad, bad plan to compromise the Governor-General is merely the latest.
Rather, I think we are nearing a point at which it’s almost passively accepted that anyone in public life (read: the Left) who is able to make a lot of belligerent noise, hurl abuse around and relentlessly pursue their agenda — however improper or even unlawful — stands at least a 50-50 prospect of getting what they want.
It is the reason Labor and the unions have gone after Heydon on no worthier pretext than an accidental RSVP to a Liberal Party function that was withdrawn the instant he became aware of the circumstances in which it had been organised.
It is the reason Labor, on behalf of the unions, now demand the Head of State, no less, to interfere in their unscrupulous plot to excuse criminality, safeguard union thugs from prosecution, and to take sides in a dispute that has nothing whatsoever to do with the office of Governor-General at all.
And the thing that makes this undesirable state of affairs exponentially worse is the fact that a solid chunk of the press, politically sympathetic to the Left — Fairfax, the ABC, and Private Media chief among them — largely turns a blind eye to the unethical and/or illegal objectives being bandied about or (in the case of the ABC in particular) simply ignore them altogether.
It is why, for example, the ABC isn’t interested in the wrongdoing and misconduct being uncovered at the Royal Commission into the unions: as part of the partisan cheer squad, it resents the fact there is a Royal Commission in progress and refuses to pay more than scant attention to its findings — which, insidiously, are weaving a tapestry of corruption, fraud, extortion and violence that has absolutely no place in modern Australia or, indeed, in a civilised democratic society at all.
The Senate — still as good as controlled by Labor and the
Communist Party Greens once the votes of crossbenchers like Jacqui Lambie who typically vote against the government are factored in — has already been abused during this term of Parliament, and this latest stunt, entrusted to Wong to ensure it is abused yet again, will do little to elevate the standing of Parliament, politicians, or a Senate already rigged by Labor’s 1984 reforms and shanghaied by the crossbench that would be empty if its inhabitants needed to secure a reasonable stipend of support to win a seat (the independent Nick Xenophon aside).
Already, Labor and the Greens acquiesced to the crack-brained agenda of Clive Palmer to set up a Senate inquiry into the former LNP state government in Queensland, explicitly breaching both convention and the Constitution by violating the rule that one level of government must not launch parliamentary inquiries into another.
And why? For Palmer it was about revenge, as part of his crusade to destroy Campbell Newman, the Coalition, the Abbott government and the Queensland LNP. For Labor and the Greens, it was for no better reason than to score cheap, petty political points to help expedite their return to power.
And happily, the Pineapple Inquiry led precisely nowhere — not that that’s any justification for its existence in the first place.
I contend the Senate has been abused, again with Labor the central engineer and the Greens and the Palmer crowd the enthusiastic accomplices, in trying to render the country ungovernable whilst the Liberal Party remains in office; there is nothing illegal or unconstitutional in this, mind, but ethical or moral considerations don’t even enter into the mix.
More to the point, it speaks to a pattern of behaviour — and that pattern of institutional abuse and anti-democratic conduct (in this case, obstructing the ability of an elected government to govern and operate as it sees fit) is about to be perpetuated in a deeply disturbing and thoroughly reprehensible fashion.
I wrote, in my article two weeks ago, that what Wong and Labor propose in having the Senate “address” Cosgrove is probably ghost-writing a fair slice of a slam-dunk “no” case for next time a referendum on a transition to a republican model of governance is put to voters, for if what they are attempting to have Cosgrove do in a robust system of constitutional monarchy comes to pass, the prospect an elected (and by nature, partisan) President could simply end up being an activist rubber stamp of the government of the day and for literally anything is being graphically played out in advance as we speak.
From co-opting a Head of State to doing the dirty (and criminal) work of Labor’s union mates and mindful of what I said about Labor’s entrenched abuse of the Senate — directly and indirectly — it’s only a short step from there to the outright substitution of the rule of the mob for the rule of law, and (as Margaret Thatcher similarly observed about militant unions 30 years ago) it must not succeed.
If the ALP were to succeed in persuading (or bullying) General Cosgrove into dismissing Heydon and/or shutting down his Royal Commission it would be a black, black day for Australia; the fundamental independence of the office of Governor-General would have been irreparably destroyed, and with it a check on the power of Parliament that is intrinsic to the operation of the Constitution and elected government in this country.
Irrespective of whether you agree or not — and irrespective of whether you think the Heydon inquiry is a “witch hunt” or not (and I don’t: the evidence of criminality emerging from it easily shoots that complaint down) — the Abbott government is perfectly entitled to conduct a Royal Commission; the one underway into the union movement is legitimate, was instituted on reasonable suspicion (and considerable evidence of) widespread irregularities and wrongdoing at a number of individual unions, and it must be permitted to run its course.
If people disapprove of the government’s actions in convening the inquiry — or are displeased with its findings, and the subsequent actions (i.e. prosecutions) that stem from them — they are free to express their displeasure at the ballot box, an opportunity for which may arise at any time within the next year.
Of course, were a change of government to occur prior to the Royal Commission reporting, it is incontestable that Labor would shut it down: even if the union stooge who “leads” the ALP is replaced ahead of an election, Labor is to “servant” what unions are to “master,” and it defies belief to think Trades Hall would stand for the Commission remaining operational beyond 9.01am on the Monday morning after a federal election if Labor won.
In that case, anyone who cared about the rule of law and rigorous standards of probity in public life would be powerless to do anything; it would in no way legitimise the virtual indemnity Labor conferred on its crooked buddies by doing so, but it would at least have won a mandate to govern in those circumstances.
As things stand, it has no mandate to govern at all; it commands a third of the seats in the Senate, which isn’t a mandate to control the upper house; it has no legal basis to junk the Royal Commissioner investigating its filthy union mates; it has neither the grounds nor the authority to shut the Commission down.
Instead, it has the choice between decency and complete anarchy, utterly devoid of any morals or a sense of what is right.
Sadly but predictably it seems, Labor has chosen the latter: and already refusing to accept the will of the people when it loses an election and hellbent on excusing the lawless mates from the consequences of their actions, Labor now seeks to trash the whole system in order to get its way despite having no legitimate grounds to pursue that objective in the first place.
In short, the ALP is prepared to risk — and rent asunder — the entire fabric of Australia’s democratic institutions if it has to, and all in the name of preventing thugs and criminals being forced to face justice.
To be clear, the Governor-General is under no obligation whatsoever to either listen to an “address” presented by Wong or to act on its demands, and one hopes Cosgrove will bluntly tell “the Senate” — when Wong’s motion is passed — to fuck off.
Because if he doesn’t — and the Governor-General does the unions’ dirty work at Labor’s behest — the integrity of democratic government in this country will be dead.
Those who care about such things have been warned. The fact Labor will try this, irrespective of the outcome, is bad enough.
But the fact the ALP appears not to care less about the damage it might do to Australian democracy ought to frighten even the most rabid socialist to their senses, if only for a moment.
There is nothing that justifies such a reckless gamble with the whole system. The fact Labor is prepared to go to these lengths in the name of violent lawbreakers is inexcusable. But as night follows day, it is determined to try.
If these realities don’t force voters to abandon both the unions and the ALP in droves, then heaven help Australia.