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November 2, 2013

I fully realize that Clive Palmer will use his emerging pivotal Senate role to leverage advantage for his businesses. Aren't the Liberal's doing that for their corporate backers? Or the Nationals? No doubt Palmer will have conflicts of interest with respect to mining and minerals but that's becoming the norm these days.

However, I do hope that he plays a disruptive role, gives the Abbott Government merry hell, and makes life as difficult for them as he possibly can. I sincerely hope that it is not simply play acting and clowning around. Hopefully there is some serious disruptive politics behind the theatrics and nonsense of playing the resident jokester-at-large.

MoirAPalmer-600x400.jpg Alan Moir

Abbott treated the last Parliament with utter disrespect with his guerilla tactics, thereby creating a space for PUP to use its pivotal role to create chaos in the Senate. PUP gives every indication of not being submissive to the standard bully boy tactics employed by the Coalition. PUP could push for electoral reform to make our electoral system more democratic, or if they are serious, help to break the current two party stranglehold. Or help to make the increasingly authoritarian Newman Government in Queensland more accountable for its heavy handed actions.

We need some critical force now that The Australian newspaper has become a cheerleader for the Abbott Government. This suggests the use by the government and the News Corp media to wield power over citizens by controlling control public and private information flows. We no longer have a vibrant media system willing to stand up to governmental power.

These are just hopes that Palmer 's antics will prise open the door that hides the vacuum in our political culture. You can sense the vacuum when Rupert Murdoch's platitudes and waffle are taken seriously when he used his media empire to stunt and cripple Australia's development and its liberal political culture.

The Coalition under Abbott are not going to modernize, make concessions to the liberal consensus, or move towards the political centre. Why should they. They realize that they won government from the right by dumping all that politically correct nonsense of the liberal consensus in the centre left. Theirs is a successful right-wing populism backed by significant parts of the mainstream media.

The only fly in the ointment is Palmer.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:02 AM | | Comments (3)
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The disenchantment with politics can b e seen in the last federal election

Though Labor lost 4.6 per cent of its primary vote, the Coalition only picked up less than half of this, 1.8 per cent.

Many voters chose neither major party; the informal vote went to a record high and Clive Palmer and friends reaped the rest of the disenchantment.

BRW rated Palmer as Australia's fifth richest person.

I suspect he did not get there through altruism and idealism. There is a business empire behind this man, and it has allowed him to join the political heavyweights. He will do all he can to protect and advance that empire.

Really hope I'm wrong though...

Things have come to a pretty pass when people rely on PUP to improve Australia's political culture. We know what Palmer is; all Palmer will do to Abbott is make enough trouble to raise the price.

"The Coalition under Abbott are not going to modernize, make concessions to the liberal consensus, or move towards the political centre".

Quite right. It will be the usual neocon agenda: privatise, deregulate, abandon the environment, get into bed with the multinationals, crush the unions (what's left of them) and depress the working class (look out, Medicare!), lower taxes on the rich and on corporations (two ways of doing the same thing), etc. The usual.