Federal MP and Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor gave himself an uppercut when he asked Prime Minister Anthony Albanese a question in parliament on Wednesday (27/7/22). The stupidity of Angus Taylor’s question reinforces the likelihood that the Liberal/National opposition will be on the back foot for many months and possibly years to come.
Angus Taylor as the former Energy Minister knew in March 2022 that energy prices would be going up in July 2022, but the Morrison government hid that from the public and the Labor Party because the election was in May 2022. So, it’s a bit rich asking the new Albanese government about the election promise of a $275 power bill decrease when they have only been in power for a couple of months.
The video of the exchange is below and is well worth watching.
Angus Taylor was a shocking choice as Shadow Treasurer as his conduct over the last few years, such as the $80 million water fraud, will almost certainly be investigated by the new Federal ICAC when it is up and running next year.
And it’s hard to see how opposition leader Peter Dutton will avoid investigation by the Federal ICAC given the many dodgy deals done in his departments when he was Home Affairs Minister and Defence Minister.
The rest of the former government is not in a much better position. For example, the Robodebt Royal Commission will cast a huge shadow on the former ministers involved which includes Scott Morrison, Alan Tudge, Stuart Robert and Christian Porter who retired at the last election.
The next few years will be taken up with various corruption inquiries and investigations into the former government. After that, we will be close to another federal election which will give the opposition almost no chance of winning because their corruption will be fresh in everyone’s minds and some of them might even be facing criminal charges by then.
We are in for a lengthy time of corruption inquiry after corruption inquiry, but it is something that needs to be done.
There was a time when the Liberals and Nationals having the support of Rupert Murdoch and his media machine was seen as an asset to help hide their corruption scandals. But even that is a huge liability nowadays with social media on a daily basis overpowering Murdoch’s propaganda.
Having a weak position is not good for democracy but the federal Liberal/National parties have not moved with the changing times. The Labor Party needs to do a lot more but even so, they seem light years ahead of the opposition and they don’t have anywhere near as much baggage as the opposition.
Albanese keeping a lid on corruption in his own party will be one of his greatest challenges, but setting up a genuine Federal ICAC should help and give him a lot of credit with voters.
If you watched the above video, you would have seen that Anthony Albanese has a sense of humour and the below video of Albanese congratulating Peter Dutton shows the same.
I recorded the above 2 videos myself while watching the parliament live and I think it’s highly unlikely that other media have broadcast those moments which goes to show how much of parliament we never see.
It’s been a while since we had a Prime Minister from either side with a decent sense of humour. So, if nothing else we should be able to have a few more laughs during the next three years.
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