Fuhrer Morrison demands silent Australians

It’s interesting to watch as Prime Minister Scott Morrison experiments with the trappings of “strong man” politics in Australia as the phenomenon expands abroad. The weekend press reprised last week’s mining and climate clashes and the PM’s responses. At Domain:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sparked a furore over free speech by vowing to draft new laws to ban protesters from boycotting companies, prompting claims his “feverish” talk would curb the rights of all Australians.

…NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Nicholas Cowdery said Mr Morrison’s plan was “totally contrary” to the right to freedom of expression and that existing laws could deal with unruly conduct or assault.

…Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor warned of an “extraordinary incursion into free speech” in Mr Morrison’s stated intention when the right to protest and boycott was at the heart of most liberal democracies.

…The Human Rights Law Centre said the Prime Minister’s announcement was another sign of an “undemocratic trend” to undermine the right to protest, often “at the behest” of big companies.

Orica chief executive Alberto Calderon said he was “shocked at the degree of violence and hatred” from protesters at events this week, calling for civility and saying climate change needed to be addressed.

Business Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott also backed the proposal by saying that creating jobs and protecting the environment were not mutually exclusive.

Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus said…”Labor strongly supports the right of people in a democracy to take part in peaceful demonstrations and other forms of protest, and we will treat any proposal to limit the rights of Australians to engage in those activities very sceptically,” he said.

Fascism is advancing worldwide for a number of reasons:

  • frustration at corrution and the structural wealth divide;
  • the power of interests over policy when critical change is needed for carbon abatement;
  • globalisation splintering populations from national governments;
  • the rise of China, Russia and other fascisitc states offering economic freedoms.

Australia will follow these trends as much as anywhere else does, with the usual lag.

But there is something particular about Fuhrer Morrison and his intent to smash climate resistence in support of mining. Whether or not this fits with Fuhrer Morrison’s political instincts or not, it is very much practical.

It is no conincidence that the speech was delivered to the QLD Resources Council because it is QLDers that Morrison is referring to when he describes his favoured “quiet Australians”.

It was QLD that handed him power. More to the point, it was the QLD nationalist movement embodied in One Nation and Clive Palmer, both of which make enormous hay by slamming “loud” progressives and liberals down south. Palmer is the living embodiment of this, now preparing to roll out massive coal investments having won power.

Whether marginalised QLD electorates are actually fascistic is not the point. Their anger can be captured by a clever “strong man” leader. Just as US working class anger was captured by a blood sucking capitalist in Donald Trump.

The key in both cases is that those traditionally representing such commiunities have betrayed their working class roots and followers, making them vulnerable to unscrupulous operators.

In short, Fuhrer Morrison is suring up his QLD base to ensure the ALP cannot make gains in his linchpin state.

MB has warned Labor repeatedly that this is where it must go to win power but Fuhrer Morrison is there way ahead of them and is showing just how far he is prepared to go to protect his “subhumans”.

His vulnerability remains immigration. Cuts there is how Labor should counter.

If not, forget about power.

Houses and Holes

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the fouding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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Comments

  1. GunnamattaMEMBER

    The Fuhrer would probably like silence on this most of all…….

    Malaysian PM says Australia’s European roots will give way to Asian influence
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/malaysian-pm-says-australia-s-european-roots-will-give-way-to-asian-influence-20191102-p536uu.html
    Asian immigration is transforming Australia and the country will soon become “more Asian than European”, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has predicted.
    ………..
    Reminded of past comments where he described Australia as a European colony that was not part of Asia, and a deputy sheriff of the United States, Dr Mahathir said: “Whatever white Australians might think of it, the fact is geographically they are more in the Asian region than in Europe.

    “They can try and sustain their culture, their language, but the inflow of Asians into Australia will certainly change the character and distribution of population in Australia. And in the future, they are going to be more Asian than European.”

    Dr Mahathir’s comment’s are supported by the 2016 census, which highlights the shift in demographic trends in Australia. More overseas-born migrants now come from Asia than Europe. China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Sri Lanka were all listed in Australia’s top 10 countries of birth for the overseas-born population.

    He said it. Now would either side of Australian politics care to comment on his comments….or reassure us that he isnt being racist.

    ……or is it time for us European origin Australians to ‘go home’ ?

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      All I can say is Fascism can’t come to Australia fast enough.

      We need ton of re-education camps to de-program the individuals who work in our Newspapers and Universities who write such fawning, glowing stories over what amounts to the cultural genocide of existing Australian culture.

      The more Laws and Freedoms that useful idiots like Scomo and Albanese roll out to protect “freedoms” the easier it will be for a real patriot to use them – wait until the racial abuse laws are rightfully turned on their head and start to be applied against people who use “white people” as a pejorative and attack undermine Australian culture.

      Payback will be a b!tch.

      • “Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies.”

        – Nicolás Gómez Dávila

    • “but the inflow of Asians into Australia will certainly change the character and distribution of population in Australia.”

      Then isn’t the way to prevent that, stopping this inflow? In a way, even Mahitir is saying “pick one”. His own country is a prima facie example of multicultural society engaging in near-genocide across racial lines.

      I fail to see why the inflow is an inevitability, and in a way, he is saying if you want to maintain what you’ve got, stay white.

      Is remaining an overwhelming white nation OK? If not, why not?

  2. I think people need to relax and understand what is going on.
    This is not going to happen.
    What Morrison is doing here is creating a strawman for signalling, blaming, and wedging.
    1) The signalling – Scott Morrison is for the economy the lefties are against the economy.
    2) the blaming – If the economy goes bad it is the fault of lefties and not Scott Morrison
    3) The wedging – if Labor comes out against Scott can say labor is against the economy and for greenies.

    It is a highly dishonest political maneuver but Scott Morrison is that kind of guy.

  3. The Horrible Scott Morrison MP

    Fascism is using force to impose your ideology on others. Hello leftist, vegan, climate crisis, secular fundamentalists. New laws are required to protect ordinary Australians from their hateful fascist ideology.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      To quote from George Orwell :

      ” ..the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.”.

      However, in the above context it is a description of a certain model of political economy.

  4. Razzing everyone with hyperbole? This is the demise of the MSM. MB gives good coverage and insight on economics. Mirroring the panic of the MSM on social policy is not a useful route. Your chart of Aussie political history is silly.
    Aussie politics is what it is because voters are casual and we take democracy for granted.

  5. A critical part of Strong Leader’s strategy for fascism is to reduce the Australian Public Service to the status of a butler. This he has done with his clear messages to them about “congestion busting”, “respect and expect”, and “quiet australians”.

    In this, he has been aided by a conga line of obsequious agency chiefs who have effortlessly put Government Service ahead of Public Service. Come on down for your awards, Lowe (at RBA), Gaetjens then Kennedy (Treasury), Campbell (DHS), Lloyd (APSC), Kalisch (ABS), Pratt (Environment), and too many more to mention here.

  6. Cost IndexMEMBER

    I’d suggest altering that graph to insert Fascism/Communism. Because it’s possible to go either way these days.

    The trend is young kids identify more with socialism these days.

  7. Direct result of Australia’s politicians taking regular trips to China.

    Previously, our pollies would journey to the US and return with parroted schemes for everything from transport infrastructure to the school system, now our pollies are instead on sponsored junkets to China where they are indoctrinated with the CCP vision for the world which consists of the utter lack of political accountability to the electorate and ever tightening social control.

    And they eat that schitt up with a smile on their face. More power with less requirements to answer for your actions….find me the politician who doesn’t get erect/wide at the mere thought of it.

    • which consists of the utter lack of political accountability to the electorate and ever tightening social control.

      “Scott Morrison says a re-elected Coalition government would crack down on social media trolls”

      “Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has pushed back against regulators being too stringent in enforcing responsible lending rules”

      “Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance”

      ALL of that sounds as much like Trump as Xi.

  8. Did he really vow to draft new laws to ban protesters from boycotting companies? What exactly did he say?
    Surely no one can be this stupid.

    • Fake news is a term that comes to mind, although I have no idea what he actually said.
      I’m also not 100% convinced he isn’t that stupid.

    • Not exactly. Transcript shows he expressed concern at the sinister direction of activism where near physical violence is accompanied by intent to cause reputational and economic violence against parties engaging in lawful activities.

      A while back ACCC took action against CFMEU for initiating secondary boycotts intended to economically harm others. CFMEU ordered to pay more than $1 million in penalties.

      These protesters should be able to gather on sunny days on the streets of Melbourne but should be kept well away from the general public or groups they are protesting against. If they glue themselves to the road, fine, give them enough time to reflect on their behaviour, say 7.35 hours. Let’s face it, the Extinction Rebellion mobs are their own worst enemy!

  9. Morrison is showing signs of an emerging authoritarian Government but by and large it’s smokescreen politics at its best. Ailing economy, policy paralysis, failure to lead on national issues, blame shifting etc. In response the Government throws smoke to cover any number of self inflicted atrocities with the response appearing authoritarian to a voter block that none the less, the Coalition only holds a one seat majority.