Can a jellyfish become a prime minister?

I guess if a personality disordered fruitcake can become PM then why not a jellyfish? That appears to be the reasoning of Anthony Albanese’s Labor today as it again stabs blue-collar workers squarely in the back:

  • Shadow cabinet will support the Morrison Government’s $130bn tax cuts for the rich.
  • It will not support any continuation of the “lamington” tax cuts for the poor.
  • The decision is linked to Morrison criticism of the VIC budget tax hikes.

The Australian is reporting this as a “firming” decision so there may be some scurrilous journalism at work.

Even so, I have no trouble believing the story.  Albanese Labor is a jellyfish. If you prod it, it will shift to a new and more comforting position, so long as you’re not part of the working classes.

At this stage, the Labor manifesto is not “Liberal lite” so much as it is more Coalition than the Coalition could possibly manage, supporting:

  • mass immigration to crush wages growth, boost house prices and destroy living standards for all but a few property billionaires;
  • property tax giveaways to support high house prices;
  • no nominated JobSeeker increase;
  • tax cuts for the rich while reducing tax cuts for the poor to pay for them;
  • reduce fiscal spending for budget repair, meaning more tax hikes for the poor, and
  • support coal in NSW and QLD.

The only thing missing from this Howard/Costello agenda is throwing some refugee kids into the sea.

If you give the Albo jellyfish a little poke, I am sure that will be forthcoming too!

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. I wouldn’t have an issue if Labor negotiated taxes on wealth I.e. negative gearing reform, capital gains tax reform, abolition of super, inheritance taxes in exchange for these income tax cuts. But can’t see it happening. The jellyfish analogy is great as Labor is showing it has no backbone.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Yeah – more like jellyback as I think Hawkie once used to describe someone?

    • TailorTrashMEMBER

      “A shiver looking for a spine to run up “
      As Keating at his most brilliant said

    • I cringe when I see the issue of inheritance tax.

      I missed the boat on having rich parent and am renter scum filth. But. Inheritance taxes won’t capture ancestral wealth just the middle …. In the UK I know of several associates whom had to sell the inherited home to pay this tax …

  2. If the top brass of the Labor Party and the unions can usurp a Prime Minister (Rudd), deserving or not, they can certainly tap Albo on the shoulder with a handshake, and a point to the door.

    …and replace him with who?

    Sorry, what was that? I can’t hear ya’.

    • Chris Bowen!

      Just kidding. Smart #rse.

      Butler! Kidding. Though he was on message on Kuddles Kelly this morning.

      Clare O’Neill! Like her, but “who?”

      • Mark McGowan. See the lead letter in today’s Canberra Times, saying Labor should “concede the next election now”. I said the same on 30 May 2019, the day they elevated him. It was that obvious.

        • Now that is interesting, I didn’t consider a state premier.
          Hrrrm. He’d carry WA, eh?

          He has an easy job right now, though.

          Would he want to take on a bruising tilt to lift Fed Labor out of the abyss?

          Penny needs to go to the lower house.

          • He won’t go anywhere near it. Just saying, he’s the only one with a rough show, as compared with the 24/7 Festival of Wokeness that is their entire Federal Front Bench. Gee, he doesn’t even believe in Big Australia.

          • Penny is competent and level headed but also too woke. So she just needs to turn down the wokeness.

        • Anders Andersen

          Mark McGowan! You must be kidding, he stands for nothing but remaining in power, a Liberal Premier in a Labor suit. It may get the ALP elected, but no change.

          Edit: Had to laugh at the Wiki entry for the ALP: A Centre-Left party hahahahahahahaha. A better description would have been: sit’s on top and just a faction to the L of the LNP.

      • They like being in opposition at federal level as governing an increasingly corrupt and rootless country is too hard.

        Even if they some held ideological convictions, they know that you can’t have even the mildest hint of social democracy in this country anymore.

        It is too individualist, greedy, selfish and lacking in any form of social cohesion.

        So why not kick back and the let the LNP crack on with ripping every red cent out for their mates?

        Easy gig, good pay, good pension and those nice post politics sinecures for not rocking the boat.

        What’s not to like it you’re a bunch of mediocre political hacks and careerists like Albo and his entire front bench?

      • Charles MartinMEMBER

        Ha! Bowen. The man with the most unjustified ego ever to walk the corridors of power.

    • It’s not “happening”
      It has happened

      The reasons why we all already know.
      The solutions are things no one wants to face.

      This is the very definition of a predicament. Problems have solutions but predicaments only have outcomes, bad ones or something even worse…

      • Lord DudleyMEMBER

        A country with bipartisan support of concentration camps cannot implement any moral reforms. The minute anything becomes temporarily uncomfortable for the bulk of the population, it gets dropped into the too-hard basket, even if it’s good for them over the longer term.

        If Australia were a person, it would eat whatever it felt like, never brush its teeth, and never go to the dentist.

  3. I’m betting, the current leadership of the ALP wouldn’t have a clue why it’s ‘Labor’ and not ‘Labour’
    I’m just waiting for Dan to say that Chiefly was just pretending to be a train driver and that he really was a property developer.

  4. PolarBearMEMBER

    LOL!!! Its the closest animal match! Would keep laughing all day if it wasn’t a tragedy for the country.

    • Same thing happens to me all the time, even when I break wind. Why would you want to keep what you blast your garbage through?

  5. Can you blame Labor, though?

    Trying to make things better doesn’t work – they tried that last election and lost. They tried to rock the boat and Aussie stoics, who always deserve everything they have their hands on, wouldn’t have it.

    I see Labor as just trying to get into power under a stoic, conservative guise; then force through many of the changes needed in the first term, hoping they will have a sufficient majority.

    I can’t blame them.

    How else can they win?

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      “We can’t say it in public, but we promise yous that if yous put us in power we’ll fix all the stuff that sucks. Pinkie swear !”

    • Jumping jack flash

      “Trying to make things better doesn’t work – they tried that last election and lost”

      Agree, silence and sniping is pretty much what the Libs do best. The problem is that after a while we find ourselves in our current situation of zero-policy stalemate out of fear that if anyone suggests anything to do it will be used as fodder against them.

      The vast intelligence of the voters also contributes to this:
      “These guys said they’d do something, and the other guys said it would be bad, I don’t know what they’re talking about really, but it is all strange and different and I don’t like change!”

    • They could read up on Frank, Jack, John ,Ben and hopefully realise what they should stand for.

  6. Lord DudleyMEMBER

    The hypothetical Albo government (which will never actually happen) would be super-pro undoing all the mean anti-China racialism by encouraging more Chinese investment in the great country of Australia, including cultural enrichment of universities and all manner of business and media groups.

    Aside from that, they’re the ugly loser form of the Scotty Government.

      • Lord DudleyMEMBER

        Mr Speaker, I will not apologise, Mr Speaker, for using the original form of ‘loser’, Mr Speaker. As we know, Mr Speaker, the socialist rabble across from me, Mr Speaker, reflect and deserve that label, and if they achieve power, Mr Speaker, they will drag every Australian down to their level, Mr Speaker, before rifling through their pockets and giving it all to their union mates, Mr Speaker. We here in the Scotty Party, will never rifle through Australian’s pockets, Mr Speaker, for we are not losers, nor do we wish Australians to be losers. On the contrary, Mr Speaker, we wish to bring all good, honest, hard working Australians up to our level, Mr Speaker, so that the only losers in this nation will be the ones that choose to be.

        Mr Speaker.

  7. Jumping jack flash

    “At this stage, the Labor manifesto is not “Liberal lite” so much as it is more Coalition than the Coalition could possibly manage…”

    Ah, so it is happening then. Labor has finally woken up to what they must do.
    They have realised that being the workers’ party is irrelevant when traditional workers simply aren’t needed anymore when debt provides everything we need from China, and that being “Lib-lite” is pointless because the actual Libs are right there, so they must shun “workers” and be better Libs than the Libs themselves could ever be!

    Its a pity they’ve run out of interest rates to cut because they could trot out the line that interest rates will always be lower under a Labor government…

  8. Can Australia even fathom the idea of a federal Labor government? Howard came into power in 1996. The Rudd / Gillard / Rudd went from 2007 to 2013. That is 6 out of the past 21 years. Of those 6 years Rudd was given amnesty from News Corp for a while. Gillard wasn’t even allowed that. They both had the misfortune of having Abbott as the opposition leader. A role that he was born for and mastered, with the full backing of News Corp.

    The above isn’t to say that Labor is fantastic, it is to highlight that Australia is used to the LNP in power at the federal level and that they’ve become used to the idea that Labor can’t lead. With Rudd, Gillard they attempted big things and were crucified for it. Shorten proposed smaller changes, but changes none the less, and lost the election to a platform of nothing from a nothing man leading a cabinet of nothing people.

    Looking around the Anglosphere we don’t appear to be that different from other countries. Perhaps it’s just our misfortune that the lobbyists with the most sway in our country are the property and mining groups. If ever there was a group looking to make things worse so that it could better for them it’s those rentiers.

    The only thing I can think of is to give Tony Fitzgerald a lot of amphetamine and an open chequebook and to let him loose. A Fitzgerald Inquiry at a national level. Something that will have the next generation of politicians afraid to buy a Mars Bar with public money. A massive flushing of the pipes of governance. Stop the grey corruption. And do something about the dross that is called journalism in this country.

  9. Labor appears to have forgotten its purpose when formed as a political party so long ago. It is no surprise that its support from the workers is declining. This will be a disaster for Australia, as the LNP seeks to get us returned to the “Serf Age” and Labor is not prepared to restore human rights. I am grateful that my age is now high enough to not have to put up with this approach for my working life.