Welcome to virtue-signalling Australia


What do you call a country that sticks its dirty little nose into everything while doing nothing about anything?


The latest distraction from actual matters of state? War.

Not ours, of course.

The prime minister was visibly angry during a fiery question time and responded to a Coalition motion, saying both Jewish and Muslim communities were scared and being threatened as the Israel-Hamas conflict continued. As the government faces criticism from its right and left factions over its responses to the Gaza war and the high court’s decision that indefinite immigration detention is unlawful, Albanese called for political leaders to strive for unity.

How about they strive for silence? The war has zero relevance to Australian interests.

Unless you are virtue-signalling:


As the diasporic vote increases and intensifies in specific geographic locations, the politics of these issues change, and the views of the wider, less engaged majority can start to lose their electoral primacy. That’s why ministers Tony Burke, Jason Clare and Chris Bowen, and Vamvakinou, who hold the seats with the highest proportion of Middle Eastern voters in the country, will speak with more empathy about the residents of Gaza. They have to.

No, they don’t. But they want to. Oh, yes.

They would signal virtue to a passing UFO with a self-applied anal probe to distract from Labour’s living standards disaster.
About the author
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 founding 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.