Day 31. 88 pages, 39,492 words.
Good denizens of the Hatstand, allow me to introduce Australia’s new Prime Minister-designate.
Unfortunately, it looks like this bloke is far more of an Umbridge than a nice harmless lunatic. More a Pence than a Trump, but more a Paul Ryan than a Pence, maybe? Peter Dutton would most certainly have been a disaster, but the Australian Liberal Party (weirdly, they’re the conservatives in Australia … what can I tell you, southern hemisphere or something, the toilets also drain clockwise) wasn’t quite insane enough to back their Trump all the way. But Morrison is still definitely bad news. Maybe worse than Dutton, because he would have crashed the Liberal Party into a tree made of turds after about two months and the Labor Party (Australia’s liberals) would have taken over.
Okay maybe not worse than Dutton.
Here’s a bit of a run-down on Scott Morrison’s political career, courtesy of Wikipedia and a solid list I found and stole from a friend’s Facebook feed (hey, I don’t have a ton of time for research, but I read the sources and it all seems fairly solid):
– As Minister “for” immigration he is the architect of Operation Sovereign Borders, making him the true evil genius behind our current deportation and detention regimes. He also used the excuse of “operational matters” to stop all public scrutiny of the gulag system, including by Parliament.
– He introduced the amendments to the Migration and Maritime Amendments Act to give himself extraordinary new and arbitrary powers (the ones Dutton gets the blame for using), and held children hostage on Christmas Island to get it passed.
– He opposed and still opposes same sex marriage, and claimed to be the victim of bigotry when people called him a bigot. When Australians voted solidly in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, Morrison proposed an amendment allowing parents to remove children from classes if “non-traditional” marriage was discussed.
– He is the plonker who brought a lump of coal into the chamber.
– On the plus side, he apparently once said “the Bible is not a policy handbook, and I get very worried when people try to treat it like one”. Back on the minus side, he’s also promised to defend Christianity in 2018. Which, you know, isn’t bad … as long as Christianity needs defending.
So there we go. I guess it remains to be seen what’s going to happen here.
– Written in the wee hours of the morning (but not too wee: I did get proper sleep last night).
– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while sitting in the carpark.