A hung parliament, an obstructionist senate, possibly even a Labor/Greens socialist Government. Not surprisingly, many Liberals are left wondering about the wisdom of dumping Abbott for Turnbull.

Could they have done better if they had kept him? Would things have been even worse? We will never know the answer of course. In my view however, that is the wrong question to be asking anyway. The question we should be asking is, “why was Tony Abbott so badly on the nose in the first place.”

The Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Government was an unmitigated disaster for this country. During the greatest mining boom in history, they turned a $20 billion surplus into a $300 billion deficit. By the end, they had nothing to show for it. Worse still, much of the spending was ongoing. It was unable to be unwound because of a sympathetic Senate.

 Simultaneously, they turned the world’s most successful immigration policy into a free for all. People smugglers, terrorists and country shoppers celebrated while dead bodies piled up on the shores of Christmas Island.

 Meanwhile, the Federal Labor party was in disarray with Julia Gillard knifing Rudd who then staged a counter-coup shortly before the election.

Genghis Khan could have won in these circumstances.Tony Abbott not only won however, he hit the ground running with some spectacular successes.

Most impressively, he stopped the boats dead in their tracks. Even the media couldn’t figure out how he did this until months after it happened. He reined in the deficit and would have done more had it not been for a hostile Senate.

For sure he didn’t have John Howard’s political instincts (a knighthood for Prince Phillip, are you serious!) and he wasn’t the most polished performer. That didn’t affect the man in the street however. He should have been forgiven for that, but he wasn’t.

So why was he hated by so many? It doesn’t seem to make any sense. I have seen this happen before so it is hardly without precedent. I well remember when Margaret Thatcher became British Prime Minister, promising controversially to halt immigration. At that time, the UK was in dire straits.

The country’s finances were in such a bad way that the British Government couldn’t even borrow money on the bond market. Instead, it needed a loan from the IMF just to keep the lights on. This was the largest loan the IMF had ever had to make. Talk about a banana republic!

Inflation was running at up to 24%. Rubbish and coffins were piling up in many British cities due to strike action and most of the nation’s industrial production was hopelessly uncompetitive (think British Leyland).

When Thatcher came in, she administered harsh medicine. Interest rates were raised to 15%. Subsidised industries were cut loose and privatised. Taxes were cut across the board.

She applied the four principles of economic success; small government, low taxes, sound money and strong property rights.

The results were very tough. Millions were unemployed and I was one of them. Like all of my contemporaries, I hated Maggie with a passion and I blamed her for it. I didn’t realise at the time that it was not her fault.

Those jobs would have been lost anyway. It wasn’t six months of Thatcherism that caused the pain, it was the thirty years of radical socialism that preceded it.

The pain we endured is hard to describe. The manufacturing sector in the North of England was hit particularly hard.

Coming out of school into this mess and looking in vain for an apprenticeship is something I will never forget. The sense of hopelessness is etched indelibly into my memory.

By the time her Government was voted out seventeen years later however, Britain was booming. Its economy was the envy of the world. We were making world class motorcycles again for the first time since the fifties.

Wages were rising strongly and inflation was under control. Standards of living were probably the highest they had ever been and work was becoming plentiful. Any objective observer could see this. 

Margaret Thatcher is viewed by many as Britain’s best post war Prime Minister.

The Blair Government which succeeded her flooded the country with migrants, ran the economy into the ground and destroyed swathes of British culture with political correctness. By 2009, the country was almost as bad as when Thatcher had taken over.

When Margaret Thatcher died a couple of years ago, you might then have expected her to be remembered fondly, or at least with a grudging respect. Instead, the song “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” became a No1 best seller.

The same depressing story is repeated all over the Western democracies. First, the Left gains power and screws the economy. Then the Right gets back in and fixes things up. Once things are working again, the Right is thrown out and the Left screws it up all over again.

 All the while, the Left gains popularity while the Right becomes less and less popular. Incredibly, people today are embarrassed to admit to being Right wing.

 So why is it that the success of the capitalist Right is not recognised and appreciated? Why is it that Right wing political parties are having to adopt disastrous Left wing policies in order to remain electable?

The reason is twofold. Firstly, Right wing politicians have completely failed to explain their economic policies. They should be doing this in simple terms which ordinary people can understand.

I voted Labor all my life until I discovered the truth. Stupidly, it wasn’t the Liberals who explained economics to me. In fact,many Liberals are economically illiterate.

 A former member of John Howard’s Government once explained to me that migrants were needed to do jobs that Australians wouldn’t do. He told me that they couldn’t find Australians to clean Parliament House.

What a load of rubbish. I had to explain to him that there were plenty of Aussies who would love that job. The problem wasn’t lack of workers. The problem was that the wages they were offering were too low; supply and demand 101. Bringing in workers from overseas was merely flooding the labour market to reduce wages to a level that the Government wanted to pay.

What they should have done was to have either paid the rate that was being asked or put up with a dirty building (they could of course have cleaned the place themselves and done at least one useful thing for the nation).

If conservative politicians don’t understand their own economic principles, how can they explain them to the rest of us?

Explaining economics clearly is vital, because socialism is like alcohol. At first, things feel wonderful and people love it. Unfortunately, the more you administer, the worse things get.

As Thatcher herself said, “Socialism is great until you run out of other people’s money.”

Capitalism, by contrast, is like abstinence. It starts with a hangover but then things slowly get better and better.

Politicians wanting to take away the punch bowl, need to explain things very clearly. If they don’t, then of course they won’t be popular. People feel the pain and blame the grown-ups. Who can then resist the siren call of the socialist with his offer of free booze all night long?

The second, related problem is our education system. In short, while Right wing politicians have been preoccupied with sorting out the economy, the Left have been completing a “long march” through our schools and universities.

Consequently, our children are graduating from school with a world view which is totally divorced from reality.

Hard core socialism is an ideology which is utterly destructive. It has killed more people than any other political movement except Islam. Our societies recently prevailed over a multi-decade “Cold War” against socialism.

Incredibly however, our children are today being taught that socialism is a great idea. This stranglehold that the Left has over our children’s education has poisoned whole sections of our societies and their institutions.

The Right need to take back our schools and universities. It needs to ensure that children understand its principles.It needs to explain its principles to pupils and show them how and why it make societies so successful.

Instead of arguing over how much funding schools receive, those of the Right should be arguing over the curriculum. Ordinary people are sick of having their children coming home from school with a completely skewed view of reality.

What is the easiest way to fix things up? If it was up to me, I would insist that before graduating, every child be compelled to read two books. One of these would be Right wing, one of them Left wing.

My pick for the first book would be the incredible, Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. The second would be the “Bible of theLeft”, the interminable Das Capital by Karl Marx.

 If that doesn’t cure kids of socialism, nothing will.

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Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

Your phobia is a big part of your life . Sad .

dante
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dante

I think hotrocks pushed the wrong button Dis. Sorry mate.

dante
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dante

Peta bloody Credlin. rocks is right. this should be called the Abbott and Credlin blog. You people don’t seem to have any values and it is ok for our pollies to lie to us. But you loathe Turnball and the stick figure Bishop. If Abbott lies it is ok because he is a firefighter if Turball does something wrong he is a demon. What a lot of sooks.

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dante

How’s the FTSE going rocks…..must be a big part of your portfolio. Pauline will straighten the Pollies out rocks. She’s a no nonsense sort of girl. Heard Barnaby today say Turnball is good and his predecessor was a loser…or something along those lines.

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

You’re a fucking idiot dante .

dante
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dante

I still maintain Tony Abbott should go to England where they need a new PM and good riddance. It was John Howard with his there will be no GST , it is dead and buried, Julia Gillard with her no Carbon Tax under a Government I lead then Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin upstaged both these people with the no changes e to Health, Education, Pensions blah blab blah, I will repeal 11c blah blah blah. That is why no one believes Malcolm about Medicare. What I am saying is Abbott is part of the problem. Time he went and… Read more »

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mickkase@gmail.com

Harry, V good article and quite true

theos
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theos

Labour, the Nats picked up seats. The libs lost seats, a feat only turnbull could cause. Sydney-siders may love him, however turnbull is on the nose Australia wide.

pelican
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pelican

cliveh..ditto

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

The “turd’s” biggest problem is that he has trashed the brand and he can never get it back again . He’s finished .

cliveh
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cliveh

I voted for One Nation and ALA hoping it wouldsend a message the “Elites”that I have had enough of these”Lying,do nothing,career politicians”Guess I wasn’t alone.LOL

Shotgun
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Shotgun

I think their main support base was in Qld.

GeoffU.
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GeoffU.

Hi IE. Where have you been? ;-)))

myview
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myview

I and other friends from over 50 years were disgusted with turnbullshit deposing abbott, taking libs down to labors level… looks like we were not the only ones… bishop and morrison are tainted as well… am finished with the libs… voted pauline hanson…

pelican
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pelican

M..oh yes,. of course..!

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

Pelican, kill off and breed them out of existence .. but just ask the Turd or Billy big tits and they will tell you how great Islam and its fked up followers are … Never forget it is the religion of peace ..

myview
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myview

will not vote liberal again while turnbullshit is at the helm… same goes for bishop or scott morrison…. malcolm turnbullshit… looks like a cocker spaniel with the eyes when there is a camera around,….. tosser, poser, wanka…

pelican
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pelican

Howard ..digging a grave for his own legacy faster than it takes to be tried before an international court on the Mao charges of mass murder..top bloke..along with his Liar in Chief Bush, and the loathful Bliar

pelican
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pelican

so why are the Liberals silent about Shorten working for George Soros and the RKM cabal…probably because they do as well…as we have been saying on here for a while, Turnbull and Shorten both work for the same criminal Zionist mafia…and islam is their weapon of choice to kill off White Australia in yet another Zionist holocaust on whites

TruBluAussie
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TruBluAussie

No longer care what Turdcoat thinks I just want him gone – out of sight and mind.

TonyH
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TonyH

Not to mention the membership and the country. But we all said this would happen!

TonyH
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TonyH

Yep! Mr I can do better than him, I am the great exalted Communicator!! Has fucked it! He is on the canvass! Wondering why it has happened!

TonyH
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TonyH

They didn’t call her a white &$@”;:

TonyH
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TonyH

Yeah haha get in line

GeoffU.
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GeoffU.

Loosey made him do it. Loosey is to blame. ;-)))

alistair50
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alistair50

Did you hear the RACE RELATIONS WALLY ON 2 GB AT AROUND 2.00pm? Scheeming ,half Asian, chip on shoulder, sitting down urinator. KEY WORDS , EQUALITY , FAIR, RACISM, MULTI CULTURALISM. Full of time tested bile ,name calling and rash generalisations. Chip on shoulder immigrant thinking (like v .trioli )social engineering silly little cock head.

Agfox
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Agfox

Remind yourselves who it was that put Pauline Hansen in jail. And just in case you’ve all conveniently forgotten, it was your hero Tony Abbott who did the dirty work. Abbott is no less grubby or dishonest than the rest.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Good news !

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Will the Turnbull Coalition “Team” continue to support their leader ?

A leader who constantly lends himself to corrupt morals (Safe Schools, marriage equality) and questionable intentions (NWO and Islamisation of Australia) …

alistair50
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alistair50

CONT,D HEY RUPERT. LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE EMPLOYING A FEW YELLOW BELLIES.

alistair50
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alistair50

What a weak bunch.! Reading the Austn earlier (on line), a pair of journos wrote about Pauline and One Nation,with all the time tested left wing bile ,and blaming her for everything including the fire of London. So I submitted a couple of pars.I respectfully suggested that they get a little editorial control over left scribblers, that 10% of the country voted for O.N, andthey are very concerned about Lib and Labor border and sovereignity policy,and the ever increasing threat ,here, of ISLAMIC FACISM. I made mention of the other broad sheet that lost editorial control , lost massivly of… Read more »

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Barnaby Joyce should lead the LNP, instead of a Lib. He’s shown that he can get into a real dog fight – and win – as well as supporting his colleagues.

And look at the Nats deputy, Fiona Nash. I’ve seen it reported that she was away from home 54 days during the campaign, and there were only about 56 days in it. MT just seemed to do one short presser a day.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

AND THERE ARE STILL THOSE THAT HAIL THE KING ?

Is it morally right to support a leader who intends to take a nation in a direction that is contrary to the greater good ?

Does one continue to stand by that leader “for the sake of the party” ?

As that leader lends himself to corrupt morals and questionable intentions ?

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Clarify ??

JCM
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JCM

something Turdballs and Short Willy have no idea about

M60
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M60

Malcolm’s on the tellie telling us he’s got to try harder. I’ll say you have to Mal, something in the vicinity of the power of ten from your previous effort. You can begin with agreeing to Pauline’s Royal Commission into Islam. Then your media ban/blackout on the AUSTRALIAN LIBERTY ALLIANCE campaign adds. These are just the top two on a very long list of failures you delivered on decent Australian people so get busy. Then when you’ve done these things you can perform the ultimate act of decency for us. You can F*** OFF an have dinner with you Islamic… Read more »

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto ….. Murray N Rothbard

The most important and most amazing parts of his book are how he explains most of the aggression and economic woes that we’re experiencing today. It’s not that he’s a magician with a window into the future. It’s that he understands the ultimate unattainable utopianism of supporters of stateism. From government bailouts to war quagmires like Iraq and Afghanistan, Rothbard not only predicts them, but explains why they are occurring, and the inevitable failure that can come from them, because it’s the only logical conclusion.

https://www.amazon.com/New-Liberty-Libertarian-Manifesto/dp/1478280719

Panda
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Panda

One thing about the CM, they are into HATE Crimes !! Most of their “journos” were in nappies or still in the womb (or test tube?) the first time Pauline Hanson went to Canberra. “BIG” story today is all about the FW who wants to “halal” Pauline’s old shop. HF !! That’s history, move on FW’s !!

1rdoval@gmail.com
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1rdoval@gmail.com

Conscience? . . . Please explain.

JCM
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JCM

my conscience is clear,

craigh
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craigh

The only one who should be committed is him!

Marco-eloco
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Marco-eloco

TP, what do you mean look like ? He is!

Riverine
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Riverine

What did this mug actually say to our half indian.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

THE ROAD TO SERFDOM
by F A Hayek

As for the book itself, the Road to Serfdom explains the rise of totalitarianism in twentieth century Europe. Yet it also made a more general argument concerning the incompatibility of democracy and comprehensive central planning. Hayek argues that the pursuit of socialist ideals leads to totalitarianism. While socialist ideals seem noble to many, those who persist in realizing these ideals will find it necessary to adopt coercive methods that are incompatible with freedom. Thus socialists must choose between their egalitarian goals and the preservation of individual liberty.

https://www.amazon.com/Road-Serfdom-Documents—Definitive-Collected/dp/0226320553/

JCM
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JCM

That’s where you are wrong ,I read his and your own verbal type over 4 years and from what was written and is still being written have formed my own opinion of events, and never one of his acolytes as you claim, so get real there

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

The abc are axing the drum , why don’t they axe the whole thing ?

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz
craigh
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craigh

Wondered about the envelopes! There used to be a larger envelope to send back the envelope with the votes sealed inside but this year no. The sealed env. had our signatures clearly visible on the back so checking the instructions, it said one could use another larger env to send in with the reply paid address written on. So, as all the gear had come in the larger env, we used that one. Only problem, we had each torn the top pretty badly so I stuck them all up with sticky tape! It did cross my mind how those pansies… Read more »

Minkers
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Minkers

Peta is correct. My heart was certainly broken along with the rest of those who have voted Liberal right up to this last election.

Hotrocks
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Hotrocks

Hey ! . Peta Credlin for AOTY .

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