Eastern Streak

I first noticed the small icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on the bookcase of then Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese about three years ago. She now has the same pride of place behind him in his new office. Unusual in a workplace – and unexpected for a “non-practising Catholic.” I presume the image belonged to his late mother. An interesting personal touch and, indubitably, one of the advantages of not being Tony Abbott.

This may be the strangest federal transition of government ever. Ministers want to blame inflation and the energy disaster on their predecessors – Treasurer Jim Chalmers and an overwrought Chris Bowen continue to do so – but such boilerplate contradicts the Prime Minister’s zen rhetoric about a post-ScoMo Australia having become a group hug. What makes it strange, though, is that Labor fully supported massive deficit spending during a ‘pandemic’ whose seriousness it exaggerated and demanded the destruction of the electricity grid. The Albanese government has therefore inherited its own legacy. The Prime Minister will need all the heavenly help he can get to pull so much wool over so many eyes for more than a few months.

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20 Responses to Eastern Streak

  1. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Albanese is a hypocrite. I don’t believe a word he says about anything, particularly when he talks about his Catholicism. I note how, during the election campaign, he went to Easter Mass in FNQ and on another day he appeared at his old school, St Mary’s Cathedral school in Sydney’s CBD, to be mobbed by pimply adolescent school boys. Imagine if this had been Abbott or Joyce? Catholicism to Albanese is simply a political prop. He is a far-left ideologue. No different to Dan Andrews. Their religion is progressivism. Yet I found it funny how Albanese and others on the left always get away with such blatant hypocrisy. When a hypocritical ex-Catholic or a lapsed Catholic, be it Albanese or Shorten, use Catholicism for political point scoring, for votes and for virtue signalling…….the left ignore it. But Morrison going to a church service the morning after his defeat? Oh that’s mixing politicis with religion. I kid you not, this is what was said to me on Monday morning 23 May 2022, during a meeting. When I responded with Albanese’s very public attendance at Easter Mass during the election campaign and I asked “was that not mixing religion with politics”, I was met with silence.

  2. cuckoo says:

    Labor fully supported massive deficit spending during a ‘pandemic’

    Exactly. Chalmers claims to be shocked – shocked – to discover that the financial cupboard is bare. Has he not read a newspaper or seen a news bulletin in the last two years?

  3. Not Trampis says:

    Cl wrong as usual.
    I haven’t heard the ALP blame the previous government for inflation. They have made it clear it is a result of the invasion of Ukraine and the consequences thus far. They have certainly played up real wages falling.
    Just how di the ALP the destruction of the electricity grid? you cannot unpack an omelete so the States are not going to nationalise any asset.
    The previous government knew no public company would build a coal fired power station because of costs and time. They then got in the road of a renewables boom.

    fossil fuels go up and down. They are massively up at present. Renewables of course have not. If we still had a price on carbon the current problems would not be here. The market would have sorted it out.
    As it is The government direction of the previous government simply did not work.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Fascinating that Albo has managed to faceplant with pike within a month of being elected. And has done so by pushing even harder the same policies as his predecessor: net zero. He seems to have a special ability of reverse Midas touch.

    It’s going to be a long dark (as in blackouts) three years.

  5. C.L. says:

    Kroges was pretty funny on Murray the other night. He said Chalmers and Bowen were like two junior high school students who’d accidentally wandered into a Year 12 calculus class.

  6. Pommy Al says:

    Sheep are well known to have plenty of wool which can be pulled over their eyes.

  7. Not Trampis says:

    Actually the ALP does a a get out of gaol free card. both inflation and GDP growth will be different to PEFO. Treasury will also be recommending cuts to the structural budget deficit following the rise in inflation. This will be hard for the ALP to do given their promised on daycare and aged care.
    On the other hand there should be plenty of low hanging fruit they can get rid of.

    The good news is most of the ministers look very competent. Picking the obvious failure is hard at present.

  8. Rossini says:

    Albo just needs to adopt dan the mans tactics, then he’ll be got for the next couple of terms!

  9. Buccaneer says:

    I can’t remember a new government that made it as obvious as the incoming one, that they are nothing more than platitudes and ideology. Have not seen a single minister step out of that paradigm so far, but did enjoy watching Marles trip over himself this morning on Today.

  10. Wally Dali says:

    Heartwarming mementos from your mother is an advantage of not being Malcolm Turnbull.

  11. Boambee John says:

    Non Mentis produces his usual drivel at 0853. All inflation comes down to Wussia, Wussia, Wussia, Ukraine. Activists and regulators making operations difficult for col powered generations had nothing to do with their decline. It was all the absence of a Carbin Tax. Nothing to do with subsidies for ruinables, nothing to say on the subsidisation of ruinables which are incredibly cheap anyway.

    Then he says:

    The good news is most of the ministers look very competent. Picking the obvious failure is hard at present.

    Very hard to do, if you have Eyes Wide Shut.

    Non Mentis must be a Bourbon.

  12. Pommy Al says:

    Non mentis is an unshorn sheep.

  13. Entropy says:

    Cassie they way these school visits work is that the firs the kids know about it the teacher rushes in and says “I have very exciting news kids! We are being visited by the next Prime Minister of Australia! Run out and give him a great big cheer!”
    And so they do.
    Exactly that happened during the 2007 election campaign for one Kevin Rudd at my kids’ primary school.

  14. cuckoo says:

    The good news is most of the ministers look very competent.

    If I were getting the kind of fawning coverage the new ministers are getting so far, even I would look competent.

  15. C.L. says:

    Albanese’s Catholicism, such as it is, is a bit hard to fathom.
    He refused to be sworn-in as prime minister using the customary formula, preferring the secular ‘affirmation’ but he attends Easter Mass. As for the icon, it is one of the most beloved images of Mary. Had Tony Abbott displayed it in his office as PM, Q+A would have dedicated an entire program to its Francoist connotations.

  16. C.L. says:

    Dutton in good form vs. Marles this morning.

  17. Chris M says:

    It’s a good luck charm.

  18. Bushkid says:

    Re: Dutton -v- Marles, electricity supply under the coalition might not have been a problem, but it was definitely going to be.

    Nothing has changed in the couple of weeks since the election, the grid is still labouring under the same constraints and difficulties as it was a couple of weeks ago. This was always going to happen.

    It’s only an accident of timing of the federal election loss by the coalition that has labor’s name on the current debacle in the mind of the public.

    They’re all equally culpable, especially the greens who’ve been constantly lurking in the background, poking and prodding at both the coalition and labor to “do more”.

  19. C.L. says:

    Bushkid, please re-post in new Dutton-Marles thread.

  20. Lee says:

    The good news is most of the ministers look very competent.

    That’s if you’re setting the bar extremely low.

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