Outspoken Queensland LNP member for Dawson George Christensen has announced he will not contest the next federal election, in part because the political system is “broken”, he says.
Christensen said that he wants time with his family, but also expressed his frustration with the inability of Australia’s “broken” political system to make progress on conservative causes including enshrining religious liberties, safeguarding strategic assets from China, and installing coal-fired power. He said:
“Unfortunately, I’m not so sure anymore that these issues can be properly fixed by legislation and via the ballot box.
“The mainstream media and other cultural institutions in this nation, sadly, have the dominant influence over our politics.
“On all of these issues and more, I can potentially have a stronger, more unfiltered voice outside of our Parliament.”
My blog and News Weekly have repeatedly pointed to the disjuncture between what the electorate believes and wants in terms of policy and what the media and elites say. Unfortunately, even the Morrison Government has capitulated on many issues to the media, which dominates the discourse in the Canberra “bubble”. Consider these:
Only 13 per cent of people cast their vote based on a party’s commitment to action on climate change, yet the availability of reliable low-cost electricity is now threatened by the closure of coal-fired power stations and the refusal of federal and state governments to build new coal-power plants.
Despite the promise of religious freedom legislation, the Government appears to be delaying it until after the next election, holding out this fundamentally important issue to attract the religious vote.
While saying it will rebuild manufacturing, the Government’s policies are, so far, positive but underwhelming given the task ahead.
The Turnbull government stopped funding to the transgender Safe Schools sex education program, but the Morrison Government has refused to hold an inquiry into the medical transitioning of children and done nothing to reassert the sex-based rights of women in law.
The crisis of our times, the sign of our times, is political paralysis: the inability to debate intelligently and deal with highly destructive internal and external ideological and strategic threats.
This paralysis is described in the epigraph to Ross Douthat’s new book, The Decadent Society: How We Became Victims of Our Own Success. From left of field, this New York Times columnist quotes the Marxist, Antonio Gramsci:
“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old [order] is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”
The problems described above are some of these “morbid symptoms”.