Video blog: The liberal who didn’t vote Liberal

My thoughts on the recent Australian federal election, and my reasons for not voting Liberal.

5 thoughts on “Video blog: The liberal who didn’t vote Liberal”

  1. Peter, very well argued and presented. I agree with all points, concerning nbn, mining tax, gay marriage, the Murdoch press, and Abbott’s qualification to be prime minister. However, I believe you have forgotten one very important point: the world is facing a very bleak future if nothing is done to combat climate change. Abbott is on record of having said that human induced climate change is “crap”. His first action as prime minister was to dismantle the climate commission chaired by Professor Flannery, and he would have scrapped the carbon tax already (without any details given for the supposed “direct action” replacement) if he had the numbers in the Senate. Abbott’s good friend and co-religionist Cardinal George Pell wrote in the Sunday Telegraph, perhaps the most notorious of Murdoch’s newspapers in Australia, that “some of the hysteric and extreme claims about global warming are also a symptom of pagan emptiness…belief in a benign God who is master of the universe has a steadying psychological effect… In the past pagans sacrificed animals and even humans to placate capricious and cruel gods. Today they demand reduction in carbon dioxide emissions”. Is it far-fetched to assume that this is an attitude shared by our Prime Minister?

  2. Yes, I agree that I could have spoken about the carbon tax too. There are plenty of other things that I could have spoken about also. I just picked a few that I thought were particularly relevant. But yes, global warming is a big issue and I should talk about it. Maybe I’ll make a second video on just that topic…

  3. Peter
    From today’s Sydney Morning Herald. Not just the Federal, but the NSW government as well, show total disregard for climate change science.

    “Deep cuts to staff and funding by the NSW government have largely dismantled the state’s ability to investigate and prepare for the effects of climate change such as more frequent extreme fire weather, a former senior scientist with the government said.

    Peter Smith, who led the state’s climate change science group until March, said his team of 10 had been slashed to just three whose work remained climate-focused. A similar cut had been made to a separate team of 10 working on climate adaptation, he said.

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  4. Couldn’t agree more with your third proposal for the NBN. The NBN has been used as a tool to gain political power – primarily in the 2010 election by Labor in gaining Andrew Wilkie’s confidence and supply by making Tasmania the NBN ‘testing’ hub. I much prefer leaving the NBN to free market forces. Unfortunately, the Coalition has chosen to also utilise the NBN policy to gain support in the 2013 election as appose of allowing private industry to develop Australia.

    Your support of the mining tax I find intriguing and your rationale is similar to that of a Land Value Tax and the Libertarian Georgism philosophy.

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