Malcolm Turnbull’s win at the polls is a grand delusion, according to Chris Davis. Photo: Christopher PearceMy mother, who was Swedish, used to recall Sunday lunches with an uncle who believed he was the King of Sweden. The poor fellow had been head of the Swedish Red Cross in World War I and presumably his delusional state allowed an escape from the reality of what he had witnessed. The result was quite impressive, with uncle resplendent in a king’s uniform complete with medals, and everyone having to pretend that they were all seated at the royal table, beckoning and being served by (imaginary) servants responding to their every wish. Needless to say, the only beneficiary of this court was the deluded uncle.
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The recent “win” by the Turnbull government is another grand delusion, complete with a Prime Minister outfit and one major beneficiary. In this instance, thanks to the largesse of the Australian tax payer, there are real jesters and hangers on, admirably headed by Christopher Pyne of “election-winning machine” fame. The talent is so good that it wouldn’t take much to script a first-class comedy, so creating at least some jobs in the entertainment industry.

Whilst we may well chuckle as the emperor parades his new clothes, and we all should quickly revisit Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale, the outcome for Australia is disastrous. Our leader was elected on a vacuous slogan of “jobs and growth” that assumed if you hand tax breaks to multinational corporations they in turn will gladly hand the money to Australians in the form of more jobs. Such naivety is a tribute to the business-funded lobbyists who plant such nonsense in politicians’ heads. Anyone who has done Business 101 knows that businesses are obliged to maximise the wealth of their shareholders, and that usually means reducing expenditure (such as total and individual employee wages). If anything, many of the big multinationals who harm Australians by encouraging consumption of excessive and hazardous foods and beverages should be paying a whole lot more tax to fund at least the health system.

It would be nice to be able to comment on some inspiring ideas or strengths that our ruler offers. Sadly these seem non-existent, or well-submerged, like the submarines. At least whilst we were subsidizing the automotive and related industries there were products that we could enjoy and take pride in. And with some real effort and determination we could have become leaders in, such as electric cars and other forms of transport and agricultural equipment. Now it seems the only prospect of seeing Australian industry outputs will be when our politicians have Australia fully submerged.

Bill Shorten is right to suggest we will be back at the polls before Christmas. Simply because you cannot run a country on a delusion of power. One can talk of a spirit of co-operation with the opposition and minor parties, but credible vision, robust goals and ability for effective delivery must underpin that. These are not Turnbull attributes. They will need to come from somewhere else, and a return to the polls is the best possible chance of stimulating and identifying that. Electronic voting could make the process easier and more efficient. To check feasibility, I measured my internet speed. Just over 1Mbps – a far cry from the 2016 minimum 25Mbps promised by the Abbott Turnbull government in 2013.

The average Australian would be well advised to develop a personalized delusion that offers some form of escape from a political system that has truly been corrupted by vested and self-interest.

* Dr Chris Davis is a former Queensland LNP MP

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