A certain Senator has reappeared on our TV screens recently with a possibly wiped memory as he thinks Menzies still inhabits the Liberal Party, that individuals are valued, and that infrastructure is an unquestioned good thing. This is despite his receiving plenty of contrary evidence including the following letter.
Menzies' default in society are the Sydney Institute and the Menzies Research Centre. They are in the same apparent mindset, again reflected in correspondence.
This thoughtful piece was sent to the "forward-looking Liberal" mouthpiece, Tim Wilson MP (see below), and a few of his colleagues, on 30 Jan '20. First, here is the note in the email:
The said piece was by John Hudak in the Washington Post on that same day. They are words that PM Morrison and his scrum might heed:
(His) actions have pushed Democrats and others to wonder: what is the White House hiding?
The ghosts of Watergate haunt the restriction of documents in the Trump impeachment process. In a press scrum in Switzerland, the president even bragged about the withholding of evidence from Congress (the basis of the second impeachment article against him) by noting, “We have all the material. They (congressional Democrats) don’t have the material.” President Trump is not withholding tapes. Instead, he is withholding complete transcripts, emails, and the testimony of aides, but what he is doing is running the Nixon playbook.
Some will argue that in a court of law, the accused does not have to prove his or her innocence. However, as Chief Justice John Roberts reminds us at the start of each trial day, senators are sitting in a court of impeachment. The standards are different; the expectations differ from that of a traditional jury trial. But what’s more, impeachment is a stain on a presidency, and a president who seeks to rid himself of the historical scarlet letter “I” should work tirelessly to demonstrate his innocence and put to rest the accusations from the House of Representatives.
For President Trump, that would include turning over material that demonstrates his true concern with Ukrainian corruption rather than a politicized focus on the best way to derail Joe Biden’s candidacy. That approach would do more than ensure a Republican party-line vote acquitting him in the Senate. It would help bring moderate Democrats to his side and exonerate him in the eyes of both the public and the annals of history.
Here are just a few revelatory words from Mr Wilson:
Budgets are meant to be the practical expression of democratic processes. They have become the opposite – impositions on taxpayers arising from backroom deals.
Mike Baird’s and her changes to protective or “due diligence” systems prohibited any re-assessment and the correction of capricious blunders that had been born of mercantile corruption.
More important, perhaps, backroom deals with lobbies and cronies undermine “nation building”, diminish the energy that was shown in Sydney when municipalism was defeating a lazy State Government (1900-12), and enforce the corruption of values and ethics that Menzies and his like integrated with citizens’ rights.
There is a scandal exploding in Australia because of blatant, clumsy featherbedding, where “budget” processes driven in the PM’s Office see the Minister for Health’s local luxury yacht club given preference over properly-assessed community needs.
Tim Wilson MP's fine expressions of Liberal values mean little if he stays silent in that "broad church" when abuses of citizen's rights as well as rorts and secret deals are staring him in the face.
The mistakes are compounding and national and NSW Treasurers are refusing to observe our democratic values. The only case of project revision was the product of a callous theft of IP from a citizen and only after he had agitated through the Coalition ranks for a “pause and re-think”. Berejiklian ignored that call, leaving a gap in public information still, over a year later. She just stole the ideas.
The Banking Royal Commission revealed a distorted and determined corruption of mercantile principles, largely based on Galbraith's "identification": bankers see their collective interest as being founded on hurting clients.
The same thinking, shifting risk and taxes from developers and financiers on to families and small businesses, underpins the uncritically-accepted "value capture" taxation. It was twice-rejected by former Lib Premiers so what the hell now!
Three merchant bankers have featured in the recent political calamities in the Liberal Party:
All were strong in removing guardians and appointing tin soldiers to positions which facilitate "gifting". All recruited head Tin Soldiers such as Gladys Berejiklian (former manager of children's banking accounts), Phillip Gaetgens, Stephen Kennedy and Scott Morrison, all of whom remain in the Baird/Turnbull rut. All seem to happily hurt citizens.
The Menzies Research Centre is hosted on the Party's webpage but is unresponsive to even discussing matters affecting Party repute and performance.
Other hangers-on like the Sydney Institute, with its Director's loyalty to "Honest John", were similarly recusalist. Mr Howard was contacted.
There are strong ethicists with the Party's Parliamentary ranks and a modern interpretation of Liberalism, which I take to be consistent with Menzies and inconsistent with reality, comes from Tim Wilson MP whose Maiden Speech I quote with admiration and frustration:
10 March 2019 to PM Morrison et al
Remember & weep - my targets are good policy, Menzies values and intergenerational equity.
As sent out last night and this morning
It’s inevitable more than ironic that my launch coincides with Berejiklian’s today
Subject: Breathtaking hypocrisy from the pious blunderers, exposed
Turnbull’s idiotic self-aggrandisement in London and Berejiklian’s similar outburst on ABC TV, with her vile attempt at transference of her own deceit to Labor, brought to mind other cases.
The most stunning perhaps was the gulf exposed by Jake Saulwick between Baird’s surfing buddy Rob Stokes’ PhD and Ministerial performance.
We had three Rhodes Scholars show how stupid they are with the WS City Deal and the $100 million gifting to luvvie consultants (and who knows what reverse gifting will follow, once the moolah is off the public books).
What a gap there is between Turnbull, Taylor and Kennedy, as a cabal, and two genuine Rhodes achievers, Hawke and Eddington.
The biggest hypocrisy in reality of course is the claimed “transformative” power of the Metros and trams compared with the implicit subsidising of the PRC metro densification company, with its failed Bankstown and North Shore showing that Metros will destroy intergenerational equity (Perrottet!) and congestion/ affordability (conga line of geese led now by Tudge MP).
The Baird Model looks as bedraggled as his dad’s “ghost train” was in 1995 - not to mention Bruce’s laughable* shaving of platforms for his tilt-train bandwagon.
The stables are overdue for a clean out. I’ll be documenting how Menzies is an example, when he changed his attitude on reflection on a major issue.
That should be a salutary lesson for Mr Morrison who is facing Berejiklian’s Betrayals in his own electorate. And all that is copyright, buddies, my scythe is out and swishing ....
* not funny for the old, disabled and encumbered passengers who face “watch the gap” warnings 25 years later - as will Berejiklian’s metro, tram, museum and other blunders
Wed, Jan 23, 3:56 PM
My case is, values and systems have been so badly disturbed that the first priority is to "save Sydney".
Hiding from that and avoiding me will only bring shame.
Only then can the political and journalistic systems have values and perceptions that will be relevant.
This is the same as in 1900 when the climacteric started with the horror of the Black Death but there present were the presiding genii, JD Fitzgerald and Tom Hughes.
Now, you have no PMs, no Premiers, no CEOs and no academics who have awareness, nous, willingness and commitment to real intergenerational reform.
You have me, the independent thinktanks and the corporate benefactors to capitalise on the collapse of the HK Model and of the Liberal and Labor Parties, to do what we can.
Posted on Facebook this morning:
The recent post on plagiarism - the long series from Mike Baird and onto Berejiklian, GSC, iA et al - was sent to Defenders of the Faith - the thinktankers who defend individual rights under "free speech" and mourn the loss of the Menzies' spirit.
Recall that Scott Morrison said he would be like Menzies when he supplanted Turnbull.
Here's Menzies' "The government and ourselves" from "The Forgotten People":