Morally, they are cooked
The Guardian has reported on a vast list of overseas publications that have weighed in on the current, and ongoing scandals, the federal government are currently facing. Among the headlines and snippets were the following phrases:
"Morally, they are cooked"
“Australia’s government is sinking into a scandalous swamp”
“Facing fury over sex scandals, Australia’s leader fights tears – then retaliates in outburst at reporter”
“The fish rots from the head … I just can’t imagine what would happen if there was a board responsible for Parliament House”
"[Morrison] sought to calm public anger on Tuesday – but ended up digging a deeper political hole”
While I do hesitate to compare our PM with the infamous Donald Trump, I can't help but see the similarities in the way international papers are reporting on Australia's scandals and Trump over the past five years. It it also reminiscent of the way ScoMo was written about during his leisurely trip to Hawaii during the 2019-20 fires, which went global.
Scott Morrison isn't coping
It's becoming abundantly clear that the Prime Minister simply isn't coping well under the stress of dealing with these ongoing allegations and reports of sexual violence being rife in the Liberal Party and federal government more generally. He claims he's 'listening to women,' but we are yet to see evidence of that. If he spent just a few minutes reading opinion pieces, Tweets, or statements from women somewhere, whether that be in the House (minus the pick me/not like other girls conservative women who are playing the #NotAllMen card), staffers in his party, State governments, organisers, advocates, journalists, or the general public, he would know what we want. We want answers and we want change.
Scott Morrison isn't listening
ScoMo has made statements, apologies, and tried to retract his words. He's says he's listening to women. He says he's disgusted by the reports. He denies allegations, and he proclaims the innocence of Christian Porter (just days after he claimed there was not enough evidence to categorically say he's guilty). He's spent a significant amount of time in front of the public saying he's listening, but where is the evidence? What has ScoMo done aside from declare he's 'reshuffling' and removing Linda Reynolds and Christian Porter from there positions, which he claims relates to 'conflicts of interest.'
Where to from here?
Internal sources have told the ABC that ScoMo's position as leader is safe, and that some colleagues have 'forgiven his missteps' (hold for vomit), but that others are unhappy with his position. It's been reported that party members feel the gross mishandling of these issues are a repeat of how the PM handled (or didn't handle) the bushfire crisis of 2019-20. The big question is whether there will be a leadership spill in the Liberal Party before the upcoming election, which could be called as early as August, but in light of these scandals will be pushed back as much as possible.
What are our options?
Will the Libs get voted out when the election is eventually called? Will we be better off with a Labor government? These are two questions impossible to answer right now. The federal Labor Party, while not experiencing the level of heat, are still seeing allegations arise. There is reportedly a private Facebook group where current and former Labor staffers are detailing allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Labor leader Anthony Albanese told the ABC
Harassment, and sexist behaviour, and indeed patriarchy doesn't exist just on one side of politics, it exists throughout society. What we need to do is to make sure that we listen to the concerns that are put forward and respond.
- Anthony Albanese
Is 'good enough' good enough
While the Labor leader's quote and stance on the allegation is significantly different to the sentiments of Scott Morrison, these reports indicate that it isn't just a 'Liberal problem.' If we were to see a Labor government win the next election, would enough of a change be made? Will an election loss be enough for the Liberals to change their culture and policies? Do we need another middle-aged, white man as leader of the country? The Labor party has been accused of moving closer and closer to the ideals of the Liberals in an effort to swing voters, but it has instead resulted in a loss of support from political progressives. But is this Labor's chance to move left, make changes, and lead by example? And is Tanya Plibersek going to challenge Albanese for the leadership?
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