Conservatives are in danger of being lulled into a state of complacency, given the current state of affairs in Canberra.
Following the federal election in July, in which heavy losses were incurred upon the Liberal Party, Turnbull would appear to be ‘on the leash’.
But don’t be deceived.
We still have the clandestine carbon dioxide tax organised by the Turnbullites. We are still making no substantial progress on debt and deficit. And we still have Turnbull obstinately refusing to rule out a parliamentary vote on homosexual pseudo-marriage, and saying he is willing to negotiate.
The latter indicates that Turnbull is scheming, behind-the-scenes, for a free parliamentary vote on the marriage issue. This is a vote he knows he could win given the parliamentary numbers are now more favourable. What though, might such a scheme look like?
We ought to recall his first run as Liberal leader in 2008-09, in which he connived with the then Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to steamroll backbench conservatives, and pass an economy-crippling Emissions Trading Scheme. Indeed, not only did he want the legislation passed, he pushed hard to get it done before the global conference in Copenhagen, so the Australian people could be exploited to serve the interests of securing a global treaty.
Could Turnbull again be scheming with Labor in such a manner?
One possibility could be a proposal to prevent a credit rating downgrade, such that Labor agrees to pass ‘substantial’ budget savings measures through the Senate in exchange for a free parliamentary vote on so-called “gay marriage”. This deal would be heavily promoted among Turnbull’s ideological allies in the leftist media who would frame it in such a way as to demonise conservatives.
If conservative backbenchers oppose the deal they will be presented as pathologically obsessive about the supposedly “inconsequential” social issues, to the point of being hindrances to the “more practical” and urgent matter of budget repair and economic reform. Should conservatives succeed in stifling the deal, they will then be blamed for any subsequent downgrade in Australia’s credit rating, and for the resulting debt spiral.
On the other hand, Turnbull and Shorten would be made to look like heroes, achieving productive compromise in a difficult parliament.
Such a scenario has been made possible by the foolish tactic employed by many conservatives, over many years, of presenting the marriage issue as a “third order” issue that should be put at the back of the line. The truth is that marriage is a civilisational bedrock of equal or greater importance than any other issue, and that truth has been undermined by the aforementioned tactic.
Schemes such as that I have described above must be anticipated and pre-emptively eradicated, before they see the light of day. Turnbull though, sagging in the polls, unlikely to win the next election, and desperate to leave a lasting legacy that will ensure everlasting popularity among his ideological brethren, may be willing to martyr his leadership over the issue, and go out in a blaze of leftist glory.
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