Australia: Conservatives score surprise upset victory as voters reject Labor climate change and income inequality agenda
A preview of US 2020, where Dems are running on climate change and income inequality?
Australia’s ruling conservative coalition has scored a stunning upset victory in the country’s general election, defying polls that were predicting an easy progressive win.
The Labor Party was focused on climate change and raising taxes, and it appears there were a lot of “quiet Scott voters” who weren’t interested in what they were selling.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten called Prime Minister Scott Morrison to congratulate him on the election victory. He told Labor party supporters that his party didn’t win enough seats to form a coalition government.
“I know that you’re all hurting, and I am too. And without wanting to hold out any false hope, while there are still millions of votes to count … it is obvious that Labor will not be able to form the next government,” he said. “In the national interest, a short while ago, I called Scott Morrison to congratulate him.”
Morrison used his victory speech to thank “quiet Australians” who led the coalition to the stunning political victory.
“It’s Australians who have worked hard, started a business, started a family, bought a home,” he said. “These are the quiet Australians who have won a great victory tonight.”
The Labor Party banked on the power of “Climate Change” fear-mongering.
Australians flocked to the polls Saturday capping a bitterly fought election that may be the first anywhere decided by climate policy.
Casting his ballot in Melbourne, would-be prime minister Bill Shorten was bullish about forming a majority government after a final poll showed his lead increasing.
“Today is the people’s day,” he said. “Be it buying a ‘democracy sausage’, the kids having a bit of a sugar cake or what have you, and voting.”
“In the event that the people of Australia voted to stop the chaos and voted for action on climate change, we will be ready to hit the ground from tomorrow.”
. . . . A season of record floods, wildfires and droughts have brought the issue from the political fringes to front and centre of the campaign.
In traditionally more conservative rural areas, climate-hit farmers are demanding action. And in several rich suburbs, a generational shift has seen eco-minded candidates running Liberal party luminaries close.
If only the Labor Party had used the terms “Climate Crisis” or “Environmental Destruction”!
How big a surprise was this? So big even the NY Times couldn’t sugarcoat the Labor defeat:
Scott Morrison, Australia’s conservative prime minister, scored a surprise victory in federal elections on Saturday, propelled by a populist wave — the “quiet Australians,” he termed it — resembling the force that has upended politics in the United States, Britain and beyond.
The win stunned Australian election analysts — polls had pointed to a loss for Mr. Morrison’s coalition for months. But in the end, the prime minister confounded expectations suggesting that the country was ready for a change in course after six years of tumultuous leadership under the conservative political coalition.
“I have always believed in miracles,” Mr. Morrison said at his victory party in Sydney, adding, “Tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their government to put them first. And that is exactly what we are going to do.”
The election winner touted his coalition’s “Australia First” approach.
Labor leader Bill Shorten After conceded and announced he would be stepping down as head of the party, after losing an election which many mainstream media and exit polling described as “unlosable” for the left.
Scott Morrison, the conservative prime minister, pulled off a shock defeat in Australia’s national election on Saturday.
. . . . Morrison pushed the party’s economic and immigration policies while seeking re-election, while his opponent, the Labor Party’s Bill Shorten, presented a vision that included addressing climate change and developing federal interventions into the economy.
“Tonight is not about me, or even the Libs, tonight is about every single Australian who depends on their govt to put them first. So friends, that is exactly what we are going to do,” said Morrison in his speeach after the results.
Comparisons are being made to Trump’s 2016 upset victory against Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps the most important aspect for Americans to note is that 54 polls in a row indicated this election was essentially “unlosable” for the Labor Party. Until it wasn’t, that is.
So when the Mainstream media touts polls that declare [insert Democratic presidential candidate] beating President Trump handily in 2020, just recall this result.
Here is some post election analysis.
Conservatives everywhere are joyfully spreading the news through social media.
Australian election summary pic.twitter.com/0VG5vUU16Z
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 18, 2019
Brazil! Israel! India! Australia! Trumpism is now officially a global phenomenon! https://t.co/1XU31wh5j9
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 18, 2019
Climate change is an issue for people on twitter and TV studios most people in the country don’t really care. Morrison was talking about trade, jobs & immigration, savings for retirement and housing prices https://t.co/RPoFXzAEUV
— Anesu Machoko (@akm29727083000) May 18, 2019
Who is next?
Perhaps the extreme left is out of touch with what people actually want from government.
— Mark Walls (@wcmarkwalls) May 18, 2019
.@LiberalAus Strategist Grahame Morris: When it started everyone said @ScottMorrisonMP was going for the bronze medal, then in the campaign he got silver, last night he got gold and the Liberal Party ought to give him diamonds.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) May 18, 2019
And savor the liberal tears.
Pretty sad result for Australia… with a backward thinker at the helm, they will continue to feel the brunt of climate change while doing little to reverse its progress. https://t.co/wusgcYgy35
— Mark Crozier (@CrozierMark) May 18, 2019
Call him what he is. A Fascist! So Terribly sad for the Planet. Humanity does not deserve to survive this Far Right Madness. ☹️ The USA, UK, Australia and now Brazil?
Brazil election 2018: far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to become next president – live https://t.co/kJFBYa84Rl
— ????????❤️Graham Lebbern ????❤️ (@glebbern) October 28, 2018
Ultimately, American Democrats should take note.
Maybe normal people in real life — as opposed to activists on social media — don’t want to return to the pre-industrial age or to see their wealth seized by force and redistributed to people who didn’t earn it. Maybe.
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) May 18, 2019
And perhaps it will.
Of note to Trump 2020 campaign:
Against expectations, Australian voters rejected Labor party message focused on climate change and income inequality. https://t.co/lQG5iMDrlP
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 18, 2019
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