The writer is in Australia
IT WAS said by some, in the later stages of Australia’s referendum campaign for an ill-defined Aboriginal ‘Voice to parliament’, that this was our ‘Brexit moment’. Well, with the No campaign’s stunning victory and the almighty defenestration of Jacindarella’s Labour Party in New Zealand, it has been a night for the ages for Club Sensible in the Antipodes. The outsider class had their big opportunity, and took it, just as the Brits did in 2016. In both cases, it was a monumental flipping of the bird by the deplorables at the elites.
(As a bonus, Australian cricketers are being offered counselling to help them cope with the referendum result.)
The No campaign’s success on Saturday, taking all six States, came despite the massive visibility of the Yes case, buoyed by endless corporate cash and a conga line of celebrities. Not to mention the top-down sneering at the No voters throughout the months that preceded the referendum. And the defacing of No posters. The denial of equal funding to the No case. The Electoral Commission’s quirky interpretation of what counts as a formal vote (ticks for Yes were okay, crosses for No were not). The Yes people were simply everywhere. It was a flogging for them, against the odds.
The further you went from the inner cities, the bigger the No majorities became. In fact, just about the only seats to vote Yes were those held by rich, greenie women. And, of course, the capital Canberra.
In New Zealand, Labour’s (early Covid) 2020 vote was halved. A greater rejection of Ardernism, with all its woke, globalist agendas rammed down Kiwi throats, is hard to imagine. Now ensconced in Harvard University, Ardern can only look on with horror and despair. Or perhaps she doesn’t care, now that her feet are firmly planted on the global stage.
There is no doubt that the Kiwis’ outgoing Prime Minister, Chris ‘Chippy’ Hipkins, will head off into the sunset. Australian conservative commentator on Sky News, Andrew Bolt, has urged our own failed leader, Anthony Albanese, to do a David Cameron and fall on his own equivalent of the post-Brexit sword. This is unlikely, despite the phrase ‘growing calls’ appearing in the media. The Voice debate managed to remove all of Albanese’s other, manifest failings from the front pages for a time. No doubt he will now be exposed to much greater scrutiny on broader policy disasters. The absence of a proper Covid inquiry, the housing debacle, the costs of rampant immigration, the cost-of-living crisis, the scandal of Aboriginal funding mis-management, the limp responses to Arab terrorism, and the rest. It is a long list. There is talk of looking for another Labor leader. All in his first term of office.
The elites, though, never give up on their narratives. Here is Reuters, which controls much of the way the world sees Australian events: ‘Australia rejects Indigenous referendum in setback for reconciliation’.
This is, well, just a lie. It was the referendum itself, not the outcome, that was the setback for reconciliation. The so-called absence of reconciliation – whatever that is taken to mean by those who spout it – is a myth. At least it was until Aboriginal industry elites manufactured the view that Aborigines do not already have a ‘voice’. They have multiple voices. Multiple megaphones, indeed. At the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In the universities. In the non-government organisations. In the corporate media. Not to mention the Indigenous Members of Parliament, whose numbers are comfortably out of proportion to the size of the Aboriginal population.
In the wake of the referendum, there have been not a few comments as well about the corporate elites’ sell-out of their shareholders and employees through their unashamed political interventions. The mining giant BHP donated $2million to the Yes campaign. Qantas was all over it. Australians don’t like to be told what to do.
I mentioned above the capital’s massive support for the Yes case in the referendum. It says something deeply disturbing about Australia’s governance. Most of Canberra’s residents are public servants or work in some other way for the State. It is a town full of policy-makers. Comfortable policy-makers of the Covid laptop class. Progressives mostly. (The Australian Capital Territory government recently legalised drug-taking). These are the people who run Australia. Who come up with globalist schemes like offshoring pandemic management, covering the country with wind farms and solar panels, doing away with cars, de-industrialising, misinformation legislation and digital ID. Schemes never asked for by voters beyond Canberra’s borders. Those who reside in Canberra remain blissfully untouched by the tedious goings-on elsewhere, and they have absolutely nothing in common with ordinary Australians. So it was, also, in New Zealand. That nation’s most elite Government ever was not only shown the door, but was exiled from the property as well.
It was an emphatic dual victory for the outsider class, and if the losing politicians are wise, they will find a quiet place to reflect at length upon their folly. And attempt governing in the interests of those who pay their salaries rather than in the interests of those who line their own and the politicians’ pockets at our expense.
As one Aussie commentator noted, the ANZACs are back!