As news breaks of a large conservative victory by Tony Abbott’s Liberal/National Coalition in Australia the BBC sets about the task of retailing propaganda from the losing Labour party. We are told Mr Abbott became Prime Minister merely because Labour had been split and divided. We are assured his policies are not popular and played no part in his stunning victory. They underplay the magnitude of it, with the conservative coalition on course for a large majority. They tell us his scepticism about climate change and his opposition to inward economic migration are unpopular. They will, they tell us, undermine Australia’s standing in the world.
It doesn’t read like that in the Australian and world press. Mr Abbott clearly stated his scepticism about global warming theory, questioning how much global warming there is and how much can be attributed to man made carbon dioxide emissions. He made opposing and then offering repeal of the carbon tax central to his campaign. He won a big victory despite his opponents showering him with disapproval for his climate change views.
This makes it an important election and an important victory. It is the first time in an advanced country that an anti climate change mainstream party has ousted a pro climate change mainstream party, making it a central issue of the election. It shows that Australian voters want cheaper energy, and see its importance to living standards, competitiveness and jobs. I suspect hostility to dear and scarce energy brought on by climate change policies will spread to other advanced countries, as people see the damage dear energy does to living standards, and see how such policies simply drive the carbon producing activities elsewhere in the world.
Mr Abbott also promised to take a tougher line on inward economic migration. The Australian Labour party sought to match his rhetoric on this, as they came in office to see the unpopularity of their earlier relaxed borders approach. He has also promised to balance the budget, recommending cuts in areas like overseas aid.
It will be interesting to watch how he gets on. Doubtless the BBC and their politically correct friends around the world will develop their attempts to undermine and belittle what he is doing. As of today Mr Abbott clearly speaks for the Australian people. They have endorsed his repeal of the carbon tax. Some enterprising journalist should seek to ask Lynton Crosby what he thinks of Mr Abbott’s winning election strategy. The issues and the viewpoints were very different from those favoured by the EU, which continues with dear energy and rapid migration policies.