When I was small, we lived on a little Indonesian Island. I was only seven when we left so I don’t have clear memories but I have heard many stories. One was about an election in which two neighbouring villages voted “incorrectly”. As a result, the road through them was not sealed and they had to put up with the dust of trucks passing through.
I remember this story and the sense of superiority – the feeling that “this wouldn’t happen in Australia”.
But it has.
On top of the Bridget McKenzie fiasco, I now read on the ABC about $150million being divided between 11 Coalition-held marginal seats on the eve of the election. I quote:
Ok so our politicians choose the carrot, not the stick. But honestly, what’s the difference? Coercing election results in this way is not democratic. It was done dishonestly and secretively.
I received an email from an environmental organisation last night about a court case against the Adani Coal mine. They wrote:
“Australians expect that when you break the law, you face consequences…”
I am just not sure this is true anymore. At least not for the “elite”.
Our PM called his victory a miracle. I call it a misuse of public money.