There has been such a neck break speed of action from the new Government on a whole bunch of fronts, it’s difficult to keep up with all the positive news, but it’s the National Party reaction to the new initiatives and ideas which deserve attention.
Manus Island: Australia has walked away from their racist torture camp on Manus Island and just left hundreds of refugees to be attacked by the resentful locals.
New Government response: We will take 150 of the refugees and offer $3million in immediate aid to help refugees who are currently in a humanitarian crisis.
National response: We are gutless and must never criticise our Australian Overlords. We should try and understand their racist torture gulags rather than embarrass them.
Suicide Prevention: Our suicide rate is a national disgrace, after year on year increases and after 9 years in power, National only admitted in July of this year that the suicide programmes weren’t working.
New Government response: The previous Government’s refusal to commit to a suicide prevention programme and underfunding of mental health has caused deaths and there will be a comprehensive response including an inquiry into mental health, a Mental Health Commissioner and far more funding into mental health.
National response: We will measure you against a suicide reduction target that we never were brave enough to actually implement ourselves because we are cowards who refused to acknowledge that our free market response was a complete failure.
Welfare reforms: The previous Government’s hateful neoliberal welfare culture has seen sadists employed to implement draconian and cruel policies.
New Government response: We are going to start dismantling that hateful and spiteful culture.
Hobbit law reform: The previous Government rewrote employment law for a trans national corporation who managed to muscle them for more corporate welfare because National had spent enormous political capital to manufacture a crisis so as to attack the union movement.
New Government response: Yeah, nah. We aren’t going to allow domestic employment law written for rich corporates to stand.
National response: But Sir Richard Taylor called me and went cry cry on the phone so we decided to manufacture this into a populist attack on the Union movement and had to fork out millions in corporate welfare for the pleasure of that political smear. It would be mean of the new Government to re-write the law.
Justice for Pora: The Police framed a mentally slow young brown teenager paying bribes to prison narks and easily swayed estranged family members during a marathon questioning session so draconian that it was changed after the Teina Pora case.
New Government response: The pittance offered up by the previous Government was another injustice, let’s stop being dicks and give him some more money.
National response: But if we allow justice for one person, we might have to allow justice for others!
Paid Parental leave: The previous Government spitefully shot down increasing paid parental leave even after losing a majority vote in Parliament.
New Government response: We will increase it.
National response: Oh, now we aren’t in Government we will promise to increase it all of a sudden but the way Labour wants to implement it is ‘nanny state‘, which is funny because when we were forcing solo mums and their daughters to contraception classes and drug testing beneficiaries and investigating peoples relationships and punishing poor people for fake meth tests on houses, none of THAT was ‘nanny state’, but Labour extending paid parental leave is.
War crime investigation: There are serious allegations that SAS committed war crimes with the aid of the United States in a pay back killing spree which was personally authorised by John Key.
New Government response: Y-e-a-h, we’re going to need to have a wee briefing on that whole thing again thanks.
National response: You have to back the defence force when they commit war crimes, especially when they are signed off personally by our previous leader.
In every example, National’s response is bitter, angry, resentful and spiteful. On every issue they have spent 9 years making worse all they have as a response to the solution is more of the poisonous thinking that helped exacerbate the problem in the first place.
The naked reality is that National are unable to be part of the solution because they are such a fundamental part of the problem.