Thursday 19th of May 2022

the new republican...


Matt Canavan is a National Party senator from Queensland and such an outspoken voice for conservatism in Australia, he is even frequently at odds with the Morrison government.

Fitz: Who’s your political hero?

MC: Winston Churchill because he so effectively stood up for what he believes in and also his malleability: I suppose he was in every party basically for 50 years and was successful in them all.

Fitz: Okay, but when you vaunt Churchill’s malleability that makes it sound like you’re not totally wedded for the next 30 years to the Nats?

MC: I think I’ve used up my metamorphoses in that regard. I was a communist at uni, then I joined the Liberals, and then when I went to work for Barnaby Joyce, I got to know the National Party and really liked their outlook.


Fitz: I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say, “You were a COMMUNIST at Uni!?”

MC: Yes. I’d read The Communist Manifesto, and thought this is the right way to go, “from each according to his ability, to each according to their needs”, etc. And then, early at uni I got into an argument with the people at Socialist Workeron their headline for the day – “John Howard’s a racist”. Even though I didn’t like him, I thought that was silly and these guys are idiots. So I didn’t join up and went on to develop my political ideas in a different direction.

Fitz: Which lead you to being in the Federal cabinet at just 35. Speaking of which, your resignation from cabinet destabilised Michael McCormack and helped put Barnaby in the job of Nats leader. What happened to quid pro quo? You wield the knife, he gets to be leader and yet you’re still on the back bench?

MC: I don’t want to be in cabinet. That does not mean that if I wanted to be I would be asked. That’d be a matter for Barnaby, but I never asked. I enjoyed my time in cabinet and I made a difference. But increasingly, I felt that I could be more effective as a more independent senator, unencumbered by ministerial solidarity.

Fitz: In terms of your political views and roles evolving, you were a great opponent of the marriage equality laws. Can you not acknowledge now they weren’t the end of the world, there has been no Armageddon?

MC: No. I think that there has been a slow erosion of the importance and stability provided by the family unit in our society. So changing the definition of marriage to include gay couples, in my mind, was a simply another step, not a dramatic shift, but a further step away from marriage being about children.

Fitz: Well, as you’re the proud father of five children, do you never look at them, and think taking action on climate change for their future is more important than the political exigencies of the moment of seeking advantage with those who mistakenly don’t believe in climate change?


MC: I think that that unfairly puts the argument I’m putting because I’m putting the argument that what is our biggest risk for the next generation of Australia’s is the rising aggression of the Chinese Communist Party, not climate change. And so, I’m not making decisions around this on political exigencies. In fact, I would make that accusation more of my opponents in the Liberal National Party. Glasgow gave just one big free kick to China. And I think this is madness. We should be focusing on strengthening our manufacturing industry, making sure that we are energy independent as much as possible.


Fitz: But you’ve still been one of the most powerful voices against taking action on emissions. I mean, would you like to take a free shot at those monsters at News Limited, who recently announced that their own policy has shifted, accepting the science of climate change, advocating action to be taken! Senator you have the floor, let them have it!

MC: (Laughs.) I don’t think anyone’s a “monster” but I think one of the disappointing features of modern corporate structure is a distinct lack of courage. There are very few corporations that will say something different from the zeitgeist, be it on climate change, gay marriage or whatever. I think corporations should be welcomed as participants in our political debates, but it concerns me that on this one all the contributions of corporate Australia are in just one direction, there is no diversity of opinion.

Fitz: Perhaps because climate change is not opinion, but fact. You hold two degrees, you know the plural of “metamorphosis”, and use “solipsistic” without blinking. You can’t be that well-educated and doubt climate change is an existential threat to the planet?

MC: I do. As someone who has studied and read most of the IPCC work, there’s no risk that somehow climate change itself will cause us to become extinct. If that’s what you mean by that, I don’t see that as any scenario or possibility at all. I mean in terms of the risks of say, more natural disasters, high temperatures, we already have the means to alleviate and mitigate those impacts.

Fitz: I disagree, but to return to the theme, you’re far more educated and considered than your public persona which is much more aggressive on things like Sky News After Dark. Do you bung it on a bit to bring in the mob?


MC: I try and use a simple language as possible.

Fitz: Does that also apply to your Twitter handle photo, which has you in a high-viz shirt, covered in what looks to be coal dust, when you’re not remotely a coalminer?


MC: I do that to trigger the left. And a lot of people in that industry get criticised, and I’m happy to stand with them and be criticised too.

Fitz: But standing with the coal miners surely means helping them to accept reality, that with so many countries like India, China and South Korea announcing emissions cuts through reducing consumption of fossil fuels, our miners need to begin to transition.


MC: That is what those countries say, but I look at what they do. Yogi Berra said it best: “Predictions are always very hard, especially when they’re about the future.” The best predictor of the future is usually what’s happening today. And what is happening today is there’s record demand for fossil fuels.

Fitz: Last thing. Personally, I believe one of your five children should have the capacity to be our head of state instead of coming for perpetuity from a family of English aristocrats. Do you?

MC: After the royals speaking out at Glasgow, I am coming to that view!



Tweet of the Week

“I’d like the Australian PM to condemn violent extremist ideology – and to do so without adding the word “but”. It also seems weird to me that some will see this as a politically biased statement that goes against my continuing employment at the ABC.” – Richard Glover @rgloveroz


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rain in excess...

After dozens lost their lives in severe flooding in southern India, climate experts are now calling on government officials to prioritize climate-proof infrastructure and take measures to prevent further destruction from major weather events.

India's tech hub Bengaluru was inundated by floodwaters, following torrential downpours which killed scores of people across the south of the country over the past few weeks.

Lakes surrounding the city, which is the capital of the southwestern Karnataka state, overflowed after three days of ferocious downpours, submerging roads, flooding homes, and leaving over 24 dead across the region.

Meanwhile, neighboring Andhra Pradesh state is continuing to reel from the aftermath of heavy rains and flash floods that wreaked havoc on the state, killing over 34 people. As a result, over 50,000 people have been lodged in relief camps in the four worst-affected districts.

Additionally, hundreds of vehicles and passengers were stranded after the main rail and driving routes were shut down.

In Tamil Nadu state, heavy rains shut down the capital Chennai earlier this month. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) later forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall over the coming days in the region.


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Meanwhile a so-called DEMOCRATIC country like the USA is KEEPING ASSANGE IN A UK PRISON !. If this is not anti-democratic, what is? And our Australian psycho government, plus that of the UK are part of this anti-democratic action through biased courts that have NO JUSTICE VALUE… Talk about “kangaroo courts”!!!!!

republica australiana...

The Australian Republic Movement has proposed a new hybrid model for a republic in which the country’s head of state would be chosen by voters from a shortlist of 11 names selected by state, territory and federal parliaments.

Launching the model at the Federation Pavilion in Sydney’s Centennial Park on Wednesday, the group said the “Australian choice model” was the only one that could receive majority electoral support at a referendum.

Under the proposal, each state and territory parliament would nominate one individual, and the Federal Parliament would nominate three. The shortlist of 11 Australians would then be put to voters at an election, and the successful head of state would serve a five-year term.


The hybrid model is designed to bridge a long-standing divide over whether an Australian head of state should be directly elected by the people or selected by the government, as is presently the case with the governor-general, who is recommended to the Queen by the Prime Minister.


In its policy statement, the ARM warns a direct election model would risk “unsuitable candidates” being put forward, rather than those who were qualified for the job.

“People don’t want a Trump-like figure and they don’t want Shane Warne - they want an eminent person,” ARM chair Peter FitzSimons told the Herald.

At a 1999 referendum under John Howard, Australians were asked whether they wanted to replace the Queen with a President appointed by a two-thirds majority of the Federal Parliament. Opposed by republicans who preferred a direct election model, the referendum was lost 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

Mr FitzSimons, who is also an author and Herald columnist, said he personally preferred the model taken to the 1999 referendum, but “it won’t get up”. The ARM released polling by market research agency Pureprofile that found 57 per cent of respondents would vote for the model - higher than other models, which did not have majority support - while 25 per cent were unsure and 18 per cent would vote against. The support held across all age groups and political parties.

“It’s a model that has a chance of winning a referendum,” said ARM national director Sandy Biar. He said that when uncertain voters were asked how they would vote at a compulsory referendum, support for the hybrid model rose to 73 per cent.


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