‘Eye on the Prize’
Noted US economist and philosopher Thomas Sowell once said, “It is difficult to imagine a more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions into the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
In our last post, we presented a solution to the nation’s current economic, social and political malaise.
We noted that facts and figures no longer mattered. That arithmetic, engineering, economics and, of course, common sense were now out the window. We also lamented that forums, podcasts and other intelligent conversations with world-leading authorities also no longer have any political effect.
But just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, along comes the nation’s Treasurer with a Whitlamesque plan to remake society and the economy using “Values-based capitalism involving public-private co-investment and collaboration and the renovation of key economic institutions and markets”.
“We will renovate the Reserve Bank and revitalise the Productivity Commission”, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said.
“It’s not just our economic institutions that need renewing and restructuring, but the way our markets allocate and arrange capital as well”, he added.
Mr Chalmers proposes to do this through the efforts of “business, labour and government”.
If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine, nothing will. As Thomas Sowell says, this is dangerous stuff.
Economist Dimitri Burshtein predicts the Treasurer’s version of values-based capitalism will leave the nation broke.
To stop this madness, the major parties’ hands need to be forced through the brutal reality of balance-of-power politics.
As discussed, at the last Federal election, the total centre-right (CR) vote would have been enough to get a senator elected in every state. That equates to 12 senators elected over the two-election Senate cycle.
Substantial political power could be achieved if the CR parties formed a single party bloc, namely a:
LIB-DEM ONE-NATION UNITED-AUST SF&F FAMILY PARTY Coalition
Note that I have since included the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SF&F) who, it must be acknowledged, did well in at least two states at the last Federal election.
Such an alliance would see One Nation with 4 of the 12 seats in the parliament, UAP 3, Lib Dems 2, Christian Family Parties 2 and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party 1 Senate seat.
Encouragingly, the Liberal Democrats have responded positively.
As discussed, having even one Senate seat gives a party a platform, a status, and a portal into the Federal Parliament for its members.
Working together, a twelve-seat Senate bloc would be a formidable political force.
For any project to succeed it must work effectively on three levels – strategy, tactics and operations.
Strategy is the big picture. This is the primary aim. In our case it is to have twelve senators who can hold together for a minimum of twelve years.
Like anyone who has ever done a jigsaw puzzle, it is vitally important to have the picture on the box before you start. In other words, what the puzzle will look like when it’s finished.
In our case, we want twelve senators, representing the five political constituencies across all six States to hold together to save the nation from people like Jim Chalmers.
Tactics is about which Parties get to represent which States and at which election. Initially, agreement would be reached for both the 2025 and 2028 elections.
To have six senators elected in 2025 and six more in 2028, it will be vital that all parties, in all six States agree to work together and for each other, keeping an eye on the main prize.
Operations is the day-to-day administration, compliance and member servicing. A modestly sized Secretariat would be able to manage this.
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