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I’ve had enough of extreme right wing cuckoos in the Australian Parliament. In the Liberal Party Cory Bernardi and George Christensen. But even more alarmingly even more extreme One Nation Senators such as Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts.
These parliamentarians expound views that in the 80’s and 90’s would have been seen extreme right wing. Those were the angry people who then would have gone around sticky taping photocopied pages of their xenophobia/homophobia and in the case of Senator Roberts conspiracy theories on lampposts and now they are in parliament.
How did we arrive here? I blame both the Liberal and Labor parties who have since Keating losing in 1996 trying to appease some real or imagined ‘Aussie battler Sydney Western Suburbs’ voter.
This shifted the whole spectrum to the right. So much so that people like Bernardi and Christensen who would have been at the margins of the Liberal Party are now MPs. Ans now we not only see the return of xenophobia with Pauline Hanson, but now we are have even global conspiracy theorists such as Senator Roberts.
This shift has caused many ex-Labor voters to move to the Greens. But we are shifting so much to the right that even they are not ‘left enough’.
If we have so many extreme right wingers in Parliament I think we should have some extreme left ones as well. We need real Socialist parliamentarians.
What about MPs that stand for the overthrow of capitalism and the construction of a world socialist system. That espouse a system under the democratic control of the working class to establish a classless,society based on the principle “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”. Someone advocating the expropriation of banks where the the accumulated wealth created by the working class is directed to the satisfaction of pressing social needs. That oppose all immigration controls and support open borders.
Now, do I agree with that. As a Social Democrat, no. But if we have right extreme views in parliament (and therefore in the media) why not have extreme left wing ones? Beside seeing some commentators (Yes, Bolt, Panahi, Devine and Henderson…I’m looking at you) going in apoplexy when a Socialist MP expresses their opinions would be fun just on its own.