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Victory Down Under: Australian conservatives oust left-wing government

posted at 11:14 am on September 9, 2013 by

Why should Americans care that Tony Abbott’s conservative coalition struck a decisive blow against the shambolic Labor Party in Australia over the weekend?  I’ll give you three reasons:  (1) The defeat of Statists anywhere on the planet merits attention and applause.  (2) Two of the main issues used by the opposition to successfully bludgeon the ruling party were lax immigration enforcement and public anger over a proposed carbon tax.  Abbott’s new government now has a mandate to step up border security (vis-a-vis illegal boats from Asia), and kill the destructive carbon scheme.  (3) Labor went full-bore “war on women” against the Abbott & Co, and failed miserably.  Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s gender-based politics blew up in her face, deepening an ugly rift within her own party.  She was replaced as PM in a last-ditch coup by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, whom she’d run out of power just a few years prior.  Rudd couldn’t right the ship, and the opposition prevailed.  I’ll leave you with two clips.  First, a snippet of Abbott’s victory speech before jubilant supporters (note: conservatives are called Liberals down there, and their party color is blue), followed by one of the most brutally effective political ads I’ve ever seen:

“I can inform you that the Australian Labor Party’s vote is at the lowest level in more than 100 years.”

Bonus: Read the temper tantrum comments under the first video. Evidently, Abbott’s win is an attack on “equality” and the poor, and signals the end of democracy itself.  The histrionics of the angry Left transcend borders, oceans and continents, it seems.

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“I can inform you that the Australian Labor Party’s vote is at the lowest level in more than 100 years.”

It helps that the Australian conservatives ran a campaign with an unabashedly conservative message–something GB usually seems to think is anathema to the American electorate.

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Too bad NRO-types only like conservatives in other countries.

We get Dole, McCain, Romney here because American conservatives are “scary”.

tetriskid on September 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM

steebo77, Abbott would be considered a huge RINO in America, but was considered “unelectable” by the Australian chattering class, due to his conservatism. Unlike here, Australian voters actually punished the left-wing party for its incompetent governance.

Guy Benson on September 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

My understanding was that it wasn’t “public anger over a proposed carbon tax” but anger at a carbon tax. Last time the Liberals ran on a pledge that there would be no carbon tax and once they got in office, surprise, surprise the climate situation was ever worse than they thought and a carbon tax was absolutely necessary for the fate of the planet. Apparently, the Australian public didn’t like being lied to. We can only hope the same goes for the US public.

Fred 2 on September 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

She was replaced as PM in a last-ditch coup by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, whom she’d run out of power just a few years prior.

Australians ousted a government that was marked by 2 internal coups? Quel surprise!

Considering something like that I have a hard time believing that the conservative election victory had anything to do with strategies, decisions or the candidate (rino or not) of the Australian right. It looks like a confirmation of the good ol truism that governments are deselected, not elected.

Valkyriepundit on September 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

It helps that the Australian conservatives ran a campaign with an unabashedly conservative message–something GB usually seems to think is anathema to the American electorate.
steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Well said. Also, pro-amnesty RINO Guy Benson wouldn’t like Abbott’s strong positions against illegal immigration.

Turns out Australian voters, like Americans, are also sick of dealing with the problems associated with illegal immigration.

Abbott would be solidly to the right of Guy Benson’s guy Chris Christie and even pro-amnesty establishment-backed governor Scott Walker.

bluegill on September 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

It’s worth noting that Australians have also been subjected to the let’s “war on women” smears. Abbott is continually smeared as “sexist” and “racist” by other MP’s and major media outlets.

bluegill on September 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Well, good. Now we’ll have somewhere to go when this country finally gets run into the ground.

CurtZHP on September 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Lets not celebrate just yet. Remember, Cameron is considered “conservative”, and this is Australia we are talking about.

nobar on September 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The winning strategery, and my take from all this:

1) Tag the Democrats as the Baby Boomer party. Millennials and Xers can’t *stand* the thought of fighting the Boomers’ battles.
2) Emphasize how Democrats’ ideas don’t work, and all the Jon Stewart snark on the planet won’t make them work. Forget about being “cool.” All the “cool” on the planet can’t polish a turd.
3) The problem with illegal immigration has to do with its illegality, and it bringing to this country immigrants too unskilled to do anything but suck welfare through their kids. Emphasize this when speaking about illegal immigration. Don’t get sidetracked on ethnicity
4) The Democrats lied, and continue to lie. The press aids them in those lies. Plant doubts about Democrats: What is the press hiding from you until after the election, like it hid 0bama’s scandals?

Sekhmet on September 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Some of you won’t like this fact, but Australia is still 92% white. Therefore their elections are more fluid as they are not becoming ethnic and spoils wars with consolidated coalitions. And the Liberal-National coalition still supports the majority by campaigning on issues like illegal immigration. If the Republicans did that, they would swamp the Dems.

flawedskull on September 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

nobar, he ran on killing the carbon tax and dealing with illegal immigration. Not complicated. Not nuanced.

DanMan on September 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Well if things keep going the way they are I may be moving to Australia.

neyney on September 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The Labor Party lost because of their destructive policies, which came from cozying up to the Greens in order to stay in power. They also lost because they lied to the Aussie public about their intentions. Gillard promised no carbon tax, yet as soon as she got in, in came the tax. That really rankled with the voters. They also lost because all of their ‘green’ schemes cost ten times more than they said, went broke and were infested with corruption and incompetence.

They went so far away from their base that they couldn’t hear their voters crying out in the far distance. They believed that because their own echo chambers said something, then that was what the general public believed as well. They thought that because they were trending on Twitter, they would triumph. They thought that smearing a decent and hard working man would win them votes. That backfired spectacularly.

In short, they plotted their own doom, and they have not learned the lessons from it.

Ozwitch on September 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

“Facts” are what liberals say they are. Even if they have to make them up.

GarandFan on September 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Why is something this important in the Green Room? It should be in the Hotair blog. I am so disgusted by how conservatives don’t cover foreign events the way the left does. It hurts us so much when you make this Australian election to not be that important. I want more reporting, and mean a whole more reporting on successful capitalist economies like Singapore, Botswana, Mauritius, and Chile. We need to showcase how our ideas improve the human condition.

thuja on September 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

thuja on September 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

For once, I really, really agree with you.

steebo77 on September 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

The conservative coalition seems to have achieved victory in Norway today. I bet GB thought them scary and unelectable.

steebo77 on September 10, 2013 at 1:43 AM