THERE’S A FINGER IN LABOR’S DYKE
... so look out for more than a squirt of anti-US guff
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Penelope Ying-Yen Wong, Labor’s new shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, after Tanya Plibersek disclosed that she thought Africa was a country, has returned Labor to the US-hating force of the cold war period. As if Turnbull and Shorten haven’t already done enough damage to the alliance. So naturally, Fairfax has given the hapless Penny a voice. Thank God no-one reads the SMH and thank God Penny Wong isn’t in government.
President-elect Trump will be supported by a 4,000 strong Administration that will act to allay poor Penny’s fears. With her typical woolly thinking she is suggesting Australia find comfort in the arms of the South East Asian community, you know those nations to our north who are among the most corrupt and unreliable in the world.
It should be explained to Penny that promises on the hustings don’t always translate to actions in government. Lies are part of campaigning, remember, much like Labor’s Mediscare.
Trump will likely rejig the TPP but will not desert US allies. The TPP is better dumped anyway as he promised, as it entrenches $5 a-week-workers in poorer countries as a natural resource producing cheaper products. Only nations with higher labour rates benefit from tariff-free, free trade agreements. Tariffs produce a level playing field to trade on and there is a reason imported goods are so cheap and inflation so low...someone else has suffered.
Penny Wong would do better to concentrate on her lucrative Senate Committees and her Q&A stints, or catty sniping at Senator Brandis, than to start pontificating on international affairs about which she knows absolutely zilch.
What ridiculous broad brush strokes she paints and how damaging when she thinks aloud about her shadow portfolio when it includes trade? Just as well Labor is seen as an international joke whenever it steps outside its union controlled base.
Penny Wong’s elevation to shadow DFAT and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate shows the shallowness of Labor’s talent pool and the judgment of Bill Shorten who has a limited life as Opposition leader. The Left’s Plibersek is not happy at being dumped to Women’s Affairs and Albo bides his time as the ALP’s preferred leader.
Australia needs its US alliance now more than ever as China is determined to expand its geographic influence in the area as it winds back on development. The Pacific rim will always hold critical US interest, and that includes us Aussies.
Penny Wong is just another in a long line of those still in denial over a Trump win. Get over it, get used to it, get a pretty dress on... or get stuffed and shut the fuck up!
[Excuse the language but it’s hard to stay calm when writing about some people.]