“The only good politician is a scared politician”

“The only good politician is a scared politician,” says one of the world’s best known and most qualified geologists, Professor Ian Plimer. I had asked him on ADHTV why politicians were massively raising electricity bills for ordinary Australians, while contemptuously increasing their enormous personal carbon footprint.

I thought of this when Prime Minister Albanese refused to give assurances that the return of ISIS supporters would not pose a serious security risk. Too many “mistakes” have been made in this area to have any confidence in the PM’s lack of assurance. If something serious happens, there should be consequences for those who impose that decision on Australians.

Just as there should be consequences for issuing regulations not backed by law, as happened with the live cattle ban, consequences beyond the billions in damages the hapless taxpayer will cover.

There should be a criminal offense of gross misconduct in the exercise of public office whenever politicians act recklessly with regard to their legal powers and also with regard to the consequences of their decisions.

The way to make sure in advance that politicians just don’t do this stuff is to make them really accountable.

This responsibility should not be limited to our elections which, let us remember, are more open to fraud and manipulation than in comparable countries.

Politicians should be as responsible as most Australian workers – 24/7.

What we need is to end the control of disconnected political establishments, just as Americans did in the 2016 election, when the Republican Party’s main candidates were both foreigners, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

What the Australian people desperately need are tools to keep politicians in the perpetual state of fear described by Professor Plimer.

While our founders (unlike those in Barbados) were correct in guaranteeing that the Constitution could only be changed with the approval of the people in a referendum, they made three major mistakes.

First, only the federal government can initiate such a referendum. Second, the government has unlimited power to choose federal judges. Third, they surprisingly modeled the High Court on the powerful Supreme Court of the United States, despite that Court’s abysmal record of starting civil war and then entrenching segregation.

As I say in a change.org petition to “take back your country”, the tools to correct these mistakes are recall elections and binding citizen-initiated referendums. Both would strike fear into the hearts of politicians.

There is no doubt that decisions from below are much more likely to be in the national interest than those of a political class which, according to Professor Plimer, is driven only by its own self-interest.

Given the lack of accountability once the mandate is obtained, it is hardly surprising that the Albanian government can, with impunity, recklessly endanger national security, drive up already impossible energy prices by 56 % or more, exacerbating inflation, stalling water-saving projects and mitigating floods, all while stepping up their tired effort to impose a republic of unknown politicians on a clearly reluctant nation.

They say the latter is conditional on both securing a second term and winning the Voice referendum. Although the government is pouring millions of taxpayer funds directly and indirectly into the Yes case, strong opposition from principled Indigenous leaders such as Senator Jacinta Price and Warren Mundine is making Australians increasingly uneasy.

Few like the Albanian government’s proposal that voting rights should be determined by race. Claims to the contrary notwithstanding, the right to vote has never depended on race in Australia, as expert historian Keith Windschuttle carefully explained in a recent ADHTV interview.

The government’s main justification for imposing the republic of certain as yet unknown politicians is an extraordinary double fabrication. Firstly, by sacking the Whitlam government, only the Queen was aware of the Governor General’s intentions and secondly, Sir John acted in British, not Australian, interests. The government should be embarrassed to rely on such outrageous inventions.

The government humbly claims that it is also motivated by the curious acquisition of Scott Morrison portfolios. The simple solution to this madness is to get into the habit of announcing these appointments in the Gazette a legal obligation.

We certainly don’t need a referendum to do that. It would be an even more overreaction than the multi-million dollar royal commission the government has already convened. As for the form of the republic, rest assured that it will not be a real republic, at least one that applies the Actonian principle of power and its corrupting influence. A true republic, such as our existing crowned republic (except unfortunately during Covid) must surely conform to James Madison’s famous prescription in the Federalist Papers.

It is that its constitution must not only allow the government to control the governed, it must also “force it to control itself”.

Because of these Albanian government machinations, next Wednesday’s national ACM conference will feature an expert briefing by Lt. Col. Peter O’Brien, author of the most authoritative book, Villain or victim? A Defense of Sir John Kerr and the Reserve Powers.

In addition to a retrospective interview with John Howard on what was the fairest referendum ever held in our history, the conference, streamed and available on ADHTV, will feature contributions from Tony Abbott, Alan Jones and commentator Fred Pawle on constitutional issues exposed under Covid. There will also be a report from the ACM delegation to the government on their constitutional program, where they presented a detailed submission.

Of course, the Albanian government will not be deterred by the holding of a conference. But if the ACM, alone among the republican or monarchist organizations, holds a national conference every year, it is to remain faithful to its principles, to devote its little funding to education rather than to high-end premises or to journeys, as well as to refine the strategy that led them to victory.

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