This article was previously published under the title: “A dark Age or a Bright New Dawn?”. The article has been updated to reflect new developments.
As months slowly roll by towards the final political battle the month of May, some are wondering whether the liberals are entering political Dark Age or seeing the creation of a new dawn on the horizon.
Mr. Robert Clark cut a lonely figure at Fridays Liberal Party State Assembly. People in the audience were wondering how a former Attorney General could fall so low.Looking like monk, propped up by his sycophantic warriors and periodically prompted by his sycophant minion Ian (SQ), Robert Clark did not demonstrate the leadership characteristics expected of him. He has forgotten that the original objectives of the political organisation of volunteers was created to support the Parliamentary bodies. Robert Clark has failed to unite an organisation bereft of leadership, an organisation made up of volunteers who pay for the privilege of serving the organisation.
Volunteers who year after year spend countless of volunteer hours working long into the night while their political companions are asleep. This current administration under ‘auspicious leadership’ of Robert Clark will long be remembered as the time of incompetence and undemocratic tyranny! Political giants of a previous political were are silent on the subject of leadership. Where are these former leaders now? Where are they when the Liberal party needs leadership? Where are the political armchair critics when Michael Kroger was the President?
Peter Costello known as Australia’s greatest treasurer is not to be seen. The reason for his title was that he was smart enough to surround himself with intelligent people. (Well not all as there were a few sycophants hanging around). Peter Costello had the opportunity to lead the Liberal Party once they had lost the Federal election under John Howard, but chose to leave the volunteer base high and dry. Jeff Kennett once the darling of all Victorian liberals (including the author) has lost his aggressive overtones and comes out of seclusion occasionally to throw political harpoons at Michael Kroger. A new generation is emerging, one that does not recognise ‘the Joseph with the coat of many colours’ and therefore are not influenced by past events.
Ted Baillieu is a good bloke, liked by many (including the author) but Ted like others of his ilk has failed to step onto the podium and tell it like it is. He is fortunate that he still retains the friendships and alliances of those holding court in the various electorates and as such can afford to remain in the background. David Kemp, a man of vision some would say, but an ‘Athenian Solon’ he is not. More like the ‘Roman Sulla’ whose activities throughout the ancient world caused much grief? David Kemp reforms have been tested time and time again and have failed. David Kemp unravelled the threads that bound an organisation of volunteers and destroyed the very fabric that made it strong.
Scott Ryan whether you like him or not did what no other political leader has done and that is provide Victorians with an alternative form of political leadership. He surrounded himself with likeminded individuals whose ambitions matched those of his own. Mitch Fifield, Kelly ‘Dwyer and Tony Smith and Scott Ryan formed an unholy alliance to fill in the leadership vacuum. Today that alliance has disintegrated leaving Scott Ryan joked up in his Western fortress. Observing that the political paradigms of the past are being eroded by the current administration, the young Liberal movement is becoming more vocal and aggressive. They are exposing the incompetence of poor performers, those who have been caught bringing the Liberal party into disrepute, ‘winning ground’ at Annual General Meetings and biding their time.
The final battle will be at the May State Council. A battle for the hearts and minds of a volunteer membership base. A crucial political battle that the young liberals and their supporters hope will lay new foundations under a new leader for a renewed and vibrant liberal party. If they fail, then a new Dark Age of political ignorance will prevail. No matter what the outcome, the winners will be the grass root members who have had enough of the current Administrative Committee who take volunteers for granted. Members pay every year the annual membership in the hope that good leaders arise to take the party forward. I for one being a great supporter of the Young Liberals and of a generational change believe it is time that they were given more responsibility. A new generation on the horizon is a welcome sight indeed.
Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Social Media Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), and Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Website: abalinx.com Contact via Email: [email protected]