Victorian political fog

Journal 22 May 2022        

It is what it is, a political bloodletting of enormous magnitude.  Political errors of judgement, moral readjustments, climate change, wages, fear, housing, foreign policies, pandemic, scandals, societal annoyance, pork barrelling, and the cost of living; contributed to the fog of political warfare.  A political fog so thick that it clouded Australians view of what the future held in store for them and as such voted to clear uncertainty.  A VICTORIAN POLITICAL FOG

In previous articles, I am on record as predicting a Coalition victory with a slim majority or with the support of independents. My predictions were a romantic enterprise that did not take into account the political fog surrounding the election.  I guess I am eternal optimist.    

That the Coalition lost the election was not a complete surprise, but what did take me aback was Josh Frydenberg (Kooyong) Katie Allen (Higgins) and Tim Wilson (Goldstein) losing their seats. The Liberal heartland has been ripped apart. 

I must confess that when I saw an elevated and an acceleration of political figures hovering and campaigning in Goldstein, Chisolm, Higgins and Kooyong, it was only then did I realise that something was afoot. By that time, it was far too late and the people had spoken. If the Coalition lost key seats in Victoria, it where the election was lost.        

Michael Sukkar on the other hand campaigned in his electorate long before any election campaign and to the best of my knowledge is well liked by the majority of his constituents.  Michael Sukkar ensured that he is seen in his electorate, meeting Australians pressing the flesh so to speak and being seen on the ground.        

This is not unusual for him as he is considered a people’s person, something that his colleagues and peers could do well to emulate. The late Sandra Mercer Moore will be sitting up there on her heavenly cloud looking down on her protégé with much glee and happiness. 

In the seat of Menzies, it appears that the result will come down to the wire, an outcome decided by postal votes. Keith Wolahan, a barrister and an Afghanistan veteran is likely to retain the seat that was once held by Kevin Andrews for many years.  Keith Wolahan is an excellent communicator, well-liked by his peers, friends and is an established campaigner in Menzies.  His military colleagues who hold him in high esteem are of the belief that he is destined for high office. As a veteran, I am biased and I wish him well. Once all the political parties are over and the bloodletting has ceased, the survivors will rise up out of the political quagmire and begin to rebuild their shattered political assets.  

In Victoria, I am quite sure that those holding the reins of administration and logistics responsible for campaigns will be seeking shelter from the fallout. However not all is lost for they still have until November to recover, should they put aside their petty differences and factional rivalries to work as a team.  

Daniel Andrews on the other hand should not be rubbing his hands with glee. Victorians have not forgotten the two years of being locked down; treated as lepers and controlled by unelected alleged health expert officials.    If I were Labor, I would conduct a Hayden/Hawke coup and replace Daniel Andrews with Tim Pallas or someone of his stature. Such a manoeuvre will placate an angry and hostile Victorian backlash against Labor.       

The Liberals under the political leadership of Matthew Guy have been given a boost in the right direction and a new road map towards recovering seats.  What remains to be seen is whether those responsible for the conduct of campaigning are prepared to make those decisions to support Matthew Guy.  Time will tell and I wish Matthew Guy all the best.

Peter Adamis is a Freelance 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 holds a Bachelor   of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Website: Contact via Email: [email protected]