Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison and the Mirage of ‘Choice’

15 November 2021

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Scott Morrison says electric cars will be a choice, not a mandate. But he said that about vaccines, too. Is he to be believed?

If I hear our Prime Minister telling us about one more thing that will not be made mandatory but will be ‘completely voluntary’, I might get ill. His latest chimera about choice has to do with electric cars. Our new green PM has just said that $250 million of taxpayers’ money will be spent on a subsidised electric car industry. He wants to spend this money on 50,000 charging stations within people’s homes and the like.

He insisted that it will not be mandatory for citizens to get electric cars – it will be up to us and our free choice. Like our free choices about Covid-19 vaccines ScoMo?

ScoMo’s Backflip on Net-Zero

In his push for electric cars, the Prime Minister has been turning a bright shade of green in recent months. This also goes for his bizarre embrace of net-zero.

All this stands in marked contrast to Morrison’s position of just a few years ago. His 2019 election campaign comments are still entirely true. He said back then that Labor’s push for new electric vehicle (EV) technology was a declaration of war against the weekend:

I tell ya what, its not gonna tow your trailer. It’s not gonna tow your boat. It’s not gonna get you out to your favourite camping spot with your family. Bill Shorten wants to end the weekend when it comes to his policy on electric vehicles.

But now, the Prime Minister has become a green zealot, trying to outdo Labor. And he insists that his new push for electric vehicles will all be a matter of choice:

We are not going to tell them what to buy or what to drive or where they can’t drive, we aren’t going to tell them how to live their lives and interfere in their way of life, we’re not going to put their petrol prices up to make them buy electric vehicles, do anything like that.

After saying the same thing about the vaccine, I am not at all reassured. Indeed, as ScoMo gets more and more green, you can be sure that what is a choice today will become compulsory tomorrow.

Where Has Our ‘Miracle Man’ Gone?

As Andrew Bolt has asked, what happened to Scott Morrison? He seems to have gone walkabout. There used to be a politician by that name who was more or less conservative. But now we have some guy using ScoMo’s name who seems to be someone else entirely – a politician smuggled in from the Greens, perhaps. This is no longer the ‘miracle man’ that voters elected in 2019.

The Liberals have won several recent federal elections by simply showing how loopy Labor and the Greens were with their policies on climate change. Voters wanted sensible and workable policies that did not kill jobs and the economy. But now ScoMo seems to have gone full circle and is competing with Labor for his green credentials.

The truth is, electric cars today are far too expensive for most Australians to afford. EVs are around four per cent of the world car market right now (and only one per cent in Australia). So it will take a lot of incentives to get Australians to make the switch. But these incentives will increasingly penalise those who are hesitant – just like our vaccination ‘incentives’.

Will this radical change even be feasible? Imagine all these households plugging in every night to an already overloaded electricity grid. It is a big ask. Like Morrison’s net-zero campaign, he wants us to put our money into something whose success is speculative at best. In any case, 70 per cent of our electricity is coal-based!

Sure, some will benefit financially – big time. It will be a jackpot for car manufacturers who will be happy for us to junk millions and millions of cars running on petrol and diesel and be forced to buy these new EVs. They will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Missing in Action on Vaccine Coercion

To circle back to vaccine choice – what choice? ‘Jab or job’ is what we now have in most states. Either get the injection, no matter how hesitant you might be about it, or be prepared to lose your job, your livelihood, your ability to feed your family, and your ability to exercise basic human rights.

Vaccine apartheid (the word means ‘separate development’) is now alive and well in Australia. ScoMo promised us that vaccination would be totally voluntary, with no coercion at all. Nevertheless, he is allowing leaders like Dan Andrews and Annastacia Palaszczuk to make it very much mandatory.

We already know that Dictator Dan insists on a two-tiered society, with the new Jews or the new lepers being the unvaxxed. He wants this diabolical discrimination to continue indefinitely. He is quite happy to strip tens of thousands – perhaps hundreds of thousands – of citizens of their most basic human rights and freedoms.

The Queensland government has just announced similar policies:

Unvaccinated Queenslanders will no longer be able to dine in a restaurant, socialise at the pub or attend a match of footy from December 17 or when the Sunshine State reaches 80 per cent double-dose vaccination coverage, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced. Ms Palaszczuk on Tuesday morning told a press conference that residents who have rolled up their sleeves for two coronavirus jabs will be “rewarded” as the state prepares to open up to COVID-hit parts of the country just in time for Christmas.

Whatever Happened to Informed Consent?

Rewards for some inevitably means punishments for others. Yet I hear brainless politicians and media reporters speaking about how voluntary all this is as they talk of ‘encouragements’ to take the vaccine. Actually, no – this is not encouragement or choice; it is bullying, intimidation, coercion and manipulation.

According to the Federal Government Department of Health’s own Australian Immunisation Handbook, to use coercion is strictly forbidden. Of vaccinations and informed consent, the handbook states:

It must be given voluntarily in the absence of undue pressure, coercion or manipulation.

Preventing people from various forms of employment, travel, education and consumer activity is most certainly not about choice: it is using undue pressure, coercion or manipulation. You can be sure that in Queen Palaszczuk’s Queensland, it is not just a matter of no longer being able to go to the pub. Such discrimination will likely expand much further in the days ahead.

The New Apartheid is Here

James Macpherson wrote this about her announcement:

Is freedom an inalienable right, or is it a “reward” given by governments to compliant people? Listening to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today, one could be forgiven for thinking human rights were hers to give and hers to take away…

It is astonishing to me that Australian politicians can speak in this authoritarian tone and receive, as if their due, nothing but approving nods from the press gallery. Brisbane? Beijing? What’s the difference these days? Not much, evidently.

If vaccinated people “deserve” basic freedoms then, by implication, the 20% of Queenslanders who are not vaccinated, are undeserving. Think about that. If a perfectly healthy person has decided — for whatever reason – that they don’t want to be vaccinated, they are now deemed undeserving of basic rights we all took for granted less than two years ago.

States all over the country demand that fewer and fewer jobs are open to these lepers. Plenty of businesses are happily going along with this. And if they are not happy, it is because they too are being coerced: they must either sack all the recalcitrants, deny the lepers access to their goods and services, or face massive fines and other punishments.

So much for freedom of choice. So much for no coercion, no compulsion, no enforcement and no mandates. Where is ScoMo in all this? All we hear is complete silence. He is missing in action.

Originally published at CultureWatch. Image by Getty Images at ZDNet.

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4 Comments

  1. Warwick Marsh 15 November 2021 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I must say I am incredibly concerned about Mr Morrison. He seems to have forgotten the rock from which he has been hewn.
    Isaiah 51
    1“Listen to Me, you who [a]follow after righteousness,
    You who seek the Lord:
    Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
    2Look to Abraham your father,
    And to Sarah who bore you;
    For I called him alone,
    And blessed him and increased him.”

    3For the Lord will comfort Zion,
    He will comfort all her waste places;
    He will make her wilderness like Eden,
    And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
    Joy and gladness will be found in it,
    Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

    4“Listen to Me, My people;
    And give ear to Me, O My nation:
    For law will proceed from Me,
    And I will make My justice rest
    As a light of the peoples.
    5My righteousness is near,
    My salvation has gone forth,
    And My arms will judge the peoples;
    The coastlands will wait upon Me,
    And on My arm they will trust.
    6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
    And look on the earth beneath.
    For the heavens will vanish away like smoke,
    The earth will grow old like a garment,
    And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;
    But My salvation will be forever,
    And My righteousness will not be [b]abolished.

    7“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
    You people in whose heart is My law:
    Do not fear the reproach of men,
    Nor be afraid of their insults.
    8For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
    And the worm will eat them like wool;
    But My righteousness will be forever,
    And My salvation from generation to generation.”

    9Awake, awake, put on strength,
    O arm of the Lord!
    Awake as in the ancient days,
    In the generations of old.
    Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart,
    And wounded the serpent?

    10Are You not the One who dried up the sea,
    The waters of the great deep;
    That made the depths of the sea a road
    For the redeemed to cross over?
    11So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
    And come to Zion with singing,
    With everlasting joy on their heads.
    They shall obtain joy and gladness;
    Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

  2. Meredith Gemeren 15 November 2021 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Thank GOODNESS someone is at last saying out loud how rotten and what a liar Scott Morrison is. If you judge a person by their fruit then Mr Morrison is rotten to the core. He may still speak the correct words but he certainly does not back them up with any actions. He is secretive, manipulative and plays with words so that he can say he didn’t lie but we the people and God Himself know better. It is time for Mr Morrison to go.

    We voted him in for the exact opposite reasons for which he now stands. How dare he betray the Australian people this badly and still hold his head up. How dare he say he has never lied. How dare he repeatedly break the constitution and the law and not care. How dare he destroy the freedoms of this nation and rejoice about it. How dare he say to the UN that he leads a nation that is free.

  3. Christine Stevens 19 November 2021 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Paul the Apostle urges us to pray for our governments. Before rushing to judgment about our Prime Minister, please read the Australian Constitution and how our Federation works. There is no one Parliament to rule them all. The States and the Federal Parliament are of equal power but in different areas. There is a small area of overlap which is the only areas where Federal Parliament (and not the Prime Minister) can override the States. This is limited and defined by the High Court in cases challenging the overlapping legislation.
    Our Prime Minister is not a President. Our Federation is different to the US. National Cabinet is like a committee. The PM cannot tell the Premiers how to legislate. Well, he could, but they do not have to listen to him. Hence they rely on consensus, but any Premier is free to proceed as he wishes under his emergency powers or through legislation of his Parliament.

    1 Timothy 2:1–4
    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    Romans 13:1
    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

    Philippians 4:6
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    Proverbs 21:1
    The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

    Colossians 1:16–17
    For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    Luke 6:36,37 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

    James 4:11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

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