Morrison's hubris shows he's turning his back on ordinary Australians

Morrison's hubris shows he's turning his back on ordinary Australians

10/10/2019 12:08:00 AM

Morrison's hubris shows he's turning his back on ordinary Australians

The Prime Minister's recent posturing with Donald Trump and his egotistical reset on foreign policy are putting Australia at risk

How are we "first", when this ignorant, subservient behaviour at the White House has left us seriously exposed to the possibility of "mission creep" in the Middle East, especially if, as Trump claims, he can easily start a war there? How are we "first" when we are left risking Chinese retaliation for those trade remarks? How are we "first" when the world disputes the substance of our climate policies, indeed identifies us as a serious "climate laggard"?

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From his US/UN visit, "first" to Morrison is all about his personal interests and perceived political advantage; it means sucking up to the likes of Trump, whose concept of "America first" is also "America only", clearly determined and driven by his personal interests, failings and foibles, and his obsession just to be seen as (reality TV like) powerful, and to be liked.

AdvertisementMorrison doubled down during his recent address to the Lowy Institute, proclaiming his concern - as an echo of his mentor, former prime minister John Howard - for our "national interest" and, in true Trump-style, also taking a veiled swipe at the UN and other international institutions that are being "elevated" above the sovereignty and authority of nations to direct or constrain their domestic/national policies.

"We should avoid any reflex towards negative globalism that coercively seeks to impose a mandate from an often ill-defined borderless global community and, worse still, an unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy … we can never answer to a higher authority," Morrison said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's recent posturing with Donald Trump and his egotistical reset on foreign policy are putting Australia at risk.Credit:AAPIgnoring the enormous gains we made from globalisation, Morrison draws on Howard for this position. Howard did support George W. Bush's illegal Iraq War, bypassing the UN. However, you could hardly say that our participation in Iraq, and subsequently Afghanistan, was in our national interest - it was driven much more by Howard's personal desire to suck up to Bush, and enjoy the related personal benefits of flying on Air Force One, and attending church with the Bushes.

Morrison's Lowy speech reflects his personal difficulties with issues such as climate and refugees, and is in sharp contrast to what have been decades of essentially bipartisan championing of multilateral institutions, and our many attempts to expand our influence in the main institutions (such as the UN Security Council), and in their specialised agencies and regional commissions.

LoadingIt is also extremely dangerous to our longer-term national interests. Rather than being the outcome of a careful consideration and assessment of our foreign policy and defence strategies and relationships, Morrison's short-term, reactive, marketing style, based mostly on slogans rather than policy substance, tends to build expectations and/or harden the arteries of other global players. It risks locking us into positions that may be against our longer-term national interests.

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This is particularly so when positioning our nation in the light of the achieved and prospective rise of China, and especially its economic and military focus in our Asia/Pacific region, at a time when the US influence and interest in this region are in genuine decline.

China thinks and plans in terms of generations. To them, Trumps will simply come and go within their planning horizon. Trump, on the other hand, fluctuates from one tweet to the next. He is the sort of "friend"who has demonstrated a capacity to ditch other friends in a tweet

on the flimsiest of whims.So, how could Morrison consider it "putting Australia first" to suck up to Trump and, in so doing, risk offending the Chinese? This is a particularly important question when our relations with China, our largest trading partner (US is No.3), have recently been worse than at any time since Whitlam rekindled the relationship in the early '70s, and when our standing among our neighbours, especially in the Pacific, in some cases specifically relative to the Chinese,

?LoadingWe simply can't take our relationship with China for granted, let alone work in a way that might compromise it, especially when they have been subjected to Trump's trade war, and we seem willing to support the US.Moreover, we are playing catch-up relative to China in our standing with the Pacific Islands. While we have either turned a blind eye or simply been ignorant of the significance of Chinese influence (via debt-trap diplomacy, military exercise and corrupt relationships with key governments), they have crept up their influence.

I suggest Morrison read the recent writings of Hugh White – we desperately need a long-term, evidence-based, strategy for China, the US and our region.A weakness of Morrison's "patriotism" is that some issues, such as climate and refugees, require a "collective" global solution, whereby we are expected to at least pull our weight.

LoadingThe climate challenge requires a co-ordinated global response. Misrepresentation of our so-called "policy and progress" at a UN meeting fools nobody and kills our global credibility.Our refugee policy has failed in not putting in place an effective resettlement strategy; we should have led a regional agreement between source, transit and destination countries.

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Morrison would be even more foolish to assume the continuing, unquestioning support of the "quiet Australians" through all of this. Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald »

He did that a long time ago 'yes my lord,' says ScoMo to his master, Trump Where’s Jacqui Lambie position now? with what has happening in northern Syria? And the LNPs dick relative in the states ? JaneCaro Is this the most ignorant Prime Minister of our age? Turned his back from 'every' Australian and breaking into speed to get away. auspol

That's what Chinese communists' are saying. Australia-US alley makes Australia safe against communist China. He never had “ordinary Australians” back. It’s the corporate donors and wealthy mates he supports. It’s just - maybe - become more obvious He never had their back No PM Morrison is doing fine and the Australian people is not left behind it is.We are doning okay and change is good.

PM Morrison is doing an amazing job, he represents the quite majority of Australians who just want to get on with their lives and don’t believe in this Climate Change religion. It was always about himself and the 1% Or, alternatively, crap journalism uses fake news/opinion as a means of baiting clicks?

Turning? Down with Quiet Australians. Hewson should have retired in 1993. Morrison's 'I've always believed in miracles' resonated with the global religious hard right, like Pence and Bolsonaro. Morrison never has a plan, because only God has a plan. The challenge to AU democracy is from the radical religious hard right.

Burn for me baby Hello! Has the penny just been dropped? He was never 'with' ordinary Australians. The multi-hat 'blokey' charade was always just AdMo in action - and look who fell for it! auspol Morrison is too self absorbed and licking the boots of a suicidal US President 😡 *Note: Morrison consists of two backs.

How good is Trump’s Australia?! Wow this is a potent message from a peer. 🙏🏻 John Hewson as this needed to be said. Hope others step up like you have done. ScottMorrisonMP continues to suck up to POTUS by supporting him throwing Kurdish & European (‘it’s ok ISIS will go to Europe’) allies under a bus. MarisePayne much more circumspect than the PM in supporting this gutless decision. Trump is a coward & NOT an ally you can trust.

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Morrison's hubris shows he's turning his back on ordinary AustraliansScott Morrison would be foolish to assume the continuing, unquestioning support of the 'quiet Australians' through all of this. | OPINION Thanks the age, for such genuine and precise commentary about Morrison! Showing the Age is clear in mind and above the other commercial and politically driven media, kudos!💪💪 That Man is a Wanted Paedophile Charged by Victoria Police in the Year of 1989, then Scott Morrison Prime Minister of Australia, was Hidden in N.S.W. by Now Jailed Police Officer's for Child Sexual Abuse, Wake Up Australia Running a Country with On the Run Criminals. Arrest Scomo We are in danger, you all voted a mad man into power, and man is he using that power, way out of control. the little dictator.

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