"Where does an intelligent voter turn? The Malcolm Turnbull Liberals are unrecognisable as a conservative alternative to Labor. They are reluctant babbling social progressives where Labor are enthusiastic ones. The Nationals at least continue to look conservative, though this may not last: the Young Nats have a platform in favour of same-sex marriage.
Elsewhere, Treasury continues to be in the hands of economic rationalist ideologues to whom the words “free market” are a prayer. No likelihood from that quarter of what Pope Benedict XVI called the spirit of “gratitude” in economic life any time soon.
The minor parties continue to offer the gamut from dangerous to cranky to quixotic. Meanwhile the media has so bluffed the electorate that Christianity is the great boogeyman that “regular” Aussies – even those who may go to church at least irregularly – are ever less inclined to lodge a protest vote with parties that align themselves with it. So, they resign themselves to staying put, largely.
Nonetheless, there is the creeping gangrene of the social radicals that have no economic agenda, such as the Greens. Their endgame is coercive utopianism, combined with deconstruction of social mores and institutions, the disintegration of which will carry away all economic cares. After all, those in a state of union with nature have no need of credible or practical policies in areas such as trade/energy/money/economy."