I was in the middle of writing a piece about the sports rorts disgrace, when this, from Catherine Marriot came across my Twitter feed: “The Nationals have a real opportunity to add some class and integrity into their leadership ranks and to significantly improve on recent rural representation. It is critical they don’t bugger this up internally.”1 I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.
I could not help myself, so I replied: “I didn’t know you were into comedy! The Nationals haven’t represented rural people for decades. They’ve denied Climate Change, and get money from big coal, big gas and big irrigators. Who do you think is facing the worst of [Climate Change] this year, and will in future? It isn’t city people.”2
You may have heard of Catherine Marriott. She was the woman who made a claim of sexual harassment against the Beetrooter (Barnaby Joyce), the former Deputy Prime Minister. She lodged a complaint with the Western Australian branch of the National Party and, within days, it was leaked by the National Party. Cannot let a woman ruin the boys club! Of course, Barnaby Joyce denied the allegation, and as he was a member of the New South Wales branch of the National Party, it was investigated by that branch. This investigation took eight months and it was decided that there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to come to a conclusion. Plus ça change…
Presumably, Marriot’s wish that the Nationals could “add some class and integrity” into their leadership, is in part because, today, the Beetrooter missed out on his run for the leadership of the National Party. However, what I find hard to understand is that Marriott believes anything will change. The same vacant buffoons are still in charge and they are still at the beck and call of their major donors, and they will do anything to make sure those donations continue, even to the extent of allowing the desertification of large parts of previously arable or pastoral land in this nation. Nationals leader Michael McCormack doesn’t believe that these fires are due at all to climate change, and deputy leader David Littleproud wants to build a coal-fired power station. Tell Marriott she’s dreamin’.