I have spent the last five and a half years on this blog ranting about the injustice, hypocrisy and idiocy of the Coalition government under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. This blog was supposed to be a way of ending, or at least diminishing, my shouting at the television. However, as it became clear that the lying, bigotry and nutjobbery under Morrison was much worse than that under Turnbull, the shouting at the television increased again. There was also an increasing risk that something could be thrown at the television, and they are expensive. However, it got to a stage where I couldn’t stand to hear or watch Scott Morrison or Josh Frydenberg or Barnaby Joyce or numerous others anymore, so the mute button was used extensively. That helped.
Now that the Morrison government is no more, having lost 20 seats or more in the House of Representatives, it feels like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It is a feeling of profound relief and I am not the only person to feel this. My partner feels it, my kids feel it, friends feel it, and relatives feel it. I imagine this feeling is very widespread.
Earlier today, I saw a photograph which made me cry. It was a photograph of the two Murugappan girls, Kopika and Tharnicaa, standing in front of a television on which there was displayed the makeup of the new House of Representatives1. The cruelty of the Morrison government towards this young family has been disgusting, and it was done purely because the Coalition government thought they could gain politically from it. Morrison professes to be a christian and now that he has gone, that family will be able to go back to the town of Biloela where they had made their home; their torture will end.
Having spent so much time and typed so many words aiming for the demise of the Morrison disgrace, there is still much wrong with this country which needs fixing to bring it into the 21st century. So, I expect I will continue pointing out its failings, perhaps tinged with less disgust, with a hope that at least some will be fixed. This may sound pompous and self-indulgent, but I have children and grandchildren and am fighting the best way I can for the best future I can give them. That is the least a parent and grandparent can do.