Pray for Tasmania

Lefty Besties: Jacinda Ardern and Rebecca White.

As if Tasmania hasn’t suffered enough at the hands of looney-left politicians. As if one Jacinda Ardern wasn’t enough. Now, according to some breathless hacks, my little island home is in line for a double-whacking.

Would-be Ardern of Aussie politics Rebecca White finds kindred spirit in Kiwi PM

Both are young, ambitious, popular women

The “popular” bit I’d question – but more about that later.

Tasmania, like New Zealand, has proportional representation and is no stranger to hung parliaments and power-sharing.

There’s the problem. Parties with tiny percentages of the vote can leverage the arcane machinations of proportional representation, and claw their way to power they neither deserve, or have any idea how to responsibly manage.

Ms White … was a member of a Labor-Greens government formed in 2010

The power-sharing deal between Labor and the Greens was a shemozzle. “Majority government now!” was a key issue in the last Tasmanian election.

When Federal Labor also went crawling to the Greens in 2010, three years of chaos followed. Their legacy is massive, white elephant socialist policies which have burdened Australians with debt for the foreseeable future.

Now, to the “popular” claim:

The latest polls suggest Ms White is on the verge of pulling off an Ardern-like political coup … The outcome of the election … may swing on the popularity of the leader and Ms White outstrips Mr Hodgman as preferred premier 48 to 35 per cent.

As recent political events have shown, polls are not magic crystal balls. They can be skewed by many things. In this case, the relatively strong showing of Labor in Tasmania is, I suspect, less a result of their own virtues, so much as the lacklustre Hodgeman government.

Similarly, White’s lead as preferred premier may well be just because she’s not Will Hodgeman. My personal straw-polling (a scientific measure, if ever there was!) found people struggling to remember who Rebecca White was. I suspect that a lot of what is driving these polls is a simple, “Preferred premier? Not Will Hodgeman – the Labor leader”.

Let’s look at White’s policies:

[A] revamp of youth justice, including the closure of the troubled and costly Ashley Youth Detention Centre, and “repurposing” of its site, in the state’s north.

She said youth services would be boosted and the worst offenders held in a smaller facility.

In other words, young crims will almost all be turned loose with a smack on the wrist, just as they have in Victoria. That policy’s working so well to control the African gang crisis, after all.

A member of the state ALP’s dominant left faction, Ms White vowed to scrap the 2 per cent cap on public service wages

Our public servants are some of the highest-paid in the country. Tasmania has one public servant for every 20 Tasmanians. Hobart is practically a dormitory for public servants. White isn’t about to upset that little apple-cart. This is basically vote-buying in the state’s biggest population centre.

Ms White said she was “very flattered” by comparisons with the Kiwi leader.

Of course she is. But, let’s look at the similarities between the two:

Both are career politicians. White likes to bang on about “working on the family farm”, but the reality is that, like Jacinda Ardern, she’s never had an actual job outside politics. Like Ardern, White went to university, and from there, went straight to a job as a political adviser, and then into politics.

So, two young, inexperienced socialists, sliding into office due to hopeless incumbents and an arcane electoral system. Pray for Tasmania.

– The Australian

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