I Don’t Think That’ll Help

“Hey, Bec – have you thought about making transgender Aboriginal dance a compulsory school subject?” Pictures: Matthew Farrell/Getty Images

As Tasmanians grit their teeth for a five-week-long election campaign (the last Federal election, at six weeks, was the longest in living memory), more grim news descended on the Island State.

Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews will fly to Tasmania to support state Opposition Leader Rebecca White’s election campaign

Aren’t Tasmanians suffering enough? Isn’t it enough that we have to endure over a month of flyers clogging up our letterboxes, and political advertising constantly interrupting My Kitchen Rules and sheep dip ads on the telly? Now we have to put up with the leader who has almost single-handedly turned his own state into a socialist basket-case?

Possibly the only person on the island who seems to be happy about this is Tasmanian Labor leader, Rebecca White – the “Australian Jacinda Ardern”, as some breathless media types have gushed.

Ms White … yesterday welcomed Mr Andrews’ support.

“I’m proud that Daniel Andrews is coming down to offer his support to the campaign — he’s a great Labor Premier with a strong track record of putting people first

It’d be interesting to know which of Andrews’, ahem, notable policy achievements makes him such a “great Labor Premier”.

Spending hundreds of millions of dollars not to build a road? Wrecking the proud volunteer organisation, the Country Fire Authority, by handing control of its operations over to the militant, city-based, Fire Fighters Union? Running expensive desalination plants, at a time when dams were mostly full? Closing coal-fired power stations, leading to blackouts in his state, this summer?

Maybe sitting idle while African crime gangs instituted a reign of terror in Melbourne?

How about the infamous “Safe Schools” transgender indoctrination program? Attempting to allow people to alter their birth certificates to whatever made-up gender struck their fancy?

Or trying to change ANZAC Day to commemorate “Aboriginal warriors” who were killed fighting “European invasion/settlement”?

Tasmanian Labor’s flagship policy so far this election is … drumroll … banning poker machines. Oh, and abortion on demand in public hospitals.

Sure, Tasmanian Labor desperately need policy ideas, but please, anywhere but from Victoria.

– The Australian

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