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Zali, best ask Lisa Wilkinson for Jacinda’s number. You might need it

Zali Steggall proclaimed she would fight for her signature campaign promise – “climate change” – and hold the government to account on the environment in her victory speech. She won her seat in CM’s own electorate of Warringah. That is democracy. No, CM did not vote for her. The result stands, despite a despicable campaign against the incumbent which included leaving faeces outside his office.

Sadly for Steggall, the broader Australian public repudiated climate change given the terrible performance of the Greens and Labor who pushed this cornerstone uncosted agenda. Climate evangelist Independent Dr Kerryn Phelps lost her seat of Wentworth despite the same endorsement from former UN climate chief Christina Figueres. Julia Banks also fell despite receiving the global warming high priestess’ praises. Climate change wasn’t the key issue for those wealthy latte-sipping constituents across the harbour in Wentworth, just as they weren’t for Warringah.

Steggall had one role – to oust the 25-year incumbent former PM Tony Abbott. She succeeded. It was a mission unlike any other seen in Aussie politics. She had 1,400 people to help her. “Vote 1 Zali Steggall” placards adorned many doors in CM’s neighbourhood. CM always thought sticking an Abbott poster outside one’s house would incite an act of hatred. On election day we got proof of that, including a stabbing. Alex Turnbull even called Abbott a “terrorist”. If there were more terrorists like him we would have fewer bushfires and fewer deaths at sea. Imagine if he accepts the Ambassador to the US role. ScoMo can hardly pick Julie Bishop especially after Bill Shorten endorsed her. CM digresses.

Although Steggall denied the role of activist group GetUp! during the campaign, she has now acknowledged its role. She said,

I think some of [GetUp!’s] aspects have been divisive … but on the other hand, they have raised the profile of climate change…They are here to raise awareness of issues and, for me, that is part of democracy. We are all the better for having­ the variety of issues and debate and opinions at the table.

GetUp! didn’t get much bang for the $13.5mn outside of Abbott. Peter Dutton in the seat of Dickson, Queensland and Christian Porter in the electorate of Pearce, Western ­Australia both increased their margin. GetUp!’s other targets – Greg Hunt, Kevin Andrews and Josh Frydenberg in Victoria as well as Nicolle­ Flint in South Australia, suffered swings against them but all kept their seats. Perhaps they may feel better knowing Clive Palmer won nothing with his $60mn advertising blitz although already Labor sooks are complaining this was indirect spending on the Libs campaign.

In 2022, if Steggall chooses to run, it is unlikely she’ll get anywhere near that level of backing. She is a one term MP. The Liberals will put forward a new candidate who isn’t Abbott. Like Sharma in Wentworth, the Liberals should retake the seat. Steggall won’t have 1,400 volunteers to support her. Nor $13.5mn in GetUp! Backing. If Morrison gets a majority then her vote will be useless in the lower house. She will have served her purpose. If she has any chance of winning she’ll need to trade in the Nissan Pathfinder.

Steggall might do her best to push climate change in parliament for her luxury SUV loving constituents but it will be to no avail. Her biggest global warming sponsors, Labor, will be desperate to find a leader to pull them back from the left. Sadly the first two candidates – Plibersek (who has now stepped away) and Albanese – are of the left and the third suggestion is Jim Chalmers, who was a principle advisor to Rudd. Even Chris Bowen has announced he might run. If they have to bring a new platform, it can’t be the politics of envy and class warfare nor loony uncosted climate change targets nor identity. A new Labor leader will have a lot of trouble reuniting such unmitigated failure in opposition.

The irony is that if Labor scales back the extent of renewable energy targets and emissions then how much of a crisis could it have been at the time of the election? It either is or it isn’t and to try to suggest to Australians that the cost of doing nothing was so high, they didn’t buy it. Who could forget when former PM Kevin Rudd said climate change “was the greatest moral challenge of our generation” in 2007? It wasn’t long after that his ETS was scrapped. Flimflam.

Steggall might say, “I think what was rejected was Labor’s economic policy“. That is true but it was also Labor’s climate change policies which were inextricably linked to people’s pocket books. She might reflect on how many seats that are now blue that weren’t decades ago. They are the aspirational voters, just like that poor chap that lost his job for asking Shorten about tax relief for those on $250,000. Those who don’t want the government in their pocket. Steggall’s electorate is highly affluent. They can weather storms far better than the average Joe.

Maybe Zali Steggall should catch up with Lisa Wilkinson at the Avenue Rd Cafe in Mosman and ask for NZ PM Jacinda Ardern’s direct line because they will both be wondering why PM Scott Morrison isn’t returning either of their calls!

Alan Jones is spot on about the Warringah electorate

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Alan Jones is spot on with his comments about the Warringah electorate.

Tony Abbott has lost Warringah. He had held the seat since 1994.

By her own admission, Independent Zali Steggall is going to be the voice, the leader, the messiah of climate change.

Well… that being the case what better place to start than in her own electorate?

Wind turbines and solar panels at Balmoral Beach.

In the streets of Mosman.

At North Head.

Any beach.

Let’s have solar panels and wind turbines everywhere.

The electorate voted for action against climate change.

Give them what they want.

Indeed Zali Steggall must be true to her word.

Don’t ask any other electorate to bear the burden of this climate change nonsense, propaganda and brainwashing.

Let’s start at home.

In Warringah.

One must not argue with the democratic process.

I can’t say she won fair and square.

You can leave the “fair” bit out.

Clearly, the electorate wants action on climate change.

Well, here we go.

Let’s get started.”

And another anti-Abbott feral in Warringah

These people need help.

Zali’s feral follower shows his true totalitarian streak

Earlier this week, CM posted a picture of a non-sanctioned Zali Steggall supporter. This is the action of a real Zali Steggall volunteer. What a disgrace! How can an election turn people so feral?

Abbott Derangement Syndrome includes ranting during national mourning

There is a Jewish proverb which says “slander slays three people: the spoken by, the spoken to and the spoken of.”

The media couldn’t help themselves drum up some faux outrage over Tony Abbott’s words on the passing of former PM Bob Hawke.

If Abbott had said nothing he’d be lambasted. If he had crafted the most wonderful prosaic portrait of Hawke with the pen strokes of Jane Austen he would still be hung out to dry. He can’t win. It is more telling of disrespect to Hawke to find any excuse to attack Abbott.

Abbott’s comments were absolutely fine. He openly praised Hawke as one of the best leaders of our time. It says more about those with Abbott Derangement Syndrome to find fault in everything he does.

We get many hate the man. Not even working as a life saver and a volunteer fire fighter cuts him any slack. Scott Morrison should have ignored press calls to have a go at Abbott for his ‘partisan’ words.

Why not take to task Bronwyn Bishop, who on Sky News talked of Hawke’s sometimes inebriated state, womanizing and philandering?

Bob Hawke was simply a wonderful PM who reached across party lines to modernize Australia. A shame the press had to find fault in everything. As a former PM himself, Abbott reserves the rise to express his feelings in his own way without sanction from the PMO.

GetUp! smears 150,000 surf lifesavers

We understand that GetUp! hate Tony Abbott MP. The left-wing activist group is working hard to oust him in favour of independent candidate Zali Steggall for the seat of Warringah in the upcoming federal election. So not two days have passed since the tragic news that a father and son volunteer surf lifesaver team (SLS) drowned trying to save a stranded tourist, GetUp! thought this campaign was appropriate to take a pot shot. It has since withdrawn it.

Australia has a proud record of volunteer spirit. There are 150,000 people registered as surf lifesavers. Abbott happens to spend his spare time serving in both the SLS and the Rural Fire Service NSW. He isn’t there for photo shoots but actually puts his life on the line to help his community. Talk about cheap political point scoring.

For the record the Surf Lifesavers this season have rescued 5,353 people and performed first aid on 21,470 others. To put that in context, that is 30 people rescued and 451 preventative actions every hour. The SLS patrol 12,000km of beaches, 36,000km of coastline  and 100 million beach visits annually. This is SLS’s creed:

We are a can-do movement.
Optimistic at every turn.
Eternally vigilant.
Forever serving Australia.
For we believe in life.
In the sanctity of life.
And in our great Australian way of life.
We support it. We protect it. We celebrate it.
We are Surf Life Saving.

You can donate to the SLS here. CM just did.