George Orwell and the Abbott Cabinet

Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt has released figures showing increasing effectiveness of the now-abolished carbon tax.

New data shows record fall in carbon emissions

Rumour has it that the post-press conference nosh-up had large servings of humble pie available. In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Truth is Oceania’s propaganda ministry.

George Orwell, author of 1984
George Orwell, author of 1984

The major task of the Ministry for Truth was constant rewriting of history, with another set of lies replacing the old set.

It is ironic that Greg Hunt is the Minister for Environment and he’s been responsible for trashing a policy that was actually improving the environment and replacing it with one that probably won’t.  Surely his title should be Minister Not for the Environment.

And then we have Scott Morrison, the ex-Minister for Immigration whose main role was stopping people getting into the country.

Morrison’s first act as Minister for Social Services was to cut funding to welfare groups  supporting the homeless. Minister Not for Social Services?

New Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has set a priority of deporting migrants who are members of criminal bikie gangs. So shouldn’t he really be the Minister for Deportations?

Or Minister for Women, Tony Abbott, whose only contribution in this portfolio was to insult women with his comments about the benefits to women of the carbon tax.

And now Tony appears to have taken on a new portfolio with his announcement that Australians should “Stay alert because there are people who would do us harm.” The last year has seen Abbott front and centre whenever there’s been anything related to terrorism particularly over the Malaysia airlines crises.  Minister for Making People Frightened of Terrorists?

George Orwell must be laughing.

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