The Liberal Party have
put out an apparent campaign clip1 which begins with Julia Gillard extolling the likely
virtues of Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, as prime minister, where she
says “I think he’s going to be terrific”. This transitions into a clip of
Shorten side by side with Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Run for the Kids event
from early 20182, The caption indicates that Shorten says: “I’m
going to be the next prime minister of Australia”, but that appears to be not
what Shorten actually said. Unfortunately, I cannot find the original clip to
actually hear what he said. Over this clip of Shorten and Schwarzenegger, the
Liberal Party has superimposed the sound of a gunshot1.
Belinda Jones, who
writes for The Independent (subscribe if you can, it is worth it), phoned the
Liberal Party Federal Secretariat who apparently did not know of the clip and
were shocked that it ended with a gunshot sound. Jones asked for it to be removed3.
This clip was authorised by A. Hirst from the Liberal Party of Australia1.
Andrew Hirst is the Federal Director of the Liberal Party and was deputy chief
of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott4. In the last hour the clip
seems to have been removed5.
It may just be my
perception, but this Liberal Party clip, which portrays Shorten as being cocky
to the point of assuming he will be prime minister, coupled with a gunshot, is
the closest to incitement to violence I have ever seen in any election campaign
that I can remember. This is extremely serious, even more so, given what happened
in Christchurch last month. It shows how desperate the Liberal Party is to
retain power; they will say and do anything. They are beneath contempt and
anyone who thinks this sort of action is acceptable is unfit to be an
office-holder in such a party, let alone be in parliament.