Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) was a Russian revolutionary whose interpretation of communism formed the ideology called ‘Trotskyism’. Like all forms of communism, it breeds division within society and hatred towards successful people and those who aspire to be successful.

As former House of Representatives Speaker Bronwyn Bishop AO always refers to him, Albanese is a ‘Trot’ from way back. He may pretend otherwise – or that he has changed – but that’s clearly not the case.

His constant flow of lies is just one indicator of this. He has lied over superannuation, power bills, interest rates, the Voice (multiple times), and most recently over tax cuts.

Trotskyism teaches that lying is totally acceptable if it serves to support the goals identified in the Communist Manifesto developed by Marx and Engels.

And Albanese and his comrades in the ALP-Greens are following that exact same principle – lying is okay if it leads to the achievement of their socialist goals.

Given his track record, the only real surprise is how well he has concealed his real intentions. He is only now showing what he is all about. And lies and deception fit well with his true character and political leanings.

While he has pretended so far during his term as Prime Minister that he is a centre-left politicians with no grand vision of a socialist future for Australia, his personal history suggests otherwise.

An article by David Hughes, Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, paints a very clear picture of where Albanese is trying to lead us. It reads as follows:

“What philosophical approach is driving our government’s agenda? As a younger politician, Anthony Albanese was less guarded and offered insight into his personal outlook when he said:

I think that, in general, the general free-market approach to economic policy decision-making needs to be turned around and I think that the parliamentary Left have a role in changing that.

Around this time, Albanese had been one of the leading campaigners against the economic reforms of the Hawke and Keating Governments. His opposition to free markets, privatisation and deregulation defined his politics. And he wasn’t afraid to criticise his own leaders publicly: 

Someone like Keating can put himself up as a possible Labor PM, but he is more comfortable mixing with millionaires and business executives than he is with working-class people.”

This philosophical outlook put him at the far-left fringe of the Labor Party and on the wrong side of history. Albanese’s political philosophy was best described by one of his own ministerial colleagues, Andrew Leigh: 

“The early 1980s saw the formation of an alternative power grouping. Led by Anthony Albanese, who was at the time shifting his focus from student politics to internal ALP politics, members of this grouping were soon to align themselves with the hard left.

“In general, this group was more concerned than the soft left with international issues, and maintained closer links with broader left-wing groups, such as the Communist Party of Australia.’’ 

These values have stayed with him. More recently, as a Shadow Minister, Albanese proclaimed, “I’m opposed to the privatisation of any public asset, including land.”

With all of this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Albanese Government is, step-by-step, transforming Australia to a higher taxing, more regulated economy with a bigger government. 

The majority of Albanese’s political career has been focused on pulling his party further to the left. And now, in this final phase of his political career he finds himself as leader. Given his own path he must be more than sympathetic with the new breed of far-left dissenters in the labour movement. 

This is why he is also now deliberately leaving the door open to additional taxes on negative gearing, capital gains and family trusts. 

For Albanese, increasing taxes on aspirational and well-off Australians is a way to focus the debate on rich versus poor in an attempt to provoke division. We see this too with Labor’s industrial relations changes which are an attempt to stoke division between bosses and workers.

But Australians are better than that. As Menzies proclaimed, the class war is a false war. Australians realise that success comes from cooperation where employers and employees learn they are dependent on each other.

The politics of division is being used on other fronts too. Many emerging conflicts of our time are not between ‘classes’ in the old sense, but between the emergent group of self-appointed morally superior elites seeking to impose their will on others. 

If the spirit of the free person is to prevail then we need governments who foster aspiration rather than seek to suppress it through oppressive laws and higher taxes. 

Politics of division may lead to favourable political outcomes in the short term. Yet governments should be judged on actions they take to unite the country. 

A healthy liberal democracy depends upon self-discipline, obedience to the law and the honest administration of the law. And we have seen a divergence from these principles this week.

In an extraordinary admission, the deputy secretary of the Treasury told parliament that dumping the promised tax cuts was their own idea. It is an extraordinary admission for two reasons: 

Firstly, do we want our senior public servants using taxpayer funds to actively encourage governments to break their promises?

Furthermore, it’s an attempt to shift the accountability from elected officials to un-elected officials. 

Looking forward, we have the Greens and elements of Labor agitating for higher taxes on negative gearing, family trusts and capital gains. The final arbiter in this debate is our semi-reformed Socialist Prime Minister with a newfound willingness to discard democratic traditions.”                                                                      END

The message is clear, while this government stays in power – with or without Albanese as its leader – we will see higher taxes, further erosion of the rule of law and of our right to speak freely. Proposed legislation is already on their agenda to facilitate these objectives.

More than ever, we must fight to stop this government from enacting such legislation and also from attacking our way of life with onerous and entirely unnecessary climate change initiatives that will wreak havoc on our economy and cost-of-living.

Many thanks to David Hughes at Menzies Research Centre https://www.menziesrc.org and Sharri Markson at Sky News https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/sharri-markson