An early federal election next year is now on the cards following a powerful and visionary address by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday.
In an at-times emotional speech, Mr Morrison said that by the end of his terms in office, he wanted to be known as much more than just a much-loved father of the nation and revered war-time leader.
“I want to be remembered as the manufacturing prime minister who restored this country to industrial greatness after the devastation of COVID-19,” the PM declared as he announced his government might spend $1.3 billion over the next decade to “get Australia making things again”.
In a shameless but effective riff on Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, Mr Morrison began many of his comments with “I have a vision…”
“I have a vision ….,” he thundered, punching the air with a fist for emphasis …” that Australians can one day go into their local Bunnings and buy something made in Australia other than the seedlings and the fertilisers in the garden section.
“I have a vision that Australians one day could wander around a Harvey Norman store and find something to buy that’s made right here in Australia.”
Mr Morrison admitted that anything with an engine/motor or complicated computer circuitry such as white goods, televisions and sound systems, power tools, motorised lawnmowers and the like were now realistically out of reach.
“So much mechanical, electrical and computer/technical expertise was lost when the car-makers left Australia against the wishes of the government. Nevertheless…
“I have a vision that Australians can one day walk into a Harvey Norman store and proudly grab a basic kettle or jug made in Oz as long as it doesn’t have an element and relies on an external heat source.
“I have a vision that one day customers can proudly walk out of Bunnings with a rake, broom, shovel or maddock made right here in Australia, tools that will last more than a few months before their wooden handles bow into a circle.”