His last act as premier was to break an election promise.
Daniel Andrews’ quitting the Victorian Premiership yesterday is welcome but the damage he has done is lasting.
No politician in Australia’s history has been more hostile to the family, to unborn babies and their mothers, the truth about gender, freedom of religion and speech and the elderly and the infirm.
His harmful social policy record includes introducing abortion-to-birth laws, indoctrinating children with gender fluid ideology, stripping religious schools of their freedom to uphold their ethos and placing the vulnerable in mortal danger through euthanasia laws.
He weaponised the state in pursuit of the culture of death and lies about gender.
He even banned prayer in certain circumstances and put a law on the books that mandates jail for parents who try to save their kids from the LGBTIQA+ child gender clinics.
Andrews invited LGBTIQA+ drag queens into Parliament House to read books about gender fluid ideology to little children.
No politician, with perhaps the exception of Gough Whitlam, has been more reckless with public finances.
His first act as Premier was to cancel a much-needed tunnel project, preferring to pay $1 billion of taxpayers’ money in compensation to contractors not to build the road.
One of his last acts as Premier was to cancel the Commonwealth Games, shelling out $380 million.
Earning the Herald Sun’s banner headline barb “Debt man walking”, Andrews ran to the exit leaving $170 billion in debt for future generations to pay.
This is more debt that Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania combined.
It is 10 times Victoria’s previous worst Premiers Cain and Kirner’s $17 billion debt.
Andrews just doesn’t care.
Fewer politicians, with the exception perhaps of the NSW Liberals’ Matt Kean, have done more damage to the electricity grid and hiked prices for no good reason.
Mining for Victoria’s abundant gas is banned and so too is the gas stove.
While it is good he’s gone, it’s premature to rejoice.
The Liberals are on a unity ticket with most of his policies anyway – certainly most of his social and anti-fossil fuel policies.
Andrews’ apologists like Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Sky News Labor contributors Grahame Richardson and Stephen Conroy point to his electoral popularity.
“People loved him”, Richardson said.
A better explanation might be that when faced with two leaders at the last election – Dan Andrews and the Liberals’ lacklustre Matthew Guy – who were basically on a policy unity ticket, people chose the strong leader over the weak one.
It’s not that he was loved, he was just hated less.
Andrews has done more than most to shatter the trust between politicians and the people.
His last act as Premier was to break his election promise to serve full term if re-elected.
He said it was true then but he’d changed his mind. Just like he changed his mind on building a road and holding the Commonwealth Games.
By any objective measure, Andrews would have to be the worst Premier in Australian history.
Family First will be running in the by-election created by his departure from the seat of Mulgrave in Melbourne’s east.
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