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Corporate Political Agendas On The Nose

by | Mon, Jan 22 2024

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Nearly two thirds of Australians object to the spread of corporate ‘wokeness’ across the nation according to a poll commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) and Advance Australia.

Sixty-four percent of 3,526 respondents agreed with the statement that: The involvement of Big Business in political issues doesn’t reflect my values.  Only four percent disagreed.

National Party (87%) and Liberal (70%) voters showed the strongest support for the statement. Despite more than half of Labor (58%) and Greens (56%) voters also supporting that statement, they showed much stronger support for corporate political agendas than coalition voters.

The poll was taken just days after the overwhelming national rejection of the Voice to Parliament referendum.

The Daily Declaration reports the IPA claims the survey was “the most comprehensive exit poll undertaken at the time of the Voice to Parliament referendum” and characterised the finding as a repudiation of Big Business political campaigns by “an overwhelming majority of voters”.

“Australians have rejected the condescending, left-wing, woke agenda of Big Business. The Voice to Parliament referendum proved a turning point in the relationship between Big Business, mainstream Australians and centre-right politics. Big Business will not be forgiven for trying to divide Australians,” said IPA Senior Fellow John Roskam in summing up the results.

He noted they indicated a complete inversion of decades-long political alliances in Australia and the West more broadly. Previously, centre-right voters and political parties were much more cosy with Big Business, while the left was critical of corporate agendas. Now the opposite is true.

“It says a lot that Greens voters are the ones most likely to support the political agenda of Big Business. The historical relationship between the Coalition and Big Business is now toxic,” Mr. Roskam observed.

He suggested that “any future political success” for conservative parties “will only come from repudiating the elites that occupy the boardrooms at the top end of town. Their attacks on Australia Day proves how out of touch with mainstream values Big Business CEOs are.”

The Daily Declaration’s Kurt Mahlburg writes that: “Corporate virtue signalling made its first major debut in Australia when Qantas and Rugby Australia declared war on Israel Folau after the star player dared use social media to express Christian views on homosexuality. Andrew Thorburn, also a Christian, was another scalp claimed by Big Business wokery, when Essendon Football Club pressured him to resign as CEO after the media criticised his church’s stance on abortion and sexuality. The Wiggles went woke earlier than most, followed soon after by Play School, Virgin Australia and Woolworths.”

The Australian reports that then: “Corporate heavyweights including Qantas and the big four banks, contributed shareholder funds to backing a Yes vote in the referendum and actively supported the Yes case for change”.

Advance Australia executive director Matthew Sheahan said the next federal election was shaping up as an “us versus them” battle with farmers and families on one side and elites and ­activists on the other.

He told The Australian: “While the Labor Green teal side obviously starts as the favourite, the Australian people just might flip the script again. The continued failure of the Labor Green teal experiment to deliver on housing, on immigration, on cost of living, on national security and instead indulge in left-wing activism, has set the stage for the campaign. Who do the Labor Green and Teal MPs actually represent? It’s not mainstream Australia. Advance will be making sure that it’s the farmers and families’ voices that are front and centre in the election.”