A new trope has emerged in the Australian media: "Something something, out of touch, post-something, post-something, Trump, Brexit, Hanson."
The most confronting example I’ve seen to date was back in November when the headline editors at The Guardianasked “First Brexit, now Trump: can Australia be spared a similar voter backlash?” Spared? And while Lenore Taylor provided one of the more readable takes in this new genre, she was unable to shake the self-doubt from such a stultifying headline.
The Trump-Brexit-Hanson narrative within Australian political journalism, occupying a grey area somewhere amongst opinion, analysis and news, has exploded over the past eight weeks. There are already 24,500 results for “Trump Brexit Hanson” in Google News. Combining these three words as the foundation stone for content has become a crutch spanning the political spectrum and outgrowing any one type of social network. Take your pick:
Warren Mundine (Daily Telegraph)
"Trump, Brexit and One Nation’s resurgence deliver two key lessons.
"First, politicians who speak directly to voters about what voters care about can prevail, regardless of the media and commentariat.
"Second, if centrists are unwilling or afraid to embrace commonsense views, voters will turn to extremists and populists, however offensive."
"The election of Donald Trump and Britain’s exit from the European Union are the hallmarks of a tectonic shift in Western politics, fuelled by rural and regional revolt. As a consequence, the long-forgotten people in the regions of Australia are now at the forefront of every politician’s mind."