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Rage, Rage!


Do not go gentle into that good fight
The Truth should burn and guide us on our way
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

When the wise with their educated sight
Call for compassion in the Laws and say
Do not go gentle into that good fight.

Good men upon the Left must use their might
To make their deeds mount up and every day
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

Young people with a vision now alight
Must gird their loins and gain in strength so they
Do not go gentle into that good fight.

While women know misogyny by sight
And violence fills their life they need to say
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

So all of us who want to stop the blight
Curse, bless and shed those fierce tears I pray
Do not go gentle into that good fight.
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

With apologies to Dylan Thomas

Why Is There Nothing Left Under The Bed?


We have all been frightened by something.

For some it is spiders, snakes or cockroaches. For others, it is that nameless thing behind the door or under the bed.

With the former, the fear generates a fight or flight response. The latter freezes us in the hope that we will remain unnoticed.

Conservative politicians have always relied on fear to keep the electorate in check. A sufficiently fearful population will tend to stay with the devil they know. The risk of that nameless ‘thing under the bed’ is too horrible to contemplate. A sense of doom keeps us from wanting to move or to change.

Menzies was brilliant at creating that fear of something insubstantial. Fear of ‘Reds under the bed.’ Conflating Socialism with Communism. Unknown difference was hiding behind the door and had to be kept at bay. It worked for more than 20 years!

Fraser did the same with the fear of unknown, untried

sources of finance. We knew we were in debt to Britain and America and that was good. But to go into debt to a Middle Eastern Country. Well, that was a SCARY proposition. Why? because it had never happened in the past and who knows where that will lead. That worked for 10 years.

Howard wasn’t sure what to make the electorate afraid of until he was on the verge of losing the 2002 election.  Then he discovered the evil of Islam and the horror of ‘Kids Overboard’. A double whammy of fear which kept him in power for another six years. That bed still had something under it but the door? Well don’t ask about that, you may be told what is actually behind it. A dressing gown on a hook!

Tony Abbott replayed the same fears and it got him into a power he was incapable of handling. And so he was replaced by Malcolm Turnbull who felt he was above the fear game and so almost lost the 2016 election.

Now we have Scott Morrison. The seller of quick fixes to the masses. Where the bloody hell was he? His idea of a fear campaign is lots of cockroaches and spiders and snakes. Not the ever-present sense of doom which has worked in the past.

The current election is showing us that the Conservatives need a new source of fear if they are to succeed. Even if a ‘boat’ does arrive at Christmas Island, it will not change things because we have all seen Morrison pleading with the people smugglers to send a boat or two. Those scary Asylum Seekers on Manus and Nauru have lost their effect because they have shown their humanity in the saddest way. But suffering from a pointless incarceration. And now we have seen their suffering. The average Australian is not a monster. While they were unknown they were scary but now we know them. They are humans like us.

So what fear can this Government find to keep us in line?

The economy? Labor will stuff it up! That won’t work because they themselves have stuffed the economy!

Labor will cause Power Price increases. Nope! The boy who cried wolf comes to mind with that one.

China? Trade? Brexit? Unions? North Korea? Not one of them engenders that freeze-in-terror response. For that we need an unseen and unknown fear. The ‘Others”

Sadly for the current Government it seems they must now rely on an alien invasion from outer space to engender the required level of fear of the unknown. Without that, they are doomed!

For the True Believer


In the relatively new Presidential style elections to which we are now being subjected it is accepted wisdom that current incumbent Morrison will lose to hopeful Shorten.

If and when that happens Australia will change. All the bad which has been inflicted on the average Aussie will be swept away with the Liberal/National Coalition. Wages will go up, Climate Change will stop, Newstart will become a living wage, the Banks will become honest, the Asylum Seeker problem will be solved, the Media will suddenly become evenhanded and honest; all that we hope for will come to pass!

All within the first hundred days of the new Government.

SORRY!

That is not going to happen.

It will take at least two terms of Government, probably three for the damage done to our nation by this increasingly inept and corrupt Coalition to be repaired.

Apart from the legislative tangle which needs unravelling, there is a bureaucratic minefield which will have to be cleared before many of the reforms can be achieved.

It is that minefield which is of most concern. And now to switch metaphors.

The Government we see is just the tip of the iceberg.  Beneath the ministers who are subject to a public Question Time are many many Public Servants who are there to firstly advise their Ministers and then to carry out the legislation as passed by the Parliament. Which used to be a great way to have stable governance regardless of which political party held the reins.

Since the Public Servants suffered a genocide at the hands of successive Governments all that has changed.

Now the fact that we never even know their names has not been a problem for a secretive ruling class which thrives on obfuscation and buck-passing.  It is becoming visible again with the actions of the Attorney General in the past few weeks. 86 appointments or re-appointments

https://theworldnews.net/au-news/porter-hits-back-on-aat-appointments-denies-link-to-campaign-bus-contract

‘Attorney-General Christian Porter has defended the appointment of former Liberal MPs to lucrative positions on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’

Some of these appointments are for three years, some for five. There are even a number of seven year terms. This means some appointments will extend into a THIRD parliamentary term. Without a second term, there is no chance for Labor to redress some of this unjust skewing of the political balance of these ‘unbiased’ tribunals.

Now Porter has added a young junior barrister, previously a Young Liberal, John Snaden, to a position on the Federal Court. He will be eligible to remain in that position until 2046!

Other Ministers in the doomed Morrison government are also making appointments to other Government Authorities and QUANGOs.  One appointment we have been allowed to see is that of Ita Buttrose to the ABC board. A ‘Captain’s pick’, not one made with due process.

These are the members of the public service who form the ‘invisible’ part of the Governmental Iceberg. The hidden friends of plutocrats and political operatives. The people who are in a position to frustrate any moves by a Shorten Government to bring humanity back into Australia’s civic life. The reason it is extremely difficult to change the direction of the Iceberg of State.

There is a remedy, drastic though it may be. Tony Abbott introduced it in 2013 using Julie Bishop as the instrument.

From Wikipedia’, ‘(Steve) Bracks was appointed to the role of Australian Consul-General in New York in May 2013, by the Federal ALP Government of Julia Gillard. At the time, the shadow Foreign Minister, the Coalition’s Julie Bishop, described the appointment as “inappropriate” because of the proximity to the upcoming election and “arrogant” because of a lack of consultation with the then-opposition. Following the defeat of the ALP at the 7 September election, incoming foreign minister Julie Bishop reversed the appointment in a decision described as ‘petty and vindictive’ by acting ALP foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek. The beneficiary of that decision, cigar chomping Joe Hockey, still holds that position.

But imagine the screams of faux outrage from the remaining Coalition members in a Shorten-led House of Representatives should the ALP use this Abbott-created tactic against its own creators. They are relying on the underwater portion of their iceberg to give them government again in the short term.

So don’t expect much of Shorten’s agenda to be activated within the first 100 days. In fact don’t expect much of genuine consequence to happen in the first two terms of a Shorten Government. They will not be given any clear navigable water at all for at least five years.

Helping the ALP win this election and institute change is not a quick game. It is something which needs us to fight for the two following elections. At least.

Keep the faith, Comrades!

Deliberations of the Deities


I’m pretty sure both Jehovah and Satan are scratching their heads, giving puzzled looks at each other.
Jehovah; You SURE he’s not one of yours? Because I sure didn’t make him.
Satan; Please! Give me some credit. Even I have standards.
Jehovah; Buddha? Brahma?
Both shrug their shoulders.
Satan; Gaia?
Gaia; *GLOWERS*
Satan; Right. Sorry. I had forgotten about the ‘Au Pairs’.
Jehovah; Cthulhu?
Cthulhu; What kind of monster do you take me for? *sips tea*
Satan; Well SOMEBODY cooked him up.
Flying Spaghetti Monster; – – – –
Jehovah; Wait! There is no way you could – – –
Flying Spaghetti Monster; Look – it was my first time. I was a little drunk and someone asked for a sweet potato cocktail. So I thought – – – but I ran out of sweetener.
Satan; *facepalms* Fucking newbies!

Pauline Hanson – Topless!


Every celebrity has a topless photo out there.

Here is that celebrated utterer of drivel.

Pauline Hanson!

TOPLESS!

ON THE INTERNETTY THING.

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Peter Dutton’s Fears


Two, NO! Three Questions.


Last week was a fascinating one for Australian political wonks.

Scott Morrison’s Government suffered a historic loss on the floor of the House of Representatives.

This loss was immediately turned into a claim that it showed how weak Bill Shorten is. Despite the fact that he won.  Political analysis can be strange, especially when it is done by an opponent.

Then we saw the unedifying sight of our Prime Minister and his head of everything to do with security loudly letting any people smugglers who may want to listen know that Australia’s borders have been smashed open by this small change in the law. Not a squeak from Bill Shorten about this apparent crisis. Just Morrison and Dutton. It seemed very much like a plea from our Governmental leadership for a pre-election boatload of asylum seekers.

Please give me another Tampa, two decades on.

In contrast Bill Shorten moved on to something which directly affects several million Australians. The quality of disability care.

That was when we saw the strength of Scott Morrison’s leadership.

The Senate, through Senator Steele-John, proposed a royal commission into the recurrent scandal. The vote was passed on Thursday and the bill was due to be passed to the House of Representatives. Strangely, Scott Morrison extended Thursday’s question time for the longest time it has run ever in the history of the Nation.

Since then Scott Morrison has been rejecting suggestions that parliamentary tactics were used to avoid a disability royal commission vote.

So why the bloody hell did you extend Question Time to ridiculous lengths?

Which reminds us of another question.

Why the bloody hell isn’t Malcolm Turnbull still Prime Minister?

Leaving a more important question to be answered

WHEN THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU GOING TO CALL AN ELECTION SO OUR NATION CAN BE GOVERNED SENSIBLY AGAIN?