Archive | June, 2014

Climate of the Nation 2014

30 Jun

Climate of the Nation 2014.

 

Australia is slamming out the backdoor and bolting to the dunny because this government is so drunk on its ideological view of advancing carbon pollution for short term $$ gain, that we are all being crapped, headfirst, into the thunder box.

Yes, I feel that strongly about it.

 

Climate of the Nation 2014  We are destined to be the top dinosaurs in the refuse of climate history. Unless we, the people, do something about it now, the Australian Abbott-led government will, quite literally, shaft us not only in terms of climate health, but in the economy as well, whilst at the same time claiming economic superiority and blaming everyone but themselves for their own decisions.

A democratic government is made up of people who are just like the rest of us, but who we the people have chosen to REPRESENT US. Do you truly believe that those on the Australian government benches are representing the width and breadth of Australia? They are not. They are representing an ideology and it is almost exclusively beholden to mining and the largest corporations.

Their style of implementation is one of authoritarian paternalism. They claim grown up, sensible, thoughtful, deliberate decisions. They don’t claim adult. They don’t claim mature. They don’t claim inclusive; nor informed; nor do they claim a focus on the changing century. They claim grown up, which is what children call it. And they claim deliberate.

It’s not hard to accept the word deliberate. It is very deliberate. They know what they are saying. They also know what they intend us to hear them saying. Their campaign, ongoing even this far out from the election, is very deliberate indeed. It has nothing to do with open democracy, nor the long term, nor is it representative.

It we do not want to be led into a deliberate steaming pile of dinosaur coprolite then we had better become both mature and deliberate sooner rather than later, and tell this government that they are to REPRESENT US, not both keep us in the dark and fed us lines that they are the grown ups so we must just trust them.

I don’t trust them. I don’t trust any government, even when it’s one I voted for – which I did not do for this one – 100%. To live in a free and open democracy, which we’ve prided ourselves on here in Australia, and which is delivered a world enviable lifestyle, means staying aware, staying informed, and most of all ensuring OUR REPRESENTATIVES actually REPRESENT US not just in lip service, not just in intent, but in outcome.

A government which chooses to ignore the people, to refuse to tell them the answers to even basic questions, one which sneers, dismisses, blames and openly lies, is not one which either represents the people or is democratic.

We might not get rid of this ‘bad government’, to use one of their favourite simplistic phrases, in the short term, but we can and must lobby OUR REPRESENTATIVES to ensure they actually REPRESENT US and let them know, if they don’t, they are the ones facing the drop into the smelly darkness of the steaming heap.

If we don’t, it’s history for the Australia we’ve all worked so hard to build for ALL AUSTRALIANS.

 

 

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Refugees at Sea; 29th June

29 Jun

It is time we Australians draw the line in the sand and demand ‘our’ government not only listen to us, the people they ‘represent’ but demand they tell us exactly what is going on with asylum seekers.

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29th June

Some good news arrived last night. Member for Perth Allanah MacTiernan was on Christmas Island on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday night, she saw increased “on Water” activities and  local Islanders were telling her that there was “A Boat” and then later changing that to “Two Boats”. She was also told of the sudden arrival of AFP personnel and the staff at the concentration detention centre. MacTiernan passed this information on to the ABC and to RRAN Fremantle organiser, Jasmina Brankovich on Saturday night.

Some parts of social media were a little skeptical as the reports, correctly, were “unconfirmed” yet, shortly after,  the ABC published the information online. Ms MacTirnan has since appeared on ABCnews24 and confirmed all that was reported.

So – The Good News

Both vessels appear…

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The Fate of the Prime Minister

27 Jun

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Please Note;

The following are

fears, not hopes;

observations, not recommendations;

thoughts, not plans.

 MY BAD FEELINGS

Several days ago I wrote a tweet about tony abbott. Capitals are for proper nouns and I can find nothing proper about the man who is our current Prime Minister.

The tweet was a alanreference to Alan Jones comment last year that Julia Gillard’s father had “Died of Shame”. I suggested that if tony abbott’s father had any sense of decency, that he would “die of shame”.

I was rightfully criticised for stooping to “THEIR level”. This made me take a closer look at my current feelings about our leadership.

I am angry that I was lied to. I am angry that commonsense has gone out of the window and that we now have Government by theory. That science has been relegated to a minor role. That we lost the best PM…

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Fear and loathing as Aussies join fight – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

22 Jun

Fear and loathing as Aussies join fight – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

 

The first concern is the way the Abbott Government is conflating this issue, serious as it is, with the issue of asylum seekers and ‘border protection.’ It is a TAMPA and babies overboard dog whistle meant to not only make people afraid of refugees but to excuse the ongoing brutality with which we treat them when they arrive in Australia. It is not only despicable, but it is pure self-interest politics and must be recognised as such.

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