What follows is a collection of my quotations taken from the political blogs I have written this year. The more serious blog readers will say, this is not journalism. Stuff that I don’t care. I just I hope they make people think. about the importance of this election.
Perhaps you might like to nominate your top three. And feel free to use them as you want.
1 ‘’Tony Abbott if nothing else is a very colourful character. He is aggressive both physically and in the use of language. His negativity is legendary and he has little consideration for any ideas other than his own and says NO to his opponents policies regardless of their worthiness. He is by evidence and his own admission a liar of some regularity. Added to that he has a political gutter mentality and little respect for the institution of parliament and its conventions’’
2 “The GST burdens the poor and those with the least capacity to pay. It discriminates against the poor and the pensioners who are living a hand-to-mouth existence and spending the bulk of their income on the necessities of life—food, clothing, rent, heating, power etc”
3 “The right to participate in an election is the gift that democracy gives. Therefore, it is incumbent on the voter to at least have a rudimentary understanding of politics and to take an interest in the political landscape”
4 “Less informed voters unfortunately outnumber the more politically aware. Therefore, conservatives feed them all the bullshit they need. And the menu generally contains a fair portion of untruths”
5 “Both Malcolm Fraser and Malcolm Turnbull still have views that spring from old Liberalism. It’s just that current liberalism has morphed into far right Abbott style neo conservatism”
6 “Individual rights and freedoms in the United States seem to have surpassed the common good. In Australia we are currently introducing a National Disability Insurance Scheme and even neo conservatives dare not stand in its path”
7 “When talking about the cost of living I think people get confused. There is a big difference between the cost of living and cost of lifestyle. A recent survey found that 56% of those complaining about the cost of living had taken an overseas trip in the same year. And a further 52% had reduced dining out from three to two times a week”
8 ‘Never confuse what you want with what you need.’
9 Tony Abbott at the National Press Club Monday gave every indication that if his Direct Action policy did not achieve a 5% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 there would be no further funding. Given that all the modelling suggests that a lot more money would be required. This to me is an admittance that the conservatives are not in the least fair dinkum about the issue and intend to waste about 3 billion dollars in the process.
10 “People need to wake up to the fact that government affects every part of their life (other than what they do in bed) and should be more interested. But there is a political malaise that is deep seated”
11 “The common good should be at the very heart of every political philosophy”
12 ‘It is only when the health bill of this nation reaches unaffordable proportions that the government will legislate for a reduction in the amount of salt, fat and sugar in processed foods. But the conservatives will probably still oppose it on the basis of freedom of choice’
13 ‘’ Finding the truth and reporting it is more important than creating a narrative where controversy matters more’’
14 “Labor came before capital and is not related to it. Capital is what’s acquired from labor, and would never have come about if it were not for labour. Therefore, labour is superior to capital and deserves the higher significance.”
15 “With Barnaby Joyce gaining pre selection for the seat of New England and Tony Windsor not standing it is highly likely Joyce will win. This will mean that when Warren Truss retires, Barnaby become deputy Prime Minister of Australia if the LNP wins. NO THIS IS NOT A JOKE”
16 ‘Never confuse what you want with what you need.’
17 “When a political party deliberately withholds information that the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned voting decision. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy.”
18 “The right to vote is the gift that democracy gives. If a political party is not transparent in supplying all the information necessary to exercise this right. It is destroying the democracy that enables it to exist”
19 ‘It is often difficult to distinguish a change of mind from a broken promise. Particularly in politics but to break a promise for the greater good is courageous”
20 “In the United States, the Republican mantra for cutting taxes and other policy initiatives seem to flow from their adoption of radical Christian fundamental belief. In fact the GOP seems to be the mouthpiece for the extremities of right wing Christian belief. When you set your principles and ideas on religious belief rather than reason then the politics of fear erode the common good.”
21 “You cannot possibly believe in democracy if at the same time you think you’re party is the only one that should ever win” I used to believe that.
22 ‘I think Clive Palmer’s intelligence matches his body mass, Highly inflated’
23 “In terms of politics. Sometimes we have to listen to what isn’t being said rather than what is being said”
24 ‘It is often difficult to distinguish a change of mind from a broken promise. Particularly in politics. It takes courage to change your mind for the greater good”
25 “The real enemy of neo conservative politics in Australia is not Labor or indeed democratic socialism. It is simply what Australians affectionately call. A fair go.”
26 “There are real known facts in the world”
27 ‘’Isn’t it odd that the countries of Europe have an open borders policy to people seeking asylum where as we have a closed border policy. If the leader of the opposition thinks that we have lost control of our borders why does he not pressure the government to bring our troops home from Afghanistan to defend them.
It seems to me that Tony Abbott’s latest moves to escalate this debate might lead to him to not only being branded a misogynist. He is now dangerously close to adding xenophobia to his less than illustrious demeanour. Or is there a word for those who like to be intently disliked’’
28 “We live in a failed system. Capitalism does not allow for an equitable flow of economic resources. With this system a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level”.
29 “On the NBN. “The problem with designing a network to meet the needs of today is that it denies you the ability to meet the needs of tomorrow”.
30 ‘’Let me put it this way. “When asked for a generalised opinion retailer Harvey Norman can only ever give it as he views it through the prism of his cash registers”
31 ”Even if you can’t turn all boats back, you’ve got to be able to bluff that you can,”
32 “Ask yourself. Does the culture we have make us feel good about ourselves?”
33 ‘With any major initiative, a starting point is required. Otherwise, nothing can be accomplished.’
34 “Sometimes it is good to stop, think, evaluate and formulate one’s own opinion instead of being influenced by the media and those of others’
35 “Our lives have become controlled by the noise of the mass media. The sad thing is that we listen”
36 “Perception interpreted unwisely can result in a mistaken conclusion of reality”
37 ‘In the recipe of good leadership there are many ingredients. Popularity is but one. It however ranks far below getting things done for the common good’
37 ‘Never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen’
38 ‘We must have the courage to ask of our young that they should go beyond desire and aspiration and accomplish not the trivial but greatness. That they should not allow the morality they have inherited from good folk to be corrupted by the immorality of evil minds”
39 ‘We can become immeasurably upset by current events and at a later time wonder what all the fuss was about”
40 “Words have special meaning when they are written by the intellectually rich but mean nothing when written by the intellectually barren”
41 “In the information age, those who control the dissemination of news have more power than government”
42 “I feel people on the right of politics Australia show an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful examination. They have hate on their lips and their hate starts with the beginning of a smile”
43 “This is our country and we will decide who comes here”
Tony Abbott The assassin of hope.
44 “The common good should be at the centre of any political philosophy. However it is more likely to be found on the left than the right”
45 “People often argue from within the limitations of their understanding and when their factual evidence is scant, they revert to an expression of their feelings”
46 ‘Free speech does not mean it should be free from ethics. Like truth for example.’
47 “The main stream media will only ever print or say whatever is in its best interests. Then it might say something interesting and truthful”
48 ‘Lying in the media is wrong at any time however when they do it by deliberate omission it is even more so. There is one Melbourne newspaper that does it with impunity’
49 ‘It is a pity that fact in journalism cannot be made compulsory and decency legislated’
50 ‘People often demand free speech to compensate for the freedom of thought they rarely use’
51 ‘It is a pity that fact in journalism cannot be made compulsory and decency legislated’
52 ‘We would be a much better society if we took the risk of thinking for ourselves unhindered by the unadulterated crap served up by the media and self-interest groups’
53 “Until you are a victim of free speech you will truly never understand what free speech means”
54 “We will never truly understand the effect Free Speech has on an individual until we have suffered from the abuse of it”
54 “It is said of pornography (and I am not expert in this field) that in order to maintain the viewers or readers interest it needs to progressively become more outlandish – more tantalising – more seductive-more flirtatious-more provocative – more stunning and more enticing. And in their desire to maintain some dominance, that’s exactly what main stream media is doing. It has chosen to prostitute itself in the forlorn hope of remaining relevant”
Lets hope the bloggers can pick up the pieces.
55 “There of those who like to opine about politics yet conveniently leave out the political consequences when forming it”
56 “If a newspaper article is written in a manner to suggest objectivity but subjective words are scattered throughout it together with carefully phrased unsupported statements then dismiss the article as having no cogency”
57 ‘Telling the truth should not be delayed simply because we are not sure how people might react to it’
58 ‘When you tell a lie you deny the other person’s right to the truth’
59 ‘Truth is pure yet fragile and requires delicacy in delivery. There are however times when it needs some force to make it register’
60 “Do you shape the truth for the sake of good impression? On the other hand, do you tell the truth even if it may tear down the view people may have of you? Alternatively, do you simply use the contrivance of omission and create another lie. I can only conclude that there is always pain in truth but there is no harm in it”