Wednesday 3 January 2017 Part 3
(As I’m writing I come across a video on Facebook of Malcolm Turnbull with suitably modulated velvet fog voice running through the achievements of his government. It is absolutely full of lies, half-truths and omissions. So completely contrary to what I have been writing about for so long.)
Now back to where I was. The NBN has proven to be a major stuff up and unless immediate action is taken sometime in the not too distant future it will be necessary to rebuild the whole thing.
Peter Dutton as Immigration Minister showed the same absence of heart for asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru as his Christian predecessor Scott Morrison and in so doing we saw the death of yet another refugee. The number must now be reaching that justified to hold a Royal Commission like the one for Pink Batts.
With the lack of empathy shown we can only assume that Dutton doesn’t care. In fact Faysal Ishak Ahmed’s death suits his stated aim. That being a deterrent to others not to come, not to seek asylum in Australia. How many lives will continue be lost in the pursuit of what is only a political agenda?
We are entitled to an explanation of how this man died and the circumstances in which he did. If the Donald has a swamp Malcolm had a quagmire and if he were looking to drain it then Dutton would be the first to be lifted from the vileness of his policies.
His outrage that in his view we were losing Christmas and calling on protests in the streets to bring it back was indicative of a man lost in his tempestuous elitism.
Pauline Hanson made the comeback of the century and was elected with others of intellectual destitution to the Senate. She of course was welcomed by the far right conservatives of the Coalition. She goes on repeating the same old racist rants to those of the same ilk and ear, thus satisfying their ill constructed views of what Australia is and wants to be. Things looked promising for the new One Nation then Rodney Culleton quit and internal rumblings began.
Her election was history repeating itself and is a warning to both Labor and the Coalition that the public will vote for those they believe will speak up for them, even if like Hanson, their capacity to do so is limited.
Hanson has had great support from Tony Abbott who played a major role in seeing her sent to jail. It’s a strange game politics.
He said she was an “honourable exception” to the populism of the crossbench. He also said she was a “much more mature politician and parliamentarian” this time around.
Michael Taylor got it right when he posed this question in a post on this blog:
“Seriously, why would you want to vote for a person like that? Why would you want to vote for someone who says everything and does nothing?”
And what is the former PM’s word worth? Well you be the judge. She can’t even speak ‘proppar’.
If Morrison is a poor Treasurer, then Joyce is an imposter as Deputy Prime Minister, Pyne also a fraud as Mr. Fixit, Brandis must then be an idiot as the Attorney General.
We deserve better than self-interest politics but that’s what we are likely to get in the coming year as our Prime Minister has survival first and foremost on his mind. With the new year in its embryonic stages we see the New South Wales Rifle Association leasing prime property from the Government for under market value. Nothing much in that you might say until the name of Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm comes into play.
“It was a goodwill thing, it was also good from the Government’s point of view, they’d been involved in litigation with the rifle association, had lost twice and it was a very unsatisfactory situation,” he said.
“As a result of the negotiation I was happy.”
“I think it’s highly unlikely we would’ve got the happy outcome we have achieved, if it had not been for my intervention.”
Are “secret deals” being made with Senator Leyonhjelm? Just asking.
Although an NDIS scheme was a bi partisan policy it was not a natural ideological fit for conservatives. Already we find that:
“Students with disabilities could miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in extra funding because of serious concerns about the reliability of a landmark national audit into the number of school children with special needs.”
Disability advocates fear the questionable long-awaited study, quietly released on the Tuesday prior to Christmas, will be used as an “escape clause” for governments to again delay the delivery of extra funding for students with disabilities.
2017 will also see a 25% cut to Legal Services meaning that the availability to the law will be the domain of the rich and privileged.
There will also be a $1.7 billion dollar cut to the Dental Health Scheme.
So that’s it in a nutshell. This government has so many problems facing it that it would make a toilet flush. In 2017 things will continue as they did the previous year. How could it possibly be otherwise? For all his rhetoric Turnbull has achieved very little of substance and he won’t be able to whilst he is trying to put out grass fires all around him.
The Government is in ‘Turmoil’ and if Turnbull is still in power in June I would be very surprised. Julie Bishop will probably get the gig but she isn’t the answer either. The problem is with the personal. For all there hyped up educational degrees from the best learning institutions in the world none of them have the worldly instincts so necessary in politics.
They have gone so far to the right that if they went any further they would be in danger of falling off. But I doubt that either party sees in the Brexit, Hanson and Trump results, the oncoming storm of protest awaiting them at the next election.
My thought for the day.
“We never change until it gets to uncomfortable to stay the same.”
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