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Dear citizens of Australia

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In this guest post Fionn Quinlan makes a passionate plea to those people who fell for any of the propaganda that enticed them to vote for the Coalition. It’s OK of course to vote for the Coalition – or any party you wish to – but as Fionn points out; your vote could be put to better use in future if you recognised the consequences of it.

Dear citizens of Australia,

I am writing to inform you/us that we’re quickly becoming, or rather already have become, an international laughing stock. An in-joke for the majority world; the other 7 something billion outside of our 20 something million are coming to think of us as the big fat country with too much, that’s giving too little, that isn’t able to look outside of its self-imposed exile, unwilling to step from its soap box to see the world for what it is; a web like community made up of billions of small but vitally significant links. It’s no longer those who are politically conscious that are aware of the disgrace of the group of humans that have been granted power to make overbearing decisions on behalf of our nation, it’s the majority. So, before I try and vent and release the deep scar that is being created due to recent and not so recent happenings, I must assure you that I am indeed what some may call True Blue, as it is, of course, a subjective term. Yes, I too have loved the smell of gum leaves since I was in a pram, I love a sunburnt country, I’ve been around the world a couple of times or maybe more, I say g’day and how’s it goin’, and I still call Australia home. But to be completely honest, it’s really beginning to hurt. Like that awkward hurt you can’t quite put a finger on, and if you try and explain to ya mates down the pub, they begin to look at ya funny.

I’ve waited months to attempt to compose this letter. I was waiting for a time when my emotions weren’t running too high due to one thing or another our current government has perpetuated, implemented, slashed, withdrawn, torn down, disrupted, damaged or simply ignored. Every week – near on every day – I have been confronted with another daunting disgrace. So I’ll try and ease into it a little and go easy on the hard data and “facts” and just try to keep it “real”.

To begin with, I want to know how it is we let ourselves be led by such a group? I like to think that to a large extent it has a good deal to do with a caustic mix of social conditions and what some call the manufacturing of consent. However, I would love for you to ask yourself ‘why’. Have you taken the opportunity to look at alternatives? Have you dedicated even a small amount of time or effort to comprehending policies that are due to be implemented and begun to fathom their diverse effects on not just yourself, but all those around you? Or did you just take for gospel the words of one of the many media outlets controlled by a minute few? Did you stop to question whether or not these people may not only not have your best interest at heart, but in fact the whole system is rigged to favour them, and that within this rigged system you’re merely a pawn in their game? I know, it’s a very hard pill to swallow. In fact you’re quite likely to ignore this entire piece and likely anyone for that matter who may be deemed a voice of dissent. Or any one of the many voices that is forcing you to stretch your manufactured paradigm more than it’s been programmed to stretch.

I’m really struggling to put succinctly what it is that so frustrates me about our current position. But it’s something to do with our lack of Stoic behaviour (you know, the great philosophers of old, the ones who could see beyond wealth and material privilege). Our inability to see that we’re sitting on a literal and metaphorical gold mine and still complaining about it. Our inability to see that the policies being put in place are not only deleterious to us, but are to the whole planet.

“Oh come on, that’s alright, isn’t it?” Sure. So long as you get your long weekends, and the mining trucks get their petrol for a few cents cheaper, the boat people are being kept out and there’s little to no real societal change. Because who likes change anyway? Especially when we’ve got it so good? Who cares if someone who has English as a second, third, fourth language or in fact can’t speak it at all can’t get into your country? So what? It’s likely they don’t deserve to be here. That’s the beauty of an international meritocracy, isn’t it? The people who are wealthy and have all the power have got there because they deserve it and that’s how globalised liberal-democracy works. So, I’ve thrown eloquence out the window; I feel like screaming, but that’s not going to help anyone or anything. This of course part of the problem. Unless I’m the mainstream news or the pretty/wealthy majority (who is of course a minority) there’s a fair chance nobody will hear what you or I have to say. But please, Mr and Mrs Australia, put down that newspaper, and stop watching that mind warping excrement on television. It’s become obvious to me that you’re unaware of the harm being done to our world and country. Take the opportunity to look outside your paradise. Try and stop believing the lies. Ween yourself off the crack that is modern, conservative, comfortable, mainstream life and live.

The fact we’re one of the most urbanised nations on the planet speaks volumes about us. We’ve all this space yet we prefer to be insular, we’ve been forced into cities to work jobs we hate so we can buy things we don’t need. Yet people keep buying into it.

All I ask is that you see this letter for what it is; a letter from someone who sees the destruction wrought by this somnambulist society trying desperately to control you. Take your head from the sand and begin to demand more. You deserve it. We all do. Soon you’ll see that the vast majority of what you’ve been told is highly processed faeces sold up stream, and that what you have been lead to believe is not the truth.

Yours most sincerely

Fionn Napier Quinlan

An unedited version of this article can be found on Fionn’s blog the Paradigm Stretch.


  1. Margaret-Rose Stringer

    I was REALLY pissed off with the ALP – I mean REALLY. I was so pissed off with them that I even canvassed inside my conscience the idea of a donkey vote. But it never entered my head to vote for the COALition – not for a nanosecond. In the end I voted for the Government again – reluctantly and all.
    So those who voted the Liberals in must have been either completely hornswoggled by Mr Rabbit’s lies and lies and lies, or rusted-on Liberal voters.
    Nothing in this world is ever going to change the minds of the latter: we must pray that the former will admit to the hornswoggling and vote yet another government OUT.

  2. jagman48

    I cannot forgive the people who were fooled into voting for the coalition. I wil not forgive Murdoch. I cannot ever and will not forgive Abbott for his lies. I cry for my country and what it has become. Shame, shame, shame.

  3. Ruth Lipscombe

    My thoughts EXACTLY Margaret-Rose .
    Ex PM Gillard is beginning to look VERY,VERY statesperson like!

  4. Daphne Freke

    What concerns me is that the people who SHOULD be reading this will not see it. I am heartsick at what our country is becoming.

  5. corvus boreus

    Not sure one of us hasn’t got a cogno-confusion on our electoral terms, Margaret.
    I was told a donkey vote was a numeric down the column, 1 at the top(apparently a disproportionate percentage).
    An informal vote was where you left it blank, mis-numbered, created your own candidates, or wrote witty profanities.
    I may be confused or mis-informed on this.

  6. Kaye Makovec

    As far as I know Corvus Boreus, that is correct and that is why each wants to be at the top of the page.

  7. Terry2

    Sometimes, in my darker hours I feel that I must be out of step with my fellow Australians and then I read a column such as this and realize that ‘perhaps it is because we hear a different drummer’ and there is no need for us to alter our step but merely to allow our countrymen to adapt to our pace.

    Apologies to Henry David Thoreau

  8. Kaye Makovec

    PS, I know new citizens sometimes mistake a donkey vote for the proper one and I’m sure it accounts for some outside chances getting in.

  9. corvus boreus

    Kaye M,
    Yep, I was right(yay me). Just checked oracle google, insecure about uncertainty.
    A donkey vote is a downwardly sequential numerical vote that defies logical political affiliations.
    Possibly worse than an informal vote, which can sometimes seem like the best worst choice.

  10. Fair Go Aussies

    Great write-up Fionn …
    Have to agree with you 1000% on this … I suppose we Australians have to suffer the consequences of those blinded by false promises who chose the LiNat-zi Party to be our government … No new Social reforms for all citizens, just slash and burn … Bringing in policies in an attempt to repair a non-existent budget emergency has paved the way where an ever-widening division between the classes will dominate the headlines … I just pray that the micro parties in the senate will join the LABOR/Greens and reject the government’s budget … We must rely on their vote to send a real message to the MPs who are suppose to lead the country into a prosperous nation …

  11. Glenn

    Not sure he’d appreciate being called Fionna in your intro paragraph

  12. Kaye Makovec

    Yes Corvus Boreus, it’s always nice to be right 🙂

  13. corvus boreus

    Dear Kaye, there are some matters upon which I dearly hope I am wrong. 😉

  14. R Falkiner

    Well said. but why is what is happening so difficult to put into words. I still can’t get my head around what these people are doing & why. Taking money from pensioners etc. disbanding or defunding all the good compassionate things. The amount of money saved ? is a spit in the ocean in the great scheme of things, yet it makes life just that little bit harder for those that have the least. There is just no logic to it, there is no reason. Cutting education & science & health. Are they MAD.???? I just feel like screaming.

  15. Sir ScotchMistery

    I am so inclined to think about moving overseas again. My fellow Australians are worthless. My government is corrupt. My coffee is cold, the blue steak I was so looking forward to has been mis-cooked.

    Truly, what can one do?

  16. mars08

    Fionna writes

    “…Did you stop to question whether or not these people may not only not have your best interest at heart…”

    Fionna, the issue here is that their notion of “self interest” might not be the same as yours. They might have a different set of “issues” that need to be solved. Hey, Tony stopped those nasty boats, right?

  17. helen

    very well said, I to am stunned at the blatant way Tony Abbott and his party are taking us, axing science in favor of religion?
    building a huge class war , allowing the TPP , allowing GMO’s to invade us an Island ? I am just a mother and grandmother I am also a carer for my aged parents saving the government huge amounts if they had to provide care, I barley live let alone have money to save , our electricity is about to leap by $300 a year, and yet we live in a place where we could lead the world in renewable energy, every day I read of new corruption and jobs for the boys its a disgrace, we need to change our whole way of thinking and living not in some way off future but now!

  18. Jackson

    Great piece I hope that more people will bother to read and start to think for themselves. One of my main concerns at the moment is that people are getting too caught up in this ‘Phony Tony’ business and are putting too much effort into hating one man without seeing the bigger picture. When the system relies on donations from companies even just to get elected something is seriously wrong. There must be a way to give power back to the people, not just the elite few who have managed to gain power.

  19. Kayla Flamenco Malaysia

    I do live overseas and because of personal circumstance have found myself doing it alone (my choice) and wanting to go home. Months ago, here on the Aimn, I made comment to my desire and his Tony has made that wish far more difficult, I am still not home. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Malaysia and have some opportunity to practice and teach my art of passion here, and possible more so here than Australia. Over the last months of witnessing from a distance the destruction of the home so dear to my heart and the true bluedness of my person I am at a total loss of identity ……. I, as an expat, am no longer happy or proud to be an Aussie, so who am I?

    This well written, expressive piece above just makes me want to cry, not for myself but for, as expressed above, all those who have not considered the implications of what they’ve blindly done and are, perhaps, still hopelessly unaware of how the bigger picture will effect them and theirs.

    Here in Malaysia I have many friends, it’s a diverse community that often does not practice their various preachings, but manage somewhat to get along (I say that partially tongue cheeked). Many of my closest friends are Tamil………………….

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