An app for the purpose of finding and identifying those who are close to a virus carrier is an invention of significance.
It deserves the co-operation of every citizen with a device able to accommodate it. So why all the negativity? Despite every possible assurance by the government, why do so many say they won’t download it?
Well, take your choice:
A. The government and its ministers cannot be trusted.
B. The Prime Minister is a liar and cannot be trusted.
C. The government has lied so much that you wouldn’t believe a word they say.
D. They have stuffed around with matters relating to people’s privacy that you wouldn’t trust them as far as you could collectively throw them.
E. People wouldn’t have a bar of anything Stuart Robert was involved with.
F. The data will be housed in another country.
Truthfully, any of the aforementioned points would be justifiable in making your decision. And it’s such a pity given the app’s unique ability to save lives and end the crisis.
Although I have some misgivings about the government handling of the coronavirus emergency they have, thanks to an acceptance of the science, performed admirably.
Consequently they have received praise for their efforts proving in the process that doing good has its rewards.
Improving the common good post COVID-19 is another matter.
Lies that are told when an internal conscience tells the liar that he/she are wrong is the last act of self-defiance.
We should question everything. What you see, what you feel, what you hear and what you are told until you understand the truth of it.
The lies so frequently being told by this government are worse than the normal ones couched in innumerable shades of grey.
The lies being told by Morrison, Dutton, Hunt, Taylor and others are so repetitive, so blatant, and so desperate that they could only come from men of self guilt and deliberate intent.
The Prime Minister sets the example for the ministry to follow. It’s when he is being questioned under stress that his lying is most blatant.
These are scared politicians who have become so immersed in untruth that they have forgotten the truth that sincerity and transparency brings with it. It’s called ‘being honest.’
The Prime Minister continues to say that we will reach our Paris targets in a canter. He does so in the knowledge that it is untrue.
His own department tells him we cannot but he so desperately wants everyone to believe him that he is prepared to toss his faith out the window and lie to us.
Only a very desperate person would stoop so low. Morrison is one such person.
If we are to restore trust in our democracy then the first thing we must do is insist that our politicians should at least tell the truth.
In September 2017 in a piece for The AIMN I wrote:
“How important is truth in politics? As a writer who happens to love the way words can be constructed to shape a thought, send a message, express love, anger, or convey an action I am lost without them.
Without them something vanishes from our discourse. Without words the ability to communicate the seemingly endless aspects of human emotion is taken from us.”
Words of course are at their best when they are accompanied by a factual truth of what they want to convey.
Tony Abbott is the greatest liar ever to have soiled the plush carpets of Parliament House.
Malcolm Turnbull, by walking away from what he believed in, is the greatest hypocrite.
Scott Morrison by with his lying has betrayed his faith.
The government’s words and actions bring into question the very essence of the word truth. Or they have at least devalued it to the point of obsolescence.
If more people had the capacity to think for themselves and question what they are being told perhaps we would have more genuineness in politics.
If more journalists had the intestinal fortitude to question and syphon out the truth of what politicians are telling them we may get a better body politic. A more honest democracy.
In July 2016 in Dr. George Venturini’s outstanding series, The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment, he wrote:
“The State lives on fear. Today, it is the fear of ‘terrorists’, which is a manufactured threat, meant to scare people into handing over their rights and dignity to the tricksters in power. “Our twentieth century is the century of fear,” wrote Camus in his article ‘The century of fear’ for Combat, the newspaper that had supported the French Resistance to Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Camus said that fear could be regarded as a developed science.”
The next time you hear or see an interview with an LNP politician consider these methods they use to counter questions or even avoid them:
- Keep talking. The more you talk the fewer the questions.
- Questioning the question or attack it.
- The question is offensive
- Attacking an external group. (The opposition or rival groups). Blame Labor.
- Starting an answer but not finishing it (interrupting yourself)
- Saying or implying that the question has already been answered.
The purpose of propaganda is to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetrated on you.
Lying, misinformation, lying by omission, subliminally implied suggestion, straightforward propaganda, deliberate scare campaigning and any form of untruthful communication has become the norm in the way politicians and the media converse with the public. So normal and long applied has this form of conversation become that we are now unquestioning of it.
Power is a malevolent possession when you are prepared to forgo your principles and your country’s well-being for the sake of it.
Four months ago Morrison argued that there wasn’t any evidence that connected the bush fires with Climate Change. When he said that reducing Australia’s emissions would do nothing, he told another lie:
“But I think to suggest that at just 1.3% of emissions, that Australia doing something more or less would change the fire outcome this season – I don’t think that stands up to any credible scientific evidence at all.”
It is well known that those countries with the equivalent emissions or under Australia’s make up for a third of the total problem.
Grant Turner, writing for Independent Australia about the Sports Rorts said:
“LOOKING BACK through Australian political history, I’ve tried to find a more blatant example of a Prime Minister knowingly looking down a camera lens and flat-out lying to the Australian people as Prime Minister Scott Morrison did when he said in relation to the sports rorts grants program that all projects funded were eligible and that his office had no input into which projects received grants.”
When addressing the United Nations in September of last year the Prime Minister said, “plastic pollution in the oceans is a more immediate threat than climate change.” This simply isn’t true and you don’t need to be a scientist to know so.
Another time when being questioned about the phrase “Shanghai Sam” in connection with Gladys Liu’s potential links to China’s central government as being racist. He denied it, where as in fact he had used the phrase 17 times. He then claimed he misheard the question.
We can go back to the time when he was immigration minister and at the height of Abbott’s “stop the boats” propaganda he invents the phrase “on water matters” and under these words refused to answer the simplest questions.
Scott Morrison displays an annoyance, an almost paranoid dislike of answering questions. He finds it anything but comfortable.
It’s not that he is born of incompetence but rather petulance. Like it’s beneath him. The longer an interview goes the more seething is his demeanour.
Of course he, as Prime Minister has to front up but you can tell he doesn’t like it. That he should be questioned at all he finds contemptible.
It has never been as easy as it is now to get away with lying in politics.
My thought for the day
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 sometimes pain in truth but there is no harm in it.
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