Thursday 27 July 2017
1 Either circumstantially or by poor judgment Coalition members continue to dip their collective toes into the political tub of boiling water.
A few days ago I wrote that the Constitution was an archaic document. That if we had a standing ”Committee on constitutional Reform” then suggestions from it would see a lot of matters. such as dual citizenship, attended to.
Recommendations from it could be presented as referenda at each election. It is so outmoded and archaic that you could drive a truck through it.
”Senator Canavan’s mother applied for Italian citizenship in 2006, and at the same time applied for her children, including Senator Canavan, who was 25 at the time.
Senator Canavan states he did not know of this application, has confirmed with the Italian authorities that he did not make the application, but has been informed that by that application he is a foreign resident Italian citizen.”
But the matter of Matt Canavan – although different from that of Waters and Ludlam – has an odor of suspicion about it. At first his defense was that he knew nothing about it. That his mother never told him.
When I first heard that my reaction was one of incredulity. Your mother makes you a citizen of another country and doesn’t tell you. Really? I wondered why this flimsy excuse wasn’t picked up be the media in general.
However, it all became clear the next day when it was disclosed that the possibility of doing so was raised at a family meeting a year before.
It was at a time when his father was fighting fraud charges and was later convicted. The matter of citizenship may or may not have anything to do with it but time will determine if there was.
It seems to me that Senator Canavan’s defense seems to rest on the fact that he never knew. His mother never told him. Is that really true?
Ignorance has, in law, never been an excuse.
I believe Canavan will almost certainly be found to be a dual citizen. It does not matter how he became a citizen. Only matters that he is one – as he admitted himself.
Ask yourself: ”Do you think if your mother made you a citizen of another country that she would not have told you?”
In the midst of all this constitutional hogwash I wondered if perhaps the Governor General shouldn’t hand over governance of the country to the Public Service while parliamentarians citizenship eligibility is sorted out. Joking, of course.
Will Malcolm Roberts be the next?
”Honesty isn’t popular anymore. It doesn’t carry the weight of society’s approval it once did.”
2 Watching the Deputy Prime Minister do a press conference is always an excruciating experience for me. So on Wednesday morning I felt the usual throbbing, or perhaps embarrassment is a better word, that this man is actually our Deputy Prime Minister. What connects me though is the possibility that he might put his foot in it.
His defense of Senator Canavan was obviously sincere but his preparedness to be examined by the throng of journalists was lacking when he only allowed a few questions.
As the Water Minister he had gone AWOL on the ABC revelations of water stealing and here he was trying his best to over simplify the accusations.
When Turnbull gained the prime ministership conditional on National Party cooperation was that they controlled the Water Ministry. No one has ever asked why this was so important to them.
Perhaps they should now. Or Have we reached the point in politics where TRUTH is something that politicians have convinced us to believe alternative facts rather than TRUTH based on factual evidence and sound arguments?
On this subject it simply highlights the need for a Federal ICAC and I’m at a loss as to why Shorten doesn’t make it official Labor Party policy.
3 As you will have noticed I include a final thought at the conclusion of each post. Sometimes they marry to what I have written and others stand alone. The one I post in my daily piece I don’t always duplicate on Facebook. They are just thoughts that I have written down over a number of years. They are intended to provoke discussion for I don’t claim any ownership of self-righteousness.
This one I posted a couple of days ago:
”Poverty is the fault of the victim but wealth comes from virtue and both are the natural order of things.”
I thought this comment by Stephen Tardrew was worthy of repeating at The AIMN:
”Yes John that sort of thinking drives me mad no rational or logical basis simply rabid bias self-interested opinion. Blame the victim the weapon of scoundrels who have no grasp or reality or ethics. Day after day conservatives peddle this garbage and the victims come to believe in their own inadequacy. Judgment, blame and a large dose of guilt to make the vulnerable responsible for events often out of their control. This is a nasty and cruel method of indoctrination that is a mean and vile reflection of greed and complete intolerance for those living in undue hardship through no fault of their own. What monstrous lies conservatives perpetrate and sadly many follow along like thoughtless sheep.”
My thought for the day
”We live in a time where horrible things are being perpetrated on us. The shame is that we have normalised them and adjusted accordingly.”