Wednesday 18 January 2017
I learnt at an early age that if I deliberately lied or even lied by omission, or I tried to deceive, it would inexplicably, in some implausible way shape or form come back to haunt me. After several costly lessons that severely bruised my conscience I modified my idea of what truth is. I cannot say I had a road to Damascus experience and a rod of puritanical enlightenment struck me but I certainly became aware that intentional lying didn’t have much of a future.
“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”
And so it is with the Turnbull Government. They enter 2017 telling a string of lies, omitting things the people are entitled to know or are just deliberately trying to deceive us. Unlike me, and I imagine many others, they have failed to recognise the futility of their crassness.
The use of data matching techniques against fraud for example can be a legitimate tool of Government. They are not foolproof and were not intended to be. However, in the full knowledge of this the Government deceptively sent out debt notices knowing that the system originally designed to catch fraud was being used to actually raise revenue from overpaid Centerlink clients.
In the middle of it all, the targeting of people who had made errors that they weren’t even aware of came the Sussan Ley debacle where politicians were mindful that they were ripping off taxpayers in claiming expenses that in all conscience they shouldn’t have.
All with the rules they shouted but they had been sitting on a report for well over 12 months with 29 recommendations of how to fix the problem, hoping that it would just go away and they could continue to lie and go on with their rorting. Why is it that after the Brownyn Bishop “choppergate” scandal, when the public were more than just pissed off did they have an enquiry and then forget it.
It’s strange that now they can, after being found out telling lies about their more recent expense claims that they can act almost instantaneously. And its even more strange that after ”choppergate” the pollies made no effort to tone down their claims.
As I said in my opening remarks. It always comes back to bite you.
Having said that, the government MP Steven Ciobo reckoned that voters ”expect ” politicians to claim travel entitlements to attend sporting events.
Any comparison between the Centerlink scandal where the ordinary citizen was being asked to provide evidence of their own honesty and MPs wilful dishonesty, tells us all we need to know about the decline in the virtue of fairness and our democratic principles.
The Government in its typically conservative hatred for those less fortunate want to blame their own incompetent handling of the economy on those on welfare. It’s a “just get a job” attitude whilst knowing that for every available job there are 19 applicants. They are good at perpetuating lies. Even ones by omission.
The social services minister Christian Porter in 2017 was so keen to perpetuate the myth that people on welfare were just overpaid incapable slothful grubs that they were being too bighearted to, or were just rorting the system. Oh what terrible lies they tell, full of elitist crap.
Remember the time he said a single mum with four kids was better off on welfare than if she had a job.
The fact of the matter is that they are using a Labor designed programme designed for another purpose to collect revenue. They knew it had flaws but went ahead with it anyway. Deceitful bastards. They know there is $2.1 Billion dollars to be had over four years from this. No wonder they signed off on a programme that would raise heaps of cash but at the same time vilify the poorest in the community. What an immoral untrustworthy fetid lying government we have.
”Honesty isn’t popular anymore. It doesn’t carry the weight of society’s approval it once did”
On top of that Human services minister Alan Tudge told another lie when he said that the scheme had recovered $300 million since July 2016 when in fact the amount was a figure only identified as debt.
And so, like one day bleeding into the next the citizens of our poorly governed country were, over Christmas and the new year, able to compare a Government intent on fleecing the poor to raise revenue with MPs fleecing the taxpayer to feather their own nests.
On the subject of MP’s entitlements Mr. Tudge had this to say:
“I don’t think, in relation to some of the examples that I have seen in recent times, that people have deliberately sought to defraud the system.”
On the subject of Centerlink debt he said this last year of a person who appeared on channel seven:
“We’ll find you, we’ll track you down and you will have to repay those debts and you may end up in prison.”
The Government after the Christmas break continues to try and hoodwink the people with its lies and omissions. Sussan Ley has lost her job and looks like being replaced with another of dubious character. Arthur Sinodinos is no stranger to controversy having stood down himself during the Independent Commission against Corruption’s investigation into Australian Water Holdings.
Whilst his evidence was cleared by the commission it is doubtful if a jury at the local pub would have done so.
The Government starts the year with a scandal with a minister buying a $795,000 investment property and claiming travel expenses to do so.
At the same time they resist any move to water down negative gearing and attack housing affordability.
As if the Ley scandle wasn’t bad enough we had Julie Bishop claiming entitlements to attend a polo match just to prove how out of touch they really are.
It is said that they are the most educated government Australia has ever had. Now that may be true but it’s a pity the parents of all of hadn’t instilled in them that telling the truth is fundamental to society’s wellbeing. Collectively I don’t think the conservatives have ever gathered together a larger group of liars together in one parliament. Turnbull is a hypocrite on the Republic, marriage equality and Climate Change. Joyce is a liar by omission for not releasing a report into moving a department into his own electorate, Sinodinos cant pass a pub test. Julie Bishop lies about her travel expenses as has Sussan Ley. Brandis and Morrison, what does one say. Hunt has frequently lied about Climate Change. Steve Ciobo, Pyne, Chester and Cormann on travel expenses. Porter as identified in this piece. Did I mention Dutton. Oh, and the biggest for lying by omission must surely be Frydenberg.
My thought for the day.
”Have we reached the point in politics where TRUTH is something that politicians have convinced us to believe rather than TRUTH based on factual evidence, arguments and assertions?”