Tuesday July 5 2016
When in an inspired act of stupidity the Liberals and Nick Xenophon decided that the Senate rules needed to be changed under the pretext that the existing, hard to get on with, cross-bench Senators needed to be gotten rid of, little did they know that they were creating a disaster.
Of course what they were really trying to do was to create a position of self-advantage. The result is that they have created a monster. One in which any government would find it almost impossible to have legislation passed. If the Coalition wins it will need 10 of the cross benches to pass bills and Labor would need 2 to block bills.
However, the focus for me in this piece is the resurgence of Australia’s best known female racist. At noon yesterday I tuned into a press conference at which she was spruiking the same old Hanson hate-stuff that she has been peddling since the Liberals parted company with her.
18c of the Racial Discrimination Act had to go and we needed to have an enquiry into global warming. It seems her running mate and likely Senator, Malcolm Roberts, is the only person in the world who is knowledgeable on the subject.
In 2013, talking about Malcolm Roberts, Ben Cubby, the environment editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, said he had an unusual problem – “how does one critically analyse a pile of horse shit?”
“An enlightened society is one in which the suggestion that we need to legislate ones right to hate another person is considered intellectually barren”.
The thing that registered most whilst listening to her answers was her complete ignorance of the facts. I say “ignorance” because her answers come from a preconceived attitude that has never sought enlightenment.
One who is enlightened is one who has tested one’s beliefs against the facts of opposing opinion. It is obvious Hanson has never sought to do so instead, I think, relying on inherited concepts or fact-deprived evidence. Her black and white answers to complex questions showed a reluctance or inability to take many factors into account.
I was reminded of her maiden speech in Parliament in which one journalist said that she was as a “point in fact” wrong on 25 points of her speech.
“Personally, I find the most objectionable feature of conservative attitude is its propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge, science in other words, because it dislikes some of the consequences which follow from it“.
I went to my box of newspaper clippings that I have kept over the years and there it was. An aged clip from the Herald Sun. It doesn’t have a date but the headline reads “Facts lacking in Hanson’s claims”. The sub-heading reads “Pauline Hanson has become the most talked about politician in Australia, but are her claims based on fact?” It written by Michelle Coffey who lists 11 claims by Hanson and refutes them all simply by stating the facts.
As I have been saying in my recent writing, people want to be heard. They want a voice. They don’t care who spruiks for them so long as they have a voice. It is systematic of a sick democracy that needs to re-examine its democratic institutions and values.
It is the interested young who are beginning to see the world in a different way. It is a world that has no place for the likes of Hanson. It well may be that the only legacy Malcolm Turnbull leaves will be that he opened the door for the re-emergence of Australia’s best known racist. Please explain.
My thought for the day
“Politicians who change their minds aren’t necessarily seeing the light. They might just be feeling the heat”.
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