Friday 3 November 2017
We should not be under any illusions that the citizenship crisis will leave us of its own accord. On the contrary, it will be with us for as long as the possibility exists that another MP holds dual citizenship.
The Prime Minister has no intention of having an audit of MPs because he knows that if another of his side is found to have a dual-allegiance then it could terminate his government. This is the truth of it despite the legalese being spoken by the Prime Minister, Mathias Corman and others.
Who knows when the next Government MP might have a moment of enlightenment and reveal the truth of their identity. It well may be that at present that the Coalition’s one seat majority has been temporarily expunged, but that could change in an instant.
We cannot at this time in our democracy’s history be sure that all the sitting members in both chambers are doing so legitimately. A crisis of national import may be showing all the characteristics of a duck paddling ferociously under water, in a state of panic while seemingly calm on top. That probably describes Turnbull’s state of mind at the moment.
No one needs convincing that Australia’s political system is at an all-time low and its leadership, in recent years, has been deplorable. The decline in public confidence and in public institutions has been observable for some time. Nobody seems to care though. The citizenship saga has done much to lower the public’s trust in our democracy. That’s if it could go any lower! To restore it would require a bipartisanship effort that maybe a bridge too far for this current crop of no-hopers.
It has all come together under the guise of what we now recognise as “Neo-Liberalism”: a form of right wing governance that requires the casualisation of the work force, tax avoidance, environmental destruction,super-profits, the digitisation of everything, including the public discourse, and the outsourcing of everything.
The dumbing down of the populace is in part responsible for the cynicism that abounds. We have a new breed of politician. Those who speak with the language of the elitist tongue. The one per centers and the populists like the mad Trump.
At a time when the world needs more internationalism, the citizenship debate feeds into right-wing nationalism. You have to be a “true blue fair dinkum dinky-di Aussie” to qualify to sit in our parliament. Sadly, it fits the life and times of our nation and has the potential to create a dangerous constitutional quandary.
Just think about what is happening in our society and how the government responds. We question their capacity to fill in forms. They say “get stuffed”. We say the constitution is past its used by date. They say it’s fine. We say politicians are just self-serving twits. They say we will fix it … but they don’t. We say they treat us with a “need to know” arrogance. They say “so what”. We say they tell far to many lies. They say “so what”. We say there isn’t enough transparency. They say “stiff shit”.
If another Coalition MP can’t work out his identity, and he/she sits in the House of Representatives, then look out.
My thought for the day
“The thought of business as usual with this government has horrific implications.”