Thursday 16 June 2016
1 Assuming that Malcolm Turnbull and his party of extreme right conservatives win the upcoming election, how will it change our politics, if at all?
The polls indicate a close election with the Coalition expected to win with a greatly reduced margin. The Australian people will have rewarded an incompetent government with another three-year term and like the last term, three months later we will in a moment of retrospection wonder why they did.
Rather than Turnbull being remunerated with the leadership authority he craves he will still find himself captive to the nutters within his party, the homophobes and climate denialists who see society as a serfdom, a master servant one in which inequality rewards the rich for their enterprise.
Their neo-conservative voices will rise to a scream in the party room and Turnbull will have to give into the voices of self-serving religious fanatics.
The polls will begin to reflect the lack of authority Turnbull will have in his party room and the media will continue to ask why Abbott was disposed of in the first place, then the media will begin to speculate about a comeback for the previous incumbent.
Any hope that the small ‘L’ elements might find a voice will have been eliminated and those who had longed for the leadership they perceived Turnbull would bring, will be greatly disillusioned.
Progress will be a word that once walked the centre between liberalism and conservatism but will no longer tread the path.
Despite a new voting system for the Senate engineered to make it more manageable it seems inevitable that it will be just as unwieldy as the last.
In essence a close Coalition return will be a miserable result for its leader, his party and the country.
After six years in opposition in which it developed no policies in the belief that just being in power would resolve the countries problems and another three with the same self-indulgence, nothing will have changed.
The monetary plan they said they had, the one that appeared overnight after three budgets and nobody understood – well except that it would make the rich richer – will be implemented and people will wonder why the cost of living gets worse. We will still be wondering what they did in their first term and be bewildered or confused by what they said they would do in their second.
All in all the people of Australia will have once again shown poor judgement. It won’t be entirely their own fault because the purpose of propaganda is to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetrated on you.
The students of the body politic will not at all be surprised at our further decent into Fascism.
And on election night when the result is known, if indeed it is, you can be assured that the Prime Minister will say those immortal words; “I will govern for all Australians”.
2 We live in a time where we are sanitised against the revelation of horror. We yawn and say “only in America” when yet another mass killing occurs. We are seemingly controlled by nefarious folk who place the importance of being able to purchase and carry weapons of war to defend themselves over and above the lives of children and minority groups realising their right to the expression of life’s bestowing.
But now and then something happens that stirs our indignation. A wave of emotion momentarily touches us, a personal sadness, fear, even defiance. Then we steel ourselves for the next inevitable act of terror.
It is within our power to act but the hearts and minds of men and women are controlled by people who are themselves insane.
The sanity of the leaders of the National Rifleman Association who insist that the insane be allowed to purchase assault weapons is highly questionable.
How stupid are they that they would supply for a few dollars weapons of war to terrorists in order to murder their own people? Those who would allow it are as guilty as the perpetrator himself.
“The knowledge that the one and only life we are living is but short should make it all the more precious”.
3 This week’s Essential Poll has Labor leading 52/49.
4 From an unknown Facebook source. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the figures but they seem real enough.
“In 1971 the average adult wage was $48pw. The dole was $7pw. When Whitlam got in he increased it to $21pw and the average wage was $52pw. When Fraser got in there were 3 increases over the 6 years of $3pw bringing the dole to $33pw (Whitlam had added another $4 during his term). Hawke and Keating tied increases to CPI. This brought the dole up to $111pw by 1996. During Howard’s era every request for an increase was fought bitterly until 2006 when they granted a $23 pw increase which brought the dole up to $139pw -an increase of $28 over the entire 10 years. Labor from 2007 to 2013 pushed it up to $231pw. Why am I writing this? To show those on low incomes and welfare get bugger all from the conservatives. I could also talk about the pensions because they suffer the same fate”.
My thought for the day.
“The pedlars of verbal violence and dishonesty are the most vigorous defenders of free speech because it gives their vitriolic nonsense legitimacy. With the use of free speech, the bigots and hate-mongers seek to influence those in the community who are susceptible or like-minded”.