Friday 8 June 2018
If you have been wondering where I have been the last few days the truth of it is that I got lost in the words of a couple of my quotations. I have been writing them and hopefully living by them most of my adult life.
“You cannot always change what happens to you. Often you have no control over it. What you do have control over is the way in which you respond.”
Responding to this one took some time but eventually I broke through. Anyway, it’s better than taking pills.
“Having the ability to admit that you are wrong is an absolute prerequisite to discernment and knowledge.”
Resolving issues takes time and these are still a work in progress but at least I have put fingers to keys and the words still grow. Just needed a little water.
Anyway, given that time has been against me today I thought I would make some ad hoc comments about current affairs in our beloved world of politics and culture, and invite you to comment or discuss them.
1 Figures show that our economic growth reached 3% for the March quarter and the Treasurer is bragging that it is the Government’s doing. However, if you look more closely you will see that the 3% is almost wholly attributable to the commodities China purchased from us.
Our economic performance is solely on the back of China’s continuing growth. Can it continue? No one knows.
“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages … It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom or our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile” (Robert Kennedy 1968).
An economy dependent on one nation’s purchases is not a very stable one.
2 Of course political donations from other countries should be banned and the internal ones should be revealed in real time. It’s common sense and defeats corruption. So what’s stopping the implementation?
3 Apparently four of those accused of being dual citizens spent a cool million dollars on travel expenses over the past 6 months. Seemingly they weren’t ineligible until the High Court said so. But that’s really flying high.
4 One Nation is down to 2 seats now. Are they finished?
Now six party figures have fallen out with Senator Hanson.
Quality of leadership is so vitality important. If you think you own the Party then the others in the end will reject you.
Or it could be argued that if elected as a party representative you should stay with that party for the duration of the term.
Not sure I agree with that.
5 The Government has members of the IPA in its ranks including Fifield, whose only aim is to demolish the ABC. He should declare his hand or step down. At the moment it’s the tabloids, the IPA, the Government and shock jocks versus the ABC.
6 Because I write about these things I thought I should watch the family of the century interview. What a non-event it must have been for the blue rinse set that loves a bit of tittle-tattle over the back fence.
There were no questions about the Christening, circumcision, what best private school, travel expenses or costs. And not a bit about where to send the blue knitted blankets. Oh, and not a word about Barnaby contesting the seat of New England after what was a train wreck interview.
7 A thought: We are desensitised now. We read these articles and feel weary. We struggle to comprehend why these elected representatives behave so unethically and immorally as we race out the door to catch the train to our casual jobs.
8 One thing overlooked this week was the fortnightly Essential Poll that showed a big lift in the Labor vote. It sometimes seems like the only Poll that matters is Newspoll:
“Labor roars back in the latest Essential poll, despite a slump in Bill Shortens personal ratings.
The latest fortnightly Essential Research poll sharply reverses a recent trend away from Labor, who are back to leading 54-46 on two-party preferred after their lead fell to 51-49 in the previous poll. This is apparently driven by a four-point drop in the Coalition primary vote, but as usual we will have to wait until later today for the full numbers. However, it’s a curiously different story on leadership ratings, on which Malcolm Turnbull gains two on approval since last month to reach 42% while remaining steady on 42% disapproval, while Bill Shorten is down four to 33% and up five to 46%. Turnbull’s lead over Shorten as preferred prime minister is unchanged, shifting from 40-26 to 41-27. Like ReachTEL and unlike Newspoll, Essential has posed a straightforward question on company tax cuts that finds approval and disapproval tied on 37%. The poll also finds 68% support for an increase in Newstart.”
My thought for the day
“We exercise our involvement in our democracy every three years by voting. After that the vast majority takes very little interest. Why is it so?”