Thursday 3 December
1 Ashbygate refuses to go away. Brough is contrite for misleading parliament. Turnbull would know only too well what happens when you allow controversial cover ups to fester.
A heavily qualified apology to the House of Representatives on Wednesday changed nothing, merely confirming what was already obvious: that he had misled the Parliament. He should cast him aside but I bet he won’t. He has much to thank Brough for. In fact his leadership.
And the real concern is that despite the AFP investigation, Turnbull rewarded Brough with, of all posts, Special Minister of State – the singular portfolio concerned with the protection of ethical standards and the maintenance of parliamentary integrity.
Very sus, Malcolm. In fact atrocious judgment in the first place.
2 The threat of terrorism is now so serious that the traditional debate between civil liberties and the protection of society is “redundant”, Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic has said.
There is no doubt that it is a serious issue. In 36 years113 people have died from terrorism.
Conversely this year 730 will die from Domestic Violence and around 2500 will take their own lives.
I do wish ultra conservatives MPs like Mr. Nikolic would shout equally as loudly on these issues.
3 President Obama thought very highly of Kevin Rudd’s knowledge of climate change. Rudd is in Paris and makes these observations.
“I am a believer in climate change action. Let me say it again in print, I believe it is the greatest moral challenge of our ag”.
“The world’s climate is in the hands of just three nations”.
“There is a ‘palpable sense of relief’ that Tony Abbott is not directing Australia’s climate change policy in Paris”.
All the countries of the world constantly fight internal corruption and Illegal activities. Countries break agreements, treaties and constantly bicker about who is right and wrong. Pacts are mindlessly broken. All have their own best interests at front of mind. They are more interested in nationalism than internationalism. Wars are being fought over all manner of disagreements. The UN Security Council rarely agrees on major disputes.
Against this picture of worldwide self-interest, in Paris it will be agreed that the nations of the world will take individual ownership of their carbon reduction efforts. There will be no compulsion. No binding commitment. It’s all based on goodwill. Do what you want, using whatever method you want, when you can, and if your budget can afford it. Certainly don’t let it hinder capitalism’s March.
My optimism is greatly tested.
4 Some food for thought:
During the post Abbott period I have taken the opportunity to cast my eye over some of the pieces I have written over the past three years.
The following came from a post titled Hidden Persuaders.
Margret Thatcher said this (paraphrased):
“There is no such thing as society. There are only individuals making their way. The poor shall be looked after by the drip down effect of the rich”.
Abraham Lincoln said this:
“Labour came before capital and is not related to it. Capital is what’s acquired from labour, and would never have come about if it were not for labour. Therefore, labour is superior to capital and deserves the higher significance”.
Franklin D. Roosevelt said this:
“They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers…call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order”.
This is one of mine:
“The GST burdens the poor and those with the least capacity to pay. It discriminates against the poor and the pensioners who are living a hand-to-mouth existence and spending the bulk of their income on the necessities of life—food, clothing, rent, heating, power etc”.
5About the media
Do people ever stop to think how manipulated we have become? Everything the media does, displays or says is for its own self-interest, not ours. It does so because it gives it influence, power and control. Certainly not for the ideals of truth, justice and the common good. It never considers that reporting truth alone might give it all the influence it needs. Finding the truth and reporting it should be more important than creating a narrative where controversy matters more.
6 Cory Bernardi asserted on Kitchen Cabinet that two-thirds of the Coalition were against marriage equality and that all polls are generated from people who tell lies.
Might I remind him that he was elected to represent the opinion of the people.
MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“To those who think they can win a debate by being loud and crass I say be quiet. To those who think they can win with a perceived superior intellect I say be humble. Discourse requires civility in order to produce reasoned outcomes”.