“Crackdown.” It’s like a breakdown, only on crack.
It certainly seemed that way today when our beloved PM stood in front of no less than six Australian flags and addressed the nation on the stalwart topic of national security.
His speech contained all the usual rhetoric we’ve come to expect from the Liberal propaganda machine, including gratuitous references to a “post 9-11 world”, “foreign fighters”, “border protection”, “attacks on Australian soil” and the Bali bombings. There was even mention of a “free and open society”, which I must admit threw me for a bit, but the overall effect was to deliberately conflate the three things your average Liberal voting Aussie presumably fears most: Paedophiles, dole bludgers, and Muslims.
Among the issues covered was the appointment of a new National Terrorism Coordinator (sic). Yep that’s right. Not an anti-terrorism coordinator. Not even a counter-terrorism coordinator.
“Australia has entered a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant home-grown element,” he said. ”We need to take action. The people of Australia refuse to stay terrorised. We must redouble our efforts to keep the population afraid at all times, and that’s precisely what the newly created position of National Terrorism Coordinator will be responsible for.” He implied. ASIO’s new Violent Jihadist Network Mapping Unit is already investigating 400 high priority cases, he said.
In his speech, which lasted an excruciating 10 hour-long minutes, Abbott also managed to alienate five hundred thousand Australian Muslims by saying. “I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a ‘religion of peace’. I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it.”
He made the most of the opportunity to plug his contentious data retention bill, calling on all Senators to support legislation now before the Senate, in the interests of national security and preventing crimes against children and not to worry that the most intimate details of our daily lives would probably be outsourced, though a ‘competitive evaluation process’, to a publicly owned enterprise in Cloud province, southern China, there to be stored in perpetuity. He spoke, in loose terms, of “strengthening our immigration laws” and “removing the benefit of the doubt for people who are taking advantage of us.”
The words “Islamist death cult”, or “death cult” occurred a whole seven times in Abbott’s address. He spoke of the need for “stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred.”, but did not mention his government’s call to water down section 18c of the racial discrimination act. He gave a shout out to the “Martin Place murderer”, but spoke not a word of the six police bullets which had ended the life of Katrina Dawson. He described crimes against children as the most abhorrent of all, notwithstanding last week’s condemnation of Gillian Triggs’ Forgotten Children report. “We are a country built on immigration”, he said, but did not mention having been once, and possibly still, a British citizen.
The words spewed out of his mouth like so much dog’s vomit which he eagerly licked up and spewed out again, before finally getting to the truth of the matter. “People feel like we have been taken for mugs,” he said, possibly referring to his own core voters. “My Government will never underestimate the threat (of the electorate finally realising how rancid it is.) We will make the difficult decisions that must be taken to keep your family (and our jobs) safe.” etc etc, blah blah blah.
All of which leads me to wonder, how long can a dog survive by eating its own vomit? Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, according to Samuel Johnson. This would also seem to apply to failing politicians.
“To carry out an act of terrorism, all you need is six flags, a camera, a podium, bad polls, a dog-whistle and a nation of gullible victims…”