We hear a great deal about ‘freedom’ from those on the right but what they really want is freedom to impose their idea of morality and ethics, freedom for the individual to prosper with scant regard for the collective good, freedom from transparency and accountability, freedom from responsibility.
Remember when repealing Section 18c was soooo important? Apparently, the right to insult people on racial grounds was something to be fought for. Bugger how it made the victims feel – I shouldn’t be made to think about that! Toughen up, snowflakes. Offence is taken, not given. If you don’t like it, leave.
But if you in any way imply something about me, I have the best defamation lawyers lined up to crucify you and your employer, even if it is true. (You’re so Vain is running through my head.)
And for those of you who carry on about being invaded, January 26 will continue to be celebrated as the day civilisation came to this nation. You should strip off the black armbands, stop scaring the children, and just be grateful for all the money we are spending on keeping you incarcerated, keeping your children in out-of-home care, moving you from remote communities where we have cut off services, employing truancy officers to fix education, managing your income, and pondering how to improve your life expectancy without offending the alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and sugar industries or increasing welfare or providing affordable housing and local health services
(Sorry bout the cuts to legal aid and community centres – have you heard we are getting new submarines?)
A few rather loud groups, which include some ‘colourful’ politicians, have been yelling My Body My Choice in protest against mandatory vaccination and mask-wearing.
Unelected Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker said “The idea that the individual should be able to choose what they want to do with their own body is a fundamental liberal value and that’s why we have never said vaccination will be mandatory.”
This same unelected Senator and Assistant Minster for Women spoke at an anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia rally in Brisbane in May because… hey…”religious freedom”. I’d explain that if I could. My Body My Choice, Your Body My Choice?
Barnaby Joyce says we can’t stop using and exporting fossil fuels because we make too much money from it. Angus Taylor is busily working out ways to give more public money to fossil fuel companies and dress it up as emissions reduction. And Scott’s so scared of disappointing his new besties in Glasgow that he may well call an election just so he doesn’t have to go.
If there was no market for fossil fuels, we wouldn’t be able to sell them. Our coal is cleaner than theirs. Gas is a little bit better than coal. Our emissions are comparatively small. We are lifting people out of poverty (even though the coal-fired power never gets to them). We are protecting jobs (even though mines are increasingly automated and renewable energy is offering far more jobs into the future). We didn’t cut down trees that we could have. Good luck selling that package to anyone besides the people who can’t remember your name.
I read today that we will see legislation for a Federal Icac-equivalent before Christmas. I seem to have heard that before. And I can already hear the cries of outrage about the NSW Icac unfairly orchestrating the demise of our Glad at the pinnacle of her success (before hospitals are overwhelmed, deaths peak, and cases surge).
This is not a case of a naïve woman who was duped by her love interest. In November last year, Berejiklian admitted they used grants funding for porkbarrelling, that it was common practice, and not illegal. Disturbingly, her office shredded notes about meetings and communications.
Phone taps and emails are already in the public domain, but somehow, Glad thought her involvement, both active and passive, was just a personal “stuff-up” that was in the past. It just doesn’t seem to occur to any of them that using public money to enhance their political fortunes, or to benefit their associates, is actually wrong.
Morrison’s cabinet reshuffle is all about rewarding his supporters and nothing to do with responsible government. The trouble is, the talent pool of supporters and those he must appease is a tiny pond filled with very greedy tadpoles – not a prince in sight. A promoted and emboldened Freedom Boy (aka Tim Wilson) is a scary prospect
Freedom of Information has been met with a full suite of disabling tactics – defunding, excuses about national security and commercial in confidence, too time-consuming for staff, increasing delays in responding, appealing decisions, stacking the AAT, court action, redactions, and distractions.
Scott doesn’t hold the hose and Gladys has always acted with integrity – and if anything went wrong it wasn’t their fault.
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