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If I lived in Canning

By Vanessa Kairies

Western Australia is a beautiful state.

I have been to little pockets and it is on my bucket list to explore in the future. I have been fortunate enough to have met some wonderful friends that live there.

If you don’t know by now, I have a strong interest in art, music, politics and social issues. They are my passions.

I was asked to write about issues facing First Nations people by the The Australian Independent Media Network. I was honoured, after all, I am an artist first and foremost.

I took up the challenge and have found it to be a very cathartic endeavour.

My focus with this article is on the upcoming Canning bi-election in WA.

If this seat is lost, we can all kiss Tony Abbott’s backside goodbye. How fantastic that would be.

If I lived in Canning I would be asking myself: “What has the Liberal Party done that has been of benefit not only to my part of the world but for Australia as a whole?”

I couldn’t come up with anything.

I can tell you what they have done that has negatively impacted on my world and my ability to create art.

Without peace of mind, the creativity will not flow.

The Barnett Government in Western Australia and the Abbott Government have aided every Australian and foreign owned company to destroy the land and ancestral homes of people in every state of Australia without so much a blink of the eye.

This has forced many people to become homeless.

The WA Government has tried to move homeless people from sleeping on the street by hosing them down during winter to move them on.

A callous and cruel act, one that I can not forget.

WA Premier Colin Barnett has colluded with Tony Abbott to set up the Recognise campaign. This project is sponsored by mining companies. Its aim is to stamp the approval for four new uranium mines, two new coal mines, 40,000 gas fracking wells and development of oil refineries in WA.

Many more are underway, completed and proposed all over Australia.

The Labor Party are in on it too: they support Nuclear energy. Uranium is needed to do this.

The SA Labor premier Jay Weatherill wants to turn South Australia into a nuclear waste dump. I wouldn’t vote for them either, (now I know why the Greens were locked out of the referendum into the development of the Recognise campaign).

The biggest scam against First Nations people in Australia

The con in constitutional reform in Australia

The great land grab of 2015 in Australia

Is there a silent partner behind the Republic debate in Australia

Jet-setting, funding-cutting Tony

These plans to continue destroying our earth and Australia have to stop. We have the generations of our children and our grandchildren in our hands.

It is our responsibility to choose wisely, when we vote.

The Liberal Party has taken no action on climate change.Tony Abbott openly denied it existed. His ministers have insulted First Nations people and our International neighbours recently regarding this. I find this disgusting.

Both the Liberal and Labor parties are committed to the offshore processing of asylum seekers.

These are places where women and children are raped, people are bashed to death and die of preventable infections.

They are denied swift medical treatment, are tortured, humiliated and denied their basic human rights.

For the first time ever in our history we are on the UN’s watch list for the treatment of First Nations people and asylum seekers.

Australia has a duty of care towards asylum seekers

What about the defenseless Dutton?

It is only a matter of time before international criminal proceedings begin and our current government are held accountable.

This sounds familiar, the political parties have treated First Nations people this way since the dawn of time. The behaviour is not new. It is time that changed.

Australia’s civil liberties have been stripped since this government came to power, with meta-data retention laws passed and the right to protest now under threat of being locked up by police.

They introduced new citizenship laws and introduced the Border Force Act.

They have tried to change that many acts in parliament, I have lost count, all designed to oppress the nation.

They have encouraged racism to flourish, with one of their ministers attending far-right winged rallies.

They then invented the war on terror.

All to promote fear among communities, with the intention of sending Australia to war.

It has worked.

They have increased our deficit, the economy is suffering. I read an article that we have a one in three chance of having a recession. It was from a reliable source. That scares me more than the chances of a terrorist attack on our soil.

Our unemployment rate and homeless rate is rising fast. With the introduction of 457 working visas and the China Free Trade agreement on the table, this will only get worse.

The ‘healthy’ welfare card has been rolled out in a few places with the plan to have it all over Australia.

This is a gross invasion of privacy.

Whenever you use it, people will be able to know your personal situation.

I am sick of seeing the unemployed treated like second-class citizens.This helps others to label people as dole bludgers.

The people that come up with these ideas and policies just don’t live in the real world.

They are determined to have the TPP passed through parliament without transparency. There are reports from the United States that the TPP will increase the cost of our medicines, and it will only benefit the large pharmaceutical companies.

They have tried to pull apart Medicare and eradicate bulk-billing. The only people this will affect is the poor.

The plan to de-regulate universities, once again, not affecting the wealthy.

It is a collective responsibility of the nation as a whole to look after the vulnerable people in our country.

They have done nothing about taxation reform, with the lower income stream arguably having higher tax rates than the billionaires.

They have cut funding to the support for the elderly, mental health services, domestic violence organisations and First Nations support services to name a few, yet increased the budget for defence.

Apparently, the bad guys are really after us. Imagine how much more they will be, now that we have delared war on them? Why wave a red flag in front of a bull? I have written about that one too (see Tony’s war on terror).

The discrimination shown towards same sex-marriage, I mean, really? Are we living in the dark ages? How many other countries have now legalised this beautiful, joyful celebration? I can not support a party that plays politics with peoples’ lives.

Tony Abbott’s broken promises have now become the laughing stock of the nation. I mean how can you believe a word that he or anyone else in his party says?

They have failed to pass just about everything in parliament and they have all failed at their jobs. As the host of Big Brother would say: “It is time to go . . . the Liberal Party”.

Canning, it is up to you. But if I lived in Canning, I wouldn’t be voting for the Liberal Party candidate.

This article was first published on

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  1. Ana Milosevic

    #PutTheLiberalsLast, that’s where they put us.

  2. jim

    Oh well LIB LAB all the same I’ll do Nothing there, happy.

  3. Matters Not

    If this seat is lost, we can all kiss Tony Abbott’s backside goodbye. How fantastic that would be.

    But only for those who don’t understand the forces at play. Only for those who can’t distinguish the differences between ‘tactics’ and ‘strategy’.

    Abbott is a very, very shallow thinker, particularly when it comes to the longer term. In short, he is a ‘tactician’, almost exclusively concerned with ‘himself’. That’s the superficial analysis.

    At a deeper and more significant level of analysis, the ‘agenda’ Abbott initially advanced, as evidenced in the first Budget, was about changing the ‘common sense’. About who gets what and the justification for same re the reallocation of ‘wealth’.

    The departure of Abbott would be a pity because a new face wouldn’t change the underlying intention of these forces.

    Tony must stay!

  4. my say

    IT will be the same ship different captain,you have all got to remember Abbott didn’t do all the damage on his own ,his front bench had a lot to do with it as well,
    All the front bench are left over from the Howard era,and that are still governing as if he was still there.that is part of the reason we are in so much trouble.
    It is past time we were rid of all of them,they reached there use-by date long ago

  5. Jexpat

    my say wrote: “It will be the same ship different captain, you have all got to remember Abbott didnt do all the damage on his own…

    Lessons learned- or lost on the Titanic.

  6. Rais

    Tony don’t go! Let your daily failures continue to entertain and appall us until you have to face the next election.

  7. randalstella

    As Shorten is Labor leader paired with Abbott, when Abbott goes – it seems by the end of the year – will Shorten go with him?
    Where are the Labor spruikers who support, for example, the right-wing Labor Government of South Aust., the Labor Government that makes the SA Liberals look like conservationists and protectors of equity?
    The political climate of this country has been poisoned down to its roots. The Media are a repeatedly shocking joke to anyone who cares enough to know about issues.
    For example, the ABC’s London Correspondent Philip Williams reported his own bemused dismay when UK Labour actually elected a leader who appears opposed to the neo-con militancy that is destroying the world. Fancy people who are informed about issues actually having their voter-choice elected! What is likely next? Actual democracy, the spread of informed voting across the whole electorate?
    Williams just imagined doom for Labor. This will be presumably at the hands of Murdoch and the vicious lies of the corporate secret State that does not worry about little things like sovereignty and borders – when they can arrange the election of a vicious fool, on a Stop the Boats mantra.
    It seems Abbott’s plug is about to be pulled from the wall. Which ultra-Orwellian lying machine will be plugged in next?. Whichever among the LCP gangsters next to defile the office of PM, this mechanical organism will be harder to beat at election than the current weird disgrace.
    To think, all the efforts by the MSM, including the ABC, at normalising this loathsome entity, and still they have not saved him. They might just be able to save a less bizarre model.

  8. eli nes

    he stopped the boat and got spending under control and destroyed gillard’s tax I remember labor short on opposing these ‘media truths’ Similarly I don’t remember labor praising the rabbutt for out-borrowing labor.
    He is safe because the swing is historically most likely to be small or even favour the party of the ‘dead’.
    There is Stafford in QLD where a labor sitting member died and the seat reverted to the libs which gives hope that the swing towards the religious nut hastie will be small enough to keep pressure on the rabbutt.
    In view of the gentle hand slap labor is giving robb, the get up attack on the ppa might be interesting???
    In the long term labor is barely opposing the coalition outside the parliament and, currently little billy is better than the rabbutt but they old adage of the devil you know makes him not worth electing.

  9. diannaart

    I agree with Matters Not.

    Better the devil we know – because he may well be replaced with someone far worse…

    On Topic:

    I really don’t want the Libs to win Canning, Hastie is an Australian Tea-Party style nutter – won’t state what his values are when asked about religion/creationism – why? Creationists don’t believe in First Nation’s occupancy for past 40,000+ years.

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