Saturday 27 April 2019
Wednesday 24 April
1 In our observation of our fellow Australians, we often describe them as having little interest in the body politic.
With 700,000 people (and climbing) visiting the ABCs Australia votes web page and another 750,000 more people enrolled to vote for this election than in 2016 including a record 88.8% enrolment rate for young Australians we might have to reverse that view.
For example, we know that many young people, 18 – 25, signed up during the marriage survey. All would have a mobile phone and you can be assured that Newspoll doesn’t survey them.
“The young are so busy discovering themselves, the world they live in, and their place in it that they are apt to neglect the fact that it is they who are the custodians of tomorrow.” JL
It may very well be the young who have their baseball bats behind the front door.
Logic tells us that it is they who see the need to take action on the environment. It is the young who may not be well versed in our politics, or indeed our democracy, but they are not unsophisticated and know that it is badly in need of a cut and polish.
It is the young who have a manifestly different view of the future and know that the time has come for change, not just to clean up the environment but also to rid the parliament of corruption. Where to start, well, start with a Royal Commission into every aspect of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Deliver us a National ICAC with teeth and the power to conduct retrospective inquiries.
Then you could address donations banning anything over $1000.
“We must have the courage to ask of our young that they should go beyond desire and aspiration and accomplish not the trivial but greatness. That they should not allow the morality they have inherited from good folk to be corrupted by the immorality of evil minds.” JL
Apparently, Andrew Leigh flagged on Wednesday that Labor would introduce policies that would expose those who undermined the Australian tax system by using tax havens.
“I feel people on the right of politics in Australia show an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful examination. They have hate on their lips and their hate starts with the beginning of a smile.”
2 The Australian online must be trying to set some kind of record for political bias. Never have I seen such an avalanche of daily political prejudice by one news outlet. Headline after headline in support of the right of politics adorns our computers but gives not a column inch to other points of view.
Perhaps Murdoch realises this is his last hoorah and has decided to go out with something that he thinks will build on a legacy of headlines that no one will remember. Together with his tabloids and those he has managed to influence over many years, have through their skullduggery, done enormous damage to our culture and our politics.
In 2013 Sydney’s Daily Telegraph screamed: “KICK THIS MOB OUT”, perhaps this time the boot is on the other foot.
3 Putting aside the rights and wrongs of the Watergate scandal. Barnaby Joyce’s flamboyant, self-righteous indignant language let me say this. Everything he touches has a whiff of sleaze and scandal about it.
4 Paddy Manning had this to say in his daily newsletter on Wednesday.
“Tony Burke, has released a list of questions that the prime minister must answer about #Watergate; but after Helloworld, the suspect Adani approval earlier this month, #Reefgate, and the AWU raids in 2017, the real question is: how much more scandal can Australian politics take?”
5 When the Liberal Party dumped Malcolm Turnbull they lost more than their leader. They lost any chance of winning the debate on climate change. They are left without any policy at all. By accident or design, the cost has become immaterial.
The public mood has changed and the young have become emotionally engaged even glued on. It is now a matter of which Party is more credible. Shorten in my view is correct to point out that the cost of doing nothing is the more relevant question.
”In terms of the environment, I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today.” JL
25 April 2019
6 It’s ANZAC day and my thoughts go to the many who gave of themselves.
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” JL
“I have always been of the view that rather than fighting for Flag or Monarch our service men and women fought for what they believed to be right. Flags and Monarchs are but metaphors and symbols but right is entrenched in truth.” JL
While waiting for the big match at the “G” my mind switches to other matters political.
7 What do you think the top 10 concerns going into this election are?
The Issues Monitor, Australia’s longest-running survey of community concerns, ranked them in this order.
2) Cost of Living
5) The Economy
Friday 26 April 2019
8 After the weekly shopping, I put my mind to the election. It isn’t difficult given the inactivity of the past week and the interruptions because of the holidays.
It is obvious to all and sundry that the real action will begin on Monday with Newspoll and Essential reporting their latest figures and the pre-polling booth’s opening.
So I finish off with a few tidbits that I picked up during the week.
The media beat up about Bill Shorten dodging a debate with Morrison is just that? Everyone knows how to find 7Two and Sky. Sour grapes from the others.
72 federal seats have never been represented by a woman – nearly half of them.
9 Former Liberal leader John Hewson said the campaign is not relevant. People have made up their mind. He might very well be right.
10 Former Victorian Liberal President Michael Kroger was talking about the election. Said Shorten is running a night watchman strategy – small target strategy. Said this week is very important – given prepoll opens on Monday. He said the government has not made a mistake – but has not landed a killer blow on Shorten either.
11 I might be wrong about the young having their baseball bats behind the front door. It might very well be our country folk.
12 The Unionist earning $250.000 PA who was so concerned about a tax cut that he confronted Bill Shorten should be ashamed of himself.
13 Remember that the thousands of young people who have signed up to vote in this election use mobile phones so won’t feature in the polls.
14 Michael McCormack was asked if his party had a woman problem. He answered no, both of our women are Ministers.
15 Why was the deal on Uranium made the day before the election? Where is Minister Price? Actually, where are all the government ministers?
16 Dutton has sold his Canberra apartment. It’s not unreasonable to think he is of the view he will hold his seat but the Coalition will be defeated. Then he will resign – cause a by-election.
17 Some economists say a death tax for estates over $2 million is not necessarily a bad idea. Impact a small number of people. But raise a lot of money.
That’s all from my diary for this week. Catch you all Monday.
My thought for the day
“For the life of me, I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education and health systems are adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged.”
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