So I’m thinking about kids on Nauru, global warming, the recent by-election and our idiot politicians who dish out cruelty like Smarties, smirk and think they’re smart.
“No party seizes the imagination of the people unless the people know the party stands for certain things. And we’ll fight for those things until the bell rings” (Robert Menzies, c.1944).
Alas, today what the Liberals stand for and what they do are two different things, and both are very different from what Robert Menzies stood for and did all those years ago. He must be turning in his grave today.
Alas, Morrison’s ‘Until The Bell Rings’ (6 September 2018) speech in Albury was (still is) hogwash, full of holes, a sieve, a drain pipe, a sewer; and yes you can call it hypocrisy and sophistry, but hogwash will do. Morrison’s bell is already ringing after just a few weeks since the serpent crept in pretending to be Christian and a family man, a community man, an honest Australian.
That smug smirk, so this is his creed, believe what you will, but it’s not worth the paper it’s written on, not when you hold up a lump of coal in Parliament, mock and grin and hold the nation to ransom on behalf of the coal mining lobby, big banks, no energy policy and total contempt for climate change and global warming.
Not when you refuse to release children and their families dying from suicide and Resignation Syndrome, from false imprisonment, torture and access to basic medical health care offshore for five years with no hope in sight, can you claim the values and beliefs he claims to uphold in this ‘Until the Bell Rings’ speech. Menzies would be turning in his grave.
And when the world is held upside down and out to dry, besmirched and lost, tachyons glowing by the Morrison-Dutton Liberals; when our children’s children cry out in their anger and their shame on a dying world, Scott Morrison is the man who should have resigned – ‘Morrison’s bell, a treasurer’s creed’ and here’s my poem (below).
Yes, Australia, we should all be ashamed – road to damnation. And still Morrison ‘the original architect of a system that brought about the torture, the deaths in detention, both physical and mental, is holding firm’, still he lies to us telling us he has been slowly-quietly getting them out of detention, (that was Howard’s secret recalcitrant and grumbly way a long time ago before the current misguided regime). Dutton and Morrison’s Border Force and Department of Home Affairs, their wretched excuse for a government are still being mindlessly dragged through the Federal Courts over and over again to the point Dutton now seeks to overturn the Law of this Land, contesting the Judicial system’s jurisdiction, our constitution, separation of powers, the very fabric of society that protects us all – and Morrison lets him.
The bells are ringing loud and clear on our streets, (and Menzies words here to haunt us). Yes, it has taken many years for the Australian public to recognise this evil. It’s not too late for Australia to act, but too late to save our souls – dammed already, should have thought about that before locking up innocent children and refugees in the first place all those years ago, destroying their lives, ignoring the Rule of Law and International Law, ignoring our own duty and responsibility to justice, morality and fair go. What hypocrites we are! But certainly no reason for us to maintain the same direction, for to do so will destroy our own way of life, our children’s and our children’s children, not just the children on Nauru who reached out for our help while we continue to torture them and their families.
‘Kids off Nauru’
Morrison’s Bell – A Treasurer’s Creed
It was not the Pacific,
it was not the Great Barrier Reef,
it was not the Indue cashless welfare scam,
Baghdad or Jerusalem.
We know it was not the selling of arms to Saudi Arabia,
it was not control of the press, ABC
or the government lotto giveaway
to Adani and the mighty corporation.
It was not that banks could rip the hearts out
of every working Australian
or silence the majority,
the war on security,
freedom of speech,
privacy, the right to earn a decent living.
Abbott, Turnbull, Dutton, Morrison,
there were many others,
no greater lie than denial of humanity,
we missed that boat.
We all thought it was Islam, global warming,
refugees and over population,
violence is an offshore, off-world thing,
Nauru, the innocence of
little migrant children,
coal and original sin.
and I shall not resign
It was not a Ring of Fire,
the total destruction of democracy,
the planet and our oceans,
the Trump and Putin smirk,
China, DMZ or North Korea.
But as I live and breathe
it was the loss of Wentworth,
the feast of Pentecost,
and our beloved country.
and I shall not resign.
It was a Mexican standoff,
I missed the apology,
the final solution
I spun the world around
and turned it off,
I hung it upside down
besmirched, and lost.
our children’s children,
I shall not resign.
Poem: Morrison’s Bell – A Treasurer’s Creed by Barddylbach, 25 October 2018 www.allpoetry.com/poem/14159662-Morrisons-Bell
Cartoon: For Whom the Wentworth Tolls by David Pope – via Twitter 20 October, 2018 https://twitter.com/davpope/status/1053562389323530240. (David Pope is editorial cartoonist for the Canberra Times).
What Goes Around, Comes Around by John Kelly (News & Politics) – The AIM Network, 28 October https://theaimn.com/what-goes-around-comes-around
Was Wentworth unworthy of the Liberals? by Jack Waterford – The Canberra Times, 27 October 2018 https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/was-wentworth-unworthy-of-the-liberals-20181026-p50c31.html
Dutton’s department challenges federal court’s authority to order Nauru transfers – The Guardian Australia, 26 October 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/26/duttons-department-challenges-federal-courts-authority-to-order-nauru-transfers
The children, the children! by George Theodoridis (Social Justice) – The AIM Network, 26 October 2018 https://theaimn.com/the-children-the-children/
Claimed emissions reduction from land use are very doubtful and must be verified by Kaye Lee (News & Politics) – The AIM Network, 26 October 2018 https://theaimn.com/claimed-emissions-reduction-from-land-use-are-very-doubtful-and-must-be-verified
A Message to the World – Hashem Al-Ghaili, 11 October 2018 (FB)https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNaturePage/videos/2441190252565502/
The Saudi Arabian Model: Blueprints for Murder and Purchasing Arms by Binoy Kampmark (News & Politics) – The AIM Network, 26 October 2018https://theaimn.com/the-saudi-arabian-model-blueprints-for-murder-and-purchasing-arms
Labor says banking inquiry failed to expose how legal system used to crush customers: Labor’s banking royal commission submission says Australians being forced into ruthless court processes – The Guardian Australia, 26 October 2018www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/26/labor-says-banking-inquiry-failed-to-expose-how-legal-system-used-to-crush-customers
Even for Trump, There Is Such a Thing as Too Far by Matt Barreto – The New York Times, 24 October 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/opinion/trump-caravan-immigration-midterms.html
‘I Call ‘Pigsh*t!: Helen Razer On The ‘Historic’ Wentworth Win – New Matilda, 22 October 2018 https://newmatilda.com/2018/10/22/call-pigsht-helen-razer-historic-wentworth-win/
We May Have Escaped Prime Minister Dutton, But Scott Morrison Is Also Pretty Shit by Sam Langford – Junkee, 24 August 2018 https://junkee.com/scott-morrison-sucks/172890
Until The Bell Rings – Speech By Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Albury, 6 September 2018 https://www.pm.gov.au/media/until-bell-rings-address-menzies-research-centre
What is resignation syndrome? The condition is spreading among children on Nauru – The Economist, 24 October 2018 https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2018/10/24/what-is-resignation-syndrome
Resignation Syndrome – YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?