National security has been an important topic, at least for politicians, but their focus has been all wrong. It isn’t asylum seekers breaching our borders, or people who ride motor bikes, or a bunch of thugs in Syria and Iraq, or women who choose to wear a veil or eat halal food, that are presenting a threat to our way of life.
We are in danger from the climate change deniers who prefer to get their information from the Minerals Council than scientists.
We are in danger from intolerant Islamophobes who seek to alienate Muslims and divide our society.
We are in danger from corporations who steal billions from us every year through creative accounting.
We are in danger from those who seek to rewrite history by claiming something called a Judeo-Christian heritage, not that any such thing exists. History is replete with antipathy between Jews and Christians.
We are in danger from a media concentrated in the hands of one man which seeks to misinform to promote its owner’s agenda.
We are in danger from conservative Christians who would dictate to us all how we must live our lives and who discriminate against homosexuals and condemn single parent families. Considering the coming crisis of overpopulation, opposition to contraception and abortion is reckless in the extreme.
We are in danger from a government who sees health, education and welfare as unaffordable while they strive to cut company tax rates, not that they pay any anyway.
We are in danger from Malcolm’s venture capitalists whose sole aim is profit. Get in, make a buck, get out, and if the government will insure against any losses, all the better.
We are in danger from business lobbyists who are seeking to wind back workplace entitlements.
We are in danger from the increasingly loud voice of warmongers in our parliament and from those who would have us spend hundreds of billions on weapons of war.
We are in danger from a political class who sees government as an opportunity to engage in cronyism, rewarding failure with sinecures.
We are in danger from a government who seeks to remove our legal right to appeal decisions and to give Ministers sole discretion without judicial oversight.
We are in danger from a Treasurer who thinks we don’t have a revenue problem.
We are in danger from politicians who think the most important thing is their election and are willing to lie to achieve it.
In short, we are in far more danger from our conservative government than from any perceived terror threat.
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