I hardly ever use this blog for political talk – but every day I wake up a bit more dispirited and concerned by the turn of politics in our fair country. The ultra-powerful, media-controlling Rupert Murdoch feeds his swill to the public and controls who will be the next government of Australia, and we
let feel powerless to stop him. Wealthy miner, Gina Rinehart seeks to control the Fairfax media. Social media seems to be the only open, fearless access for alternate viewpoints left to us now.
In Australia, we have a carbon pricing mechanism that is successfully lowering harmful carbon emissions – it forces the top polluters to clean up their mess. Our current Federal government has taken steps towards a clean energy future. But if the Opposition gain power in September’s election, Australia will be the only country in the world to repeal carbon pricing laws. It’s environmental and economic vandalism on a national scale.
There is so much openly racist and xenophobic talk around now, against indigenous people, against Muslims, against refugees on boats – this is no longer a country where people are given a fair go. And I believe this shameful turn of events is promoted and used by an Opposition who will stop at nothing to get in power.
Anyway, enough from me. I’d like to add below a very passionate article written by political commentator, B1 B2, who runs the Tony Abbott will never be Prime Minister Facebook page. He/she says it much better than me. It’s worth reading and sharing.
A Country gets the Government it deserves
There is a political truism that has been bothering me lately – “A Country gets the Government it deserves”.
With the looming prospect of an Abbott-led Government I find it incredulous that Australia truly deserves something that dark and sinister. Abbott is a bully, a spoilt brat, homophobic, sexist and his thinly-veiled racism has been the hallmark of his xenophobic “stop the boats” mantra.
He offers nothing in the way of substantial, costed policies. Indeed, his whole election platform appears to consist of wrecking the much needed reforms the current minority government have put in place, most notably carbon pricing.
At a time when the rest of the world is embracing a clean energy future, under Abbott, Australia would be the only country in the world to actually repeal carbon pricing – this staggering folly would be rank environmental and economic vandalism – all done in the name of getting Abbott what he wants, and what his overindulgent parents promised him – that he would be PM.
His paid maternity leave plan is (even by his own party’s admission) plain stupid, and goes against Abbott’s own core values (remember the “over my dead body” pledge?). Anyone but the most simple can see that this “policy” is a deeply cynical attempt to woo female voters towards someone who is fundamentally a misogynist.
The NBN is not merely something that would be nice to have – it is an absolute priority if Australia is to remain competitive (anyone who has travelled widely would recognise how much Australia has fallen behind the pack when it comes to internet speeds and accessibility). This is another area where Abbott seeks to jeopardise Australia’s future purely for his own political gain.
The absolutely critical Gonski (Education) Reforms will be lost under an Abbott government, who (let’s face it) cannot stand the idea of public schools getting better funding and would prefer to keep subsidising the elite Catholic schools (not the poor ones).
He offers the average Australian nothing, except a guarantee to slash the public service, keep fossil fuels burning, and take us backwards in terms of education, technology and workplace relations.
Yet apparently this is what the public want? Are Australians really this simple? Do they lack any semblance of analytical thinking? Would they really throw out a government which has gained a triple-A rating, solid growth and low unemployment despite a Global Financial Crisis?
It appears they would!
Often when I ask people why they dislike the current Government so much they respond with the most unbelievably petty, errant and pathetic justifications. These three words seem to summarise the key factors in wanting to vote Abbott in – “the redhead lied”. Seriously? Hair colour? A politician lied? (not like Abbott would ever do that right?).
Meanwhile Abbott has lied and manipulated every single day. He has sought to create fear and division at every step and relied upon “bogan-slogans” rather than rational argument. He has made the “small target” strategy an art form, and avoided any genuine scrutiny from an all-too-willing media.
I struggle to believe that Australians en masse are this stupid, but I could be wrong. Has Murdoch completely succeeded in brainwashing and dumbing-down Australia to the point where Abbott is a suitable PM? Are we now living in a country where moronic and xenophobic three-word slogans are more powerful than reasoned arguments?
In September Australians will either choose a path of progress, equality in education, infrastructure reforms that will keep us competitive, leaders in clean energy investment.
Or, a path backwards – where fear and division reign supreme, where the boss gains the upper hand over the worker, where kids with rich parents can have a great education, but the same standard is not available to those with less money, where we embrace fossil fuels and become an international embarrassment and fall behind the rest of the world in terms of electronic communication and productivity – and have a complete and utter bastard as a PM.
Come the September election we will have the government we, as a nation deserve. Think carefully Australia.