Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Boofhead is gone!

Boofhead is gone!

The Budgie is free!

Breathe Aussie people.

But Phew! that was close.

Our PM took us swiftly into darkness ...

The darkness of the right wing nut jobs, with IPA creeping ambition, were the chorus to Abbott's far right religious manacles. We were heading back to...

We entered this darkness where Oz slept soundly while the Abbott far right played!

A darkness where tribal, not global, world views dominated.

Where Science was bad and denial the norm.

Where refugees were illegal even though we started the war. 

Where education equality was determinedly ruined. 

Where austerity threatened.

Where Bronny had a life long laugh at us mere peasants until she was sprung.

But the darkness that filled that first budget, that attempted, lap doggishly, to achieve all the IPA goals in one swift coup, woke us all.

We realised.

When #JoeHockey said entitlements he meant the peasants.

When Abbott said anything. ANYTHING! 
It was likely a dirty lie.

The fact is we can all breathe easier with this embarrassing blip of a PM gone.
An empty, not very articulate, Christian Right warrior who was needy of a dose of his supposed Christian values, like empathy and telling the Truth. A sloganeering, ordinary man who was allowed to play with the 1% till they were worried enough to reinstate one of their own.

Enter stage right our new PM.

Lesser evil...

 #Malcolm Turnbull is a privileged, elite private school educated, wealthy, high achiever. 
Although he has spoken of his socially progressive worldview it appears this has too easily been traded to get him into The Lodge. And Malcolm, without the progressive views, is just Abbott with class. 
Time will tell. Integrity seems so tragically rare. But keep breathing.

Just hope Malcolm foregoes the dress ups.

And addresses our inhumane, illegal offshore camps.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I blame John Howard for Oz becoming so racist and fearful.

"But we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come."

John Howard 2001 Federal Election Campaign Launch Speech, 28th October 2001
"This campaign more than any other that I have been involved in, is very much about the future of the Australia we know and the Australia we love so much.
It is also about having an uncompromising view about the fundamental right of this country to protect its borders. It’s about this nation saying to the world we are a generous open hearted people taking more refugees on a per capita basis than any country."

Not true then and not true now.

Back to John....

"We have a proud record of welcoming people from 140 different nations. 

But we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come. " (With huge fist pump!)

You can watch him here.

When The White Australia Policy racism ended in the 1960s we slowly became a flourishing multicultural country. 
We welcomed refugees. 
Including 137 000 Vietnamese. 
They were one of us! Not The Other.

Oz had become proud of it’s multicultural success. Our governments led this humane and human cultural shift. Oz had a global not insular outlook.
We also earned world wide admiration for our caring, structured integration of refugees into our part of the global community through government and community-funded services, conferences, seminars, welfare workers.

Now we lock em up, hide the evil and forget them. 

Or we turn the boat around and shrug off responsibility for the deaths at sea.

John Howard began this decline in our national psyche.

In 2001 Howard, with popularity numbers on the fall, remembered that if you can scare the peeps with a fear of The Other it translates to votes. 
He can be big strong authoritarian daddy.
And we responded to that fear and he was re-elected.
That's when the rot set in.

Phillip Ruddock continued the reframing of our psyche by calling boat people queue jumpersHe was a heartless Immigration Minister. This was 2006.For a detailed record of Howard's and Ruddock's inhumanity see...

Then in 2005 we had Cronulla riots.

"I'm the person that's led this charge here. 

Nobody wanted to know about North Cronulla, 

now it's gathered to this." Alan Jones 2005

Alan had such pride in his power 

to enable this hatred 

to fester and spill out. 

He was enabled by Howard's insular, 
nationalistic, far right agenda.

SINCE Howard's declaration in 2001 Oz has seen a constant, concerted, maddening slide to the situation now, where we have refugees in off shore camps suffering tortuous conditions. 
Neither major party is innocent in this race to horror.
And OZ sleeps on. Safe in the arms of our authoritarian, fascist, racist, nationalistic, corporate whore of an Abbott government.

I do know that, recently, with a wonderful gem of photo journalism, the FEAR OF THE OTHER melted enough to make even our regressive government respond to our calls for humanity. Even if the response was pitiful and reluctant.
I just hope we can get that one, heart-capturing, viral image for the 'hidden by law' refugees in off shore horror. 

The thing is - how much longer the government can present and promote such a contradictory attitude towards people fleeing from the same bloody war. On boats! By foot! By skateboard! Same refugees! Such different luck.

Neither side is clean. Both the right and the left have contributed to this national shame. 

I end on a hopeful note as I see our moral compass as a nation being reframed, finally, after many long years of shameful policy, by huge public demos, State Premiers, churches... while the pollie class as always will be forced to follow behind. 

The Tory Conservative Frame of Brain or I Really Miss Paul Keating.

It happened like this... Make no mistake Bonnie Prince Howard began, enabled, plotted and birthed this horrid, fasc...