politics

On My Mind

June 28, 2014 · 2 comments


(a soundtrack to this post…..)

In no particular order, other than the tabs open in my browser…..

  • Why do we care about Peter Greste and co’s ridiculous trial an imprisonment? Well, let’s see, if a white Aussie male can’t get justice, who can in this world? (or the Egyptian world anyway). In six months, the current regime will be the terrorists. Not saying the Muslim Brotherhood aint, I just know that in a world of suss elections and coups, the hero becomes the villain quickly. Especially when there is a silence put on freedom of press and information neither getting to the people of that country or the outside world. Peter Greste being imprisoned is not just about a few journalists being in jail, it’s about all the abhorrent things that a government or military can do when there is no-one there to report on it.
  • 152 people are on a boat in distress nearing Christmas Island. Maritime code would say if anyone is nearby, you suck up the day or so out of your schedule and you pick these poor people up and feed them til you hit the next port. But that isn’t how it works once Australia is involved, hey Tampa crew? No, we figure that since they made it all the way from their persecution in Sri Lanka or India to “our” waters, clearly we can push back that boat. You know, because a 50/50 chance of torture is still good odds once they make it back.
    Fifty percent chance of torture.
  • I used to have issues when the cops were called to assist with “behaviour management” at a special high school I visited….. no wonder these children were terrified enough to run away after their classmates go taken to immigration detention. These kids watch the news, they know the next step is offshore processing or self-immolation. I’d hide too.
  • Franz Ferdinand married for love. So cool. Here’s a lemon that looks like a hand from one of their palaces in Vienna….
    Freaky Citrus!!!
  • Six months without income is insane.
  • There better not be a wine shortage in Newcastle after this truck fire on the M1 today!

What’s on your mind today?

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I know I’ve managed to keep this place politics-free for a little while.

But this budget just keeps grinding away at me.

Where is the ENCOURAGEMENT to be a better person, a better nation? To support one-another (students, those fresh out of uni, the shot- and longer-term unemployed, people with disabilities, families, the older people who’ve give so damn much to society) to better ourselves individually? Where’s the carrot? It’s all stick.

How does a grown adult whose managed to complete Uni, but finds themselves in the THIRTY percent of graduates who can’t get a full time job in 4 months of finishing uni support themselves when their benefits get cut off the second they walk off campus?

How does a woman ever pay off her “HECS” once it starts accruing interest if she’s lucky enough to have a baby or two?
(sokay, it might be fine once she dies and those kids have to pay it [yeah out of date, but I wouldn't put it past them!!])

How does someone who lives off casual wage – enough to pay rent and so on, enough to not consistently qualify for benefits or a concession card, but never enough for the unexpected, pay the $7 GP fee, plus the extra for prescriptions, as well as take time off from work because they’re sick? I’ve been a casual worker, and not just in hospitality, in a professional role as a speech pathologist, and weighing up whether to go in sick or not is an added stress I really don’t like dealing with.

Oh yeah, those of you who had a Costelllo baby. You know, one fore dad, one for mum, one for the country, and liked that Costello and Howard flicked you some money to help you out? Yeah, not this decade. Sorry guys, you get to pay the way for those over 6ers yourself. You know, if mum can find a 9:30 to 2:30 job somewhere so all the money she earns doesn’t go on daycare.

Or maybe you were relying on the NDIS to have continued funding so your job that your preciously state-funded job might still exist into the future? (add to that Gonksi, or secular “chaplains”)

What else?

Oh there’s a billion things, like cutting legal aid for vulnerable kids, women, indigenous people and refugees…. or deregulation of universities, or the constant reassessment if people on disability support

I could go on.

But I’m tired.

And really, where IS the problem?

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If anyone was to kick off the republican debate, it was surely to be because of a move from Tony Abbott…. in this case, bringing back knighthoods!

While I know it is a step back in time, sometimes we need them. To make people think. To make people realise what an outdated institution the British monarchy is, and our part of it being even more backwards!

So, bring back the titles I say.

They will help rouse the awareness of the country…

To how backward we really are.

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LNP miniters

*sigh*

Instead I’ll listen to new music from a talented Kiwi.

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Abbott doing a Bradbury

I can’t say I particularly like any politicians. And given both the Liberals and Labor are content being boring and not actually having policies aside from “the other people suck”, I’m sure that come September 14, I’ll be there deciding who to put last on my ballot paper, ahead of the Christian Democrats or whatever party Pauline Hanson has conjured up this year.

That being said, I can’t vote for Tony Abbott. Seriously, who can? My best case scenario for this election, since I don’t see Labor getting it together by then :/, will be Abbott losing his seat, and someone else, like Turnbull or Hockey (for amusement value at least) being out next prime minister. Until the coalition then crumbles under similar circumstances to Labor.

In the meantime, The Australian Sex Party and the Greens will be getting my senate votes and first preferences at the local level.

At least Katter isn’t in NSW?
(or maybe he should be, then he wouldn’t be elected)

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Yes, we have policies. If you wanna know more, hit me up for a temporary tattoo (yes, WHEREVER you want) between 9:30 and 12:30 at the Newtown Festival today.

See you there?

xx

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Anyone BUT Abbott

October 6, 2012 · 1 comment

I NEED this tshirt.

It started in 2010. The bickering, the snide comments, the sniping, the petty tit for tat. It is the kindergarten of Australia’s federal parliament, it is a pathetic excuse for informed debate, and it is our sad political reality. With broken promises and a haphazard approach to policy development, Labor has lost the confidence of the Australian public and they will almost certainly lose the next federal election. Attention shifts to the government that we are likely to get: the Liberal National Coalition.

Many are happy to give them another shot at leadership. On current polling they attract almost half of Australia’s primary vote, and they lead by over 10% on two party preferred. But despite these strong numbers, the current leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, is the leader of choice of around only one in four people. The Coalition appears to be popular in spite of Abbott rather than because of him.

There is good leadership potential in the Coalition. And then there is Tony Abbott.

Abbott is good at whipping up anti-Labor sentiment, getting the shock jocks on side. But when we look beyond his time- wasting censure motions and his opposition to any and all policies put up before the parliament, there is no vision, no strong policy of his own.

Tony Abbott is great at opposition. However, there is a big difference between adopting a small target, campaign of constant negativity and having the policies and strength of character to effectively unify and deliver prosperity to a nation after a period of prolonged divisiveness.

We want to end the negativity, the divisiveness, the unstatesmanlike behaviour, the cynicism. Rather than accepting Prime Minister Abbott come 2013, we suggest an alternative option: a Coalition government, minus Tony Abbott. The best way of achieving our goal is to ensure that Tony Abbott does not win his seat in the 2013 Federal Election.This responsibility rests solely with the people of Warringah.

The Anyone But Abbott campaign seeks to elect a strong, independent candidate into the local area. Someone who will put the needs of the electorate above the needs of a party. Someone who will finally take a proactive, policy-centric approach to the issues that are important to the local area: public transport, health services, over-development, education, roads and security.

This will enable to the Liberal Party to choose a less polarising leader and put this sad chapter in Australian politics behind us.

This goal is achievable. The success of our campaign ultimately comes down to the voters in the seat of Warringah on polling day. We will create the momentum, pressure and support. We will put up a quality candidate who will convince 25,000 locals to change their vote. If Maxine McKew could unseat Prime Minister John Howard in 2007, we can unseat Opposition naysayer Tony Abbott in 2013.

But first, we need a hero. A Warringah local with vision, intellect, integrity and strength of character. Someone who will put Warringah first, to finally ensure it gets the attention it deserves. It is time to shake up the system, to send the message that Warringah is not just a blue ribbon seat the Coalition can neglect.

It is a critical time for the nation. Between the global economic turmoil, erosion of traditional industry strongholds and badly ageing infrastructure, Australia is at a social and economic crossroads. Warringah needs the best leader we can find. Warringah and Australia needs an alternative to Abbott.

www.anyonebutabbott.com.au
#AnyonebutAbbott
#wecandobetter

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Phone Skin :)

September 8, 2012 · 1 comment

Just put this gorgeous goth girl on my Galaxy Note (which now had icecream sandwich!)

Beats thinking about Tony Abbott :/

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A few years ago many members of the Atheist community and the general population started boycotting Gloria Jeans due to their financial support of Mercy Ministries, who ran/run gay conversion programs….

I just read a post on currentaffairs.net.au in which the author has accessed the political donation details for the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) for the 2010/2011 financial year.

Political Expenditure – Donation Details – 2010-2011
Australian Christian Lobby
4 Campion Street
DEAKIN ACT 2600
_____________________________ ___________
Donations where $11,500 or more was received for political expenditures:

Neil Golding
31/08/2010 – $100,000.00

Gloria Jeans Coffees International, 11 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL NSW 2154
30/11/2010 – $30,000.00

Christian Super Pty Limited, P.O. Box 3035, RHODES NSW 2138
31/12/2010 – $13,636.00

The ACL, as most of you would be aware, were lobbying hard against the Sunrise / Marie Claire / Getup campaign for marriage equality. ido.org.au.

With the ACL lodging a complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority that Sunrise was breaching their codes by supporting the ido.org.au campaign, in that they were not presenting news impartially, and also calling for the public to send messages to Sunrise’s sponsors condemning their support of a program supporting marriage equality. Fortunately, that backfired, with many more people contacting the sponsors to congratulate them for supporting Sunrise and Marie Claire and marriage equality :)

So, if you want another reason to boycott Gloria Jeans, then add to them sponsoring a lobby group that claims to represent the Christians of Australia, that lobbies against marriage equality.

Show the world that the hateful messages of the ACL are not acceptable in our society may not be heard over the frantic shrieking of the ACL, but the reasonable rest of the community can keep sending messages in the way that gets noticed. Financially.

You’re a fair person, right?

Do what feels fair.

<3

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