Our past and present Prime Ministers. And we’re called the Lucky Country?
Where’s the prime part ?
The Murdoch media and politicians have told us ‘boat people’ are stealing from us and we’re stupid enough to fall for it. We genuinely believe that a few thousand people are responsible for traffic congestion and hospital queues instead of years and years of government inaction on public transport, roads and health. We accept that we’re ‘at war’ with asylum seekers without questioning the ludicrousness of the statement or the secrecy and abuse it’s used to justify. We hate to think but we love to hate.
~ Many other countries with much less space to spare, take in far more refugees than Australia. It suits the government of the day to keep highlighting and exaggerating this ‘issue’ to attempt to distract the populace from calling them out on the more important topics that actually do affect our daily lives.
No one with the ability to understand the real facts about the so-called ‘boat people’ and the ‘illegal immigrants’ could fail to be moved by their plight. With that knowledge comes an obligation to help, not to reject or to crucify.
Imagine if, instead of the countless millions (billions?) of dollars that have already been spent on rescuing, detaining, containing, deporting, prosecuting and demonizing - that a humane and workable model of assistance and settlement had been created in the first place.
Instead of trying to offload (and pay dearly) the ‘problem’ to Nauru or PNG or Indonesia (and in Indonesia’s case it’s far too high a price for such arrogant, contemptuous and ungrateful bullies) we should manage it ourselves. On-shore.
That would ideally leave the politicians free to concentrate on other things, like…oh, I don’t know….your basic infrastructures like health, education and transport. If the ‘war on illegal immigrants and asylum seekers’ became a non-event, the media might even start reporting on actual events, rather than keep rehashing the same inaccurate, biased, emotive and dumbed-down version of The News that we are currently all expected to digest without examination.
It gives me heartburn and makes me heartsick.
For months now, several times a day, the media keep telling us about ‘the polls’. How the polls put Tony Abbott ahead of Kevin Rudd by whogivesashit percentage, how the polls predict a Liberal victory.
I don’t know a single real-life person (especially among women friends) who can stand the sight or sound of Tony Abbott.
I follow the various Australian political tags on Tumblr and visit similarly themed blog posts. So, while a lot of people think Kevin Rudd’s an utterly nasty wanker and the Labor party are a bunch of backstabbing fuckwits, there isn’t the same almost universal and cross-generational hatred for K-rudd as there is for Abbott. NO ONE wants this stuttering, churchy, sexist, homophobic, climate-change-denying,1950s throwback to be the next Prime Minister.
I believe that Tumblr is as much of a trend-litmus as Twitter, and that if any of the people who conduct these so-called polls wanted to get genuinely accurate indications about what the voting public are REALLY thinking, they should be factoring in the sentiments on social media and the blogsphere. Because I’m convinced that’s where the real trends and opinions are happening.
At the moment, phone polls are being conducted during the day to homes. Who’s around at those times? Who still has a landline? You can imagine the narrow demographic represented by that method.
My point is, perhaps ‘the polls’ aren’t accurate, and perhaps there is still a chance that we won’t have to cop Abbott as P.M. I don’t want Rudd either, but in a ‘least-worst’ scenario, he’s the lesser of two evils.
I voted today because I’ll be in transit next weekend, and it’s easier to vote in advance rather than forget and risk a fine.
Not that I approached the polling booth with any sense of excitement or any interest in the entire process. My comments over the past few months about the sorry state of Australian politics are well documented here via #auspol #australian politics #tony abbott #jula gillard and #kevin rudd.
There were 11 choices on the House of Representatives ballot paper and more than 100 on the Senate paper, which is as long as a toilet roll. Seriously, it’s almost as if they’re begging for people to fuck up their votes. I’ve worked for the Electoral Commission in the past, and those massive Senate ballot papers are an absolute nightmare to process at every stage.
I can’t believe that in the 21st century we are still writing on millions of paper ballots in rickety cardboard booths around the country. It’s primitive, and quite frankly, embarrassingly low-tech and environmentally unfriendly.
There were many interesting candidates on offer apart from the main parties. I was so intrigued by their Party names that I decided not to cast a donkey vote after all, and to take my responsibilities seriously. So I voted for the party that ‘spoke’ to me, the one nearest and dearest to my philosophical principles, the Sex Party.
Which, after all, is what
elections erections are all about.
Time will tell if Kevin Rudd has changed and can bring an unhappy team back from the brink.
There are some worrying signs. Rudd told Australians just three months ago that he would not challenge Gillard for her job. He gave his word solemnly: ” I believe in honouring my word. Others treat such commitments lightly I do not.”
Apparently “tens of thousands of ordinary Australians” begged Rudd to change his mind. Are we to assume that some 2000 people each week have contacted him since he told us how true he was to his word in late March? Nearly 300 people begging him, every day! It almost beggars belief. So we know now that if the PM gives his word, if lots of people ask him, he might change his mind.
My contempt for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott is getting unexpected results :p