G'day petals... all three of you with some pics from a rather nice garden in Trentham Mrs Wombat and I visited t'other day...
The Greens have consigned themselves to the dustbin of history by siding with the Liarbrils over the anti-democratic "reforms" to the Senate voting system. It has assured that the Liarbrils will probably maintain full control over the senate and will be able to legislate, unchecked. Like the Democrats who caved in to the Liarbrils on the GST and then were eliminated from parliament, the Greens will go the same way.
I've yet to see a straight-forward explanation of what the new voting system will be like beyond only numbering 1-6 above the line ... I don't know what happens below the line but I think next election, if the double dissolution is called, I'll be spending a long time marking every candidate below the line... no matter how long it takes.
This ruling rabble is not about government in the old sense but is implementing the IPA's right-wing "Free-Market" agenda that there will be no escape from.
It is a recipe for social and democratic disaster as the poor fund the rich in a latter-day version of the feudal system.
The rioting Sudanese and Islander boys last weekend in Melbourne are but a small example of what lies ahead if the ruling rabble maintain power.
.....below is a copy (I have not kept the attribution though) of what many think of "Truffles"
".....Under the , up to two years’ jail for speaking out against abuses on Nauru and Manus Island; under the new ASIO laws, up to ten years’ jail for reporting on special intelligence operations, even botched ones, ever; under the same national security laws, virtually unrestricted surveillance of computer data; under the reinstated Australian Building and Construction Commission, denials of basic civil liberties. Wouldn’t the barrister of days have torn it all to pieces? Meanwhile, the believer in science and an emissions trading scheme is joined with the non-believers and the vested interests in denial; the man who believes in “agility” and “innovation”, “brilliant young men and women” and the “frontiers of change” watches a new CEO take a hatchet to CSIRO climate science, and apes the example of his predecessor on education policy and lets Gonski languish. The republican of the ’90s is joined with the monarchists; the believer in same-sex marriage leads those who loathe the idea, and is tied by them to a crazy plebiscite; the ideological bedfellow of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is in bed with the mob who bedded down with George W Bush and are disposed to line up with his mad-dog Republican successors. The man who defended Gillian Triggs when Tony Abbott mugged her now defends the rigid (and repellent) policy she opposes....."
In NSW fines have been increased and you could face 7 years gaol for demonstrating against GSG . At the same time penalties for illegal prospecting have been reduced to a pin prick.
The ACL front man looks extremely uncomfortable when questioned as to where his "advice" goes....do we really need this marginalized right-wing, xtian B/S to take any further hold on what was once a relatively sane society?
RWNJ's in the Liarbril party are getting all worked up about an anti-bullying program in schools. It is specific to support for LBGT children and the fat oaf from the Deep North, George Christensen with backing from "Bestiality" Bernardi and "Vichy" Abetz and Kevin "Capt Catlic" Andrews have been spewing their bile about "Marxist ideology", "Grooming for Paedophilia"... even Rabid-the-Hun has had another crack; but in typical Liarbril fashion this is not about the program but really an attack on "Truffles' authority." He's kow-towing to the lowest common denominator and they are being empowered.
This Wombat's country is in a real mess... the ruling rabble have no policy base and are running around being very much the dysfunctional rabble they wrongly accused Labor of being and are as divided as only hateful and hate-filled people can be....