Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Things Labor Must Do in its 1st Term.

G'day Possums... It's Time.

 If Bill Shorten wants to leave a lasting legacy and secure like Gough Whitlam his place in history - he needs to take his inspiration from Australia's, most progressive prime minister. 
No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam; and that he did it in less than three years has never been forgotten by the backward looking Ruling Rabble. In a flurry of activity, Whitlam established universal healthcare, effectively nationalised higher education with free tuition, and massively increased public sector salaries.  He enacted an ambitious cultural agenda that has continued to shape Australia until 2013, when Bookshelves Brandis and more recently, Fifi Fifield have proceeded to gut cultural and communication funding by paying their Ugly American Piper from the public purse. 
In just three years, Australia was given a new national anthem, ditched the British honours system, and abolished the death penalty and national service. He was the first Australian prime minister (and ahead of the Americans) to visit communist China and he granted independence to Papua New Guinea. Whitlam also passed the Racial Discrimination Act and introduced no-fault divorce.
In short, Whitlam brought Australia into the C20th: but the present Ruling Rabble under the aegis of The-Coots-With-Queer-Ideas-From-a-Parallel-Universe (IPA) and their secret promoters have since 1975 been desperate and, in some cases successful, in dismantling his legacy and attempting to turn Australia back into a cringing neo-liberal backwater of cultural forelock-tugging and a land of increasing wealth polarity at the mercy of a failing capitalist "market economy".

It's Time to redress the balance. 
For Australians to aspire to something higher than base greed posing as "aspiration", cupidity, division, fear and racism.
And all happily paraphrased and misquoted from the IPA handbook on destroying Australia: circa 2012.

Things Labor Must Do in its 1st Term.

1/ Re-Introduce the Price on Carbon. Re-fund The Clean Energy Finance Corp. and all Climate Change bodies as a priority, ensuring Australia is, by re-allocating subsidies to fossil fuel polluters, specifically the Diesel Rebate, modernising its generation systems.  Increase the Renewable Energy Target to more realistically meet Australia's commitment to a cleaner world

2/  Set up an ICAC with teeth.

3/  Re-Nationalise Centrelink, and re-think 457 requirements to advantage Austrsalian citizens. Re-Nationalise Telstra and all Electricity services or fund community decentralised grids of mixed wind, solar, hydro and battery storage.

4/  Royal Commissions/ Judicial enquiries into:
 a/   Political Funding
 b/   Ministerial Entitlements 2013 - 2018 including dual citizenship whilst serving. /  Review all current parliamentary salaries/ entitlements particularly with regard to post parliamentary employment.
 c/   Private Sector Executive remuneration and Senior Public Service remuneration.
 d/  The overseas funding of "Think-Tanks" and political lobbyists.
 e/  Overseas media influence in Australian media / appropriateness of character/ interference and-or evidence of illegal activity either here or elsewhere / suitability for licence.
 f/  Murray/ Darling mismanagement and the appropriateness of certain crops.
 g/ The Australian Federal Police, specifically its political bias.

 5/  Abolish all but "per head" flat rate funding to Private / Non Public schools/ remove religious chaplains from Govt. schools.
  Abolish university fees for Australian citizens and expand TAFE.

6/  Cancel  purchase of the F-35 and re-negotiate orders of foreign built submarines and vessels.
 Compulsorily acquire Ford, General Motors and Toyota manufacturing plants and convert to manufacture of electric / hydrogen vehicles and other public / military transport needs.

7/ Gradual repeal of Negative Gearing.

8/  Stricter media guidelines and strengthen Press Council sanctions for false / deliberately inaccurate statements .

9/  Increase funding for the ABC / Arts bodies/ Screen Australiarestore funding to  National Library & the National Archives.
Remove present ABC MD and other IPA affiliated staff and board members.

10/  Rescind commissions of  Ambassador to US  and UK High Commissioner and replace with career diplomatic corps.

11/  Abolish the ABCC and restructure the "Fair Work Commission" replacing those political appointments made since 2013.

12/ Close Manus and Nauru concentration camps, relocate refugees to Australia, review the excesses of Border Force and security operations.

There ya go Petals, not as all encompassing as the IPA's original 75 Things Rabid the Hun must do to destroy civil society in Australia, quickly expanded (from their spurious "research")  and their foetid minds to 100 points... but a start in redressing the appalling career to the far right and fascism Australia is currently undergoing.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Return to Khaos

Shane listening to ABC while it still exists.

G,day Possums,

The ancient Greeks maintained that before the world was formed there was the void, which they termed, Khaos.
As Australia as a civil society is unravelled by the Ruling Rabble, as it is tainted, soiled, besmirched, bowdlerised and made feeble in the face of the world are we witnessing our return to chaos?

I have included with my rant, quotes from two journalist’s articles and an artist-photographer/poet, which to me encapsulate a similar mood concerning the direction in which this country is heading.

Photo’s are from France to leaven the gloom of this post....

Alleged environment minister Fiction’s Frydenberg, wags his finger at the electricity company's for ripping off their customers, conveniently avoiding the fact that it was his state Ruling Rabble colleagues who were the ones who privatised what the public once owned and that this ongoing and glaring practice of malevolent capitalism is what the Ruling Rabble actually aspire to in their so-called, “free-market”.
He descended further into farce when, with Dan van Holst Pellekaan, (SA energy and Mining minister with training wheels) they claimed that falling electricity prices are the Ruling Rabble’s doing and not the previous Labor government who had invested heavily in renewables.
This nonsense is probably of no help to The Gorgon, Downer in her pallid bid to reclaim the family sinecure of Mayo from the upstart, Sharkie: happily, polls are not looking good for the IPA’s dull one from Victoria.
IPA colleague, Alan Meerkat, Tudge has backpedalled on draconian English tests for citizenship… obviously, Alan, Alan..has been whacked by polls suggesting that “dog-whistling” about immigrants is still poor policy in what’s left of our civil society.

The newly minted plastic Attorney General (and latterly suspect state treasurer of WA) the un- Christian Porter looked uncomfortable in interview when spouting that new security measures are meant to protect us from foreign terrorist elements disrupting or undermining our society and body politic. Obviously, he realised he had just defined the last five years of the Ruling Rabble regime and the continued support offered by The Ugly American, Murdoch and his papers.
Part of his package seeks to allow multi-national and other big business’ a right to instigate defamation action when criticised, for example, polluting a river, poisoning their clientele or other grotesqueries and it offers more belligerent police action should demonstrators take their concerns to the street and block traffic.
Without a hint of irony this paragon of the law said that, “I don’t have a concluded view. I would wait to see the legal research and see the types of options that might be available.”
Now doesn’t that put your minds at rest eh, Petals?
Ruling Rabble, Gang-Bang Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney unanimously votes to sell off the ABC….. to a media type, a collection of staff or whichever Chinese pops up first. …. except for rural and regional broadcasting……….sigh……...!
Why do these mongrels always, always want to return to the beginning of the last century?
Why do these IPA controlled non-entity's fear diversity and balance so much? Is it because they know that diversity is essentially democratic and that their view of the world is untenable?
Well at least, “Vote Liberal: Lose the ABC” can’t be construed as a lie during the next election campaign.

Prime Miniature,Truffles announced that Australian taxpayers were to foot 2/3 of the bill for the Solomon Islands to have a State-of-the-Art internet system. Playing catch-up after this incompetent Ruling Rabble de-funded aid into the Pacific and idly watched while the Chinese happily filled the vacuum, Truffles saw no irony in that the Solomon’s will get a better system than us, earlier, faster and not copper like the atrocious one he’s foisted on his own country.

And now for some voices more eloquent than mine expressing similar thoughts….

The AWU raid may look like student politics, but it has a nastier edge: banana-republic stuff, power wielded without consideration of civil society. It is a small part of the wider decomposition of Australian politics, and of the Western right more generally. The Liberals are, and always have been about the assertion of power. In the postwar era, against the rise of the productive state and working class movements, they championed free-market liberalism as an answer to the growing problems of social democracy. Now, they prefer racis – sorry, “national security”, and vast subsidies for the fossil fuel sector. Whether it’s attacks on unions, or the spruiking of the Ramsey Centre, the kitsch piles up, to the point where the right’s true character is revealed: a party of state order and repression, for whom the openness of markets and social life are a secondary consideration.
These are the people who rule us, and who, in 95% of seats you must choose between if your vote is to count. This is bathysphere politics, the mutual race to a deep bottom.” Guy Rundle: The Saturday Paper, June 9-15 2018.

“…. Alan Jones in a fawning interview with Howard on 2GB…. were both oblivious to the irony of their complaint: that the very process of interrogating our society, its institutions and values, is the essence of the civilisation they purport to defend.
The dogmatic insistence of the Ramsey Centre – that its curriculum should be immune from such interrogation – is evidence of a failure to embody the values it seeks to teach.” Mike Secombe: The Saturday Paper, June 18-22, 2018.

I've got to say that I'm done with priests and prophets. They're all men and they all work in the service of hierarchical and usually patriarchal systems - no better than bankers. And believe me I have met the lot of them - 30 years of spiritual musical chairs. Then it occurred to me that if I removed from my mind everything a male authority had ever told me about how I should see the world - I had no idea how I would see the world. Because there is one thing that priests and prophets do really well and that's convince you to surrender your autonomous eye. I'll never do that again. Maybe religion is dying out now because we've got social media to tell us what to think so we don't need god now. It is so hard to decide to look, really look, with your own invalidated and not very famous eyes.” Judith Nangala Crispin. Poet / Photographer-Artist.

Hoo-roo Possums,

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Roll Up, Roll Up, Roll Up…

Shane in King Valley

G’day Possums,

Mrs Wombat and I took a little sojourn to the King Valley so the pics are from there but the dog is for a sculpture so they have nought to do with the content.

Wow, what a fortnight…. the circus is in town!
In topping off his exposition as how his grand project of creating concentration camps for genuine refugees was really a good thing, (as only those who understood knew), the cadaver looking for a corpse, Senator ”Fallujah” Molan positively revelled in his shallow justification of bureaucratic cruelty dressed up as strength on QandA last week.
Around the same time one of the ex Major General’s “finest”, ex SAS captain and now Ruling Rabble member, Handy-Andy Hastie was dumping on his leader Truffles Turdball by telling all and sundry that Chinese born businessman Chau Chak Wing was a threat to our Never-Never Ozland of Pretend Democracy. Handy-Andy, who was investigated and exonerated (cough, cough) for allegedly allowing his troops to sever hands of Afghan dead as trophies (he never inhaled) and who thumbed his nose at the military hierarchy by utilising his uniform in his political advertising may well be suffering a sort of pay-back. It seems a secret report into SAS brutality has been leaked and there are calls for investigations to be widened and also for the findings to be made public. Given Handy-Andy’s exhibited propensity for arrogance this enquiry may have interesting ramifications for his political career.
Feelin' The Serenity, near Moyhu
An implosion of another sort took place too… Noe Notion’s President for Life, The Red Terror, Apoorlin Hamstrung contorted her visage and spat fury at any media she could find after another of her “party” broke ranks and defied her fiats on Ruling Rabble policy. Reprising all the anguish, anger and vileness that historically she is made of The Red Terror presented, perhaps too graphically, a fine illustration of the abject stupidity of some 10-12 % of the electorate. It is interesting to note that Section 44 offender, The Malfunctioning Mal-Addled Roberts famous for his 77 senate votes and marginal grasp of reality has again recently been polluting screens and air-waves with his mindless meanderings and musings almost as if he knew that a dumping was on the cards and that he had “the-sit” for a possible return as scourge of our political life.
Fortunately, a further diminution of the senate’s IQ scale has not, as yet, taken place.
Feelin' The Serenity- King Valley
Demonstrating just why the commercial networks hate the ABC, Chunder Seven put on The Barnyard and Floozie pantomime in a serious attempt at exploiting the “couple’s” newly discovered relevance deprivation syndrome.
At $150,000.00, allegedly for the “grey area” sprog’s education, Barnyard and Floozie individually gave evidence to an inept interviewer as to why our political system in such a parlous state.
Barnyard, with no hint of shame, told that he only went into his section44 bye-election “out of spite” knowing that he would lose his Deputy PM position as soon as his affair was known, and that his fellow Hayseed Party members were “..the absolute scum of the earth.”
For her part, the Floozie showed no interest in the dog’s dinner she was making with this Panto and had nought to say as to how much more talent she brought as media adviser to three ministers, or was paid or whether the affair and its travel were at taxpayer expense….although its existence was perhaps a role model for the insinuation advertised against Barnyard’s potential electoral nemesis, that Tony Windsor was “doing-the-rounds!”
She was certain though, that she was the ‘adult” in the room, contradicting Barnyard when he asserted that he was, thus leaving the viewers with the impression that neither were.
Of course there was no mention of his ministerial disasters: the Murray/Darling, the live sheep trade, and the shifting of the Ag Dept, his fortuitous land purchases , his religious hypocrisy, the expense accounts etc... that could all be left to the ABC to explore... to then be criticised as left-leaning!
It is gratifying to report that the Chunder 7 Panto “bombed.”
Feelin' The Serenity, Bonnie Doon
Then in senate estimates up popped the clown from the south Vichy Abetz who language mangled an attempt to have a DFAT mandarin agree with his assertion that Xtianity is the most persecuted religion on earth. The mandarin treated Vichy with requisite kindness by not pointing out that historically, Vichy’s family “has form” in the religious persecution stakes and that 65% of the population ignoring religion is not a measure of persecution but simply sanity preservation.
It seems that Vichy’s distraction might be either a preemptive “sounding” for the results of the enquiry into religious “freedoms” which will soon be announced or a cover for his colleague The Harpy Cash whom the AFP are taking an interest in but either way, anything this Ruling Rabble indicates an interest in, is doomed!
Feelin' The Serenity, Bonnie Doon2
Playing the Pipe Organ in the back row of this circus were the Neo-Feudalists of The-Coot’s-With-Queer-Ideas-From-a-Parallel-Universe, aka the IPA. Fronted in one instance by the overly loquacious but vacuous, Simon The Simple Breheny and in the other by Bunter Berg, these intellectually pre-adolescent libertarians babbled along in the background that denying donors to university courses selecting their own paths and lecturers, a denial of free speech and that taxing the rich was akin to the oppression of racism.
They did!
Full, as usual, of straw-man arguments, these contraversialists of limited depth have also been banging the drum louder on the selling off of the one serious news source, the ABC.
How do they fit into a democratic Quisling did in Norway!
Hoo-roo petals,
Feelin' The Serenity, Nillacootie