Daily Archives: June 10, 2011
Pauline…, please explain!!!!
Pauline Hanson was convinced she would be easily elected to the Upper House of the NSW Parliament. So when that didn’t happen of course something but have gone wrong. How could the good people of NSW not elected her to parliament, so thought Pauline.
This must have been a huge conspiracy, so off she marched to the courts, lawyer in tow, to have the result rectified. With the add of her legal team she was to unleash a smoking gun, a man who would reveal a conspiracy inside the electoral commission designed to bin votes for Pauline. They turned up to the Supreme court of NSW ready to unleash fury, justice, truth and their smoking gun witness would reveal all.
But he never showed up! Hanson had never met the man, nor had her lawyers. They hadn’t debriefed him and they hadn’t checked their facts. The man had invented the whole thing and Pauline and her legal team and run one of the more embarrassing cases to ever appear before the Supreme Court. You would think when challenging the very democratic system that runs a country you’d have met face to face with your one and only witness. But alas that was too much for Pauline and just like her political campaign, her court case with be stamped the same way. “FAIL”.
So we ask this question. Why should Pauline Hanson be allowed to run again? The answer, because even in democracy somebody with absolutely no clue, stark ravingly mad ideas and some pretty hate filled rhetoric can play the game. The real question is, how does someone whose whole political career has been a train wreck honestly think this is good for the country she claims to love so much. A country don’t forget she was ready to leave recently for the UK. Shouldn’t this circus act be put to rest, doesn’t she love her country enough to realise enough is enough and why should taxpayers foot the bill for another foolish campaign and the following legal strife.
Pauline… please explain?!?!?!
Make Indigenous Poverty History
In 2009 the National Council of Churches set a target to eradicate poverty among Indigenous Australians by 2015.
At the heart of the campaign is that all Australians should have a shared responsibility for the profound disadvantage that affects many Aboriginals.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have a death rate three times higher than all Australians.
Whilst only 20% of caucasian Australians die before 65, 70% of Indigenous people do. And on every key indicator, such as education, Aboriginals are far behind other groups.
The campaign recognises that money isn’t the only barrier to the problem. It’s a story of cultural dispossession, lost languages, and a lack of respect in mainstream Australia. It’s for that reason that the campaign is based on the principle that all Australians have to take a stand. It isn’t simply a problem for the government. All Australians must feel responsible for this travesty.
Follow the work here, see what you can do and demand more from our leaders!
Have you given racism the finger?
What happens when we come together? Black and white, country and city, all Australians!
If you read below you will know Bob Carr was questioning the morals of the Dalai Lama and we wondered where Bob’s Compass was. He is a keen bush walker, perhaps his skills walking the trails of Sydney’s near by national parks have allowed him to ditch the map and compass and just go with his gut. Well we found his gut instinct and we suggest he goes back to the compass, the moral one that is.
If he wishes to get lost in the bush that is a different issue.
What moral compass?
In recent days and weeks we have been challenged by a number of moral issues, do we continue to export live cattle, is action on climate change something we must take immediately and what is the best solution to the arrival of those seeking asylum?
For me the answers are simple, no we should not send animals to be tortured. Yes action on climate change must happen now and across the board and the best solution to the issue of asylum seekers is a humane resettlement program that verifies people’s claim to refugee status as fast as possible and does not export the problem to countries who have scant regard for human rights and the international instruments that ensure them.
So why have these issues not been dealt with so easily and efficiently, as the Dalai Lama suggested today, “Ultimately, I believe most of these problems are due to lack of moral principle in the country and relationship with neighbours.”
So where has our moral compass gone? Well it would appear it is not being held by any of our major politicians. PM Gillard has not yet confirmed she will meet with the Dalai Lama and in defending that decision ALP elder Bob Carr went further than a no show “No, the case for not seeing the Lama is stronger: behind the self-effacing shuffle and the grins he has a mischievous agenda in pursuit of theocratic power.”
A mischievous agenda? The happiness of humanity is now somehow sinister? Well when you consider that both major parties in Australia are now trying to out do each other on who can ill treat refugees the best is it any wonder that they see someone like the Dalai Lama as the enemy.
A lack of a moral compass in a society is exactly what allows politicians to play politics with serious issues, it creates debate on issues that seem clear cut, it keeps them rolling on the 24 hour news cycle and without a real policy amongst them it keeps lazy politicians in business. Who needs morals when fear and misinformation can help you be the Prime Minister, Opposition leader or an out of touch Bob Carr who is seen as knowing something.