I have never been a person to believe that a division based on herd membership defines a person. Being a Labour or LNP voter is no indication of goodness or badness. There is no validity in the idea that justice, empathy and compassion is the exclusive province of one political party over the other. How then do we account for the existence of Abbott, Morrison, Dutton, Bernardi and others existing as a mutant cluster within the LNP? How does a small group hijack a whole political party? That is like asking how a fit and healthy person develops cancer. It happens. When it does happen the cancer needs to be removed before it spreads to the whole body.
Democracy is not an efficient form of government. It is slow, tedious and frustrating, but for now it is the best we have. Democracy also has it limits it must operate within if it is to remain democratic. Too far to the left and it becomes Communism. If it lurches to far to the right if morphs into Nazis. Neither position is within the boundaries of democracy. When these boundaries are breached it is up to all of us to bring democracy back within operating limits.
It is to all our benefits to have a healthy exchange of ideas within our society. This is the slow and tedious part of democracy. But the extreme right of the LNP does not work with an exchange of ideas. It works in s secret. It denies the public access to information and hides behind phrases like ‘operational matters’. It runs concentration camps we are excluded from investigating and shows a complete lack of compassion to anyone who gets in the way of its agenda.
It is time for all who believe in democracy and compassion, no matter what their political leanings, to join together to rid Australian politics of the extreme right cancer so democracy can resume.
The old analogue way of searching for information was to go to a library, look in a catalogue and find a section of the shelves that contained a few book titles that might contain the information you want. If you did a metasearch you could search every word on every page in every book in the library. After that the library could link to other libraries to search every word on every page in every book in that library, and so on.
If ISP keep metadata for two years this would be sufficient for ASIO to use a search engine that would re-construct a persons life in minute detail from moment of birth by just typing in their name and date of birth. The thing about metasearch is that it is possibly to start with very limited information and every little bit of data leads to more data that leads to more data and so on ad-infinitum.
If the Abbott government gets the data retention laws through parliament your very soul will be laid bare to ASIO. You do not have to be a criminal or terrorist to fear this legislation. All you need is the desire to retain some areas of your life as private. If this legislation passes it will give the government the ability know more about you than you know, and the ability to control your life like never before.
The government is spinning this as being a inconsequential piece of legislation to aid ASIO protect us from terrorism, but the reality is that this proposed legislation is the Australian equivalent of the American Patriot Act. Does Australia need it?