Abbott’s security laws a giant leap towards the Forth Reich.

Australia is in the same position as Germany was in the early 1930’s. We have a government creating fear and hate as an excuse for exchanging ‘Liberty” for ‘Personal Safety.’ This ignores that Liberty is the way to ensure personal safety. A free, educated compassionate society is the best way of combating radicalization.

What about the deliberate use of fear and hate by the Abbott government to radicalize the Australian people? Is one form of radicalization any less evil than another? We have an extreme right wing government using all the same tricks used by Hitler, Pinochet, Papa Doc and the other right wing dictators who high jacked democracy. We even have our own Ministry for Public Education and Propaganda run by Rupert Murdock copying the methodology and structure set up for Hitler by Joseph Goebbels.

Hitler started by blaming the socialists for everything and grabbed power by having the socialists banned from the German parliament. Abbot of course had Julia Gillard as the source of all that is evil and set out to destroy the Labour government. When blaming the socialist was no longer enough Hitler moved on to engendering hared and fear of the Jews to justify his strangulation of German democracy. Abbott has moved on to hatred and fear of Islam, which is no more justified than the hatred of Jews by Hitler. The rise of Hitler was considerably more dramatic than the antics of Abbott but the pattern is the same: a build up of hatred and fear to justify taking democracy away from the people.

The old story of learning from history or repeat it is terrifyingly true in Australia today. There are so many examples of how right wing politics highjack democracy that follow exactly the same pattern that is repeating itself in Australia, but still we go blindly down the path into the Fourth Reich. Do we learn nothing?

Did our Navy leave Refugees to Drown at sea?

I doubt it and I certainly hope not, but it is not surprising that such stories are spreading rapidly around the world.

Refugees often come from countries where the military control the civilian population. They come from countries where the government is silent, where people have no idea what happened to their neighbours who are no longer there. This is what refugees are fleeing from.

Refugees coming by boat to Australia are being met on the high seas by Australian Naval vessels. Those that do make it to Australia disappear. We are told that they are set to PNG or other destinations and they probably are. I say probably are because we do not know. We do not know who has arrived, under what circumstances they arrived or where they have gone. We do not even know if they are allowed to contact their families to say they are alive. They leave Indonesia and disappear into a black hole.

This sounds very much like the conditions the refugees are fleeing in the first place. Is it any wonder that when a refugee boat sinks and the Navy arrives too late to save them the immediate reaction is that we let them drown?

Our Navy letting refugees drown does not have to be true. It only has to be that the silence of the Abbott government makes it inevitable that such stories would become true in the minds of many. As an Australian I have this little niggle that it could be true. Image you are in Afghanistan or Iran. How much stronger would the likelihood of the stories being true be? Abbott has been Prime Minister for 67 days and already Australia has been trashed in the eyes of the world.

Whatever the world may have said about our refugee policy under the Gillard government never accused of letting refugees to die at sea. Nor was the Gillard government ever accused of censorship. How low have we sunk since Abbott won the election? How much lower can we go in three years? Can Australia afford another three years of Abbott? How long will it take to repair the damage when Abbott has gone?

The use of the military to combat refugees must cease. Censorship must cease. There are certain minimum standards that must exist if Australia is to retain any semblance of being a democracy. In 67 days we have sunk considerably below those minimums.

Democracy or politics?

Most of my followers, and those I follow are dyed in the wood Labour party supporters. This, and the tone of my blogs over the last year would seem to indicate that I am a Labour supporter, but I am not. I am a supporter of Democracy, not a political party.

Until the resurrection of Kevin Rudd that meant that on a political level I supported Labour because as imperfect as it may have been the Gillard Government retained at least a veneer of democracy. With the return of Rudd that has veneer of democracy has been striped from Labour.

Democracy is an ill-defined concept, but it involves the population somehow making choices as to what sort of country they want to live in. For the population to make choices about the future direction of the country there are several conditions that have to be met.

The most basic conditions that have to be met for democracy is that the people have to know what they are voting for. This means that the people have to be told the truth.

Neither Rudd nor Abbott have said anything I feel I can trust or gives me any idea what I will be voting for in the Australian election.

I do know that after the election refugees will continue to be trashed for purely political reasons. Rudd and Abbott have both promised that any pretence of compassion for refugees that Australia might have had internationally will be gone. What choices are there for Australians who want to show compassion and help a few of the world’s refugees build a new life? None.

Are we being told the truth about global warming? All I have seen from the politicians is Rudd’s assertion that global warming is the biggest threat facing the human race, except when it might lose votes. Abbott says it is not real but just to keep the greenies happy he will introduce a ponzy tree-planting scheme. Neither has told the truth about the science involved. Both Abbott and Rudd use the word science in such a lose manner that their statements are meaningless.

What is the real state of the economy? Who Knows? The state of our economy is probably somewhere between Rudd’s rampant optimism and Abbott’s continuous glum and doom. Without knowing the true state of the economy how can anyone make a rational choice on economic matters? Do we vote for Rudd’s business as usual or do we vote for Abbott’s slash and burn? If we where told the truth we would probably not vote for either.

It is impossible for me to see any issue in the election campaign where I have confidence that I am being told the truth. The purely self-interest of politicians has replaced the interests of the country and democracy has been trashed along the way.

The Election with no hope.

I am not that interested in party politics. My interest is in democracy. That is why I have been such a supporter of Julia Gillard because the alternative, Tony Abbott, has been actively opposed to democracy.

Democracy relies on people being informed and aware of what is happening and what the issues are. Abbott has consistently mislead (being polite) the Australian people and lied over and over with no purpose other than to undermine the government and the people. This is not democracy.

This quote comes from Mein Kampf:

The art of leadership, as displayed by really great popular leaders in all ages, consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention into sections. The more the militant energies of the people are directed towards one objective the more will new recruits join the movement, attracted by the magnetism of its unified action, and thus the striking power will be all the more enhanced.

The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to the one category; for weak and wavering natures among a leader’s following may easily begin to be dubious about the justice of their own cause if they have to face different enemies.

This Abbotts method. Pick a target and relentlessly attack over and over. Truth does not come into it.

Julia Gillard was under relentless attack on two fronts, but at least there was the hope that democracy might prevail.

But Julia Gillard has gone and we have Rudd. The gap between labour and Liberal has closed. This has happened not because Rudd is doing a better job than Julia Gillard but because he has joined Abbott at the bottom of the gene pool.

No matter who ‘wins’ the next Australian election democracy will lose.

Without democracy there is no hope of a caring and compassionate Australia

Abbott “Poor old Julia Gillard.”

How hypocritical can a man be? “Poor old Julia Gillard” from Tony Abbott at this morning press conference showed just how two-faced Abbott is.

It was an interesting press conference as Abbott wriggles and squirmed as he tried to distance himself from Malcolm Turnbull’s performance on Q and A last night.

Malcolm Turnbull looked very uncomfortable while he explained that he supported the opposition’s policy on climate change and other matters because it was opposition policy not because he agreed.

Abbott lied over and over in his press conference particularly in the way he tried to hi-jack President Obama’s speech on Climate change basically claiming that Obama agreed with Abbott’s policy. I saw that speech and to say that there was any similarity between what Obama said and Abbott’s sort of inspirational policy is a straight out lie. But that is what I have come to expect from Abbott.

I have real fears about what Australia will become if Abbott becomes Prime Minister.

War with Indonesia: Rudd Copies Abbott Tactics

Kevin Rudd’s comments implying that Abbotts ‘Turning back the boats’ policy will lead to war with Indonesia has used the same tactics Abbott uses, and listen to the opposition squeal. Say something that is a lie but say it in a way that cannot be proved to be a lie and it will be believed.

In scientific terms, lie in a way that lacks the property of falseability. It cannot be proved untrue. But to many of the population not being able to prove it is untrue means it must be true.

Dirty, dirty tactics have no place in a democracy. But here we are with Abbott and Rudd facing off to see who can tell the most un-provable lies in a bid to lead the next government. No sign of any policies yet from either.

It is possible that by ‘out-Abbotting Abbott’ Rudd might lead to a Labour victory in the next election and to the end to Abbott, but for me it will be a bitter victory.

I want to see the Labour Party win the next on policies, not on who can be the biggest liar.

Fighting evil with evil only doubles the evil. If winning means becoming no better than the Liberal Party is it worth it?

In the mean while a good Prime Minister with policies that benefited ordinary Australian has her political life cut short long before the good she has, and could still have done comes to fruition. It is a dreadful waste of talent. There is also Greg Combet and others who are leaving before they have reached their full potential. Australia is the poorer for it.

I want to see the Labour Party win the next on policies, not by a contest to see who can be the biggest liar.

Australian Politics. A Soap Opera Directed by Tarantino

That description came from an American PBS broadcast relayed on channel 24. The reporter described a political system of total brutality and infighting with no reference to policy. His description was absolutely correct.

What do you do when the climate is warming, the Earth is burning, the seas are dying and democracy is collapsing into mob rule? Do what the Romans did. Give the people the circus.

Give them a place where you can go to watch the lions eat the Christians. Where the people can watch fully armed gladiators slaughter the innocent. Where everything is ruled by brute force. Where a ‘Thumbs up’ or ‘Thumbs down’ determines political life of death.

Einstein said that the world will not be destroyed by bad people. It will be destroyed by those who watch. Australia is being destroyed by a political system that relies on ideas and policies but has become so corrupted that it is now only a blood sport.

As each brutal encounter comes to a close the people give a ‘Thumbs up’ or ‘Thumps down’ via the opinion poles and the victor progresses to the next round. Who rises and all falls is dependant on brute force and bloody murder not on ability or policy.

The people have their games and Australia burns.

There will be no Carbon Tax under A Government Rudd leads.

In fact there will be no government Rudd leads. Rudd must be either suicidal or really believe that he is the Messiah to take over Labour now. Maybe it was just blind revenge.

Re-election for Labour was problematic with Julia Gillard but she was a good PM and I would not have written here off. But does Rudd really have any support amongst the bulk of Labour supporter? I don’t think so. From my own little survey it seems that his support comes only from dedicated followers of polling.

What was looking like a big ask has just become like climate change. We know it is coming but think it can be ignored. The human race has a massive capacity for indulging in cognitive dissonance.

There are those who don’t want Abbott and who will not vote for Rudd so where are they going to go? The Greens could win big time. I have a strange vision that maybe the Greens will decide who will be in power after the election. Can you imagine Abbott on his knees begging the Greens for support?

Labour being returned in coalition with the Greens is not an impossible outcome. It might be a good ‘Plan B’ if we are to keep Abbott out.

We might even be able to invite Murdoch the Yank to return to his chosen home.

Rudd is not the Messiah. Just a very naughty boy

The more I think about the last few days the more I think that Labour has been conned by Murdoch.

This is what I see as happening. The polls say that Rudd brings Labour back to level with Liberals. But Abbott has been priming his supporters to say that Rudd is the best leader for labour. If you ask Abbott followers who would be the better Labour leader they would say Rudd. But were Labour voters asked?

Murdoch is a master at selective polling and what Kerry O’Brien referred to as Astro-Turfing (creating a false grass roots movement) in his ‘Race to the Bottom’ Wallace Wurth Memorial Lecture at The University of NSW. http://bit.ly/1cpfReU

Now that The Labour party has been conned into dumping the best leader that have had since WW2 let’s see what happens to the numbers. I think we will find that the numbers against Julia Gillard where manipulated down and the numbers for Rudd inflated. Rudd is a dead liability.

Rudd is not the Messiah, just a naughty little boy who went into the corner and stamped his foot and banged his head until he got his own way. Labour, never give in to a 2 year old brat throwing a temper tantrum.

Labour and the Unions need to get a divorce.

The trade unions are supposed to care about things like work conditions. It is a liability to that ideal to be aligned with a political party. Both Labour and the unions would be better off if they got a divorce.

There is nothing political about work conditions. Do you have to have socialist leanings to want our workforce to enjoy safe and rewarding conditions? I don’t think so. Our workforce is not divided across political lines.

The old days when the manual workforce being defined as poor Irish Catholics and Labour voters, and the owners of capital being defined as English Anglicans and conservative voters are long gone. But we continue to define politics along outdated ideals.

Having Trade Unions being seen political entities gets in the way of real discussions on work conditions. Sitting down to discuss work conditions with a group of Unionists who call each other ‘Comrade’ is unlikely bring positive results.

I am of the opinion that many (but never all) employers have a real interest in having good work conditions for their workforce. But militant union leaders who see everything in terms ‘them and us’ trash this accord.

And for the Labour Party it would also better off.

You do not have to be a trade union person coming up through the ranks to care about people. Again there is no reason why someone cannot own a business and care about people. There is no bar to a person in a position of privilege caring about those who are less fortunate.

The real problem is that our political structures create divides. They polarise the community. Some people care and some do not. That is how it is. But this is not across a wealth divide. You cannot say that being a member of a political party makes a person good or bad.

Trade Unions do not work at their best when everything is seen through a political prism. Issues like work choices does not have to be a political issue to trade unions. The membership wants work choices or they do not want work choices. Trades unions do not have to be aligned with a political party because that means that they might have to support a raft of issues that are not good for the workforce.

Being apolitical would serve trades better than dogmatic adherence to the party line. Already there is no correlation between the way workers vote and their membership of a Trade Union.

Similarly the Labour Party needs to be open to all who believe in democracy for all. I have never been a member of the Labour Party. Partly because I can never understand how an organization can operate with left factions, right factions, centre left factions, centre right factions and Marxist factions and the Micky Mouse Society. Come on please. You either believe in championing democracy or don’t. There is no such thing as selective democracy.

All the discussion on how many votes Bill Shorten bought to Rudd is an example of why Labour and the Trade Unions need to get a divorce. In a democracy Bill Shorten would have delivered Rudd one vote, but the union factions distorted reality.

I have a lot of time for Bill Shorten. I think he could offer so much more if he was not shackled to the Union factions. And the Trade unions could become more effective if they dropped political allegiances.

That’s my little spray for today. Trade unions need to stick to what they were formed for and are good at. The Labour party needs to stop being an extension of the Trade Union movement and become be a grouping of people who want to advance democracy for all.