How can punishing someone for something they might do be democratic?

Twenty Muslim men having there passports canceled because they might have a ‘Jihadi’ mentality is another step towards a fascist state. It is a principle of democracy that in law a person needs to have broken some law before they can be punished. That can sometimes be dangerous but the alternative is the secret police mentality. ASIO having the power to cancel a person’s passport because they ‘might’ do something has crossed the line separating intelligence gathering and the secret police.

The next step is that if any of us upsets someone in authority we will be targeted by the secret police. They might lose a job that requires a security clearance. No reason required. There are many ways a person’s life can be made difficult with a government like the Abbott government. We have censorship. We have concentration camps and now we have the secret police. It is important that we look after our neighbours in a democracy because if you do nothing when they come for your neighbour it will be too late when they come for you.


Abbott and the use of Drones

America has admitted that it uses drone to spy on Americans at home.

Abbott has said that he will use drones to monitor refugee boat movements when that could be done better with satellites. The drones of course would have to fly across all parts of Australia to get to the North and the West. Everything about Abbott’s policies stink of surveillance.

Abbotts Internet policy wreaks surveillance. It take control of the Internet away from nobody (it just is) to control by Murdoch. Will Murdoch promise not to tap my internet communication when he owns the cable? Would Murdoch promise not to keep track of his political opponents? Would he promise that the Internet would remain democratic?

Of course he would. He would also say, through he mouthpiece Abbott that any surveillance was purely for the purpose of keeping us all safe and happy. I don’t think I would be happy if my communications are monitored and drones are flying overhead spying on me.

It is time to re-read 1984

Abbott compares Murdoch with God (or Snake) in the Garden of Eden (I think).

I say ‘I think’ because it is impossible for me determine exactly what Abbot was saying when he was fawning before the great God Murdoch at the seventieth anniversary IPA dinner.

Almost at the beginning of his speech about says:

In the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve could do almost as the pleased but freedom turned out to have limits and it’s abuses, as this story makes only too clear. Yet without freedom we can hardly be human; hardly be worthy of creation in the image of God.

Tony Abbott April 4, 2013.

This is very confusing to me. Is he saying Eve supposedly defying God was good because it gave the Human race freedom (a common religious argument) or that God has rules that must be obeyed?

It is hardly surprising that Abbott does not know if Murdoch is God or the Devil. Murdoch ultimately has copyright over what the Fundamentalists claim is the word of the God, the New International Version of the Bible and he is the publisher of the Satanic Bible, written by the ‘Black Pope’ Anton Szandor La Vey. He is also a Catholic Knight Commander of St Gregory. No wonder Abbott is confused about Murdoch’s place in the Godship hierarchy.

Possibly Murdoch doesn’t give a shit as long as it is profitable.

There is a paragraph were he congratulates Jack Roskam for his defence of Western Civilization. I and completely confused by it, particularly the bit about the new version of the Great Australian silence. Exactly what Western Civilization did Jack Roskam defend and who is he anyway.

According to Abbott Roskam had a staff of 20 and Jesus had a staff of 12. I have no idea what that was about.

There is an enlightened section where Abbott says Murdoch has sometimes changed his political alliance but never his fundamental principles. At last Abbott has told the truth about something.

And he did spell out the Coalitions policies.

Repeal the carbon pricing legislation (he called it a carbon tax).

Abolish the Department of Climate Change.

Abolish the Clean Energy Fund.

Repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Repeal the mining Tax.

Privatise Medibank Private.

When he compared Murdoch with saving Paris in the Great War and Lord Florey, the co-inventor of penicillin I had this strange idea. Maybe Abbott is really as thick as he appears in public. Maybe it is not just an act to appeal to the bottom feeders of the Australian gene pool.

I had a lot more about the madness that is the IPA but instead please read the speech yourself from Abbott’s official website It gives valuable insights into the man who would be Prime Minister of Australia.

What sort of country are we creating?

This evening I heard word reminiscent of the early speeches of Hitler. We should track asylum seekers released in our society. Abbott also supported the announcements made yesterday, that police and neighbours would be informed when asylum moved into the district. From there to the requirement that Asylum Seekers wear a yellow crescent on the front of their clothes is only a very small step.

I am English by Birth, a mongrel by ancestry and Australian by choice. When I first came to WA I thought it was possible there were better places in the world but just in case there was not I would settle here, and I have loved it. It was not perfect but from what I had left behind it was heaven.

There were a few things that I found strange like the way Australia clung to the identity of the loveable larrikin as Australia grew increasingly sophisticated. Aboriginal people came to officially exist. My daughter was in the first year of school that abolished boys and girls units. I have seen equality become a reality if not yet complete.

I have loved this country and proud to have been part of its growth. I thank Australia sincerely for the education I could never have had in East London.

Then along comes Abbott.

If Abbott gains power we will be straight back to the 1950’s. Asylum seekers next door will replace Reds under the bed. God forbid that in Australia someone should speak a foreign language or not be a Christian.

I have known many Italian families where Mama or Papa has remained rooted in the old country, but their children have made the transition. Australia has become more diverse and richer for it with the traditions and culture they have bought with them.

But Abbott wants to drag us back seventy years to a time when all Australians were called Bruce or Sheila.

Abbott seems intent in returning to a white Australia policy. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that our planet has gone around the sun seventy times since then. Asia has changed out of all recognition.

If Abbott wins power we might find that the old white supremacy policies of the 1050’s translate in the modern world as poor white trash from the Deep South.

The world must never be allowed to think that Abbott represents Australia. Australia has come too far to regress back to the 1950’s.

Abbott proposes Police State.

Police to be informed when asylum seekers are released in community? The neighbours will be informed? Did I hear that right? This is Police State policy.

Remember the German writer whose name unfortunately I cannot remember.

When they came for homosexuals I did nothing.

When they came for the Jews I did nothing.

When they came for my neigbour I did nothing.

When they came for me it was too late.

Every time measures are taken that limit the rights of any group, or place then under surveillance for no good reason (such as criminal activity) it brings limitations to our rights one step closer.

It happens by degrees. When someone’s rights are trampled on even if they are distant to us it is a violation of our right. The whole area of civil rights has shrunk.

Little by little the country becomes a Police State. If the fear of asylum seekers is used to restrict rights all the Abbot will have to do is engender fear about the next group, then the next group and so on. Sooner or later that will include us all.

This is not an issue restricted to the human treatment of asylum seekers. This is about the proposed erosion of civil rights by Abbott aimed at us all.

Thank you Abbott for at last coming clean about the type of Australia you want to create.