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?

Tony’s new uniform. Blue tie with little pink pigs.

I have not seen any real evidence, academic or otherwise that suggests there is any general difference in intelligence or ability between men and women. If a group was form from a population based on intelligence and ability the numbers men and women in that group should be roughly equal, allowing for a small statistical error.

How can the Abbott government claim to represent when the only woman in the cabinet is someone who has survived several leadership changes by being willing to be whatever the leader wants her to be and hold whatever policy view the leader holds?

Some see the Abbott cabinet as being an insult to women. I see it as an insult to Australia. Julia Gillard’s summation of Abbott’s attitude to women was spot on.

If the labour side of politics is examined there is a genuine attempt to have people of ability in leadership roles regardless of sex. Julia Gillard and Nicola Roxon are a great loss to Australian politics. Tanya Plibersek is fortunately still with us and I hope to see her as Prime Minister one day.

There are also talented men in the Labour Party. That is the way it needs to be. I cannot understand how in the 21st century why we still has such a sexually based disparity of representation in government. A male dominated cabinet is obscene and belongs to the days of Gladstone.

Unfortunately Abbott has not only selected his cabinet on outdated sexual attitudes but has also done the image of men in our society enormous harm. I hope women understand that not all men are little Abbotts.

Australian Democracy is not dead, But it is on Life support.

I don’t believe all Australians are ignorant and stupid, but as within all countries there is a significant minority who are. When a single person has controls media and has ability to mobilise this significant minority with lies, bullshit and prejudice to vote as a block democracy becomes severely distorted. It saves this minority from thinking and gives the election a significant bias before it even begins.

Rupert Murdoch has that ability to distort the election and has used that ability unmercifully for the last three years. If democracy in Australia is to be restored to health the ability to control the flow of truth and give an utterly distorted slant to the media must be taken out of the equation. Murdoch must go.

It is unreasonable to expect media to be unbiased. The media cannot be separated from the reporting. However, we need a full range of bias if we are to have the ability to sort truth from fiction. One person controlling seventy percent of the media does not allow for that full range of bias.

Not only must Murdoch go if democracy is to be nurtured back to health but there must also be limits placed on the amount of control one person can have over the media. Democracy is not a ‘free for all.’ Democracy must have checks and balances to ensure that a minority cannot distort the process.

No-matter what the outcome of today’s election it will not be democratic. The result will be a distortion of the truth by a minority block led by a person with nothing but self interest as motivation. It may be difficult but with the remaining scraps of democracy we have left we can bring about changes to the media ownership laws. If that happens the next election might be democratic.

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

Julia Gillard’s Carbon Price Promise

This is a quote from the Australian August 20, 2010 by Paul Kelly and Dennis Shanahan.

I don’t rule out the possibility of legislating a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, a market-based mechanism,” she said of the next parliament. “I rule out a carbon tax.

The Article goes on to report on Julia Gillard’s promises for the labour if they won the (then) next election. Things like health reform, education reform and so on.

As far as I can see Julia Gillard was totally up front about her intentions and has kept to her promises.

The continuous attack on Julia Gillard for (supposedly) lying is the issue that continues to be Tony Abbott’s only line of attack. It is amazing that a nothing who has nothing like Tony Abbott can wreak havoc on a good government aided only by the Murdoch press.

On the issue of the relationship between Murdoch and Abbott look at Abbott’s speech at the IPA dinner.

John Howard has said that Rupert Murdoch has been by far Australia’s most influential international businessman; but I would like to go a little further. Along with Sir John Monash, the Commander of the First AIF which saved Paris and helped to win the First World War, and Lord Florey a one-time provost of my old Oxford College, the co-inventor of penicillin that literally saved millions of lives, Rupert Murdoch is probably the Australian who has most shaped the world through the 45 million newspapers that News Corp sells each week and the one billion subscribers to News-linked programming.

One thing I agree with is that Murdoch has ‘shaped the world through the 45 million newspapers that News Corp sells.’ I feel that the world would have been much better off without Murdoch shaping it.

 Other parts of the speech, such his incoherent ramblings about the Garden of Eden, must give rise to grave questions about what Australia would become if he ever Abbott became Prime Minister.

But then again he would probably be Prime Minister in name only. The real power, if you take Abbott’s speech seriously, would be The Great God Murdoch.

Ned, Julia Gillard did not lie about Carbon Tax.

To Ned, and others who keep insisting that I change my blog on Julia Gillard not lying about a Carbon Tax. This is a good time to raise the issue again and tell the truth about what Julia Gillard actually said.

This is the quote:

JULIA Gillard says she is prepared to legislate a carbon price in the next term.

It will be part of a bold series of reforms that include school funding, education and health.

In an election-eve interview with The Australian, the Prime Minister revealed she would view victory tomorrow as a mandate for a carbon price, provided the community was ready for this step.

“I don’t rule out the possibility of legislating a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, a market-based mechanism,” she said of the next parliament. “I rule out a carbon tax.

(Paul Kelly and Dennis Shanahan. The Australia August 20, 2010.)

Ned, the lie is that Murdoch and Abbott have insisted on calling a carbon-pricing scheme a tax, What we have is not a tax, it prices carbon and is leading to a market based mechanism. A Tax raises money for the government without reducing omissions but a carbon pricing scheme reduces omissions.

This is not my preferred approach. I would prefer the introduction of an Australian Standard and let the technocrats work out how. But however you look at it Julia Gillard did not lie.

Ned’s Comments have been included in the comments section of the original blog if anyone is interested in what he had to say. If he is still not satisfied then that is just the way it is.