"Life in Australia, life as we know it, is under threat"
Dear VJ readers,
Lately a few people have said to me that ‘politics is boring’ and I hear you but while you proclaim; ‘I don’t do politics’ while drinking organic yak milk tea and contemplating your bellybutton - real life things are happening. Life in Australia, life as we know it is under threat. Not by any outside ‘terrorists’ or ‘home grown fundamentalists’, these are just the bogey-man threats that Abbott and Co want us to focus on while the real threat to our way of life is underway.
The land of equality and a fair go is drastically being altered and being undermined by Federal Liberal Coalition policies both domestic and foreign. Things are happening that affect this country and all its citizens and that includes you.
Anyone who knows anything about politics knows that this particular Liberal ‘Government’ is not representative of wider Australia at all. The Liberals were swept into power because they weren’t ‘Julia or Kevin’ not because the public had any idea of what they stood for, who they really were or what they would do. What the unsuspectingly general public voted in was a Government made up of ‘white bread’,middle aged, privileged men from private schools with no real idea or clue about anything – just a life in politics or business ‘playing the game’ and all lead by a ventriloquist dummy with religious tendencies. Now that hes become ‘the captain of Team
Austraya’ it has become apparent that the PM in particular is scripted to within an inch of his life by ‘his people’ – the ones that think and write his speeches for him. Everything that comes out of that man’s mouth is either someone else’s words, utterly ridiculous or a lie. Sometimes, all three. Like when he found Malaysian flight 370 (or not).
When Dame Abbott speaks ‘unscripted’ on complex topics such as civil collapse in Syria. Abbott, he goes and says things like this;
“It’s not goodies versus baddies, it’s baddies versus baddies”.
I don’t know about you but that kind of simplistic thinking worries me and even worse I am concerned that under
Abbott’s ‘leadership’ we are marching past the sign that reads “Point of no return”. If as Australians we sit idly by enjoying all Australia has to offer without being involved in the big decisions, I fear one day we will wake up to an Australia that we don’t know anymore.
Plus there are so many ways to ‘do politics’, none of which are boring.
We can’t all be in all places at once and there is so much to be done - so find something you’re passionate about and get in there and make a difference. If you don’t want to or can’t leave the house get on the internet, sign petitions.
We all need to get involved in the politics of ‘life in Australia’.
Below are just three areas that concern me.
1) We are on the verge of war in Iraq .2 lead by a bumbling idiot and a maniacal Minister of Foreign Affairs (Julie
Bishop) who has just been spoiling for a fight since taking centre stage.
2) The environment is well and truly under attack, with
logging and Gas and Coal licenses springing up all over the place – even the Great Barrier Reef.
3) All of Abbott’s policies are designed by privileged men for the benefit of no-one but other privileged men. Cuts to pensions and welfare payments might save a buck here or there but seriously affect those most vulnerable including the young, the elderly retirees and other marginalized groups. The impact of six months with no income support will be devastating and will have huge knock on effects to the wider community in higher crime rates etc.