7
Jul

Question Time

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I’ve been burning the midnight candle lately, partly because I’ve been assigned to working extended hours for a project I’m working on and as a consequence getting home later than normal, which is not conducive to getting some down time before going to bed. And partly because instead of forcing a time to switch off I continue to wind myself up until my eyelids start to droop. Of course the opposite end of the spectrum would be that I awaken early and do the time I’m required to do, that way, and then getting home earlier and hopefully getting to bed earlier. But let’s face it, I’m hardly a morning person and I have difficultly maintaining the discipline for early rises and early retiring to the bedroom for the sleep. That most normal of disciplines is something that evades the nocturnal beast that I am and the idea of becoming normal is somehow abhorrent to my sensibilities or insensibilities as is the case with my persistent burning of the midnight oil. For no particular reason other than to try and evade the sandman’s grains so I can gain a few extra hours of "my time’ to pursue a better understanding of the universe and the nuances that pervade the human condition. I may be stretching my rationalisations just a tad here but the core of my reasoning is set about a grand agenda but quite often fails to live up to such designs and instead merely just wiles away hours with useless information for entertainment purposes.

Anyway, having the extended night time as I have had over the last few days has given me a sneak peak into the world of politics once again. As the hour wanes into the witching hour the familiar sound bytes fill the room with the sound track of the beginning of Question Time on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I’m not even sure if late night television is the only time this piece of Australian drama is aired but I’d have a fair amount of trouble believing anyone would actually fit some time in the day to view it without being completely bonkers or just a plain old masochist. But still the little time and brief glimpses I’ve had of this work of complete time wasting is filled with utter disdain and contempt. I really can’t believe that this is what we pay the people who are purportedly our representatives of Government for. I mean is there any point to this circus when most of the time is spent with the Chairman saying "Order"! Whenever I get these glimpses of Australian politics I just end up feeling enraged, if it wasn’t bad enough having political talking heads on news and current affairs programs basically just perfecting the art of Bullshitting and dodging questions with non sequitur and evasion, we then just get the same thing happening in a time when serious discussions ought to be taking place. What could be a civil and useful discussion ends up being a free for all time for just more politicking and party propaganda. Perhaps if the thing wasn’t broadcast then the temptation for causing the Chairman to burst a vein trying to bring the House to order wouldn’t be there.

Makes the mind boggle with the possibility that anarchy wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all. A sovereign fund should be set up for whenever a politician utters a piece of bullshit or tries a furtive attempt at politicking on company time, then a hundred dollar bill is placed in the sovereign penalty jar taken from the parliamentary pension no less. We’d surely be a debt free society and in the black far sooner than the Gillard 2013 time line and we might then see some honest political debate. The joke once again is on the Australian Taxpayer who foots the bill for the prodigal extravagance that Australian Politics finds itself in.

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22
Jun

Feel like Politicking?

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A few months back a family friend asked me or wondered out loud what my political bent was. The question popped back into my head while I had the ABC’s Q&A Gen Y edition running as background noise on Monday night. I said back then when asked, that I didn’t really follow politics and didn’t really have a preference, but this was not entirely true and was more evasiveness than an answer. Because I didn’t really want to get into some discussion about politics or justify why I supported the side of the political line I do. Firstly I think the whole idea of following a political party and debating the policies is a pointless exercise and secondly because I think our choice in support is a rather limited choice at best and I have my doubts as to whether we really have a choice at all. But for the record I swing between the Greens and Labor and have been voting Greens at the majority of Elections in the last few years, unless there is a direct threat that the Liberal Party might gain parliament, then I vote Labor. The last election was a Labor vote because the idea of having Tony Abbott as Prime Minister was a chilling proposition and not something I wanted to live with for the coming 3 to 4 years. But if I was pressed on why I have a preference for Labor, then I’d have no better answer than, because it is like Religion. We follow the political party our parents support, in much the same way we follow our parents religion.

We won’t often see a person that was raised with Christian based belief system then having an apostasy and turning to Islam. Same with politics, perhaps apostasy in politics is a more frequent occurrence than with religion but as a general rule the politics you grew up with will be the same you stick with. I could be way off the mark here but it seems a reasonable supposition as any. For the most part we live in an apathetic society and elections aren’t really anything more than an inconvenience to a great many people and although there are swinging voters who may base their decisions upon the policies being marketed come election time, I think a lot of voters are life time supporters of the party they belong to by birth and won’t ever change their vote regardless of the political policy being put forward. I grew up in Labor electorate and for the most part I remain in a Labor electorate, so I’m like the lifer in a lot of ways. If I grew up on the North Shore I’d more than likely be a Liberal Party supporter. It’s a simplistic view but as a rule of thumb it’ll work for the majority as well I think. Besides, I think the better part of any electorate has little faith that what is being flogged as policy during election time will transpire into policy during the course of the term of Government. I think we can safely safe that politicians aren’t exactly the most reliable people to keep their promises and are known to bend the truth, just a little.

My lack lustre and rather apathetic swing to the Greens is more a statement of my total lack of faith in Government and a wish for a change in the paradigm. A paradigm that has grown tedious and obnoxious, my vote reflects this attitude more than it directly supports the Greens policy. I do think environmental issues need to be more directly addressed with firm policy and not the current soft approach that treads carefully around the issue so as to not jeopardise re-election, which is the downfall of the system we have. There can never be any long term vision because policy is ephemeral, perpetually on the precipice of being overturned by the next in line. Perhaps big policy decisions ought to be put to a republic vote, a referendum conducted, which no Government could overturn. If we’re to rely on the Liberal/Labor paradigm then we may as well stop all discussions on the environment and any other major issue and continue on our merry way. Pissing about politicking carbon taxes is merely obfuscation. I support a carbon tax if the money is used to actual fund renewable energy research and implementation but in a more realistic view, the money will just be pissed away on bribing voters come election time. The whole political system is more about these bribes and middle class welfare than actual governing. It really doesn’t matter which party is in Government, for me at least, because as a SINK (Single Income No Kids) I’ll be paying more in taxes than my dual income with kids, fellow citizens. I’ll get shafted which ever way I swing my vote.

I dislike that we only really have two parties that we can effectively choose to govern the country and I say govern rather broadly, when what happens is not Government but pandering to voters with misinformation and politicking while the real masters, Big Business decides the true policy agenda. I wish the Greens would win an election, If only because the bickering between Labor and Liberal becomes a tiresome and tedious circus, which we are exposed to on a daily basis. For the most part, it is merely a bunch of clowns running a show of one-upmanship and finger pointing without making headway in finding solutions to the real ills of society. Having a change in the politicking happening on Late Night television would be a change for the better and if the Greens were in power it would be at least a tri-party circus and might actually be entertaining rather than the bland see through politicking that the current two party farce exhibits and has the nerve to call itself politics.

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23
Jun

Politics

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Utegate. The daily updates to this so called scandal leaves a unsavoury taste on the tip of ones tongue as the stink of faecal matter offends our nostrils while large quantities of it dribbles down the chins of our esteemed leaders. Quite frankly it is a telling insight into the farce that is the political sphere. How the media laps up the absolute bullshit spilling out of politicians mouths and then feeds it to the stupid punter in the street leaves one wondering the value in corporate media. When no better story can be thought of to peak the interest of average Joe other than some phony email I fear that the days of public scrutiny and accountability of leadership has all but vanished and what is left, is nonsense and mass appeal madness. If it wasn’t bad enough, to then label the affair with such an unoriginal title as Utegate, like it was the Australian equivalent of Watergate is unforgivable and only tells of the stupidity of those that report the “news”.

Was it supposed to be funny? Or was it just a joke on the “Aussie Battler”, to slap mud in our faces? Here we have the elite, Governmental prowess at its finest, slinging mud at each about some fake email concerning some insignificant car dealer. How gives a fuck? Really! We go from environmental disaster and carbon taxes to some fucking email that isn’t even authentic. I am so angry with seemingly intelligent people who write policy that affects us all, who then bicker like children and whose rebuttals amount to a statement of “You should resign”….“No! You should resign” Come on! And we continue to pay the salaries of these clowns. Yes the joke is on us.

NO! We should sack em all! Get rid of these useless bureaucrats and let Anarchy sort it out. Utegate. What a total waste of energy and  time.If the world gave a rats arse about Australia we’d certainly be the at the fore front of ridicule right about now.

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5
Nov

It’s over….at long last!

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A new era is born and we now await to see if anything really changes or if the spectacle of the greater part of this year’s US presidential election campaign has been merely an extravagant infomercial or just plain old rhetoric. Although having a black fella as the President of The United States of America is a great milestone in history and certainly a symbolic event to mark the transition from slavery to equality, it remains to be seen if the great super power is ready to re-evaluate its position in the world and make changes that will liberate all humanity from the tyranny of its desire of world governance.

I liked Barack Obama, perhaps only because he possesses a fantastic talent in oration and also by the fact that he is not all that bad to look at either, I think I’m allowed to say that as a male without feeling queer. But my scepticism and cynicism is unperturbed by glossy looks and flashy rhetoric, on the face of it Obama is but one man and the White House is made up of many men and women who undoubtedly have their own agendas and visions they wish to enact. It is hard to imagine that all but the most superficial things can be changed with Obama or any other President Elect. One only need to watch Question Time in our own Parliament to be persuaded into disillusionment and it probably isn’t too far a stretch of the imagination to envisage a similar scenario happening in Congress. Next time you’re up late with insomnia flick the channel to Question Time and ask yourself “And we’re paying these guys to bicker like some bitterly married couple?”  It’s phenomenal, the amount of wasted time these parliamentarian’s get up to; couldn’t they just answer the questions without the nonsense? Even on prime time television they stomp on each other’s rhetoric without even trying to resolve the issue at hand, the same party line is slung from one side to the other and nothing seems to be achieved except greater confusion and a steadfast strangle hold of some slogan to batter the viewer with.

Perhaps the best outcome of the Obama victory is that it is now over, the long campaign that we’ve all become so acquainted with, is finished and we no longer have to bear witness to some foreign circus of bullshit. At least Australian election campaigns are over in a matter of weeks so we can be thankful for small miracles and being spared from extended infomercials inculcating us with some lame slogan. It has to be stated that I am now more famliar with US politics than I am with Australian, so one thing has been achieved with the media bombing and obsession with all things American and that is that I am ready to vote. The comedy of it all, shouldn’t we have polling booths ready globally considering more air time has been extended to the US presidentail election than any other cause so it seems hardly fair that we aren’t permitted to cast our votes. To be fair though, I did notice on Channel 7’s Sunrise Program that they were conducting a phone line poll on who would you vote for. Fucking Madness! “Australia! Don’t become America!” isn’t that a line from a song? Well are we now able to focus on the Australian politcal circus now that America has voted? One can only wish eh?

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