Nine years in the wilderness

17th August 2022. I am still recovering after more revelations of Australia’s nine years in the wilderness in the grip of rogues, thieves and liars, no not all, but enough to make me question a system of government which allowed it to happen. ‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.’

Light at the end of the tunnel

31st May 2022. I and millions of others in Australia breathe a collective sigh of relief as the drongos who ran our country for 9 years have been committed to the dustbin of history. Realisation perhaps that our globe is rejecting us for our stupidity. Some scientists are calling the current generation the ‘Omega’ generation. ‘Omega’ is the last letter in the Greek alphabet. ‘I don’t believe in political jokes I have seen too many get elected’

Sea Change….

1st May 2022 Federal election in 3 weeks sees an awakening of political awareness with a plethora of Independents, and a revitalised Greens Party. Maybe at last after nearly 200 years we may be able to begin to rid ourselves of this corrupt two party duopoly and have real people govern us instead of apparatchiks. ‘In politics stupidity is not a handicap’

Gobsmacked…

Ok haven’t posted for awhile – too busy on twitter commenting on the absolute criminality of the current Australian Government and their intransigence to any outside curb to their corruption excesses “When they call the roll in Parliament, the politicians do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”

Free and Fair….

2nd June 2019. Vale Free and fair elections in Australia. The latest travesty again indicates how the preference system can be bought. That and the Russian style flood of bots and spurious users on social media to influence the politically dumb and further misinform the already misinformed make our Federal Election results a joke. ‘The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all’

I’ve said it before….

21st May 2019. So if you look at the head count of the winners and losers in this recent election it is about equal. So now half of the country is totally disenfranchised for the life of this parliament with no say in the running of the country unlike other systems where the number of ministers is proportional to the votes received. The Westminster system of government is a joke. ‘An election is not far off when a candidate can recognise you from across the street’

True Colours…..

16th May 2019. On the eve of our federal election there is something good. Most of the newspapers have shown their true colours. The Murdoch Empire of papers full of inane heavily biased lies and distortions as expected. But since the take over of the Fairfax papers this group is not far behind in black and white crap. The good news – the savings I am making by not buying newspapers I am now putting into quality online journalism. ‘Ads are the most truthful part of a newspaper’

Don’t have a Preference…

2nd May 2019. Our Senate Election system is so complex that even our Electoral Commission can’t explain it. For the locals here goes: You have to number at least 6 boxes if you vote for a party or 12 boxes if you vote for an individual.If you do this however you are not saying who you do NOT want to vote for and the distribution of other peoples preferences may in fact elect that person with your help. To prevent the above you must exhaust all your preferences ie number every box either for a party ( above the line) or an individual (‘Below the line). ‘ Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil ‘

More of the same……

25th April 2019. So far in our Federal Election Campaign I have seen lies, distortions, exaggerations, evasions, obfuscations, omissions, diversions, …. truth …..no. ‘If voting made any difference they wouldn’t allow us to do it’

Give me the facts…..

16th April 2019. When finance and marketing people take over a company from engineers and scientists, bad things happen. In our case it also applies to countries – I think only one person with a science training in our entire federal parliament ‘Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge’.