Has Australia ever elected a Prime Minister so ignorant of technology, the environment and science? So divorced from the growing need to fix inequality in all its forms. So oblivious of the needs of women and so out of touch with a modern multicultural pluralist society?
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
Some politicians – Tony Abbott an expert among them – realise the importance of dictating the terms of public discourse. That is, to get us talking on issues they want us to talk about, which are usually to avoid the public engaging on issues that might actually be important to them.
Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg has just returned from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos with some pearls of wisdom that have come from a suppository of wisdom that would put Tony Abbott’s suppository of wisdom to shame, i.e., the Troika, otherwise known as the EU Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.
Another in my summer series of short stories.
A penny saved is a penny earned – or so goes the truism. While this may apply to individuals and private enterprises; does it apply to governments?
Guest blogger Peter Martin investigates.
Readers please note; Peter Martin has no connection with Peter Martin of Fairfax Press.
First Dog On The Moon wrote that Tony Abbott was beyond satire. My immediate thought was it’s a bit like masturbation – if you think it’s impossible to do it to him, he’ll probably do it to himself.
I might as well say straight up that I’m not suggesting that anyone else reads this. After a discussion with friends about what constitutes science fiction, as opposed to speculative fiction and to fantasy fiction, I remembered A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959). It was one of the first of what I then called ‘science fiction’ stories that I had read, and, I thought, an impressive one. So I read it again. And it is impressive. It’s also a heavily Roman Catholic treatise on original sin.
During the period between WW2 and the 1970s most western governments established employment as a right of citizenship. They declared that a properly regulated redistribution of wealth was necessary in a free market system and that an enlightened society required some form of income protection that would be based on a just wage system.
In response to the Queensland Government’s crackdown on graffiti, where vandals will be given up to seven years jail, Tony Abbott has announced that his government will be introducing similar penalties for those caught doing electronic graffiti.