Monday, February 13, 2006


So I was going to head off to the beach today, but I slept in. Instead I indulged in a guilty pleasure and watched Parliamentary Question Time on ABC TV, and listened to it a little bit on ABC News Radio (to get the tail end of the censure motion motion to suspend standing orders that was sure to be defeated due to government numbers anyway).

So the shit seems to be hitting the fan for the Government, and they're still playing dumb. But the thing that bothers me is that the body politic doesn't know nor care about the whole scandal. Like Barney Joyce said, it's not grabbing the electorate. But it should. Just because Johnny and Pete give them all an unnecessary and false sense of security/fear, tax cuts and fattens them up on middle class welfare cheques, they're prepared to turn a blind eye to flagrant corruption. That, and all the other shitty things this Government has done to turn us into its servants as opposed to we being the served.

You know, once there was a Government that improved public infrastructure, rescued the national economy and stomped on unemployment, and the plebs turned a blind eye to the unspeakable evil that the aforementioned Government was also responsible for. But I'm not about to trivialise the Holocaust by comparing it to the Oil-For-Wheat scandal which really doesn't rate in comparison, but the point remains. Also, that fills my lefty obligation to compare John Howard to a fascist dictator every now and then.

Some humour (?) was injected into the day at least: Dana Vale, member for Hughes (a.k.a. half the Sutherland Shire) said that abortion equals Islamisation of this country. "Australia is going to be a Muslim nation in 50 years' time ... when you actually look at the birthrates and you look at the fact that we are aborting ourselves almost out of existence by a 100,000 abortions every year", she says.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Did she come up with that, or was there some kind of focus group for ridiculous brainfarts? Maybe there's a whole ministry for that sort of thing. And she uses the word guesstimate. Gosh, I don't know which is more offensive.

Listening to:
Title: You Don't Care About Us
Artist: Placebo
Album/station: Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004 (2004)
Length: 4.00