As we enter the Festive Season, we reflect on the year past and
the one ahead. It’s a time when Christians celebrate Christmas and
other special days, Jewish folk enjoy Hanukkah, Mexicans celebrate
the Fiesta of our Lady of Guadalupe, and Swedes celebrate St Lucia
Day. The New Year is ushered in as an opportunity for new hope.
In a recent email, Virginia Trioli wrote in relation to Christmas Parties: Go hard
or go home. Say something. Talk — really talk — about your life, your triumphs,
your failures; your year of struggle or your reflections on another milestone
reached; your pride, your joy, the moments of grace remembered or sought:
or don’t talk, don’t just chatter, and how about we just stand in companionable silence...
One of the production team behind The Political Sword regularly attends
a trivia night at a local pub. Recently the host (who runs a company that
hosts multiple trivia nights every night of the week — so he’s pretty good
at finding obscure facts) made the claim that 49 percent of Australians
are either immigrants or one/both their parents are immigrants.
How well the ancient Biblical words apply to the Coalition:
”How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle...thou wast
slain in thine high places, and the weapons of war perished!”.
The true-blue Liberal flag, once graced with rich shades of competence,
efficiency, endeavour, diligence and success, now flies tattered, limp and washed out.
The Liberal Party cultural wars are having a detrimental effect on the rest of
us. Here are two examples. Without rehashing old news, Australia had a
functioning carbon pricing and emissions trading scheme around 5 years ago.
It was canned by the Abbott government after mounting the mother of all scare
campaigns about $100 lamb roasts and the town of Whyalla being wiped off the map.
Are you as exasperated and disgusted as I am with the political
antics exposed during the renewed debate about energy policy?
Are you appalled by our parliamentarian’s persistent inability to
collaborate in making decisions about how to tackle climate change?
These are rhetorical questions. I know the answers.