Apart from the creation of a futures market in toilet paper, pasta
and rice, the Coronavirus may also have a few positive political
effects here and overseas. Firstly, the messaging from the government
regarding protection of you and those around you seems to be
based on the recommendations from the medical community.
Recently I watched an episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery where
she ‘delivered’ Gillian Triggs back to her high school and university
while discussing various elements of Triggs’ life. Towards the end of
the program, Zemiro invited Triggs to read some of the commentary made
about Triggs in her role as Human Rights Commissioner from 2012 until 2017.
Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus is attributed with the maxim that
‘change is the only constant in life’. If he came back to life now, you
would hope he wouldn’t be surprised to see the maxim is as accurate
now as it was 500 or so years before the modern era when he was alive.
Although recent public opinion polls have suggested that some people
are losing faith in democracy, how many would prefer another style of
governance? Very few! Yet our Australian democracy does have one
telling defect: usually, we have a chance to vote for a federal government
only once every three years. Once we’ve voted, we are then stuck...
You would think after a month or two, Senator McKenzie’s
‘own goal’ in the allotment of sporting grants would have
subsided. If anything, the stench is now worse than when
McKenzie’s largess to shore up political positions first came to light.