Here we are yet again - at the end of another year, perhaps the
busiest year politically since this blogsite began on 13 September
2008, 13 years ago. Time has not reduced the intensity of
political discourse, it has increased it.
Those of us who are old enough to remember the Sydney Olympic
Games will probably also remember there was some talk at the time
that some countries were less than enthusiastic to compete because
of Australia’s treatment of its First Nations people.
It’s becoming alarming. Every day our Prime Minister becomes more verbose,
more shouty, more insistent. The old-fashioned word ‘blatherskite’ comes to mind.
Listen to him as he fronts journalists, answers questions in Question Time, or
delivers his characteristic off-the-cuff oratory on any subject he chooses,
from protestors to carbon capture and storage to electric cars.
There must be a federal election coming — the infamous yellow and
black Clive Palmer funded billboards have made a reappearance. One
of the billboards has a statement that suggests COVID19 related restrictions
and vaccinations are a waste of time because it is still possible to be infected.
It’s claimed the vaccine and restrictions are an attempt to restrict your ‘freedoms’.
If you are over 18 you will be legally required to vote in a Federal Election between
now and next May. If the Coalition Government gets its way, next time you vote
in a Federal Election you will have to produce proof of identity before you are handed
the ballot papers. The Coalition have been talking about this for quite some time.
No, we’re not getting in early for that date at the end of January.
Although there is considerable substance to the claim from first nations
people that Australia had a civilisation long before Arthur Philip turned up
with a number of ships and people that were a social problem the
English decided to export rather than manage.