So many things…..

There are so many things I am feeling compelled to write about right now, the problem is, where do I start?

Tonight, on Australia’s ABC, 2 programs talked about the recent conviction of an Australian Cardinal of the Catholic Church for molesting children. The first was 4 Corners, who had had this program ready to go, but couldn’t air it due to a court suppression order, until tonight. To put it bluntly, the program was a damning indictment of the Cardinal, who by all accounts, is an evil monster. The program talked about the actual case he was found guilty of, but also other cases in waiting. Not only did he, as then Archbishop, molest the 2 Choir Boys in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990’s, for which he has been convicted, but he also molested boys in the Ballarat Swimming pool way back in the 70’s, and there is evidence of other cases against him as well. This is the man that was in charge of overseeing the redress of clergy sexual abuse victims. No wonder that system didn’t work, that whole exercise was just to protect himself. This man was 3rd in line to be Pope.

I have known several victims of monsters like this one. It destroys them.

Both myself and my mother watched this program, during which, I said, that if anyone ever did this to my son, I would kill them. I mean it. I am not a violent person, I abhor violence, but this……this, it would tip me over the edge. Monsters like that don’t deserve sympathy. They deserve great suffering. I only hope that a Prison Guard “accidentally” leaves his cell open so that prison justice prevails. In Australian prisons, anyone who harms children is dealt prison justice. Most don’t walk out of jail ever again.

This brings me to another topic, funnily related but not. This evil monster was convicted in December, but due to other cases against him, it wasn’t able to be reported on in Australia. During the sentencing hearing, his legal team presented character references, glowing ones, from people who were already aware of his conviction, but were still willing to espouse his good character, and put their names to it. The most prominent being former Conservative Australian Prime Ministers, John Howard and Tony Abbott. Also were Ultra right wing political commentators employed by the former Australian, now American media tycoon, who see’s it as his duty to manipulate elections in countries all over the world. These people are standing side by side with a convicted paedophile.

It seems like a very damaging tactic, for a political party heading to a Federal election, to be defiantly standing by a convicted paedophile. Not only were 2 of it’s former leaders willing to support, full knowing he was convicted, a convicted paedophile, but numerous other politicians from the same party decided they too would stand by the convicted paedophile. You know, they all say” the person we know is not like this”. Most people who commit callous and abhorrent crimes have the same said about them, but it doesn’t make them any less guilty.

Currently, we have an Australian Federal Government, run by the Liberal Party of Australia, and, at this point I must tell those from other countries, they are commonly called the Lieberal Party, for good reason, because they aren’t liberal, they are conservative, and ultra right wing, bordering on fascists at that. So Mr Howard, and Mr Abbott, who was going to be a priest himself, are former leaders of this party. Their party is falling apart, they constantly lie to the public, and they do it so blatantly now, even when the truth is shown to them, they still stick by their lies. They claim Australia has low unemployment, but even a person who only gets 1 hour a week work is considered fully employed by this government. Underemployment, meaning employment that doesn’t give people an income enough to survive on, is at record highs. If people aren’t able to survive on the income they make, then the country is in a dire situation. They also keep propping up financial figures, claiming that the economy is going well, when everything is closing around them.  They are masters of creative accounting. It’s usually called fraud.

The reality is, this government is trying to cover up that our country is in recession, and has been for quite some time, probably about 2 years now.

They also are climate change deniers, even as our country experiences catastrophic floods and bushfires, and such unprecedented drought and extreme weather systems that have caused havoc across the country in recent months, they espouse the invalid greatness of coal, of digging it up and burning it. They are doing nothing about global warming. They claim, on “seasonally adjusted figures”, that they have lowered Australia’s CO2 emissions, but those figures aren’t real. They claim that over the entire length of their term in office, 6 years nearly, that CO2 emissions in Australia have fallen, based on a very slight fall, about 0.9%, in the last 3 months, “seasonally adjusted”. For the rest of the 6 years, emissions have risen. The net emissions have gone up by something like 3% since they have been in office. Before that, under the previous Labor government, they had fallen.

This government is also immensely corrupt. Free travel from corporate mates results in government contracts for travel being issued to their mates company. Water being diverted away from a dying river, which is dying because the water is being diverted to political donors who own cotton farms. Contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars being given in secret, to provide services to the internationally illegal detention centres our country shamefully locks refugees up in, to companies whose only address is a wooden shack on a remote island off the Australian Coast with no postal address. Then there are the criminals, awaiting deportation, criminals who have run drug cartels and been convicted, paying bribes to “someone” in the Border Security Ministers home town, and suddenly being allowed back into Australian society, with all deportation orders cancelled. There are many, many other publicly available examples of the corruption that is rampant in this Liberal Party Government that Australia is currently subject to.

I hope, for the sake of our country’s future, that there are enough voters smart enough to see through the lies, and vote this mob out, in May 2019. I then hope, that if the Opposition Party gets elected, they stand by their promise, to set up an independent crime and corruption commission, and that these criminals, who currently “run” our country, end up in prison, because that is where they belong, along with their paedophile mate.

Andy.

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Sorry Australia, but on the issue of refugees and immigrants, we’ve been as bad as Trump long before Trump was ever POTUS.

It’s a shame to say it, but everything I just said is true. Ever since the government of John Howard, we’ve had a policy to reject people fleeing wars we’ve been a part of in their home countries. Yes, okay, most of those wars were kicked off by the USA, but as we have in every war we have been involved in since WW2, we just blindly, and misguidedly follow the good ol’ USA in.

So, what do we do? Firstly, under John Howard, we started turning refugee boats around 100’s of miles from shore, making them go back to their point of departure. And just to rub salt into the wounds of those people fleeing wars we have been antagonists in, we use our Navy to turn them back at gunpoint. Oh so generous, Australia.

Then, when that doesn’t work (now we are told that we aren’t allowed to know how many still try, because those are “operational matters”), we indefinitely detain these people, who, by right of international law, actually haven’t committed any crime. For more than a decade, we have had people locked up on small, impoverished Pacific Ocean Islands, not allowing them to leave, not allowing them to move on with life, denying them basic health and accommodation needs, and to be honest, we are just acting like right royal bastards.

Now, let’s look back a few more years, prior to John Howard. Yes, no multicultural society is perfect, but geez, every multicultural society is rich. Rich in knowledge, diversity, and guess what, rich in a monetary sense too, because those who flee dire situations that are beyond their control, usually want to thank the new nation that gives them a safe haven by working damned hard.

Most of the Vietnamese boat people from the 1980’s now have established booming restaurants, market gardens, and enriched our cuisine by bringing foods and flavours to our tables that just didn’t exist in this country prior to their arrival. They didn’t steal someones job, they created businesses and their own jobs.

The huge influx of Italians, Greeks and British after WW2, people fleeing war zones, did exactly the same thing. There virtually wasn’t a green grocer in Australia during the 1980’s that wasn’t a Greek or an Italian, they were growing and selling what we ate. They didn’t steal anyone’s job, they created their own. The British as well as Italians, Greeks, Polish and other European refugees of WW2 built the Snowy Hydro Scheme, they didn’t take jobs away from us, they built our nation and made it possible to make the Riverina in NSW a fruit bowl of Australia.

Before that, Muslims from Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern Countries transported our goods, wool, wheat, and other wealth creating goods across the vastness of Australia’s interior on the backs of their camels. Life in Australia’s interior and north would have been impossible otherwise. They didn’t take anyone’s job, they created their own.

I guess now, you probably are seeing as pattern here. All those who have immigrated to this country in the past, and those who have been successful in recent years, have built our country. They don’t take anything from anyone, they give us more than we can imagine. And, unless you have Australian Aboriginal heritage in your genes, guess what, you are the result of immigrants fleeing oppressive and dire situations too.

So, before we get on our high and mighty horse, and go bashing what Trump is doing, realise he is only copying what we have been doing in Australia since the John Howard years. I despise what Trump is doing just as much as what my own country is doing. These policies are founded on nothing but fear and racism, and come on folks, this is the 21st century, not the Dark Ages, where knights in shining armour go looking for a magical cup, killing everyone who stands in their way, only to find out that the magical cup doesn’t exist and the story behind it is all a fairy tale. We are supposed to be smarter than this, we live in an age of technology where you can find the truth about anything you want using Google and a few hours, and a bit of critical, and logical thinking.

Just because someone has a different accent or even speaks a different language, just because they have a different skin tone, just because they might eat things you have never heard of, just because they believe in something different to you, doesn’t mean they are any less human than you. I would even go as far to say, that if you have any problem with any differences someone from somewhere else has compared to you, then you probably are less human. Humanity is everyone, not just white, not just black, everyone. We all love, we all hurt, we all get scared sometimes. We all need to eat and breath, there is nothing to justify any of us treating anyone else differently to what we would expect for ourselves. Although I am not a religious person, doesn’t the Bible express the idea to “do unto others that you want done to you”, or in other words, don’t do something to someone else that you wouldn’t want done to you ?

Look, I have read the Bible from front to back, I am not religious, and trust me, the Bible convinced me not to be, and I am yet to find the bits that say harming others is actually the right thing to do. Let’s stop being arseholes, and look after our brothers and sisters who, after all, just want to live, be happy, and get on with their lives peacefully, just like us.

Andy.