Okay, I departed my blog for several years… needed time to get over things… much more positive times with the ousting of Abbott.

For today I just want to make a short comment on ideology…

we all subscribe in someway to an ideology, or an amalgamation of aspects of several ideologies, even though many people are unaware that they do.

because ideologies are systematic the revelation of one key belief usually indicates the existence of other related linked beliefs….


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Media laws and independents

My prediction is that those independents who work with the government on a deal to support the proposed media laws will be re-elected and those that don’t will face defeat.   So on my call Wilkie and Oakeshott are gone, and Brandt will be re-elected.  Windsor and Katter will work with Gillard on a compromise so the legislation is passed and they will also be re-elected.  Thompson doesn’t count cause he will be paired by the opposition, as I guess will Slipper.

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Julia 457’s and media reform

I am not convinced that Julia Gillard’s leadership is under imminent threat, despite the media frenzy.  It would seem to me that she has been going hard on things like 457 visas and media control, because she knows that if she triumphs in the ensuing debate she further puts herself out there as somebody who gets things done, even if those things don’t necessarily suit entrenched and powerful interests.  I am sure that 457 visas have been used by employees to undermine working conditions of Australians and to exploit skilled overseas workers at the same time, and that such suspicions resonate with the broader public.  Bit like John Howard’s we will decide who comes to this country rhetoric, but on an issue with merit.  We should be training Australian’s rather than poaching educated people from less fortunate countries.  This only undermines both countries best interests.  Same with media control, people are suspicious of the media players, and by forcing them to show themselves, she reminds people that they have an axe to grind when it comes to how they report on her and the labour government, which could be invaluable when it comes to casting doubt on Abbott and what he stands for in the lead up to the election.  Hope I’m not wrong.

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Well, well, well.  Rarely have I had such a laugh, Adam Giles Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the first person of Indigenous descent to lead a government in Australia, and a conservative at that.

This is the ultimate double whammy.

This has to be good for Julia Gillard, and God knows Julia needs all the help she can get.  The conservatives will no longer be able to get such resonance banging on about how anybody who gets elected by rolling the incumbent can’t be trusted, particularly given old Ted’s, and now Terry’s demise in the same week.

(As an aside, I reckon the Julia thing has really been about how dare a woman assume that  on her own merits she deserves to be a leader,  she can’t be better than a man so she must be the stooge of the so called faceless men.)

Secondly this has to be great for Indigenous people.  When Bes Price and Alison Anderson decided to stand as conservative CLP candidates, many of well meaning lefty mates confidently predicted that they were being naive.  After all how could a party with a long history of racism actually now be welcoming Indigenous candidates.  They were really being exploited only to win an election and after that they would be compromised and able to achieve little of benefit to Indigenous people.  Well it seems it was the white fellas in the CLP that might have been a little bit naive. It’s the black fellas who’ve rolled the white fellas!  Goes to show how pragmatism can sometimes be more important than ideological loyalty.

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People just don’t get government and ‘overseas’ debt, when it’s good for governments to spend and on what sort of things.  There is so little debate about this sort of stuff, instead it more often boils down to a non discussion.  I find it strange how I did undergraduate economics, like so many others must have done, and yet few seem to have taken and applied the principles learnt beyond the classroom.

It’s like geographers having known the world is round for many years, yet all these commentators and politicians who claim geographical knowledge continue to base their analysis on the world being flat.

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The Ox and the Fury

I caught a great band at Cool Summer Fest which I reviewed.  You can check them out on youtube – The Ox and the Fury.  How I like it, full on and melodic with an in your face message.  Funny cause, whilst they got people into it, even up front and dancing, those around me said they were too intense and serious, even though they were probably the only act these people danced to.  Keep an eye out for them, I haven’t seen an act that did if for me like that for a long time.

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Real Estate

This morning I read the real estate section of the Sunday Age.  It made me feel so detached from the everyday concerns of the modern Australian and all they aspire too.

The collective knowledge and wisdom of the human race and all the religions teach the same basic message, that happiness doesn’t come from what you own, but who you are – well so I keep reminding myself anyway.

I don’t aspire to, or necessarily begrudge the success and wealth of others,  I’m just sick of feeling like a freak because I have different aspirations.  Come to think of it, it’s not being a freak that concerns me either, rather that it disturbs others to the point that they can become antagonistic.

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ABC’s Q & A broadcast from the N.T.

Did anybody watch Q&A last October when it was filmed at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.  That mad bag of hot air Rosalie Kunoth-Monks sure likes the sound of her own voice, and yet she doesn’t actually say anything except for crazy platitudes.  What was predictable, is the twitter audience where lapping it up.  What was more sickening was Tony Jones giving her to the space to indulge herself.  Can’t believe I am saying this, but on balance it was Dave Tollner and the NT Cattleman’s Association rep who seemed to make the most sense.

To give you an example of some of the nonsense, a school teacher from the audience (who just happened to be black) pointed out that Aboriginal kids as young as 4 roam the streets at night and how this shouldn’t be allowed to happen, as if somehow the parents and the Aboriginal community have nothing to do with this.  So while everybody in the audience claps in appreciative agreement, she then comments how it is ridiculous that there are 30 youth agencies in Alice Springs and why can’t there just be one so everybody works together.  Oh yeah nice stuff indeed.

There are 30 organisations trying to do something about the fact that a whole lot of parents don’t take responsibility for their kids.  This is of course has been proceeded and followed by all that twaddle and anti intervention stuff about the problem being cause by Aboriginal people not being consulted enough, not empowered enough, not having enough rights, without anyone considering that giving extra ‘rights’ to people who don’t look after their kids in the first place, is not going to suddenly result in kids not wandering the streets!  It was Dave Tollner who kept on about there needing to be hope in the form of jobs and outcomes and through that sense of purpose, then enthusiasm for education etc might follow.

By the way Fiona O’Loughlin was on the panel and she hardly got a word in, but she did say that the use of derogatory language, like the term Abo, should have no place in the street level debate.  She was the only one who pointed out the obvious, that whilst Aboriginal people might have bucket loads of rights, there are still those who hate them and see them as wholly different.  Ironically the twaddle that was peddled last night will do absolutely nothing to lessen that gap.

Yeah, what most got me about that chipMonk, was how the audience, both live and twitter, and Tony Jones, so uncritically lapped it up.  This was despite the fact that much of what she said inherently contradicted itself. Not once did she give a coherent, let alone concise, answer.  I felt sorry for the other panellist having to patiently humour her.  Goes to show how racism is well and truly alive when it comes to the ABC and its’ audience, because if she was white, then there is no way in the world she would have been able to get away with such self interested twaddle.

It also goes to show how political correctness shuts down meaningful debate.

Somebody just needed to say, for God sake Rosalie, have some manners and let others contribute to this discussion, let alone rightly criticising her for rhetorical yet meaningless contribution.

How could she  possibly get away with stating that nothing has changed in 50 years.  Surely somebody should have pulled her up and mentioned things like the 1967 referendum, land rights, territory government, the outstations movement, mabo, native title, the apology, or simply blackfellas playing AFL and the AFL having strict codes to deal with racism.  This is not to mention, Imparja, CAAMA, Congress, Alukura, Centre for Remote Health, Anangu Pitjantjara Council, Tangentyere Council, Yipirinya School, Yipirinya shopping centre, Stehlow Centre etc, etc.  Isn’t the point, that the chipMonk conveniently forgets, is that much has changed, but that change has not resulted in expected outcomes of life expectancy, standards and living, education and employment.

But if we pretend, as so many do, that the problem is all one to do with colonialist imposition and lack of rights, then of course things like the intervention, or potential solutions will be viewed through that prism.

It is a shame that when Bess Price was an earlier Q&A she was so nervous.  But that is part of the problem, the debate tends to be dominated by the articulate and confident, and that is rarely the same people who are the victims of our inability to deal with the serious issues raised on this program.

Unfortunately, this edition of Q&A made me wonder if that uncomfortable reality is too much for the ABC audience.

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Abbott’s threat to repeal the carbon tax

Yeah well Abbott can rave on all he likes, and it is sort of good he does so, cause the more he does the bigger the hole he digs himself.  If he wins the next election, unless he does so on a major primary landslide, there is no way he will control the senate, let alone the lower house, so he’s got buckley’s of repealing anything.  In fact if he wins, it will be because Labour have lost much of their vote to the Greens, not to him.  Business will know this, and there is enough of business that wants a carbon price, that irrespective they will participate.  Let’s face it they’ve got fuck all options really as it is law, and once they’ve paid their money, they ain’t going to want their investment to be shredded by some nay sayer.  So mostly it’s just really bad, bad theatre.

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Commercial uses of national parks

Surely our national parks services could use their expertise in land management to make money selling carbon and re vegetation credits, instead of  encouraging tourism and other ‘commercial’ style ventures.

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