A note to George
George Christensen the LNP candidate for the federal electorate of Dawson has once more put his foot in his mouth before engaging his brain. As a skylarking university student George contribution a supposedly satirical op-ed piece for his student Newsletter this literary classic has come back to bite him, instead of facing up to his stupidity he, his family and the party machine have come out swinging at his opponent the ALP.
Who wrote the piece George?
Obviously, it is about being caught out as a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, narrow-minded right wing ventriloquist doll , who else would the neo-cons put up for this seat.
Abbott dismissed these as colourful remarks when confronted in an ABC radio interview
Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle
Dick in his own uniquely Australian way produced this documentary while a little heavy on nationalism raised a number of questions around the population debate. The debate seemingly avoided by politicians of all shades was already happening in a strange and abstract way for example around infrastructure, immigration, climate change, aging population and economic development. Then just to confuse us further a number of furphies pop up around racism, if you speak about population then there is some correlation to racism. This debate like all complex questions attracts a large number of knuckleheads with a litany of simplistic analyses and commentary note finger pointing at Hanson & One Nation if they are still around.
The debate BIG Australia (36 Million -2020) verse a sustainable Australia (?), obviously the truth is located somewhere between the two. What attracts me to the sustainable Australia position is simply that it needs to be a strategic approach to address the needs of our country (environmentally, socially and economically). The only problem I see is capitalist greed that equates economic development +even increasing population + broader tax base + increased profit margins + infinite = positive social outcomes. How realistic is this equation do the numbers add up, nothing grows for ever there is a finite value attributable to everything, do keep on consuming until Western civilisation crashes and the whole biosphere implodes. One point that does stand out is Smith a self-titled capitalist naming capitalism as the major reason for this issue in naming the sacred cow as an unsustainable burdensome beast.
Homophobia – a number of tweets made disparaging comments around same-sex attraction – disappointing – heterosexuals still do not understand same-sex people live in a family, some parent children and live very ordinary lives – they may get us mixed up with Str8 tea room princesses
The Agenda: It is time Australia has a serious policy debate about issues that affect its future.
- Environmental stewardship – strategic management of a finite resource
- Comprehensive primary healthcare – beyond hospitals
- Civil society – social justice – poverty – housing – employment – training – education – relationships ,
- Economic development beyond capitalism towards sustainability – focus on developing Human capital – social capital
It is time for capitalism to start paying its due