Just as Harry writes about Election 2004 seeming trivial, Finals Footy has descended on Melbourne, along with the political circus. Suddenly we have an abundance of cheesy photo opportunities for party leaders to rip out their hearts, sell their souls and don rival football team attire. It
electoral act and the privacy act and what the Howard government is probably planning to do if re-elected (Kendall Lovett)
Before going out on the hustings, I gather the Howard government announced a review of the Privacy Act. This followed the Australian Bankers Association
What a humble, yet profound contribution, the ilks of Cloud et al are making to the upsurge of genuine concern for the future of this nation! Let the party continue to go wild and let's continue to spell out some of Johnnies policies; 1.It's okay to tell lies because they're only invented, 2. Where there's a problem, apportion blame elsewhere, thereby creating a solution, and 3 It's okay for rodents to apply for the position of Prime Minister - small, contemptible and destructive are some of the required attributes . STILL NOT HAPPY JOHN
NOT HAPPY, JOHN at Brunswick Town Hall, Sat Oct 2 with Margo and a cast of thousands (stephen taberner)
Sat Oct 2 'Not Happy, John' (a festival of dissent) at Brunswick Town Hall, 6pm to late, $15, $10, $5 under 16. Margo Kingston (author of 'Not Happy, John!') will join David Bridie, Lou Bennett, Guy Rundle, Eddie Perfect, Sunga, Asiko, Morph, San Lazaro (hot new cuban band) and Anne Phelan (Actors for Refugees), the low budget Millenium choir and many other performers in a one night celebration of discontent with many important aspects of our current government's performance. There will be choirs, drummers, roving musicians, performance poets,a rap kareoke competition, a recording of john when he was 15, games, stalls, think tanks, food and drinks, and extra surprises on the night.
See http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/24/1095961855006.html for the latest dangerous thinking from the Howard camp:
Downer backs foreign pre-emptive strikes September 24, 2004 - 7:24PM
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said it would be acceptable for another country to launch a pre-emptive strike on terrorist networks in Australia if Australia did not take action itself.
The Opposition immediately labelled Mr Downer's comments as lunacy.
But Mr Downer said countries were entitled to defend themselves.
Asked on Darwin radio if he would expect another country to take pre-emptive action on Australian soil, Mr Downer said: 'Absolutely, by the way, absolutely.' ...[continues]
What planet do these guys live on?
Talk to people, write your emails, call your friends, help those who need rides to vote ... everything and anything to get this mob of nutters out of government. They are REALLY dangerous!
Throughout NHJ, we learn of how Australia's democracy is being trashed. It's five to midnight and it's time to get busy.
I remember during the 2001 election feeling cheated because it seemed that as a nation we never got to discuss the vast majority of very important issues. There was never that intelligent debate and analysis we longed for because the discussion was shut down by Tampa. Nothing else mattered.
This time around, there's no Tampa equivalent and to me it seems like a big void. I'm finding the lack of substance in the campaign really disturbing. It seems more trivial and trite than ever. We can't blame Tampa. What's the problem then?
It's everything that's in the book. Both large parties don't want to discuss the real issues. The media would meanwhile prefer to score the game than dig deep into the big opportunities and threats ahead of us.
The only way we are going to get the issues that really matter to us as citizens is by activism and non-tradi
Thanks Margo for a totally compelling book - now being read by family members in the seats of Ryan, Brisbane, Ballarat and Mayo. It was the catalyst for my reading True Believer - Robert Garran (not as passionate as your book - but it fits so well with what I have seen on my Bush-era American travels); Dark Victory - David Marr & Marian Wilkinson; Axis of Deceit - Andrew Wilke; and A Certain Maritime Incident - Tony Kevin. All the best - from a previous member of the Silent Majority!!! - Maz
Now Howard has really lost it - more proof that this is a bribe based election on Howard's part (Russell Darroch)
If there was any doubt about the level of bribery in this election (which is the worst I've seen in 33 years in Australia) consider today's amazing announcement at http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10854269%255E36596,00.html which begins:
'PM commits $10m to Bulldogs September 23, 2004
THE Federal Government would contribute up to $10 million towards the upgrade of the home of Australian Football League team the Western Bulldogs in Melbourne's west, Prime Minister John Howard said today.
Mr Howard said the redevelopment of the Whitten Oval, in Footscray, would benefit the club and the local community.
The Victorian government will contribute $3 million and the AFL $3.5 million to the $20 million redevelopment, according to the Melbourne Age.
Councils in the area will chip in $2 million, while the football club will also contribute to the project.
'We're going to announce some funding of up to $10 million for the oval, for the refurbishment,' Mr How
I have been thinking about what would have to change to make Australia a more democratic place.
I have come up with three ideas, which I think we should all urge as many pollies as possible to adopt, with the goal of embarassing the Libs and ALP into adopting them as election issues.
They are ...1) Citizen initiated referenda...2) A bill of rights...and since JH seems to like the idea of weakening the senate, let's propose an alternative 3) Replace double-dissolution elections with a plebiscite on the issue acting as a double-dissolution trigger. Give direct control of contentious legislation to the people, instead of the pollies.
Hopefully if we can get these ideas into the mouths of people like Bob Brown, Andrew Bartlett and the like, JH and ML will be unable to ignore them and democracy, rather than just interest rates, will become an election issue. So start writing letters, everyone!
Tell us why little john should not be elected in the upcoming Australian election. Your reason will be tested for public opinion and if popular will rank in the 105 reasons.
Observation One. Reading through the other reviews I noticed that the critical ones are never specific. They refer vaguely to factual errors but remain cryptic as to which facts are in error and what the real facts are. C'mon! It's too easy to criticise and never elaborate. So to them, for the good of us all; for the good of Oz and Truth and God and Democracy and little children everywhere, tell us what the errors are.
I've been watching the US election and, from this distance, the partisan nature of that population seems even more obvious than here. I have to say, without the US example, my objection to partisanship amongst the constituency might otherwise be largely academic but now I can see the great lack of logic and tolerance for lies that partisanship allows. Democracy becomes a sport played above us and we are little more than biased spectators. The 'team' we barrack for becomes an end in itself and we are effectively locked out of the Democratic process, with no
Dear Margo, I have just finished your book Not Happy John. You make a fine case for jouranlism's integrity and it was a pleasure to read such a detailed dissection of the Libs' aviodance tactics. It was very grounding. Since reading it, and maybe this is wishful thinking , but I feel that there is an added bite to journalists questioning of pollies. Maybe they read your book too?
John Samson reminds us of this titbit from The Australian (May 2, 2003) where Howard described the Medicare system as, 'A miserable, cruel fraud', 'A human nightmare', 'A total and complete failure' and ' A quagmire'.
Brian Deegan Melbourne Supporters Fundraising Film Night
Brian Deegan has earned the respect of many Australians with his strong and uncompromising pursuit of truth and accountability for Australia
I may have been away from NHJ for a week or two (busy election blogging at Counterspin for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age), but I'm still as involved as ever. And just as fired up.