the santamaria-zation of australia...
The old Catholic-based Democratic Labor Party — a product of Labor's split of the 1950s — is "alive and well and living inside the Howard Government", Health Minister Tony Abbott says.
In a speech to be delivered today, Mr Abbott also says that in Kevin Rudd the Catholic-influenced "shoppies' union" group in the ALP "has a leader who should at least give them a fair hearing".
Mr Abbott will make the comments in launching B. A. Santamaria: Your Most Obedient Servant, Selected Letters, 1938- 1996, edited by Patrick Morgan.
Mr Santamaria, who died in 1998, was a leading lay Catholic and highly controversial anti-communist campaigner who created in the early 1940s a secret organisation, "The Movement", to fight communist influence in trade unions.
Mr Abbott, himself controversial for wearing his Catholicism on his political sleeve, admits to being "under the Santamaria spell" since his youth, when he had his first contact with the Movement at a conference.
But he said that in 1994 Mr Santamaria "declined to give me a preselection reference on the grounds that it wouldn't do any good". "Deep down, I think he suspected that I might win and thus undermine his thesis that only 'castle Catholics' could ever penetrate the Anglo establishment.
"With eight Catholics now in the Howard cabinet, he was certainly wrong there. This Government's decisions to overturn the Northern Territory's euthanasia law, ban gay marriage, stop the ACT heroin trial, provide additional financial support for one-income families, and try to reduce abortion numbers through pregnancy support counselling show that the tide of secular humanism was not as irreversible as he thought."
Thirty out of 60 Labor members of the House of Representatives taking an affirmation rather than an oath and "Lindsay Tanner declaring Labor 'the party of the socially progressive secular society' tends to confirm Santamaria's prejudices", Mr Abbott says. "On the other hand, the election of Kevin Rudd as leader tends to confound them."
Gus: This article from Michelle Grattan in 2007 still rings alarm bells... Both Abbott and Rudd conspired in their little circles to oust Julia Gillard, MOSTLY BECAUSE SHE IS AN ATHEIST. But of course they could not say this publicly. So they invented, with the help of Uncle Rupe, all sorts of concocted reasons, from the economy (which was running well) to education (which was on the right track)... The polls were manipulated by a plethora of pseudo-journalists and rabid commentators with the main stream media at 99 per cent against Julia...
Rudd or Abbott?... between two devious men, the worse one won... Already, my contacts in the charitable organisations are quaking in their boots... They know that despite what anyone says, the level of grants to charitable entities were cut during the Howard years and only those favourable to the government got money... Even religion-based charities got less...
Tony Abbott, a misogynist? No, he's just an ordinary male chauvinist pig as shown by his Manistry cabinet...