Friday 24th of May 2024

The courage to call the government what it is ( Nadim Joukhadar)

Margo, congratulations on the release of your book and thank you for printing Tony Fitzgerald's speech. I would like to ask why no one seems to have the courage to call the present Government by its rightful name. Tony Fitzgerald has stated clearly that this Government is neither conservative nor liberal. That is because the word best describing John Howard and his Government is usually associated with Hitler, Franco, Mussolini et al.

According to the dictionary Fascist means 'A reactionary or dictatorial person; an advocate or adherent of fascism.' Fascism means 'A system of government marked by centralization of authority, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.'

I know we have not quite gotten that bad but it is not that great a leap for the three key players, namely, Howard, Ruddock and Abbott. When our Federal Government uses the public purse for propaganda, controls the information from the military and intelligence services, uses fear as a political weapon (Tampa, terrorism), sets the tone of the media and claims it is in the national interest to lock up women and children from other countries (racism) we are in dangerous waters.

I want my country back and from the excerpts from your book so do you. It is time we started applying the correct adjective.