Sunday 16th of May 2021

the santamaria-zation of australia...

catholic boys...

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...


a Jesuit referee for paedophiles...


I AM SORRY if you are a Christian. Your faith is under threat from philistines.

Happy clappers to xenophobes, Kevin Rudd to Tony Abbott, Hillsong to Mass, they’re playing you off the break

Rudd was nought but a pompous religionist, Abbott a Jesuit referee for paedophiles. A wall-hitter. God help us.

Boats. Foreign aid. Being in the least bit sympathetic to the tragedy that is Aboriginal Australia. Opus Dei. Hockey gave a speech to the Sydney Institute entitled ‘In Defence of God’. Does God really need defending? We’re talking omnipotent here.

It would be okay if avowedly Christian politicians had a quick squizz at #9 of the 10 Commandments:

‘Thou shalt not bear false witness’.

Ambiguous, sure, yet clear as day.

There are only ten rules, set in stone, so how hard can it be?

A Commandment like remember the Sabbath Day is easy — late up, bacon and eggs. Not committing adultery? A good Christian thinker’s response by, say, Rudd’s idol Barnhoffer, would be “define adultery” — because let’s face it, many famous Christians liked to get their rocks off in a fairly haphazard fashion. Any number of Popes, for example.

As for coveting, well, hands up all of you.

Australia has just segued from atheism, under Gillard, to religionism under Rudd and now Abbott.

Anyone who attends a seminary for a few years, until the between-the-legs stuff tears them away, is no more than a failed fundamentalist. Abbott is a peddling incarnation of B.A. Santamaria, who had his own daemons. And leg issues.

Rudd reckons he’s going to hang in as the member for Griffith. Fresh from the Gesthemane that was September 7, the man remains trapped in the cave. Will not a Samaritan roll the rock? Or at least cast the first stone?

And now Pell ‒ Cardinal Pell to you ‒ a political beast hardened in Vatican bastardry, a man with a royal telephone to both God and the PM.

His Eminence ‒ defender of abusers, keeper of the keys to the $30 million Rome pleasure palace that is Domus Australia ‒ will be working his speed dial even as you read this.

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Coalition sources have accused Cathy McGowan, the incoming independent MP for Indi, of being partially responsible for the lack of women and the absence of a science minister in Tony Abbott’s first cabinet.

Several sources have told Guardian Australia that McGowan’s ousting of rightwinger Sophie Mirabella is bad news for the status of women within the government, for science, and for Indi.

Mirabella was shadow science minister in opposition and was due to be included in Abbott’s ministry, before withdrawing when it became clear she was heading for defeat in her electorate.

“We warned of the bad consequences of putting an independent into Indi and we’ll now see those play out,” a senior Coalition staffer told Guardian Australia. “Indi now has no voice in cabinet. Cathy McGowan hasn’t got any policies and hasn’t got a single dollar committed in funding for Indi.

“All this talk of a lack of women in cabinet or a lack of a science minister – that’s a direct consequence of Cathy McGowan winning. But that’s what everyone around Cathy McGowan campaigned for and it’s what the Border Mail [the local Fairfax-owned newspaper] campaigned for.”

On the night of the September 7 election, Mirabella claimed that an alliance of the Greens, Labor, unions and the activist group GetUp! had conspired to topple her in favour of McGowan.


Gus: Meanwhile, they want us to believe that there was not a conspiracy by Mr Murdoch to support Mirabella... Pull the other leg, it rings!!!

The attitude of the rabid right, the Liberals of Australia (these SUPER-HYPOCRITES CONservatives) is beyond the pale... Always blaming others for their failings, cock ups and future marooning... It's a disgrace. It's too gross for being seriously commented upon. The Liberals (CONservatives) of this country are a shameful lot of humanity...

I must apologise for having failed to make them failed. SORRY... Let's say here in full confidence that Mirabella knowledge of science was that of a blowfish in a tank... three seconds attention span.


santamaria, variations on theme..

History repeats itself, but always with variations on the theme.

Sixty-odd years ago, a group of mostly religious social conservatives led by a Catholic zealot divided the Labor Party and condemned it to a protracted term in opposition.

Now a bunch of mostly religious social conservatives led by a couple of Catholic zealots seem to be doing their best to make it happen again. But this time they’re doing it to the Liberal Party.

Last time the main wrecker was Bartholomew Augustine Santamaria, better known as B. A. Santamaria. This time, it’s Tony Abbott and Cory Bernardi. But the war is being fought on much of the same ground and the tactics are much the same, too.

The next battle takes place this weekend, at the state council and convention of the Liberal Party’s New South Wales division. It is ominously titled in the plural: “Party Futures”.

The forces of the hard right have already enumerated alternative futures. One option is for the currently dominant moderate faction to agree to constitutional reform being proposed by Abbott’s Warringah branch, a change that is widely seen as a means by which the right can branch-stack its way back to control, as it has done before. The other option is to watch them walk away from the Liberal Party.

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