More and more, when we look at the news, it seems there are so few politicians who really care about the people more than profit, or getting re-elected. Three to four year terms are too short. Why can’t they focus on the bigger issues?
http://theaimn.com/what-are-the-greatest-challenges-facing-australia/ – This puts it very well. An excerpt:
When allocating limited resources to best satisfy unlimited needs and wants, this is the question we must ask.Is ISIS a greater threat than climate change?
Should we spend hundreds of billions on defence and new submarines, jet fighters, patrol boats, planes, helicopters, drones and bombs or should we increase our foreign aid and actively assist in disaster relief, building infrastructure, improving health and education, moving people out of poverty, and emancipating women?Should we spend billions persecuting asylum seekers or should we join the global effort to offer displaced people fleeing war and oppression hope, safety, and a new life?
For a sovereign currency, is pursuing a surplus more important than investing in health and education?
Should we be investing in wringing the last cent out of our natural resources, giving subsidies worth billions to a dying industry, or should we be investing in research and renewable energy?
Should we be pursuing people on welfare or corporate tax evaders?
Should we be removing regulations on gambling, food labelling, alcohol and tobacco or should we be putting the health of our citizens in front of profits for international corporations and the taxation or donations they give to government and politicians?
Should we be building more roads or investing in public transport and high speed rail?
Should we be spending billions to build a national broadband network that relies on a limited, decaying copper network that is costing us millions to maintain unless you want to pay thousands to hook up to the fibre that WAS going to service over 90% of premises without cost (other than contract)?
Should the rules regarding political donations, political advertising, and electoral funding be changed?
Should politicians’ entitlements be tightened up and better scrutinised?
Should we have the 9th inquiry into pink batts and divert funds from the child sexual abuse Royal Commission to the RC into trade unions or should we have a Federal ICAC and a Royal Commission into children in detention and asylum seeker policy?
Should we be spending hundreds of millions on school chaplains or on trained school counsellors with support and referral networks?
What do you reckon? This article really resonates after that “vision” post I wrote a few weeks ago.
And this article: http://theaimn.com/australian-and-global-political-subversion-global-corporatism-and-neo-liberalism/ Is this the reason why the pollies are behaving so selfishly?
“Is Australia on its way to becoming a plutocracy? Andreas Bimba investigates and discovers that the answer is a frightening ‘yes’.
The neo-conservatives in the Australian Liberal, National and Labor (yes Labor) parties are not just more right wing than before, they through their actions rather than their words appear to be disciples of the Institute of Public Affairs and other nests of this poisonous ideology such as the Tea Party in the US. I suspect that these people are on the balance of probabilities trying to subvert our democracies with many parallels with the methods used by a rather famous Austrian in Germany many years ago.
This ideology can be called global corporatism or neo-liberalism, it doesn‘t sound as scary as communism or fascism but give it some more time and we may see. It‘s a lot more than being just about economics, I suspect it‘s actually also about political subversion of the worlds democracies and even many of its dictatorships.
How could this be true and why would these people do such a thing? After all many nice old grannies would love to have Tony Abbott as a pet.
Just think if all the world‘s nations were all neutered so that laws that benefited citizens could no longer be passed. Does this sound like the current US Senate and Congress to you? This means that corporations are then FREE to accumulate wealth and do as they please unencumbered by taxation, regulations, red or green tape, any courts, labour laws, environment protection laws, international laws, high wage costs or international institutions like the UN and the international court of justice and indeed any laws. Total freedom or corporate nirvana? Gee I would vote for that, freedom is good and even more freedom is gooder or something like that and besides everyone knows socialism is the root of all evil. Rupert keeps telling me this so it must be true, I think, oh that hurt, no more thinking just do what he says, yeah that‘s it and God bless Ame…
US President Barak Obama and his current Democrat government as well as a small number of brave politicians may be the last remnants of genuine democracy (i.e. for the benefit of the people) at the national level in the United States but don‘t forget that this government also fears the power of the corporations which probably explains why they are also pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and are also still promoting neo-liberalism economics at least half heartedly.
The United States is well on the way to becoming a plutocracy but countries like Australia are not far behind. In the US, politics has become so warped that proponents of governments acting in the best interests of the people, compliance with the constitution and for the correct functioning of the democratic system of government, are derided perversely as socialists or even communists. If anything it is those that pull the levers behind the Tea Party movement that are trying to subvert democracy in the US (& globally) and implement the fundamentally undemocratic and totalitarian ideology of global corporatism.
I suppose the logical end point of this perverted political subversion is something like a more capitalist version of George Orwell‘s 1984 or Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World. A particularly horrible world that even it‘s proponents will eventually live and die miserably in.”
Also, this post (http://theaimn.com/if-you-cant-deal-with-vulnerability-youve-no-business-being-in-government/) backs it up, too.
Coming off the back of this is the three-part series that’s been running over the past three Tuesdays on ABC at 20:30, “Making Australia Great” (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/making-australia-great-inside-our-longest-boom/). It points out that we’ve been here before, in some fashion. We need to step up and realise that in order to move forward, we need to be inclusive, not exclusive and actually plan for the future innovatively instead of coasting along, cushioning the mates and hoping for the best. Can we do that?