I’ve posted very little for some time now, not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]
What is the difference between these three children? Answer #1 None. Child 1 is loved by its parents, who hoped it would grow up happy and healthy Child 2 is loved by its parents, who hope it will grow up happy and healthy Child 3 is loved by its parents, who hope it will grow […]
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org Re: Australian Government Ministers breaching Article 7 of the Rome Convention Dear Prosecutor, I write as a citizen of Australia, deeply concerned at the behaviour of ministers of our Federal Government; behaviour that I am effectively powerless to stop, but which I believe is so appalling as to be in breach […]
Crimes against children are universally reviled. Even criminals hate those who offend against children. Probably the most cowardly and disgusting act an adult can commit is to use a child as a human shield, or, worse, as a weapon.
Act 1 Scene: A Border Protection court. In the dock, the Smith family (not their real name): Mr. Smith (624791), Mrs. Smith (624792), and 7 year-old Jane Smith (624793) (not their real numbers) Presiding, The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Minister: You stand accused of four serious crimes. The first count is: That you […]
To all March In March (MIM) deniers: if the MIM were the irrelevant, easily dismissed non-event you claim it is, why are you all going on about it so long, loud and vehemently?
Whatever it is, it’s powerful stuff. Scott initially described events before Reza Berati’s killing, and the serious injuries to around seventy others as “an incident” and “a disturbance”. I’d like to be able to see and hear those events, and calmly refer to them like that.
You’d think, when you lose 17 seats in a Federal election and the national swing against you is well over 3%, it would be easy to say “Sorry, we got it wrong”.
Read this. And weep. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-30/documents-suggest-fawad-ahmed-asylum-case-was-borderline/5225808 The implications of this story should be painfully obvious, but public debate these days is so polarised and facts so irrelevant that perhaps I’ll just list a few. Both sides of politics have displayed breathtaking hypocrisy in their treatment of asylum seekers. Both sides. Luckily there are more than two […]
Speaking today from a very tall mountain in Switzerland, One-Term Tony told the press “I see no evidence to support claims that asylum seekers were abused. Trust me!”. “All I see is mountains”, he added.
In 2009 and 2011 there were disasters, and we opened our hearts. In 2013 there was a disaster, and we turned our backs. What is wrong with us?
Minister Scott Free and Lieutenant (formerly Lieutenant General) Soup Campbell faced a barrage of questions yesterday, following revelations that HMAS Stuart had been discovered 200 metres up a small creek in Indonesia for the fifth time. Lieutenant Campbell led the briefing, to explain how GPS turn-by-turn instructions had caused the problem. “Maritime navigation is a […]
A visibly irritated Scott Free held a doorstop press conference earlier today. “We’re at war. People Smugglers are the enemy. We shoot at the enemy. How hard is that?” “I’m disappointed that the Press is having trouble connecting the dots”, he added. “Let me help you with that.” “The Prime Minister, 5265617, has already told you […]
Excerpted from my article Prime Minister “One-term” Tony sets a blistering pace, about One-term Tony’s achievements in only 70 days. Sri Lanka: Determined to put Australia into the international spotlight, One-term quickly showed that he’s not afraid to disagree with, well, pretty much everybody. Canada, India and Mauritius all boycotted the CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka […]