Stop ‘moving on’ – a message to White Australia.

It’s very easy to say “yes that ‘happened’, but we’ve moved on”, when you are on the perpetrating, winning or ‘privileged’ side of that ‘thing’ which ‘happened’.

I see it all the time in White Australia.

As a white kid growing up that was the attitude I was taught toward history, that history was just a bunch of interesting stories that happened in the past. Stories we should enjoy and remember, but barely any different from fiction.

Who knows what is and isn’t true about history I was told. History is written by the victor, I was told. History is mostly about wars and how they were won, I was told.

In White Australia, we do not pay much attention to history as a general social rule and where we do our inability to do so respectfully is infamous.

Tony Abbott’s latest declaration is absolutely indicative of that:

“The arrival of the first fleet was the defining moment in the history of this continent. Let me repeat that: it was the defining moment in the history of this continent,” (emphasis added). 

I disagree. Certainly that was a defining moment in the history of this continent, but this continent’s history is MUCH longer than the history of this ‘country’. Continue reading Stop ‘moving on’ – a message to White Australia.

Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17

$250 million school chaplains program is not about helping struggling kids. If it were about helping kids, they wouldn’t have banned secular social workers from participating. Chaplains are not necessarily trained and qualified to help vulnerable, struggling kids, and are especially unprepared for helping with kids from minority cultures who are the most likely to be in need of help.

The policy is little more than the Liberal Party scratching the backs of their friends in the church, who see this as a prime opportunity to indoctrinate and recruit some ‘young blood’ to their aging institutions.

Why exactly the Liberal Party believe it is a good idea to give preachers special access to our school kids, I’m unsure. Even the Liberal Party’s own ‘Commission of Audit’ disagreed with the notion.

Personally I think it absurd to put ‘Chaplains’ in public schools, and here’s 5 reasons why: Continue reading Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17

Do the double dissolution with me #100daysofblogging #Day16

Is Climate Change Crap?
Image Credit: Fiona Katauskas

Today the upper house of the Australian Parliament, the Senate, voted down the Liberal Party’s absurd proposal to disband the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

This gave the Abbott Government it’s first potential ‘trigger’ for a Double Dissolution election, which it had been threatening to force since failing to win a majority in both houses at the election last year.

The CEFC provides a critically important function in enabling Renewable Energy projects to get off the ground in Australia, investing $536M in 2013 and enabling projects worth more than $2bn to go ahead. These projects will generate abatements in excess of 3.8M tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Additionally the CEFC is profitable business in it’s own right, with a 7% profit achieved in its first 3 reporting quarters.

There are no ‘savings’ to be made by abandoning the CEFC.

Continue reading Do the double dissolution with me #100daysofblogging #Day16

LNP’s $500m decision – 1 drone or 1million solar homes? #100daysofblogging #day14

Australia spends big on militaryToday’s posts title pretty much sums it up. At last years election the LNP were promising a to contribute $500 toward installing solar at 1,000,000 Australian homes.

Why has this $500,000,000 renewable energy policy been dumped?

I don’t remember seeing them campaign on ‘building more drones’.  But there is at least $3,500,000,000 in the budget to buy 7 of them. That’s $500,000,000 per drone.

We do not need drones. We are not in the middle of a global war. We should never EVER ‘expect’ to be involved in such a war again.

If such a situation arose, conventional arms would matter little as intercontinental ballistic missiles loaded with chemical, biological or nuclear warheads would rapidly annihilate us all. This ‘mutual destruction’ guarantee has been in place for more than 50 years now. Continue reading LNP’s $500m decision – 1 drone or 1million solar homes? #100daysofblogging #day14

Australia needs a new flag

“How Long will it take? How long do we wait? When we gonna get a new flag?” – exactly what Urthboy asks in his song “Empire Tags” on his most recent full album release “Smokey’s Haunt“, and it’s a question I can’t get out of my mind.

Urthy hits the nail on the head with the following lyric:

“From a time when the empire tagged the globe, We ain’t cleaned that graffiti off the front of our home”

Because that’s exactly what the Union Jack really is. The British supremacist gangs’ tag, emblazoned across the most prominent point of our national symbol; the ‘Australian’ flag.

  Continue reading Australia needs a new flag