Each week I peruse the sites linked in Australian Blog Sites (ABSites), or any other site that is recommended to me, to locate what I consider would be the best read of the week. This week’s best read is provided by a newcomer to ABSites, Independent Australia. Their current blog can best be ignored – it’s about the Ashes loss – but when you trawl through their archives there is gold to be found. I’ll introduce you to two recent posts which are indeed pure gold, and saints be praised, they are about two of our favourite people.
Kevin Andrews: the master of disaster. Kev has managed to keep his nose out of everybody’s way since the election but as Barry Everingham from Independent Australia points out his appointment to the front bench on Tony Abbott’s team is bewildering:
John Howard was a past-master at picking troglodytes to supervise his draconian laws but Kevin Andrews is in a class all of his own. His disastrous implementation of Work Choices as Industrial Relations Minister under Howard was a case-study in how not to run a portfolio.
After shifting him out and handing the poisoned chalice to Joe Hockey, Howard kept Andrews on as a Minister, giving him Immigration where the thin lipped humourless extreme right-winger had the time of his life ruining the life of the hapless and, as it turned out, totally innocent Dr Muhamed Haneef.
Tony Abbott should be censured for having Kevin Andrews on his front bench. It’s a measure of Abbott’s own attitude to the boat people—turn back the boats, let them drown.
And these are the people who say they can run this country. Let’s hope we don’t get to find out while Andrews is still an MP.
Tony Abbott: a relic from the 1950s. Tony Abbott, says author David Donovan, is an elitist, a homophobe and a misogynist and Australians must not allow him to take this country back to the 1950s.
Tony Abbott is not fit to be Australian Prime Minister and there are many reasons for this, some of which I have written about before. For example, he is untrustworthy—by his own admission, you can only believe anything he says when he reads from a carefully scripted statement. He is arrogant, ideological and prone to errors of judgement—like his decision to, and excuse for, going to a British Conservative Party Conference in preference to visiting Australian troops in Afghanistan earlier this year
But perhaps the major reason Abbott should never be allowed to be Australian Prime Minister is that he will not govern fairly for all Australians. Fundamentally, he does not believe all people are equal. He believes royalty are inherently better than “commoners”, is threatened by homosexuals and is bigoted towards women.
Abbott is a politician stuck in the 1950s—when homosexuals stayed in the closet, women stayed at home and cleaned, and people revered the royal family like deities. Australia has moved on, greatly for the better. Allowing someone like Tony Abbott to try to put Australia back to those times is a risk to our way of life and Australia’s culture as a modern egalitarian nation. It cannot be.
The Andrews piece is really just a small statement from the author and while it doesn’t throw any punches is does ask the questions that should have been asked by the mainstream media years ago. And I agree with the author that his appointment to the front bench is not only bewildering, but an announcement from Abbott that Andrews’ constant failings under Howard mean nothing to him at all. In that regards it is a bit like the Australian cricket team; it’s harder to get dropped from the team than it is to gain entry.
The Abbott piece is more detailed and has links to pertinent sites to back up the author’s arguments. Not that they need backing up! You’ll find yourself nodding your head in agreement to this article.
You might wish to discuss those articles on this thread, or anything else that the Independent Australia site discusses. I notice that a number of categories they have are similar to ours, such as Indigenous Australia, Media, Literature and Politics. And all this time I thought that we were the experts.