They say history never repeats, but I tend to get the distinct impression that we are stepping back in time, as Kylie Minogue would say.
We saw Liberal Senator Mary Jo Fisher again bring up her Time Warp episode, as she resigned from parliament after being found guilty in a South Australian court. She has faced assult charges. and multiple charges of shoplifting.
Tony Abbott must have had a flashback to his infamous interview with Kerry O’Brien, the 7 30 Report. The one on which he admitted that only carefully scripted comments of his could be taken as gospel truth. Well, he seemed to have yet another one of those moments on 7 30 this week with Leigh Sales. Tony Abbott looked like someone not fit for a job on the back bench as he once again showed us just how liberal he is with the truth.
Speaking of being liberal with the truth, Queensland LNP Premier Campbell Newman seemed to be caught telling porkies. Newman, the man who told us that Labor lost the election for being dishonest with Queenslanders was caught serving the state a massive bullshit sandwich, and asking all to take a bite.
So much so that the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, felt it was necessary to write an open letter to the Premier in an effort to block the deluge of bullshit that consistently was pouring out of his mouth.
Here in NSW, we have the Attorney General, Greg Smith, determined to take us way back into the pages of history.
You may remember I wrote about Greg Smiths decision to stand up for one of his mates, a paedophile priest, when he was arrested. Thant was not good enough for Mr smith, oh no, he also has to insult the victims who had been sexually abused as children as well, saying they were greedy and only in it for the money. What a piece of crap.
You may also remember him as the big hearted fellow who told victims of asbestosis that there would be no compensation if they had the hide to die before court finalised their case, forcing all the medical and funeral costs as well as court costs onto their grieving families.
It would seem that James Hardie’s treatment of these poor souls, whose only crime was to show up for work, was just the foreplay. It took an O’Farrell Liberal government, and Greg Smith as Attorney General to really screw them.
Well, now Greg Smith is at it again it seems… He has turned his eyes to the weekend family trip to watch the footy.
Greg is not happy with the family having the excitement of a brilliant game of A-League Soccer, he wants the family to get a little more for their entrance fee. Actually, maybe a little more bang for their buck would be more appropriate.
What Greg thinks may add to the excitement of the game for the spectator is a bit of rioting. You know, people throwing punches, bottles, cans, chairs, even flares. The prospect of getting a nasty injury from a bottle, or a 3rd degree burn from a flare will make it all the more exciting for the kiddies.
Greg Smith, has decided he will turn the clock back on laws introduced by the Labor government in 2005 that allowed judges to ban hooligans from all sporting events of any code. Something I would have thought was a no brainer, but still, Mr Smith doesn’t seem to understand.
Scrapping this law will put the hooliganism back into our stadiums, and comes hot on the heels of violent clashes at a soccer game just the day before this story broke. Instead of these hooligans being banned, under Greg Smith they would be able to attend any game of any code.
Gee Greg, are you sure you don’t want to throw in some free tickets as well?
Still, this is hardly a surprise from a government that has lost control of the streets.
A government that sends riot squads to break up a group of indigenous peaceful protesters in a park in Grafton. A government that has allowed bikie crime to grow out of all proportion in this state. A government that has allowed for a dramatic and drastic rise in the level of gun crime. And now, at last, a government who wants to put the hooligans back in our sporting arenas.
This is a government that has shown itself to be devastatingly tough on working families, and workers rights. Crushing in fact.
Yet, still finds the time to look after the common criminal. This is a government that is not just soft on crime, it is ready to start handing out pillows.
Tontine O’Farrell.Follow @madwixxy