What is it about the conservative right wing zealots in this country that they have to have vendettas about unions, Labor Party people and the disadvantaged?
Is it in their DNA?
The number of royal commissions which have come and gone targeting unions and the Labor Party are too numerous to mention, have cost tens of millions of dollars and for what?
Blatant electioneering and political scaremongering, that’s what.
The conservative PM gets into a tailspin in the polls so what do they do? Create straw monsters. They engage in wars far away from our borders, they scarify the poor terrified asylum seekers who need our assistance, they beef up the rhetoric around national security and they create bluff and bluster around those commie, lefty pinkos who threaten our very existence. They target the unions, and their leaders because obviously they are corrupt and violent.
This PM is using the royal commission as a blunt political instrument on a selective basis and not to expose corruption across the board.
Did Peter Reith have to front a royal commission when he brought attack dogs to the wharves? Did he or any of his mates have to answer questions about plum jobs on big salaries with big companies in areas to do with former portfolios? What about the corruption behind the jobs for the boys? The Libs wrote the text book on it.
Have any of our large head contractors been summoned to examine their role in putting pressure on long distance transport drivers which end all too often in deaths on the highway? Have any of the big companies been summoned to be asked why they offered bribes in and outside Australia? What about predatory pricing of Coles and Woollies? What about price collusion by petrol companies? Where are the royal commissions looking into these things?
Was Tony Abbott asked to explain why he rorted the system to attend someone’s wedding but paid the money back? Were any of his colleagues who diddled the books to fly to non-parliamentary events but paid the money back when they got sprung? Only poor Peter Slipper, but then he was a target of the conservatives because he was a Liberal rat.
To the untrained observer, this latest royal commission has the smell of a dead cat about it. Witch hunt is too nice a description for it. It is biased, blatantly political, and is examining issues which are a decade old. This is all about a distraction for the PM. It is about controlling the stories in the media. It is not about justice, it is about creating a rotting carcass and showing all the kiddies what it looks like.
The country’s economics are delicate, the plight of the disadvantaged is still perilous, the lot of pensioners is under threat, the jobs of thousands of people in civil service are heading south, the safety of our environment is under threat and the issue of climate change just won’t go away.
What are the PM and his cronies doing? They’re chasing those pinko bully-boys, they’re stopping the 4000 asylum seekers from invading our shores, they’re saving the western world by shedding the blood of our young soldiers in a faraway war in a faraway land, they’re protecting our morality by not allowing a debate of the same sex marriage issue.
They’re protecting our freedom of speech by denying those with contrary views and opportunity to express them in public, they’re accusing the ABC of left wing bias and doing everything to shut down the programs that displease them, all the while allowing right wing zealots like Alan Jones, Ray Hadlee, Andrew Bolt and Janet Albrechtsen free rein.
Mr Abbott’s latest incursion into the independence of the ABC wherein he wants to be the executive producer of current affairs programs and determine where within the ABC given programs sits, surely is a blatant attack on the public broadcaster, the like of which we have never seen.
To all those out there who would criticise me for my views, let me say that I would go on Q&A in a flash and debate any one of those warmongering zealots. But most of you critics hide behind noms de plume and let fly in social media outlets. I put my name to my views and invite criticism or discussion. I don’t reckon Abbott would let me go on Q&A. He’d shut me down.
Bring on the election. Let’s see what the people really think…. Mr Abbott can stop people expressing their views which he dislikes but he can’t stop the ultimate expression – that of the vote!