Friday, 23 December 2016

Open letter to stakeholders: Orkambi. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Minister for Health Sussan Ley & Chairman Vertex Dr Jeffrey Leiden

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,
Dear Health Minister Ley,
Dear Dr Jeffrey Leiden Vertex Chairman, CEO & President,



Rather than bedazzle you all with facts I'd like to highlight what your repeated haggling is doing too many young children with specific genes who suffer from cystic fibrosis. Assuming you aren't sufferers I thought the best way would be to have you all into a national television studio and have some trained physicians carefully place bricks on your chests until you can barely breathe. You will be monitored to make sure you don't pass out.
Of course, should the need arise you will be given medical assistance. Provided the medications you need are listed on the PBS & you meet the criteria the govt stipulates. Perhaps we can have you cryogenically preserved until we determine if you are eligible. Perhaps our Prime Minister can have funds transferred from the Cayman Islands so he can be attended to first?
I imagine now you are starting to feel the pain and unpleasant nature of what it is like to not be able to take breathing for granted. This is the feeling Vertex, Peter Dutton MP & Tony Abbott MHR before the hostile takeover put children & adult cystic fibrosis patients through for 2 years fighting over a price for Kalydeco. This two-year delay does damage to lung function. .Some die due to the wait. Little Aussie battlers being failed by a government & a corporation that let's face it isn't on struggle street. I'll get to that later.                                          
Now we are asked to do the same dance by a few different players with the same depraved indifference to human life and best practice medicine. Can someone please take a brick off Sussan's chest she looks a tad purple? This time the medication is a new one Orkambi & it could be helping kids now but they are again facing the prospect of a drawn-out process until this product is made available to those it can help.
Feel free to talk amongst yourselves because if you reach an agreement at any time the bricks can be removed by the highly trained medical team  & you are free to leave.

In the meantime here are a few facts Vertex CEO paid US $24 million 2014 & got a 50% increase in 2015 was paid $36 million. The 2015 payment alone could fund 20% of the Double Delta F 508 population. 195 Aussies struggling for air. Vertex itself is doing very nicely. As you can see in a couple of lovely graphs shareholders aren't exactly slumming it. I imagine those bricks are causing some pain so I won't punish you further, even though Vertex have no difficulty in doing that to the people they hold to ransom.                  
                                                                   
Then there's the Australian federal government that also happily plays Russian roulette with over 1,000 lives. Is it really about the Vertex price? Or is it the lobbyists from other pharmaceutical companies that stand to lose out? New medications replace many other medications. Also, hospital admissions can be greatly reduced through these new medications. People that have been unable to properly engage in life, education & employment now can. The offset benefits of best practice medications can be huge. Delaying decisions for two years can have devastating consequences. Unlike you guys, these people can't remove bricks & forget the experience the next day. Food for thought, I hope.


Thanks for taking a peek at my open letter.


regards Mark Dickenson

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The pitfalls of casualisation & corporate greed.

 When you are 16 living at home and working casual it is probably ok. Being a casual, with a family a mortgage or trying to break into the housing market is an absolute nightmare.
Not knowing if you are working from one day to the next. Being let go at the whim of the management. Being bullied to work overtime under threat of being replaced. Living life like you are a plane in a holding pattern. Being forced to provide medical certificates even though you don't get paid for sick days. Being bullied in ways that breach OHS laws yet not being able to complain because your position is so vulnerable. Flexibility is a one-way street & it isn't favourable to the employee.

Earlier this year while investigating this issue from the inside. I witnessed a large group of casual labour hire employees effectively laid off because the labour hires contract had expired. You would think that a profitable firm like SRG would negotiate a new contract that catered for existing workers at the existing rate of pay. They didn't they used it as an excuse to change firms and put all workers back to award rates. People were bullied to sign up with the new contractor. They refuse point blank to say if the workers pay would be the same. One manager actually said it would in a meeting which I'm sure if grilled he would deny today. How do I know this? I asked him the question. Many of the workers at this site had been labour hire casuals for up to 5 years. They were losing 3-4 dollars an hour to do the same job the next day. Now while this is slightly different to the issue with #CUB55 it is still a disgrace. These people generally weren't union members predominantly through fear of losing their jobs or a lack of understanding of how our industrial relations system works and the protections it affords workers. It is interesting that SRG had recently renegotiated their EBA. The EBA has a clause in it for company casuals, yet they ignore that clause & utilise casual labour-hire workers. The reason I mention that is EBA's, are meant to be under our laws negotiated in good faith. If you have no intention of honouring a clause then are you in breach of good faith bargaining?

Irrespective of that casuals are locked out of the housing market unless they are already in it. They cannot get housing loans due to the precarious nature of their employment. They are generally forced to rent which puts pressure on them to do excessive amounts of overtime to meet their obligations and live. It is a very ordinary way to live for extended periods. No holidays no sick leave & no prospect of a permanent job. SRG hadn't hired a full-time worker at this site for over 4 years.
                                                                   

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Why I want to represent people.

I watch & learn as I go like we all do. We all have opinions, ideas, and experiences through our lives. I share mine when I think it will help someone else. This stuff is at the core of why I ran for parliament in 2016. It is why I want to keep working towards it in 2019 provided I'm still in good nick and there's still a need. I'm actively interactive with people online predominantly on twitter. I'm doing this to connect with people. To better understand issues that exist, other experiences are critical. I'm not always going to agree with the position or ideas of others online or in other forums.I don't have a mortgage on being right. By listening & engaging, you grow in knowledge & understanding.
If I felt we were well represented in parliament I wouldn't be doing this. I've watched politicians throughout my life and I find most of them to be aloof, distant and out of touch with my reality. Our parliament has a lot of the same types of people. 60% are lawyers while in our society less than 1% of us are lawyers. I really believe that is a major issue & why decisions govt make often aren't what's required.
I've got a dad in aged care. A mum who is a pensioner. A sister who has cystic fibrosis.  A daughter with a new small business. My eldest son Darren is developing apps while working in the mining sector.A son with autism. A wife who is a carer. My father has bipolar disorder so mental health is an interest. I've got three grandkids with everything in front of them. I lost a family member to suicide so that support network is an area I am learning about. I have a diverse work history. I've run a business.  So all of these things I have an interest in and reasonable knowledge of. I'm just one of you is what I'm trying to convey.
Nobody with issues should be ignored or left behind by society. I can see that problems are growing under the governments we have now & have had since the 1980's. I remember Bob Hawke saying no Australian child will live in poverty when I was at college. Sadly it has never been higher in Australia than it is today.                                              
My point really is I want to be interactive with people so that I am better equipped to represent their concerns. If I manage to get elected next time, perhaps people seeing me doing it my way will put pressure on our political parties to change their behaviours. Politics has to be about society about you and everyone else around you, in my opinion.
I

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Government must stop blaming welfare. Lazy lies do damage.

There are numerous people that fall under the same very broad umbrella. Welfare is a very large part of the federal budget. It covers the aged pensioners, disabled & unemployed. All of these people are tarred with a very broad brush by government propaganda. The media assists the government by portraying them as a burden. The reality is this is not the case. It is possible for any person to find themselves in any of the three subsets of welfare. Even the most successful people can be hit by misfortune in life. Welfare is just a safety net to ensure we don't leave our fallen in our wake.
Of course, in any area of life where money is involved, there is a criminal aspect which none of us condone. The government often misrepresent this in the media. Recently the unemployed were targeted as bludgers. Claims that 35,000 dole recipients had refused work & that it was a huge burden on taxpayers. The media instead of fact checking this just ran with it. The truth is the number is actually 589 according to ACOSS. The 589 would have had their payments cut immediately if they refused work without providing a genuine reason. I know this because I have seen the system from within. There are arduous sometimes invasive details required of people on welfare. The government uses propaganda to deflect from their own failings. In 2013 they promised to provide 2 million jobs yet since Xmas 2015 over 60 thousand permanent jobs have disappeared.
                                                                 
Governments use welfare recipients as whipping boys. If we are distracted by them we are not focussed on the failures of governments. People that are paying tax are riled at the thought of freeloaders. The media & government fuel that anger. They don't delve into fact.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The things making #auspol dysfunctional.

Political parties generally start off with reasonable intent. Ideas, philosophy, whatever it may be. Small or large they all appear to have difficulty with focus. Ambition, factions and varied opinions all seem to push those they represent further back in the queue. Political donations have a real impact also. To compete they are necessary. How much does this cloud the party agenda? They require unity to survive, yet the unity in public discourse doesn't encourage argument and is counterproductive to policy improvement.
Within parties, you have preselection battles these are again both generators of factions & often not merit-based outcomes. Having the best candidates in safe seats should be beneficial to growing a parties brand. Often candidates get in safe seats & become ensconced irrespective of performance or
ability. Many couldn't be removed with a crowbar, often keeping better candidates out in the cold.

In Australia, we have a two party preferred system. It's effectively a duopoly. One fails the other gets the gig. Monotonous, it encourages people to hang around for next time. You don't generally win government the incumbent either retains it or loses it. A large percentage of voters are like beavers who mate for life, although in recent elections, that is slowly eroding.

I think we would be better served as a nation if we voted for individuals rather than parties. Perhaps 7 from each State. No second house. All candidates should be given equal media time during election campaigns. I think it would encourage real debate. No more political donations. No relationships between corporations & candidates. If a candidate has a pecuniary interest in any area of government business it must be made public. It would automatically preclude them voting on issues related to those interests.
We have to make sure that people in government are genuinely working for the people they represent. Our current political system ceased to do so a long long time ago. We need to ensure our welfare as a
society. The status quo is failing 99% of us. It's very important that the network surrounding government is independent of government. Political appointments are not conducive to independence.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Many politicians may not be eligible. This must be audited.

The s44.1 alleged breach by Tony Abbott is a massive issue that has dragged on for ages. Many politicians have failed to act on information presented to them which is criminal in itself. The issues with Culleton, & Day show this issue isn't limited to just citizenship.
The AEC, requires every political candidate to attest they comply with all 5 parts of s44 that are listed below. Many of the people that are in breach have effectively defrauded the Commonwealth if they have entered parliament when ineligible.
Both myself & Tony Magrathea have often pondered why so many politicians have failed to respond to letters & emails regarding the Tony Abbott alleged breach. Looking at this law closely there are many MPs past & present that have been or may be in breach of sections of this law. I believe this has been the catalyst for the inaction on Abbott.
Many MPs have complicated investments. How many have investments in companies that have Commonwealth contracts? This also applies to their partners S44(v). Many MPs also use an allowances to negatively gear a  Canberra property this may breach s44(iv)
I'm not bagging Derryn for raising the issue. He has done so in the past while in media. I just ask that if he does this in the Senate it is addressed properly, once & for all. We need a complete audit of this law for all MPs & Senators. Laws cannot be applied selectively. The principles of s44 of the constitution are based on ensuring integrity & probity of candidates in parliament.


Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular:
44. Any person who -
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
But sub-section iv. does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers for a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.
Subsection 44(i) has generally been interpreted as meaning that persons with dual citizenship are not permitted to stand for election.[1]

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Offshore detention & the human cost.

 In 2016 the problems our nation faces are immense. There is so much neglect of local issue that distant ones like Nauru & Manus are far from the minds of many. Politicians add to this significantly using economic excuses for inaction in a number of areas. Modern economies don't run like a household budget yet often that's how they're sold. You can invest in various problems at the same time. Often tackling problems early is a prudent course of action.
When I think about tackling problems I rely on information life experience and empathy before I form any opinion. In the case of asylum seekers, I am robbed of all three. I've never lived in fear of my national leaders until recently. I've never been compelled to flee as a refugee. I've never been detained without a trial or conviction. I imagine what it would be like to go through the process they have taken on. What it would be like to lose 3 or more years of your life. Some things are just unimaginable.
 
These people the victims of a political war in Australia have paid a huge price. Thousands of years of human life has been stolen. Our politicians are wheeling & dealing to get an outcome now. I'm sure there will be measures put in place in any deals to mitigate the nation's responsibility. Governments hate being accountable for their failings. They've built a system around themselves to assist them in delaying most issues around them.
I hate this issue because it is going to go with these people where ever they are hidden for the rest of their lives. They are damaged. Damaged by our governments in our name. That fact is inescapable.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Steve Price bullied? Yeah right

 Steve Price makes a pretty good living saying woeful things & never admitting he's wrong. The other night on 'The Project' a guest stood up to him for interrupting & she was supported by other members of the panel. I don't think he was bullied. He was isolated in that nobody thought he was right except for him. Which from what I've seen of him is nothing unusual.
I remember not so long ago Steve Price was getting abrasive with Van badam on Q&A. That night he was the bully. It's how he rolls. Van Badam had his measure on that occasion. I don't really know what it is about Steve & other shock jocks, that resonates with people. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Politically I am too far away from Price to be objective regarding his talent.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

RACV insurance sucks! My opinion

  Very early in the morning on the 23/10/2016, I was in a pretty big car accident. The other vehicle involved sped off. I managed to get a partial number plate & proceeded to the police station to report the accident immediately after I'd gathered my composure. Spent about an hour making a police report with as much detail as I could.
Having comprehensive insurance at least I thought I'd be covered for the repair of my vehicle. I've been a customer of RACV insurance for many years. So have many of my family. That means nothing of course. I have to pay an excess as the customer loses if some criminal flees the scene of an accident. Apparently, that is in the fine print of a contract they claim I agreed to although they never disclosed that fact at the point of sale.
The insurance I purchased is not what I wanted or thought & the RACV isn't an organisation that I will ever use again. I also recommend people should shop around for a better deal from an alternative Car insurance provider with better customer care & cheaper prices. I thought loyalty was a two-way street . It is a dead end road.
Should the police find the other driver things change the woman said. Well my opinion of RACV won't they suck. #BoycottRACVinsurance.
                                                             

Interaction on facebook regarding this issue with RACV.

Mark Dickenson Wow, 600 people have already read the blog 2,500 have seen the tweet. I still haven't got my car back. I didn't take the hire car. RACV insurance is a poor service provider from personal experience. I will keep posting updates until I get $625 value .As I'm injured I have plenty of time.
RACV
RACV Hi Mark, Can you please PM us your policy or claim number and your best contact and we'll have someone get in touch with you.

Regards,
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Mark Dickenson
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RACV
RACV Hi Mark, Sorry to hear we have not met your expectations in this matter. 
In the case where we are not able to get in contact with the other driver, an excess applies on the claim. 
Regards, Nek.
Marisa Monroe
Marisa Monroe That's bloody bs!! 
The people who do the wrong thing get away with it!! 
I'm sorry I didn't know this happened to you and thank god you're ok!
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Mark Dickenson The audience has doubled. The temporary staff they have on weekends have made contact. They can't make decisions. They are repeating the same things training allows. While the CEO sips pina colada's on a banana lounge. 5,105 views I hope they all abandon RACV insurance.
Mark Dickenson
Mark Dickenson Was told the car would be ready last week. Another reason to leave RACV. Plenty of interest in the blog, twitter reach 8,558 all getting the#BoycottRACVinsurance message.
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Mark Dickenson Got a complaint about your insurance provider like I do with RACV. Lodge a complaint with http://www.fos.org.au/ #BoycottRACVinsurance

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Republic of Australia.

I'm sick of following others with blind faith. We have a great nation, yet for decades we have been languishing. Surviving on the resources nature provided & the assets built by more creative generations.
I have a range of ideas that would give Australia its own place in the world, less reliant on everyone else. The first thing we must do is fund what we want to do. I would heavily focus on creating more competitive markets. Currently, we have our biggest corporations paying little or no tax. At the same time start-ups, small business & small corporations are paying higher taxes. I would go hard at the corporate freeloaders to create more balance. There are ways to force tax compliance. We need everybody in Australia contributing to society. Increased competition will create jobs reducing price gouging of consumers that is occurring in many of our national markets.
I would set up a fully independent authority to tackle corruption that I believe is at epidemic levels in & around Australian politics. I would give this authority broad powers to investigate & prosecute people that have been exploiting a watered down system with no integrity. The entire public service sector would be remodeled to stop the stranglehold the major parties have created through political appointments.                                        
                                                               
Instead of spending huge amounts on political advertising like today. I would direct the funds into govt owned media outlets existing & new like SBS & ABC. I would limit the spend on advertising as it is an obscene waste of government revenue. Much better spent on service provision in my opinion. Australia has been pumping the tyres of media moguls through advertising budgets. This has contributed very little to the nation or the freedom of television content.
I'd like to tackle a lot of the nation's problems. The generational welfare issues of indigenous & others. I want services to be delivered that govt funds. I want to trial programs to solve these issues. The same with homelessness.
I want to reduce the amount of government in Australia. I want to move away from the model being used where everything is user pays. From roads to medicine & many things in between. I want to build govt assets that will provide jobs for Australians. I want to work hard to provide better links between country & city to ensure our rural areas grow with the nation.
There are many more ideas but I think the biggest thing required to achieve these things is reform.We need political reform & I think we need to stand on our own feet. I'd like us to become a republic. I'd like us to get off the political merry-go-round our political system has us on.




Saturday, 5 November 2016

We have a corrupt parliament.

There are many MPs & Senators that use allowances to pay off homes in Canberra. Whilst somehow they have justified this by watering down the rules to suit themselves. The recent events with Bob Day made me take a closer look at the entire s44 law. I believe the politicians that have been investing an allowance which is from government (Commonwealth) revenues. The purpose of this is to pay off the property. It also often results in a capital gain. I believe this breaches s44 (iv).

There are also many MPs with investments in our parliament. All of them have superannuation. How many of them have investments in companies that have govt contracts? Who checks this? We can investigate & report them to the AFP. I can say this with confidence. The AFP were told of Abbott possibly breaching s44.1 with supporting evidence & did virtually nothing.

I believe there are a huge number of federal politicians who know they are in breach of these laws. I think there has been a conspiracy to conceal this. The reason I have this belief is the inaction from all sides of parliament. What else could it be? Ignorance of the law is a possibility, yet not an excuse. Don't forget 60% of our politicians are lawyers so it seems unlikely they can't comprehend laws.

I think if this is audited thoroughly & independently it will get many scalps. The issue with Bob Day validates the argument that every MP & Senator should meet the same scrutiny in my opinion.
                                                             



 Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular:
44. Any person who -
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
But subsection iv. does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers of a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.  (Thanks Wikipedia for the laws listed above.)

How many MPs & Senators will fall short?

The Bob Day issue being referred to the high court may have a concertina effect. I have always argued s44 of our constitution is very important. Most people who fob it off are either ignorant of what the law is actually for or just plain silly. The law isn't a racial thing, sure s44.1 requires political aspirants to relinquish dual citizenships to show their allegiance to the commonwealth of Australia. The law s44 is actually a list of requirements placed on candidates to ensure the people of Australia get genuine representation. The law covers a range of issues as shown below.



 Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular:
44. Any person who -
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
But subsection iv. does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers of a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.  (Thanks Wikipedia for the laws listed above.)


 I have been doing a bit of research since the Bob Day issue was raised publicly. I think there are many politicians that are going to be found to be not compliant for various reasons. The law cannot be applied selectively. If applied to Bob Day it must apply to all MPs & Senators. That is its actual purpose. It was written into our constitution to ensure we have high levels of probity & integrity. Perhaps the state of our federal parliament is in such disarray as a direct result of the apparent non-compliance.

Monday, 24 October 2016

How many Aussies feel like me?

As I watch Australian politics spiral out of control. I wonder. I wonder how far it must fall before Australians feel compelled to act.
I don't think I've ever witnessed a worse government in my fifty years on earth. Everywhere you look there are failures. Some multiple some departed. A Prime Minister that has sold his personal convictions to pedal policies he has always stood against. Ministers with no handle on their portfolios. Serious issues in society, evolving before our eyes without any semblance of a plan to address them.
Then there are the systemic issues in our political system that see two inept clubs dominate with no pressure to evolve.
Little wonder bizarre groups are growing legs in spite of their extreme views. Australian politics is a shambles. 105k homeless, 730k children living in poverty, 2+ people a week dying in domestic violence. Poor areas being targeted with low-cost dangerous drugs in poorly funded under-policed areas this thrives.
Politicians with ideas & inspiration are either non-existent or are denied attention by a media heavily compromised by their reliance on political advertising & the relationships they hide from cameras with our MPs.
I had reached a point where I felt compelled to act in 2014. So I decided to run for the Senate to provide a voice for ordinary Aussies and serious areas of neglect that need attention. This experience while valuable highlighted just how closed off the system has become. Media deny good candidates oxygen. Choosing fringe dwellers, people with chequered pasts and failed incumbents over genuine opposition to the status quo.
I will continue to kick at the door. I do think Australia is worth fight for. I don't believe a lone Senator can change the system. I do believe It would create a platform to highlight what must be done. We need complete political reform. We need serious issues of integrity & corruption exposed & heavily punished. We need robust controls over MP behavior. We need to rid parliament house of lobbyists. We need to open our parliament up to Australians of all walks of life. We need to break media domination up. We need to tackle serious problems before the become generational as many are today. We need to be prepared to try new things to solve our issues.
Let's have a non-violent revolution. Let's break the cycle of failure.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Government battling its inner demons

The events in parliament over deals relating to Adler shotguns has shown just how unstable this government is. Since Abbott was rolled by Turnbull there has been a steady flow of issues which Abbott has utilised to pressure Turnbull. On this occasion, Abbott's bluff was called. Turnbull didn't react quickly he chose to  expose reality which was embarrassing for Abbott. Abbott's claim he wasn't across deals made are fanciful. It is undisputed that Peta Credlin had a tight leash on everything while
Abbott was prime minister.
What I find fascinating is watching the government interacting with one another. They claim that Abbott is damaged by this issue. Yet he's been caught in lies before and soldiers on regardless. Has this issue lost the right as is being claimed? Or is it business as usual? Of course, the ministers are going to support Turnbull. They are pot committed as most or all were involved in Tony Abbott's demise. What of those who aren't? The MPs with no ministry that harbor ambition how do they feel?

I will be watching over the next few months to see just how many testing issues expose the coalitions
instability.

Friday, 21 October 2016

It is but it isn't.

I love watching comedy, I always have. Often laughter momentarily frees your mind. Monty Python, The Goodies, Dave Allen, Black Adder, Dick Emery, Paul Hogan and The two Ronnies all provided laughter as I was growing up.
Of recent times most of my amusement comes from watching the stupidity of our politicians. This government is like no other in that regard. If I was to list them from 2013 until today I would be writing a book, not a blog. A few highlights would be the Mal Brough's confession on 60 minutes witnessed or discussed by most of Australia, regarding Peter Slipper's diary disappearance. George Brandis regaling us of the importance of metadata while clearly demonstrating his complete ignorance of what metadata actually is. Then there's Tony Abbott his knighthood for Prince Phillip & his onion eating exploits. Joe hockey & his inane ability to say the wrong thing at the right time. From the 'age of entitlement' to 'poor people not driving'. Julie & Bronwyn Bishop's total disregard for taxpayers via travel & expenses culminating for Bronwyn with chopper gate & for Julie it appears the Bunga Bunga flights & extravagant travel may never end. I could keep writing about gaffs & other things that are so ridiculous they generally end in bemusement.
                                                               
Ordinarily, most of these things would be funny. If these people were running a private company whilst some would be jailed I'm sure the public would find humour in it. Yet these people are running the nation. While they bounce from blooper to blooper it has a devastating impact on society. They are almost using this stupidity to distract as they gut institutions with privatisation austerity & other strange policies. So many areas of neglect are evolving one really doesn't know where to look.
One thing is certain these people & the adversity they are creating, is anything but funny.