Unusually, it snowed in parts of Canberra yesterday!
Not so unusually, to many Australians, the term ‘Canberra’ means all the (especially nasty) things that the Federal Government chooses to do. Yesterday the nasties included the decision to defer any resolution of the ‘Marriage Equality‘ issue.
This non-decision will be applauded by some but decried by others, but was decided by the LNP, the parliamentary grouping currently in the majority. That’s how our Democracy ‘works’, although dissent is beginning to appear from within LNP party ranks, most notably from Leadership contender Malcolm Turnbull.
What should NOT happen is for the decision to be laid at the feet of the ~386,000 (non-politician) residents of ‘Canberra’.
The Federal Government is comprised of 226 souls, necessarily representing every part of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory elects just 4 of these individuals, 2 each in the Senate & The House of Representatives.
It is way past time that the lazy Australian Media stopped equating Federal Governments (of both stripes) with Canberra!
FEDS is nice short, space saving term that should be used when the Federal Government is being referred to, and Canberra should be restricted to all other aspects of the city, its environs and its people.
Despite inordinate $squillions wasted on the “War on Drugs”, the battle is LOST, has been for decades & is now threatening to overwhelm entire countries eg Mexico and Nicaragua.
Remember, Mexico drug supply problems exist almost entirely because of insatiable demand from the USA, which is not averse to creative drug politics.
Get over it people!
Prohibition is a dumb idea, espoused by a lethal combination of anti-drug wowsers & those who profit from its illegality. Almost everyone wants to maintain prohibition, but for opposite reasons.
Stop treating the ‘illegal drug problem’ as a legal problem & spend $s saved on treating the ‘Health Problem’.
In any event, misuse of alcoholkills & maims many more people, and it’s LEGAL. Savings alone on Health Expenditure avoided is sufficient reason to adopt this policy, quite apart from the money saved on the (demonstrably futile) “War on Drugs”.
“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Albert Einstein
Words – It is asserted (@StepenFry) that the average English word has 5 letters, so “words” is as good a place to start a new blog post as any.
“Otiose94” will be my occasional series of quite random thoughts (in both space & time). Here goes.
MP’s Rorts – Every day sees more & more examples of ‘dodgy’ claims for entitlements by Australian Federal MPs, beginning with the now ex-Speaker Bronwyn Bishop (BB) & THAT over-indulgent luxury helicopter ride to a Party Fundraiser from Melbourne CBD to Geelong, a trip much more easily & cheaply (cost tax-payers $5227) negotiated by many other means (Chauffeured Commonwealth Car?).
This extravagance has now cost BB the Speaker-ship & she looked somewhat less than contrite when she resumed her backbench seat.
It has cost Prime Minister Abbott as well both because BB was another example of his abysmal record with ‘Captain’s Picks’ & his tardiness (tin-ear) in responding (~3wks) to the impending catastrophe which ensued from the obvious outrage from the public.
It s undeniable that Federal MPs exist in a rarefied atmosphere of Canberra political life where they are ‘available 24/7’ in theory, if not in practice. This voluntary discomfort does not excuse ‘rorting’ the system whenever they can.
It is instructive that BOTH major Parties are now desperately trying to ‘hose-down‘ the furore, because tit-for-tat accusations are MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction).
Unfortunately, this was not before ABC Insiders aired a very funny video.
Richard Carrier, Atheist & Philosopher, Skepticon – A Christian’s Delusion – (just replace references to the ‘Christ’ with ‘Abbott’. Same use of fear)
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* Most expert opinion is that the scheme is doomed, even IF sufficient arable land were available and NOT already being used for food production. As seen over recent months (Hottest Summer on Record), trees are prone to burn, releasing ALL the carbon temporarily stored ie an Expensive, NOT Viable, long term plan (more a thought-bubble).
See previous post – Summer Rituals. A small fire had been burning somewhere west of Canberra for several days. Places we would later learn called Pierce’s Creek and MacIntyre’s Hut. Like many Canberrans, we had lost interest in what had … Continue reading →