This site represents my efforts in debunking / mocking leftist terminologies and ideas in general and within the Australian scene in particular.
Due to lack of experience in matters of web design, there may be irregular changes herein. It is very much a 'work - in - progress.'
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Sustainable atavistic antagonists of common sense
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Sustainable atavistic antagonists of common
Thank you for the wonderful editorials and excellent
articles of the past few days all judiciously debunking Labor's latest leftist
political fetish - Social Inclusion / Justice and it's attendant trite
What a self - afflicted insult to Labor's [socialist]
collective intelligence that they have a Ministry for Social Inclusion - and
have to admit they cannot define in rational terms it's raison
It has always been so: the ahistorical, hysterical stolen
generations, feel - good ideas of alternative medicine AKA anti mainstream /
business / medical,
silly slogans: this is a nuclear - free zone, their absurd
factions, [varying from the left to right and multiple combinations in between]
the three mines policy, world starvation and Y2K catastrophies - all
incapsulated by Lenin's part - prophetic useful idiots moniker.
Nothing comparably absurd can be appended to the right.
Even Bob Hawke admitted that Labor voters AKA the donkey vote are the majority
domain / of the left, That is an indictment that has remained with me.
It is just that Gillard and Rudd have clearly outshone
their predecessors. Badly, plainly, undeniably. By
multiple, incalculable factors.
Contemplate the current leftists: their willfull
blindness [NBN] their inversion economic irrationalism in wrecking the economy
with mega - spending, their killer policies for which the minister did not pay
any price, The awe - inspiring lunacy of taxing hot air, the stiltifying
twirpery of their multi - disasterous immigration policy, the support of a
member of their part who is under police investigation - and more!
Much, much more. Outside of the domain of this
So - they vary between the utopia and the catastrophic.
The ethereal nonsence and merely pie - in - the - sky wishful
Geoff Seidner 13 Alston Grove East St Kilda
3183 03 9525 9299
Social Inclusion Unit fails test
The Australian 7 January
civilised society there is an important role for the state to
step in to assist people to overcome their own difficulties when they may not be
able to do so on their own. Although this seems to be the intention of the
government's oddly named Social Inclusion Unit, the minister and the unit itself
have made a hash of explaining what the term means, how the unit works and what
it has achieved. It has been found wanting in its work outcomes while it spends
extravagantly on travel and other expenses.
Health Australia chief executive Martin Laverty supported the unit, but said
tangible results needed to be achieved. Mark Henley from UnitingCare Wesley says
the idea has not worked as well as it did under the Labour government in
Britain. It begs the question from the nation's poor: what have we done to
deserve this? We can understand why the Coalition has vowed to scrap the unit,
just as the South Australian Labor government did, along with the Labour
government in Britain. The Gillard government and the Greens remain committed to
it. But what matters, to borrow a phrase from Tony Blair, is what works.
the unit is not yet working. Social democratic governments have a philosophical
instinct to show compassion. But they need more than a strategy; they need a
strategy people can understand, and one that works. If the minister responsible
doesn't understand it, as Mark Butler appeared not to when he inherited his
portfolio, then what hope is there for the rest of us? A strategy needs to make
a real difference in the lives of those it is supposed to help. Dealing with
human difficulties is a core part of most ministerial portfolios. Those who
suffer from serious mental illness, for example, need considerable assistance.
Governments provide health, housing, education and community services. There are
programs that are better performed by the private sector and through the
generosity of volunteers. There will always be people who act against their own
self-interests, and some who cannot help themselves. We have a duty to come to
their aid. After eight research reports, many meetings and an exorbitant travel
bill, the unit has not yet found the answer. The Coalition suggestion the $3.3
million saved by abolishing the unit could help fund a National Disability
Insurance Scheme which could make a difference in the lives of some of the most
needy is an understandable one
The right to common sense
The Australian 6 January
Yesterday on these pages we proffered the
unfashionable view that a law insisting a human rights compatibility statement
be stapled to every piece of legislation before parliament defied common sense.
After all, this is Canberra we are talking about, not Minsk, and while we can
probably beat the Belarusians at most sports, when it comes to human rights
violations we're not even in the game.
The first item on the notice paper when
parliament resumes must be the repeal of this worthless act. Next, parliament
should debate its replacements, The Common Sense Bill 2011 and its companion,
The Common Sense (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill; measures that will enforce the
application of prudent judgment in accord with the facts as we know them.
Regretfully, the United Nations General
Assembly has yet to proclaim a Universal Declaration of Common Sense, but when
it does we should be first to endorse its sentiment that disregard for everyday
wisdom has resulted in foolish acts which have outraged the intelligence of
mankind. As a nation we shall strive, through teaching and education, to promote
respect for common sense and secure its universal recognition within the
territories under our jurisdiction. We are confident our legislation will
survive a High Court challenge, for while our Constitution is curiously silent
on the matter the principles of implied common sense will apply.
bill, vital as it is, will not, regretfully, cure the intractable problem of our
two-speed commonsense economy. For as long as anybody can remember, there has
been a wisdom deficit in Canberra, but an abundance of prudence in much of the
rest of the country where the art of drivel detection is better understood.
are other measures we might consider: content warnings could be screened before
ABC TV's Insiders ("This program contains coarse logic, false premises and
unwarranted interpretations that might offend rational viewers"); fitness camps
for flabby thinkers; and an amendment to climate change legislation to put a tax
on hot air.
risk, however, is that by going too far we will ourselves fall foul of The
Common Sense Act. And the best way to eradicate nonsense is not by government
fiat, but through the contest of ideas, where feeble reasoning never prospers
and two plus two always adds up to four.