As I read the principles and recommendations from the ASX, the thing that struck me most forcibly is that there are no similar expectations or accountability for government and parliamentarians.
This week we discuss ex-MP Matt Brown’s terrible excuse for being caught with the drug ice. Possibly the worst ever? We look also look at some of the ‘great’ political excuses of our time.
We weigh in on misogyny in federal parliament and Sarah Hanson-Young’s stunning speech in reply to Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan’s smutty stupidity. And we take a look at the right-wing of Australian politics, and why they’re so damned odious.
She was not the politician doing the apologising, but she was the only one the survivors really wanted.
Let’s face it we’ve just seen how politicians have interfered with the Independance of the ABC on behalf of the MSM.Isn’t that illegal? (ODT)
By far the biggest share of declared federal donations comes from highly regulated industries – mining, property construction, gambling, finance, media and telcos – then unions.
This appalling record on federal disclosure, accountability and transparency tells us the public’s perception that our politicians are dishonest is of the politicians’ own making.
They do tout for donations. They could agree to end the election advertising war by imposing limits on donations and no longer have to prostitute themselves.
When both sides finally decide there’s not much glory in being in a despised and distrusted occupation, nor much joy in basing policy decisions on rewarding the most generous vested interests, they know where to start in restoring their reputation.
Delusion is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as:
‘An idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.’
The German Leadership tried to create just such an alternative reality as do Dutton and Molan
The Nazi leadership aimed to deceive the German population, the victims and the outside world regarding their genocidal policy toward Jews. What did ordinary Germans know about the persecution and mass murder of Jews? Despite the public broadcast and publication of general statements about the goal of eliminating “the Jews”, the regime practised a propaganda of deception by hiding specific details about the “Final Solution”, and press controls prevented Germans from reading statements by Allied and Soviet leaders condemning German crimes.
At the same time, positive stories were fabricated as part of the planned deception.
Among the people who say they’re Coalition voters, support for Turnbull is emphatic at 74 per cent. “It’s interesting,” says the pollster, Jess Elgood, “Because it’s so overwhelming.”
In a democracy, you might think that the people’s wishes would weigh heavily on the elected representatives. But since 2010, the elected representatives have been much more interested in indulging their own ambitions and petty preoccupations.
“Talk of changing Malcolm Turnbull is in the Canberra bubble,” says Elgood. Which is exactly where a good many of his MPs and senators dwell.
I recall the night when Penny Wong and Barnaby Joyce were on QandA together. They were discussing Marriage Equality, and Barnaby was spruiking the virtues of his Catholicism, putting Wong down for her immorality in the process.
For me, Mrs Joyce should be given all the sympathy we can muster and Barnaby Joyce is a disgrace to his family, his party, the electorate he represents and the people of Australia. Fancy giving him the distinction of the title Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
“As deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce relentlessly, during the marriage equality debate, questioned the morality of thousands of our citizens as relating to his own particular Catholic beliefs. He can hardly complain if others question his.”
In isolation these may be vignettes. The trouble is they rehearse such resoundingly familiar themes. Ask the current Home Affairs Minister why it is that settling asylum seekers in Australia will unleash people-smuggling boats, but that settling them in America – as is slowly happening – somehow won’t, and you’ll be told that this is the advice the government has received. Well, really? It certainly doesn’t make intuitive sense, so how about you release that advice? Otherwise, we’re being asked to take a politician’s word for it, and however tempting that might once have been, what now that we learn such advice has been misrepresented in the past?
Trump claimed on Twitter that the terrorist attack involved “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”, despite no such information having been released publicly by police. He also blamed it on “loser terrorists”, promoted his travel ban and advocated a “proactive and nasty” policy against Islamic State.
Politicians are increasingly prepared to throw facts under the bus. But allowing misinformation to go unchecked can have dire consequences, writes Emma Alberici.
Julie Bishop charged taxpayers $2,716 to attend a polo match.
The overwhelming majority of D.C.’s Beltway Insiders think the American public is pitifully uninformed on government policy.
By James Moylan Our politicians have sold our country out from under the feet of the citizenry. We are no longer even the primary audience that our politicians are worried about. Policies are now crafted to be suitable to the Murdoch and Fairfax organisations and the big end of town. Exclusively. Common sense does not…
In a bizarre case of trolling, instant noodle producer and Guancheng
Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton has come under fire for making light of rising sea levels affecting Pacific Island nations.