I am not sure that my childhood prepared me to deal with this government.
I never broke my toys. I would tell on people rather than hit back. The only thing I threw was a ball. I would play the piano and sing loud, though I did learn to shout during adolescence. Swearing is something I try to avoid, without success lately.
I have this primeval feeling welling up inside me. I need to release it somehow.
I could scream but that would only vent temporarily.
What I really want to do is have a chat with Tony Abbott, in person.
My first step would be to physically usher Peta Credlin out of the room. I cannot tell you how much it makes my blood boil to see her seated at the table in all our negotiations with world leaders.
GET OUT OF THE ROAD AND LET THE EXPERTS HAVE THE SEAT.
My next step would be to shove Tony into a chair while I stood over him and explained.
STOP COUNTING ON YOUR FUCKING FINGERS.
STOP SPEAKING IN SLOGANS.
STOP BEING FILMED SITTING AT TABLES WITH GENERALS WITH BIG SIZED MAPS OR TREASURERS WITH BIG SIZED GRAPHS.
STOP TAKING PHOTOGRAPHERS AND JAMES PACKER WITH YOU OVERSEAS INSTEAD OF DELEGATES.
STOP MEETING WITH MURDOCH INSTEAD OF 120 WORLD LEADERS INCLUDING OBAMA.
STOP USING PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES WEARING LAB COATS TO PAY FOR YOUR SOCIAL FUNCTIONS.
STOP CLAIMING PAYMENT FOR YOUR CHARITY WORK AND SPORTING EVENTS.
STOP LYING ABOUT THE DEBT AND DEFICIT.
STOP TORTURING CHILDREN FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR EGO.
STOP THE DESPARATE GRAB FOR THE LAST CENT THAT CAN BE WRUNG FROM COAL.
STOP IGNORING THE SCIENTISTS.
STOP SACKING CLEVER PEOPLE TO HIRE FOOLS LIKE MAURICE NEWMAN.
STOP STRIPPING MONEY FROM EDUCATION AND RESEARCH.
STOP ATTACKING PREVENTATIVE HEALTH MEASURES.
STOP CUTTING FOREIGN AID – IT’S CHEAPER THAN WARS.
STOP PRETENDING WE ARE A MILITARY POWER AND START USING OUR STRENGTHS OF HUMANITARIAN AID, DISASTER RELIEF, SEARCH AND RESCUE, AND REBUILDING.
STOP THREATENING THE ABC.
STOP GAGGING JOURNALISTS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS.
STOP HIDING THINGS – BLUE BOOKS, OSB, FOI CHANGES, ACCESS TO DETENTION CAMPS.
STOP TRASHING OUR INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION – COLOSSAL FOSSIL, CARBON CARTELS, BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN UAE BUT NOT WEST AFRICA, CUTS TO FOREIGN AID AND GREEN FUND, REFUGEES
STOP DESTROYING OUR NATURAL WONDERS.
STOP ATTACKING OUR MOST VULNERABLE.
STOP INCITING FEAR AND DIVISION IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH OVER THE TOP RAIDS BY HUNDREDS OF MEN IN BALACLAVAS. (beware of teenagers bearing plastic swords).
And most of all Tony……
STOP TREATING ME LIKE A NAIVE CHILD.
You need to expand your circle of advice and stop neutering those who try to tell you the truth like the Climate Change Authority and the Human Rights Commission and the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO and ACOSS to name a few.
Divine inspiration belonged to the job you decided not to pursue. Recall how Judas has been remembered? He betrayed someone he loved for money.