Every-so-often, a politician will make an utterance that defies belief and forces a second guess.
This week we had word that Labor's asylum seeker policy, namely offshore processing, is pretty much in tatters and woefully ineffective.
The island prisons they had thought would work are actually not up to housing the thousands of people that are now stampeding via boat into Australia.
This has forced the government to re-introduce a form of protection visa - where people can live in Australia while their claims are processed, yet are unable to work or study.
And when they are, they will be able to access a payment very similar to the Newstart payment.
As we know, the Newstart payment isn't actually much at all, and it doesn't really help you look for a job.
However, among the more left of our media commentators, an outrage began rolling across the country at this prospect for asylum seekers.
"What will they do all day!?"
"Why can't they work?!"
"It's just wrong!"
Of course, none of them care at all about the currently domestically unemployed.
No, what garners political capital among the left is pretending you care about an external minority.
But the big gotchya comment came from the Scottish-accented Dough Cameron, a Labor backbencher who is mostly an independent thinker, and isn't afraid to voice opinions that go against the big iron in the party.
He voiced his fear that the policy might create an 'underclass' in Australia.
Well, Earth to Dough Cameron - we already have an underclass in Australia.
We have well over 100,000 people homeless in this country, and we do indeed already have a deeply-entrenched welfare culture among an underclass that is swept under the carpet.
But this is the Australia that the left chatterati choose to ignore.
According to them, and perhaps Dough Cameron included, Australia is a utopian society where everyone has a fair go; where absolutely everyone is diligent and has a mortgage to pay, where everyone is working class, where everyone throws snags on the barbie, and where everyone has a job.
What country are they actually in?
Not only does everyone in Australia not have a job, there's a whole army of people who don't have enough work - and charities are already stretched well beyond their capacity to fill the gaps.
But no, according to the elite political class, and the left commentary establishment, Australia is the utopian paradise as described above - the thought of someone, somewhere in Australia not having job, is just simply unfathomable.
And yet, they ignore the plight of their own Australians that are here already.
Politicians from both the big parties routinely chastise the unemployed, and they routinely bash them with sticks that they hope will win them votes.
The only policy announcements in relation to unemployment is how tough they be, with no actual word at all on how they will create meaningful, long-term employment for everyone.
So Doug Cameron, cry me a river.
Australia already has an underclass, and surely your party is aware of it.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
You read it right, folks.
Politicians aren't that smart. Big politicians, small politicians, they're just not that essential to humanity.
Their trick is, of course, is in convincing you that you need them to live, and that your very existence is threatened if you do not vote for them - which is quite obviously false.
It actually couldn't be further from the truth.
You depend on survival more so on the person who packs your groceries in your trolley, or the person who you pay the price of a tank of petrol to.
Yet, by some magical feat, politicians have convinced us all that they are in fact necessary for our survival.
And while that may not be true, they are of course instrumental in determining public policy that the respective population depends upon.
If you take the Australian example however, with the recent drama of Martin Ferguson taking Rob Oakshott to task over comments he made over the mining tax to a newspaper, you come to realise how petty they really are.
Oh, we love to hate politicians. I for one don't envy their tasks - but it's an example of where an independent Australian MP is grilled and threatened with court action for defamation, for simply speaking his mind on policy, and you begin to realise what a farce it is.
Mr Oakshott was merely commenting on how ineffective the Australian mining tax is - after Ms Gillard seized power from Mr Rudd in a bloodless coup, she vowed to re-negotiate the mining tax, a tax on some of Australia's most wealthy mining companies and conglomerates.
What we got was a heavily watered down excuse for a tax. So much so, that it was recently revealed that Australian miners pay next to no tax, and that what Ms Gillard negotiated was therefor next to useless.
So all in all, Mr Ferguson was threatening one of the very people that is keeping him in government; a highly preposterous situation.
But it goes to show how ineffectual politicians really are, and how far removed from reality most of them have become.
I thought I would reassess the left, but it has to fruition that both the left and the right are completely ineffectual in governance.