Ute Mueller writes: We are in the last week of the election campaign, and throughout it it has been shown how desperately we need legislation to prevent parties from disseminating so-called information that has nothing to do with truth or facts, but is used solely to discriminate against their opponents. .
The Coalition appears to be united in turning dishonesty into an art form, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the helm. These are the same people who do most of the pig work in this country, wasting a lot of taxpayer money that could be used for real needs within communities, and strongly opposing a federal ICAC with teeth to stop corruption.
Neil Ewart writes: The Coalition is at it again with its “efficiency dividend,” also known as laying off a few hundred public servants. Unfortunately, Coalition supporters will see this as a good thing rather than question the proposed $5.6 billion spending. [in] bribing the Nationals money for a dam in north Queensland that even dam-loving Bob Katter thinks is a waste of money. Scrapping would easily cover the $4 billion “efficiency dividend” saved.
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Don Wormald writes: It appears that Jason Falinski was suffering in two places last Saturday. Police were not only called to the Nelson Heather Center in Warriewood (Crikey Monday May 16), but also to his election office in Narrabeen across from Bunnings (where there was once a funeral parlor upstairs where blue films were shown after hours). I walked past Narrabeen’s office around 11:30am on Saturday and saw a group of 15-20 climate change protesters demonstrating outside. There were two police “rice carts” and about six policemen, though the protesters did not seem to be doing anything to disturb the public peace except waving their banners and chanting about the need for change.
The previous Monday he had attended the debate at the Avalon Theater that Wendy Harmer wrote about. As someone who provided the material that cemented one of the first NSW ICAC investigations, I was outraged by Falinski’s comments, following Morrison’s nonsense about the ICAC being a “kangaroo court” that only serves to disparage innocent people. His line about probity legislation criminalizing behavior that was previously not criminal conduct made me particularly nervous.
As I was leaving he asked me what I thought (I was on his media team when he called out Bronny in 2016) and I told him I thought he had lost the audience with his arrogance. As he hinted, he has ruled out the northern end of his constituency hoping the lower socioeconomic southern end will get him across the line.
Jennifer Norton writes: Yes, the PM identifies strongly with his religion. Most of us would have no idea what that really means in terms of their values and worldview.
However, in short, it means that he believes that “money does the right thing”, that is, if you are well, then you must have the favor of God and vice versa. It means that he believes in the Rapture, or Armageddon (coming soon), where the faithful (Pentecostals) are taken up to heaven while everyone else is left behind to die and suffer in hell.
It means that he believes that whatever happens on earth is God’s will and there is no point in intervening (so no point in climate action). And anyway, the Rapture will happen before climate change becomes an issue, so the only goal now is to 1) make more money and 2) convert more people to the faith.
It means that he believes that he is right in everything he does, because God has favored him with the miracle of being the prime minister. And that’s a clear sign that he belongs there, he’s a good person and he’s doing God’s work.
I suspect that Christians of other denominations would be quite horrified to hear of most of this, let alone atheists and members of other religions. It’s amazing why this doesn’t even deserve a mention in the mainstream media.
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