Sunday, October 10, 2004

Election Summary 2004

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So, Little Johnny Howard's back in again. With the majority in Senate he's always needed to boot. What can I say, except that Australia as a country is screwed. We're going backwards here people. We're a country which is supposed to pride itself on its social welfare system and general sense of honesty, decency and "the fair go". We're supposed to be egalitarian and live by rule of law. Instead the general public decides to re-elect a lying scumbag who is for discrimination, dismantling the public health and education systems and has a love for sending our people to war and our standing in the international community to shit.

Why on earth people would re-elect him is beyond me. The Liberal party has had such a string of miserable scandals that in any other country their leader would have to step down out of pure embarrassment. In Australia, he just keeps lying, blames someone else and his leadership rating climbs. It's not even like you can call it a failure of democracy. It was a free and fair election in a democratic, first world country. It's a failure of culture. People just don't care. Or think. For them, an extra $6 a week is worth more than a good healthcare system. Low interest rates are worth more than educating their kids. And apparently it is possible to protect forests and logging jobs.

And lets not forget the bigotry. This is the country where an election was won on the basis of shutting out "dirty refugees". Gay marriage was banned here a few weeks ago because Labor decided to stop being an opposition party just long enough to let the legislation through. It would be somewhat understandable for a country to want to stay still because it's afraid of change, but what is unforgivable is for a country to go backwards. Being exactly like our Big Brother America is not a good thing. We are not a huge country of 300 million in the middle of North America. We're in the Asia-Pacific region, we have 20 million people and we are not going to benefit from free-trade agreements with huge agricultural economies.

One day I'm sure I'll laugh, when I sit in my huge office overlooking Lake Geneva. Until then, folks...

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6 comments:

Aubrey said...

Damn, even we haven't banned gay marriage (as a country). Yet...

Your arguments are compelling, and I know far too little about Australia's politics or economy. I can't even guess what your trade deficit is.

Snipergirl said...

Australia has a trade deficit of AU$12 billion. I think that Australia would benefit greatly from an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, as there are goods that we would benefit highly from both importing and exporting. We could export agricultural goods (including meat, rice and wool) and we could import manufactured goods such as electronics, cars, clothing. I think it would be mutually beneficial for the economies involved. However I believe that the FTA with the US will just end up with tariffs being imposed on Australian goods (as they are already- 1 week after Australia pledged support in the war on Afghanistan, tariffs were imposed on Australian lamb, a move later ruled to be illegal), and flooding of the Australian market with US products (including agricultural products), resulting in a weakening of traditionally strong Australia industries.
*pauses to take a breath*

Aubrey said...

People in this country are protectionists without realizing it. I think it's part of the American mentality that so may people have told me they hate. We want to have our cake and eat it to, and many Americans don't understand why that shouldn't happen. Take steel for example. To save American steel that didn't need saving, we imposed tariffs that didn't last and only pissed off our trading partners abroad and Unions at home. Mostly, it's a lack of economics education that has people thinking with their hearts and not their heads. The other day my sister was whining about farm subsidies, and how they hurt farmers overseas, but when I pressed her, she admitted she didn't know what a farm subsidy was. You're right on when you say it's a failure of culture. But you knew that.

Snipergirl said...

Complete lack of economics is correct. People forget that the reason that high interest rates will hurt people paying back mortgages is because house prices are so high because of the boom in house prices due to LOW interest rates... I sorta wish that we had a more complete high school education- one which also included some basic commerce, ethics, politics and art/literature/cultural appreciation.

Grrr... ignorance is annoying.

David said...

*sigh*

well, at least we know that we did our bit.

Snipergirl said...

Oh man, the people who didn't vote at all pissed me off too. As did the people who voted above the line in the Senate. Thanks to them, the senate has ended up with that god-awful majority... with Family First of all parties holding the balance of power.

I also think that government being decided by who wins in terms of electorates is totally undemocratic. Jeez, the Coalition only got 52% of the primary vote or something but completely dominate the House of Representatives with 85 out of 150 seats(!) And it's only the people in marginal seats that count anyway...

Grrr...