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EYE-BALL Opinion – Apathy – Australian’s have it in spades – and deservedly so …

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Title:
– Apathy –
– Australian’s have it in spades and deservedly so –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 28th Mar 2013 |
The every day life on our modern society just does not afford time for serious issues.  Aside from the burdens of mortgage stress, career juggling, family harmony, financial hardship, distance from child raising because both parents need to work, there is just no time to focus on Politics and how the Nation is being managed.

The ‘APATHY’ factor is alive and a major influence – as is the ‘DEPRESSION’ epidemic. Which one leads the other or are they linked in some ‘ping-pong’ arena where society catches one because of the other.

Australians are more apathetic and immuned to ongoing societal changes.   There has to be a reason.  The Depression epidemic widely impacts some 50% of the adult population in some form or another, even child depression is becoming serious.  It has to be contributing to the apathy factor.

When Gillard is allowed to Govern the way she has, divisive, misandrist, credit card spendthrift, unaccountable on all the failed policies and legislation, and allowed to divide a Nation over the assistance offered to corrupt politicians – this has to be a very big reason why Australian’s have turned off.

Why are we not up in arms to have her removed and unceremoniously dumped and thrown in jail?   Can all the blame fall to Oakeshott, Windsor and Wilkie – or is it the ALP itself when elected members refuse to cross the floor as is their right to do so to vote their conscience.

Never has this been more exposed then the events of last week.  Some 50% of all ALP MP’s and Senator’s disapproved of Gillard and wanted her gone, yet those same MP’s and Senator’s will not cross the floor to vote their heart-felt opinion to get rid of Gillard.   Surely Australia is being short-changed when local MP’s prefer to keep their jobs,  as opposed to upholding democracy and the will of the people.  What better measure is there than the poll data out earlier this week telling us that Gillard’s leadership approval is in the mid 30’s, and the ALP primary vote sits at 30% and falling every day.

Australia’s form of democracy is no longer Government of the people, by the people, and for the people – and that is our shame because we have allowed it to happen.

To add insult to injury – Gillard will receive a lifetime taxpayer-funded pension of near $300k p/a along with an additional yearly budget close to $1.5million as an ex PM.   To compound the irony – she will leave a $300 billion debt legacy that will impact on future generations for decades to come.

There is criminal negligence involved in the way this Government has spent taxpayer monies, and again Australia’s apathy has allowed them to do so.

Some 90% of all people under the 35 age demographic don’t care about, and/or are not interested in politics except when elections come around.

‘Question Time’ is largely watched by the retiree and welfare population, and those who have a vested interest, i.e. media and political bloggers, and that might be about 20% of the population.

Political Party membership has been in decline for decades and if internal memo’s leaked about QLD ALP membership are right, some 30% of existing QLD ALP members have walked away from their renewal requests in recent months.

What came first – the ‘chicken or the egg’ … how did politics become such a discarded sideshow?

Was it the void in leadership – an uninspired group who turned on eachother and reduced the public face of our Parliament to what we now see during Question Time?  Or – is it the pressures of modern living that leaves people feeling that they are unable to make a difference?

Apathy has been a politicians saviour, particular if you are the Government.  It has allowed Gillard to do what she has done.

This Government has destroyed a generation of future dreams and yet they continue to lie and sell a mis-direction message about creating future prosperity, and the dreams of future generations.

A Government can only be measured by its demonstrated integrity and morality.  When corruption becomes entrenched at the highest levels of our Leadership – i.e. elected Members of Parliament – and the corruption is exposed as has been the case all throughout Gillard’s Leadership – do the people turn away, do they get angry,  or do they do both?

The likes of the Obeid and MacDonald scandal revealed through ICAC earlier this year, and ongoing in a new corruption scandal currently before ICAC, and whilst mainly about NSW politics, the flow over into the Federal arena is evidenced every day.   The latest casualty is ALP Senator Doug Cameron who was a big supporter of Ian MacDonald and who was called upon to face the ICAC inquiry during the week.

Cameron was a big supporter of MacDonald and what price will he pay for getting it so horribly wrong?

Tony Bourke, Stephen Conroy, ex Senator Mark Arbib, and many more lesser known Federal MP’s have also been mentioned during the ICAC inquiry, and in association with Eddie Obeid and the ‘Terrigal Gang’.

Then there is the Craig Thompson HSU fraud, the Peter Slipper sexual harassment and cab-charge fraud, and not least, the AWU scandal involving Julia Gillard and her ‘Bonny and Clyde’ type liaison with a married man.  Gillard was the facilitator during the fraud that netted Wilson and his cronies millions during the early 90’s.   It is even possible that Gillard received proceeds from the fraud – she has not ruled this out in sworn testimony.

This base level of corruption involving Unions, and the Union aligned MP’s and Senators, are endemic throughout the ALP.  Their factional power struggles have turned Australian politics on its head in recent years as they have done so many times in the past.  These factions displaced a first term Prime Minister in Kevin Rudd, then promoted and placed a corrupt and disgraced former lawyer and AWU aligned delegate in Julia Gillard as the new Prime Minister.  Ever since the people have turned they backs on politics.

There is anger throughout the land – and it is on display everywhere.   It is a frustration in how Politicians seem to get away with corrupt behaviour – i.e. another example is the recently disgraced NSW MP Karyn Paluzzano, she was handed a ‘home detention’ sentence after lying to ICAC and then being found guilty of fraud involving a sum near $30k.

She is but one of many recent corruption convictions and the courts continue to serve up inadequate punishment for MP’s that do not discourage the continued rorting by Members of Parliament.

The sentence for a corrupt politician should be double the maximum.  If these Leaders cannot be trusted nor entrusted with the Nations and States faith to do the right thing, and be beyond reproach, then when they are found to have failed they should be subjected to the extremes of the judicial system.

Who believes that home detention was a satisfactory punishment for Paluzzano after lying to ICAC and under oath.  Which crime was greater, the fraud or the attempted cover up to hide the fraud?

‘APATHY’ has infected us all – who among us is motivated to attend protest rallies, to become a political activist, to pursue injustice and follow your beliefs,  even if it means you might be arrested, assaulted, and exposed to Government riot squads?

The protest era of the 60’s and the 70’s is long gone,  but the recent and ongoing third world protests across Nth Africa have proved they do work.   Lives were and continue to be lost in their struggle for fairer Government.  Who amongst us all would sacrifice their life to seek a political ideal?

Earlier this week Cyprus nationals appeared to be content to allow their Government to impose a tax on their larger bank deposits … some 60 odd years ago those symbolic Banks would have been burnt to the ground.

The world has moved beyond the belief that they can do anything to change the way our Leaders lead.   And, as the western population gets fatter, literally … and more inactive – Governments will continue to escape accountability.

Australia’s shame attached to the unknown 1,000’s of boat people who have died trying to seek freedoms, and escape from oppression … is an example of how a people have become apathetic to a Government’s handling of this disaster.

This Government has lost touch with the people … they have turned their back on Gillard and no matter what she tries to do to win the next election, Australian’s have stopped listening.  Oakeshott, Windsor and Wilkie had better heed the warning when the ‘no-confidence’ debate happens in the House on Budget night.


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

Gillard’s Government is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

Links to every MP e-mail can be found using the Australian Parliamentary Website Members and Senator links below … pick your an ALP MP or Senator, or send it to all – voice your opinion now.

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  1. Barry M
    March 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I am reading “The Enemy WIthin” for the second time. The first time I read it was in the early 70’s. The author Robert F Kennedy was a Democrat, (the equivalent of the Aust Labor Party).
    It is a book some young aspiring Labor person with principles needs to read and then act on if the Labor movement in Australia is going to have a future.
    Here was a principled man who had the courage to take on the Labor movement, big business, organised crime and corrupt politicians and through force of will set in place the strategy to save America from the enemy within.
    It is too late for anyone in the Australian Labor Party and the Unionised Labor Movement to take a leaf from Kennedy. They are all too corrupt or too compromised.
    The G G should move immediately to formally put Australia into election mode and put the Govt into caretaker mode.

  2. barry
    March 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Strange isn’t it .
    The people who stand up to make a difference, seem to rub the bad guys up the wrong way .
    As with the two Kennedy brothers.
    Both Assassinated.
    So, here in Australia , we have Gillard and co , running rampant with the country , and the finances.
    So, who is going to stand up and take the risk?
    After all, this mob’s track record isn’t exactly flash.
    And no one seems to want to charge any of them with any offences. Even though the evidence appears to be there.
    The situation appears corrupt to the end . But a dead man cannot help the country.

    Perhaps the only avenue left , is a united front by the people.

    If this goes on much longer, that might definitely be the only avenue left.

  3. March 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    The demise of the Western World started after the Kennedy assassination … whether the two are connected is a debate for another day …

    You are right in the how Kennedy inspired a Nation and the World … leaders like that are few and far between – there has not been another since i.e. LBJ, Ford, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Snr, Clinton, Bush Jnr, and Obama …. and it will be as long again before we see another …

    Australia is yet to have a Kennedy … perhaps Hawke came closest … I’m sure many of our current Mp’s had idealogy and a mora compass before they entered politics … the system is what corrupts and lessens the efforts ….

    I’ve said many times before democracy is a broken political model … it needs a makeove and I cannot see that happening in our lifetime …

    Yes … I have the apathy/depression thing and the anger burst from inside …

  4. March 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I can see a situation where the ALP will again splinter over the Union influence and factional influences … the Union/Gillard experiment is an abysmal failure and the likes of Howes and other Union heavies will not want to believe their responsibility in the electorates message come September or earlier.

    Windsor, Oakeshott and Wilkie need to be punished for their continued support … be careful what you wish for in a minority parliament and whom you support …

  5. Barry M
    March 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    The first of them to stand up and be counted is the Unionised Police Forces of Victoria and W A. Commissioner Lay should see himself as one who is prepared to set in place the vehicle for the the PEOPLE of Australia to save their country from ‘The Enemy Within’
    The enemy within is Gillard and her Socialist Forum comrades from the 80’s which includes Jenny Macklin and Michael O’Connor (brother of Brendon)

  6. Paul
    March 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    The bit about depression… I work in health (code for suckling at the Government teat really). Almost everyone we see has depression or anxiety written into their medical record. Whether its really these things or not seems less important than the pride many take in affirming that diagnosis when asked and telling us allll about it while smiling at the attention. I think that what we really see much of the time is alienation masquerading as or misunderstood as depression.

  7. March 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I concur that the ‘depression’ epidemic is perhaps more of a lifestyle induced disease – i.e. people unhappy in their job, not being employed in work or careers they hold degrees and accreditation for, it’s more a melancholy induced by a want for a better ad a life they had planned for through education …

    The ‘alienation’ you mention is a condition not previously considered by this blogger … but it is an apt word to describe how people feel … that is not to say that the ‘alienation’ is not something real and disturbing.

    Most true ‘depression’ sufferers suffer in silence, withdraw from society, family, and friends … it is a touchy subject and most don’t know they have been a sufferer until someone points out the symptoms. The discovery of ‘depression’ and its idenity as a desease is an awakening in a society eager to understand why emotional responses do and don’t happen.

    Thanks for the comment …

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