How long before we see blood on the streets?
Not because of some credible threat from an external terrorist organisation, or even from some radical local contingent of terrorists, but because of the LNP state governments, emboldened by a rabid right wing nut-job who through lies and deceit managed to get his grubby mitts on the keys to treasury, and the Lodge.
Now I’m sure that some will be screaming “Alarmist rubbish”, or “Lefty scaremongering”, but is it?
In QLD, our own little fascist dictator Campbell Newman has taken a radical approach to law and order with the introduction of his “Illegal Bikie Gang” and “Sex offenders” laws which have drawn severe criticism from not only civil libertarians, but also lawyers and the Judiciary, as he has blatantly torn up the separation of powers.
They have also passed legislation banning the possession of such weaponry as “Eggs” within restricted zones around QLD, during the G20 summit… WTF?
There are alarm bells ringing, as many believe that this is the thin end of the wedge, as Newman claims that he is just listening to the people of QLD, despite a recent survey which concluded that a majority are more concerned with other types of crimes than those perpetrated by “bikie gangs”.
We also see Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine doing similar things, with the support of the new federal government.
These new laws seek to bypass the Judiciary, to impose mandatory sentences, without the regular checks and balances, or right of appeal… Be afraid… Be very afraid!
Early this week we saw students protests in Victoria, as a result of proposed cuts to higher education, in scenes somewhat reminiscent of actions seen across European countries in recent years, with mounted police forcing students to retreat as other young people are man handled by officers in riot mode.
Those students have promised more protests will take place, which is inevitable, as the LNP, both state and Federal look to take a hard line on cuts, as well as the sell off of HECS debt as a way to reduce Federal debt levels.
We have a day of action on Climate Change organised on 17th November, where many people are expected to turn out in support of stronger action, rather than the wishy washy approach of Abbott’s “Direct Action” plan, as more evidence surfaces to further discredit an already discredited plan.
And we are less than 2 months into the term of Abbott’s government; a government that hasn’t even sat yet. A government that will take a confrontational approach to unions and IR laws, which will in turn create fear, anger and frustration amongst workers, which will inevitably spill out onto the streets, causing more angry protests, and possible riots.
And the question is; why?
- Are we facing a fiscal melt down? NO!
- Is our debt spiralling out of control? Not yet!
- Have we been experiencing negative growth? NO!
- Are our unemployment numbers growing at an alarming rate? Not yet!
- Do we need to introduce Austerity measures? NO!
- Were the scare campaigns of the LNP, prior to the election, justified? Not at all!
- Do we need the kinds of laws that are currently being introduced? I think NOT!
The truth is that the things that this country needs;
- Positive action to combat AGW.
- International trade agreements that look after the National interest, as opposed to the interests of corporations.
- Fair and equitable tax laws that make sure that multinational corporations, mining conglomerates and the mega wealthy etc pay what they should.
- Infrastructure for the 21st century.
- Promotion of renewables as a key part of the “New Economy”.
- Further extensions of the humanitarian intake etc etc.
are being ignored, not for any valid reasons of economic urgency or responsibility, but rather for the sake of rabid right ideology, and nothing more. 😦
We have weathered the storm of the GFC, thus far, while looking on with sadness and, in some cases horror, at the violent riots that played out across many of the worst affected countries in the EU.
Riots brought about by the same types of draconian laws, instigated by right wing regimes, that now threaten to directly affect the relative social and industrial peace and cohesion that we have enjoyed over recent years.
I genuinely fear for the future of this great country, our children and our grandchildren, but my immediate concern, that feeds into the the longer term fears, is for the much revered (around the world) Australian lifestyle, at the hands of the self serving rabid right.
The old Aussie “She’ll be right mate!” will no longer cut it as we witness the erosion of our civil and legal rights, and the expected degradation of our hard fought for working conditions.
So, with less than 2 months down, in the Abbott’s term, and the state LNP governments feeling a revitalised sense of empowerment to implement their Fascist agendas, the burning question is;
How long before we see blood on the streets?
- Fitzgerald critical of Qld Government’s ‘foolhardy’ laws (abc.net.au)
- Newman’s swipe at judges ‘unprecedented, reprehensible’ (abc.net.au)
- New Qld govt laws dangerous: Fitzgerald (news.com.au)
- Qld Government plans bikies-only prison under new laws (abc.net.au)
- Australia, beautiful one day… Fascist the next! (truthseekersmusings.wordpress.com)