Democracy fails where there is insufficient mass education


The Australian people elected a government with a highly questionable, and largely unknown, agenda (apart from promoting the interests of the wealthy) out of disgust with the political games and fear that, without change, things can only get worse. They did not consider that, with change, things can become even worse than before. They forgot about global warming and the fact that without a reasonable environment society and wealth are largely irrelevant. Don’t they care for their children, grandchildren and other creatures who will inhabit this planet in the future? Like most of their leaders they seem to be only interested in the here and now.

Obviously, like in many countries, the majority of the Australian people are not blessed with sufficient education and ability for critical thought to cast their votes wisely. What more can we say?

More practicality demanded from the Greens


In the coming Australian federal election the Greens are the only party who care a smidgen about the environment or social justice rather the inequities of rampant capitalism. However, their boat arrival asylum seeker policy is likely to lose them votes. They must make policy decisions about not disadvantaging the huge numbers of asylum seekers who rot for years in UNHCR camps because of “queue jumping” by those who are able to pay people smugglers.

Likewise, the Australian electorate is concerned about the possibility of huge numbers of Islamist extremists arriving this way. Recent events in Egypt raise concern amongst Australians about the possibility of deadly discord resulting from the establishment of significant numbers of Islamic extremists! If the Greens can come out with policies to successfully address these areas of concern they should do well in the election. However time is short!

Australian tobacco taxes – Rhemus Rudd the dud does it again


 

 

Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd (affectionately known as Rudd the dud) has done the unthinkable yet again. He has introduced progressively escalating tobacco taxes on top of the highest such taxes in the world. He obviously wants to go down in history as the greatest anti-smoker in all creation. This sudden decision, once again, is made without thought of the drug kings who now see tobacco as a new field of illegal profits or of the children of addicted parents (who are generally the poorest people in the community). Where will their next meal or necessary pair of shoes come from? Mr Rudd’s wife is a multi-millionaire. Their family has no idea of the situation of others who are much less fortunate.

Mr Rudd claims that this new tax will fund shortfalls in his government’s budget and will further discourage smoking. He also claims that smokers cost the taxpayer, through the health system, millions of dollars. This is a gross lie. Most cancers caused by smoking result in a quick death, unlike dementia sufferers and others. Also, those smokers who are unfortunate enough to die this way have paid for their deaths many times over in the form of tobacco taxes.

This new tax plus another one targeting bank deposits (so say to form a fund to protect against the possibility of bank failures – Australian banks make huge profits and can afford to pay it themselves but will pass on the cost to their customers – has probably knifed any chance the government has of being re-elected. However the Coalition, when elected, undoubtedly will just accept these new tax increases to fund their programs. After all, they will say, they did not implement these new taxes but certainly they will not get rid of them.

As regards the leaders of the two parties it appears to be a contest between two megalomaniacs who will do anything to further their own interests and agendas. I for one will vote Greens. They do leave a lot to be desired but are the least of several evils.

In regards to the ridiculous level of tobacco taxes I sent a letter to British and American Tobacco but was not favoured with a response. In the current political and world situation it is very difficult to be optimistic about anything.

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