Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lying with dogs

Faces to trust? There are a few men in our parliaments who are beyond the pale and simply should not be there, having indulged in disgraceful public behaviour in office. New South Wales Senator Bill Heffernan is one such bloke, but let us leave him aside for today.


Let us have a look at the federal House of Representatives Member for Menzies, Kevin Andrews. He was once Immigration Minister in the Howard Government and night after night on tv he supported the Federal Police in their persecution of the seemingly innocent Indian born and respected Queensland medical practitioner Dr  Haneef. Haneef was persecuted to the extreme by our government, but never found guilty of any connection to terrorism. He received substantial financial compensation from our government. It is quite unbelievable that Andrews was allowed to stand again for election.


This character, Member for Box Hill and Victorian Attorney General Robert Clark, doesn't quite have the reputation or history of  the above Andrews, but I have serious issues with him too.


What do they have in common?

They are both attending meetings by the World Congress of Families. So what is this group about? It is opposed to civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation. It supports anti gay policies in Russian and Uganda. It pushes the proven incorrect information that there is a connection between a woman having an abortion and breast cancer.

I think most of my readers will know that families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and not just the conventional white picket front fence families that this group promulgates. 

In other words, it is a disreputable and discredited right wing nutter organisation that all too often seem to emanate from a minor US state. If you were a public figure, wouldn't you run a mile from being connected to this group?

Not so Andrews and Clark. Clark will give the welcome address at a World Congress of Families conference here in Melbourne. Andrews is scheduled to speak at the same event.

The Liberal Party of Australia really needs to get its act together and get rid of tossers like these blokes if it is to have any relevance in the future. 




24 comments:

  1. Tosser is a much politer term than many I am thinking about these oxygen thieves. Oxygen thieves who 'govern for all Australians' - so long as they look and think just like them. Hiss and spit.

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    1. EC, I am sure you, like me, would like to be governed by reasonable people, who look at science and evidence.

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  2. Andrew, at my place thee are a lot of politicians who shouldn't work in parliaments beause they don't know basic rules how to behave in public places.

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    1. Gosia, I can't say I am pleased to hear that, but at least it is the same the world over.

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  3. You do wonder why their constituents continue to re-elect politicians of this ilk?
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy, particularly Andrews, I do wonder how people could elect such a discredited person.

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  4. I wonder why I haven't gotten breast cancer. Could it be those idiots have no idea what they're talking about?

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    1. Rubye, it is like this. There are statistical anomalies which will be mentioned everytime someone like you says that. I reckon you missed breast cancer because you are a god believer :-P

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  5. The faceless fools that run our country there is so much you can say about them and not much of it good.
    Merle..................

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    1. Merle, it is sad. So many go into politics full of idealism and it is beaten out of them, but not these two blokes I show. They are hard core.

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  6. Years ago I worked in a busy clinic that did counselling, contraception, abortion and sterilisation. Most days the anti-women, anti-gay and anti-abortion politicians, lobbyists and clerics would picket outside the clinic, attacking women and their children as they walked along the main road outside the clinic.

    The politicians, clerics and lobbyists, mostly men, were ferocious.

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    1. Hels, I have ranted about that place in the past. What happens there to vulnerable people is a disgrace. Men plant the seed and then think they have control. Wrong.

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  7. Politicians are a special breed in the whole world !

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    1. Gattina, seems like we all agree on that.

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  8. It is really skin-crawling how the ultra-conservative American-style right has crept into Australia. The Liberal party absolutely needs to toss them and get back to its roots. I refuse to believe most Australians have these same god-awful beliefs.

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    1. Jackie, to use politician speak, these Liberal politicians are really are out of step with community values.

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  9. Ugh. It's like reading about US-American politicians!

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    1. Yes Mitchell, and I hope it does not catch on here.

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  10. The problem with politicians (who don't deserve a capital P), is they don't care what issues they are pushing. All they care about is the money they are being paid to do as they are told.
    Who is doing the telling? There's a person we should probably never vote for again.

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    1. River, that is how it ends up, they do as they are told and take the money.

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  11. Is this the same gathering to which Bill Shorten is delivering a keynote address?

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    1. I should hope not Victor. Surely not.

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  12. It's all about the vote.. if only more people would inform themselves before using it unwisely and not be so bloody apathetic! I know people who base their vote on how their parents and their parents before them voted and that's good enough for them without taking into consideration that the world is evolving around them.. so pitiful!

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    1. Grace, nail on the head. The nature of politics is votes. Whatever it takes, politicians want votes. It is their reason for being. My mother votes the same way her father voted, and there is no swaying her, no matter how much Labor improved things for pensioners.

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