Saturday, May 18, 2019

God Has Died

Well, listening to radio yesterday morning, I really thought God might have died. Instead it was popular and populist former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. The good is remembered about him far more than the bad, and there was probably more good than bad and I remember both.

On the day Bob Hawke died, my gay friend at work was resoundingly elected to the position of Occupational Health and Safety Officer, or something like that. He is decent, sincere and honest person, who cares about his workplace and workmates. While he is a good bit younger than myself, he always has time for me and has for quite a number of years. We socialise together at times, usually he joining us with friends for dinner, back when we had them, and now at times just R and myself. Well done him.

So, it is voting day today for our Federal Parliament, that is the Australian government election. I would tell you how to vote, but it is pointless as you have all voted already. I need to get in earlier.

The sales of democracy charity fundraiser sausages at  polling booths will be well down with so many people voting in advance.

In Australia voting for Federal, State and Local Government elections is compulsory. You pay a fine if you don't vote. But when I say say vote, you don't actually have to vote. You have to attend and have your name crossed off.

We have an upper house, The Senate and a lower house, The House of Representatives. The Senate voting is extremely complicated and the ballot voting sheet was about one metre wide. The Senate, in theory, is a house of review of legislation.

The House of Reps is our local areas and that is where all the action happens in parliament, where legislation is made and then goes to The Senate for 'review'. Our system of democracy is not perfect, but not too bad.

When I cast my pre poll vote, me was the last thing I had in my mind. I thought about my mother's welfare, that of my two brothers, my nephew and nieces, and their children. What kind of world do I want the younguns to grow up in? A kinder and better, and greener world.

Australia really is at a low point at the moment as the country is raped by property developers and profiteers, with their god awful el cheapo tower buildings clad in something flammable and vast outer suburban estates without infrastructure, not a school, not a train, not a bus, not a childcare place.

The Ponzi Scheme of increasing the population and building of new homes to accommodate them just goes on.

I feel great sadness, as I don't think who you vote for, what is happening as described above won't stop. I am privileged and I will die soon enough. Not my problem. But my god, how my generation has really fucked things up. Yet we too are victims. All we wanted was a nice roof over our heads. We can't help that our home values increased so much. I could go on, but I am tired. Good night and good morning.

29 comments:

  1. Your fatigue (physical and emotional) shows through this post. I too remember the good and the bad about the silver bodgie and hope for a kinder, greener world.

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    1. EC, as I type at this evening of our election, it doesn't seem like a kinder world will happen this time.

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  2. I too lament at what my generation (our generation) has done to this planet. I look at the mess this country is in, and I worry about what the world will be like for my two sweet grandchildren. Yes my dear. You sound fatigued. How many more weeks until you are simply done with it and can enjoy some peaceful retirement?

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    1. Maribeth, in spite of your absurd leader, the US just keeps on going on, great for some, not so good for others. Your grandchildren will be well educated and smart. They will be fine. But not everyone will be.

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    2. Oh yes, seven weeks precisely but I am not counting.

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  3. Thanks for this post, we are all so weary of corporate greed with their co-conspirators in government. We had our provincial election yesterday. We have a minority government now and hope it works far, far better than the majority pillagers we've had forever it seems.

    I am resting today as I worked the election for cash.

    So I hope your rest aisy too, as my people say.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWB, I could have worked for our election if not for me having to return to work. Rest aisy.....I like it.

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  4. Great post Andrew!
    I agree on God dying - although didn't they say that when Gough went as well? Couldn't get away from the accolades whether you wanted to or not. Lots of younger people talking about 'Bob' and the effect he had on them. Who knew??

    That tiredness in voice and words is definitely showing today I'll be going up to the school later this afternoon - shouldn't be too busy. Don't think it'll be too busy from all the talk of pre polling figures and you're right about the school sausage sizzle being a fizzer- low turn out low sales. I think Footy attendance overrules voting on the day!

    Just be careful what you wish (and vote) for. - we all know what 'they' say and do are two entirely different things!

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    1. Cathy, well Gough was God. Hawky wasn't. Did you hear of the Asian heritage woman whose mother gained residency when Hawke after the Beijing massacre granted asylum to Chinese people here?

      I think late afternoon is a good time to go to vote.

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  5. One good thing about the ex, he'd be up at 2.a.m, race up the road to the local school and put up the ALP banners along the fence, come home for shower and breakfast then back at 4 to make sure the banners weren't moved, hand out cards, and then stay as a scrutineer until everything finished. After 10 years he felt he'd done enough and things were getting a bit vicious in the 90s.
    Now when I walk through the school, one of the first open plan classrooms, I mentally spit on Kennett who sold the land behind which was for the planned High School. It's now crammed with crappy Mirvac future slums.

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    1. Jah Teh, he probably would not want to be breathalysed, but good on him. No one is all bad.

      Yep, I know what you are saying about the land sell off, and it hasn't stopped since, no matter which party is in power.

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  6. Bob Hawke was very charismatic, something I don't see in the present Labour candidate. I'm yet to go and vote, just having a lazy morning.

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    1. Sami, very wise words written before the result, which is looking bad for Labor. Hawke had huge charisma. Morrison has some. Shorten, none. Trump probably has charisma, which explains a lot.

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  7. Bob was a great character and won't be forgotten for a long time if at all.
    Voted early and it seems many did.

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    1. Margaret, but even the mighty Hawky came to sad end. I hope you voted both early and often.

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  8. That could have been written about countless countries around the world; we're all in much the same shit.

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    1. Cro, Scandinavian countries don't seem to be doing things too badly, nor the old Eastern European cities, plus Vienna. You may know better about the latter than I do.

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  9. I got my voting done very early, I hate having to wait in line when the line is sometimes halfway down the street. I didn't have a clue who to vote for, just tried to be sure I didn't vote for Pauline Hanson or Clive Palmer. I took the easy way out and marked above the line :(

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    1. River, yet some vote early places also had long queues. I am sure you voted appropriately. Above the line is fine. Most people do that.

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  10. I postal voted...done and dusted and in the hands of the Electoral Commission on the Wednesday after the long weekend.

    I posted it off on the Monday...the public holiday...and my envelope was in their hands on the Wednesday. I have no complaints about Australia Post!

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    1. Lee, oh that the postal service was that reliable for everyone.

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  11. It might be our human nature really, to pillage, destroy, on a path we really cannot turn away from, as we may in fact not be the species we think we are, capable of progression and change. We may be unable to vary far from the path of any species. Breeding, fighting, consumption of resources, crash.

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    1. Strayer, the only thing that is saving the human race is that we are rather good at getting out of pickle. We act after the event.

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  12. Religion is one the biggest factors holding back our possible ultimate survival as a species. We cling to it, but who doesn't want to think something bigger than ourselves controls our own ultimate fate and that of the planet. Sure is easier to sleep that way and avoid responsibilities that could ultimately change our world.

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    1. Strayer, interesting thought. Absolving of responsibility to God. He/she did it. We are not guilty.

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    2. Of course we are guilty! He/She/God gave us free will and by heck we are using it! Mostly badly.

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    3. River, we have indeed.

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  13. Excuse me Andrew!!!! Did I just read above you think #45 has charisma? How could you 😱 Our politics seem so boring really compared to the US, no prostitute scandals, no Russian collusion.. but thank heavens for that! I think even though the Liberals got in there will be much more pressure to do better for our biggest asset, the planet 😉

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    1. Grace, I suppose yes, much as I detest him, #45 does have charisma. Yes, I agree with you about our own Liberal Party.

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