Crikey readers share their thoughts as Election Day approaches
Ute Mueller writes: We are in the last week of the election campaign, and throughout it it has been shown how desperately we need legislation to stop parties from disseminating so-called information that has no nothing to do with truth or facts, but which are only used to discriminate against their opponents.
The Coalition appears to be united in making dishonesty an art form, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison leading the way. These are the same people who do the heavy lifting in this country, wasting a lot of taxpayer dollars that could be used for real needs within communities and standing strong against a federal ICAC with teeth to stop corruption .
Neil Ewart writes: The Coalition starts again with its “efficiency dividend”, that is to say the dismissal of a few hundred civil servants. Sadly, Coalition supporters will see this as a good thing rather than questioning the proposed $5.6 billion spending. [in] bribe money to the Nationals for a play-off in North Queensland that even Bob Katter, who loves dams, thinks it’s a waste of money. A scrap that would easily cover the “efficiency dividend” of $4 billion saved.
Put a fork in it, the election is almost over.
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Don Wormald writes: It looks like Jason Falinski was in pain in two places last Saturday. Not only were the police called to the Nelson Heather Center in Warriewood (Crikey Monday May 16) but also at his electoral office in Narrabeen opposite Bunnings (where there used to be an upstairs funeral home where they showed blue films after hours). I walked past Narrabeen’s office around 11.30am on Saturday to see a group of 15-20 climate change protesters demonstrating outside. There were two police “paddy wagons” and about six police officers, although the protesters appeared to be doing nothing to disturb the public peace other than waving their banners and chanting the need for change.
The previous Monday, I had attended the debate at the Avalon Theater that Wendy Harmer was talking about. As the person who provided the material that founded one of the first ICAC NSW investigations, I was infuriated by Falinski’s comments on Morrison’s bullshit that the ICAC is a ‘kangaroo court’ serving only to denigrate otherwise innocent people. His line about probity legislation criminalizing behavior that was previously not criminal behavior particularly pissed me off.
As he left, he asked me what I thought about it (I was on his media team when he challenged Bronny in 2016) and I told him I thought he had lost the public with his arrogance. As he implied, he wrote off the northern end of his electorate expecting the lower socioeconomic southern end to carry him over the line.
Jennifer Norton writes: Yes, the Prime Minister identifies strongly with his religion. Most of us would have no idea what that really means in terms of values and worldview.
In short though, it means he believes that “money does good” i.e. if you are well off you must have favor with God and vice versa. This means he believes in the Rapture, or Armageddon (coming soon), where the faithful (Pentecostals) are lifted up to heaven while everyone else is left to die and suffer in hell.
This means that he believes that everything that happens on earth is the will of God and that there is no point in intervening (therefore no interest in taking action for the climate). And anyway, the Rapture will happen before climate change becomes an issue, so the only goal now is to 1) make more money and 2) convert more people to the faith.
It means he believes he is right in everything he does, because God has favored him with the miracle of the premiership. And it is a clear sign that he belongs there, that he is a good person and that he is doing the work of God.
I suspect Christians of other faiths would be quite horrified to learn most of this, let alone atheists and members of other religions. Why this isn’t even mentioned in the mainstream media is amazing.
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