ethical advocacy
Abbott's premature ejaculation
 
... "a moral victory for the ACT Liberals"                   29 October 2012  Vol 7, Issue 12
In This Issue
Miscellany
Coalition foreign policy
Scenario Planning - Case Study
Big stink over carbon tax
Bugger the silver lining - show me the cloud
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"Bound" Volumes

 

All issues of Advocacy Update have now been bookmarked and aggregated into their calendar year volumes.

 

You may read or download them through the links below. They provide a quirky and personal record of federal politics over this tumultouous period.

 

Volume 1 2006

 
Miscellany

 

I recently read some of Tony Abbott's words on various subjects and share some of them here with you.

 

On immigration:

 

'Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it's not necessarily everyone's place to come to Australia.'

 

'These people aren't so much seeking asylum, they're seeking permanent residency. If they were happy with temporary protection visas, then they might be able to argue better that they were asylum seekers'

 

On the workplace:

 

 'Bad bosses, like bad fathers and husbands, should be tolerated because they do more good than harm'

 

On Indigenous matters:

 

 

'Western civilisation came to this country in 1788 and I'm proud of that...'

 

'There may not be a great job for them but whatever there is, they just have to do it, and if it's picking up rubbish around the community, it just has to be done'

 


Please feel free to quote from this newsletter (with attribution).

 

Also I invite you to forward it to colleagues and friends who may find it interesting.

Absence makes the heart ...

I know you have all been on the edge of your seats wondering when the next Issue of Advocacy Update would be distributed. By way of explanation, I have enrolled in an on-line postgraduate degree and have had to rediscover old and learn new study skills 35 years after my last degree.

  

The course I am studying is Master of Communication offered by Griffith University through Open Universities Australia. My first Unit, Communication Analysis has been exhilarating yet nerve-wracking. The next Unit is Visual Culture.

  

For those contemplating further studies I can highly recommend the on-line option as offered by Griffith University.  

 

Wilful Blindness

 

I bought a great book the other day; it's called "Wilful Blindness" and deals with our propensity to deny things that are too painful or frightening to confront. Others (like Lord Horatio Nelson) might have called it "turning a blind eye". Others describe the phenomenon as "contrived ignorance".

 

The climate change skeptics who generate an inordinate number of letters to newspapers are further evidence of willful blindness. While we are berated by television commercials to take out insurance for every eventuality known to man, the skeptics are loathe to take out insurance against climate change. They will be damned by future generations.
 
Another example of willful blindness is the Church's despicable lack of action to deal with sexual molestation by the Clergy - men of God.
 
For we punters, the easiest course of action is to ignore what is going on and allow ourselves to be silent members of the willful blindness conspiracy.
 
What's to be done about it? First let's open our eyes and see what is really happening rather than simply accept what we are told. Second Wake Up!! It may be an old fashioned concept but the idea of "Bearing Witness" and acting bravely rather than shutting our eyes and brains to avoid unpalatable truths is what is required. 
Mormon White Supremacy
 
I read the other day that until it was repealed in 1978, the Mormons held a policy of white supremacy. Its repeal occurred when Mitt Romney was already in his 30s.
 
The Book of Mormon states:
 
2nd Nephi 5:21 "And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, and they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them."

Mormon's second leader Brigham Young interpreted the passage as saying:

"Cain slew his brother . . . and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. . . . How long is that race to endure the dreadful curse that is upon them? That curse will remain upon them, and they never can hold the Priesthood or share in it until all the other descendants of Adam have received the promises and enjoyed the blessings of the Priesthood and the keys thereof." 
 
Read the full article here.
 
A change in the weather?

 

MPWVToday's Newspoll, for the second time in a fortnight shows the two-party preferred federal voting intentions running at 50:50.

 

Labor's Primary vote is up to 36% and the coalition's down to 41%. 58% of those polled disapproved of Abbott's performance.

 

The ACT Election saw both Labor and L
iberals increase their votes and seats with a deadheat (well 41 vote margin to Labor!) - 8 seats each with one Green to spoil the party.

 

In Queensland the Newman Government is suffering the inevitable consequence of its trash and burn approach to public service retrenchments.

 

Ted Bailieu's Victorian Government is finding its slender majority is under threat as public opinion goes against a perceived lack of effective action.

 

Barry O'Farrell received a slap in the face on the weekend when the by-election for the seat of Sydney was won by the Independent Candidate by a margin of more than 30%.

 

 

These factors may be giving the glimmerings of hope to the ALP and probably signal the end of another Rudd tilt against Gillard.

 

However, in Coalition ranks there will be a sever bout of sphincter tightening as Abbott's fall drags the party down with him. 

Alas Smith and Jones (and Others)

 

Australia has been taken over by a band of right wing, xenophobic, bigoted pseudo journalists who seek every opportunity to spread their bias and bile through the community.

 

TIODThrough their rantings they have stirred up hatred and fear in society and this has led the underbelly of society to "come out" as evidenced by the Cronulla riots, Convoy of Concern and the group calling themselves "Tolerance is our demise".


People who would once have kept their poisonous views to themselves have been given the green light to vilify and slander people who do not share their views. Facebook and twitter are now infested with extremist views and appalling language aimed at those in public office or indeed anyone with views different to their own.
 
 
These are some of the people we can than for making Australia the country it is today.
Rogues Gallery 
The release of this foetid air has also impacted on our politicians who now spend more time in the gutter than in policy debate. 
Well - there's never a shortage of news to pad out the columns of this little newsletter. I hope my articles make you think - even challenge your assumptions.

As always - feedback is most welcome. 

Cheers for now
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