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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

‘Reminiscent of a tin-pot dictatorship … ‘

A STATEMENT FROM ANDREW WILKIE REGARDING THE CANCELLATION OF PARLIAMENT

The Government’s decision to cancel parliament is scandalous and reminiscent of a tin-pot dictatorship.

There’s plenty of work for the House of Representatives to go on with while the Senate considers the Marriage Equality Bill, in particular sorting out the citizenship fiasco.

However I will not attend Canberra next Monday, like the ALP and some cross-benchers, because it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Instead I’ll take the opportunity to keep working in my community and stay well clear of the ridiculous political nonsense going on in Canberra.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Robin Charles Halton

    November 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

    On the issue of citizenship now is a good chance for Steve Martin to take the reins in the Senate to save Jacquie Lambie from herself and place a bit of normal control back into JLN.

    Her quirks and mistakes with the Messenger advisory mess are not a good look for a politician who is so different but could ruin JLN’s chances for re election when the public are looking more closely away from mainstream politics at such alternatives as NXT, One Nation and known reputable Independents as Wilkie and McGowan all of seem to be doing their best to work with the Coalition shambles.

    SSM and the ongoing citizen ship saga is crucifying Turnbull as well as Shorten’s ability to ever be trusted as a future leader!

    Back to Lambie, she needs a father figure such as Steve Martin to get her back on track before she completely goes off the rails with a swollen head.

    Voters will be seriously looking for alternatives with a Federal election looming ever closer next year.

  2. Simon Warriner

    November 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I was going to make a fuss about this issue, but on reflection perhaps it is better to say very little and then be able to point back to it later as proof of a rampant disregard for the notion of fair play and a lack of respect for the institution.

    If his members are too bloody stupid to sort the citizenship matters out before they stand then they deserve to lose to the party which was smart enough to get it closer to being correct.

    Still, while they are ranting on about citizenship we can ignore that nasty little war being formented in the ME.

  3. Robert LePage

    November 20, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    #2 … ” This is yet another case of us being treated like fools,”

    Maybe they think we are as foolish as they are?

  4. Russell

    November 20, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Paul Kelly is arguably the best songwriter Australia has ever produced, and you’d have to wonder whether he wrote his song “Gutless Wonder” about Malcolm Turnbull, especially highlighted by this latest gutless act.

    “Here he comes now, gutless wonder, with his merry crew.
    Stepping lightly, smiling brightly, those big eyes on you.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will talk you up.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will sweep you up.
    He’s a nimble fella, better watch your step.
    With the old soft shoe.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will suck your prick.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will make it slick.
    He’s a rubber fella with a mean back flip.
    When you’re out of view.

    Gutless wonder, dancing around you, almost cheek to cheek.
    Smell his hunger, feel his power, it can make you weak.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will suck your prick.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will make it slick.
    He’s a double fella with a mean back flip.
    And a smooth soft shoe.
    Bet your bottom dollar he will lap it up.
    Bet your bottom dollar you won’t fill him up.
    He’s an empty fella, watch him swelling up.
    He’s got the drip on you.
    He’s got the grip on you.

    Here he comes, watch out now!
    Gutless wonder on the prowl!
    Watch your step, he’s a gaping hole.
    Gutless wonder will suck your soul.”

  5. Lyndall Rowley

    November 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

    When I first heard, I couldn’t quite believe that Malcolm and the Coalition Government would actually cancel sitting in the Lower House just for this single and relatively minor reason. That’s not a valid justification; that’s just a pathetic excuse being fed to us as a tactic to delay and hide the real reasons. This is yet another case of us being treated like fools, and another example of Liberal politicians playing inward-looking political games instead of fully concentrating on the critical, real issues and actually running the country.

    The longer this government runs, the more it brings itself undone. This latest move is an all-time low in the Coalition’s governance; and all done in the pursuit of hanging onto power and control, for now. Where is the leadership, and the willingness to face up to issues, in all this?

    Thank you for making a statement Andrew. I only wish that you, and others of your ilk, could be cloned and spread throughout our parliaments (and even local governments) across this land. It’s either that, or “Beam me up Scottie …”

  6. john hayward

    November 20, 2017 at 12:09 am

    In their heart of hearts, or spleen of spleens, conservatives generally pine for dictators, but not the sort that lets the likes of Dutton free-lance by threatening allies and scoffing at UN conventions.

    John Hayward

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