I am deeply ashamed that I am governed by such appallingly hard line and divisive professional Liberal pollies whose sole aim is to keep their hands on the levers of power and their snouts embedded in the trough.


They will do anything, and say anything, to achieve this end.


Noblesse oblige is not in their shouted, but offensive, lexicon.


Those desperate souls on Manus and Nauru have committed no offence, yet they have been locked up as living examples of what happens to the now demonised so-called “illegal” refugees in order to prevent others from following in their wake.


Locking up these people has nothing to do with drowning prevention. It is a politically expedient excuse used by those in power to justify this hard-line course of action.


Pollies … you have stopped the boats. A statement that any future boat arrivals will be sent to Nauru for the rest of the natural lives should be enough to ensure that potential boat people never again attempt to reach our shores.


The runs are on the board.


This is not a politically expedient solution for Morrison, Dutton, Abbott and Abetz because it removes an exploitable wedge from the political menu.


These wedges, be they Forestry and the removal of World Heritage Listing, or Climate Change, or the Pokies, Refugees or the Sudanese gangs or the locking up of protesters, provide the Liberals with the rotten meat in the shit sandwich they use to divide and rule Australians.


The Liberal Party has been bought by the Pokie Industry and the Oil, Coal, Gas, Iron Ore and Electricity merchants, and the now disgraced lying, cheating bankers who wrote the Terms of Reference before they stood with Turnbull over the Hayne Royal Commission.


The workers’ funds provided by the Unions are at least up front, obvious and accountable.


Wake up Australians! We are very badly served by the political morons who currently inhabit the corridors of power in Canberra.


A plague on both your houses!


Our forests are burning. Our landscapes are flooded. Our Great Barrier Reef dies before our eyes … and the greatest river system in the nation is destroyed by the unspoken use of wedge politics.


It is not Climate Change that is crap. Instead, it’s the Shit Sandwich that the Liberals force us to consume each and every day.


John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 16 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and over 100 articles on British and Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 77 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons, and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.