Sunday, 5 March 2017

18c is little more than a filibuster for RWNJ's & a hapless government .

How much taxpayer money has been frittered away on 'The 18c ' chat while society's real issues are neglected deliberately by govt?

The 18c discussion in parliament takes attention away from far more pressing issues. There are so many things, homelessness, unemployment etc. The government uses several issues in the same fashion to avert our eyes. Abbott for example used terror press conferences so often it was fodder for cartoonists.

In 2013 the Abbott government promised to create 2 million jobs in 10 years. In 2016 the Turnbull government ran on a jobs & growth platform. Unemployment was 9.7% in January 2017 according to Morgan research. Little wonder the government want to distract us. The recent FWC decision on penalty rates which they claim may create jobs is also a furphy. 700,000 workers losing up to $6,000.00 a year isn't a great thing for the workers or the economy. It removes large amounts of cash from circulation. Low-income workers generally spend what they earn. I'm sceptical that these penalty rate cuts will generate jobs. If the economy is still tracking the same way in July this would probably trigger a recession. It's virtually the opposite of what our govt did during the global economic crisis. They put money into the hands of our poorest people. That helped business & kept jobs going, bucking global trends.
Many of the serious issues get random political attention yet the funding & lack of policy focus suggests it isn't sincere. Homelessness is a great example of this. Over 105,000 Aussies are homeless in Australia. How often is it discussed in question time? There are many things that feed this problem. Most trace back to government policy in one way or another. Our governments over the past 30 years have allowed tax integrity to erode so they have become revenue poor. Services that have been historically funded by government have been cut dramatically. Our government owned services have been privatised fully or partially. All off the neglect & rising costs of services feeds into homelessness & poverty.
Which kind of explains why an issue like 18c is a go too topic for our government. It's a filibuster. It distracts from all the serious issues that are growing in society. It's an argument that seems to only matter to the extreme right of politics who also seem to have a huge regard for austerity & privatisation.
I guess my point is a sitting day in parliament isn't cheap and there aren't that many of them. We pay for travel accommodation meals & all the support that is necessary. Surely we have a right to expect that these days are utilised servicing issues on a priority basis. The need for the Bernardi's of the world to push the boundaries of free speech should not be the priority when so many serious issues are evolving before our eyes.

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