Week ending 31.08.07

Aspirational Nationalism

PM John Howard said this sentence last week:

“We should be aspirational nationalists, and applying this spirit to the governance of the Federation will be my third goal of a next term.” Source http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/a-new-creed-nationalism-aspiration-and-fairness/2007/08/20/1187462171081.html

We should be what John?


If I look that up in a dictionary, will I find it? Because I know that Word certainly can not.

In fact, every time I type aspirational into this article, a big red line comes up underneath it as a warning not to be so stupid as to make up words in an attempt to sound clever.

I wonder if John Howard has the same ‘don’t be an idiot’ facility on his speech writing mechanism?

There are enough good real words in the world without making up poor Americanisms.

He continued: “We should want and aspire to achieve the best possible outcomes for Australians wherever they might live and by whatever method of governance will best deliver those outcomes.” Source http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22274454-17803,00.html

What about me? I live in Australia, contribute to Australia in taxes, I am part of the workforce, interact with my community, inject money into the economy, and care about the country in which I live.

Is John Howard talking about me, or just Australians?

Politicians need to realise that health care, education, and all political issues effect all those who LIVE in Australia, not just Australians.

Haneef regains Australian visa

Senior judge has accused the Howard Government of bungling its pursuit of former terrorism suspect Dr Mohamed Haneef and criticised Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews for releasing selective evidence while keeping it from the court.

Federal Court judge Jeffrey Spender also warned that governments should not consider themselves above the rule of law in matters involving national security.

In the latest instalment in a saga that has already embarrassed the Government, police and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Justice Spender found that Mr Andrews was wrong to withdraw Dr Haneef’s visa on character grounds

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/the-day-a-judge-overruled-a-minister/2007/08/21/1187462266512.html

Well, well, well, three holes in the ground, and you can bet that it is a hole in the ground that Immigration minister Kevin Andrews is looking for to swallow him up.

The government has made no attempts to explain their reasons for expelling Dr Haneef for the courts. Do they feel that they are above the law? Do they feel that the courts should roll over and play dead when the government uses the ‘terror’ word?

Well thank goodness that the courts have forgotten their role to uphold the ‘rule of law’ in Australia.

The law is the only protection that you and I as citizens of the world have to rely upon when governments play god and politics. Rightly or wrongly this must be upheld.

Abortion is illegal in Victoria

Abortion laws come under State Government responsibility. Legal experts say the laws are vague and open to interpretation. Although abortions are illegal under state criminal law, a court decision in 1969 — the Menhennitt case — permits women to have terminations to protect their physical or mental health.

The ACT is the only place where abortion has been decriminalised. In 2002, ACT politician Wayne Berry had his bill passed removing abortion from the Territory’s Crimes Act and amending the Medical Practitioners Act to permit only doctors to carry out abortions, in approved medical facilities. Ms Broad’s bill will remove abortion from the Crimes Act but will not transfer it to the Health Act, as in the ACT model. Premier John Brumby and Health Minister Bronwyn Pike say they won’t support the bill unless abortion is added to the Health Act as a safeguard. Some commentators say without the support of key government ministers the bill is likely to fail

Source: http://www.education.theage.com.au/pagedetail.asp?intpageid=1859&strsection=students&intsectionid=0

I did not know that abortion was criminal in Victoria. I find it unusual that it in a progressive country such as Australia, women would not be given the right to choose whether to have children or not.

I am not advocating a free-for-all amongst minors and under-aged teenagers, just the right to choose whether you are ready to grow your family.


~ by jeditopcat on 8 November, 2008.

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