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June 15, 2024

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So, MP Thomas George was left reeling with embarrassment in the wake of Wednesday’s meeting? Okay, that makes two of us (and the rest) but it certainly wasn’t the intelligent if noisy hecklers that caused my embarrassment on that occasion.

I am embarrassed to be ‘represented’ by persons willing to say whatever it takes to coerce and quieten their audience, including misrepresenting the situation.

I am embarrassed to be ‘represented’ by persons who find it in some way acceptable to go through the motions of acknowledging ‘country’ whilst simultaneously supporting those who would plunder that same country.

I am embarrassed to be ‘represented’ by those who find the observation of social niceties somehow more important than their constituents’ physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.

On a 1–10 scale of emotions, where 0 = that level of numbness and lack of conscience that we’ve come to associate with CSG personnel, and where ‘heartbroken’ or ‘suicidal’ nudges 10, our ‘representatives’ embarrassment barely warrants acknowledgment.

Julie McNamara makes a valid point regarding the likelihood of these people being returned to power or position in the wake of the next election, but an infinitely more compelling reason for doing the right thing is surely the likelihood of their actions being directly linked to the future health of their loved ones, and of everyone’s loved ones.

People who have within their grasp the means of making things better, but knowingly, or unwittingly (because they’ve failed to educate themselves on vitally important issues), make them very much worse through their individual and collective actions, can point the finger at no-one but themselves. The buck stops with our ‘representatives’. Failure to represent constituents surely is tantamount to failure to fulfill job duties. In most workplaces, that warrants dismissal.

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  1. Again lets be sure about this we pay the LNP their wages Minister Thomas, Page and Proverst should be ashamed to call there communities names. We are better educated in the field of CSG than those who turned up the other day, and to call us names and misrepresent us is an insult. Elections will come around soon enough, so get ready for retirement as we will not stand to be insulted by misinformed ministers who wish to push there own party’s agenda


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