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March 9, 2021

#101 Whose priorities are they?

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  1. One thing our family can do is show our support for science, jobs and innovation and attend the
    National Day of Climate Action on the 17th in our city.

  2. Mungo – you say ‘that’s the Abbott style of government’. I strongly disagree. Abbott, in my view, doesn’t have an original thought in his turned-backward head. He is a mindless puppet of his confessed mentor, John Howard, from five prime ministers ago! He wants to drag our nation back to the last century.

    He’s not running a government so much as a secret service .. making even worse mistakes than he relentlessly accused Kevin Rudd of making within the first minutes of his prime ministership. Shameless and insensitive, he even has the audacity to ask that the next parliament be polite. He wouldn’t begin to know the meaning of the word or request. He was the most vile, outrageous, loathsome, unkind, unfair, verbally ugly apology for a sane, intelligent opposition leader in our Parliamentary history. Even Paul Keating, at his worst, was not such a character assasin.

    First time I’ve had to disagree with you, Mungo. Keep up your good assessments of this unbearably arrogant lot who are literally stealing from the public purse – and especially from we pensioners, who can find no other ‘JOY(ce)’ in life than to spend money we could have had on ensuring Barnaby gets to enjoy rugby grand finals, the perfect venue for political discussions, and phony Tony charging us for his bike rides – which are UNprimeministerial – and still owning us $3,000 (that we know of).

    Am 82, and couldn’t be more disgusted (in case it’s not evident).

  3. As a reader of Mungo from the Nation Review days, and having some friends who were hardened journos, I understand the Old Parliament House had a fine snooker table, in the Members Bar, over which much information was gleaned. Obviously Mungo would likely need to hone his snooker skills somewhere else, as things no doubt would not be as gentlemanly these days under the rule of the Bunyip Tea Party, who will no doubt reek much havoc against those awful socialist Labor people, over the next three years.

    Thanks Mungo for your ramblings, always full of gems. Maybe “Reds Under the Beds” could be considered at least to be more honest a slogan than the latest ones, although never thought I would be thinking wistfully of the early sixties.

    In true Neo Conservative style, no doubt The Mad Monk will be looking for any opportunity to have unionists and students beaten up, or God help us find another reason to go to war, an then sit back and let the scared populace look to him as the great protector.

    I do despair with this lot, as I don’t think anything, apart from burning down the Reichstag, is beyond them, although they will no doubt push our democracy to it’s very limits, I am sure.

    Mungo keep up the good work, and may you have many more schooners of Tooheys New.

  4. So we begin to resonate with the effects of the vision of Abbots leadership! We are now living in a ‘claimed democracy”. There are media blackouts/blockouts, laws proceeding to deny communities a legal right of reply, no Ministers participating in the Climate Change debate in Warsaw, tax breaks for the rich and of course total neglect of the rights of the indigenous people whom he claimed he would personally represent, indeed it was to be his “first priority the moment he was elected Prime Minister” Will he change the Australian Constitution to reflect their rights? I think not. . It will get worse as he continues to send back the refugee boats.

    Abbott with wilful intention chooses to remain ignorant. Canadian law cites such behaviour as a Criminal Act. More to the point I doubt whether he has the reasoning power to dissect social/environmental contradictions and this is extremely dangerous for the environment and all citizens who believe that they are living in robust democracy. The groundswell from the grass roots must continue to eventually swell. Citizens can only take so much repression. Failing that..I shudder to think of the society we could become.


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