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Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Freedom of No Freedom

Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Freedom of no freedom

According to Malcolm Turnbull, sometimes the best freedom in the world is actually having none. It’s so wonderful being ‘Free… of being Free’. Isn’t our freedom what we Australians are so incredibly proud of? That we are a peaceful country that enjoys the fruits of a democratically elected government meant to reflect the will of the people?

Hang on, is that will of the actual people, or just the people in corporations? I mean foreign investors are people too. They may not be Australian but isn’t owning or investing kind of like being Australian? Surely we need to protect their interests. Because after all they employ Australians. Most of the time. Well sometimes. Sometimes hardly at all.

But that’s the point of globalisation isn’t it? They pay dividends to investors, like billionaires, big businesses, and banks. They’re all people. Or at least they used to be. I mean they own freedom don’t they? Didn’t we privatise that last election? Isn’t Freedom trademarked by Monsanto or the NRA or Woolies?

These new protections brought in by the Libs are good for us. Especially now we’ve hocked most of our government assets to private enterprise and foreign investors. If we are going to stay solvent in the economic milieu of an uncertain future and not get caught in the rip of a crypto current then we need some serious foreign cash to float our boat. And when I say boat I don’t mean boats full of refugees. They’re the ones who got us into this mess!

I’m expecting compassion and global understanding of the impacts of capitalism and the arms race and oil and religion on ordinary people! When I say ‘float our boat’, I mean big boats with stuff on them, like cargo ships and oil tankers and coal ships for Adani.

It’s so great to live in a country where we have a vote that matters. Well, at least the illusion of feeling that it matters. Surely we feudal hordes would implode if faced with the reality of self-governance, so it’s good to know that the people we vote in to do our thinking are able to create legislation to protect us from ourselves.

Unlike the poor people adrift on those refugee boats we live in a lucky country with a political climate where we have a voice. Well we have a show on TV called The Voice. As for a political voice, you can have one but only if you agree. If you don’t, well, make it a quiet voice. An inside voice. Maybe a whisper. Maybe just an internal monologue. That’s still okay.

Thanks to Mr Turnbull’s latest strategic silencing of protestors and journalists with the 60 amendments to the Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill passed last week things are going to get a whole lot quieter out there. Although we’re still allowed thought crime. I think. However, if my subversive thinking somehow impacts on another country losing trust or confidence in Australia, well that would be a threat to national security and I may face up to 20 years imprisonment. But that’s only if I do it on purpose. If I accidentally fuck it up then it’s just 15 years.

And journalists reporting on breaches of international humanitarian law by the Australian government? That’s life imprisonment. Oh and don’t even think about touching public infrastructure. Any anarchists out there about to embark on a bit of ‘smash the state’ late-night graffiti – you might want to reconsider, lest you actually become an armchair activist without an armchair – in prison.

It’s hard to smash the state when you’re locked up. But even though we can no longer protest, blockade, speak out, sign petitions, have robust investigative reporting, protect human rights, or have a free-voiced ABC, we are still FREE-ish. But to be on the safe side, the CSG-protesting Knitting Nanas might want to just stick to knitting. Maybe they could knit a giant tea cosy that fits over our entire country to hide our shame for electing a government with totalitarian ambitions and familiar Hitleresque overtones.

Oh well. I guess you won’t be seeing me for a while. See you in 15 years!


12 responses to “Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Freedom of No Freedom”

  1. Adrian says:

    The ‘public infrastructure’ protection aspect of the police state laws will become more relevant when a significant proportion of the population have health symptoms caused by exposure to 5G radiation.

  2. Max Igan says:

    the entire Malcolm Turdfull government should be dismissed and charged with abuse of office. These people are simply criminals running a protection racket, pure and simple.

  3. robot says:

    Banks. Corporates. Developers. Coal plants. The wrong side of the media. Basically, anyone earning more. The usual suspects. The Greens and Labor harp about the big end of town. But the big end of town these days is renewable energy companies, the top 12 with revenue in the billions. The German RWA leads the pack with 50 in 2017.

  4. robot says:

    Here, a good proportion of energy sector employees earn more than $200,000, about 17%. And all of them earn more than $60,000, with partial employment taken into account. That’s three times at least what I get on my robot pension. Mind, all I have to pay for is oil and a battery recharge. I’m vastly better off than a took took driver in Malaysia who earns enough for a nightly meal and lives in a cardboard box, well, a slightly larger box these days.

  5. robot says:

    But to point, the Espionage and Foreign Interference bill was not passed last week, though if it is in coming weeks passed it will be with the support of the Labor party. The point of so-called totalitarian and Hitleresque policies is that this country, along with its allies, is at war. The enemy is diffuse and usually only isolated after he or she has acted, though many acts have been prevented. And we’re not talking a short-term squabble. This war could last 50 years, such is the number of potential adversaries across the world, the general notion of their code, and the ease of the Net when put to recruitment. Personally, I have no part with our involvement in Syria, a civil war, but I do support Israel, the only reasonable voice in the Middle East. We’re not expected to cast a voice on these issues, not yet an election issue really, but there is the reality and refugees are part of it, as are security issues. Stick to lingerie.

    • Martin says:

      Peace in the Middle East was possible to achieve after 9/11. It’s unfortunate that the US neocons and their military-industrial complex puppetmasters chose a different and far more profitable route.

      • robot says:

        Military industrial complex. You’re showing your generation Martin. I went to a communist uni meeting too in the 70s. Peace in the Middle East was possible after the six-day war. The Arabs have chosen to keep on fighting it. The Palastinians are a conquered people. The Jordans and Egypt can count themselves lucky they got out of it, actually, with more territory.

      • robot says:

        Can you name a country that doesn’t have a military industrial complex? Russia and China have, as has Indonesia. Even PNG would have a few SLRs stashed away. They certainly have lots of machetes and i wouldn’t be the one to rib them for that.

  6. Hancock says:

    Look, I think this government is absolutely appalling but let’s not forget Australia has been heading in this same direction for many, many years.
    Howard certainly can shoulder some of the blame but Keating can’t be entirely absolved either. Successive Labor and Liberal Governments signed on to this appalling “stop the boats” agenda which now turns out to be world agenda.
    Yep the world is getting meaner. What was “appalling” governmental behaviour in the early nineties is now setting the agenda worldwide.
    At the same just about everything you buy is cheaper these days. We live the best lives possible if only we could find somewhere to shove our collective guilt.

  7. robot says:

    Or you read Chomski. Funny that bloke for a famous linguist, only fluent in his own language.

  8. OH! My Giddy Aunt’s just dropped ‘polly’s cracker’. Robot, I can’t read Chomski
    all that well at the moment ‘cos I’ve cooked a bit of me brain. Still, I’m alert
    enough to CALL AN ALERT. Could we – meaning you and I – run the country
    well enough to turn it around? Or… should we run the other way? Ask Mandy.
    Hey! Anyone else interested in late a night graffiti sit-in while the Knitting
    Nanna’s sing ‘We Shall Overcome”?

  9. Geoff Warleigh says:

    Come on Mandy get with the program. The age of entitlements is over. We may have hocked Joe off to America but the sweet sounds of “work choices” resonated with the controllers and we have been conditioned by Tony to believe great big lies. Freedom is over rated anyway. My prediction: the producers of big brother and my kitchen rules are going to sign parliament up really soon for the biggest unreality show ever.

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