Jo Faith, Sunrise Beach Byron
We must all be very careful! A new method of social control and manufacturing political social compliance is being assessed by the Morrison government. We have the ‘polite’ quiet voters. Those tucked away ‘quiet’ communities who depend upon Conservative governments to speak for them.
Now we have the Morrison Government urging businesses to support laws to criminalise the protests of Extinction Rebellion, on behalf of their ‘quiet’ investors! A gold star in the middle of the head for the ‘quiet.’
It would appear that questions stemming from robust democracy and the ‘right to know’ are not considered ‘polite’ in authoritarian modern politics.
Secrecy reigns, and requests for Freedom of Information take a long time and reveal heavily redacted scripts. This is not an issue residing in the world of macro-politics, but exists on a local level.
It was truly shocking to read in The Echo that the Mayor threatened to close down the Council meeting because former mayor Jan Barham was challenging Council on the right of citizens to access time to speak to Council. This decision [to limit citizens’ speaking time] was made by Council without previously informing the public. Obviously prepared for maximum toxicity Jan placed black tape over her mouth. This statement speaks large to all women…’be quiet’… (or far worse consequences await thee).
Maybe Council collectively needs a revision of how it operates its community relationships? It helps. Sexism and hubris trigger more questions in the minds of the thinking, such as – what is there that must remain secret?
It’s a time for working together and openness.