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Byron Shire
January 22, 2022

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Jo Faith, Newtown

Thank you all at [ITAL]The Echo[/ITAL] for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise of democracy, do take the time to read, in another independent journal [ITAL]The Monthly[/ITAL] (February 2021), Nick Feik analysing the many layers of evidence of corruption in Morrison’s government. A government of endless scandal – and the total dismissal of public interest. It’s very scary and will create the ongoing conditions for authoritarianism to rise… resulting in ongoing social disasters as big business profits.

As if this is not enough, the rise of Pauline Hanson and her racist politics can be viewed in the recent ‘reforms’ to the Family Court. These ill thought out supposed ‘reforms’ will have direct impacts on First Nations women and children. The legal fraternity are shocked by the manner in which these ‘reforms’ have occurred under the Morrison Government. The Family Court in Australia is globally respected.

I may be naive but I always understood that a democracy is defined by the separation of powers between the Judiciary and the Executive. In this case we need to be aware that this act is indeed a non-democratic act! How do we socially define Australia? Our vote means nothing as pork barrelling ascends and public interest is dismissed. More to the point, sociologists have defined these social relationships as ‘Mafia like’ (read ‘Game of Mates’). Where does ecological integrity belong in these twisted power relationships?

HELP PLEASE.


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