Does the government wake up and see unicorns in the front garden?
For a party that doesn’t even have a parliamentary majority in its own right, they now want to go and amend the Constitution.
NOW THAT I HAVE SOME TIME…
Before any one starts screaming that overused former buzzword raaaaacist*, note that the word “amend” was used, not something like “change” or “alter”. “Amend” has positive connotations. Yet whilst it might be The Noble Thing To Do™, one suspects an acknowledgement of Aborigines as the first Australians – not that they arrived as one group in one hit, either – will be as hollow and meaningless as when the government said, “Sorry”. Good practical work is being done right now, and this proposed amendment really is just a distraction.
Will this government ever learn?
Indigenous Affairs minister Jenny Maklin has come out and told the Opposition not to play politics.
Ha! It would be hilarious in its absurdity if it weren’t also so deceitful, for who’s really playing politics?
Labor knows there’s no hope in Hades that the Opposition will run along with this latest Zeppelin. So, in effect, all the ALP is doing is finding yet another excuse to blame Tony Abbott. ( )
You’d think they’d have worked out by now that blaming Abbott for everything isn’t working.
Perhaps if the government actually tried governing instead, they might be a little less reminiscent of a fart in the world’s slowest elevator making it’s way up the world’s tallest building.
*I teach English as a Second Language in Korea, and my wife is Korean. How racist could I possibly be?
Andrew Bolt: “Say No to Racism”.
Also via that link, Samual J at the Cat notes the inconsistency in Labor’s position. On the one hand they seek to remove any racist provisions from our Constitution, yet on the other they seek to introduce more.
The proposed referendum is divisive and should be opposed. All Australians, whether born here or overseas; whether their ancestors are Italian or Egyptian; or whether their ancestors have lived in Australia for generations should be equal under the Constitution. No group should be singled out for special mention: all groups have contributed to make Australia what it is today.
As former Labor minister and powerbroker, Graham Richardson notes (he’s specifically talking about the carbon tax, but it may as well apply to Labor, and in particular PM Gillard, as well):
Gillard is at that point where all she can do is wait for the end to come – and come it will. The only question now is whether the coup de grace will be delivered by the caucus or the Australian people.
Who woke up today and thought it could get any worse for our PM? It seemed impossible, and yet they’ve done it.
Indonesia telling Julia to get stuffed, being played for fools by people smugglers and their opportunistic clients, the wishy-washy dilly-daddling over the carbon tax, her delusions of grandeur insofar as likening her useless tax to one of Australia’s most important (and now carbon-taxed) infrastructure projects, her continued lethal alliance with the toxic Green slime despite what her ministers are saying… all in a mere four and a bit days.
Why on Earth would you then crash a jumbo jet into the bushfire with that Constitutional nonsense today???
Sometimes I do seriously wonder whether there is some kind of mental problem at play here.
What a disastrous end to a disastrous week for our most disastrous PM in history.