Chusok and the rest of it

OK, ok, so I could have, should have, would have been back on the blog yesterday, but wasn’t.

Meh, by the time classes had finished and I had a look around for all the juicy politics, Bolt had blogged it about six hours beforehand, and there were a couple of rugby world cup matches on.

But I’ll try turning this into a bit of a column of sorts… well… kind of more like two columns meshed into one.

First of all, you may have been wondering what on earth “Chusok” is.

It’s kind of like a Korean thanksgiving holiday.

It technically goes for three days, but nowadays extended family members usually just gather – in this year’s case – on the Monday (it goes by the lunar calendar so the exact day and date changes year to year).

So, for the first time since the wedding, I saw a whole bunch of uncles, aunts, and cousins, not to mention Lady Bingbing’s grandmothers from both sides of the family.

Traditionally, Chusok involves family gatherings, eating a whole swathe of traditional dishes, and going to the grave mounds  – yes, mounds – of ancestors, giving them some food and paying homage.

Most Christian Koreans don’t do that last bit however.

All in all, it was a good day, but my legs and hips were bloody killing me from sitting on the floor for hours on end.

All right, switching gears.


Does one start with the carbon dioxide tax which has been conveniently, effectively, nudged off the agenda even whilst it’s being rammed through debated in Parliament this week?

Or do we look at the bungled Malaysia deal and an illegal immigration policy that is an utter mess?

Or do we look at the completely insidious behaviour the likes of Greens leader, Bob Brown, and the government is demonstrating towards our free press… including, possibly, bloggers?

That’s only a start, and there is so much FAIL to cover.

Firstly, Bob Brown needs to shut the hell up.

Is that dangerous little man hell-bent on removing a free press from Australia’s democracy?

And, sorry, when a free press is removed, then it ain’t democracy anymore.

It might sort of look like a democracy, for some it might even feel like a democracy, but when you’re faced with a media that is not completely independent and separate from the government, indeed a media watched over by the government, then how can that government be truly held to account?

And when a government ceases to be able to be held to account, then it is not a true democratic, representative government.

Not to mention, this whole media enquiry being conjured up – with possible outcomes already being suggested – completely flies in the face of capitalism and the free market, two other key forces that along with democracy made Australia such a great nation.

Fact is: if people don’t like what this or that newspaper is reporting, then they won’t buy it.

And if a politician or government doesn’t like what a newspaper is reporting, then maybe they should look in the mirror.

Ho hum. It’s a distraction.

What’s being actually discussed in Parliament this week is Julia Gillard’s massive carbon (dioxide) tax.

No, it won’t change the planet’s temperature.

No, it won’t change the climate.

Yes, it will intrude into people’s lives.

Yes, it will give the government more control insofar as extra tax dollars gained could likely be pumped into more faddish, useless “Green” pet projects – $10 billion’s worth Bob Brown already has his paws on – all of which fail to save the planet yet “succeed” is wasting so many hard-earned tax-payer dollars.

Of course, the carbon dioxide tax will further give government more control over almost every aspect of our lives as it will make nearly every Australian household dependent on some form of welfare.

What a rosy picture.

A massive welfare state with a government-controlled media, trying to keep every single one us in the dark with our hands outstretched for the government noose.

It is a truly disturbing picture, not unlike the former Soviet Bloc, and indeed, a watered-down version of North Korea.

Not that I’m arguing modern-day Australia is really all that comparable to modern-day North Korea, but for sure, it is a very slippery slope the government and the Greens are trying to push us down.

Just today we have the Minister of  Information Communications Minister Stephen Conroy buttering us up with a proposal that says a singular government-funded media watchdog would somehow be independent.

Who’s he trying to kid with that one?

Who’s he trying to kid with that faux fight with the unabashed and shameless “one world governance” proponent Bob Brown?

Furthermore, where are the mandates?

Where’s the mandate for this carbon dioxide tax?

Indeed, about 80% of Australians voted for a party/candidate that promised there wouldn’t be this giant, useless tax.

Our PM lied to us, an oft repeated point for sure, but when the entire structure of the economy is being shifted without mandate, then it bears repeating often.

And where’s the mandate for the media enquiry?

No one went to an election promising that.

People on both sides of politics have long complained of bias, but only when the hard Left are in does it become more than people merely having a whinge and choosing an alternative news source.

Now, it’s almost as if no, the people shouldn’t whinge, they should eat their vegetables, and no, if we get our way, there won’t be any alternative because we know what’s best for you.

That’s not liberty, that’s taking a liberty.

It’s an insult to the citizenry of Australia.

This government and its cronies, rather than telling us what’s best for us, should get back to the bricks and mortar of good governance.

That means butting out of our lives, and spending the money that they take from us on stuff we actually wouldn’t mind having.

Things like a world class armed forces, a police force, decent roads, reliable and cheap utilities like electricity and clean drinking water, and well, actually, that’s about it.

And well, it’s too big an ask getting free education and healthcare disbanded anytime soon, but at least when they spend those billions, could they actually do it effectively for once?

Yeah, I know, I’m dreaming…


A Royal Commission into management of union funds?

Probably not gonna happen but it certainly appears like it needs to.

    • Merilyn
    • September 16th, 2011

    That was very good bing, well said, Bob Brown and the rest of them have gone to far, people have a right to their own opinions and should be able to read whatever papers they want, plus regardless of who is in power if they are making errors the media should be free to say so, all this because some in the media dared to criticise [quite mildly] Bob Brown and the Greens, and Julia didn’t like the media looking into her back yard.

    They also have a right to choose how they want to run their lives without the Nanny government telling them what to do.

    Yes you have hit the nail fair and square on the head, with your article.

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