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Australias new policy on asylum seekers.

Interview by ABC asking questions to Bernard Keane (crickey.com) in relation to the new policy on processing asylum seekers:

Interviewer: “[In relation to the new policy] What do you think are the most important gaps in our knowledge?”

Bernard Keane: “Well the costings the first one there….. ”

[INSERT USUAL HUMANITARIAN RANT: JUSTICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITH THE CASH TO PAY FOR IT ETC ETC….]

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-22/government-under-fire-for-asylum-seeker-photos/4835940

 

Discussion and debate

One of the most frustrating things about the Australian political scene is the lack of debate. There is plenty of mudslinging, topic changing and distraction tactics to avoid difficult questions, but very little debate.

I’ve just had an “interesting”, (interesting in that it really highlighted to me the lack of independant thought in a lot of the political opinions that are being thrown around) conversation on facebook.

The upshot of this exchange has gotten me a little fired up, so here I am, back at Fastlies to vent some frustration, and hopefully stimulate some constructive “debate”.

Let me first be very clear about what I am talking about:

Debate: “a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints”

The key word here is “discussion”.

Discussion: “consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., especially to explore solutions”

If you read that again slowly and take the time to think about what it means, hopefully you will realise that to engage in a discussion, political or otherwise, you need to consider or examine the view point of your opponent.

You don’t win an argument or a debate by banging on with your own view point until your opponent gives up and walks away.

So keep that in mind when you read my viciously opinionated blog posts, and remember that my opinions can be changed by a compelling arguement.

So here we go, stay tuned… 😉

Lies, lies, lies….

This whole election campaign has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I’m honestly gutted by the failure of Kevin Rudd’s government on the climate change front, I’m terrified by the prospect of Australia being led by a moron like Tony Abott, and I have been in a head spin trying to unravel layer upon layer of bullshit that is constantly being painted over the top of so many REALLY important issues by self interested political spin doctors.

But my biggest question is this.

“Would a political party with sound policies and a sure fire strategy to take Australia forward to a better place win the election with straight talking honesty? Or has our political system failed us?”

… OK, so that’s two questions… but you get my point.