We’re on the edge of change here in Australia. The Federal Election at the moment looks likely to lead to a hung parliament and a mad scramble by both the current Labour regime on the one hand and the Coalition Opposition on the other hand to find support amongst the Greens and the Independents to form a Government.

Neither Labour nor the Coalition have policies which inspire a new, courageous and humanitarian vision for the future. It’s more of the same collapse into economic ‘rationalism’, social welfare engineering (and dismantling), continuation of the war in Afghanistan, and the theatrics – and meanness – of making asylum seekers arriving on boats as another version of the old racist policies of White Australia.


About bydda88

I love poetry, writing, especially writing as healing, as touching the sacred, being touched. And place, places dreaming us, us them. Coasts, rivers, canyons; the ordinary things too, the small things, gestures that reach out.
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2 Responses to Edges

  1. niamh says:

    I was surprised that Gillard called an election so soon after taking the leadership from Rudd – is she losing votes because people wanted him to stay in power? Labour won by a significant number of votes in 2007?

    • bydda88 says:

      Yes they did, and then things seemed to go astray, epsecially with a proposed tax on mining profits. It prvided a great opportunity for opponents to attack Labour with misinformation, just like the absurd rhetoric about boatloads of asylum seekers ‘swamping’ the country…….

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