‘Australia’ Category Archives

23
Feb

BROAD VS. JOYCE: a question of character?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, Politics

Mr Andrew Broad MP has called on Barnaby Joyce to “bench himself”.
Why?
Because “when character is lost, all is lost” (he was quoting Billy Graham)
Everyone knows there are many adulterous characters in our parliaments.
In what way is Mr Joyce different?
Well he could have had the baby quietly killed (aborted) a few months ago, but he didn’t….
Let’s admire him for that — not for everything has done, but for having the character to get that supremely important decision right.
What about Mr Broad’s “character”?
After months and years of posturing as a defender of Traditional marriage, he voted Yes in parliament for the same-sex bill.
He recently (re-)tweeted that he himself should be National Party leader.
But does he have the necessary character?

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21
Feb

BATMAN BY-ELECTION: what about Kevin Bailey? Kevin who? some lateral thinking needed

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Politics

The Batman federal electorate in Melbourne’s north faces a by-election on March 17.
For generations Batman was a safe Labor seat. Not now.
In 2016, the Greens managed 36% of the primary vote.
Labor’s David Feeney scraped home on (mainly Liberal) preferences.
This time there will be no Liberal candidate. The Greens could win.
Interestingly, the Australian Conservatives Party has a candidate, Kevin Bailey AM.
An ex-SAS soldier, Mr. Bailey was Honorary Consul General for East Timor from 2002 to 2013, a Herald Sun columnist for 11 years and has hosted radio talkback programs. He is also an un-embarrassed Christian.
He seems a better prospective MP than anyone Labor or the Greens can offer.
Perhaps also better suited to be Prime Minister than our present one.
That may have to wait.
Meanwhile, let’s hope Batman voters are smart enough to at least get him into parliament.

17
Feb

FIXING AUSTRALIA: in three simple steps

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Family, Lifestyle, Women

What to do about older men falling for and/or exploiting young female associates?
Three obvious changes might be worth considering:
• Keep young females safe at home with family, learning how to be part of a family until they are ready to marry
• End consumption of alcohol by temptation-prone persons (i.e. everybody)
• Discontinue provocative dressing by young females
These suggested moves are only moderately trendy — but once we’re used to them everybody should be better off.

13
Feb

YOUNG HOPEFUL, YOUNG MUM, SURPRISED DAD: pray to God that all will turn out fairly happy.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Common Sense, Family, Lifestyle, Politics

Australia’s most newsworthy unborn baby is having consequences in both private lives and in the political sphere.
Both good news and bad news.
The best news is that the child wasn’t aborted — a huge plus.
Dare we hope the mum will now decide to be a full-time mum?
Forget the job for a while.
Concentrate on feeding, cuddles etc.
Nobody is ever quite indispensable in the world of politics.
To this new citizen, his or her mum is absolutely indispensable.
Let’s wish this new mother all the best in the great responsibility and privilege that life has dropped in her lap.

7
Feb

HARM MINIMISATION, LIVE-IN REHABILITATION ETC. living with the drug/anti-drug mega-industry.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, crime, Health, Lifestyle, Politics

One of Australia’s biggest industries is, unfortunately, the buying and selling of illegal drugs.
Another growth-industry is the harm-minimisation industry – which includes things like clean needle handouts, safe-injection rooms, methadone maintenance programs – and even live-in rehab centres.
These two industries need each other.
They flourish side by side.
When business is brisk, there will always be somebody willing to come up with a business model for live-in rehab — taxpayer-funded and profit-generating.
They’ll tell how their kind of rehab saves lives, prevents disease etc.
If you feel a bit skeptical about that, you may feel even more so after listening to the conclusions of British psychiatrist/drug researcher, Theodore Dalrymple:

He has written a book about it entitled “Romancing Opiates”.

1
Feb

LOSS OF FREEDOM IN THE NAME OF “SECURITY”: new laws with a whiff of anti-Catholicism?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Ethics, Faith, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

Following alleged Chinese government influences being exerted on Australian businesses, political parties and universities the federal government plans new security laws.
Foreign donations in Australian political campaigns will be banned.
Journalists’ freedom to gather information will be curtailed – mere possession of “sensitive information” becoming punishable even if it isn’t published.
Foreign lobbyists will have to register themselves and declare who they are working for.
The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn’t like this last one.
Will people involved in Catholic charities, schools or social advocacy groups have to register as agents of a “foreign power” – namely the Vatican?
Might Catholic-related groups like the St Vincent de Paul Society have to register — because at times they comment on the ethics of political party policies which affect the homeless, refugees etc.
Freedom of speech in Australia can no longer be taken for granted.
Some of it disappeared during the “same-sex-marriage” debate.
The screws may tighten up further under the influence of the Prime Minister’s “freedom-of-religion” panel headed by Mr. Ruddock.
The panel membership includes no person known for conservative or traditional Catholic beliefs on these issues.