Vote for Humanity 1.

The two sisters at home in Biloela (left) and at their detention centre on Christmas Island (right)

In two weeks time Australia will be going to the voting booths to chose a new Government. No, doubt the free ‘democracy sausages’ will be again available at those venues ‘after’ you have voted. Voting in Australia is compulsory by punishment and is a crime not to vote. We are not free not to vote.

At the same time it is not a crime to keep refugees in indefinite detention merely for having the temerity seeking asylum which is not a crime. Some years ago it was decided to put the immigrating minister above the law and he/she has now the power to keep refugees in detention for as long as it pleases him.

$ 10 billion has been spent so far on offshore detention in the last ten years and $ 7 million on keeping the Biloela family away from a welcoming community. Two of the Biloela family’s children are Australian born! None of those refugees have committed a crime, so none are charged. Yet, many refugees have spent years in detention. Young children have become adults never lived outside detention.

My suggestion is to reverse the situation. Making voting free, and outlaw and punish those totalitarian ministers responsible for keeping refugees in indefinite detention..

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33 Responses to “Vote for Humanity 1.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    I am so sick of our current government.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    This is very sad. 😦
    What sweet little ones in the photos.
    (((HUGS))) ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  3. shoreacres Says:

    I still cannot wrap my mind around being forced to vote. What an odd thing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, and more than 80% of the world’s democracies don’t believe in compulsory voting either. None of the other English speaking countries have it either. We all should vote and it is our duty, but to make the free vote a crime when not voting seems odd indeed.

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  4. catterel Says:

    Totally upside-down situation – how on earth do they get away with it??

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Master of Something Yet Says:

    I find it ironic that our PM likes to use Sri Lanka for curry based photo ops at the same time as locking up their families.

    Sorry, I’m actually pro compulsory voting. It forces people to notice what our politicians are doing every four years so we don’t suddenly wake up to a dystopian society from a Margaret Atwood novel.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I am all for promoting our duty to vote. It is a privilege that we should embrace with a passion, but to make it a criminal offence not to vote, I find it worth questioning.

      No wonder some politicians don’t bother working to improve and make good legislation when they get the votes anyway.

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    • Therese Trouserzoff Says:

      A commenter on LinkedIn said that she wasn’t going to vote for any candidates, believing that they are all corrupt dropkicks. She said she was going to draw a large penis and testes on the ballot paper.

      I accused her of being sexist and dared her to draw a large vulva.

      I think that was one of my “Your comment does not abide by community standards and has been deleted. And if you do it again, we’ll make you stand in the corner’.

      So I accused the faceless censors at LinkedIn of being sexists too 🙂

      May I come out of the corner now ?

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      • Master of Something Yet Says:

        Be free! Be free! And here’s a lollipop because they should never have made you stand in the corner.

        Read your LinkedIn comment. Its a cracker. Thank you for reminding everybody that we shouldn’t just vote on what’s promised in an election campaign. We need to vote on the last 3 years.

        Any state that can continue to vote for Pauline Hanson and Bob Katter can never be relied upon to vote sensibly.


      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, I has something similar suggesting a well aimed hyper fast rocket aimed at Putin. I too had to stand in the corner. Perhaps a bag of poo on the ballet paper would be OK?


  6. bkpyett Says:

    At least Albo said on Q&A, if re-elected, Labor will return the Sri Lanka family to Biloela. So much time and money wasted!!

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  7. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    I too, think compulsory voting is a good thing for the same reasons as Master of Something Yet. I have written to Albo to plead with him to let this family go back to Biloela. I haven’t heard back though. Currently he would be far too busy. Like leggypeggy I’m thoroughly fed up with the government and am hoping desperately for a change on May 21.

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  8. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Hi Gez and Friends. I’ve been pretty busy getting comments and posts censored over at LinkedIn. I must be offending somebody – hurrah !

    They published some Scotty from Marketing selective stats reflecting – as no surprise – badly on Labor.

    So I sent a polite set of questions – a raft of the herculean failures this dropkick of a government has screwed up.

    So far that comment has garnered over 460 likes and generated numerous requests for connection on the strength of that.

    Sorry, I can’t find the stats on Chinese security agreements with South Pacific regional neighbours or foreign aid spending.

    Or bushfire and flood victims rehoused. Or coal mines opened. Or the barley and wine exports to China. Or the cost of lockdowns caused by slow rollouts of vaccines. Or education funding.

    What is the cost for persecuting our Biloela Tamil family ?

    How are we doing with Robodebt compensation ?

    How’s the promised Federal Corruption ICAC coming along ? You remember – the bill that Labor hasn’t supported because in 3 years you haven’t tabled one …

    How are the closing the gap stats going ?

    Or the car parks funded in coalition seats vs Labor held electorates.

    Or sexual assaults in Parliament House.

    Or clay pigeon shooting institutes built in coalition seats.

    Or Captain’s picks of Hillsong hangers on preselected or parachuted onto junket boards…

    Any stats about billions paid for cancelled submarines ?

    Did I miss the spending on flood mitigation ? You know – from the emergency funds hollow log.

    Scotty from Marketing, you’ve got to try harder with your performance review.

    Where are you going with this half-baked homework?

    I’m afraid that unless you do some work we can’t see you passing.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, it is pretty dismal, Therese.
      And our educational levels are sinking as well, despite more and more parents sending their kids to private schools.
      The afternoon Shiraz is the only thing keeping me standing up.


  9. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    PS – FM and I voted today. We’re in Albo’s electorate of Grayndler.

    Sadly, on the ticket, there weren’t enough large numbers to allocate to UAP and Hansen’s One Nation mongrel mobs. I was forced to put the Liberal guy in at number six.

    Over here it’s Labor by a country mile followed by the Greens – who are slowly gaining ground. It’s surprising that the Libs even bother.

    I reckon this election is a rerun of the “Anybody but Howard” election. But this time we can’t rely on the parochialism of Queensland voters who knew nothing about Rudd (like the rest of us) except that he comes from Queensland.

    I fear that like ancient history when Bill Hayden was a persistent but unelectable good bloke, Albo is cut from similar cloth. Let’s hope I am very very wrong.

    But this time the independents are such a pack of wild cards and a large part of the community actually hates Scotty from Marketing so my happy place would be a massive rout of the Libnats like in WA and SA.

    Fingers crossed.

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  10. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Both good suggestions, Gerard. Make voting easy, yes, so everyone who wants to can participate (not so easy to accomplish in America), and come up with much more humane ways of treating refuges and bringing them into our communities— a world wide problem and tragedy. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Voting being compulsory does not make for better or worse government.
      The treatment of refugees has been joined to a scare campaign by both parties making it an issue of keeping Australia free and safe from hordes of people breeching our borders and taking over our land. A familiar tune often repeated that many people believe it. It is pure nonsense of course.
      Yes Curt, a world wide problem.


      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        One of the big cries by the right wing pundits, and unfortunately the Republican Party here is the replacement theory, Gerard. It claims there is a conspiracy to replace Caucasians with other races in the US.–Curt


  11. algernon1 Says:

    The Biloela family needs to do home. Hopefully after this abomination of a government will be wiped out on 21/5 and its one of the first acts by an incoming Albanese government. Our seat of Bennelong looks like it will flip to Labor. The candidate is the former Mayor and very popular. The Liberal is a Scotty the Stupid parachute who courts antivaxxers.

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  12. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Just checking in to say Hey! Hope you are doing well! Hope Bentley is doing well!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️ 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes I am well thank you, Carolyn. Joined a croquet group and now play Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Bentley sometime comes with me but I have to smuggle him in through the back gate as croquet clubs and all clubs in Australia don’t allow dogs in.

      On top of that I have social invites and today was invited, for example, to attend a classical concert playing baroque music with original instruments with beautiful songs. A real treat!

      Hugs to you and Cooper too.

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