Peter Dutton, our future PM? The horror, the horror!

We know that during the reign of last few Liberal governments the well nurtured and manured vitriol against refugees were their main ally. Dutton was the architect of this dreadful change in our previous tolerance for those that come from different countries and cultures. The demonization of refugees found favor earlier on with a former Liberal prime minister saying ; “We will chose who come to this country and the methods whereby they will come.” This was a political move to capitalize on refugees escaping from their war torn and bombed out countries in leaky boats. ( we were of course aiding the US in bombing those countries!) This was blown up beyond all reason and facts. It was made out that those boat people would soon come in such numbers that it threatened our safety. They would clamber over our dunes, invade our cities and rape our women. It found fertile ground and the Liberals were in power mainly by using this xenophobic tool very effectively. The peasants were frightened.

Fortunately, at the last election, the liberals were chucked out and there was a move away from the main parties, especially towards the Greens and even more especially, to the warm embrace of many more women in power. The anti refugee rhetoric has shrunk and hopefully the plight of refugees still in detention will soon be over and given permanent visas to give them access to health, work and a normal free life away from detention.

The only cloud on the horizon is that the dreaded Dutton is now the leader of the opposition. He is hard at work polishing a more benign image but he is still Dutton. A thoroughbred xenophobe.

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11 Responses to “Peter Dutton, our future PM? The horror, the horror!”

  1. auntyuta Says:

    That is right, Gerard, he is still Dutton!
    I wonder, what sort of people do vote for him?

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  2. shoreacres Says:

    Just remember: a woman in power isn’t necessarily wiser or more compassionate than a man in power. The ability of power to corrupt is remarkably blind to gender differences.

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Ack! 😮
    Wishing and hoping for things to go well there in the coming year (years)…and around the world. We live in some wild, weird, interesting, etc., times.
    Your sunflowers make me smile! 🙂 🌻
    (((HUGS))) for you and Bentley! 🙂 ❤️

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, and let the years to come be within our grasp to experience a better way forward.
      Yes, soon it will be time to plant more sunflowers. I put in a lot of tulip bulbs which I hope will soon pop up above the soil.
      (((hugs))) for you and Cooper.

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  4. rangewriter Says:

    I hear and understand your pain. It mimics mine at what keeps biting at the edges of our democracy here in the States.


  5. freefall852 Says:

    Interesting, Gerard, that you use words from Joseph Conrad’s ; “Heart of Darkness” to emphasise the malevolence of Dutton’s style of leadership…perhaps an apt comparison…:

    “Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. This setting provides the frame for Marlow’s story of his obsession with the ivory trader Kurtz, which enables Conrad to create a parallel between London and Africa as places of darkness.
    Central to Conrad’s work is the idea that there is little difference between so-called civilised people and those described as savages “ ( Wikipedia)

    Conrad’s novella was used to very good effect as the base story for the Francis Coppola film : Apocalypse Now..but set in Vietnam..a truly memorable and frightening film…

    The brutalist style of governance by these current “barbarians” in designer suits in the conservative ranks of politicians should give warning that the work of awareness and cleaning out can never be eased up on..

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    • auntyuta Says:

      “these current “barbarians” in designer suits”

      I like this description. They may be in designer suits, but they still act like “barbarians”! 🙂

      So, there is “little difference between so-called civilised people and those described as savages!”


  6. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Hope your weekend is going well! (((HUGS))) for you! PATS and RUBS for Bentley! ❤️


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