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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Get on the right Tram to get ahead!--Religious Nepotism in the Australian Government.

Nepotism is a nefarious problem. Difficult to see sometimes unless you ask the right questions or do background checks. I have a new supplier to my business who I spoke to on the phone the other day. I noticed he was Sth African by accent....then the next time I spoke to them, a different younger sounding person with the same accent came on the line, I jokingly asked "Hey.. are you blokes all from Sth Africa there?"  ...he then mentioned that the other  bod was his dad!

In Australia's Coalition Government we have this:

Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.  Of the 19 cabinet ministers, at least eight are Catholics, nearly double the proportion of Catholics in the general population.The Prime Minister Tony Abbott as well as his Treasurer, finance, trade, communications, education, agriculture and social services ministers are Catholics.

Section 116 of our constitution says:

The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth (s.116)

But think about it.... do you need to make a "Law" to advance 'your' mob through the corridors of power? Heck no, you just need to be the person who makes the decision about who flies and who dies politically. No need for you to even mention the word 'religion', you just make your decisions on the basis OF....your religion.

I'll bet though, that if you ask any Catholic in the suburbs how they feel about this over representation of their mob in Parliament, they would see no problem... "Nothing to see here, yawn".   This is the religious version of "ethno-centrism".   Rarely do people feel uncomfortable when those who govern them are playing the same religious tune.

But notice also, how such things were NEVER mentioned in any electoral material you were sent, or that we saw on TV. Nope...the only things we heard were 'issues' that those Political elitists thought would move us one way or the other at the ballot box.


Imagine for a moment, if, after observing as the SMH did, that there is an over representation of Catholics relative to the general population, you made a fuss about it... stood in public and made a speech, held a protest.... "This Government is discriminating in favor of Catholics"....ouch... I envision you would be hauled off to the cop shop by burly public order policemen (and women these days) and lectured about "being divisive and likely to cause public strife".  But the fact of the matter would remain.

So too, when we are faced with the murderous mayem of maniac Jihadists, this Government wants you to 'butt out' of making such issues bigger in the public space than they prefer.  How can we be called 'divisive' when you are pointing to the reality of a death camp or a death cult...   I'm afraid that you are being herded by a pack of political Kelpies who  want you to remain a 'spectator' rather than a participant.....

Lippmann posits that society is made up of two types of people: agents and bystanders (also referred to as insiders and outsiders). The agent is someone who can act “executively” on the basis of his own opinions to address the substance of an issue, and the bystander is the public—merely a spectator of action. Only those familiar enough with the substance of a problem are able to then analyze it and propose solutions, to take “executive action.”

"When all think alike, no one is thinking very much."

‘The public must be put in its place…so that each of us may live free of the trampling and the roar of a bewildered herd.’  (Lippmann, both quotes)

In order to escape from this terrible condition, what must we do?  This question was aimed at the Apostle Peter after he delivered a damning diatribe against the Religious authorities who had demanded Christ die.

The scene is a large public gathering of many thousands of people... the formerly cringing cowering Peter, now renewed said:

You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

How did this go over? Something that proverbial lead balloon, but, it had this effect:

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’

Peter was on standby with the answer to that one:

38 Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.   

TURN AROUND..... is what he said in essence.

You'll have to read Acts 2:42ff to see the amazing social consequences of that turn around...
So telling it like it really is, isn't a bad thing, it might be annoying to those who want to keep a lid on public discourse and keep 'we the people' as silent spectators, for the sake of their own political ambitions,  but it's not bad other than that.

Further reading for 'smart' people 0_^
National Renewal 1
National Renewal 2

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