From threats of nuclear war to Barnaby’s and others questionable citizenship, the politics class is striving to stay abreast of developments. In this crazy political year young people may find themselves learning new communication tools, such as posting a letter whilst the Commonwealth Bank stands accused of aiding criminal gangs to launder money. What next?
President Trump’s latest Twitterings dominated our Politics class, together with thoughts of nuclear war being stirred by the North Koreans. The G20 Summit was remarkable for America’s abdication of a leading role in Western leadership. It leaves the way open for China & Russia, two authoritarian regimes to dominate the world stage. Many American allies are left doubting their security pacts and wondering which of Donald’s speeches/twitters to believe.
We had time to consider the turmoil in the Federal Liberal Party, with an ex Liberal Senator speaking on the topic “The party is over”. Not helpful Cory! Tony is also trying to be helpful, or so he claims.
We tried out the new TV and computer in the second part of our class looking at a documentary on Turkey. We liked the picture, but some thought the TV is positioned a bit low. We will tryout different seating arrangements for the next class to overcome this.
On a sad note, many of us missed James Casey’s inputs, he was a long-standing member of this group that was established 17 years ago.
I finally ran a class without having it dominated by President Trump’s latest Tweet, however I suspect we will have to give in and accept that he will continue to demand attention. We had time to consider happenings in Australia and mull over the French and British elections.
Our Federal politicians are about to take their winter break. Tony Abbot will probably huddle up to a nice coal fire as he contemplates how to help Malcolm keep the party unified. Other MPs will now have time to spend tending their electorates and maybe contemplate the dangers of early elections as happened in Britain.
Another fake news report was sent by Terry Case?
I keep telling the class we will get away from American politics, but the Von Trump family have a way of dominating the news (real & fake) and make some of us scared.
The threat of war often makes people unite so it is also a tool desperate politicians use.
Trump became President promising to look after America first and stay out of costly conflicts, so how would you rate him at this stage?
In February last year I wrote “It is a pity that public and political pressure does not seem sufficient to make some companies pay tax.” I presented a table of the top 10 Australian companies who pay no tax and their annual profits. How can companies whose profits range from 14 billion dollars to 4 billion dollars pay no tax?”
This year I reflect on how Centrelink sends debt collectors to pursue people, most of whom do not have real debts. Our politicians dare not pursue the exporters of our Natural Gas which we are now giving away! Is this what the mantra of “market forces” is meant to produce, a timid response to large companies?
I wonder if I have Donald Trump to thank for having such a large class this year! He certainly had members stirred up; together with most of the politicians and diplomats around the world. Good news for our P.M. is phone bills might be reduced if Trump continues to hang-up mid call. There is a potential budget saving!
Australian politics did get a look in, but we barely covered some of the events that took place during our break. Politicians travel allowances got a shake-down but we did not get to the mammoth pay packet for the head of Australia Post. Seemingly the more an organization is run into the ground the bigger the salary, 5 million (plus allowances).
After the meeting I read the first of Trump’s team had been forced to resign, off to a good start or was it just the elites undermining him?
I’m still pondering what fake news is: have you read any lately?
This fake newsletter report was sent by Terry Case.
This year we had an election feast as we observed Council, Federal, US Primaries and the US Presidential election. 2017 brings us the Trump Presidency and the unpredictable arena of Australian politics. There will be much to ponder.
Donald Trump certainly is the gift that keeps on giving for our Politics Group, however I am going shift our focus with a DVD that looks at the history of consumerism and advertising. That should stir things up and just in time for Christmas gift buying! I wonder if some of our class will be shopping for recycled presents after this burst of aversion therapy?
Our guest speaker for September was to be Greg Robertson, the Council’s Manager of facilities. Unfortunately he had to cancel because the forthcoming Council elections mean that the staff have to follow “Caretaker” rules during the period before a new Council is elected. We will discuss the forthcoming Council elections and the US Presidential. We may even consider Donald Trump’s latest claim that Hilary Clinton died and a double is now playing her part, stranger than fiction?
Politics coffee break, Sept 27, with the Presidential debate live on screen in background.
Thanks to class members for gathering together for the photo!
Politics and Current Affairs meets twice a month at W4. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 13th September at 10am.
The results for the Senate are still not clear, but detailed results are available for lower house seats like Indi. It will enable us to analyse differences in voting patterns in this electorate and see how Benalla voted.
At some stage we will put Politics to one side and look at Current Affairs once more as we have a number of issues awaiting our attention.
Australia still seems lucky when I reflect on events in Britain and America. This week was marked by the murder of a British politician, who was called a traitor for advocating that Britain remain in the E.U. A number of us in the Politics class have been wondering if Trump’s divisive politics in America would result in someone shooting him, and now someone has tried.
I believe the last attempted murder of an Australian politician was in 1966 when Arthur Calwell the ALP leader was wounded. Peter Kocan was 19 when he was given a life sentence for the attempted assassination. He spent years in penal and psychiatric institutions. His book The Treatment and The Cure shows people can be redeemed and mental illness can be treated, even if it was by the brutal methods of electric shock treatment in vogue at that time. For me his book ranks with One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest as a compelling and disturbing account of prison life.
Politics in western democracies is meant to allow people with different views to be able to discuss and decide how as a society we proceed. Let us hope that murder continues to have no place in our political life.
Murder and violence though seems to be all too common each weekend when (usually) women and children bear the brunt of men who are out of control. As the poster outside the library reminds us there is an undeclared war happening in our suburbs that rages on. Isn’t it time we did something more to bring this to an end?
Indi seems to keep getting in the news, we are seeing Federal Party leaders in the electorate, Barnaby Joyce being the most recent visitor, anything to do with a marginal seat?
The American Presidential campaign makes our “long” Federal election look a bit tame. Having spent the first half of the year battling to be their Party’s nominee the two successful candidates will press on till November attacking each other. I wonder if they’d vote for a constitutional monarchy!
Five weeks of intrigue are ahead for the politics class as our Pollies embark on their longest election campaign to date. If you think that is too much spare a thought for the Americans, their presidential political marathon does not finish till November!
Our early March class had two guest speakers from the Council’s Executive team. Veronica Schilling, General Manager Development & Environment took us through problems Councils have in running a successful Tip and complying with State and Federal authorities. This was fascinating politically, and from environmental and economic perspectives. Jane Archbold, Manager Community Development gave us a short presentation on the latest community consultations her team are undertaking.
After enjoying our break we talked of the rise and rise of Mr. Donald Trump. Certainly the Republican Party hierarchy have had a rude shock. “Who stole our Party Dude?”
About the Politics and Current Affairs group
Join our discussions as we dissect local, state, federal and world affairs.
2nd and 4th Tuesday 10.00 am to 12 midday
Dunlop Campus \W4
Convenor and contact details
Terry Case 5762 1700