"No report this month, I’m all Trumped out, but watch out for "Hot topics" in semester 2”.
Now election fever is past the Politics group wait for Kim & Trump to make a deal! Meanwhile the Trump crew try to unravel the US/Iran nuclear deal made by Obama, stranger than fiction? There must be plenty of vacancies & spare offices in the White House. Anyone game to apply must realise the work is on a "casual" basis, that is the Deal!
It seems out political class are so self-absorbed that they forget the struggle against poverty and homelessness that many in Australia face. The issue over Barnaby's flat does nothing to help the growing numbers of very young and old now facing life on the street. How can we condone the advert showing a young woman sleeping in a swag under a bridge, leaving her vulnerable? How can we condone people begging and living rough in a wealthy nation like ours? Surely it is time that our governments intervened, or are we so sucked into capitalism we believe it is the fault of the homeless and nothing to do with us? This is politics in 2018.
We started our year with President Trump and he is still grabbing the headlines at the close of the year. Australian politics was remarkable in the demonstration of how the Constitution and High Court can determine the fate of mere mortals, oops dual citizens!
I hope to see you back refreshed in 2018 for another year, surely it cannot be as strange as 2017?
What a strange year! President Trump still Twitters and the North Koreans continue to defy him, leaving many of us hoping for a peaceful outcome. We continuing to see America’s abdication of a leading role in the West, resulting in European leaders looking to make their own deals with China and Russia. Saudi Arabia may also be changing tack with the first visit to Russia by any of its rulers, lookout Mr Trump!
In our first session of the month we viewed part of an Australian documentary on the problems of waste plastic in our environment, I had hoped to show part 2, but those pollies took up too much time! We should soon know if the 7 before the High Court are really Aussies! Nick the X man has already decided his future lies back in South Australia, others might be looking to Britain & New Zealand. Good luck!
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.
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2nd and 4th Tuesday 10.00 am to 12 midday
U3A Meeting Room, Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre.
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Terry Case 0427621700
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