Raising little Westies, and life as parent of a special needs son

Patriotism, jingoism, racism. A continuum, or something else?

Here we are in Australia we are facing the longest Federal election campaign since Federation in 1901. Our Prime Minister has announced that we will go to the polls in September 2013, to vote for a local representative, and so decide the ruling party who will confirm their Parliamentary leader as the Prime Minister.

All this is news to a lot of Australians, who strangely believe they individually vote for the Prime Minister. However, that is a topic for another day…

It is however the reason I’m particularly interested in local political news just at the moment. Far more so than firearm laws in other countries, the outcome of the September election will have a great impact on weather we succeed in implementing a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in this country, or not. It does seem to be one of those things which will either ramp up from its’ current situation – or fade into obscurity should the Liberal party come to power (nearly inevitably, for at least two parliamentary terms).

This scheme should be of significant interest to all Australian residents. However, without a Labor government, it will be doomed to the scrap-bucket of “good ideas of the deposed Governments of the day.

Huh? Two for two. I’m still distracted, from this news article where the alternative Prime Minister of Australia proclaims that his party will “always speak with an Australian accent.” Given the multicultural makeup of Australia, and the portion of Australian residents and citizens who are either migrants, or children of migrants… I’m not sure if this is a great statement, founded on patriotism, misplaced pride, or just ignorance that a great chunk of Liberal voters are themselves actually first generation Australians who are successful businesspeople in their own right?


4 responses to “Patriotism, jingoism, racism. A continuum, or something else?

  1. icixylo February 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Interesting post and it’s quite staggering how little the general public know of their political system. When it comes to the comment made by the alternative PM, I found this comment to be more racist: ”We believe in strong local candidates.”. Basically, immigrants aren’t good enough for his party…..

    • Westie February 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      It’s a real “race to the bottom” style of comment. Labor should be able to respond to it pretty readily, given the ethnic mix in my electorate of Chifley it’s not the type of comment that will help Liberal gain marginal seats.

      But then, maybe the Libs don’t want Mount Druitt and surrounding areas anyway?

  2. Angela February 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!

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