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One Nation Train. “Make Australia Great Again”, US-Australian Relations

One Nation Train. “Make Australia Great Again”, US-Australian Relations

Global Research, March 03, 2017   from Global Research

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The global populist fever is catching. Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other. Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the rural fringes of the country, or the more bitter blue-collar edges disgruntled by immigrants. While essentially conservative and reactionary, the Australian skill over the years has been to temper revolt with urbanism, mortgages and status anxiety.

But the emergence in recent months of the Trump presidency has stirred a virus of sorts, moving through the political body at some speed. Homes are becoming unfordable. Australia’s banks, a long protected profit-making racket, continue charging monstrous fees for using the money of citizens. (Their wealth is your benefit.) Industries are closing or, in the weight loss metaphor, down-sizing. Governments and the main opposition party are getting edgy.

Much of this has been fanned by Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, an entity conservatives were so keen on destroying during the 1990s they established a special fund to do so, run by the deposed former Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott. He was to have the monopoly on reactionary politics.

A campaign of such fanatical fury ensued against Hanson, one with shades of hollow martyrdom, genuine persecution, and political vengeance. It came from political and cultural circles, from faux Australian elitism and snobbery, and those fearing she was having a bite of their electoral cake. Tribal mania kicked in, and she had to be destroyed. Convict culture, rather than being egalitarian, hoards, protects, preserves. Hanson, it was suggested, was out to get more than her fair share.

She was attacked for her fish and chip shop ignorance; mocked for her excruciating whine that tears strips in the air; teased brutally for her ill-considered remarks that showed reading even less advanced than a Rupert Murdoch tabloid. (“Go back to Islam!”)

For a time, she even became the subject of cruel, albeit apt satire for a drag queen by the name of Pauline Pantsdown, nabbing her statement “I don’t like it” and immortalising it, if only across a narrow spectrum.[1] Australia, having never had clear cut, totalitarian types who scream eloquently and supply erudite arguments for ostracising or killing races, could only point at Hanson. She was comedy, she was easy, and she had red hair. No poorer example was possible.

After her parliamentary loss and subsequent brief imprisonment for corruption, Hanson was confined to the reality television circuit, a shadow of Trump cast, doing the rounds as a minor celebrity on trash celluloid. Even there, there was some sympathy. The goblin of populism lay, gazing and stirring. She was bound to ride again.

Then came the elections in 2016, an event which almost unseated the Turnbull government. This was a good test case in cutting down smug, establishment confidence: the lawyer, banker Prime Minister, happy to gamble on his reading of the Australian electorate’s temperature, fell terribly and broke his party. It resulted in an overdose for the conservative coalition, and the spread of concern that has seen various members of the government speak of defection and sabotage.

The foolish calculation of gaining an advantage over his Labor opponents and cross benchers almost cost him government. But one of the greatest beneficiaries was a stormily renascent One Nation, now a heckling presence in the Senate. Not only did Hanson return with her coarseness slightly polished – she brought senators in tow. Canberra had to finally wake up.

read more:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/one-nation-train-make-australia-great-again-us-australian-relations/5577440

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

Comments

  • The flaw of populism is that no single group of humans is capable, by itself, of achieving maximum potential.  This is especially true when a portion of the group's labour and resurces are wasted trying to keep other groups out.

    The best populism can hope to offer is a tiny bump followed by a status quo that gradually declines.


    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    "Paula Pantsdown"?!
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    The flaw of populism is that no single group of humans is capable, by itself, of achieving maximum potential.  This is especially true when a portion of the group's labour and resurces are wasted trying to keep other groups out.

    The best populism can hope to offer is a tiny bump followed by a status quo that gradually declines.



    Is it better to make an attempt at change however small,  or  simply shrug our shoulders
    and flick the channel to the 12,574th chapter of  "Days of Our Lives"?
    Definition of populism - "Support for the concerns of ordinary people". 
    As the majority of people who vote are ordinary, we might as well vote for someone who appears to have concern for us, whether that attempt succeeds or not.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    edited March 6
    The challenge though is that "the ordinary people" also include that portion of the population that populists often seem to want to exclude, and it's important to include everyone when going forward.


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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    I hardly think in Pauline Hanson's case she gained fortune or anything desirable from her first round.   She was crushed by the establishment. See below:

    Hanson and Ettridge jailed for three years

    August 20, 2003






    Former One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and party co-founder David Ettridge have been jailed for three years each after being found guilty of fraud charges by a Brisbane District Court jury.

    Judge Patsy Wolfe made no recommendation for parole.

    Hanson, 49, and Ettridge, 58, had pleaded not guilty to fraudulently registering One Nation in Queensland on December 4, 1997.

    Hanson had also pleaded not guilty to dishonestly obtaining almost $500,000 in electoral reimbursements after the 1998 state election.

    But a Brisbane District Court jury found the pair guilty on all counts after more than nine hours of deliberations.

    Former One Nation leader Hanson was clearly shocked by the verdict, angrily declaring: "Rubbish, I'm not guilty ... it's a joke."

    read more:

    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/08/20/1061261204717.html

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited March 5
    In fact most people wouldn't come back for a second try after that. The newspapers are constantly lampooning her with cartoons and criticism in a very similar way to the treatment Trump is receiving.   Should we just stay with the heavyweight mainstream politicians or should we encourage smaller parties without massive wealth and power behind them to at least "Have a Go"?

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    That being said I don't follow any political party, however in an ideal world everyone who offers a choice of government would be given a fair hearing without having to watch their back especially if they've already been elected. Bullying is frowned on in the schoolyard but by use of the media and undercover organisations and even from within an individual party sometimes, it's alive and well in politics.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    It's true, what we're taught as children suddenly gets forgotten precisely when such lessons are needed the most. I suppose it's not in ideal times, but under duress, that principles experience their greatest tests. Maybe that's why Jesus advised us all to be as the little ones are?
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited March 6
    The cartoon on Pauline today said
    "Better Red than Dead"  so presumably because she has what's termed "red" hair they're  linking her with Russia, Trump  and communism via that tenuous means!!!!

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    The cartoon on Pauline today said
    "Better Red than Dead"  so presumably because she has what's termed "red" hair they're  linking her with Russia, Trump  and communism via that tenuous means!!!!
    Very interesting - good catch on that. It's very interesting what they do through their "metaphors".
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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