Australia. A seemingly peaceful country from the outside, full of sweeping plains, amazing wildlife and breathtaking views.
But don’t be deceived. This is a country at war. Yes: war. To be sure, Australia has “peacekeeping” forces abroad in troubled areas around the world, but none of that comes close to the shocking war Australia is fighting at home.
A war with … undesirables.
Even the name just reeks with potential horror.
Asylum seekers, sneaking in rickety boats into our waters.
Single parents! Daring to think they deserve more than the minimum dole.
Youth! Daring to think they’re independent and not at the whim of society.
Child care workers, having the breathtaking audacity to think they’re better than the minimum wage!
There’s no escaping it, Australia is at war with undesirables. Whether it be under an ALP government or a Liberal government, our governments are keen to strike down all of those people who don’t look and act like model citizens, or don’t even come from our country. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Except, no-one has to do it at all. We don’t need to be at war with the innocent, with the downtrodden, the oppressed and the down-on-their-luck. We don’t need to kick the crutches out from someone who has lost their legs. We don’t need to be priggish, narcissistic, scared xenophobes with the barest nods at social welfare while demanding harsh and demeaning punishments to people who need help.
To be honest, it’s a wonder neither of our psychopathic primary political parties haven’t aligned themselves with a commercial TV station to turn all of these things into reality TV shows.
- Who wants a hot meal for their child? Single parents compete in a live quiz show where the winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to a fast food restaurant for their kid. Losers have their dole stripped from them for a week.
- It’s a Knock-out: Asylum seeker edition. Asylum seekers are put through a gruelling 60 minute endurance course where they’re beaten, abused and tormented by passengers taken from a typical bus. Anyone who gets to the end of it without crying or losing a limb gets a visa.
- Celebrity asylum seeker! C-grade celebrities who have committed Twitter or Facebook atrocities are forced into a 2 week endurance march across the Nullarbor Plain, without water. None survive of course, this is all about listening to them whining.
- Real doleseekers of Australia: Cameras film and follow people on the dole 24×7 looking for any infraction, any sign of enjoyment or sense of self worth. Anyone found to not be depressed, glum and looking for a job 24×7, willing to take any position anywhere is immediately thrown to the wolves and required to be interviewed by every current affairs host and shock jock in the country.
The options are limitless, of course. And based on the behaviour of our two mainstream political parties, you can tell the only reason we haven’t had any of these is because our commercial TV stations have at least some shred of ethics left. (Which is a pretty disturbing thought in itself.)
It’s a sad state of affairs that Australian mainstream political discourse has reached such a level where the political parties would sacrifice a grandmother who forgot to declare a $100 bingo win at the alter if they thought it could get them a few more votes.
Yet that’s practically where we are today.
As the old song goes: “Australia, you’re standing in it.”
And the stench is getting worse.