may 2006

State of the Nation

I think we are going to be served up a very mediocre bunch at the next elections, a rehash of the dubiously anointed, appointed ones that are put up as our ‘local’ representatives. The current evolution of the Two-Party System seems to have no interest in the grassroots, just for the ongoing security of their Party. They seem more interested in promoting a bi party philosophical rabbit stew!

We, as a Nation, have invested heavily in the machinations that support the Two-Party System so I would be hesitant to dismantle the infrastructure. But I would bleed the System to support a raft of qualified Independents to keep them in check! Is there anybody out there available, willing and capable of taking on the big boys and conferring pressure to their goolies or equivalent?

Gretel Killeen, Love your Work!

Vot a storm! Big Brother’s incredible mouthpiece maintained control and dignity as the rhetorical storm built around the finale. Big ‘L’ Liberals and fanatical Christian political groups are using BB as an excuse to tighten the reins on what THEY think we should be watching. What’s this about? Did the US Government release a virus to start us all ‘talking in tongues’? Is censorship the next big move for the Howard/Costello Government?

Soft-core porn is a matter of taste, and there is no doubting that it is titillating. Hardcore porn though is a major cash cow for the Federal and Territory governments. X rated DVDs, videos and a plethora of other curiously useful artefacts are available online and through mail order, with the associated governments copping a healthy whack of the profits, thank you very much!

When you have politicians of the ilk of Bob Katter potentially throwing his safe seat in the ring with St Steven of Family First, so as to attain a balance of power with an ultra-right-wing (in piss-weak Australian terms thank God!) putsch we all should worry! Can you tell us who else is amongst your cohorts, Bob?

Back in your box you bastards! Australia has ample censorship protection and a vigilant media community to hold an appropriate course.

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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.