September 2006

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Has the Second Coming Been Cancelled?

Both Christians and Jews have been awaiting the arrival of their Messiah, Jesus’ second coming and Mosciah’s first appearance. Religious fervour foments around the coming of the new age. It must be the same bloke I reckon, considering our religious beliefs are borne from the same seed of philosophy, travelling the same timeline.

Would it not be sad if each time either of these Saviours decided to make a re-entry into our lives they found themselves aborted? People in Australia are worried about an Islamic takeover, yet we as Australians are in negative growth because of the multitudinous abortions that take place in this country. Are we assuring our mutual reassignment to the minority in our own country?

Ockerettes

Nellie Furtado’s song “Man-eater” is surely the anthem for this recently Identified sub-culture within the Australian psyche.

Interestingly, the behaviour iconised as ‘Yobbo’ ocker, male, the behaviour has been supplanted by the antics of the young girls in the street, the Ockerette – well done Germaine!

Drinkin’, smokin’, rootin’, tootin’ wimmin! STAND BACK! Lucky for them Australian males have been that confused that they have become submissive metrosexual homemakers (the alternative was to starve!), and guess what they do it better!

Come on girls, what about Mickey? I don’t mind a bit of rough play…

Jihad Jack- The Fallout

The control orders that have been applied by the Australian Government to Jack Thomas should ring warning bells through the whole community. The Government representatives that I have seen or heard in the mainstream media commenting on this matter seem to be playing a very determined strategy to highlight their personal views and parallelling those views to what they say most Australians also believe. This reeks of (hegemony), playing to the overt paranoia that the Government is seeding to prop up its commitment of our troops to the Coalition of the Willing.

Control orders have been applied to convicted paedophiles that have served their sentences. This in itself is an abomination! These less than human creatures should never be allowed back into the community, they have shattered lives through the most appalling of crimes. I have said before that if we can’t legally eradicate this scum that we should isolate them offshore in ‘Survivor’ like environments – Rockspider Island! Control orders on those that are found innocent in our Australian courts, unconscionable!

This bloke though has been interned and then, through the courts, released as innocent of the crimes he was purported to have committed. Sure, his conversion of religious beliefs and his attraction to foreign fighting force is a source of worry for some, but hey, many hundreds of our homegrown servicemen are now fighting as soldiers of fortune across the map of global conflict. This type of behaviour used to be romanticised amongst Australian males of the warrior caste.

Standing in line at my daughter’s Year 6 school concert last month I overheard a fellow behind me talking with his family, stating he felt that we should be trying to pre-empt ‘terrorism’ by identifying potential problems and, on assumption, to act against groups and individuals that can be perceived as dangerous to our ‘way of life’. He was echoing, virtually verbatim, the thread that the protagonists of Islamic paranoia, that waffle the mass media have been touting – it is like listening to the Libs and Labs in Question Time!

Bomber Beasley is also a great mate of the good old US of A, so we can’t expect too much of a difference in either of the major party’s attitudes on the matter. WE need to discern whether this one sad man is to be the catalyst that allows more of OUR rights and freedoms to be diluted by emotional (dissertation).

How slippery is the slope we are going to address if we allow ANY persons cleared by Australian courts to be used as an emotional rod on the backside of our national consciousness because our paternal politicians think it is for our own good? Too much by half, I would suggest! What is next? On a local basis, our hard-fought-for worker’s rights are being eroded like concrete cancer in the integral support lintel of the society we have built.

Thank God we are still very naive to the effects of civil and international conflict in this great land. Those that have died have said their bit, those that have returned from past global conflicts have had very little to say in support of issuing our troops as cannon fodder for our so-called allies.

Do not get me wrong, even at fifty-one years of age I would be one of the first to take my great grand-fathers Boer War sabre to any invading insurgents – sorry, that’s all I have got. The Government, in its wisdom, disarmed the most responsible nation on the planet in regards to firearms. I also believe that the global take on Australia is still not indelibly stained by our involvement in these current conflicts.

The reason the other major western members of the Coalition have been targeted is that they are considered as decaying democracies, declining powers. We are still considered as a vestige of hope for the less fortunate in the world. We are still taking on planeloads of immigrants, mainly Muslims looking for freedom of choice in life. Although brusque, and colloquially use racist diatribe, we Australians readily accept people who contribute to our development. What the!!!

Thank God no one has noticed that the majority of our Melbourne taxi fleet is being driven by Muslims from many and varied nations. Driving around in metal missiles brim-full of petrol and LPG! Tullamarine could easily be mistaken for Islamabad airport! Fuck, you gotta laugh!

Now THAT’S Handy!

Directly opposite the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in the top west end of the city, I noticed that there is a mosque. On the other corner is the Melbourne Remand Centre. Now that’s what I call service!

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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.        

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