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To Yes Or Not To Yes…That Is The Question!

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
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.        

I think we can put the weirdest period of Australian political history behind us.

Scomo’s Liberal Xtian right (smack in the head fall to the ground talking gobbledegook as an expression of religious connection type Xtians) almost got a hold on the Liberal Party leadership core Federally and in some states. I actually fancy myself as a reliable predictor of election outcomes and I did predict that election as a tied vote, so close, but I hate being wrong lol! Turns out he did it all for Jeebus, we, his minions were insignificant.

I mean, who does that shit? Maybe he thought Trump was actually going to be the new saviour and tied his political Patrty’s future to that failed flag.

I think he should seriously think of taking up a ministry in Minnesota or somewhere else a fucking long way away from us…one thing for certain he has blown the chance to be an ambassador to anywhere thank all the Jeebuses, but I digress…

The Australian people should think hard about the conflict created around the conversation concerning The Voice. I have read the Uluru Statement From The Heart and it is a simple ask for us to be respectful

The other preeminent conversation the Australian people have to consider is finally becoming an independent Nation which would require a total rewrite of our constitution.

Whilst the right-wing political elements in Australia have been decimated what could be a better time to use this energy to simply take the conversation to become a Republic (for want of a better word) whence a treaty, voice and truth-telling can be enshrined and governmentally we can have a fresh page, one nation, that dispels hundreds of years of patched worked laws and amendments and a taking back of our resources.

Above all Australians are inventive, just maybe…hmmm…we of British and European backgrounds may owe our super capacities to the energy of the land we live on, maybe 60000 years of uninterrupted (OK maybe the end of the Ice Age changed stuff) habitation with little known interference until the orgy in Sydney Harbour, fascinating eh.

On paper, it would seem that if the Liberal Party could not even resuscitate their ‘brand’, no foreseeable future but things are not as statistically predictable anymore in Australian politics, which brings me to my point.

Yes we have had entrenched right/left positions that have been put on notice by Teals, in particular, people moving to the Far Middle, moderate conservatives, upwardly mobile people who still love a dollar but are happy to share with the less fortunate and are eco-aware.

Plus the younger new voters don’t show up in mainstream statistical analysis.

Australia is now essentially a Socialist country (not yet a nation) but leaning left of centre and most thinking people welcome realising our identity within our region, multi-cultural as fuck eh, at 68 and a single white male, I probably represent a major minority lol…lucky I’m a dago eh.

Growing up with a 5th generation dago name in The Shire, Scomo’s soon-to-be-relinquished turf, was a cesspool of 10 Pound POMS bringing their particular brand of racism…we all know how that turned out…Howard decrying, saying he has no issues with people being nationalistic (not a quote, but close), a pathetic human being.

Back on topic, as to The Voice Albo has said, “If not now, when?” I say It’s Time…again.

Why muck around…do not write a Voice into a Westminster principle document, write it into our new National Republic Constitution.

Labor is committed to a Republic, where we can also rewrite our global commitments, and as a republic, it would encourage an Oceania alliance for South East Asia and the Pacific nations, protecting our mutual values.

The issue surrounding First Nations’ recognition though is a moral, a certainty…we are the last Western democratic ‘country’ not to have a treaty with First Nations peoples.

Turn this conversation around to a Republic that enshrines our optimum needs/wants/wills for recognition.

A realisation of our identity, a way of magnetising all our populations together that have come here for a better life to feel safe, respected and supported and respected, and all of them also have a responsibility to realise they need to care for our land and respect all others as our newest arrivals.

Having said all that it won’t mean or change anything, there is an almost frothing divide amongst 60% of our voting population (shhh…Baby Boomers will all evaporate into the ethers shortly and GenX will continue to devolve into 70-year-old skateboard riders).

Although I think it is putting the cart before the horse if the vote for a Voice to parliament is successful, it will only become a part of a soon-to-be-relinquished historical document of our past that will have to be revisioned in a much stronger context.

The Australian people…yes I have used that term a few times, it is what the media refer to us as one size fits all ffs…but it doesn’t does it.

As Elvis sang, “We’re caught in a trap…”

Do we ponder the future of our dysfunctional, muddied, unrepresentative, easily manipulated electoral system as something that is a rock against a hard place given that it is what it is or do we encourage our elected few to abide by our will?

Iceland found a unique way out of global grasping and reinvented their nation’s political system in a bloodless revolution of minds and other Nordic nations have followed suit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%932013_Icelandic_constitutional_reform 

Great read!

I believe everyone that is elected to serve their local communities should serve one purpose…to govern on our behalf as those entrusted by voters and listen to our will and act on that local community’s behalf as equitably as possible in a totally transparent manner. Everyone elected should serve in government, instead of having a ‘Two Party’ system where an opposition, almost half usually of those in parliament are politically committed to destabilising the elected government…

Listening to half an hour of the regular parliamentary Question Time on ABC should convince you that a combative house of parliament is simply not productive…we get what we pay for…not the best, often the one that survives long enough, erm John Howard!!!

But it does mean we as a community also have to take on more, know the personal responsibility of knowing who and why you should vote for those that offer to serve, party dogma-driven or Indies would still exist as representatives of their cohorts, but becoming a Minister is not Party driven given, the best person suited for the job has to be given the job.

The circus that is Question Time becomes Answer Time, no more Scomo smirks for Jeebus across the house, although I must admit their Speaker was the strongest ever in controlling both, all the rabble, those that are elected to represent their communities could respond to local issues in a timely manner, basically do their fricken job!

Is it the right time to enshrine, probably not.

Will the Yes vote get up? I predict Yes but as described above becoming a proper nation should be our first priority and solidly enshrine our First Nations peoples as the ongoing custodians of the ancient and magical land we all share.


PS…Does anyone else get the irony about how the Liberal Party are hestitating to expel Scumbo for fear of embarrassing him? How low can it go, we’re talking toenails omgawd!!!


Artwork by John Graham (because he said I could when appropriate enough

Mick Pacholli

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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