Such a huge double standard

In 1983 Senator Bob Brown led the blockade of the dam-works on Tasmania’s Franklin River. Over 1500 people were arrested and 600 jailed – including Bob who spent 19 days in Risdon Prison. 20 years on we have Bob Brown denigrating those that are standing up for their beliefs

THE Coalition has been accused of being “sexist” and “feral” as the Penny Wong “meow” incident boiled over in Question Time today. During a fiery Senate economics committee hearing this morning, Senator Wong clashed with Coalition senators and at one point, Liberal Senator David Bushby gave an audible “meow” in her direction and accused her of being sensitive.Senator Wong fired back:   “You meow when a woman does that … that’s a good idea. It is just extraordinary.

On protesting – Bob Brown, appears to have called for the demise of a foreign regime and indicated our support should extend beyond their right to protest…??? It would seem foreign regimes have more rights than the Australian people at the moment

Greens Senator Bob Brown is supported and participated in the S11 protest at the World Economic Forum in Melbourne on 11 September 2000 http://bob-brown.greensmps.org.au/taxonomy/term/235/all?page=174 This was the largest ever gathering of Greens MPs in Australia who came to Melbourne in support of the S11 protests at the World Economic Forum.

“My heart goes out to those who face death for standing up for rights that we in Australia take for granted. We should be very outspoken in supporting them, and our determined support should extend beyond simply supporting their right to protest.” was a quote from Bob Brown on 21February 2011 http://goo.gl/dNV4F

The campaign against Gunns’ $2.5 billion pulp mill is gaining momentum with up to 1,000 opponents protesting near the mill’s proposed site in northern Tasmania.

“The Greens and the people of Tasmania will never ever accept that mill, we’ll never ever accept that being imposed on the Tamar Valley, we will stand up, we will march against it, there will be no mill,” he said.

THE Gillard government has branded anti-carbon tax protesters extremists and climate change deniers as conservative activists converge on Canberra to enact Tony Abbott’s “people’s revolt”.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/carbon-tax-protesters-labelled-extremists-as-they-rally-in-canberra/story-e6frg6xf-1226026565064

Organisers had said they had arranged the event so it would not disrupt the people of Canberra after the event was called a flop by Greens Senator Bob Brown.

The event was soon dubbed the “convoy of no consequence” by Labor MPs.

It was therefore deeply shocking to see a Twitter feed, dominated as it is by left-wingers, erupt into a foamy groupthink of hate, prompted by little more than a few farmers driving trucks.

As part of a campaign against a number of policies, a protest group called ‘The Convoy of No Confidence’ drove trucks to Canberra as a demonstration of their concerns. The idea was to have something dramatic so that the media would pay attention.

Groups of all political persuasions do it: during the Howard years, the left burnt flags, effigies of Howard, and blockaded roads with marches, not to mention when they attacked Parliament House causing $100,000s worth of damage and injuring a number of police and staff.


 

When it’s a predominately right-wing protest, the left flare up in a chorus of ‘How dare you?’. A Twitter feed has been hijacked by ‘Dumb F***S on Trucks’, by ‘Convoy of No Clue’, by ‘Convoy of Incontinence’, and so on. These are the same people that considered signs of ‘Ditch the witch’ as offensive and the uproar was in the media and inside Parliament. This is the sign that would seem too offensive for these Left Carbon Tax advocates. They seem to have a double standard.  Up to now nobody’s been able to say why the activism is illegitimate.
There is a clear and not unreasonable concern that the current government is unsympathetic to the views of regional and rural Australians. When the cruelty to exported animals problem erupted, instead of attacking the MLA, the ALP punished farmers by banning exports to a not insignificant market. If the Government banned the import of coffee that wasn’t fair trade, shutting down nearly every inner city coffee shop and pumping up the cost of lattes, there would be an outcry. But because rural and regional Australians are given secondary consideration to populist reactions to inner city qualms, live exports were banned… … Then the ban was overturned… … And now nobody really knows the state of play. 

These people from all over Australia were representing tens of thousands of their kind and yet after travelling so far, a large proportion of these were not allowed to get close to the peoples parliament. When I arrived at Parliament House there were a large number of police in attendance, Including a very Senior Officer standing well back. It seemed over the top, but was not a big issue to any one there. then we saw 8 motorcycle police head off and a little while later we were told by the convoy they were being stopped from arriving. It wasn’t until much later when I managed to talk to a couple of AFP officers I discovered the presence had been ramped up due to information that there was people in the group that were going to try and cause trouble. I asked about the trucks but they would not comment on why they couldn’t reach the area.

The reason the anti-Carbon Tax rhetoric is so persuasive is that we can supply evidence to back up our claims. The ALP is supposedly just dreadful at communicating with rural and regional Australia, the truth is they have not wanted to argue the science, as it is not a argument they can win. The ALP, rightly or wrongly, has responded to the inner city threat of the Greens, sacrificing its interest in regional votes. That’s why this Convoy exists. It’s a symptom of a broader political malaise upon which the LNP is capitalising on.

Instead of engaging in conversation, the left has shown a tribalism and factionalism. The concerns of the Convoy aren’t worth listening to, apparently, and so they should be mocked and belittled until they shut up.

The Convoy was yet another opportunity for the ALP to engage with the disaffected, The numbers that were there gave the PM an opportunity to talk with them, instead she ignored them as not worthy of her time. This Convoy is is more evidence for the ALP to see how it’s failing to win hearts and minds, as it steamrolls people with it’s NBN and Carbon Tax..

It appears it is easier to just consider them ‘Abbott’s cronies’ just –forever stuck in prehistoric views of the world. What a sad waste and woeful indictment of the attitude of this Government. They will not talk with any that oppose them, some of their MP’s have been extremely rude to people in their own electorate that have complained to them about some of this Government’s policies. This Government is not a Government of the people, it can’t talk with the people, refuses to listen to the people, and has failed to represent the majority of the electorate.

Regards Kev.