Thursday, June 24, 2010

Australia's First Female Prime Minister

Julia Gillard is Australia's First Female Prime Minister

This is a significant event, just as America's first Black President was momentous.

But it might just be more-of-the-same. She might be a dead loss - just like every other Prime Minister we've ever had - or are likely to have.

But, she deserves a chance to prove herself.

Well, if you are interested Hon Julia, here is a list of things that I, Wonko the Sane, believe should be your priority. You will probably disagree - if you indeed ever read this. But Wonko is not motivated by what he can 'get' out of life - only by the welfare and wellbeing of others. And that, by the way, sounds like the description of a Prime Minister.

So here's the list:

1. This internet censorship thing - it has to go. At best, those who want to will circumvent it and at worst, future governments will use it to restrict information to their advantage. We should not be following China's example here.

2. On that subject, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and someone who should be treated with respect. The present attitude of pleasuring the Chinese government despite the horrors perpetrated by them is unacceptable and by our own government's stand, we are not only aligned with China but also supportive of genocide and environmental destruction.

3. In this wonderful 21st century it is time that we learnt the true meaning of compassion. Factory farming (including the workarounds used by some chicken farmers) must be properly outlawed - including battery hens. Show the world that Australians have hearts and not just stomachs.

4. A growing proportion of Australians are Carers. They are looking after spouse, parents, children - yet they receive a very poor deal. Would you work for someone who provides no annual leave, no long service leave, 24x7 on-call hours, no public holidays and - perhaps most importantly - NO SUPERANNUATION? Would you Julia Gillard expect your children to be subjected to that? I don't think so. Carers are a growing breed and need much better support.

5. Climate Change is Real. Whether or not we are causing it or making it worse is something that we will argue until the planet dies it's ultimate death. But we can at least ensure that we ARE NOT making it worse. That much can be done. So lets do it.

Is there any chance that we will get a Leader who actually cares?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Would you care if it were your child?

A child died today. Not from an accident or some genetic illness. It wasn't even murder. But from starvation.

24000 will die today. That's about sixteen tiny hearts that will stop every minute.

If it were your child, would you care?

Yet Nicole Richie can be paid $300,000 for the 'critical' world service of cutting ribbons.

No, she is not to blame - not for being paid. But what she does with the money - that's down to her and if she makes the decision to spend on herself rather than the 16 tiny children that have died in the space of reading this piece, well then she is responsible for that.

But the people who paid her that much money are in the opinion of Wonko the Sane guilty of something. Murder? No, not murder. At the moment, the non-saving of a human life is not considered murder.

But they are guilty. Yes, they are guilty.

Because they are part of the world where the tiny are left to die while the rich (and that's you and me by the way) sit back in comfort, safe in the knowledge that those children don't matter because we don't know them.

Only they do matter.

Just imagine if one of them was yours.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The World Without Ears. Or Heart.

We live in a sickening world.

Last week there was the case of a Spanish bull that had been cloned to allow those who delight in the painful torture of an animal to death to continue their sordid enjoyments with as much sickening suffering as possible.

The world is without ears. Or Heart. Wonko's highlighting of this appalling example of Spain's backwards decent into the dark ages - of it's hideous nature of barbarism - has achieved nothing when he then reads of a twelve year old bullfighter. A new low for Spain. Child abuse and Animal abuse at the same time.

How much do the Spanish love torture and pain?