Karma is a
Buddhist concept. Very briefly, the
concept is that nothing happens to a person that they don’t deserve. The
Buddist website explains it a lot better here in case you
are interested. Others would be more familiar
with the concept of ‘paying it forward’ which effectively is the same
thing. The past week in Federal Politics
would suggest they can't win a trick.
It’s not the
first time we have looked at concepts of karma (or reaping what you sow) on The Political Sword. In July 2014.
we looked at Abbott’s apparent inability to create a sense of responsibility
for his actions. You could suggest that
the job that Abbott craved so badly destroyed his political reputation. Turnbull isn’t doing much better.
Last weekend, people
were protesting outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane
as there was a concern over a young child recovering from accidental burns would
be taken back to Nauru in the middle of the night. The hospital doctors had taken the decision
that baby Asha could only be released into a supportive and safe environment –
something that didn’t (in the view of the medical professionals) exist on
Nauru. The protestors were in effect
picketing every entry to the hospital to ensure that Border Force or Queensland
Police did not take Asha and her family from the place of safety. The was considerable support for the protest and
the doctors decision – the organisers at one stage had to ask supporters from
around Australia not to send any more
pizzas and Queensland Health, rather than arranging for the
protestors to be ‘moved on’ was tweeting to ask protestors to respect other
patients and staff.
Minister Dutton finally announced that Asha and her family would be transferred
to community detention in Brisbane rather than immediately being returned to
Nauru. The doctors released their
patient and everyone was happy. Well not
quite. . .
It seems Dutton
didn’t really like The Canberra Times headline
of 21 February 2016 ‘Incredible victory’
as Peter Dutton says community detention for baby
Asha because news of an
investigation into how Asha suffered severe burns was released to The Courier Mail (Murdoch’s daily
Brisbane based newspaper). The claim was
that Asha’s mother poured boiling water over her baby so the family could stay
in Australia. Unfortunately for Dutton, the
medical records were made public
– quickly and effectively calling out the lie.
suggested that he was taken out of context, which seems to be a common thread
for the Federal Government this week.
Bernardi claimed on Tuesday that the ‘Safe Schools’ program – used in around
500 schools around the country to eliminate bullying within the school
community was really a “social engineering agenda that is radically at odds
with the aspirations of many
parents". The usual
collection of conservative politicians fell into line to back up Bernardi,
including Senator Abetz on ABCTV’s The
Drum where Abetz was interviewed for eleven
minutes to make the point that bullying is wrong if you have red hair or large
ears – but perfectly acceptable if you identify as LGBTI. The Education Minister Simon Birmingham, who
weeks before supported the program publically, acknowledged that the program
would have been implemented differently if the LNP started it – but the
objective was sound. He will, at
Turnbull’s insistence conduct a review.
under the surface this week is the Government continuing scare campaign over
the ALP’s negative gearing proposals.
Regardless of the proposals, all the LNP can muster in reply is that the
plan would significantly reduce the prices of houses in Australia. Well it did until mid-week when the Assistant
Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer went on morning TV and claimed that the ALP policy
would increase housing prices so they would be unaffordable. Let’s
be polite and suggest that O’Dwyer hadn’t read the morning ‘talking points’
email from the PM’s Office. For the
record, her original response on TV was The Labor party has a
very irresponsible campaign. They have got a policy that will increase the cost
of housing for all Australians, for those people who own a home and for those
people who would like to get into the housing market through their negative
gearing policy. O’Dwyer ‘clarified’ the remarks using the statement below – which
now smacks of gobbledygook rather than logic and fact.
One wonders if
Turnbull is regretting putting his hand up to be Prime Minister yet. The initial glow has tarnished very quickly
according to the opinion polls, and his PR people seem to spend most of their
time putting out bushfires ignited by his own side of politics.
In July 2014,
we observed that Abbott was having trouble getting clear air because he had to
defend previous statements that were hyperbole (or if you’re less generous – absolute
bollocks). It seems that Turnbull hasn’t
learnt the lessons of recent history and his past decisions on a number of
issues – including those who he chose to surround himself with – are coming
back to bite him.
You do reap
what you sow – or to put it more bluntly - karma is a bugger.
What do you