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Australia, the whingeing country

It’s official, Australia can no longer be counted as “the lucky country”…we have instead become a country of self-centred whingers.

When the people start to moan about not being compensated enough for a tax THAT IS NOT BEING LEVIED ON THEM DIRECTLY, or whine about having some of their benefits removed because THEY ARE EARNING MORE THAN $150000 PER YEAR then it’s time for a serious reality check.

To mind, this all started with the great myth of the “Howard battler”.  This was John Howard’s way to siphon support from the traditional Labor base by appealing to the “aspirationals” in the cashed-up bogan belt.  By throwing middle class welfare at them he encouraged to effectively spend beyond their means…McMansions for all with two Commodore V8s in every garage.  Of course, this meant that because they had borrowed beyond their means to get their flashy new house (courtesy of the First Home Owners Grant and low doc loans), any slight movement upwards of interest rates meant they got pushed to the wall.  Naturally the culture of blame wouldn’t allow them to accept responsibility for their poor decision, so the Government copped it for allowing interest rates to rise.

This leads on to the second point, where the public’s main indication of the state of the Australian economy has become the movement of interest rates.  This is a result of the media’s complete aversion to analysis on anything but the most superficial of levels and resorting to 3 minute factoid laden spiels designed to provoke a response…usually indignation.  Hence the prevalence of shonky tradies, dole bludgers and welfare cheats throughout what used to be some decent current affairs shows.  So now that the public believes that interest rates are the sole indicator of a healthy economy, any movement upwards is treated as a betrayal of the battlers by the Government, despite the fact that a) the Reserve Bank board is independent of the Government, and b) interest rate changes are a mechanism used to control the economy, not a weapon against the public.

Finally we come to what I think is the primary cause of this attitude…the shithouse state of the media in this country.

Gone are the days when you could switch on the news and learn the facts about politics and government in this country…it has been increasingly treated like a sport where you have to pick a side and everything is a victory or loss…there is no middle ground.  Considering politics has long been called the “art of compromise” this is a serious disservice to the viewing/reading public.

Of course they treat it this way solely for the purposes of ratings/circulation/hits…they no longer see themselves as supplying the service of facts and analysis to the public, instead they are providing profit for their shareholders.  The media has also been infected by bias towards one side of politics, and it is only the very obtuse or the very biased themselves that can claim otherwise. When the not for profit national broadcaster parrots headlines directly from the News Limited stable and prefaces every story regarding a government policy with “the Federal Opposition says…” you know there is something wrong.  When the supposed national broadsheet vows to destroy an established political party at the ballot box and deliberately casts a very successful government policy (97% success) as a failure then you know there is some bias in the media.

So when Tony Abbott can get away with ridiculous pronouncements without a hint of scrutiny, continually talking down the Australian economy without a hint of censure, and demeaning our Parliamentary system with his childish censure motions EVERY DAY OF QUESTION TIME purely to try to get on TV news, then you know the culture of whinge is becoming deeply ingrained.

Australians need to have a good hard look at themselves, take a big cup of concrete and harden the fuck up.

The fact is we currently have one of the best performing economies in the world regardless of all the doomsaying.  We have one of the highest standards of living and compared to some countries where it is a day to day struggle to get a job or food, we have it easy.

If you’re whining that your house has lost value because of the GFC, or your business will go under because of the carbon tax WHICH WON’T BE INTRODUCED FOR ANOTHER YEAR, or that you aren’t getting enough handouts from the Government because you earn more than $150,000 you should just shut the fuck up and count your blessings that you live in Australia.  If not, get the hell out.

 

UPDATE:  Awesome article by Geoff Lemon…must read.

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  1. July 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Yes. Well said.

  2. debbiep
    July 15, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Sadly I think Abbott is doing more damage to Australia than what the GFC did, or what climate change will do.

  3. patriciawa
    July 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Too true, Many on the web agree. Why aren’t we seeing comment like this in the MSM?

  4. Per Ardua
    July 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    MS/debbiep,
    the free run given to Abbott by press gallery and MSM is allowing him to do damage to the country with his lies, obfuscation and penny ante alternate policies, what few there are and the details of which will be disclosed at a later date! As PJK said last night:

    ‘You know this – you know what Tony Abbott’s policy is? “If you don’t give me the job, I’ll wreck the place. If you don’t give me the job, I’ll wreck the place.” And we’re supposed to, “Well, Tony, you better have it, you know, otherwise you might destroy it on us.” I mean, Tony’s got to have the political judo chop. That’s what Tony has to have.’
    There would be a conga line willing to administer that and at the head of the queue would be the member for Wentworth. I wish…

    An now he says that if elected, he will call a double dissolution straight away!
    Well ain’t that an indication of his regard for national interest?

  5. BSA Bob
    July 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    That about sums things up, I wonder how we’re perceived overseas? Not that we care, God created China & India to buy rocks off us & make us rich, the United States to defend us & keep us that way & the Asian Bastion to cheerfully absorb all those illegals.

  6. drsusancalvin
    July 15, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Why aren’t we seeing comment like this in the MSM? Lots of reasons, elucidated at length at like minded sites. There’s a problem with entrenched opinion; contrary facts don’t necessarily educate or convert, they embed the firmly held belief. (much research on this). It is harder still when the MSM is perverting, twisting, selecting and pushing the content, let alone when they flat out make shit up.

  7. jane
    July 16, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Couldn’t agree more. I reckon it would do no harm at all if the perpetually whinging “battlers” had a taste of what it really means to be a battler. It only took 11 years for this carping sense of entitlement to infest people earning a very decent quid.

    Once, they would have been proud of achieving a high income and the lifestyle that goes with it, and would have been ashamed to take handouts. Now they demand them as a right.

    Frankly, I’d like to see the government yank the public teat out of their petulant, ungrateful, greedy gobs and tell them if they want to live way beyond their means, they’ll have to get a better job or pull their heads in.

    I don’t mind my tax dollars going to help people doing it tough, but I object to helping some spoiled bludger earning more than me, buy their next merc.

  8. Bilko
    July 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    A great spray not one adverse comment yet, I see you have filled up the can as I commented a few sprays back. This country does not know how lucky it really is, minimal GFC effect, our rellies in the UK and Ireland wish they were like us instead of being sold down the river in pouring millions into the banks as per the USA look at them all now.

    Abbort and co should be locked up for their outbursts trying to drag the country down to their level.

    Every personal and business failure will now be slated at the carbon tax/levy/impost what ever name it ends up being called, when in fact is is a pollution tax. If I new how to link the Tom Lehrer ditty from utube “Pollution” to this i would.

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