Peter Adamis August 2014
This past ten days has been somewhat of a whirlwind in geopolitical circles of which much has happened since the last edition of THE FILE and as such we have taken selective articles to describe events that are shaping Victoria, Australia and the world. We had made a prediction to our readers that John Pesutto was destined to win the seat of Hawthorn and we are pleased to announce that this was announced this day. A complete copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: THE FILE 6
- JOHN PESUTTO WINS PRESELECTION FOR SEAT OF HAWTHORN
- VICTORIA ELECTION: LAW AND ORDER ISSUES KEY FOR SWING VOTERS
- BOTH SIDES OF POLITICS SEIZE ON CRIME INCREASE
- THREE CHARGED AFTER ANTI-EAST WEST LINK PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE
- VICTORIAN MINISTERS CAUGHT UP IN EAST WEST LINK PROTEST
- LIBERAL PARTY BACKS JOSH MORRIS FOR WESTERN VICTORIA
- VICTORIAN COALITION HAS THREE MONTHS TO CHANGE VOTERS’ MINDS
- WHAT IS IT WITH SOCIALISTS AND BULLYING?
- LIBERALS IN SUDDEN BACKDOWN FROM RIGHT- WING CONFERENCE
- TED BAILLIEUS EXIT FROM POLITICS BRINGS LIBERAL BACKLASH
- EX LIB SPINNERS AND MEDIA SPAT OVER WHO GETS BIG TED’S LOVE
- ABBOTT CRITICISED FOR VIEW FIRST FLEET WAS AUSTRALIA’S DEFINING MOMENT
- AUSTRALIA TO JOIN MULTINATIONAL AIRLIFT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ
- INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY MISSION TO IRAQ
- SAS TROOPS, HORNETS IN FRAME FOR IRAQ MISSION
- WE MUST FIGHT THIS THREAT TO WORLD PEACE
- SYRIAN SOLDIERS STRIPPED AND MASSACRED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE
- MUSLIMS SAY WERE NOT CONSULTED OVER DRACONIAN ANTI -TERROR LAWS
- GEORGE BRANDIS MEETING LEAVES MUSLIM LEADERS FRUSTRATED WITH DIALOGUE
- DENIS NAPTHINE MOVES TO EXPEL FRANKSTON MP GEOFF SHAW
- EXPELLING GEOFF SHAW WON’T END DENIS NAPHINE’S PROBLEMS
- VIC MP SHAW SLAMS BULLY PREMIER
- FRANKSTON MP GEOFF SHAW SURVIVES PREMIER’S EXPULSION BID
John Pesutto. It is with great pleasure to announce that John Pesutto has won an administrative pre-selection for the seat of Hawthorn and we at THE FILE wish him all the best and congratulations. John comes with little or no baggage, has a good eye on the political scene and is not afraid to take the fight to the opposition. He will be an asset to any political leader that brings him into his circle of confidence and also has the makings of a fine minister when the opportunity is offered to him A good team player who is respected by many within the Liberal party and is well like for his personal interaction with all members. The question now arises whether John Pesutto will become a rival to Michael O’Brien and Matthew Guy for the leaders position post State election.
News and communication. Beginning with the transmission of news to the public, I blame the media for much of the hysteria, hype, misinformation and the talking up of incidents that are best left to experts. Social Media is no better with the revelations of the recent beheadings and subsequent evidential evidence that they may have been faked. Victorian politics has had its twists and turns with its phony campaign election being carried out secretly behind the scenes.
The potential for war in the Russian hemisphere of influence and the misinformation that surrounds it are a cause for concern. The media war involving the ISIS and their supporters in Syria and Iraq have made Muslims in Australia targets of unwarranted attacks and are looked upon with some suspicion. The mismanagement and projected plan to expel Geoff Shaw from Victorian parliament was but a diversion from the real issues facing Victorians.
A defining moment. The most defining moment in Australia’s history was not the ‘arrival of the First Fleet’ as indicated by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Whoever prepared that speech ought to be shot, then drawn and quartered. A defining moment in time perhaps but the most defining moment. The Prime Ministers role is to express what All Australians feel about themselves and his recent comments are not relevant in today’s society. That is not say that we should take heed of the Prime Ministers comments to the nation, far from it, but that information must be based on current societal needs and interests and not ideological grounds as seemed to be the case for the past 12 months. The Liberal party National Director Brian Loughnane clearly pointed out that enough of the ideology and to get back to the basics of what is important to Australia and its interests.
Team Australia and a cause for war. Furthermore information regarding the Australian flag, “Team Australia’, and what it means to Australians is somewhat a one way street which leaves one to wonder why was it so important to bring it to our attention in the first place other than to believe that we are being prepared for something in the future. A future that may cause us to be involved in a conflict that is not to the long term interests of Australians. We can no longer enter a war based on misapprehension and misinformation of “weapons of mass destruction and in the recent cases of two beheadings which are subject to further evidence being gathered to certify their authenticity.
Australian society has matured and developed to the point where it no longer needs to be associated or look to ‘Mother England” so to speak. Mind you I am not a Republican while the current status quo remains and in any case Australia is not quite ready for a change despite our enormous contributions to the world as we know it. It will take another generation, say in another 25 years before Australians are comfortable with any changes that see it become a republic.
Josh Morris and new candidates. Whether Josh Morris is a better candidate that Aaron lane remains to be seen and one hopes that he excels in his role representing the Western region. However his endorsement may have also ignited a long time feud amongst some young Liberal ranks. This brings us to another pint regarding the character and relevance of candidates and whether they are truly representative of the electorate that they have chosen to represent.
Should Denis Napthine step down? Having monitored the progress of Denise Napthine since his return to the Premiers job, I for one was hoping that he would become another Henry Bolte and bring together all the parliamentary members including Geoff Shaw and ensure a return to Government. Now all that I can see is one blunder after another based on the advice of the sycophants that surround him. the Kew debacle, the BaillieuGate debacle, the Geoff Shaw debacle, The Ambulance debacle, the pork barrelling of building a better Victoria debacle, are but some of his failures amongst other to date. It’s time for a generational change before the State election in order to regain the initiative for the Liberals in Victoria.
Professional political agitators. Is it not hilarious to see on media channels the same old faces, protesting for one issue or another. Even the Police appear to know who they are and one was even called out one by name to move along. Protesting against policies and issues that are of importance is one thing, but to disrupt a meeting based on ideological grounds rather than the policies is another. The recent protest that was carried out against the Liberals was a reminder that Labor tactics have not changed at all and it brought to me images of when the Unionists stormed Parliament house in Canberra. That was the worst case of an illegal protest in Australia’s history and brought Australia to shame.
Ted Ballieu and Damocles. It would appear from the past 18 months that Ted Baillieu has been living a life that one would assume was a fortunate one without realising his true position in that great arena of politics. One who has wanted the luxuries, fortunes and the responsibilities of high office should bear in mind the story of Dionysius II of Syracuse and that of his flatterer Damocles. In this case the flatterer Damocles represent the sycophants and Dionysius being Ted Baillieu. Ted had all the hall marks of a great leader but as I have always stated on many occasions, he was surrounded by sycophants and recalcitrants, persons similar to that of Damocles who brought about his downfall. Ted Baillieu’s fall from power is a sad on given his contribution to the Liberal party over the years.
Victorian Labor party. The Victorian opposition must be laughing all the way to the polls despite their recent setback regarding the misinformation and mishandling of the BaillieuGate leaked tape affair, the removal of a number of their candidates due to perceived misbehaviour, the CFMEU investigation, their support against and back flip support to Geoff Shaw all smack of a deliberate strategy to manipulate every opportunity that arises, which is the role of the opposition in any case. Andrew Daniels has failed to impress Victorians and the majority prefer Denis Napthine whose party unfortunately is not doing well in the polls. If the current polls persist and the government fails to capitalise on the positive aspects of government it stand to lose at the next State election. I for one hope that this is not the case, but the Government must lift its game to remain relevant in age where communication is of the essence.
Generational reconciliation & change. whatever the outcome of the Victorian state election, political paradigms and structural changes need to be reviewed in order to reengage the membership and a return of party policy being debated at the grass roots level. It is my opinion only that the current the electorate conferences were designed to centralise power rather than shared amongst grass roots membership. A return to the previous model will enable members to take a far more active interest, raise funds, elect suitable delegates based on community representation and be responsible for the election of community rather that Administrative committee directed candidates. I am of the opinion that the current model despite all of its good intentions has not brought about the intended changes but has been hijacked by a select few who erroneously. cling to power
We live in interesting times, that one day we can reflect back on and say that the year 2014 was a defining moment in the history of Victorian politics, A time when generational change had its embryonic origins. On the global platform we hope like all Australians that we are not dragged into a war which is not in the long term interests of this country and that diplomacy and dialogue win out on the day in the face of the many geopolitical challenges faced by the Federal government
The Voice from the Pavement – Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538