||Issue No. 289||11 November 2005|
The Great Repression
Interview: Public Defender
Legal: Craig's Story
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
Politics: Queue Jumping
History: Iron Heel
Economics: Waging War
International: Under Pressure
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
The Locker Room
We're Just Serfin'
To the Shredder
Letters to the Editor
It is common knowledge that the role models for John Howard are "Bob Menzies" and "Winston Churchill" and Paul Keating ostensibly, is the persona that Peter Costello has adopted and these roles like many of the dunghill nobility resident in the pens of our federal and state parliaments they portray with great efficacy.
This passion for role playing only surpassed by that of rabid republican the member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, who paradoxically appears to have embraced all aspects of William Wentworth (1793 - 1872) was the Sydney Lawyer, Explorer and later New South Wales politician and whom the Electorate of Wentworth is named after.
Some of Wentworth's attempts in creating the "Bunyip Aristocracy" included a draft bill including limiting suffrage to land owners, and renters who earned as much as their landlords. Electorates were to remain the same as the gerrymandered ones of 1851 that gave undue power to landed interests. The bill also created a colonial aristocracy to populate the upper house and ensure the power of the landed interests.
Is the Member for Wentworths‚ advocacy for a republic and his suggestion that the sedition laws be removed or amended a perverse method of creating a new house of Harlequin Aristocracy for these would be Australian Mandarins?
Is it possible that under the current legislation, if it was applied equally to all, that those who advocate a republic could be convicted of sedition?
Reference: Dan Deniehy's Bunyip Aristocracy Speech 15th August 1853
Daniel Henry Deniehy was born in Sydney on 16th August 1828.
Tom Collins, NSW
|Search All Issues | Latest Issue | Previous Issues | Print Latest Issue|