||Issue No. 332||10 November 2006|
Affairs of State
Interview: Common Ground
Industrial: A Low Act
Unions: The Number of the Least
Politics: The Smoking Gun
Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
Environment: Low Voltage
History: The Art of Social Justice
Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
Culture: A Forgotten Poet
Dirty Rotten Scoundrel
Gee, do you think Howard and his cronies might pull out the race card in an attempt to swindle another election?
First we had the hot air about values and citizenship tests, brought up a few months ago by the Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Robb.
Now, with all the subtlety of a suicide bomber, Robb has announced he wants to take the word multicultural out of the dictionary.
One gets the feeling this is the last throw of the dice for a Government whose credibility with Joe Six Pack is seriously on the wane.
They've been caught out on their bald-faced lies about interest rates from the last election and their work laws are the biggest attack on working people since the Bubonic Plague.
So, the scoundrels are down to their last refuge.
Expect to see flags waved around in the next 12 months like it's the Nuremberg rallies.
And Robb, the brains behind the 1993 Hewson campaign and the republican referendum, has appointed himself the Joseph Goebbels of the Howard Government.
He says the move away from multiculturalism - no doubt a vote grabber - is because the term has negative connotations.
These negative connotations are largely a result of people like Robb and Howard, who have abandoned anything positive the policy might offer.
It's no accident that any problems we might have with multiculturalism have happened after 10 years of Coalition rule.
Recent tensions prove that the problem has been with the Coalition's approach to multiculturalism - or lack thereof - than multiculturalism itself.
Note that there was nothing like the Cronulla riots on Whitlam, Frasier, Hawke or Keating's watch.
Team Howard has dropped the ball and now Robb is calling for a penalty. They are seeking to capitalise on their own failure.
At least they hope it will take the crowd's eye off what is happening in back play.
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