The truth in independent journalism and lobby groups helps to voice Australians against a corrupt and uncaring government, writes Bruce Keogh.
Unexpected political and corporate forces have a big impact on our lives, but most Australians don’t care. This is crazy but true.
Naturally, the wider community views its establishment with disgust and disgust. And yes, trust is in lowest of all time. And the lack of trust in the system is understandable.
But this cannot be a reason not to care – quite the opposite.
Collective release – apathy on a large scale – has become a national cancer and the prognosis is not good. Continued slowness will invite the Grim Reapers to eliminate the souls of Australia.
Quote John F. Kennedy:
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-term risk of the absence of convenient action. “
Society can be divided into two categories: minorities, who actively advocate for action and the rest, whose apathetic silence is deafening. For them, a comfortable lag must feel safe.
Meanwhile, minority soldiers are steadfastly advancing, driven by social, political and environmental awareness. He called for radical progressive change. It must be confused with the task of overcoming public apathy and dealing with issues that plague Australia.
And the problem is very alarming for those who care:
- evil power of political lobbying no shortage of corruption on a large scale. This is a multi-billion dollar industry that uses sophisticated strategies to win political assistance for its clients. Unfortunately, we know very little about secret intrigues that affect our lives;
- Political donations for election ad campaigns have a big influence on the results. More than $ 100 million in contributions from hidden sources submitted to major parties during the 2019 election year;
- the fossil fuel industry is very large political donor, so it is not surprising that the Morrison Government continues to maintain and promote this sector, which is the main driver of climate change;
- we fear what lies ahead for future generations as a result of climate change. The science is conclusive, but Australia still doesn’t have an energy policy. There is no denying that the rejection of climate change can still exist, but it is done in the form of an ultra-conservative, pro-coal Federal Liberal and National Members. They have thwarted Australia’s efforts at a decade-long coordinated response with extraordinary responsibilities;
- unfortunately we are tied to the banking and financial sectors. That Royal Commission into practice revealed terrible violations of law and social trust, which resulted in billions of dollars in compensation and repayments of stolen money. We can safely assume that this sector is only sorry it has been caught. We can also assume that in the future, he will try to escape with what he can; and
- where is the anger at other issues that are in dire need of reform? What about the grim statistics of women dying at the hands of domestic violence? What about the human rights violations of the refugees on Nauru and Manus Island? What about the continuing blight of gender inequality, with women who are valued low across the social, work and sports spectrum?
There are many more and all of them seem insurmountable. But there is hope.
Reactive, sharp, fearless journalism has developed over the past decade. Independent news websites like Independent Australia, Crikey and Michael West is evidence for that, because they hold strong to be responsible. During that time, the influence of the conservative press, with the concentration of right wing ownership which was very dangerous – especially Murdoch – had diminished for profit-driven reasons. Driven by ethics, progressive journalism, the status quo challenged like never before.
Independent comments alone may not bring change, but raise awareness and act as a stepping stone to activism, when a disappointed turn to lobby groups such as Wake up, Citizens of Solar and Change.org.
For example, the success of GetUp causes real optimism.
Calling itself a movement to “build progressive Australia”, GetUp is a lobbying group that campaigns for changes in public policy in areas such as the environment, economy and human rights.
Thirteen years since it started, GetUp now stands as a powerful force in Australian politics, claiming a “membership base” of one million people. In comparison, the Liberal Party and the Labor Party have a combined membership of around 130,000.
And he knows how to make money, receiving more than $ 11 million in donations last year.
That achievement GetUp is inspiration – proof that collective activism works. The campaign is very organized, targeted and strong. He can carry out legal proceedings at the highest level.
Because the more lobbying groups have these qualities, the brighter the future. Praise and respect because when the wider community realizes that real action and reform is important and possible and, even better, act on it.
Establishment is an embarrassing stain on the national landscape and cannot be tolerated anymore.
Keep in mind that we care about who we are as a nation. We will not be confused.
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