By Noely Neate
March 2nd, 2013
When I was young I would see something I thought was unfair, have a rant about it (obviously have not changed over the years) and my dad would mutter under his breathe ‘bloody bleeding heart liberal’. As a youngster I never really knew what that meant, though I did get the gist that my dad thought I was being soft.
Reading about the highly anticipated or dreaded Costello report , depending on how you feel about the future of Queensland, it was pretty clear that the Atate I love is about to be parcelled up and sold to the highest bidder. In a nutshell Mr Costello is telling his liberal mate Mr Campbell Newman to Sell assets and outsource health services.
So where does that leave the people?
Kay Rollison has expressed my concerns very well in her recent article: Privatisation: Coming to Public Schools and Hospitals Near You. She infers that the LNP Queensland Government is setting the blueprint for what an Abbott Federal Government is planning to do to the country as a whole. I have a terrible feeling she may be right, and again I ask, what about the people? The people who can’t afford private schools, the people who can’t afford a private hospital, the people who are already struggling to pay their ever increasing electricity bill. Are we destined to a future of the rich being wealthier, healthier and educated, whilst the less affluent become poorer, die waiting for a hospital bed and more ignorant due to poor public education standards?
Is this what a so-called Liberal party should be doing? Let’s see how the party so proud of it ‘Liberal Party Values’ stacks up against the definition of the word ‘liberal’.
Being an old fashioned sort of girl, I hit the dictionary for the definition of liberal and you know what, the political party does not seem to fit the definition that the trusty old Oxford Dictionary shows me. Let’s see…
willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own
I don’t think so. The demonisation of asylum seekers is not liberal by definition. Recent comments by Morrison and Abetz display exactly how ‘accepting’ the Liberal Party is. Personally I would prefer to be warned that Morrison or Abetz was living next to me than an asylum seeker trying to start a new life with the family. (their words and views)
open to new ideas
Gee that is a funny one. I’m pretty sure that the LGBT Australians are pretty sure there will be no gay marriage under the Liberals. In fact, dialling back Civil Unions was on the top of the LNP’s list when they rocked into power last year.
favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
Well if Mr Abbott has his way, women definitely do not have reproductive rights or freedoms? Now get back in that kitchen and make your husbands dinner, unless of course you work for or are related to Mr Abbott, because you are obviously one of the ‘good’ women…
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