Here’s just one instance: our Prime Minister has, this past week, announced that he would like Australia to become one of the top 10 weapons producers in the world. What? Join the arms dealing business? Does he even know the reason ‘arms’ are made? Their purpose (whether spoken or not), Mr Prime Minister, is to wreak havoc on others (not us, of course) and actually kill and maim them. Did you not realise that?
And, did you also not realise that, once these weapons are produced and sold to other nations (oh, so much rubbing of hands in glee, at the thought of the money) did you not ever think that the nation that bought these weapons, might one day NOT be our friend and perhaps decide to obliterate us? Ever think of that?
And…how about taking a look at footage of some of the worst after-effect scenes in (current) war torn countries. Nice, huh? Good thing to do? Would you like that? Would you like your luxury home to end up like that? Thought not.
The other terrible result of arms/weapons use is that, once their purpose has been achieved, the consequence is more than likely to be more and more people bombed out of their homes and their homeland and turned into homeless and terrified refugees. Dead, injured and/or without a home.
And, what does our Prime Minister think about that? Well, what he does is ‘stop the boats’ (he loves that phrase) to make sure that none of these refugees ever tries to come to Australia for refuge - to seek asylum. Nice confluence of ideas: produce and sell weapons to be used in conflicts all over the world, while refusing asylum to the resulting human detritus. Nice one! (Of course, often to help START the war in the first place!)
So, there you have it.
That’s partly why I feel unable to write anything hopeful or positive while I watch this awful approach by our ‘leader’.
I will only briefly mention other worries, such as our current politicians’ promotion of COAL, the neglect of crucial environment issues and the curbing of much R & D in universities and scientific studies.
But, it seems that to be in the world’s ‘top 10’ in the arms race is the position to aspire towards.
Where are the headlines criticising this decision? Where are the protests?