… yet nuanced by context!
It can be difficult to succinctly provide an overview on various areas, as my considerations will generally be nuanced by context. Still, here are a few areas on which I have been asked to comment.
The current situation with a declared ‘pandemic’ to invoke reserve powers needs to be revoked. The power invoked was initially out of concern as the death toll was unknown. What has since emerged is that there is little evidence that its death rate is any higher than bad influenza. There are also concerns (also mentioned by a number of brave medical staff) that when a terminally ill patient tests positive to the latest test, the ’cause of death’ is written on the certificate as such, rather than, for example, palliative-care acquired pneumonia during the final stages of terminal cancer.
No masks should ever be mandatory, nor travel restrictions, nor tracking agreements with Microsoft or any other organisation, nor vaccinations for either travel, work, or recreation.
EMF radiation has evidently a normal level from natural sources, and is an important aspect of the biological makeup of living organisms (which of course includes us). To significantly alter these through excessive communication and monitoring towers and satellites poses risks that are already known. Limits their introduction or usage should therefore be limited to what is necessary, giving due consideration to health and civil liberty considerations.
Education is not a Federal matter, instead clearly placed in the State basket. Therefore, I do not support a ‘national’ curriculum, or ‘nationally consistent’ guidelines. These are simply bureaucratic wastes, with currently allocated funds better spent on schools and teaching. A question should be: how can we better enable teaching to meet the needs of students, rather than whether or not any specific ‘benchmarks’ are met or politically motivated curriculum design is implemented (a case in point: the current national history and geography areas).
In terms of financing schools, maximum flexibility in parental choice seems a better way. This can be achieved through a simple voucher approach (each voucher itself having a scaling value dependent on the fees charged). After all, every family should potentially be able to choose their preferred school, not just wealthy parents.
The bureaucratisation of our society is having a range of negative impact on small businesses and individuals. In most instances, I would want to see these seriously reduced and a re-directed bearing towards responsible autonomy within appropriate constraints. What is here of serious concern is that we are moving increasingly away from a western liberal democracy to one in which ‘permission’ (i.e., application to bureaucracies for permissions) needs to be obtained.
Protection of aspects of our environment, or safety, etc, are certainly warranted, but this is quite distinct to bureaucratic intrusions.
Mining and Wood
I certainly support the need for mining and the growth and collection of wood.
What is occurring, however, are some practices that simply fail a common sense risk analysis: ‘fracking’ should simply not occur, as the evident danger to our limited water tables and impact on our limited soil-rich farming area is too high.
On the collection of wood, there are in a few instances of old growth areas being used. This also should not occur.
Farmers and individual households need to be able to collect water through onsite tanks or small dams without being charged – storage of water, in our dry continent, makes social sense, and legislation introduced in some States enabling the State to raise revenues from these needs to be repealed.
Also on water, that we all need to have access to clean water is certainly a fair expectation. Its fluoridation is government-forced medicalisation and needs to stop. Anyone wishing to partake of fluoride may readily do so via toothpaste and/or tablets.
Aside from potential risks associated from EMFs, there is also an important privacy issue: I have been informed that one electricity company already has over 18 000 000 000 (18 billion) readings from households which it is analysing. There are no benefits to the customer for an electricity supplier to know when I may be home or on vacation through analysis of my energy consumption.
Over the course of the past years, it appears that WA is slowly grinding to a halt… at least judging by the diminishing speed limits throughout the State. It seems likely that this has been used more for revenue measures than required by local conditions, as the state of the roads, and individual vehicle safety has on the whole increased.
Surveillance cameras have slowly increased throughout. This smacks of what in the past occurred only in Communist and other totalitarian regimes.
Unless there is a specific and temporary concern in an area, surveillance cameras have no place in a liberal democracy.
please do send me an email if you have a very specific area on which you would like me to respond. There will certainly be a range of areas for which the views I hold may be too nuanced by context to be able to provide a clear reply – in these instances, the details of any proposed legislation would be my foremost concern.