We don’t need to legislate a Voice, we need pollies who Listen!

(Tom: I know the Voice proposed legislation is done and dusted but the government are deviously working to implement the concept in more surreptitios means. Just came across an email from two years ago which slapped my in the face, as the saying goes, like a wet fish, illustrating the utter hypocrisy of government in creating a problem then proposing a solution far worse than the problem they created.)

I want to tell you about Kimba. You might not know much about it, it is right in the middle of our traditional Country, where the deserts meet the plains and the sea and if you stop at a certain point on the highway you’ll see a giant, 8-metre statue of a galah, marking the halfway point between the east and west coasts of Australia. We might be small, but we are an important part of the beautiful Eyre Peninsula, Country that belongs to us – the Barngarla people.

We are the Native Title holders of this magical place. We fought for over 20 years in the Federal Court to have this title restored. This is our Country.

But federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt will soon sign off on the development of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) right here, in Kimba. On our Country.

Recently, there was an official ballot where members of the community were asked how they felt about the proposed nuclear dump.

The Government used this ballot to get an idea of the public support for this area. And we weren’t even asked or allowed to vote. Can you imagine that? Us as the First Peoples for the area being excluded from a vote on our Country, which has been our Country since forever.

But when we – the Traditional Owners – unanimously opposed the decision in our own separate vote, the Federal Government decided to do something about it. They excluded our vote. The Barngarla people were no longer being heard.

What did this mean for the vote? It was flipped. When our voices are included public support is less than 50% (if all eligible Barngarla voters were included in the official ballot then only 43.7% of the eligible voters voted yes), which isn’t what our Government wants to hear. When we’re taken out, the Government gets the community’s approval.

This is unfair. The idea that Indigenous People should not get the right to vote has no place in the 21st Century. This is not right.

Our Country is at risk of becoming a dumping site for the nation’s nuclear waste. Our communities, farm lands, culture and our livelihood, our storylines and our traditional heritage sites are threatened. And no one in Government wants to listen.

But you can help. We’ve got a plan to fight back, but we need your financial support. Your donation will help us continue our efforts, including by challenging the radioactive waste plan in the Federal Court. You’ll be a partner in helping us challenge this decision. With your help, we think we might just have a chance.

We can’t do this without your financial support. With your help, we have a fighting chance to save this Country – our Country.

Jason & Auntie Dawn

Jason Bilney & Auntie Dawn Taylor
Chairperson and Director & Elder, the Barngarla People

Barngarla: Help Us Have a Say on Kimba Pty Ltd
Phone: 0488 122 070
Address: Level 11/431 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

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Trust Me

Trust Me

Many decades ago now, after being relieved of some serious coin by a person fond of saying “trust me” I came to the conclusion that the sort of person who says that does so because they are unwilling or unable to show you evidence that what they want you to believe is true.

No recent events have operated to dissuade me from that conclusion. If anything, time, events and others’ experience has validated my conclusion.

Look around and make up your own mind about it. Don’t trust my conclusion, look for yourself.

The current campaign around the Voice is a more than adequate example of Albo saying don’t worry about the details, trust me.

I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him!

As a matter of fact, having some insight into the details, intent and machinations behind the Voice I would put it in the category of what most politicians do, a sleight of hand, black magic trick.

Same as the last three and a half years of propaganda.
Or, “scientific consensus”. That’s when the majority have been bought.

Vote No!

Vote No
What would you call a PM who on the one hand says he wants to empower some with a Voice while on the other is legislating to suppress our right to counter the government’s dis and misinformation by speaking truth that disagrees with the narrative?
I know what I’d call him.

Our PM Is A Liar

Our PM Is A Liar

I am fairly frequently reminded of the old joke, “How do you tell when a politician is lying?”

“His lips are moving.”

This guy expects us to vote for the Voice when he claims to have never read the 26 page Uluru statement?

The same guy who has pending misinformation legislation that penalises anything said or written that goes against the government narrative but excludes the government and media, allowing them to lie with impunity?


What does he think we are, idiots? Spoiler alert, yes, he does.

the Voice – The Crux Of The Matter

As I was walking home this morning I reflected on the points I made about the Voice in that infographic I posted overnight. If you missed it you can see it here: https://www.tomgrimshaw.com/tomsblog/?p=46590

I am always trying to distill my messages to the irrefutable simplicity.

One of the most important lessons I have learned this lifetime is to evaluate relative importances, to ‘sort the wheat from the chaff’ as goes the old saying.

It occurs to me there is a sea of data and an ocean of opinion about the Voice but one indisputable datum stands head and shoulders above all others.

That fact is that we are being conned.

How is that indisputable?

Because it comes directly from the mouth of Anthony Albanese. Now granted, he is not honest enough to call it a con but no conman ever alerts you in advance to the details of the sting.

This article https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/detail-of-indigenous-voice-to-come-after-referendum-albanese-20220731-p5b5zj.html reports:

“Details about a proposed Indigenous Voice to parliament will not be known before a referendum on the issue, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says, arguing he does not want a repeat of the failed 1999 republic referendum.

“Albanese, speaking from the Garma festival in Arnhem Land, said the detail of the Voice would be left to federal parliamentarians to debate rather than let it be a central element of a proposed referendum…

“…There have already been calls for more details about the Voice, including from Coalition spokesman for Indigenous Australians Julian Leeser who says while the referendum question was a positive start there were many details to be explained.

“But Albanese said he wanted to avoid the situation caused by the republic referendum where people may have disagreed with one element within the proposed model and were then urged to vote no.”

“One of the things I’m trying to avoid here … [is] people looking for all of the detail and saying well, if you disagree with these 50 clauses, if you disagree with one out of the 50 but 49 are OK, vote no. We’re not doing that. We’re not doing that. We’re learning from history,” Albanese said on ABC television on Sunday.

Well, that’s all very well, but would you sign a contract without having the opportunity for you or your solicitor to read it?

What if one of the 50 clauses is to cede sovereignty over your house and land to a new council with no redress?

Or take a percentage of your income or spending as reparations?

Shouldn’t you have the right to reject the whole thing over that one clause?

The whole idea of a referendum is so that Australians can decide on issues of importance, like changes to the Constitution. How can we make an informed decision if we don’t know on what we are deciding?

Albo continues, “We’re appealing to the goodwill of the Australian people and as I said, the Australian character as I see it.”

In my opinion that means he takes us for fools who can be easily manipulated emotionally to do something that is logically not in our best interests.

I think it’s time to show him we are smarter than that and vote “No”.