Share |The Australian government has asserted that Muslim extremists should leave Australia if they don`t accept that Australia is a secular state and that its laws are made by Parliament. See the Japan Times `Australia tells radical Muslims to depart Oz` (25th Aug 05).`If these are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you`.
Fair enough - but who is Australia for. I would suggest that the general populous is very disenchanted with the political process. They have little respect for any leaders. Why? Because they are self-serving, alligning themselves with political parties to shore up financial support. That does not ensure political integrity - but rather graft. Sure its not the form of corruption we see in the Philippines or Indonesia, but there is always a connection between money and power. Why? Because governments are given the power to intiate the use of force, just as a tyrant uses power to gain a value.
As long as Australian citizens have no recourse to question the law of the nation, governments or politicians will have a free rein. High court judges can play on the fringes of unjust laws by rationalising their interpretation of the Constitution, but really its the constitution that needs to be questioned. Its remarkable that we are helping the Iraqis design a constitution....but equally remarkable that anyone would consider a 200-500year old document as pertinent to current society. Values and knowledge have grown greatly since then. Whilst there is a certain stability in the status quo, there is a certain lunacy in the nation that the current system works.
Reason is the standard for debate.
- Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com