Friday, January 28, 2005

Supersizing the Compassion combo...

Today Kim stated a vision for the party. He says:
"We believe you can have a modern dynamic economy with compassion."
Here's my list Kim:
  1. compassion for Iraqi civilians - Troops out.
  2. compassion for scared pregnant women (young and old) when they seek termination services - expand access to Abortion services and the morning after pill.
  3. compassion for the environment - Sign Kyoto.
  4. compassion for Asylum seekers - welcome all with no need for TPV's
  5. compassion for refugees - expand immigration.
  6. compassion for freedom of speech - A Bill of Rights.
  7. compassion for dissenting voices - repeal the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill [No. 2] 2002 ("the ASIO bill") and promote tolerance.
  8. compassion for Medicare - embrace, fund and respect free public healthcare for all
  9. as much compassion as a wealthy society such as Australia can provide to all it's citizens - reinvigorate Public Housing, raise the dollars for pensions such as DSP, SPP and PPP.

9 Comments:

Blogger weezil said...

Sowing the seeds of love as only you could.

*schmek*

-weez

2:45 am  
Blogger suki said...

War as a last resort is the only option.

7:59 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Good suggestions.

May I suggest another two?

Compassion for America - America? Yes, have the courage to stand up and tell them when they are wrong about something.

Compassion for Australian sugar growers and artists - make amendments to the FTA to strike a fair balance for both these groups if possible. Highly unlikely though.

9:57 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Particularly since it's already been passed as is.

10:05 am  
Blogger suki said...

Dave,
Important list additions.

Let's keep the compassion suggestions growing so that Kim gets all the help he needs!

10:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You lefties can make compassion mean just about anything, huh?

Compassion for Medicare? It's an insurance scheme, not a fucking puppy.

7:50 am  
Blogger suki said...

Anonymous,
What I could have said to make it less tempting for you to find fault was - compassion for people unable to afford to have their ailments seen by non-bulk-billing GP's. These same people sitting in emergency sections of the public hospitals for hours and hours as car, chainsaw, sporting accident patients get wheeled by...only to be assessed as needing a specialist referral that involves more waiting (often months and months)…

Once there was public Dentistry.

A list that encourages the Labor party to remember Labor values and yes, being nice to puppies!

6:39 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Medicare is social support infrastructure, not an insurance scheme. If it were the latter, per HoWARdShrub style conservative user-pays, sink-or-swim social Darwinism, Medicare could be expected to turn a profit; but there'd be a lot more sick people.

More sick people and some richer people. What's the point?

All people get sick; all people should have healthcare and it is a main purpose of community to respond compassionately toward that end. A nonprofit, well managed national healthcare system has served Australia very well. I'd suggest comparison to the US model where no insurance = no treatment except in life threatening situations, but for people who have to live in such a society, there is no comparison.

Australians are healthier than Americans by some margin despite US claims to the best medical technology in the world. The difference is a little compassionate socialism.

-weez

4:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where'd you get the idea Australia has a well managed healthcare system?

4:04 am  

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