Open letter to Ms Pauline Hanson,
Your statement in Parliament last week is a bit ludicrous. You imply that people with autism need to be cut off from those who don't have autism in schools which is just not smart or true.
It is true some autistic people can't cope in mainstream schools but you don't want to cut off every autistic student simply because of their diagnosis. This is just not fair!
I have autism myself and yet I have so many friends who do not have autism. I cope in mainstream school really well because I have really good supports in place. Some students may not cope in mainstream school and benefit from separate classes or schools but this shouldn't be compulsory.
Quietblog seems overconfident in the face of the threat that right wing extremism poses to Australia. Your recent piece on Bernardi’s threatened split showed little concern for the possibility that there may be many people who are attracted to his divisive politics.
There may well be less inequality in Australia than England and the USA [Quietblog comment- indigenous Australians might disagree on this], but there is plenty of anger at our political system. This is the anger Trump and Farage both used so successfully and this is the anger Hanson relies on.
Hanson’s support is on the rise and the major parties’ support is falling, especially in wake of the expenses scandal that will not be forgotten quickly.
In relation to the article about Peter Dutton's recent comments inviting racial profiling of Australians of Lebanese descent, i have a simple question for him:
Do you want more terrorism? Because that is how you get more terrorism.
Coalition has relied on terrorists and our fascination with them (aided by a complicit media) as an deliberate part of its electoral strategy, so maybe that doesn't bother them as much as it bothers me. But it should and it demonstrates how morally bankrupt they are.
If you would like to have an article published simply email me the text, preferably in a word document, although you can just message me through the facebook page too. I am interested in a range of subjects- it doesn't all have to be political. What is important to you?
Unless asked not to, I will give it a quick proofread for spelling and grammar, but won't make any change to the language or meaning of the piece. This is just to reassure you that no one who disagrees with your position can't take cheap shots at your spelling.
This page will be open to comments too, but I will moderate these so anything I deem as offensive (and I am far more restrictive than section 18C) will be deleted.
I appreciate that many of the issues I try to discuss are both complex and controversial. As a result, there will often be elements of an issue I leave out and I have a backlog of topics still waiting for me to start writing about. But i love the quality and diversity of the responses I get to some of my essays.
So I have made this page. If you want to make a point, whether it be in 100 words or a few thousand, I will publish it. You don't have to agree with my politics. If you send me a post that disputes ..., I will post it- as long as you are not too aggressive in how you make your points or ... I will publish it.
I want to add here that some of the best thinkers I know are not necessarily 'book smart.' If you have something you want to share, please don't let a lack of confidence in your literacy hold you back. I will edit for punctuation, spelling and grammar before posting it for you.