He who shouts the loudest gets the sorest throat?
Q & A lovingly called “Qanda” by the host, Tony Jones, looks like it’s shaping up to be a great TV program. I’m going to talk through the second show, with some notes:
[SK: This is the thing that shits me about the greens. They talk a lot but don’t give a real plan. How exactly do you do this? The impression I get from Bob Brown is that you spend billions on public transport infrastructure, which makes it cheap to get anywhere, and you tax petrol a lot. This is fine but there’s no transition to it (what do you do for the years where the infrastructure is being built?), and it seems like Labor’s plan is the closest thing to a transition plan. The Greens need to stop lamenting the failures of other parties and think “Right, in 2011 we might be government, how do we split the cash?”]
[SK: The leaking side-point went down way too well on all members of the panel for my liking. I’d prefer if all internal chatter was published and monitored. I’d want it to be party policy that all meetings, conclusions, etc. were in the public eye. It wouldn’t really stop people from being frank. Once people got used to the idea that it’s OK to have an opinion and for people to disagree, even though decisions could be made based on facts, it would be fairly simple I’d assume. Private enterprise seems to work on this principle.]
[SK: I don’t know why she did this. All she needed to say was that this was forward looking, and that’s a good thing. The idea is that the government is putting thought into what to do, which is more important than just focussing on “right now”.]
bq.[SK: This wasn’t really dealt with because it’s basically sassing (Tony Abbott has so much sass he’s pretty much black), but I can understand the ultimate goal here – keep prices high on petrol through tax, but make sure the oil companies aren’t profiteering. However, that’s not what Tania said (wierd).]
[SK: IMHO I agree with Mundine here – it’s a complex issue and we need to talk about it. Amazingly, despite everything, Tony’s views are the most consistent — It’s not appropriate, no questions asked. If I was taking a first stab at the policy writing that would be my “simplest non-trivial” solution. Louise’s viewpoint is very extreme. She either believes there’s some sort of cultural elite who should determine whether a work is appropriate, or she believes that everything is fair game, including child pornography. The real problem here is that it’s hard to define “art”, so a lot of shit could pass through the barriers here. She also doesn’t address consent. I guess since I’m OK with everything being on the web, I suppose I have to be OK with consent.]
The rest of the questions were trolls or jokes, or side whinges by Bob Brown. Alternately things that didn’t pique my interest. In any case, this was an interesting show, and they have a fairly active forum, etc. This could be something worth joining.