Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: mediaeval science … victim blaming … strong women …

George Brandis is once again standing up for those who need it least. Plus whether we should get rid of private school funding and a political candidate with some horrific views on domestic violence.

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Taking on the spherists. Australian politics continued on its bizarre trajectory this week, with Senator George Brandis (that warrior for the un-oppressed) claiming that those who refuse to give the same credit to the feelpinions (and/or vested interests) of the climate deniers as they do to the peer-reviewed actual evidence of scientists are mediaeval in their outlook! As a man with a veritable genius for leading with his chin, Brandis can hardly have been surprised when the wits of social media and the letters pages of our few surviving daily newspapers went to town arguing that those who believe the earth to be flat should therefore also be given the same respect as "sphericalists", as one gleeful letter writer called them in the Fairfax press. Perhaps it is this through-the-looking-glass nature of our political firmament that is part of the reason why ex-New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell: a) jumped so quickly; and b) seemed so sanguine about his decision. Was it honour -- as some claimed -- or relief? As my capacity to be amazed and horrified by the next announcement from our glorious leaders (of all stripes) is now feeling a bit like the elastic on a pair of over-used knickers, the stuff that has snagged in my brain this week is more social than political. Victim blaming. The piece of writing that struck me as the single most important is a wonderful, brave and powerful plea from Tom Meagher, the widower of murder victim Jill Meagher. His point that violence against women is an integral part of a sexist society, perpetrated by normal men, not "monsters", is strongly made. Despite spending Easter in the wilds of the Barrington Tops with no access to TV, Twitter did alert me to a terrific interview on the same subject with the remarkable Fiona McCormack on 7.30 by Sarah Ferguson. If you, like me, missed it the first time round, watch it now with my compliments -- to both women. In honour of Easter (in a weird kind of way) I also can't resist sharing this delightful snippet from Tim Minchin that I found on Facebook via my old Macquarie Uni mate Margaret Morgan. It's a brilliantly pithy way of having a go at the sanctimony of British PM David Cameron and Christianity in a few well-chosen words ...

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2 thoughts on “Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: mediaeval science … victim blaming … strong women …

  1. klewso

    So what are Beetle’s refractions on the treatment of non-Christians, by certain parts of our community – as magnified through “Blot’s Law”?

  2. Interrobanging On

    “George Brandis is once again standing up for those who need it least.”

    Top notch and spot on.

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