"It hadn't crossed my mind"

The Prime Minister of Australia is a froot loop.

John Howard's testimony to the Cole Inquiry into the privatised Australian Wheat Board's $300m corruption of the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq, which saw a company under Australian government supervision providing the principle funding for Suddam Hussein's regime to imperil Australians in warfare and to slaughter American citizens, in blatant contravention of sedition laws, that "[i]t hadn't crossed my mind that it would have behaved corruptly", is revealing.

More than likely, neither would it have crossed this Prime Minister's mind that his bureaucracy, trained with the Machiavellian ideology to beware of "adversaries who have the laws in their favour", is so corrupt that senior managers would attempt with impunity to murder a Commonwealth employee to achieve a discriminatory staff agreement, that the ongoing detention of children in immigation prisons would cause severe psychological damage to innocent victims of his policies or that labour reforms would discriminate against the most disadvantaged workers.

Moreover, in all probability, neither would it have crossed a mind wallowing in a quagmire of corruption and self-delusion that the absence of a women's legislature in Parliament and a women's jurisdiction at law condemns half the nation to subjugation and second-class citizenship.

The remedy for this nonsense parading as governance under the encumbent Australian Constitution is a republic comprising women's and men's legislatures presided over by an executive of elders accompanied by courts of women's and men's jurisdiction.

April 20, 2006