Truth and Reconciliation

Styled on the South African experience, Australians can look forward to a Truth and Reconciliation Commission when the nation becomes a republic following the depths to which the Coalition has sunk in government.

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid.

Australians will need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help deal with what happened under a colonial constitution.

The integrity of the public service is in tatters with the implementation of government policies allegedly in violation of human rights and international law.

Defence is reeling from evidence of unlawful internal dispute resolution relegating the nation's security to marauding thugs.

Culpable incompetence is rife in welfare with Centrelink managers intentionally injuring both customers and staff.

The Coalition is mandating unfair dismissal in the workplace after artificially boosting job creation with what Sue Richardson, professor of economics at Flinders University, describes in the Sydney Morning Herald as "a 'disastrous' trend to semi-employment among many men, not seen since the 1930s".

Government watchdogs, as with the Commonwealth Ombudsman Professor John McMillan, who refuses to perform the tasks for which he is employed, cower to improper political persuasion.

The role model provided by a pathological liar as Prime Minister proved over and over again, most recently so despicable as to lie to a terrorist bomb victim, is shredding the decency of a generation of Australian children.

The nation's entire judicial and administrative infrastructure is irrational and unjust with all decisions in a single, absurd, mixed-up women's and men's jurisdiction appellable in separate jurisdictions.

Mixed-up women's and men's legislatures are similarly inflicted with immoral and irrational decision-making responsible for the mass-murder of innocent civilians in Iraq and elsewhere and the mandatory torture of children behind razor wire in immigration detention centres in defiance of widespread community protest.

Legislators and government employees who have perpetrated these atrocities need to be dealt with in the light of human rights violations.

A Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be set up as one of the first acts of 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.

July 28, 2005