Bill Muehlenberg: So This Is How Democracy Dies

It was George Orwell who famously said,

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.

One wonders if he had the state of Victoria in mind when he said that. At 2 in the morning a handful of politicians applauded the passing of a Bill to give an authoritarian ruler even more draconian powers for even longer.

It gets to be extremely worrying when the real world of politics begins to merge with science fiction. What was that line from one of the Stars Wars films?

So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause.

For those who value liberty, democracy and parliamentary rule, what happened yesterday would have sent shudders down your spine. I refer of course to the upper house in Victoria passing Dan Andrew’s extension of his dictatorial powers – just barely.

In a 20-19 vote, three crossbenchers ensured that this became a fait accompli. Just in case you are not thrilled with the result, here are the three haters of freedom and their contact details. I do hope you get in touch with them and let them know what you think of this:

Animal Justice Party

[email protected]parliament.vic.gov.au

Phone: 5222 1941

Reason Party

[email protected]parliament.vic.gov.au

Phone:  9386 4400

The Greens

[email protected]parliament.vic.gov.au

Phone: 9348 2622

Here are some of the many problems with all this. Andrews had wanted a 12-month extension to his almost unchecked powers. A compromise bill put forward offered basically the same, but for 6 months at a time. Fiona Patten of the Reason Party was the main catalyst behind all this. And this despite appearing on the Bolt Report on Sky News a week earlier, assuring us she would oppose this bill.

Um, just what do we expect from a former prostitute, head of the porn lobby, and the founder of the Sex Party? High standards of morality are not exactly on offer here with her. Political expediency, dirty deals, and traitorous politics is what she and the other two MPs are clearly all about.

The bill itself was sprung on the MPs with just a few hours’ notice. Way to go Dan Andrews. Perhaps the most despicable move here was that of the Greens MP. She was actually on maternity leave, and so had been missing in action for some time now. But she decided to roll up yesterday so she could cast the deciding vote.

Thankfully we had some champions who did all they could to oppose this wretched bill. Bernie Finn of the Liberals gave a terrific 15-minute speech.

He said this when the dirty deal was finalised:

In the dead of night, the Andrews Government used its numbers to gag debate and push through Despot Dan’s legislation to suspend democracy in Victoria for a further 6 months. The vote was 20-19. The Government was supported by Greens leader Samantha Ratnam, Animal Justice Party’s Andy Meddick and the entirely slippery Fiona Patten. A dagger plunged into the heart of Victoria’s democracy at 1.56am on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. A limit of 10 will be permitted at the funeral.

David Limbrick of the Liberal Democratic Party also spoke very well indeed.

Others also stood strong. But thanks to these three treasonous MPS, we will have even more dark days ahead. This bill simply means things will get even worse for all the hapless and increasingly hopeless prisoners in the Peoples Republik of Victoria. To return to the Star Wars imagery, it’s time to join the rebellion against the Evil Empire.

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40 Responses to Bill Muehlenberg: So This Is How Democracy Dies

  1. MatrixTransform

    Good onya Bill. Well said.

    Let’s not forget Sinc as well … thank you doomlord for making and defending this space

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    All you need to do is look at their manifestos to know the Reason Party, the Animal Justice Party and the Greens are all fascists. They are all climate tragics who consider totalitarian control to be necessary to save the planet from a non-problem. No wonder they voted for rule-by-Stazi.

    They like to wear their fluffy sheepskins but the wolf becomes visible in events like this.

  3. H B Bear

    To return to the Star Wars imagery, it’s time to join the rebellion against the Evil Empire.

    Now where did I park my X-wing?

  4. Ozman

    Victoria is heading towards what is happening in China. Here is an ex-CCP official spilling the beans, he once counted.

  5. Roger

    Pace Bill:

    While those speeches could be made against the extension and their authors not disappeared in the middle of the night democracy is still alive in Victoria.

    It’s now up to Victorian voters to grasp it.

  6. Again another example of why not to vote for the minors.

  7. notafan

    Exactly bemused.

    LDP excepted.

  8. Chris M

    Derryn’s liver rejected the bill but his kidneys were in support and after a brief struggle they won out after threatening not to pass anything else.

  9. Exit Stage Right

    So glad I’m not living in Victoria. I was about to say “so glad I’m not a Victorian”, but that would be disrespectful to those fine folk down there. I am living in Qld that is being run by a not quite as mad Labor zealot, so marginally better off. Thankfully, Qld residents can currently move within Qld and Qld is a fu**ing big State.
    Dan the Disaster wants to cling to power for another 6 months with his insane Covid policies. In the mean time, the accidental Premier of Qld is playing State of Origin with the virus, no Cockroaches allowed into Qld, even if you live on the Southern side of Griffiths Street in Coolangatta/Tweed Heads and just want to cross the road.
    As Roger has said above, its up to Victorians to grasp it and piss Jug Ears down the sewer. Us Qld voters need to do the same with the fraudulent Palacechook.

  10. woolfe

    Blah blah blah from the safety of parliament whilst a pregnant woman is handcuffed for a facebook post.

    No action.

  11. thefrollickingmole

    So 3slithering turds, plus the impacted faeces of the ALP saw the handcuffed preggers chick and said to themselves “ I want more of that”.
    They heard about police visiting 100 or so people for posting wrong think on Facebook and threatening them and we’re of the opinion 6 months more was needed to crush the proles.
    And another 1/2 a year of smearing everyone as 5 g or anti-vaccers is a great activity for the 2nd in charge of police to do, and couldn’t possibly cause problems down the track.

    Worst.political.class.ever.

  12. Lee

    Meanwhile, AFL head honcho, Gillon McLachlan has been allowed to relocate his family to Queensland.
    But “we’re all in this together.”

  13. Gerry

    Surely money has changed hands. All 4 of them would know ‘never trust a crook’. Brown paper bag territory. If They haven’t collected yet , they never will. Pedalling influence must surely still be illegal. Maybe our ever ‘vigilante’ police should follow up.

  14. Rebel with cause

    You can guarantee a deal was done. No doubt liberty was sold out in exchange for more taxpayer money being dumped into trendy left wing causes.

  15. K2

    Two of those cross-benchers are anti-human religious zealots who would be getting schadenfraude kicks out of this. The whore? Probably money.

  16. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    just what do we expect from a former prostitute

    Reminds me of the Orwell quote that popped up here recently in reference to a marginally different type of whore.

    I won’t post it, so it doesn’t get censored.

  17. mindfree

    Sent them out Bill, I noticed the green who voted is still hiding behind her cover or maternity by the auto response received. What a piece of shit

  18. mindfree

    I nearly sent this to Patton but thought better

    “What about those who have suffered from the lock down – Your expertise is in performing blow jobs, maybe that will make them feel better”

  19. Ellen of Tasmania

    We didn’t love freedom enough.

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  20. Lee

    You can guarantee a deal was done. No doubt liberty was sold out in exchange for more taxpayer money being dumped into trendy left wing causes.

    The fact that taxpayers’ money would be used as a bribe makes it even more outrageous.
    Dictator Dan is absolutely brazen when it comes to the abuse of taxpayers’ money.
    Remember the “Red Shirts Affair” and his shelling out well over a billion and a quarter dollars not to build a road?

  21. Carpe Jugulum

    My sympathies to those folk in the Peples Republik Danganistan. For those who are there and looking to move there are opportunities at the St Barbera Simberi gold mine in New Ireland, Just saying.

  22. Whalehunt Fun

    Greens are scum. Utter filth that needs to be not just gotten rid of. They are just like the piece of plastic bag sticking out a dog’s rear because he ate the sausages while still inside the shrinkwrap. Unnecessary and unwanted and foul

  23. C.L.

    Here are some of the many problems with all this. Andrews had wanted a 12-month extension to his almost unchecked powers.

    In fact, I suspect he wanted a six month extension of his dictatorial powers.

  24. Paul

    In victoriastan we recently had a pregnant woman organising an anti govt lockdown protest.
    Prior to that we had a BLM organiser who was dissuaded from running a BLM protest.

    Guess which one was arrested and handcuffed?

    Looks like the police dont like anti govt protesters, appears to be against the law.

    Fascism in Dan Andrews govt?

  25. Rabbi Putin

    Samantha Ratnam, I’ll try and remember the name. But the reality is that most women in Victoria are like this.

  26. Squirrel

    All you need to know about Victoriastan –

    Morally and ethically bankrupt – tick

    Fiscally bankrupt – watch this space

  27. Dapto Dog

    The best line of the whole debate, as part of the best speech of the whole debate, was actually this one:

    “it has unfortunately been the continued over-reach of health bureaucrats and of governments that is the thing that has been proving the most contagious of all”.

    I was quite surprised that it came from a Hinch Party MLC called Tania Maxwell. But, then again, I was very pleasantly surprised by her whole speech. She was extremely refreshing, and it was genuinely a delight to listen to her.

    I’d strongly suggest you add the clip of her full speech to the Bernie Finn and David Limbrick ones as well; she is owed as much given the absolute quality of her contribution (and because she basically went against her party’s own hopelessly-confused and indecisive boss), I think.

  28. Colonel Crispin Berka

    The Regional Rail Revival program is upgrading every regional passenger train line in Victoria, and is a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments.
    Expecting it to be rapidly converted into the new Underground Railroad to Queensland.

  29. Annie

    I’ve renamed the Reason party the Treason party in my own mind. I saw that interview with AB last week; butter wouldn’t have melted then. She let us down…I wonder why she changed her mind?

  30. Rockdoctor

    Posted on another related thread late last night is that I believe any state of disaster allowing such extraordinary powers in peace time should be put to a referendum and clause for triggering inserted into the Constitution. Set the bar high, I would start at 66%, 2/3 of both houses.

    This whole sordid episode proves something I have suspected for a while. Politicians can’t be trusted with unfetted power. Liberals better have a hit list done up, Crisp, Cornelius & Patten should go. Sutton & Van Diemen not far behind from the Health Bureaucracy. There needs to be a big clean out a la Kennett style or this will happen again, insert reason…

  31. Crossie

    Annie
    #3571207, posted on September 3, 2020 at 11:32 pm
    I’ve renamed the Reason party the Treason party in my own mind. I saw that interview with AB last week; butter wouldn’t have melted then. She let us down…I wonder why she changed her mind?

    I don’t think she changed her mind, we were being lied to. Lying is her other skill.

  32. Crossie

    Crisp, Cornelius & Patten should go. Sutton & Van Diemen not far behind from the Health Bureaucracy. There needs to be a big clean out a la Kennett style or this will happen again, insert reason…

    I’m a firm believer that an incoming government should fire the entire top echelon of public service and install their own. In the last few decades they have become completely politicised and must not be left in place by incoming conservative governments to oppose their agenda. That coalition governments refuse to play this game is deeply disappointing and one of the reason I find it hard to vote for them.

  33. Entropy

    Expecting it to be rapidly converted into the new Underground Railroad to Queensland.

    Nooooo!
    They will bring their voting ways up here.

  34. Entropy

    In the last few decades they have become completely politicised and must not be left in place by incoming conservative governments to oppose their agenda. That coalition governments refuse to play this game is deeply disappointing and one of the reason I find it hard to vote for them.

    Not every senior public servant is ALP aligned, only most of them. One or two of them might actually have content knowledge. But most are expert at machinations and content free, running around in a “mobile public service”. These kind like nothing better than a good restructure and the opportunities it creates at the top for themselves and their coterie slipstreaming behind best is the formation of super departments. Not only do you get a spill of executive positions, but you also get an extra layer on top for SES to fight over.

    Anyone that tells you super departments (Eg NSW, Vic, APS, and formerly a Qld) are an efficiency money saver is a bald faced, lying liar. They end up with more SES, more people in the DG office, reporting, and become more inward looking. The public service becomes an end in itself in large unaccountable bureaucracies. Which suits the advocates just fine.

  35. The prophet Jeremiah could well have been talking to Victorians when he said, “And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the LORD our God do all these things to us?, then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’ ”

  36. Mater

    I don’t think she changed her mind, we were being lied to. Lying is her other skill.

    Yep. Comes with the territory. Everyone is the best she’s ever had.

  37. Could General Macarthur’s words apply to Victoria today?

    Delete “war”‘ insert “politics”.

    “The history of failure in war can almost be summed up in two words, too late.
    Too late in comprehending the deadly purpose of a potential enemy.
    Too late in realizing mortal danger.
    Too late in preparedness.
    Too late in uniting all possible forces for resistance.
    Too late in standing with one’s friends.”

  38. Mother Lode

    I get that the Animal Justice Party and the Greens are misanthropic.

    The former due to their childlike understanding of innocent and gentle animals slaughtered by villainous humans drawn from Disney cartoons.

    And the Greens already believe humans to be essentially bad, requiring the firm hand of government to keep them from their wayward impulses – if they thought humans fundamentally good they would not need to have big government. Goodness would bubble to the surface naturally.

    The woman previously from the Sex Party had me stumped briefly. My first thoughts were that she will have wanted to free sex workers from regulation and policing. Then it occurred to me that what she will have wanted is not freedom from regulation, but more regulation of other people, more ‘protection’ for sex workers and laws they can access.

    I can understand sex workers, due to the nature of their work and their likely clientele, would not have the noblest faith in humans.

    So there you have it.

  39. cuckoo

    Um, just what do we expect from a former prostitute

    Had to laugh the other night when Patten was on the news complaining about the hate mail she’s been getting for supporting the extension. With the delicacy of a 1950s suburban churchgoing debutante, who could barely bring herself to utter the words, she indicated that some of it…was of…a sexual nature…

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