Safety

Katrina Grace Kelly (formerly know as Grace Collier) is a very interesting writer for the Australian.  She currently has a weekly contribution in the Oz on Saturdays.  She generally writes some very insightful columns, especially on the subject of industrial relations.  She can do that being a former (TAFKAS thinks) union official but currently an industrial relations consultant.

TAFKAS tried to read her stuff but of late, he thinks that she is starting to lose the plot a bit.  Perhaps being under house arrest in Melbourne has something to do with it.

In her piece this past weekend, titled Public safety becomes a casualty to the culture wars, Kelly writes some “unusual” things.  To start with, it was a very odd mashing of Covid management in Australia, the US and the performance of President Trump.

This aside, it is Kelly’s closing paragraph that got to TAFKAS:

Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe, and many will vote along these lines.

Do voters expect this?  Really?  Covid included or excluded, is it the role of politicians (not even government) to keep keep citizens safe?  Yes.  This is what our governments are doing, trying to de-risk our entire world like a path clearing tractor parent.

If this is what Government is about, pack it up.  It’s all over.  Bicycle helmets and bubble wraps suits to leave the house.  No cars on the road.  No conduct of business.

What a load of nonsense.

We expect our government to protect our rights and to treat us like adults.

Sadly this is not what we get in Australia.

And what the hell does safe mean also?  Does it include destroying my ability to earn a living so that I can live in the street.  Pee Leeze.

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42 Responses to Safety

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    As I said yesterday this is a classic manifestation of fear of the mysterious monster.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    Grace has gone off the boil since her name change. From must reading every Saturday to wondering what she’s thinking most weeks.

  3. Tim Neilson

    Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe, and many will vote along these lines.

    Not all “voters”, but regrettably she’s right about “many”.

  4. There has been a growing expectation for many years now, if not decades, that it is the role of government to look after people, how they live, how they behave and how they interact with others. Personal responsibility is no longer considered necessary or even desirable by many.

    Whenever someone does something wrong, is affected by something etc, they expect that government address their woes. Just look at Chairman Dan, he is laying the blame for his fiasco on everyone but himself. He is a classic example of someone who believes that there is no personal responsibility for anything that one does and the outcomes that arise.

  5. Terry

    Is Skydiving safe? How safe?
    Who should decide how safe it is and if I think the risk of jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane is worth that risk? Government? “Experts”?
    Should I even be allowed to take the risk of getting in that aeroplane in the first place?
    What about driving to the airfield to get on that aeroplane?
    Should I even be allowed to leave the house without a full “risk-assessment”, completed in triplicate by a government-regulated and approved bureaucrat?
    What about getting out of bed at all? Is it safe?
    Maybe the government could (and should) keep us all safely connected to The Matrix (for our own protection) – complete “safety”.

    You know who is also completely “safe” from harm – a dead person. Maybe the authoritarians should back-the-f%(^-off and allow people to freely live their own lives (even if it results in some harm from poor decisions).

  6. duncanm

    I’m with sinc – she seems to have lost the plot, even badmouthing her adoptive parents.

    as for

    We expect our government to protect our rights and to treat us like adults.

    Only if you are a functioning adult do you not expect the government to protect you from everything and treat you like one.

    One of the major tenets of the left is to infantalise the population

  7. nb

    It is encapsulated in the ‘not one death’ road accident campaign, and appears regularly in child death-by-parent faux-outrage with ‘more government’ the solution. This is the short path to totalitariaism. Easy.

  8. liliana

    duncanm
    #3615625, posted on October 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    +1000

  9. candy

    The name change represents something very personal for her, I think. That being adopted meant a person was a non-person, with no valid birth certificate, no trace of origins, etc. Someone invisible, even though they had good adoptive parents.

    Must be a complex situation to deal with. She has written about it publicly so it’s not a secret.
    Probably not much to do with COVID though. Perhaps she is just extra worried about her own health or that of someone close to her.

  10. Bronson

    Safety third – https://mikerowe.com/2020/03/walk-me-through-this-safety-third-thing/
    A third party be it government or not cannot ‘keep you safe’. Compliance with regulations is not safety when it is just tick and flick of a form. Ultimately each individual needs to be aware of the their own safety needs and blind adherence to completing and complying with a generic safety check list without being self aware of your own circumstances and situation will not and cannot make you safe.

  11. Sunbird

    Its just basic female psycology TAFKAS.
    I’ve been saying for years that the nanny state is a vote winner for women.

  12. Roger

    Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe, and many will vote along these lines.

    “No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is far behind”.

    Thomas Sowell

    If we are trusting politiians to keep us safe , watch out – they will destroy an economy in an effort to do so, lest they lose votes.

  13. JohnJJJ

    Well it is all very feminine and mother-like. A reason for the female support of Benito Mussolini.

  14. Rob

    Started off OK – when she was writing about things she understood.
    These days she produces reams of nonsense, a good double for PvO.

  15. egg_

    It is encapsulated in the ‘not one death’ road accident campaign

    I can just see the guy in the Ad being bowled over by a nearsighted Road Safety Committee member.

  16. Steve

    Uh oh…..there for everyone to see in black and white …..so it appears….

    https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/10/07/russias-putin-praises-ideological-links-between-democrats-soviet-communism/

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he could work with Joe Biden in a new administration, citing common ground he shared with the Democrats over a shared embrace of Soviet ideology.

    “Bloomberg News reported that while Putin praised President Donald Trump for improving relations, he was prepared to work with Biden if he won the U.S. election.

    “He cited Biden’s support for new arms reduction treaties — such as the lopsided New START under President Barack Obama.

    “Putin added, approvingly, that Biden’s Democrats shared similar ideals to those Russia embraced under Soviet communism:

    “The Russian leader even argued that the values of the Democrats were similar to those of the Soviet Communist Party, of which he said he’d been a member for 18 years. The Soviet regime’s longtime ties with the Black community in the U.S. could also be a basis for links to the Democrats, he said.

    ““Equality, brotherhood, what’s wrong with that?” Putin said. “There is some kind of ideological basis for establishing contacts with a representative of the Democratic Party.”

  17. egg_

    Safety third – https://mikerowe.com/2020/03/walk-me-through-this-safety-third-thing/
    A third party be it government or not cannot ‘keep you safe’. Compliance with regulations is not safety when it is just tick and flick of a form. Ultimately each individual needs to be aware of the their own safety needs and blind adherence to completing and complying with a generic safety check list without being self aware of your own circumstances and situation will not and cannot make you safe.

    Even OHS law, which has to cater for the lowest common denominator, makes you responsible for your own safety – and that of others.

  18. Steve

    And another shocker…might be a headache for Fearless Dan The Lockdown Man:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/shock-report-week-cdc-quietly-updated-covid-19-numbers-9210-americans-died-covid-19-alone-rest-serious-illnesses/

    “So let’s get this straight – based on the recommendation of doctors Fauci and Birx the US shut down the entire economy based on 9,000 American deaths due entirely to the China coronavirus?
    We were first to report that the Director General of the WHO on March 3, 2020 created panic with his highly flawed statement:

    “While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

    “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

    “The WHO leader’s coronavirus death rate number of 3.4% was false and we proved this in our post at the time.

    “The Gateway Pundit reported, that the coronavirus fatality rate reported by the liberal mainstream media was completely inaccurate and the actual rate more typical to a seasonal flu – the media was lying again.

  19. C.L.

    She wrote an obligatory column about Dyson Heydon a while ago whose basic arguments were ‘I’m an IR expert’ (a common, boring boast), ‘he’s guilty’ and – ‘by the way – I know all about this because in my personal journey to greatness, I too was harassed (I was a good sort).’

    She’s erratic and self-absorbed.

  20. Viva

    Early on in this pandemic she announced that she would no longer eat takeaway food for fear of infection
    I thought then that was a bit over the top as a reaction
    There’s your clue about her fearful obsession with safety

  21. egg_

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3614186, posted on October 11, 2020 at 6:43 am
    I’ve seen this sort of thing several times. It is the fear of the mysterious invisible monster.

    Recall the furore over cell phone towers being located near Day Care Centres!!11!?

    Mamma Mia types were demanding that the Telcos relocate them.

    /Another $Trillion down the drain

  22. dasher

    I sent this to the OZ..it did not make it.

    Sorry Katrina Kelly, leadership is not saving every sick person regardless of cost however heartless that may appear. The responsibility of leaders is to protect the vulnerable and ensure the safety and prosperity of the majority. We have done neither in our response to COVID19 and even worse, the real experts including hundreds of epidemiologists in the recent Barrington Declaration say that lockdowns are a serious danger to health outcomes and should not be implemented. How much more damage to our society are we prepared to tolerate before we listen to the real experts and act accordingly?

  23. Colonel Crispin Berka

    it was a very odd mashing of Covid management in Australia, the US and the performance of President Trump.

    Taking an intense interest in matters which one cannot actually do anything about and have no significant responsibility towards may also be a displacement activity for the purposes of procrastinating (or ignoring) a matter of actual importance in your actual life. If the media (and bloggers) can help you procrastinate by showing you all sorts of very interesting things that you would never have heard about otherwise, well that’s just fine by them. The classic one is global warming, then for a while it was Covid19, but the POTUS election is also a procrastination topic since you have no ability to actually affect that outcome from here.
    Perhaps this is undervaluing the social gains of making conversation, above any practical value the topic has. Still, you have to wonder, how much better would the world be in every way shape and form if people wasted only half as much time as they currently do thinking about vague world dramas?

    A more insidious possibility is that Kelly is (unwittingly) part of the DISC.

  24. Sunbird

    Don’t forget she also wrote a column defending RA’s sacking of Isreal Folau.

  25. RobK

    And what the hell does safe mean also?
    In the eighties I was involved in inspection of work places to be compliant with the Mining Act Regulations in WA. Around that time insurance companies started to become very prescriptive to the mining companies with multiple manuals and induction schemes. Since then it is almost as if the forces of regulation compete with the forces of the actuarial profiteers .

  26. egg_

    And what the hell does safe mean also?

    That’s why under the Law, workers are to perform their own risk assessment.

  27. flyingduk

    I sent this to the OZ..it did not make it.

    You are more patient than I: I sent them a cancellation notice a while back due to their increasingly ‘deleterious’ moderators.

  28. dover_beach

    Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe,..

    I’m not too worried about the ‘safe’ part, it’s the ‘everything’ part that is the problem

  29. Milton Johnson

    @dasher

    I’ve noticed that the editors in The Oz are ham-fisted when it comes to approving comments. I had one rejected which called CSIRO an advocacy organisation of bureaucrats who perform “Government science”. I wish The Oz moderators would loosen the sphincter a little bit

  30. Beware of Safety!
    Chinese sign near a water hazard.

  31. Bruce

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

    Benjamin Franklin

    No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. –

    Mark Twain

    Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. –

    Thomas Jefferson

    “The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.”

    Ludwig von Mises

  32. calli

    Beware of Safety!
    Chinese sign near a water hazard.

    Another Chinese sign beside a water hazard:

    Slip Carefully

    But of course. Who wouldn’t?

  33. Tintarella di Luna

    I sent this to the OZ..it did not make it.

    . comment that didn’t make it on Oz article: the ABC ignores story that doesn’t fit its narrative: it was a reply to someone who wrote “fire them all and start again” in a comment>

    Stopping at the first part of your second sentence is all that is needed. Fire them all indeed, but never to start again. In 2020 we do not need a publicly funded broadcaster to the tune of over 1 billion dollars with little to no value for money at all.

    In fact in my view the ABC is a Collective, driven by an ideological narrative, covering and promoting ad nausem stories that fit its chosen narrative and ignoring those that challenge and expose the sham of the narrative.

    The ABC no longer has reporters or journalists, it has opinionistas and activists who have divided this country: the ABC has promoted items that have traduced the reputation of our military, it has pursued Cardinal George Pell to an unjust term of 405 days in prison, it has fostered racism to the point that all white people are tarred as racists simply for the immutable characteristic, of being born with white skin and has led to the economic ruin of industries which the ABCollective’s ideological narrative wants closed down irrespective of the ruination of lives and livelihoods.

    Not forgetting that on its prime time shows it has allowed people to call for burning, violence and killing in this country. Thanks but no thanks yet we are forced to pay for it.

  34. NuThink

    candy
    #3615649, posted on October 12, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    The name change represents something very personal for her, I think. That being adopted meant a person was a non-person, with no valid birth certificate, no trace of origins, etc. Someone invisible, even though they had good adoptive parents.

    I would prefer to have been adopted (which I was not) with all the drawbacks you mention rather than the other option of never making it into this world.

  35. Shane

    I have a pet theory that the reason most on the left seem to have lost any trace of previously demonstrated intellectual ability to focus much less reason is due to the high levels of Aluminium being found in autopsies of the brains of autistic individuals
    & that the mushy brains of such like Kamala, Joe, Katrina Grace & various Australian Green Party senators is because that the autopsy has not yet been done.
    Hope that their flu shots are up to date.
    Anyway here is something where Andy Tifa learns that actions do have immediate consequences, it packs QUITE punch

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1315411877829259264

  36. Tel

    We expect our government to protect our rights and to treat us like adults.

    Speak for yourself, but I expect them to take away as many of my rights as they can get away with … and a good chunk of my wealth. Now and then they manage to fall short of my expectations … temporarily.

  37. NuThink

    egg_
    #3615698, posted on October 12, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    It is encapsulated in the ‘not one death’ road accident campaign

    Not one death but many.
    It seems that governments have a long way to go.

    https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/global-road-safety/index.html#:~:text=Each%20year%2C%201.35%20million%20people,on%20roadways%20around%20the%20world.&text=Every%20day%2C%20almost%203%2C700%20people,pedestrians%2C%20motorcyclists%2C%20and%20cyclists.

    Each year, 1.35 million people are killed on roadways around the world. Every day, almost 3,700 people are killed globally in road traffic crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians. More than half of those killed are pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists.

    Road traffic injuries are estimated to be the eighth leading cause of death globally for all age groups and the leading cause of death for children and young people 5–29 years of age. More people now die in road traffic crashes than from HIV/AIDS.

    That is more than attributed to COVID-19 if I guess correctly.

  38. Kneel

    “Beware of Safety!”

    OK, it’s amusing but probably makes sense if one thinks in Chinese and then translates into English fairly “blindly”.

    These are worse, and they are bloody everywhere now:

    “Caution: Opening door” – heh. I thought a door that didn’t open was called a wall…

    “How to wash your hands” – yes, a 12 (or is it 15?) step guide to washing your hands with soap and water. In places where children are not allowed!

    FMD.

    And then there’s this near the checkouts (all of them!) at the local Coles:

    “This is an exit only. Please enter by the other entry”.

    Sigh.
    So, we are in the information age, huh? When do we get through the knowledge age and up to the wisdom age? That might be considerably more helpful…

  39. dover_beach

    Today in Liberalism:

    CBS News
    @CBSNews
    · 13h
    WATCH: Demonstrators pulled down a statue of Junipero Serra in San Rafael, California as part of an Indigenous Peoples Day protest. The statue of the Catholic saint was taken down after first being painted red.

    The irony in this is the anti-Hispanism of it all.

  40. dover_beach

    Sorry, wrong thread.

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