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I have always loved Australia but…

…I am suddenly rethinking my citizenship.

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You may wonder why. After all, this is a country that I have been dreaming of being a part of since I was about 12 years old and learnt of its existence. It was a dream come true when I made it to Australian shores in 2005 as a 21 year old student. My joy knew no bounds when I finally became a permanent resident in 2008. And then, officially, in 2010, I revoked my Indian citizenship and pledged an oath to Australia. A country I love.

Sadly, today, I worry for the future of my country.

If it wasn’t bad enough to have Tony Abbott as our Prime Minister, I found out today that he has chosen to be the minister for women.

I would have laughed. But it’s not funny.

It is bloody scary.

It’s scary to think that a man with extremely regressive views on women and issues concerning us is supposed to be our minister. This is the same man who once said a woman’s virginity should be a gift for her husband. This is the same man who thinks abortion is the easy way out for women. He also does not believe in the cervical cancer vaccine for women. Oh, and he is also the same man who blatantly does not believe in the equality of the genders and that women are better off ironing clothes.

The minister for women, by the way, only has one woman in his cabinet of men. And no minister for science.

It is obvious that Abbott has no intention of advocating for women. Rather, it appears to be more of a control strategy. To have the final say in matters concerning women. And who knows? Maybe forcing us into more women-centric jobs and keeping house.

He reminds me of an abusive husband.

I fear for the women of my country.

I fear for our future.

It’s going to be a long and painful 3 years.

***Linking up with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,

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  • Janine
    19 September 2013 at 8:38 pm

    No fricken way. I have never felt so disillusioned and yes, scared for the future of our country. Every day I’m reading more and more things, and I knew it would happen, but just not so damn fast!

    • Psych Babbler
      19 September 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Tell me about it Janine! Part of me is hoping that it’s all just a bad joke and someone is going to come out and say “Oh no…we were just messing with you. Rudd is actually the PM!”. This nomination came out of the blue for me and now I’m really, really scared…

  • Janine
    19 September 2013 at 8:38 pm

    No fricken way. I have never felt so disillusioned and yes, scared for the future of our country. Every day I’m reading more and more things, and I knew it would happen, but just not so damn fast!

    • Psych Babbler
      19 September 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Tell me about it Janine! Part of me is hoping that it’s all just a bad joke and someone is going to come out and say “Oh no…we were just messing with you. Rudd is actually the PM!”. This nomination came out of the blue for me and now I’m really, really scared…

  • Vanisha's Life in...Australia
    19 September 2013 at 9:25 pm

    It is very scary. It’s sad but I’m also glad I’m on my way out. I’m not sure what to say, expect that all countries have their issues. Look at Fiji :/
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    • Psych Babbler
      19 September 2013 at 9:44 pm

      True…I agree that all countries have their issues. But I do wish that we didn’t have Abbott as PM. I’m not a fan of Rudd either but at least he wasn’t as regressive. I gladly revoked my Indian citizenship because I’ve always hated the way they treated women. And well, now I’m afraid Abbott will make us go that way. Where do you go from Aus by the way? Back to Fiji?

  • Vanisha's Life in...Australia
    19 September 2013 at 9:25 pm

    It is very scary. It’s sad but I’m also glad I’m on my way out. I’m not sure what to say, expect that all countries have their issues. Look at Fiji :/
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    • Psych Babbler
      19 September 2013 at 9:44 pm

      True…I agree that all countries have their issues. But I do wish that we didn’t have Abbott as PM. I’m not a fan of Rudd either but at least he wasn’t as regressive. I gladly revoked my Indian citizenship because I’ve always hated the way they treated women. And well, now I’m afraid Abbott will make us go that way. Where do you go from Aus by the way? Back to Fiji?

  • Tuhina Mahan
    19 September 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Why do such people still exists and voted to such high positions? That should be a big contrast after a woman prime minister. Sorry to hear his views…
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    • Psych Babbler
      19 September 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Here’s the thing though Tuhina, almost everyone I know/blog I follow didn’t vote for Liberal. I’m still amazed at how they won. I think mostly uneducated people who were drawn into the scare-mongering about the ‘boat-people’ voted for Abbott and his party resulting in this mayhem. Hoping hard for a double dissolution so that it won’t be three years!

      • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
        20 September 2013 at 4:47 pm

        Probably a little bit of that, and a whole lot of rich people wanting to protect their own money and make sure those pesky stay at home mums and single parents don’t get any of it* I know a few people who are anti-Labor and it’s got nothing to do with boat people and everything to do with “Only the Liberals know how to have a surplus budget and manage Australia’s money!” You know, forget there was that whole GLOBAL RECESSION for the last 6 years!!! (*totally meant in a snarky sarcastic way – their opinion not mine!)
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  • Tuhina Mahan
    19 September 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Why do such people still exists and voted to such high positions? That should be a big contrast after a woman prime minister. Sorry to hear his views…
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    • Psych Babbler
      19 September 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Here’s the thing though Tuhina, almost everyone I know/blog I follow didn’t vote for Liberal. I’m still amazed at how they won. I think mostly uneducated people who were drawn into the scare-mongering about the ‘boat-people’ voted for Abbott and his party resulting in this mayhem. Hoping hard for a double dissolution so that it won’t be three years!

      • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
        20 September 2013 at 4:47 pm

        Probably a little bit of that, and a whole lot of rich people wanting to protect their own money and make sure those pesky stay at home mums and single parents don’t get any of it* I know a few people who are anti-Labor and it’s got nothing to do with boat people and everything to do with “Only the Liberals know how to have a surplus budget and manage Australia’s money!” You know, forget there was that whole GLOBAL RECESSION for the last 6 years!!! (*totally meant in a snarky sarcastic way – their opinion not mine!)
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  • Rah
    20 September 2013 at 8:09 am

    I just read this out loud to hubby while completely freaking out, I missed the news about him being Minister for Women. Then hubby said “oh, and Tony’s killed off the Climate Change Commission, too”
    HOLY HELL WHAT IS GOING ON.
    I need my tin foil hat, ASAP 🙁
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  • Rah
    20 September 2013 at 8:09 am

    I just read this out loud to hubby while completely freaking out, I missed the news about him being Minister for Women. Then hubby said “oh, and Tony’s killed off the Climate Change Commission, too”
    HOLY HELL WHAT IS GOING ON.
    I need my tin foil hat, ASAP 🙁
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  • Whoa, Molly!
    20 September 2013 at 9:29 am

    It’s just so depressing I can’t think about it too much or I become filled with ebbs and flows of rage and despair.

    Three years, guys. If we can just hold out three years…
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  • Whoa, Molly!
    20 September 2013 at 9:29 am

    It’s just so depressing I can’t think about it too much or I become filled with ebbs and flows of rage and despair.

    Three years, guys. If we can just hold out three years…
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  • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    20 September 2013 at 9:41 am

    I am trying very, very hard to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s see what he can do. And when he starts cocking everything up, we can thank those who voted for him, who thought he would do a better job than Rudd & Labor. Maybe he will prove us wrong. I hope so, for our sake. -Aroha (visiting from #FYBF)
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  • Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    20 September 2013 at 9:41 am

    I am trying very, very hard to give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s see what he can do. And when he starts cocking everything up, we can thank those who voted for him, who thought he would do a better job than Rudd & Labor. Maybe he will prove us wrong. I hope so, for our sake. -Aroha (visiting from #FYBF)
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  • Min@MinsMash
    20 September 2013 at 10:01 am

    Ugggh – can’t stand Tony Abbott. It’s all so bloody embarassing for Australia. Minister for Women?? It’s gotta be a joke!!?? I walk away from the television nowadays when he comes on. I just cannot watch him. I get too worked up! *sigh*
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  • Min@MinsMash
    20 September 2013 at 10:01 am

    Ugggh – can’t stand Tony Abbott. It’s all so bloody embarassing for Australia. Minister for Women?? It’s gotta be a joke!!?? I walk away from the television nowadays when he comes on. I just cannot watch him. I get too worked up! *sigh*
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  • Mirella (@ Education Equals)
    20 September 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I’m with you!
    I’m lucky I have dual citizenship. In fact, I wanted to put my name forward to run for the Senate this past election, but you can’t if you have dual citizenship. And there’s no way I wanted to revoke my EU citizenship.
    I don’t actually think I’ll be leaving the country any time soon, but I think the disaster that’s coming with Tony Abbott might be exactly what complacent Australians need as a wake up call.
    We’re so lucky to live here and to have a vote, and people vote based on “me, me, me” and buy into the hype of “Juliar” and the rest of that rubbish. We need to be more intelligent as a country and more informed about what is worth voting for. Some of us have now voted in the most idiotic PM we’ll ever see – let’s all hold out for the Double Dissolution. I think it’ll be coming faster than we imagined!

  • Mirella (@ Education Equals)
    20 September 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I’m with you!
    I’m lucky I have dual citizenship. In fact, I wanted to put my name forward to run for the Senate this past election, but you can’t if you have dual citizenship. And there’s no way I wanted to revoke my EU citizenship.
    I don’t actually think I’ll be leaving the country any time soon, but I think the disaster that’s coming with Tony Abbott might be exactly what complacent Australians need as a wake up call.
    We’re so lucky to live here and to have a vote, and people vote based on “me, me, me” and buy into the hype of “Juliar” and the rest of that rubbish. We need to be more intelligent as a country and more informed about what is worth voting for. Some of us have now voted in the most idiotic PM we’ll ever see – let’s all hold out for the Double Dissolution. I think it’ll be coming faster than we imagined!

  • MELISSA LAWRENCE (@brightsideupmel)
    20 September 2013 at 3:35 pm

    It is a little scary every time a new leader is elected for Australia.
    They make such lavish promises, and who knows if they have any intention of trying to keep them. I do know that Australia is not in the best of shape at the moment, so possibly not in any condition to be escalating up the scale in any criteria. I find Abbott a little embarrassing too.
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  • MELISSA LAWRENCE (@brightsideupmel)
    20 September 2013 at 3:35 pm

    It is a little scary every time a new leader is elected for Australia.
    They make such lavish promises, and who knows if they have any intention of trying to keep them. I do know that Australia is not in the best of shape at the moment, so possibly not in any condition to be escalating up the scale in any criteria. I find Abbott a little embarrassing too.
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  • Grace
    21 September 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Yup. I totally agree. But you know what? I’m not surprised. And I’ve decided that I’m not going to let it intimidate me or worry me. Instead, I’m going to find ways to not just voice my opinion against his decisions (including to stop foreign aid) and figure out how to campaign. Australia now needs action from all of us.
    I’m really glad that Abbott’s in power because I’ve never been this feisty or passionate about the future of my country.
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    • Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me
      21 September 2013 at 10:23 pm

      That’s the way to do it Grace. Get in there and fight.

      In 2010 I become a financial member of the Liberal party because I wanted to fight with all my heart, soul and cash to get rid of Labor. I volunteer for my local members at a local council, state and federal level. I read the paper. And not just the SMH.

      No one should take the privilege to vote for granted. There’s more information out there other than “their ABC” and the Fairfax press.

      I just hope during these years in the political wilderness Labor will pull their shit together and become a viable alternative.
      V.
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  • Grace
    21 September 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Yup. I totally agree. But you know what? I’m not surprised. And I’ve decided that I’m not going to let it intimidate me or worry me. Instead, I’m going to find ways to not just voice my opinion against his decisions (including to stop foreign aid) and figure out how to campaign. Australia now needs action from all of us.
    I’m really glad that Abbott’s in power because I’ve never been this feisty or passionate about the future of my country.
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    • Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me
      21 September 2013 at 10:23 pm

      That’s the way to do it Grace. Get in there and fight.

      In 2010 I become a financial member of the Liberal party because I wanted to fight with all my heart, soul and cash to get rid of Labor. I volunteer for my local members at a local council, state and federal level. I read the paper. And not just the SMH.

      No one should take the privilege to vote for granted. There’s more information out there other than “their ABC” and the Fairfax press.

      I just hope during these years in the political wilderness Labor will pull their shit together and become a viable alternative.
      V.
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  • Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me
    21 September 2013 at 10:15 pm

    This post and the comments just make me want to punch my laptop through the screen. Honestly! After the last six years of Labor fuck ups you lot would prefer to have that sociopath Rudd in power? Even his own party think he’s a fucking lunatic! You think Abbott is more of an embarrassment than the shit that’s gone on with Rudd then Gilliard then Rudd again? The leaders that supported that thieving criminal Craig Thompson. That leader that lied to the Australian public and then made a deal with the devil in order to form the weakest govt in Australia’s history? The leaders that made policy decisions that lead to the deaths of hundreds on leaky boats or installing pink batts? The leaders who wasted millions on school hall rorts?

    Where have you people been?

    The definition of uneducated opinion:
    “I think mostly uneducated people who were drawn into the scare-mongering about the ‘boat-people’ voted for Abbott and his party resulting in this mayhem. ”

    Only uneducated people voted Liberal? Is that a snobby remark about the western suburbs of Sydney? I also noticed the selfish me me me rich have also been dissed as being the culprits behind this “mayhem”.

    If you call the first week of a Liberal govt ‘mayhem’ what the hell do you call the last six years of Labor’s leadership?

    The mind boggles. Seriously.

    I have dual citizenship too. I’ll take Tony Abbott over Obama any day!

    V.

    PS. I’m a woman. I’ve had two abortions. I’ve had sex with more men than I can count and I’ve never been married. I’m an unemployed single mum with a disability. I believe in same sex marriage. And I vote Liberal.
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  • Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me
    21 September 2013 at 10:15 pm

    This post and the comments just make me want to punch my laptop through the screen. Honestly! After the last six years of Labor fuck ups you lot would prefer to have that sociopath Rudd in power? Even his own party think he’s a fucking lunatic! You think Abbott is more of an embarrassment than the shit that’s gone on with Rudd then Gilliard then Rudd again? The leaders that supported that thieving criminal Craig Thompson. That leader that lied to the Australian public and then made a deal with the devil in order to form the weakest govt in Australia’s history? The leaders that made policy decisions that lead to the deaths of hundreds on leaky boats or installing pink batts? The leaders who wasted millions on school hall rorts?

    Where have you people been?

    The definition of uneducated opinion:
    “I think mostly uneducated people who were drawn into the scare-mongering about the ‘boat-people’ voted for Abbott and his party resulting in this mayhem. ”

    Only uneducated people voted Liberal? Is that a snobby remark about the western suburbs of Sydney? I also noticed the selfish me me me rich have also been dissed as being the culprits behind this “mayhem”.

    If you call the first week of a Liberal govt ‘mayhem’ what the hell do you call the last six years of Labor’s leadership?

    The mind boggles. Seriously.

    I have dual citizenship too. I’ll take Tony Abbott over Obama any day!

    V.

    PS. I’m a woman. I’ve had two abortions. I’ve had sex with more men than I can count and I’ve never been married. I’m an unemployed single mum with a disability. I believe in same sex marriage. And I vote Liberal.
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    22 September 2013 at 11:26 am

    Wow when you put it like that – you are quite right, how scary having him at the helm 🙁
    I love that new pic of you at the top of blog – nice to see your lovely face again after PB. I’m not sure I can give up my NZ passport… not yet anyhow xx Em
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    22 September 2013 at 11:26 am

    Wow when you put it like that – you are quite right, how scary having him at the helm 🙁
    I love that new pic of you at the top of blog – nice to see your lovely face again after PB. I’m not sure I can give up my NZ passport… not yet anyhow xx Em
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  • EssentiallyJess
    22 September 2013 at 3:49 pm

    You know what, I’m going against the grain and saying this doesn’t bother me, and that further more I don’t believe Tony Abbot doesn’t value women. In fact I think the exact opposite. I think he values them quite highly. In everything he has said, I’ve always understood what it was he meant, and where his heart was. Occassionally it’s not communicated so well, which is not great, but I think he is a decent bloke.
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    22 September 2013 at 3:49 pm

    You know what, I’m going against the grain and saying this doesn’t bother me, and that further more I don’t believe Tony Abbot doesn’t value women. In fact I think the exact opposite. I think he values them quite highly. In everything he has said, I’ve always understood what it was he meant, and where his heart was. Occassionally it’s not communicated so well, which is not great, but I think he is a decent bloke.
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