January – 2020 began with smoke billowing around the small Australian country town where I live. The smell was constant, and threatening. When the fire inevitably came, it destroyed everything in its path – houses, fences, orchards, stock and their poddies, cars and people. It was a disaster waiting to happen; no burn-offs had been allowed in the forests for years. Along with all the death and property destruction went beauty. Verdant rolling hills turned from all the shades of green imaginable to one grim shade of black.
March – the Australian government closed down the already seriously damaged economy. The reason, purportedly, was the annual virus out of China. Overnight, it became illegal to open the doors of our family-owned restaurant.
April – I applied for a pension. I’ve worked and run businesses in Australia for fifty-five years and been a citizen since 1971 (or 1972?). I worked right up until I was forcibly sent broke at the age of 74, but no pension is forthcoming. I have had zero income for nine months. When I questioned what I was supposed to live on I was told to go to the Salvation Army.
May – after two months of being unable to pay the rent we were evicted – after 36 years. A million dollar business and 20 jobs down the gurgler.
August – word came that my mother-in-law was terminal. My wife immediately flew back home to Vienna, Austria to be with her. Within a few weeks it became obvious that it was a false alarm and my mother-in-law has made a strong recovery. My wife cannot get home. Tens of thousands of passport-carrying Australians have been locked out of their own country. Some have been locked out for 9 month and are out of money, their visas and airline tickets have expired and they are homeless in a foreign country.
December –five days before Christmas, the eastern States’ governments have decided to close their borders again. Being treated like an infant by Úntermensch politicians is enraging. Not only can my wife not fly in from overseas, my children cannot fly in from interstate. We have been forcibly separated for Christmas.
Each of these disasters was created wholly by unprincipled, low IQ politicians.
A pox on them all.
We urgently need a new political party in Australia.