Open Letter To Ken Wyatt MP

Posted: June 4, 2013 in Politics

Dear Mr Wyatt,

Firstly Ken, I’d like to congratulate you on the wonderful example that you have set for other Indigenous Australians. You will go down in history as the first indigenous Australian to hold a seat Federal Parliament’s House Of Representatives.

You can hold your head high and join the elite club started by the country’s first Indigenous Australian MP the great Linda Burney, currently Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in NSW.

I would also like to congratulate you on having the good sense to not take a partisan approach, and having the decency and good judgement to thank the Labor Government and in particular Kevin Rudd for the apology to the stolen generation that your parties former leader, John Howard had refused to offer for the previous 13 years. I note Howard’s refusal to do the decent thing was backed by his front bench and caucus, many of whom are still there now, including your party’s leader Tony Abbott, Deputy Leader Julie Bishop, and your parties entire front bench.

It is that decency and good judgement I wish to appeal to now.

Ken Wyatt outside Parliament

Ken Wyatt outside Parliament

I can understand why you joined the Liberal Party back when they were a party with a bit of integrity, not the “Party of slogans aimed at bogans” that they have become now.

Back when you joined the Party I’m sure they were thought of as the financially responsible Party.

Currently they are financially crippled, starting with an estimated $70 Billion black hole before they even really start having to explain costings for policies they have yet to announce. In fact, such a good job is being done that the accounting firm that provided the Parties costings which were audited last election were charged and fined by the industry watchdog.

I believe that it was the first and only time in Australia’s history that someone has been charged and fines handed down for a major political party’s attempts to deceive the public with dodgy figures.

Damn those industry watchdogs...

Damn those industry watchdogs…

It could be you joined the Party because they were considered the Party who looks after small business. That is a distant memory as it is now all about supporting big business as those on the big end of town crush and absorb small business.

Maybe because you are from Western Australia you support the Party’s stand for the big miners. Not wanting to put a further tax burden on the mining industry.

I guess that would be fair enough, although your Party seems more than happy to up the royalty rates at state level. Add to that your Party’s parental leave policy which will also add 1.5% to the miners company tax rate, representing an increase in tax of 5% for them and it seems your party is intent on a mineral resource tax, just by a different name.

It is however your leader Tony Abbott’s attitudes towards discrimination that I find the most worrying, and I am sure it must have also been a concern for you from time to time.

Firstly I’m sure that when applying for the role of Parliamentary Secretary to a Party’s leader I’m sure there is quite a bit of scrutiny, a lot of questions asked, and a substantial amount of character assessment that goes into any appointment. I know that the Labor Party certainly view it that way.

This calls into question Tony Abbott’s judgement in appointing Cory Bernardi as his former Parliamentary Secretary. Cory Bernardi is a man who although best known for his comments on same-sex marriage leading to bestiality, is also well known as a promoter of racial and religious intolerance. This is the man who was to promote the Australian tour of the European politician Geert Wilders, promoter of hatred and an influential person in the life of Anders Breivik, who massacred 77 people, many of them children, in Norway in 2011.

The excuse that Geert Wilders is an elected politician is a lame one, Adolf Hitler was an elected politician. Would Bernardi and other Liberal Party members feel the same way if it were the leader of Hamas coming to town?

Geert Wilders not looking happy, maybe its the cold-sore...

Geert Wilders not looking happy, maybe its the cold-sore…

On its own I thought this would raise question marks on Abbott’s judgement and stance on racism. Evidently not…

Then at a Qantas function on 18th April a fellow by the name of Mark Roberts made the gesture of cutting his throat at Andrew Penfold , Chief Executive of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. Mark Roberts was Tony Abbott’s Policy Director, isn’t that heartening?

The man Tony Abbott hired as his lead policy advisor seems to have as much respect on racial matters as his former Parliamentary Secretary Bernardi.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m starting to detect a pattern…

However what startles me the most is Tony Abbott’s promise to his cheerleader and hate-peddler pal Andrew Bolt to repeal a section of the Racial Discrimination Act should he win this September.

Andrew Bolt as I’m sure you would remember lost his case in Federal Court in September 2011, where it was found that he breached the racial discrimination act. This was due to two articles that he had written that were published in 2009 and caused widespread offense throughout indigenous communities around the country.

Andrew Bolt always treats racism seriously

Andrew Bolt always treats racism seriously

It is one thing to have racist friends and appoint them to senior positions within government, it is quite another to actually tamper with the Racial Discrimination Act.

My question to you is why in the light of this why you have not chosen to run as an Independent rather than an endorsed member of the party that looks to set racial harmony back 30 odd years?

Racial Discrimination Laws? Not for long...

Racial Discrimination Laws? Not for long…

If you are unwilling to become an independent, would you consider backing the Attorney General Mark Dreyfus in his call to Tony Abbott not to alter the Racial Discrimination Act?

I hope this much you would consider.

The vast majority of the country supported the apology made on the 13th Feb 2008 whole-heartedly.

My fear is that after an Abbott led government, the next Federal  Labor Government will have to make another one.

I know you wouldn’t want to be part of the Party responsible for that.

Yours Sincerely

Peter Wicks

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  1. DP says:

    Life seems to constantly test our values so it will be interesting to see what values Ken Wyatt has.

  2. Marilyn says:

    None of them have any values left.

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  4. dannylewis says:

    The first indigenous Australian in the parliament was Neville Bonner.

    But apart from that; Yes.

    • Van Feathers says:

      Bonner, however, was a Senator. Perhaps it is would be more correct to say that Wyatt is the first indigenous person to hold a seat in the House of Representatives.

    • matt says:

      What about Ernie Bridge and his successor Carol Anne Martin? Both in before Linda Burney.

  5. rwthorne says:

    That’s a good one Wixxy! It made me think that there must be others in the LNP who cringe from the direction being taken, and from the dreaded Abbott – or are they more interested in maintaining power and prestige?

  6. danny says:

    i would also like to ask mr wyatt what he was doing standing behind tony abbott and alan jones at that disgraceful rally in canberra where there were all those disgusting signs about julia gillard and bob brown for all the world to see

    why were you there mr wyatt? and do you agree with what the signs said?

    by being there i have to presume that you do

    shame on you

  7. matt says:

    sort of related…

    The other day I had a look at what the proposed changes to the constitution are regarding recognising aborigines in the preamble.

    I was surprised to learn that the main thrust has nothing to do with the preamble, it is about section 25 and section 51(pt 26).


    Provision as to races disqualified from voting
    For the purposes of the last section, if by the law of any State all persons of any race are disqualified from voting at elections for the more numerous House of the Parliament of the State, then, in reckoning the number of the people of the State or of the Commonwealth, persons of that race resident in that State shall not be counted.


    Legislative powers of the Parliament [see Notes 10 and 11]
    The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:
    (xxvi) the people of any race , (other than the aboriginal race in any State), for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws;

    The part: (other than the aboriginal race in any State) is crossed out in the actual constitution if you have a look at the link.

    The proposal seeks to remove section 22, and change section 51(pt26) to remove negative discrimination and only allow positive discrimination towards aboriginal people.

    Why do we only seem to hear about the preamble? This is much more significant.

  8. matt says:

    uhg should read “The proposal seeks to remove section 25”

  9. clarittee says:

    It was disappointing to see him in the “group” in front of the poster of great infamy and shame. Of course they said they were not aware of it. ( Which would make you wonder if they would be aware of ANYTHING). It is also significant that he is listed as a climate change denier on the uknowispeaksense site. Surprising as I would have though the connection with the planet would have been more substantial than Tony’s. I can only feel he joined the wrong MOB and got dragged down with their spin and lies and lack of ethics with their unwillingness to accept they did not get elected to govern. At least he is not completely sullied by being picked to be in the shadow cabinet and associate with the lot that sit in the front row on the OPPN.

  10. Fed up says:

    I was impressed with Linda Burney.on qanda this week. Good post.

  11. Robyn says:

    Nice one Wixxy.

  12. helenmarg says:

    One of your best Peter. Thank you. I saw on interview some time ago with him.What a shame he is a LNP member.

  13. jane says:

    Ken Wyatt surely can’t feel any pride in the Liars Party and the grubs who inhabit the shadow front bench.

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