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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:50 PM
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Australian angry with his Government's bureaucracy.
I thought more than twice about posting this, which was sent to me as a humorous post, because the content is quite "ripe" and the bit about his Pakistani doctor, obviously racist, but the point he makes about our corporatists governments is all too familiar to us all.

The email reads as follows:

"This is an actual letter sent to the then DFAT Minster, The Hon Alexander
Downer and the then Immigration, The Hon Minister Amanda Vanstone. The
Government tried in desperation to censure the author, but got nowhere
because every legal person who read it nearly wet themselves laughing.

Please excuse the language contained within, but I suspect the author was
somewhat upset? I'll let you decide!"


"Dear Mr. Minister,

I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.

How is it that K-Mart has my address and telephone number, and knows that
I bought a Television Set and Golf Clubs from them back in 1997, and yet,
the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what

For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand?

My birth date you have in my Medicare information, and it is on all the
income tax forms I've filed for the past 40 years. It is on my
driver's licence, on the last eight passports I've ever had, on all those
stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being
allowed off the planes over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable
census forms that I've filled out every 5 years since 1966.

Also..would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's
name is Audrey, my Father's name is Jack, and I'd be absolutely fucking
astounded if that ever changed between now and when I drop dead!!!...


I apologize, Mr. Minister. But I'm really pissed off this morning. Between
you an' me, I've had enough of all this bullshit! You send the application
to my house, then you ask me for my fucking address!! What the hell is
going on with your mob? Have you got a gang of mindless Neanderthal
arseholes workin' there!

And another thing, look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I
can't even grow a beard for God's sakes. I just want to go to New
Zealand and see my new granddaughter. (Yes, my son interbred with a Kiwi
girl). And would someone please tell me, why would you give a shit whether
I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to
do something weird to a sheep or a horse, believe you me, I'd sure as hell
not want to tell anyone!

Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the city,
and get another fucking copy of my birth certificate, and to part with
another $80 for the privilege of accessing MY OWN INFORMATION!

Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot, to
assist in the issuance of a new passport on the same day?? Nooooo.. that'd
be too fucking easy and makes far too much sense. You would much prefer
to have us running all over the place like chickens with our fucking heads
cut off, and then having to find some high society wanker to confirm that
it's really me in the goddamn photo! You know the photo..the one where
we're not allowed to smile?! fucking morons

Signed - An Irate Australian Citizen.

P.S Remember what I said above about the picture, and getting someone in
high-society to confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in this
country since before 1850!
In 1856, one of my forefathers took up arms with Peter Lalor. (You do
remember the Eureka Stockade!!)
I have also served in both the CMF and regular Army something over 30
years (I went to Vietnam in 1967), and still have high security
I'm also a personal friend of the president of the RSL.. and Lt General
Peter Cosgrove sends me a Christmas card each year.

However, your rules require that I have to get someone 'important' to
verify who I am; You know.. someone like my doctor; WHO WAS BORN AND
RAISED IN FUCKING PAKISTAN!!!......a country where they either
assassinate or hang their ex-Prime Ministers, and are suspended from the
Commonwealth for not having the 'right sort of government.'

You are all Fucking idiots
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Joe Chi Minh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 05:00 PM
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1. Paying for public services, which ought to be funded by an appropriate distributiion of
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 05:01 PM by Joe Chi Minh
income tax, as they used to "in olden times", is all too reminiscent of the control-freakery of NuLab(c); and while I think the author of that letter is barking mad, going on about filling in those forms, it seems that NuLab is motivated enough to preserve data on us to sell to their pals in big business, but we, it seems have to pay inordinate amounts for info we've provided. In the UK it will be a very expensive ID card, before we're privileged to renew our driving licence or passport.

Even when you buy something on the Internet, the crooks of the business world, feel it's their divine right to get a profile of us in terms of our date of birth, sex, and what have you. At least, they can't charge us premium rates, as they often do with phone enquiries regarding contemplated purchases. But big business rules government and that is an obscenity. Even in your home, you have to lunge for the TV handset to mute the blaring ads.

Just like the car industry, they are without shame. For years - indeed to this day - we have been told that they couldn't afford make the petrol tanks stronger, as the public wouldn't tolerate the extra expense. Well, guess what? Apparently, for decades, we in Britain have been paying several thousands of pounds more than they pay on the Continent! But in the UK, people are treated, and have been treated for the past 30 years, by the successive right-wing Governments with the utmost contempt - indeed, as though they were a mutinational. And as for the petrol tanks, the people can fry.

Likewise, these politicians, who have sold their soul to the highest bidder, have done nothing to force them to stop straining out certain registers so that the sounds blared out, while technically the volume was relatively low. For years, that was even used as an excuse! The sound levels are the same. It's just that we've strained out certain "notes.".....

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