A Current Affair: Dipping their toe into the fun world of eugenics!

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Last night ‘A Current Affair’ asked the question, should women on welfare be forced onto contraception? Comedian James Colley investigates why the show wasn’t immediately then ended with the line ‘no, that’s some weird Nazi shit’.

A Current Affair, the show that frightens your nan every night on Channel Nine, has gone beyond it’s usual domain of shonky builders, shonky plumbers, shonky fridge repairers and the shonky youth to dip their toe into the fun world of eugenics.

 The almost-news program ran a story asking if women should be forced to take contraception to go on welfare. You’d be right to expect such a story to go for about three seconds with a script that looks a little like this:

 HOST

Hello and welcome to A Current Affair. Thank you for leaving your television on as you fall asleep on the couch. Tonight we’re asking: should women on welfare be forced to take contraception? We asked an expert.

 EXPERT

Obviously not. That’s some weird Nazi shit.

 HOST

Weird Nazi shit indeed. That’s all for us tonight. Remember, email your relatives everything you hear on this show as if it’s undeniable fact and not just some bullshit we made up while bored.

 But somehow instead the story got a full berth with a poll being put in the field to see if the Australian people are down with eugenics yet.

It’s truly as if someone misunderstood what we meant by hoping for the ‘eradication of poverty’ and started to push for ‘the eradication of people suffering in poverty’.

 The suggestion initially came from former Labor MP Gary Johns, himself an excellent argument for the use of contraception. Johns argues that women on welfare should have a forced medical procedure that would see a rod inserted in their arm which temporarily forces contraception until they were working again. Perhaps the most impressive thing about his argument is that he managed to get it out of his mouth without vomiting at the sheer horror of the thought. It’s the kind of notion you hear about in a documentary right as the footage goes black and white and the music turns ominous.

 There’s a lot to step through here so let’s just start at the most obvious. Any plan that starts with ‘women should be forced to -’ is a pretty fundamentally bad plan. There aren’t really a lot of great ways for that sentence to end. It’s pretty rare that something starts so awfully but ends up being something like “Women should be forced to travel abroad. It really broadens the mind.”

 The dictating of women’s lives isn’t an accidental repercussion of Johns’ plan, it’s the central thesis. He goes on to claim that “if someone is on a parenting payment.. they should be looking after existing children not having more children. And if someone’s on Youth Allowance… they should be studying not starting a family.”

 It’s the kind of social policing that is more common coming from the mouth of William F. Buckley than anyone operating in the last half century. Sure, we’d all like to dictate the lives of others. Hell, I’d really enjoy being able to force, say, former Labor ministers attempting to advocate for class-based eugenics to fuck off into the woods forever. But we don’t do that because we aren’t cartoon monsters. If Johns would like to fuck off into the woods forever of his own free will than that would be really terrific. If he’d rather write terrible books about shitty, outdated and frankly borderline evil ideas on how to control the poor, then he can also do that. Though, of course, it would be preferable if those comments were kept to his mad scratchings and not shown as somehow valid by a national “news” program.

 It feels like a side note to place here but it’s also important to note that this won’t work. You won’t stop people from having children you will simply stop people who have children from being able to afford to live. It’s a rare and brave stand to push for a higher infant mortality rate but I guess that’s the kind of scum you find when scraping the bottom of the barrel.

 This story isn’t the disease, though. It’s a symptom. Sure, it’s a particularly pus-filled, warty symptom. It’s the kind of symptom that, were you to have, you’d really have a duty to inform all previous sexual partners – but it’s a symptom of a greater problem.

 The problem with this story isn’t just the insane fascist parts. Don’t get me wrong, the insane fascist parts are certainly a problem but they’re the fun icing. The scary part is the breathless way in which this question and A Current Affair in general associate poverty and the need for welfare with being of a lower state of human.

 The second someone needs societal assistance to get by even for a short time we’re told that they’re bludgers and that they’re incapable of making their own decisions. It seems the second someone leans on our society is the second we want them removed from it.

 Obviously A Current Affair is attempting to court controversy to balloon their audience figures from the usual twelve people to a robust fifteen but the attitude with which it’s done speaks to a real sentiment in the community. There’s a nasty but prevalent idea that those on welfare are getting away with something. They’re sneaking one past the keeper. While we’re all away on work they’re lounging about like kings.

t’s a shame that this attitude has grown because social welfare should be a place of pride. It’s pure, fundamental mateship. The idea that we as a society decided that we would not leave anyone behind, that we would be there in the hard times and give you the boost so that you can contribute and help others – it’s wonderfully Australian.

 And maybe that’s a long way for A Current Affair to go – maybe we need to give them a stepping stone along the way. Here’s one that seems pretty simple and that most of us got down pat a long time ago: stop using your resources to advocate for eugenics.

 There. How hard is that? Before you answer, remember that if you have any difficulty with that idea you might just be a monster.

Source

http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/01/05/current-affair-dipping-their-toe-fun-world-eugenics

6 thoughts on “A Current Affair: Dipping their toe into the fun world of eugenics!

  1. Really !
    WOMEN ON WEALFARE –
    BY THIS WE MEAN WOMEN WHO WERE WEEDED OUT OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY WERE “GIRLS & NOT WORTHY OF EDUCATION –
    FEMALES WHO HAVE NO FUTURE SO THEY CHOOSE TO BECOME MOTHERS INSTEAD –
    FEMALES WHO GET KNOCKED UP BY SOME SILVER TONGUED JOCK WITH A BIG DICK – A LOWLIFE WHO DELIBERATELY SETS OUT TO INPREGNATE AS MANY GIRLS AS HE CAN ha ha ha he he a ha ha – BRAGING TO HIS MATES ALL THE WAY & BEING A SMART ASS” –
    THE BASTARD WHO RUNS OUT ON THE “STUPID BITCH ‘ ha ha ha ha he he a ha ha
    AND LEAVES HER TO STRUGGGLE IN POVERTY –
    OR
    THE THE DIVORCED MUM WHO WAS TOO STUPID TO TAKE THE KIDS AFTER THE DIVORCE INSTEAD OF SAYING – “HERE YOU ARE LOVER THEY ARE ALL YOURS – I HOPE YOU & YOUR NEW BITCH ENJOY THEM”
    Today, young women all around the world, are choosing hysterectomy as a life style choice. More & more young women througout the world want a real life – they want to live a productive & rewarding life – females have realized that the FANTACY STORY DOLED OUT BY THE BRA BURNING FEMANISTS OF THE PAST that “you can have it all” is not viable in the real world. That it is a devistating burden upon the health & wellbeing- both physical & mental of a human body & mind.
    The young females of today are also body conscious – a result of the beauty industry – they would rather die than rick a STRETCHMARK –
    PREGNANCY IS NOT A NATURAL PROCESS & “GOOD FOR HER” PREGNANCY IS DETRAMENTAL TO A WOMANS BODY.

  2. THE FATHER OF MY 5 CHILDREN.
    WE ESTIMATE.
    HAS KNOCKED UP AT LEAST 60-100 OTHER FEMALES.
    HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED MAKING A COMEDY ROUTINE OUT OF THIS SENARIO.

  3. If the father of you kids – to whom you have left then – as a result of your amicable seperation – is not looking after them properly –
    CALL THE POLICE
    ANDTHEN CALL WELFARE
    AND REPORT HIM FOR CHILD NEGLECT

  4. Eugenics in its pure form has many positives as what is wrong with breeding strong healthy children.
    Eugenics has been propagandized as a racial extinction program and one particular separatist race who have promoted this mis-info, practice themselves eugenics in its pure form……. this race is the Jewish race.
    As the Jewish race consider themselves ‘Gods chosen’ then it would seem likely that they would practice ‘pure eugenics’ to stay pally with their God and make sure that their children are healthy and strong; after all they have been promised planet earth provided they attend ‘the Law’.
    I have a problem as to why then do they, via their media control and political lobbying, promote eugenics as genocide!…….. Gus

  5. Hi Gus,
    What positives Gus ?
    The only reason we, the human life form of planet Earth are here today, is BECAUSE OF THE DIVERSITY IN OUR MAKE UP, we would never have made it otherwise –
    AND I KNOW THAT THE SELF-APPOINTED, WANNABE, BLUE BLOOD SNOT OF PLANET EARTH – THIS DOES INCLUDE OTHER THAN A JEW GUS – the Clintons are a good example of the boot-licking poor cousins of THE CHOSES – rumor has it that they were so broke that ‘mummy & daddy’ has to go cap in hand a begging the US Congress to okay a STATE WEDDING for their only & beloved daughter Chelsea – of course they served the CHEAPER CHICKEN & DOMESTIC CHAMPAGNE
    THINK THAT TO REFINE THE ‘BETTER QUALITIES’ OF MAN
    THE MORE NOBLE TRAITS WILL BRING ABOUT A MAN OF HIGHER QUALITY AND REFINEMENT
    INDEED IT WILL ONLY SEEK TO ERADICATE US FROM PLANET EARTH ALL THE FASTER
    AND DEAR GUS – MAYBE THAT IS A GOOD THING AFTERALL.
    ENTER Lord & Lady Muck.
    “Oh Bertie, do leave the dog alone to do it’s business in peace”
    “Where did you put the bloody gin Gertrude, lest you have guzzled it all at breakfast, dear”
    TYPES

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