Tobe Frank – I’m confused 12



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To be frank I’m confused. I am more confused than Inspector Gadget at a Confucius convention.

The source of my confusion is as diverse and varied as the animals of the Amazon.

For instance, I am confused by the whole Essendon v ASADA/AFL shemozzle… have been since the beginning of the sordid affair. There are more twists and turns in this story than Lombard Street in San Francisco. Whilst I am of the opinion that there was a devious regime of injecting ‘questionable’ substances, I am utterly bewildered how this inquiry can take over two years, start with the investigation of 35 drugs and end up looking into one, ultimately finding all and sundry not guilty.

Essendon has, lets say, walked a very fine line between what’s legal, illegal and what’s right and expected of Australian sporting teams. However, I don’t think the warpath the AFL and ASADA took was on the straight and narrow either. I believe the AFL has itself behaved poorly.

I won’t pretend to understand the whole story and quiet frankly I’d prefer it to be starved of oxygen. I don’t think I’m alone in my inability to follow the logic of the whole episode and would rather they just get on with playing the game.

One of the other things I am continually confused about is the seemingly endless stream of reports and studies that our various levels of government commission. It’s not the fact that they commission the report, it’s more to do with the fact that they never seem to listen or follow through on the advice contained within. It’s like, ‘thanks for that, but nah’. The 2010 Henry Review into the Australian taxation system is a classic. Of 138 specific suggestions, the Rudd government ignored all but the most controversial and least recommended items – the resources and mining tax.

Guess what, the government got thrown out at the next election, the mining tax got overturned and yet we are about to embark on another broad spectrum, branch and root tax review. Who wants to take a bet that they’ll come up with exactly the same recommendations…and ignored them again.

I’m also confused by the vehement views some people hold on issues like guns, gay rights, homosexuality, asylum seekers and other such socially polarising issues.

Maybe I’m more liberal than some, but I just don’t see how people can hold such staunch views on things that largely don’t affect them. How does the marriage of two gay people affect me? I’ll tell you…it doesn’t. What it means to me are two more happy people in this world. Should a gay male couple be able to adopt? Why not? If it results in an otherwise orphan child finding a safe, secure, warm and loving home, why should I care? As Anne Hathaway recently said, ‘love is a human experience not a political statement’. In other words, the government should excuse themselves from governing anything to do with love or other human emotions…it’s not their space to play in. You might not understand it, agree with it or like it, but to what extent is it going to impact you if you’re unlikely to have gay friends in the first place?

I’m confused about plenty of other things too, like why the missus needs another black shirt, different colour handbag or pair of shoes. I guess it’s a bit like me buying another lure to hook that elusive red emperor…I just know it’ll probably make no difference to my chance of success. Maybe I should commission a report into that!

Are you as confused as Tobe? What are sources of your confusion?








Tobe Frank

Tobe Frank is a recently retired 62 year old gentleman with many views. He has grand ambitions for his retirement he just isn't sure what they are yet and is constantly looking around to find them. Tobe shares his views on Starts at Sixty regularly as one of our columnists.

  1. Well said, so nice to hear someone intelligent enough to know he doesn’t have all the answers and down to earth enough to be right. How refreshing. So very fed up with snarling know it alls trying to put down all who dare to have a different viewpoint. The only point these people really get over is that rudeness is ignorance therefore their intelligence is highly questionable.

  2. I abhor the incredible wastage of our consumer society. The valuable and in some cases irreplaceable resources used to produce the endless newest gadget. Without our consumer society many many more all around the world would be unemployed.
    I don’t really want Australia filling up with refugees but I am disgusted by successive governments actions toward them. In the same situation as many of these refugees fleeing war torn areas though I know I would want to escape to somewhere safe.
    They are just many of the confusions and contradiction I ponder.

  3. Once again a welcome read from Tobe Frank. Thank you Tobe. Look forward to more from you.

  4. Thanks for the good read. Like you I am perplexed by governments and society in general. When has it become our right to criticise others for their views on love and life. As for the governments, they seem to think wasting money on useless commissions and audits is perfectly normal and we the people should be proud of such stupidity. Oh well. It will continue whether I have a whine or two.

  5. We live in a very complex and perplexing society these days. Personally I don’t care who marries who…..their business not mine. As for others putting people down with opposing views….again I couldn’t care less. If I put a point of view on any site, I expect many others to disagree with me. Doesn’t mean they are putting me down, just disagreeing with me. And if they resort to name calling, well….. they’ve lost their argument. Governments come and governments go…..and life goes on. Good read anyway. Made a pleasant change.

  6. agree with you fully..the whole thing is a joke..

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