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Hey! Welcome to JJ’s Outlook, a blog where you’ll find all my content and political commentary online. While I write for this blog, I also write for several publications, including The Spectator Australia and The Good Sauce. I post links to my articles in those publications here as well. If you like what you read, feel free to give it a like, or leave a comment to let me know what you think. You can also subscribe via email to the blog if you’d like to get email notifications when new posts go live.

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Australian Jobs Held Hostage By The ‘Vaccine Wars’

The ‘Vaccine Wars’ left people unemployed or with a vaccine they never wanted to take. Employers used people’s jobs against them, pressuring them into getting the vaccine.

“Employers have been enforcing vaccine mandates, telling their employees this is how it has to be because that is what they have been told by the government, and that it’s to ‘keep us all safe’. The excuses used are nothing more than a lousy evasion of accountability. Employers saying that government mandates are being forced on their business are failing to take responsibility.”

Read my latest for The Spectator Australia here.

Morrison Has Picked The Wrong Battle (Again)

Morrison has picked the wrong fight. He chose to pursue Novak Djokovic instead of pushing back against booster mandates. He chose cowardice over courage.

“Unless he makes a change immediately, he is doomed for consignment to the dustbin of history as one of the weakest and most ineffectual leaders this nation has ever seen.”

Read my latest for The Spectator Australia here.

Personal Year In Review

2021 has been a tumultuous year for us all. We jumped to unfounded  hopeful conclusions that the troubles of 2020 would be left in the past, but they managed to slip through and follow us into another year. While I cannot speak for everyone on how their year was, and I am sure many had a tough one, be they with job losses, loss of income or livelihoods, mental health issues deriving from lockdowns, or even the loss of loved ones, I can speak for myself and I can say without doubt it has been a year of ups and downs. So I thought I would do a little recap of what I experienced in 2021, and the lessons I have learnt along the way.

The year started off expectedly – with more restrictions. But for me, it started with goals in mind for what I was hoping to achieve this year, and another article published on The Spectator Australia’s online platform Flat White. That was my second published piece. Little did I know that by the end of the year I would have a total of 36 published pieces, 17 for The Spectator and a further 19 for The Good Sauce, who I began writing for after the publication of my second piece in February. I am grateful to both publications taking a chance on a young writer with a penchant to bring back honest journalism.

In addition to writing, I began to branch out into the world of interviews, and I was privileged to take part in 5 interviews, three of which were live, the other two being pre-recorded before being published for the world to see. I was also excited to take on a new challenge in beginning my own show and was truly privileged to interview Isabel Brown from Turning Point USA. She was very generous to agree to an interview with someone just starting out in this field of media, something I will never forget. While that show will no longer continue to air on The Good Sauce, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them on it. I will continue to produce content for them in the form of articles throughout 2022.

However, although the show will no longer be produced by The Good Sauce, that does not mean it is over – far from it. It is only just beginning. And so it brings me the utmost excitement to announce that from January 2022 my show will return on my own platform, under a new name and with a whole range of guests. This is my next step on my journey in the media realm, and, although it will be a challenge, I am excited to see what it brings.

I was also elated to see my articles for both The Spectator and The Good Sauce in the “Most Popular” lists for each site. Several of my pieces hit number 1 and for that I must thank everyone who has taken the time to read what I write. I could not do it without the readers. Without you these articles would not be seen, let alone make it to the top articles of the day. So thank you for reading my pieces this year, and I hope you will continue to do so in 2022.

I have also continued to write pieces for my blog JJ’s Outlook, which has seen a few changes this year in design and layout. I began writing a few blog series,’ including Uncovering Christianity – Exploring The Roots Of The West and Spirit & Truth, each of which focused on aspects of religion and society. It is my hope that these have helped others in their own lives, particularly in a spiritual sense. Although I have not written any more pieces for these series for a while, I hope to continue them sporadically in 2022 and beyond. And while we are on the topic of my blog, I just want to thank each and every one of you who has visited the site and read pieces published there throughout the year. You don’t see it but there has been an increase in traffic to the site this year, which means more people are swinging by to check it out. I hope you will continue to do so in the new year, and I hope to see more people visiting throughout 2022.

Before I move on to some more person stuff, I must make note of a few people who have been on my writing and media journey with me this year. Alexandra Marshall, who also writes for The Spectator Australia and The Good Sauce among other publications took me under her wing and brought me into the fold at The Good Sauce, as well as guiding me in my writing as a political commentator/independent writer throughout the year. She also brought me on as a guest on her show, which was my first experience of an interview format, and I am grateful for that opportunity which launched me into a new part of the media realm. I must also thank Dave Pellowe, the editor of The Good Sauce, who welcomed me into the fold and included me in a number of interviews, as well as taking a chance on me with my own show on his platform. I’m also grateful to Dia Beltran, who invited me onto her show and gave me my first experience of a live interview. And finally, I am grateful to Christian Kerr, editor of The Spectator Australia’s Flat White, who took a chance on me as a young writer for a well-known publication and gave me a start in my writing career. Unfortunately Christian tragically and unexpectedly passed away in November, and so I want to take this chance to express my condolences to his family and friends, and to say that I will always remember that he was the first person to publish one of my pieces.

Now onto personal stuff. I think the last year has again brought to light what matters most in our lives and has taught us what we should value above all else. For me, despite the chaos of life, lockdowns, and restrictions, I was able to continue to grow in my faith, which has kept me going throughout the most difficult of times. I was glad to be able to attend Masses at my Parish, especially at Easter and Christmas, and to help in providing a nice farewell to our parish priest, who has now retired. During the times of lockdowns when churches were closed, I was grateful to be able to tune into online Masses with Fr. Rob Galea (his homilies are really something special).

Many of you know I also teach Scripture in state primary schools, a ministry I became involved with in the latter part of 2018. I began this year with 36 Year 6 students, a pretty big number for one teacher to handle on their own. The class ended up being split in two after a few weeks, and I ended up with around 18 students to guide in the faith. I must say, although it is nerve-wracking to teach a class of students, given you become responsible for them actually learning – you have to prepare lessons that are fruitful and help them to engage with the subject – it is an enriching experience that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to continue in the deepening of their own faith. You learn from the kids just as much as they learn from you. Unfortunately, I only got two terms with my students before Gladys decided to lock us all down again, and we never returned to Scripture for the remainder of the year. Although I did not get to teach them all I had hoped to teach them, nor wish them all the best in their future endeavours, I hope that from the little time we got to spend together they were able to grow in their faith and that they will continue to do so as they start this next chapter of their lives in high school.

Unfortunately, given the absolutely nonsensical mandates on those teaching in schools, I will not be permitted to go back to Scripture teaching in 2022 due to my choice not to take the vaccine. This is extremely disappointing, and I have voiced this disappointment to coordinators of Special Religious Education (SRE), including the head of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), who is in charge of SRE across the Diocese. The only response I received was that they were following the orders of the Department of Education to “keep people safe.” It is regrettable that Christians would not do more to stick up for their fellow Christians. It is something I have noticed increasingly over the last year, and I must say that I do not think Jesus would have excluded people because of their vaccination status. I hope things may change in 2022, but I do not expect them to, and as someone who liked having that routine of helping students each week, I will miss it in 2022. I hope Christians will stop letting the government dictate their faith lives and support each other better.

This year was also a year of loss for me in other ways. My great aunt suddenly passed away earlier in the year, and it left the family in a bit of a shock. Aunty Agnes was much loved by her extended family, and we will always remember her for being such a kind soul. Her curry puffs will forever be missed at family gatherings, as will her bright spirit and her many stories of her travels and her fondness for languages.

In August, we got to see my nan in Queensland over Zoom to wish her a happy birthday. It was so nice to see her face again, to have a bit of a chat. But things can really change in an instant, and that afternoon she was taken to hospital. It seemed that she was picking up and would return to the aged care facility she resided in toward the end of the following week, yet tragically things took a turn for the worse and she began rapidly declining. Even more heartbreaking was that most of the family is located in either NSW or Victoria, meaning we could not be by her side to say goodbye. Only one of her six children lived nearby, my Uncle Mark, and we are so grateful for all he did looking after her and being there with her in her final days, as well as speaking on the family’s behalf at the funeral which we were only able to attend via video link. We will all miss nan very much. I will always remember her every time a new Compare The Meerkat ad comes on the television. She loved those little guys.

I think it is poignant to note on this that there is something truly cruel about keeping family apart in the darkest of hours. I cannot imagine how many others have had to go through this same thing over the past two years. I had to say goodbye to my nan, someone who I was close with and cared for very much, over a video call on a mobile phone. I would not wish what happened to my family on anyone, not even my worst enemy. But I want to say this to the government and politicians and health bureaucrats that imposed the absurd rules that kept my family apart when my nan was coming to the end of her life: I will never forget what you have done to people in this country. You are cruel, you are heartless, and you have no shame. What you have done, what you continue to do, is truly evil. People do not forget things like that easily. Shame on each and every one of you who allow these atrocities to continue to be brought upon good people.

In the midst of everything that went on this year, I completed another year of study at university, bringing me closer to finishing my degree. Given I have been going nonstop for around twelve to fifteen months, I decided to take a short break for one study period and will resume my studies in March for my final year. At this stage, I am likely to finish my degree around February 2023. I have enjoyed the last year of study, learning a lot more about the mediasphere, and gaining knowledge on media law. I also have some exciting writing prospects coming up which I will talk a bit more about in the new year.

As for work, I have continued to work my job as a groundskeeper, a job I have been fortunate to have for over 7 years now, and which I still enjoy. I also had the opportunity to do some work for DPF Sales Australia and was grateful to do so. In terms of job prospects for the new year, those tie in with writing prospects, so I will leave those for discussion in 2022.

And just a quick mental health update (given I have been pretty open about this aspect of my life over the past couple of years), I have found myself doing quite well throughout 2021. Although there have been a number of ups and downs, I can say that I am in a better place now than I was in 2019 and 2020. By no means does that mean I am cured, but I’m doing better and that’s what matters.

There is so much more I could say, but I don’t want to make this too long. So I’ll wrap this up by providing a few final thoughts for the year. 2021 has taught us that we cannot take anything for granted. We only have a limited time on this Earth, and so we must choose to use it wisely and use it well. We must also search out those things that are most valuable and learn to value them deeply. It may be something as simple as family or friends, or something as complex as happiness or love. Over the last month in particular, I have borne witness to people around me in states of pure joy which in turn have brought a smile to my face and my heart. Just imagine how much better this world could be if we were all able to experience this and help others to do the same, rather than falling victim to the corruption of division.

There is an old saying – if you’re going through hell, keep going. I used to be confused by this phrase. I used to think “if someone is going through hell, why would they want to stay there? Why would they want to keep going through it? Wouldn’t they want to escape?” But now I understand. Our personal hells shape us into better people. They help us to learn and to grow. After all, diamonds are made under pressure. And there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep going to get there.

The last two years have been chaotic and hellish for many, but we have to keep going if we are every going to get through this. And along the way, we must stop to appreciate the small beauties in life. I can say from personal experience that although these last couple of years have been challenging, there have been moments in which I have found joy lighting up my heart. Whether it be a beautiful sunset, seeing people happy together, seeing your dog do something very adorable, or whatever else may bring even a moment of joy to your life, take hold of it. Live in the moment. Because that will re-energise you and help you to continue on your way through this insane journey we call life.

Thanks for all the support in 2021, especially to all my family and friends, and may God Bless you all with a safe and happy New Year in 2022.

2021: Year In Review

This time last year, when we neared the end of 2020, we said something along the lines of “after what’s happened this year, 2021 couldn’t possibly be any worse. It should be better.”

Boy, were we wrong.

This year has been like a bad sequel to what was already a terrible movie. It is a film series in which the world is crashing and burning, and everyone is so naïve and panicked that they believe that only the elite among them can save them from total annihilation. The irony in the plot is that the elites are the ones causing the chaos; the so-called saviours of humanity are really their enemies.

Proceeding with this analogy, there have been numerous spoiler alerts of what is to come in this trainwreck of a film. But, like spoilers for a decent show, many do not wish to pay them any heed. Instead, they are lazily labelled conspiracy theories and ignored, much to the detriment of a society seeking to escape this nightmare. Yet the success rate of the ‘conspiracy theorists’ has been extremely high, to the point where they may as well declare themselves oracles.

Given this is a wrap up of the year, what better time to produce a comprehensive list of the conspiracy theories turned realities in 2021?

Of course, we should start with vaccine passports, which are now being utilised to segregate society by vaccination status in several countries and cities around the globe. We were laughed at for suggesting such a system would be implemented but look at where we are now. If you do not get the vaccine, you are locked out of society. If you do not get your booster, your vaccine passport expires and you are treated as if you have not had a single dose of the vaccine.

Next up, the quarantine camps – or, as the elite like to call them, quarantine facilities. Don’t mind the naming of these facilities being so Orwellian it would have any sane person questioning the motives of those who have built them. Take, for example, the Northern Territory and Victoria’s Centres for National Resilience, and the new facility in Queensland, which has been called ‘Wellcamp.’ There is far too much doublespeak going on here that sends a chill down the spine. To make matters worse, positive cases and close contacts in the Northern Territory were being whisked off to these camps by the army. But when critics called them out, labelling the facilities as ‘quarantine camps’ (which they practically are), they were hounded by those supporting such facilities, including individuals in the media, who claimed they were nothing of the sort and instead were more like a resort for people who needed to quarantine for a couple of weeks. But is it truly a resort when you are forced into it and cannot leave, let alone step off the balcony of your unit?

In addition to these two more significant theories turned reality, the following were also labelled ‘conspiracy theories’: the vaccinated can spread the virus, boosters every three to six months (we’re already down to three in several places, including the UK and Australia, with the European Union looking to follow suit), segregation based on vaccination status, unvaccinated people being denied work, contracts between Pfizer and governments, and making access to medical care difficult for unvaccinated individuals.

Oh, and despite many claiming it was insane to even consider this to be true, there are also people getting microchips installed in their hands or wrists so their information, including their vaccination status, is readily accessible. (If you don’t believe me, just look up what’s happening in Sweden. It’s mental.)

Much like what happens to film critics, the critics of this dystopic horror film were attacked, many being censored and silenced to limit their voice in the public sphere. As things progressively worsened throughout the year, those calling out the atrocities being committed by politicians and health bureaucrats against the people of their nations were labelled all sorts of unsavoury terms. Those in power spoke out against them, calling them ‘crazy,’ ‘dangerous,’ ‘lunatics’ or the like, doing all they could to discredit what they were saying to make us appear deluded.

Many of us who could see the parallels between the medical tyranny espoused through COVID-19 and the actions that led to the abominations committed by the Nazi regime were degraded. But what those who chastised us for drawing such parallels failed to recognize was that we were not saying this was the Holocaust; we were merely pointing out that the roads being travelled now were disturbingly similar to those travelled by previous authoritarian regimes of the past. The ‘papers please’ mentality that had been adopted by governments around the world was practically the same as what occurred in the beginnings of Nazi Germany. It has become even more concerning in recent months, with Germany and Austria locking unvaccinated people out of society completely. Comically, Germany imposed a rule whereby euthanasia could only be accessed by those who had been fully vaccinated, which means you have to be vaccinated if you want to die. But Austria took the covid totalitarianism even further by imposing nationwide vaccine mandates and asking for vaccinated people to come forward to work for the government in hunting down any unvaccinated individuals remaining after the mandate comes into effect in February.

The COVID era has brought to light the authoritarians among us, and has exposed much hypocrisy, especially in our leaders. Many of them have decided not to live by their own rules, excusing themselves from the mandates they impose on everyone else. But there are more people becoming privy to this. They are seeing politicians trip over their own feet. Minor parties are rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the major parties, who are bleeding supporters left, right and centre.

And this brings us to some of the finer moments of the year, the moments that brought some elation into our lives despite all the attempts to break us. Because the COVID era has also demonstrated the strong will of the individual in the face of relentless attacks on their rights, freedoms, livelihoods, jobs, families, friends – practically all they have.

At the forefront were the protests, so great in magnitude and growing stronger every week. Not only did people turn out in incredible numbers in major cities around Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, but also in nations around the world. The weekly protests in France were a sight to behold, tens of thousands turning out each week to make their voices heard to a government that was trying to force them into submission. When vaccine passports came into effect, people sat on the streets outside restaurants sharing food and company to demonstrate that they would not be excluded from society, nor exclude others. And, most recently, in Vienna, and outpouring of protestors graced the streets to show their leaders that they vehemently opposed vaccine passports.

Speaking of the French, it was a rough year for Macron this year, as he learnt that not everything is set in stone and that people can actually change their minds. The submarine saga saw the French President acting like a petulant child when they do not get their way, upset that the Australian government would back out of the ridiculous submarine deal struck in the Turnbull era and instead strike a new agreement with the US and UK governments. Macron subsequently threw a fit at the G20 Summit, which the Australian mainstream media lapped up. The Chinese were also upset to hear that Australia was getting nuclear subs, but they should not be too disappointed given we probably won’t have them for at least a decade.

Meanwhile, in the United States, Joe Biden was making a fool of himself in his first year as President. Gas prices soared, as did crime levels in Democrat held cities. Kamala Harris kept cackling every chance she got, the administration kept Biden away from the press as much as possible, and Jen Psaki spun a web of lies. While the chaos that is the Biden administration ensued, Trump continued to live rent free in their heads. When anything went wrong, they somehow managed to find a way to blame him. The Democrats must be practiced archers, given the incredulous number of long bows they were drawing. But the Dems also had trouble within their own ranks, with Democrat Senator Joe Manchin voting against their agenda multiple times throughout the year, most recently putting a pin in the infamous Build Back Better bill. Dr Fauci continued to do all he could to keep the covid narrative alive and deny the lab leak theory, although once the truth emerged it appeared he had lied to Congress, a federal felony for which Senator Rand Paul referred him for investigation. And, of course, who could forget the Let’s Go Brandon chant, which fast became the catch cry of those opposed to Biden’s government. All our Christmases came at once when he uttered the phrase himself at Christmas.

While UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied a Christmas Party that members of his government had and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau trapped his own citizens in the country, the only way out being the vaccine, after somehow managing to get re-elected, Australia had several plot twists of its own.

After being viewed as the only seemingly level-headed Premier in the country, Gladys Berejiklian plunged NSW into months of lockdown, only to end up resigning after the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced an investigation into her surrounding her dealings with former MP Daryl Maguire. Subsequent to her departure, a shootout began in the NSW Liberal Party. Three MPs in total resigned, forcing by-elections in their seats. The Deputy Premier John Barilaro also fell flat, leaving a spot open for contention in the National Party. The scramble persisted for only a brief time until deals were done and Dominic Perrottet somehow managed to emerge as the victor, much to the celebration of Conservatives across the state, albeit with a little disappointment that Matt ‘Green’ Kean was now the Treasurer. But it did not take long at all for Dom to disappoint and show us all that he was just another politician, unable to keep his promises.

Meanwhile in Victoria, former Labor MP Adem Somyurek, having undergone interrogation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), made a surprise return to state Parliament to spite Daniel Andrews by voting against his permanent pandemic Bill. Unfortunately, despite the amusement that Somyurek’s antics brought to Australians, it was not enough to bury the bill, which passed after crossbencher Rod Barton did a deal with the Andrews government.

And finally, we must not forget that this year has seen new variants of the virus emerge. For most of the year Delta was the talk of the town. That was until a subsequent variant revealed itself. When it came to naming the new variant, the Greek Alphabet method was continued. However, this time there was a slight alteration, whereby the World Health Organization (WHO) politely skipped over the letter Xi so as not to offend their Chinese overlords and went straight to Omicron. Next up is Pi.

2021 has been a year full of tyranny, absurdity, and absolute insanity. Definitions have been changed, including those of ‘vaccine’ and ‘anti-vaxxer,’ which now comprises anyone who merely opposes vaccine mandates. The same people that have told us constantly to “trust the science” think gender is fluid and cannot seem to comprehend basic biology. The Science™ has become a religion, people worshipping it like a golden calf. Practically every politician is now a wannabe dictator. And those who are voices of reason are cast out as crazy conspiracy theorists. Logic has become a rare and priceless commodity. Much like the volcano in La Palma, just when the chaos is over, it bursts back into life creating more havoc and destruction.

If 2020 was the first film in a dystopic film series, and 2021 was the sequel, 2022 may well be the third installment in a terrible trilogy. But how much worse will it get? Will people line up like good subservient slaves to Big Pharma to get their third and fourth doses and subsequent ‘boosters’ every time the government says jump? Will politicians be able to maintain their power now that a more infectious but less deadly variant is on the loose? Will the ‘conspiracy theorists’ finally be widely believed? Will we see endless jokes about Pi/pie? Will this chaos and hysteria all finally come to an end?

It is all up to you.

Think of 2022 as a choose your own adventure film, but a special one where the choices you make could bring the medical tyranny that has plagued the world for the last two years crashing down or build it up even more to the point where we are beyond saving.

If we truly want to leave this world of dystopic tendencies behind us, we must be prepared to fight back hard in 2022. We must be willing to defend our liberty, and to stand up and say no. This goes for all people, regardless of your beliefs, your vaccination status, or whether or not you have been affected in any way by arbitrary rules and restrictions. We can either descend further into the rabbit hole of tyranny which only leads to a tragic ending as in 1984, or we can rise to the occasion and put a heroic end to government overreach like the people did in V for Vendetta.

We should not speak too soon about 2022 being better than 2021, given when we said last year that 2021 would be better than 2020, we were way too ahead of ourselves. 2022 does have the potential to be a year of good change. But, like all good things, it is not going to come easily.

So as we bid farewell to 2021,  let us consider what we want to see in 2022. Hopefully, we can all agree it is time for change. The power for change lies in the people. It is up to you to make a difference.