Archive for May 27, 2012


Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott shows his true colours in refusing to support a proposal to put in place an anti- corruption body or new codes of conduct for Members of the Australian Parliament.

Abbott considers that striving to demoralise and brutalise Craig Thompson on the floor of the parliament so that he will resign or have a psychological meltdown is a better solution for him to become Prime Minister than waiting for the next election, or for the proper procedures of the parliament and the law to be followed.

This shows two vital aspects of Abbott’s character. The first aspect is his ruthlessness that allows him to continually put his own ambition above any other consideration. The second is his deceit.

Abbott does not want stronger codes of conduct because he knows that at least one of the members of the Liberal/National coalition is likely to be caught by its provisions and penalties, and therefore strip her vote from the coalition negating the possible loss of Labor’s Craig Thompson.

The true reason Tony Abbott does not want to wait for any of the proper procedures or solutions to be used is because he wants an immediate election while Labor is at its weakest point. He does not want Labor’s program of reforms to be implemented because he knows they will be popular and that his alarmist rhetoric will be shown to be untrue, leaving him revealed as the emperor with no clothes.

  

   

Green Party leader Christine Milne has clearly articulated a major emerging issue for Australia and the countries of the South. The neo-colonial  pillaging of resources provides almost no benefit to the ordinary citizens of exploited countries and constitutes a  blatant dispossession of future generations.

Milne was responding to the announcement that the Australian government would allow foreign workers to be flown in to work on Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia.

A recent report by the Australia Institute showed that 5 out of every 6 dollars profit from mining in Australia went to overseas investors and that most of the remaining profits went to a handful of wealthy Australians like Gina Rinehart. The most significant benefit to ordinary Australians is derived through the jobs of mine workers.

By eliminating Australian jobs there is very little benefit to this country in digging massive holes in the ground and the significant harm of creating environmental damage and global climate change.

Christine Milne is spot on in identifying the need for a new examination of the ramifications of the impacts of mining on this country and its people.

Australians are in danger of becoming the present day equivalent of the Incas and Aztecs whose Gold and Silver resources were plundered by Pizarro and Cortez and the surviving population was forced into slavery.

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