Thursday, 8 December 2016

With Santa to the Barricades

Shane with the Eureka flag
Shane with the Eureka flag

G'day Possums,
a few days ago I ambled up to Ballarat for the Eureka Stockade commemorations. 

Hosted by Joe Toscano since 2002, the Eureka goldfields rebellion of 1854 was the first and last insurrection against the then colonial government of Victoria and although bloodily put down, eventually achieved many of its aims and is now noted as a seminal event of Australia's then developing democracy.

Anne Beggs-Sunter
Anne Beggs-Sunter 

Arriving with others at the site on Bakery Hill I met one of the speakers, local historian and lecturer Anne Beggs-Sunter who as a primary activist 20 years ago was responsible for the preservation of the facades of the Victorian edifices opposite the Hill which now house that arch nemesis of healthy eating, a well known hamburger purveyor who was eventually stymied in building its standard visual pollution.

Attending too, were Garry from Brisbane and Melbourne City Councillor Jackie Watts as well as a sprinkling of Australian Indigenous, West Papuans, Unionists and Black flag wielding Anarchists. 
Like the miners of 1854, a motley crew, but still welded to the same Chartist values of solidarity, representation and the principle of a fair go for all.


These values are still being threatened with extinction by the addled libertarian devotees of individualism and particularly from malign cabals like the Coots-With-Queer-Ideas-From-a-Parallel-Universe, (the IPA) one of whose prime mentors, Gina Our-Biggest-Miner Rinehart is apparently suing the Victorian Government and thence the citizens of the state for loss of potential profit because the insanity of "Fracking" has been banned in what was once the Tardis State, Where All-Goes-Backward.

The attacks by these Dinosaurs on the Premier Daniel Andrews and his Labor crew are increasing week by week because unlike the previous Liarbril mal-administration infrastructure that is actually useful is being built, social justice issues are being addressed, education, Law reform and health are also being prioritised and there is a palpable sense of the state generally moving forward: a situation of positive community development which the right-wingers mentioned, hate as it's the antithesis of their selfish individualism.

Eureka, Joe Toscano
Eureka, Joe Toscano

Federally, the Ruling Rabble of Truffles Turdball  is in such a shambles it's almost impossible to know where to start.

The Attorney General, Bookshelves Brandis made another monumental mess of his portfolio when it was revealed in a West Aussie paper that he had allegedly directed the since resigned Solicitor General to usurp the Law and "not mention" certain facts to the High Court, having allegedly "done a deal " with the financially struggling WA Liarbril ruling rabble to advantage them instead of the Commonwealth. 
Ahh... For Whom Bell Tolls.... it was fascinating looking at the face of Horse-Shite Coorman sitting behind Bookshelves in the senate who was droning on about his brilliance and legal purity attempting to divert attention from his "bentness".  Horseshite's  eyes darted furtively around all the opposition benches with that worried look of "Have they got the killer question coming soon?"
This mongrel ruling rabble are a bloody disgrace.
Then there were the verbal gymnastics attempting to "contextualize" Dodo Dutton's racist rant that previous PM Mal Fraser was wrong to let Lebanese refugees emigrate here some 30 years ago; Truffles  showing as much spine as a jelly fish in not slapping this Far Northern moron down.

Others from the Far North went swimming to "prove" that the Great Barrier Reef  is in good health. 
Why The-Red-Terror Hanson and others of her feeble minded One Notion Club would want to pollute almost pristine waters is beyond me but unfortunately they were all dog paddling 1000 km south of where the very next day marine scientists announced that between 30 - 50% of the Northern reef is dead or dying.  With  Mal-Addled Roberts of One Notion always wanting "empirical" evidence of global warming having an effect on the planet, one assumes that this might be it?
In a minor Eureka moment  members of Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance super-glued their hands to the visitor gallery railing in parliament House.  WACA spokesperson Kat Moore said. "We are here today to tell the Australian Parliament they are all complicit in the murder, rape, torture and child abuse of refugees."  They also turned the water feature in front of parliament into a bloody pool, representing deaths from turn-backs at sea, with signs reading 'Turn-backs Are Murder' and 'Blood On Your Hands' and turning up again the next day abseiling down the front of parliament  with banners saying ,"Justice for refugees."
Needless to say the right-wing went hysterical, frothing at the mouth hypocritically about respect for democracy, parliament and the sanctity of our borders whilst ignoring the values of free-speech and ordering a 2.5 metre fence to surround the lawns which encircle the parliament  building.
Well known human non-rights activist and ex Liarbril Mandy Il-Patrone, Vanstone (remember Vivian Solon and Cornelia Rau?) print mangled yet again another comment piece condemning such behaviour and how it somehow discredits democracy, makes life uncomfortable for supine aspirationals to consider others and that she prefers to keep company with the IPA mafia... or something like that!  The snarling, negative and destructive utterances of this IPA controlled ruling rabble are indeed a far cry from the "elite" standards Liberals once pretended to embody, now they decry and vilify, anyone who opposes them. They will lie, spread false information and muddy the waters of any contrary view calling it un-democratic and a threat to stability when their selfish, limited, individualistic world view is threatened.

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
Charles Darwin
And therein lies their demise. Faced with the inevitable on climate change and that their "policy"  bastard of paying/wasting money paying big polluters, Josh Fictions Frydenberg  (another IPA apparatchik masquerading as a democrat) had the temerity to announce that a Carbon Tax should be looked at again!
Well, colleague Cory, Bestiality Bernardi, recently arrived back from his "born-again" experience of Trumpism exploded into a rabidly frothy rant  worthy of a canine Vesuvius at this arrant bout of sensibleness. How dare anyone think a scientist knows what's going to happen in Dogs world? What an arrant presumption to limit the march of capitalist expansion by husbanding the planet for all and not for profit!

Fictions, next day pathetically climbed back under his rock where both he and his leader Truffles denied ever expressing  such heretical sentiments.
Remember when the press  well, the majority press, the Ugly American's Murdoch press howled about the dysfunction of Labor under Rudd/Gillard/Rudd?  Well Possums, it was nothing, absolutely nothing like the shambles we have at the moment. Policy free since Rabid-the Hun in 2013; we now have an economy about to enter recession, these self proclaimed economic gurus have increased to debt 8 fold, the AAA credit rating is on the brink of going south, Oil and Gas companies are paying a pittance of $800 million in tax when Qatar receives $28 Billions in revenue for the same amount of product, the mis-management of the education system bearing its alarmingly poor fruit, millions of dollars being rorted by our politicians, every social benefit like the Arts and the ABC under attack (as per the IPA wish-list) monies are being promised to overseas miners to destroy what's left of the Barrier Reef, Tax breaks for big business that will do SFA for the economy as a whole whilst real tax reform is just a conversation topic and a wink and a nod is given for banks to continue over-exploiting their customers.

Remember Eureka, bring out the Tumbrils, and sharpen the guillotine blades Petals,  2017 is going to be an interesting year.




  1. "these self proclaimed economic gurus have increased debt 8 fold, the AAA credit rating is on the brink of going south".

    A good article but this comment on macroeconomics is not valid. Any Modern Monetary Theory economist will tell you that as our federal government is the sole issuer of Australian dollars (using the RBA) that the 'debt' for the federal government is more realistically just a record of additional dollars spent into the Australian economy which is essential as the economy grows. This so called 'debt' should not be repaid and is actually of no consequence as the federal government can create as much 'new' money as it wants whenever it wants. Spending too much additional 'new' money into the economy that is in excess of the economies capacity to productively absorb through growth will however be inflationary and should be avoided. However the gap between the current economy and its growth potential, which is an ever increasing target, should be funded by any competent national government through deficit spending. Government bond issuance is a left over from when the dollar was linked to the value of gold and is in fact unnecessary to the government and does not fund any deficits or debt.

    Government bonds are really just a service provided to commercial banks, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other financial institutions that provide a small interest payment for parking their funds. As the federal government has no need to borrow, the AAA credit rating from credit agencies is meaningless and these ratings are really just used by the neoliberal financial elites to limit government spending and the size of the government sector.

    Sceptical that the federal government can just create dollars into existance? Well quantitative easing is an example where newly created money is used to buy back or extinguish government bonds thus providing money to those financial institutions that held the bonds. 'Helicopter money' is the disparaging term neoliberal economists use to describe the spending by governments of 'newly created money' for direct government spending into the economy for example on infrastructure or for direct payments to the needy. Japan is currently using 'helicopter money' to stimulate growth in its economy.

    1. I agree with your criticism ... I suppose it was just a lazy way of saying that the intentions of this ruling rabble are not what they say but rather what they do...