The world of the lobbyist is a veritable forest of corruption and yet these weeds prosper and grow in the fertiliser of party politics.
It’s the obverse of a bear farting in the woods. Everyone heard former New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell let one rip at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing and within a day he had resigned. Yet all the other ruling class bears are destroying our olfactory and other senses and no one gives a shit.
Well, not quite no one. Up to one hundred thousand marched in March against the Abbott government. Tens of thousands rallied for refugees on Palm Sunday.
Looking at the Western Australian Senate by-election and recent polls it may be that the stampede away from Labor to the Greens (and for conservatives to fruitcake fractious groups like the Palmer United Party) has begun. It may not last but does present a real challenge for an ailing Labor Party.
The response from various Labor politicians has been to talk about reform and rank and file empowerment. It will be a fake empowerment because the rank and file (or what remains of them) are by and large well to the left of the apparatchiks in charge of the party.
I have a novel suggestion for the ALP. Abandon neoliberalism.
Fight for workers and the poor through supporting direct action rather than the trickle down of ‘free” markets. Encourage unions to strike to defend their members.
Of course that won’t happen and the decline of Labor will continue until it becomes well and truly just another party of capital and neoliberalism.
My suggestion to socialists in the Labor cadavre is to leave now and join or join with those small left wing organisations fighting for a better world for working people. Don’t not stay in the ALP, a party committed to making the rich even richer at our expense.
Joe Hockey will hand down the Budget on Tuesday 13 May. All the talk about a Budget crisis is manufactured bullshit to make this Government’s vicious austerity program acceptable. The target of austerity will be the poor and working class although to give the impression of sharing the pain the ruling class will cut back a bit on the Grange.
Why not tax the rich instead of increasing pension availability to 70 by 2029? Gina Rinehart can afford it.
The Abbott government has announced Badgery’s Creek will be the second airport for Sydney. While the spin doctors are painting that as visionary planning and infrastructure spending, real vision would mandate a high speed rail network down the eastern seaboard. Not only would be environmentally friendly and save the people of Western Sydney from aircraft fuel and noise pollution, it would also create many more jobs and be more efficient at moving people up and down the east coast than a second Sydney airport.
Russian imperialism continues to defy US imperialism in the Ukraine. The inability of Obama to impose his will on a second level imperialist power will be a lesson the Chinese and others take to heart.
US drones murdered two Australians. No government condemnation. No fury. Just silence in the face of this American barbarity.
Goodbye Gabriel García Márquez.
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