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My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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By their Pratts shall ye know them

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd snuck in on Friday to see Richard Pratt before he dies. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser went the day before.

A stream of former and current politicians and business and union ‘luminaries’ have made the trek to mecca to worship at the living grave of this ‘great Australian’. 

Maybe the fact he is the fourth richest man in Australia (with a net worth somewhere over $5 billion in 2008) might explain the stream of Labor lackeys – Rudd, Crean, Shorten etc – to visit Pratt.

You don’t get to be that rich without being powerful and having Labor and Liberal politicians as your playthings.  Allegedly Hawke, Whitlam, Greiner and Kennett have been on his advisers’ payroll at some stage – after they left Parliament, let me add.

He has paid millions to both major parties.

Pratt ran a cartel which ripped off $700 million from Australian and other workers. 

He faces criminal charges relating to the evidence he gave about the cartel. His death will save him from the possibility of conviction and jail.

 

Pratt and his company, Visy, were fined $36 m for their part in the cartel.  This is less than one percent of Pratt’s wealth – not a bad price to pay for accumulating $5 billion.

So why is Labor supping with the devil?

Labor’s role in society is to manage capitalism, not to challenge it. They implement ruling class policies with a nod, sometimes, to workers.

These ‘Labor’ politicians are really agents of the ruling class.  And Dick Pratt is a very important member of the ruling class.  His links and power run deep and wide.

According to the Australian, ‘… the Prime Minister thanked Mr Pratt for creating thousands of jobs and for highlighting awareness on public policy issues such as water management and the environment. ‘

Rudd vilifies people smugglers as code for attacking refugees, yet praises rich cartel operators?  Sickening, but typical of what Labor is – the second eleven of capital.

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