Australian news, and some related international items

Election result – what it means for climate change, nuclear power, and AUSTRALIA

Well, already we can see that the uranium industry will get a boost from the Abbott government’s planned  Exploration Development Incentive scheme – which will allow mining companies to use exploration  costs. as a tax deduction.

But let’s not focus just on the little stuff.    It will be a pity if we have to wait for history for the big stuff.  What about the influences from outside Australia?

In 1975,    the USA – with it’s militaristic plans for Pine Gap – played a critical part in the removal of Australia’s Prime Minister Gough Whitlam

In 2010 multinational mining companies were behind the push to remove Kevin Rudd, and his Mining Super profits tax.  I don’t buy the argument that Kevin Rudd was such a difficult personality that Labor had to kick him out.   Anyway, Julia Gillard replaced Rudd’s mining tax with a weak as water mining tax.  But the corporate powers still weren’t happy.

How were these foreign owned companies, like BHP, able to prevail?   Predominantly by promoting the message of climate change denial. And how did this message prevail in Australia, where in 2007, Kevin Rudd was swept to power on  a wave of public enthusiasm for action on climate change?

Despite some well informed coverage on climate change, by the Fairfax media, the ABC and SBS, the denialist message, taken up by the right wing politicians and friends of polluting industries, was steadfastly pushed to the public by the Murdoch media, with its 70% ownership of Australian media.


There was an easy puppet waiting there for them.  Tony Abbott has but one over-riding value – and that is To Be Topp.  There might be  a few very right-wing Catholic religious  themes  in there – (ones which many Catholics would be ashamed of)   But as for other trifling subjects like climate change, – well they don’t bother Tony Abbott, as he doesn’t understand them.

Nobody seems to notice the fact that Australia is now President of the United nations Security Council. And the UN has not sanctioned an attack on Syria.  But the USA might very well attack Syris unilaterally, with out waiting fir the UN.  And what will Australia do?

And how confident do you feel about all this, with the vacuous Tony Abbott at the helm of our ship?

September 7, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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