Australian news, and some related international items

TODAY. For Australia, it really is time to take the toys from the boys.

Australia’s new Treasurer, Jim Chalmers prepares to deliver his first budget. Australia is out of the appalling corruption of the Scott Morrison government, but still well in the grip of the USA military-industrial-corporate complex.

Therefore – despite the desperate needs, spelt out by Jim Chalmers himself – troubled global economy, ballooning deficit, – not to mention aged care crisis, health crisis, flood crisis, homeless crisis – Australia still prioritises weapons spending. Callum Foote writes:

Australia is the fourth largest importer of weapons in the world, behind Saudi Arabia, India and Egypt.

Over the next decade, the Australian government will invest $200 billion in the Defence Force with an eye to support the weapons export industry. In line with these goals, Australian military spending has shot through the roof – from $10 billion in 2000 to just under $50 billion in the last budget. The big winners? Largely foreign multinational defence contractors, and plenty of small local ones too; they’re growing along with the public spending.

Now we’re being told that we have to weapon up – against that evil China who (inexplicably) is supposed to be poised to attack Australia. We’re told to stick to that wonderful Fools-Based-International-Order – (meaning back whatever next military venture USA/NATO decides on)

But we don’t only blow our budget on our own defence – now we are obliged to cater to the whim of Zelensky, with his unrealistic goal of completely defeating Russia, and retaking Crimea into Ukraine. When will this weapons extravaganza party for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, BAE etc ever stop?


October 7, 2022 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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