Monthly Archives: November 2011

Australia’s Stockholm Syndrome

The PM and Foreign Minister fighting to the death for their own self-interest on the international scene instead of governing? We should be outraged, but we have exhausted it all, so it’s just another day under Labor.

Just like Africans respond to corruption with resignation “That’s Africa”, we now respond to our mal-governance with “That’s Labor” and accept it as normal.

And we are slipping into the Stockholm Syndrome: our lives are controlled by a lying and hated Prime Minister but we are helpless, and we gradually gratefully accept and reward in the polls any morsel of kindness or sanity from her.

But giving back what your captor took away in the first place, is not kindness, or competence in the case of our government. Reversing the ban on exporting uranium to India, after they banned it for irrational ideological and anti-Howard reasons in the first place, is not a triumph of foreign policy. Attacking the Greens for living in fairyland is not strength after you got in bed with them and implemented their fairyland carbon policies. Getting tough on unions and getting Qantas back in the air by our PM is not competence, after your own FWA laws let the unions off the leash in the first place. And even in the unlikely case that they fix the illegal boat problem, that is no triumph if they were the ones that opened the flood gates in the first place in 2007.

No, all is not well in Australia, even should Labor mend a few of their disasters. As you go to work each day to secure your and your children’s future, every reform not undertaken by this government (and I don’t mean carbon tax), every billion dollars wantonly wasted, is not something we can simply do later, or just someone else’s money, so who cares. It is an investment not invested in our country, a lost opportunity taken away from your children’s future.

While you struggle to gain control over your future, this government is taking it away from you and is working hard to take away your very ability to know it from a free media or speak out against it. But it is subtly done and we won;t care until we lose it. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, but not while Masterchef is on.

I can only hope, come election time, we gain insight and courage enough to escape these our captors.

The core of democracy is not elections, it is freedom of the press

 


The relentless attacks by this government on our press is a far more serious danger to our country than people realise. These attacks include:

Repeated references to the Hate media and right wing shock jocks, attempting to delegitimise reasonably argued criticism in opinion pieces in newspapers.

Julia Gillard’s “News Ltd has questions to answer“, referring to British phone hacking investigation, unrelated to Australia.

Ms Gillard’s personal allegedly demanding phone calls to media management (chairman and CEO of News Limited, John Hartigan) relating to coverage of her past affair and legal dealings with an allegedly criminal Union Official.

Claims that Murdoch owns 70% of media when they own only 32% of titles, it is people who chose to buy one of their papers 60% of the times. 

Now the unnecessary and dangerous Media Inquiry chaired by Ray Finkelstein, QC, flirting with regulation, licensing andfit-and-properperson test for proprietors – decided by whom, on what criteria.

The ex-judge Finkelstein sending a letter to editors, impudently asking them to explain to what extent “you subscribe to the view that the press has social responsibilities.

Why is this frightening? Because this is the road toward authoritarian non-democratic state. You say – c’mon that’s being over-dramatic. But you don’t have to have absence of elections or people being shot in the square to be deprived of democracy. You only need to be mislead into voting for the wrong party, for example by government propaganda or by undue influence by a political party over the media.  Intimidation of opposition parties, legal restriction of opposition parties, prosecution of opponents for trumped up charged during election time – all these are the tools of non-democratic governments. But unless you really have totalitarian regime with tanks in the streets, all of these can thrive only if they are hidden from the bulk of the population by compliant media.

The core of democracy is not elections, it is freedom of the press.

Under the communists in Czechoslovakia, we had multiple parties and elections, but no free press – it was government controlled and was very “socially responsible”. We did not have democracy.

 

Murdoch negative press on Labor is in agreement with Gillard’s own assessment Labor ‘lost it’s way”.

There is no problem with Murdoch press. It is dominant because more people chose to read the 35% of the titles it owns. There have been an unprecedented series of Governmental failures by Labor and thus the Murdoch press media has reported an unprecedented number of negative reports about Labor. Where is the problem.  In fact, the Murdoch media’s predominant criticism of the government over the past 4 years is in agreement with Labor government’s own assessment that it had lost it’s way when Gillard knifed their first term Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. What is wrong with that. The country’s worst government ever gets predominantly bad press. Where is the problem?

Injecting Carbon Tax

In 2011 Australia started injecting carbon tax into our industry to make some of us feel good about ‘doing something’ against Climate Change.  Like crack cocaine, it makes some of us feel good, like crack it it is an addictive source of income to the government, like crack it achieves absolutely nothing and like crack, you don’t feel the harm until some years down the track.

The rest of the world sensibly said NO to the hard drug of Carbon Taxing the whole economy. So Australia, enjoy…