Last night when I come up with this blog title to compliment a thought I had to write a blog about CSG and its connection to what is known as SOVEREIGN RISK, I had no idea that a majority of senators in the australian parliament today would vote to take away any rights private landholders have to say no to CSG companies invading their own property. It is fascism, just like the analogy behind SOVEREIGN RISK.
Undoubtedly in due course and in the weeks to come the LNP and ALP senators who decided to jump in bed with the gas companies and vote to make private property fee simple landholder rights as worthless as used dunny paper are going to be completed hammered to a pulp in journalistic terms from those like myself who have no tolerance of extremist agendas being given legislative life in any Australian parliament.
Cutting to the chase about SOVEREIGN RISK, what it really refers to is the risk to the world’s biggest mining and gas companies should any Australian government breach any contract or agreement which results in per say SANTOS LIMITED making a loss, and heaven forbid what eliminating SOVEREIGN RISK with CSG dictates is that state governments across Australia are beholden by AGENDA 21 demands to meet export commodity quotas no matter what it takes.
SOVEREIGN RISK is the only pissweak excuse any government in Australia needs to tell you to pack your bags and get off your own land. In a nutshell what it means is that CSG and other resources, especially coal, are set to become the preferred means for state governments in Australia to pay back debt to corporations arising from their own fiscal incompetence, even if it means industrializing prime agricultural land and places like the Barossa Valley, Australia’s premier wine growing region – but perhaps not for much longer.SOVEREIGN RISK is set to become some sort of an insurance policy to allow the Abbott government to go ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Without any fanfare or even as much as any exposure from the very media company which should be all over it like a rash and questioning the long term agenda behind it, the steady trickle of press journalist defections from Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited newspapers to ABC TV is starting build up speed, even if it isn’t very obvious to the average australian.
To date, most of the personnel losses in Rupert Murdoch’s camp to the taxpayer funded TV media giant has been confined to lacky journalists who are jumping ship most of the time and copping a demotion it would appear just for the sake of job security, knowing that no matter if the ABC remains in government owned hands or not it’s going to be around a lot longer than the press in Australia.
But this mini-exodus of lowly and relatively unknown journalists from Murdoch’s press to ABC TV certainly is setting the scene for what can only be described as a very obvious agenda by the man himself, Rupert Murdoch, to use all his millions before he dies to snap up the ABC in time before his newspapers go out of business.
Queensland deputy premier and minister for state development and planning JEFF SEENEY seems to believe that it’s got to be ‘my way or the highway’ in terms of the mandate he believes he and the LNP have to forge ahead with coal projects across Queenland, so much so he even wants to outlaw what he thinks, forget about what thousands of Queenslanders think, could be economically destructive ‘ideological’ protest against some of the more bigger projects planned.
A discussion paper has already been devised and made public for feedback – (to my knowledge), I am quite confident (cynically speaking) that quite a few mining industry stakeholders will be getting their mates to give some very negative reviews of anti-coal and anti CSG protesters. Discussion papers of this kind I am sure attain inflated amount of feedback from make believe people or mining company sleepers with an alias or two.
As much as they can be pesty and break tresspassing laws I guess the big question is will premier Campbell Newman uphold Westminster democratic convention and have this discussion paper put through the shredder or will he let Seeney morphe into an even bigger megalomaniac than he already is.
We are heading down a rocky slope if we allow certain groups and individuals involved in protesting to be targeted even when they do not trespass or break the law (common law) by another means, and that is what the coal friendly Jeff Seeney wants to set into statutory stone. Queensland needs properly controlled & regulated development, with proper and ethical enviromental and agricultural impact assessment in place, not Jeff Seeney acting like a dictator.
In the pre-Fitzgerald Inquiry Queensland, a lot of money, albeit peanuts compared to what lobbyists & corporations are prepared to invest these days, was being passed under the table from developers straight into the greased palms of various National Party politicians of the day, with the late Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen being one of those implicated. All the innuendoes about Joh getting money on the side in brown paper bags live on to this day.
But yes, as much as Joh was probaly a bit greasy and his legacy is tarnished somewhat by the revelations which were aired about his government he had so many good points and knew some limits as to how far to stretch his luck.
Joh did not last nearly two decades as the premier of Queensland because all of the chooks, as he called Queensland journalists, were that apathetic or dumb to not know the diffrence between reckless corruption and what at the time was considered to be a few acceptable acts of nepotism and cronyism in public office.
This is where Joh & the Liberal-National Party of the 21st century are diffrent. The LNP has or will be introducing legislation in Queensland which will scrap any limits placed on political donations to political parties from big business and corporations.
Premier Campbell Newman knows full well that both of them wont be donating to the ALP, and without having the newspaper cutting in front of me, I’m quite confident that the same relaxation in guidelines wont apply for union donations to the ALP.
I am not a union fan or a union member, but fair is fair and no distinction should ever be made between them & those funneling money into LNP coffers from big biz. Better still I think Newman should wake up to himself, have a raincheck, and admit this legislation is a blatant recipe for rampant cronyism on a huge scale, enough to make Joh and Russ Hinze look like angels.
It’s beyond the pale how a headmaster of any school, be it a Catholic one or not, could be privy to complaints and accustions from parents of children who attend his school against a teacher or staff member for anything to do with alledged sexual abuse.
But that’s exactly what it appears Terence Hayes of the St. Saviours catholic primary school in Toowoomba did on repeated occasions to cover up the dispicable actions of GERARD VINCERT BYRNES, who stands accused of molesting & digitally raping 13 girls between the age of 9 and 10 between 2007 and 2008, according to revelations emerging at the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission.
Hayes thank goodness is no longer the principal at St. Saviours school, not that it’s any consolation to the 13 innocent victims whose innocence was taken away from them by some grub who should have been nailed and booted out of the school the moment the first allegation against him was made.
But Hayes, regardless of his weeping and belated signs of emotion while being grilled on the witness stand at the Royal Commission, must pay a big price for breaching his most fundamental duty as headmaster by putting the reputation of the Catholic Church and the evil Byrnes before the wellbeing of his young and defenceless female students, and the same applies for all the Catholic Church education creeps down the line from Hayes who knew about Byrnes and who too swept his actions under the carpet.
The plight of SPC in Victoria, whether you believe the company’s accountant fully or not or the company’s owner COCA COLA AMATIL regarding their claims the tinned fruit giant is struggling and wont exist beyond a few more years without government assistance, has nonetheless put the spotlight back on what is the only alternative to SPC products, that happens to often be overseas fruit which is grown and packaged in China.
FOOD STANDARDS AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND it seems is doing absolutely nothing to address the situation and introduce more stringent quarantine measures, just like federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce, because both the minister and Australia’s food safety regulator appear to be unphased by recent revelations of lead contamination in tinned fruit imported from China, something in the order of 300 to 400 times the nominal safe level.
Considering that the largest stakeholder set to benefit from the widely disputed TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP if it comes to fruition is MONSANTO, the Missouri based GMO agricultural giant who will stop at nothing to try and force it’s corporate totalitarian agenda on the world at large, then it certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise that it will have a huge impact on the future of organic farming in Australia, should Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb sign the TPP and effectively commit treason for breaching the constitution, because the TPP, like any treaty, cannot overide the power of the executive government, including parliamentary outcomes.
Too political? You are probaly right, but I just had to expand upon that thought because I sure as hell know the right wing media wont tell you about the potential for constitutional sabotage arising from the TPP and a fascist agenda being acted out right now to force it upon Australia by stealth.
The mainstream media is owned by the corporations at some point down the line, it’s sad to say that a few million australians in the sheepie and bogan category could not get a rats about the TPP, but maybe they might start if they consider that in time the deal with be that Monsanto will have the fascist authority to stop the sale and distribution of non-GMO crop seeds, the authority to force farmers to grow GMO crops or face legal action, the authority to force councils to stop people growing ‘non GMO crops’ on their own properties, and the authority to sue the australian government if it doesn’t give in to Monsanto’s every demand. The TPP and Monsanto equals destruction for organic farming and our freedom in general.
You really have got to wonder why it’s even being talked about and proposed and why the australian prime minister Tony Abbott doesn’t extinguish any agenda to go through with it, on the contrary, Abbott is the one who’s clearly on some outrageous crusade to pave the way for World Heritage worthy old growth forest in Tassie’s Upper Florentine Valley to be logged, seemingly oblivious to the rationale as to why this extremely valuable ecosystem should be spared by the bulldozers and chainsaws for the rest of time.
The Upper Florentine Valley compromises some of the most ancient old growth forest left in Australia, it’s situated in the mid south west of Tasmania along the banks of the Gordon River in proximity to the town of Maydena and what makes this ecosystem very special is that it compromises temperate rainforest, which has all but been totally annialated on the mainland due to logging and clearing for cow pasture many moons ago. Dorrigo National Park in northern New South Wales is one of the very few other regions in Australia where temperate rainforest still remains.
The Upper Florentine Valley is managed by Forestry Tasmania and crazily enough it falls just outside adjoining forest which is World Heritage listed. The fact is Forestry Tasmania has enough plantation timber reserves across Tasmania to have no need whatsover to touch any old growth forest in the south-west and north west of the state.
Why is Abbott all of a sudden opening a can of worms which doesn’t need to be opened by advocating for one of Australia’s last pristine temperate rainforest ecosytems to be logged when half a days drive away in the Tamar Valley there is enough plantation timber there to sink 100000 battleships?
Is the basis for it nothing more than him trying to be the federal bully boy and earn a few political trophies by inciting a federal/state stouch with Tasmania’s Greens premier Lara Giddings? All i can say to Abbott is forget it and leave the Upper Florentine Valley alone, and while you’re at, act to have it World Heritage listed like it should have been already.
Dont get me wrong okay, i dont have a problem with the actual Olympic Games, winter or summer, and the athletes, except the drug cheats, who dedicate their lives to being at the peak of physical performance to attain success in their chosen sport at the highest level.
What I do have an issue with however is the International Olympic Committee and its institutionalised corruption, which has been exposed for many years as even involving racketeering with despots and dictatorships who do under the table deals with money laundered from the black market narcotics and weapons trade.
The IOC is a bandwagon of grubs, a lot of human dots join it and the Yakuza Mafia, the powerhouse of organised crime across Japan and mainland Asia, as well as many old burnt out Bolshevik commos in Russia who come to life again after Vladamir Putin took totalitarian control of the Kremlin and its finances.
The question being asked the most on internet news sites and blogs is why did an initial $12 billion cost (presume that means US dollars) to stage the Sochi winter games blow out to a staggering $51 billion, nearly $40 billion dollars could feed a lot of starving people on the streets of Moscow or Leningrad, couldn’t it now?
Putin is known to have many improper connections to russian construction companies, at least two of his closest Kremlin aides basically run some of the them, what I want to know has the IOC at any stage been a third party stakeholder and / or beneficiary of any corrupt transaction between the Kremlin and any corporation or enterpreneur involved in financing or building the infrastructure at Sochi.
After rightfully receiving a relentless barrage of condemnation on social media sites from lobbyists, and me too I might add, as well as the not so right wing independent media and bloggers the world over, you might would have had reason to hope Japan’s prime minister SHINZO ABE might finally prove he has a conscience like any political statesman has and make a rock solid pledge to put a stop to the babaric and totally evil Taiji dolphin slaughter.
But no, Shinzo Abe just has to stick to being a typically arrogant, ruthless & cold hearted ‘dont tell me what to do’ imperialist which you would expect from the japanese. A simple explantation for his refusal to close down the TAIJI FISHING ASSOCIATION is Shinzo’s increasingly exposed links to the notorious YAKUZA, which not only acts as the TFA’s henchmen but is also implicated in a spiders web network of organised crime across Japan, including an entrenched narcotics trade between Japan and Russia.
Shinzo Abe made himself look like not only a real tosser this past week but also a callous bullshit artist, when he ‘finally’ released a statement to US media outlets something to the effect that he understood that many people around the world were aghast and against the Taiji dolphin slaughter, that he respected their views, but that he wouldn’t act to put a stop to Taiji because it was a part of Japan’s culture and ancient traditions & for that reason it wasn’t his place to interfere and be responsible for ending it.
Abe ain’t no statesman because he’s a downright liar. The Taiji dolphin killing only began in 1969, which hardly earns it the distinction of being etched into Japan’s cultural history and traditions, even if the Taiji thugs had been playing with dolphins and not massacreing them unmercifully like they have been and still are over the past 45 years.