Every mature adult, at some point in their relationships, reaches a moment where certain discrepancies arise in either a financial or emotional connection where a discovery of dishonesty or deceit demands an explanation from one or other of the partnership. This can be achieved either under a calm agreeable and informative meeting where a simple explanation clears the air, or it can be obfuscated with more and egregious deceit that only delays the inevitable final separation.
WE, the people of Australia have reached this moment. There is grave doubt about the financial arrangements of the LNP Govt’ toward their traditional backers and multi-national corporations that needs some explanation. There is also a need for the LNP to explain the strange relationship between their ministers and the policing arrangements of the nation. There appears to be some direct influence to place the population directly and completely under the microscope and inevitably under investigation of the various policing agents of the state … now seeming acting on the politicising of surveillance of the entire citizen body by those policing agents. This is an act more in keeping with a third-world dictatorship or is it an intention toward a dictatorship in Australia?
Now we have to ask the question of those members of the LNP who hold to be loyal to the people and the state of Australia … :
ARE you loyal to the people and the state, or ARE you loyal to the multi-national business model?
This is not an impertinent question. It needs to be answered, as the direction and intention of the LNP is apparently solidly in the corner of foreign capital and foreign favour. Where even the leader of the LNP holds a vast sum of his private wealth and who knows how much else in an overseas tax haven. How can one declare for the financial security of the nation whilst shifting his own capital and that of his family to the shelter of an overseas tax haven? How can a political party call for vast amounts of capital to be showered upon huge, profitable corporations in the manner of tax easements when those same corporations lack intention to pay their fair share of tax in the first place?
The nation is at a crossroads. We are a so-called “first-world” wealthy nation with an enviable inheritance of natural resources and natural wonders. Yet our collective earnings from the sale of those resources be-lie the scant funding of social needs. Our natural wonders are being ransacked for profit by multi-national corporations We look to the front bench of this LNP govt and we see members who, by any estimation of adult appraisal, lack a depth of political insight, led by a man with what must be one of the worst senses of political judgement seen since Alexander Downer and his “things that batter” moment.
These criothans of politics coming up against (too savvy) international corporations whose ledgers show “bottom-line” numbers greater than the GDP of most of the “legitimate” states in the world … against media moguls whose reach is greater than ANY legitimate state in the world and can influence or corrupt (they choose the methodology) elections on three continents, against corporate executives who have the ear and purse of many leaders of powerful nations who can start or stop wars on a whim that can make or break the lives of a billion innocent people.
And then to “defend us” we have the front-bench of the LNP who believes that if they give such like a boost of around $65 billion, they will be grateful and throw Oz a few projects and a few dozen jobs off their buffet-table of delight.
As an analogy, we citizens are like the trusting parent or guardian who goes guarantor with their home for a risky investment which fails and we find ourselves out on the street, our home sold from under us and our personal possessions in the hands of the banks bailiff … and then worse; we are arrested outside our own ex-home by the police for loitering and/or vagrancy..
And we hear that with that intention of providing those corporations with the taxation incentive to “create more jobs” … yet in a climate of huge growth in large company profits and record low wages, we have yet to witness any of these “job creation” projects … and we now hear of the govt’ having to step in to finance and project manage a new airport for Sydney.
Where the “Agile innovation” from this marvellous “free-enterprise” sector?
In truth, the entire “free enterprise” conglomerate is nothing but an auxiliary arm of state funded development…either through research grants or requirement studies of needed public infrastructure like road/rail transport or communications or defence acquirement funding etc. Then in some cases, particularly the utilities or through outsourcing govt depts, the “private sector”, through the “mate” network, will later, down the road after all the “hard yards” of development and structure is in place, picks up a nice little “package” of highly profitable EX-govvy infrastructure for a song. So then under the “guidance” of LNP / IPA policy of economic rationalism the circle is complete. So we come back to the Question that needs to be answered by those LNP members who declare themselves loyal to the people and the state … :
ARE YOU LOYAL to the people and the state?
Or are you just a part of that traitorous crowd being too cowered or too deep in the corrupt money cycle of investment/speculation rife in the LNP to want or demand the party change its policy direction..NOT necessarily to a decidedly Left-Wing perspective, but at least to one that reflects more honestly the needs of the people and the state?
For the title of this piece is taken from “The Histories” by Tacitus when he describes the treason of Otho against his Emperor … :
“So, as the disloyal were ready for treason and the loyal shut their eyes …”
Now, you LNP ministers and backbenchers, which ones are you?
Are YOU ready for treason, or will you continue to shut your eyes?
This article was originally published on freefall852.wordpress.com.