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Swan’s true colours

A nicely put rebuttal of Wayne Swan’s nonsense in the monthly that I heartily recommend Comrades

Climate Nonconformist

Throughout history Jews and rich people have been the favourite scape goat of politicians having a hard time. Wayne Swan is taking on the latter.

Mr Swan has said Australia’s notion of the “fair go” is under threat from an elite group of wealthy business people – including Andrew Forrest, Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer – who are using their riches to undermine good public ­policy and “threaten our democracy”.

By running ads, organising rallies and hopefully starting up a new TV channel? They actually sound like very democratic actions to me.

Mr Swan, signalling a campaign to ­challenge what he calls the excessive and increasing power of vested interests, says politicians face a choice between “exploiting divisions by promoting fear [or] appealing to the sense of fairness and decency that is the foundation of our middle-class society”.

And Mr Swan would do anything to promote divisions now, would he?

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6 Comments

  1. Leon Bertrand says:

    In terms of the botched RSPT, its worth remembering the facts on how Rudd and Swan handled it.

    The tax, which would tax mining profits at a much higher rate was announced without any consultation, even though the industry had previously been assured that it would be consulted on changes affecting it.

    When the miners tried to talk to the government about its new tax, the federal government was not interested, being told that if it wanted to change the tax they would have to change the government.

    The mining industry then took on that suggestion with an effective ad campaign that was no less misleading than the government’s own rhetoric and advertisements on the issue.

    The result is now that a generation of miners have become politicised as a result of the way that the federal government’s capricious and high-handed treatment of them.

    Swan only really has himself to blame. He can hardly now turn around and complain about this.

  2. GD says:

    A similar take occurred on the 7.30 Report tonight. Chris Ulhman had guest Bob Brown in his sights, and shot him down mercilessly. Bob started out bemoaning the health of the Barrier Reef, then regaled us with a tale of flying over mines in the North West. It was all doom and gloom, unless Man stops interfering with nature.

    Then Brown spruiked the mining tax, saying how it will pay for all his Green dreams….

    Ulhman’s reply was akin to the story of the goose that laid the golden egg.

    Bob Brown is not only a dreamer, he is a deluded dreamer and has no place in the governance of our country.

  3. Richard Ryan says:

    My favourite revolution was The French Revolution, those heads been lobbed off was a source of great joy to watch on those old black and white movies.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Richard
    the thing that you should remember about the French revolution is that those who sharpened the blade of the national razor very soon felt its edge as the monster they created was very soon beyond their control.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    GD

    Bob Brown is not only a dreamer, he is a deluded dreamer and has no place in the governance of our country.

    Very true GD and nicely put to boot!

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    Yes, yes, yes, Wayne Swan’s outburst and attack on the wealthy and the media is childish. We have always had (a) a small minority controlling a disproportionate amount of wealth (b) a politically biased media. So what? It doesn’t seem to have done us any harm. When was the last time the Australian people were misled into electing the wrong government? I can’t think of any election that didn’t bring about the right result considering the performance and/or credentials of the opposing parties.

    In 2010 we got a mish-mash and a minority government, quite frankly because neither side looked good enough to run the country alone. In 2007 Rudd was elected in a landslide because Howard had run out of ideas and steam and should have retired long before. In 2004 the ALP stuffed up by putting Loony Latham in charge. In 2001, Beazley failed to grab the opportunity to seize the day (he’s too nice a bloke) and in response the people stuck with Howard because they knew what he stood for. In 1998, Beazley nearly did the impossible by toppling Howard after just one term. But it was only because Howard reneged on his “never a GST” promise. In the end (because Beazley again didn’t go hard enough) the voters merely delivered Howard a kick up the arse but left him in charge.

    Need I go on? The point is that, despite all the attempts by the media and the wealthy to influence public opinion, they don’t. The Australian electorate is far more intelligent than what Swan is giving them credit for. And way more intelligent than what the likes of the bellyachers such as Craigy and PP seem to believe.

    That said, the mining tax is an absolutely spot on move and it is right. It is not punitive. It is not an attempt to drag down the rich. It is appropriate that we all share in this wealth. They don’t own the resources. They don’t even own the land from which they dig it out. They have to pay more – it’s just that simple.

    I only wish that Swan, Brown, etc would not demonise them so much – because that certainly makes it look like a class war.

    Amen.

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