|War & climate change ignored in Australian election farce|
Australia has just experienced a 6 week election campaign that concluded with a hung parliament for the first time in 70 years and increased support for the anti-war, pro-environment Greens. While Australia is the world’s worst per capita greenhouse gas polluter and has been involved in all post-1950 US-Asian wars (excess deaths 23 million), the key issues of climate change and war were off the Mainstream agenda in the look-the-other-way, spin-driven Australian federal election campaign.
On Saturday 21 August Australians went to the polls to elect a new federal Government. The incumbent pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-Zionist Labor Government (the Labs) is headed by post-Coup PM Julia Gillard who was installed by an overnight pro-Zionist led Coup against former Labor PM Kevin Rudd on 24 June 2010. Rudd was subjected to an overnight political assassination because his popularity had fallen from a record high to an election-losing low. Labor is opposed by the pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-Zionist Liberal Party-National Party Coalition (the Libs), these pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-Zionist neoconservatives being collectively called the Lib-Labs. The Lib-Labs were principally opposed by the anti-war, pro-environment, pro-human rights minor party, the Greens.
Australia has a compulsory and preferential voting system. Everyone must vote or be fined. Further, in voting for both the House of Representatives (150 seats, each electorate representing roughly equal-sized populations) and the Senate (12 seats for each Australian state and 1 senator each for the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory), voters must list the candidates in order of preference. The preferences are taken into account if a candidate fails to win an absolute majority.
The final election result may not be known for a week or so because of postal votes and recounts. However the current situation for the House of Representatives appears to be both Labor and Coalition with 72 or 73 seats each, 1 Greens seat (the first ever) and possibly 4 Independents. Labor got about 38% of the primary vote, the Coalition 44%, the Greens 12% and 6% voted informally (i.e. they spoiled their ballot or voted incorrectly by not indicating preferences). Over 80% of Greens voters gave their second preference to Labor so that the “2 party preferred vote” ended up being roughly 50% for both Labor and the Coalition. Neither the Labor or the Coalition now command a majority and Australia now has a hung Parliament for the first time since 1940 and will have to be governed by a coalition. The Greens were the great winners of these elections, gaining a House of Representatives seat for the first time and gaining the balance of power in the Senate with a total of 9 Senate positions.
The 2 major parties ran lacklustre, spin-driven campaigns that aimed to minimize controversy and reflected their very similar policy positions. While both parties supported a Stimulus Package to deal with the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), Labor strove to take credit for Australia’s relatively healthy post-GFC position (thanks are actually due to China’s massive purchase of Australian raw materials) and the Coalition argued (correctly) that the Labor Stimulus Package was extravagant and poorly focused. The Work Choices industrial laws of the previous Coalition Government had cost it government in 2007. Labor ran a dishonest scare campaign against the Coalition, asserting that Coalition leader Tony Abbott was not to be trusted and would bring back Work Choices notwithstanding his vehement denials and his endless assertions that Work Choices was “dead, buried and cremated”.
Labor and Coalition have similar bottom-of the–barrel polices on refugees but were differentiated by Labor wanting them kept in camps in East Timor (although the East Timorese have not agreed to do this) and by the Coalition preferring Nauru (the Naurans being happy to be jailers of refugees again). The Greens campaigned mainly on effective climate change action, decent treatment of refugees and same-sex marriage (both Labor and the Coalition being opposed to all 3). .
An extraordinary feature of the election campaign in Murdochcracy and Lobbyocracy Australia was the virtual absence of any discussion about the most serious issues facing Australia. The major reasons for reasons for this are (a) Murdoch News Empire ownership of about 70% of city daily newspapers; (b) a spineless and irresponsible Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC, Australia’s equivalent of the UK BBC) which adopts a “balanced “position between extreme right wing Labor and extreme right wing Liberal-National Party Coalition; and (c) Mainstream media and bipartisan, Lib-Lab refusal to properly discuss these key Elephant in the Room issues.
Listed below are 20 major matters that were effectively not part of the national discussion in the Australian federal elections because of the ignorance and dishonesty of the Australian Mainstream media and right wing politicians.
1. "Don't mention the war" in Iraq
UN weapons inspectors declared both pre-invasion and post-invasion that there were no Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction. Former head of UK’s MI5 Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller has told the Chilcot Inquiry that pre-invasion Iraq posed no threat to the UK and that the Iraq War had increased the terrorism threat to Britain. Indeed UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg has slammed the Iraq War as "illegal" and various people have demanded war crimes trials for Blair and Bush (most notably Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter and outstanding expatriate Australian writer John Pilger). The former president of the Australian Liberal Party John Valder has described former Liberal-National Party Coalition PM John Howard as a war criminal over the Iraq invasion. The previous Hawke and Keating Labor Governments were involved in deadly Sanctions against Iraq and the Rudd-Gillard Labor Government involved Australia in the Iraq War for nearly 2 years (4.4 million violent and non-violent excess deaths, 1990-2010; 2.0 million under-5 infant deaths, 1990-2001; post-invasion violent deaths 1.4 million, post-invasion non-violent avoidable deaths from deprivation 1.1 million, post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 0.8 million; and refugees generated total 5-6 million - an Iraqi Holocaust and an Iraqi Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention; Google the terms “Iraqi Holocaust” and “Iraqi Genocide”).
2. "Don't mention the war" in Afghanistan
The US Alliance invasion of Afghanistan was ostensibly over the 9-11 atrocity (although no Afghans were involved according to the US “official version of 9-11” and the pre-invasion Afghan Government had offered to hand formerly US-backed Osama bin Laden to a Third Country). PM Julia Gillard's first act as PM was to endorse continued Australian involvement in the Afghan War (post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths, 4.5 million; post-invasion violent deaths about 1.0 million; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 2.4 million; post-invasion non-violent excess deaths from deprivation refugees 3-4 million plus a further 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated by the US Alliance in NW Pakistan - an Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide according to Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention; Google the terms “Afghan Holocaust” and “Afghan Genocide”).
3. The US did 9-11 (very likely with Israeli involvement)
Eminent intelligence experts have made it clear that the US must have been involved in the 9-11 atrocity. Indeed former Italian President and intelligence intimate Professor Francesco Cossiga asserts that both Israel and the US were involved and eminent UK Middle East journalist Alan Hart believes that the US did 9-11 and very likely with Israeli involvement. Intelligence intimates former German Minister Andreas von Bülow and General Leonid Ivashov (former head of the Russian defense forces) ascribe the 9-11 atrocity to the US as does Major General Albert N. Stubblebine (former Commanding General of the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command, INSCOM). “Loaded gun” evidence for US involvement has been provided by Professor Niels Harrit and colleagues from the Chemistry Department, 9-Nobel-Laureate University of Copenhagen, who founded unexploded nanothermite high explosive in all samples of the World Trade Center dust they examined by state of the art chemical physics techniques . Yet the opinions of these eminent intelligence experts and scientists is completely censored out in pro-Zionist and pro-US Australia. The closest this came to being discussed in the Australian elections was through leaks that Rudd and Gillard had skipped National Security Committee meetings, Gillard sending along her bodyguard to take notes. The real issue of deadly dereliction of duty (and possible traitorous dereliction of duty) by Australian politicians and public servants was not discussed in the election campaign (Google the phrase “US did 9-11”). .
4. Violation of Australians and Australian sovereignty by Israeli state terrorists and Australian Israeli state terrorists
While Australian sovereignty and border security were key “dog whistling” anti-Arab anti-Semitism and xenophobia election issues in relation to several thousand desperate refugees reaching Australian waters by boat each year, a key issue utterly ignored by pro-Zionist media and politicians was the failure of the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments to act against those Australians, dual citizen Israeli Australians and other Israelis involved in Israeli terrorism against Australia, most notably the routine forging of Australian passports for terrorist purposes (e.g. the Dubai assassination) and the violent and murderous piracy against 5 Australians in international waters (5 Australian victims, 3 of them women, 1 woman tasered, 1 man shot and all violently kidnapped, robbed and falsely imprisoned in a foreign country by Israeli terrorists, including 3 Australian Israeli terrorists). Essential inaction by the Rudd-Gillard Government involved expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the forged passports affair and using the word “deplorable” over the Israeli attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla in international waters.
5. 50 racist Zionist threats to Australia
Further to item #4, a detailed dossier has been sent by me to the Australian Federal Police and to key MPs and media detailing 50 ways in which Australian, Australian Israeli and Israeli racist Zionists threaten Australians and Australian sovereignty. The silence has been deafening. Cowardly, irresponsible, dishonest and intrinsically traitorous Australian MPs, journalists and public servants ignore crimes and threats against Australia in deference to domestic racist Zionists (RZs), to the nuclear terrorist rogue state of Apartheid Israel and to racist Zionist-dominated America (for my detailed dossier on racist Zionist threats to Australia see: https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/racist-zionism-and-israeli ) .
6. Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide
It is estimated from medical epidemiological data that 9,000 Indigenous Australians die avoidably each year linked to Third World living conditions and a 2- to 3-fold under-funding of Aboriginal Health. Yet this ongoing Aboriginal Genocide was ignored in the farcical, look-the-other-way Australia federal election campaign (Google the term “Aboriginal Genocide”).
7. Deaths of Australians from fossil fuel burning
From simple proportional estimation using Ontario, Canada data, circa 5,000 Australians die every year from the effects of pollutants from coal burning and over 1,000 Australians die each year from the effects of petrol and diesel burning pollutants.
8. US-linked Australian drug deaths
About 350 Australians die each year linked to Lib-Lab Australian and US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world market share in 2001 to over 90% today. About 3,000 Australians have died from opiate drug-related causes since 2001 due to Australian Lib-Lab Afghan war policies (see UNODC World Drug Report 2007).
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|William A. Cook|