|As most of you guessed – this was my April Fool piece
An opportunity to get some satire and future history into an article and to challenge prevailing political orthodoxies.
A very enjoyable task, albeit tinged with the sadness of what could be.
Yanks react quickly to news of SinoAus alliance
Absolute chaos reigning as revelations of the Labor party’s hidden agendas came to light due to a secret recording made in Caucus.
Who betrayed the Labor party? Most consider someone in Shorten’s faction to be responsible
The intent to form a military alliance with China is probably the most controversial issue, as Rudd’s “detainment” in the USA and the movement of US marines from Darwin to Pine Gap would suggest.
The Right Wing press were not happy about these developments
Whatever your views on Labor’s proposed SinoAus alliance, the USA’s reaction does seem heavy-handed given an election has yet to be called. Their respect for sovereignty and democracy seems very transactional.
|My source in the Labor party is sending information as I write this piece, so I’ll be able to provide more detail as it progresses.|
Taxation on Religion
“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come!“ (Victor Hugo, 1802 – 1885)
This is a controversial policy decision that will cause reverberations around the world. Not least in Australia and in a Labor party strongly influenced by Catholicism.
My own views on religion and its exemption from worldly matters (when it suits its coffers) is on record and anyway, one would think Jesus had the deciding say on this?
His, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” – seems a clear-cut directive. ¹
Have to admit I never predicted any of this from Labor.
Labor’s UBI (Universal Basic Income) to end poverty
And boost wages
Who in their right mind (capable of empathy and reason) would argue against this?
According to the ABC – “Nearly two-thirds of Australians say they would support the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), according to a new poll.”
Couldn’t understand why Labor didn’t go with this in the first place. Reducing poverty and improving social outcomes for us plebeians being a bedrock Labor value, but of course it was all part of their Machiavellian electoral plan.
Seems all those Labor people, stating, “Trust the strategy” and “Labor are avoiding a wedge” were right.
Many of my comrades will be joining me to eat the humble pie served up by Labor adherents (that I’m ashamed to confess we called “broekens” and “drips”) who were obviously in the know.
Embarrassed to admit, I too have indulged in this puerile baiting of Labor supporters, who are clearly (the evidence is in) far more politically astute than their Lefty critics. This was in response to Anthony’s budget reply today.
Not even an inkling that this was coming. Labor have held their cards very close to their chest. My source tells me, a Portuguese-style decriminalisation of all drugs will be rolled out once Labor hold power.
“Drug treatment in Portugal is based on a holistic understanding and assessment of a person’s socioeconomic situation.”
Bedrock Labor values in play once again.
Unsurprisingly, Chris Kenny and other Right Wing Xians had difficulty in finding the positive with these policies.
Marijuana cafes and shops will certainly help put a bit of life back into our sterile Central Business Districts. Less “criminals” to profit from weed, means less prisoners, court-time and social costs.
A government owned recreational marijuana market will be highly profitable, although dwarfed by the massive potential economic benefits from industrial hemp. It seems Anthony is very keen on using hemp for paper and clothing because of his concerns about logging and cotton’s intensive use of water.
It’s hard to find a down-side. Labor have done their homework on this one.
Nationalisation of the “f***ing lot!”
Imagine the people owning important infrastructure and services again? Breaking up the cyclical classism of Private schools? Driving down a road without paying a corporation? Knowing their elders will be cared for in Aged Care?
Anthony has embraced the no-nonsense sanity of a Bob Ellis and decided enough is enough!
“Why privatise anything? What service improvements do we get from the lotteries, tramways, nursing homes and prisons privatised against the people’s wishes? The money that goes to the shareholders comes out of safety and frequency of service (your call is important to us) and ordinary people die of the difference.
It is possible that privatisation kills people; but, hey, the upside is Alan Joyce gets $1,600 an hour, $13,000 a day, $90,000 a week, $4.7 million a year ² for saying things are going swimmingly while engines catch on fire.” – Bob Ellis, Why privatise anything? (2010)
Have to say I’m loving Anthony’s reveal as a true Labor leader.
Some clarification as more facts arrive from our source
A very angry Biden was on the phone earlier to Anthony, apparently threatening all kinds of hell. When he went as far as to threaten military intervention, Anthony calmly replied, “I don’t think China would permit that”, and cut the call.
Later, a much chastened Biden spoke to Anthony and apologised for his outburst. Rudd is on his way home now and the US marines are returning to Darwin, as Anthony has given the Americans assurances about security at Pine Gap, pending talks about its safe removal.
The American’s have also promised not to interfere in the election. They understand that any chance they have of working with an emerging SinoAusAsia trade bloc depend on it.
SinoAus alliance (rough draft to hand)
I’ve just seen a rough draft of the advantages of the SinoAus alliance and have to say it’s impressive.
A special trading status. Massive infrastructure projects overseen by people who can build 1000 bed hospitals in 3 days.
Want a fast train? Prefabricated public housing? A multitude of solar panels and wind farms or (better still) factories to build them? The Chinese will provide the expertise to make them a reality.
Obviously being partners with an up and coming super power in our own region, makes far more sense than pinning ourselves to the coattails of a failing dysfunctional superpower, that can no longer look after its own people.
It is clear the USA will continue to impoverish its people while enriching their warmongering oligarchs via their murderously insane and ecocidal endless war.
“US President Joe Biden (one of those Lefty Democrats) has submitted a record peacetime national defence budget request of $813bn to the US Congress, for the fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023).” – Biden submits $813.3bn national defence budget request
As Anthony was overheard to say to a colleague, “We’ve fought their wars, hosted their bases. Why are we paying them hundreds of billions for armaments to do that?”
Apparently, China has promised it will supply all the missiles and aircraft Australia need for defence. Even though a military pact with China would certainly deter the territorial ambitions of most countries.
Anthony aims to get the best from both these super-powers for Australia and to guarantee our autonomy by becoming a force for regional human rights and stabilisation in our own right.
Repercussions and predictions?
However, Australians are realists, largely motivated by their well-being and once made aware that iron ore exports to China could be on the line, as well as other exports to our biggest trading partner, they should come around.
The fear and loathing that has been instilled in Australians by the MSM could also make an alliance with China look very attractive to a nervous populace.
“A survey conducted by the Australia Institute shows that more than 42 percent of Australians believe that China and Australia will go to war sooner or later.” – source
If Labor do lose the election, the gloves will come off. Why not? The cat’s out of the bag.
Labor will commence criminal charges against the Liberal National party, unions will be unleashed and a citizenry angered by corruption and ineptitude will take to the streets. These are not outcomes the LNP or the ruling class desire.
All power to you Anthony – and my deepest apologies for doubting you.
1.The bible has some other views on taxation too
Luke 2:12-13 — “Some tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what are we to do?’ Don’t collect more than is legal, he told them.”
Romans 13:6-7, St. Paul writes, “That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfill their duties. Pay, then, what you owe them; pay your personal and property taxes, and show respect and honor for them all.”
Matthew 22:15-22, the Pharisees ask Jesus a tough question: “Tell us … is it against our law to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor or not?” Jesus responds, “Why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin for paying the tax!” They brought him the coin and he asks them, “Whose face and name are these?” “The Emperor’s,” they answer. So Jesus says to them, “Well, then, pay to the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor, and pay to God what belongs to God.” (Source)
2. “Qantas boss Alan Joyce’s pay fell to $1.7 million in the 2019-20 financial year after the airline’s executives accepted salary cuts and missed out on bonuses amid the airline’s COVID-19 shutdown. The latest pay cheque is down from the prior year’s $9.9 million and a far cry from the $24 million Mr Joyce took home in 2016-17, when he was Australia’s highest-paid executive.” – Alan Joyce’s pay falls to $1.7 million as pandemic clips Qantas’ wings
3. Bob Ellis has had a long and close involvement with politics, covering as a journalist twenty-four campaigns in Australia, the UK and the USA, and writing speeches or slogans for Kim Beazley, Bob Carr, Mike Rann and others. Ellis’s work for film and stage has won numerous nominations and awards for writing and direction. His latest book, Suddenly, Last Winter, was published in November.