a bright new day for australia...
The Liberals have won! Oh what Joy! By playing to the Australian people's greed, fear, xenophobia, and racism, with a little help from the fanatical Christian Right,
and by mounting the biggest pork-barrelling exercise as well as the most expensive tax-payer funded Liberal advertising campaign in Australia's history, John Howard is back in power and he'll most likely get control of the Senate as well (a first since the Fraser years.)
With no one in the Upper House to stop the Liberals, it's open slather. Pity Australia's forests, the environment and the battlers, not to mention the refugees, but it's an absolutely splendid day for Big Business: They'll now flog-off Telstra to the highest (overseas) bidder, industrial relations will be "sorted out" to the detriment of the worker, and media ownership will be "deregulated" so that everything we see and hear from now on will be nicely controlled by American Big Business.
And Howard will now fully ratify the Free Trade Agreement with the U.S., ensuring that Americans will soon control every worthwhile asset in Australia. And then, of course, there'll have to be lots and lots of big American military bases here to "protect" these assets. Oh what a beauty! Yipee!
The Howard government is now the biggest spending, biggest taxing government in Australia's history (bigger than the Hawke-Keating government). Hooray!
And how did Howard get control of the Senate? Easy! Labor and the Democrats were so determined to shut out the Greens (the only real Third Force) that their preferences look like giving Family First (the Christian fanatical fringe) a seat in the Senate at the expense of the Greens and they may also have cost the Greens a seat of two. This has now made the Greens in the Senate completely irrelevant. Nice one Labor and Democrats, you've handed control beautifully over to the Libs. What bunch of political geniuses thought up this "winning" strategy?!
And isn't democracy a wonderful thing? With enough money and enough lies peddled via a cozy Big Business media, you can stay in power till it's all over bar the shouting. "Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light.."
Now, for a well-crafted report, you might like to check out Gary Sauer-Thompson's brilliant comments and the links contained therein..
P.S. For all you budding authors out there, here's a title for a new book or major article: Australia, Rip Ya Cheeks Apart!