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Aux bien pensants

17 July 2021

9:00 AM

17 July 2021

9:00 AM

NSW under dictatorship

As the dictatorship was intensified over New South Wales, the provisions of new decrees were announced as if they were binding, even before Minister Hazzard had gazetted them. Like the East German Stasi, the NSW police are, with the Premier’s blessing, building up an army of informers. The dreaded QR code is everywhere, despite warnings by respected computer law expert, Professor Graham Greenleaf, of its many dangers, including potential identity theft and government abuse. In the meantime, the West Australian dictatorship hints that the border may be closed  permanently, contrary to the Constitution which Canberra shows no interest in enforcing.

It is hard to have confidence in a premier who believes Australians are no good at manufacturing but then imports ferries which rust and are of a size which will decapitate passengers when they go under bridges, as well as trains too wide to fit into existing tunnels. This is a government which, instead of buying modern trackless trams, bankrupted dozens of businesses, wasted a fortune and took over four years to lay a tram track down George Street in the heart of Sydney’s once-thriving, now empty CBD. According to ICAC, after ten years, the government has still not implemented all of its recommendations to protect against the corruption risks involved in lobbying. These should have been in place had two curious operations proceeded until increasing public outrage stopped them. They were the sale of extremely valuable city land on which the Powerhouse Museum stands following its transfer to flood-prone land at Parramatta or the expropriation of cemeteries well-run by the Catholic Church. And notwithstanding the disaster of  privatising compliance with building standards by developers which resulted in jerry-built home units, the government insisted on privatising land registration.

What is most damming is that the Premier presides over schools where neo-Marxists seem free to indoctrinate and abuse children, with standards constantly falling below those of comparable countries. And why does her government’s energy policy seem as if it were written by the Greens? Why was abortion law ‘reform’, never mentioned in the election, presumably to increase abortions and initially proposing just a touch of infanticide in relation to babies who survive, allowed to be a priority issue? Then there was the Ruby Princess debacle and the fact that the current outbreak was caused by her government ignoring warnings that limousine drivers of airline crews were unregulated. Correcting this was slipped in, without apology, under the cover of the eastern suburbs lockdown which was then inexplicably expanded to cover about three-quarters of the state’s population. Yet all the evidence shows that lockdowns on the communist Chinese model do not work and are enormously destructive of businesses, careers and lives. And if ‘we’re all in this together’, why don’t politicians share in the pain and forgo all salary over $2,500 a week?

In a recent essay arguing the essence of our civilisation, that governments are neither the authors nor originators of human rights and freedoms, Dave Pellowe draws attention to the Milgram Experiment, which demonstrated that not only pre-war Germans tend to obey authority figures. Australian politicians are doing what H.L. Mencken warned politics is all about, governing through fear associated with the offering of salvation. In that, the politicians are aided by much of the mainstream media who seem too often to be reshuffling, even inflating, government press releases. While most dutifully dismiss medicines that many experts testify are effective, such as hydroxychloroquine, the politicians are toying with internal vaccine passports. Interestingly, a very well-informed Clive Palmer indicated in a recent interview (on Rumble, as YouTube would not have allowed his views) that as the Constitution forbids Canberra doing this, they may be encouraging the states to do it for them.

According to Credit Suisse, Australians are (only because of housing) the world’s richest people. That most young people will never be able to buy a home results first from Reserve Bank manipulation of interest rates, which are now so low they push prices too high. Unfortunately, when the Bank gets things wrong, they take years to fix it. As they did to clean up the mess when businesses were allowed to add the cost of using a credit card to the price. Some merchants, especially airlines, used this to impose disguised price increases completely unrelated to cost.

The other reason for high housing prices comes from massive immigration to increase the national GDP while failing to harvest water, essential for national development. Accordingly, large numbers of migrants poured into the eastern capitals which have become unpleasantly overcrowded with housing scarce and increasingly expensive.

As with the Beijing-style lockdowns, how long are we going to put up with the authoritarian incompetence of the politicians and bureaucrats? We really have to take back our country.

We recently came dangerously close to losing much of the  precious and irreplaceable film and sound recordings of the history of our nation. When the Assistant Attorney-General Amanda Stoker dismissed this as just ‘part of the ageing process’, a number of patriotic Australians were stirred into action.

High-rating 2GB/4BC radio commentator Michael McLaren broadcast an in-depth interview with National Archives’ David Fricker, who warned what gems of our history risked being lost. Meanwhile, the Australian’s  Gideon Haigh worked with historian Professor Graeme Davison to mount  a petition of eminent Australians, with Haigh writing two splendid pieces about this in the Australian.

An embarrassed government quickly came up with the necessary sixty-seven million dollars, a sum which pales in comparison with the billions poured down the drain —just think of those submarines.

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