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Culpable negligence? Or criminal?

Our political class knew disaster lay ahead but failed to prepare

11 January 2020

9:00 AM

11 January 2020

9:00 AM

What were the most important issues facing our politicians as we moved into spring? If we pause for a moment and think why we spend such vast amounts of money on layers of politicians, it must be for some purpose. Surely the nation is entitled to assume that the political class will have some knowledge of and some idea about the solutions to the real problems facing this country?

So from the prime minister, the premiers, the opposition leaders down to each and every backbencher, the nation is entitled to assume not only that they all knew our farmers have long been in the worst crisis in living memory but that the inevitable bushfires would be made far worse not because of climate change but because of the massive fuel load the politicians have mandated by law.

The nation is entitled to assume that each and every politician would have actively sought to mitigate both the farmers’ crisis and the dangerous fuel loads which would so intensely magnify the bushfires. The nation was surely entitled to assume that the politicians in the major  parties, and especially the Coalition, would at last have the courage to reverse the longstanding diktat by an extremist minority mandating what is the work of the devil, the massive fuel loads.

Until it was staring the politicians in the face, the news from Canberra and the state capitals over the long rising of our many parliaments has been about neither the bushfires nor the drought.

Nor has it been restoring what the politicians took away, the lowest electricity prices in the world. (The ludicrous promise of trivial  reductions is only indicative of the contempt politicians have of ordinary Australians.)

Nor are the politicians embarking on building that great network of dams to water our dry continent which Dr John Bradfield designed a century ago.

Nor are they stopping the cruel betrayals of our children, the dramatic decline in school standards to below that of even Kazakhstan and the mandating of increasing child abuse under the guise of gender fluidity .

The big news from Canberra in early January was not what an eager nation was anticipating. Rather it was in the announcement of the purchase of a fleet of brand new luxury limousines, including  BMWs from Germany, designed, it was claimed to save us money.

Not so. It was designed to carry our politicians in greater comfort to and from their special airport lounges prior to luxury air travel across the continent and to the world.


Curiously, although hybrids are included, none are electric, consistent with the immortal theme ‘Do as I say , not as I do.’

In Switzerland, rather than isolating the politicians, they make a virtue of theirs, mostly part-time, using public transport and having real jobs during the forty weeks they’re not in session.

Meanwhile, the biggest assistance the  politicians gave this summer has been neither to the struggling farmers nor to  bushfire victims.

It was for those hard-up owners of wind farms, mainly foreign investors including those under the ultimate control and direction of the Beijing communists.

These foreign investors already send $1.6 billion overseas every year representing subsidies taken from businesses and even the poorest Australians.

So, the politicians decided (and any silence is agreement), why not celebrate the Christmas season by giving them — giving them not lending them — another billion?

Perhaps this gift will be remembered  when some in the current flock of politicians decide to retire at some early age to spend, as they say, ‘more time with their families’?

The ex-politicians will no doubt be hoping for something as undemanding and as well-paid as that scored by Hunter Biden not only in the Ukraine but also  Communist China when he flew in on Air Force Two with his father, Obama’s Vice President.

The other big summer issue for the federal government was how to get out of the international requirement that we have a stockpile of at least 90 days fuel. We actually have less than a third of this, significantly lower than any comparable country.

The solution? Why not rely on President Trump‘s goodwill and use the Americans’ stockpiles? And why expect Canberra to think of the obvious, that when we really need access to the American stockpile, it could be because of a blockade stopping anything getting through?

At least there wasn’t an announcement over summer that the twelve French nuclear submarines to be converted into obsolete versions and to be delivered on the never-never will be costing even more than the $250 billion plus already  revealed.

It is reasonable to expect that our politicians at all levels would have some foresight, some vision. What is happening today was obvious months, indeed years ago. What is the point of politicians if they neither prepare for disaster nor are even sufficiently reactive when disaster occurs?

They should have mobilised the nation behind the declaration of emergency Alan Jones called for when the present crisis began, as well as establishing the national disaster fund he long ago proposed, rather than  stop-gap measures adopted in a panic.

We are in a drought which has been made far worse by the politicians and we are fighting bushfires also made far worse by their serious and culpable — some would say criminal — negligence in tolerating and mandating the build-up of massive fuel loads. (Any claim they were unaware is belied by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.)

The nation can no longer have any confidence whatsoever in the political class. With few exceptions they have earned the people’s serious contempt.

We cannot wait for some antipodean Donald Trump to emerge. Leaders of such quality are rare, extremely rare.

It is time to empower the people and make the politicians truly accountable.


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