The report that the decision to close Holden came by way of a phone call half hour before the decision was announced sounds strange. It sounds as if the Abbott Government was bypassed in the announcement. If you look at the way the Abbott government has been trying to bully General Motors in the last week it is not so strange. If the decision was marginal it was time for negotiation, not for throwing governmental weight around in the media. Did Abbott tell GM of any of his announcements before he made them public? How would a company like GM react to a person like Hockey threatening them in Parliament instead of talking to them? Did GM simply join the long list of entities, such as Indonesia, China and the UN that the Abbott government has managed to piss off in the last three months? Did the ‘Perfect Storm’ GM refereed to include Abbott?
All over the world countries subsidies and support local car industries because they understand that a country that builds cars can build anything. Car making is the basic training ground and skills development area that all other manufacturing industries rely on. If Australia stops making cars the backbone of Australian manufacturing will be gone. If Abbott continues treating major manufacturing companies the way he treated GM the mining companies will be the only ones left and they only dig holes.
Abbott’s backward facing stance sees digging more holes and dumping the waste on the Greet Barrier reef as the way forward. Or maybe Australia becoming no more than a quarry is what this is all about. It might be good for the big mining companies in the short term but the world is changing rapidly and we need to be able to look after ourselves. That means the ability to be as self sufficient as possible. Take away the car industry and we become dependent on others in a way that takes Australia back 60 years.
Fortunately there is just sufficient time for one more election before Holden closes and I hope that Labour will start negotiating a deal with GM to keep manufacturing in Australia to be implemented when Labour wins the next election.
Mr Abbott, you were elected Australian Prime Minister by Rupert Murdoch. The methods used were worthy of the old master, Joseph Goebbels. As Murdoch’s chosen one Abbott now enjoys protection from inconvenient truths at home because of the continuing censorship of mainstream media, but that protection does not extend into Asia
Rupert Murdoch’s may have enormous political clout in the English speaking world but that influence does not extend far into Asia. Rupert’s little boy cannot treat Asia as though they are a mob of little yellow bogans. I had thought that Australia as a country got over that sort of attitude many years ago. It seems that both Murdoch and Abbott just don’t get it. The Yellow peril and Reds under the bed days belong to an age long gone even if our retro government does not understand that.
If Abbot’s action have made it necessary to apologise to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonothen he should do it. It is not even three months since the election and already this man has trashed Australia’s standing in the world community and this is not going to get better until Abbott gets over his ‘shit happens’ attitude towards the leaders of Asia.
Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has responded to Abbott’s letter of apology for tapping the Indonesian President’s phone by treating Abbott like a naughty little boy, and so he should. In his best grovelling pose Abbott has apparently promised “Australia will never do anything in the future that will bring disadvantage and disturb Indonesia” according to the ABC news. http://ab.co/1aVhzq7 In my memory I have never known an Australian Prime Minister having to crawl on his belly and kiss the ring of another head of state. In this case I hope Abbott feels every bit of the discomfort.
In releasing parts of Abbott’s letter to him Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has shamed Abbott in Asia in the most public and humiliating way and shown utter contempt for Australia. At home all Abbott can say is shit happens. It is unfortunate that in Asia there is little distinction between the country and its leaders and we all have to share in the contempt Abbott is generating in Asia.
And I don’t think the cat gives a fig either. Apart from those two rather self-absorbed individuals I cannot think of any one else Abbott has not pissed off. Definitely the State Education Ministers who believed that Abbott would keep his promises over education are pissed off big time.
I doubt that Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono still has Abbott on his Christmas card list. That is off course if he ever had one. Sourcing live cattle form places other than Australia where possible is Indonesia’s strongest response so far. That will definitely piss off the Country Party and Bob Catter.
Today, all over the country partitions were delivered to Liberal MP’s demanding that Abbott does not interfere with the NBN. The Nerds and Geeks are not happy, and nor am I.
There have been large demonstrations all over the country demanding action on climate change, and they look like becoming larger and more frequent. Even the GG got in on the political act (by the back door) with her support of gay rights on mental health grounds. If the GG gets in on the act it is to be hoped that Her Majesty is also not amused.
Then there are issues like Abbott condoning Torture and sending refugees back to Sri Lanka knowing torture is a real possibility. That has earned Abbott criticism from the world press (but not in Australia of course) I am now hearing ‘off shore processing’ called for what it is. Concentration camps filled with unknown, unnamed people, mostly fleeing tyranny only to run foul of the black heart of Abbott.
I am beginning to have a faint hope that I am going to have the enormous pleasure of watching the worst ever immigrant to arrive in Australia self-destruct in the most public fashion possible. Maybe there is a God.
Australia takes a stand on the live animal trade to Indonesia and Abbott apposes the stand. That’s politics. Abbott taps the Indonesian phone and says ‘shit happens’ and the Indonesians threaten to close the live animal trade. That is gross stupidity.
It is expected that Indonesia will at least threaten to boycott the G20 summit hosted by Australia, and this story, along with Abbott’s tacit approval of torture in Sri Lanka has been picked up by the media world wide (except the Rupert Goebbels media of course).
Australia is being totally trashed by its own Prime Minister. Is there nothing we can do to bring about a return to sanity?
In a democracy we might end up with a government we don’t like and grumble about it until the next election. That is part of living in a democratic country. Tony Abbott’s actions in the short time he has been Prime Minister has not been democratic and grumbling is not enough for me to vent my dissatisfaction with his performance. It is time to up the protest.
Abbott is most vulnerable overseas where he does not have Murdoch’s cone of silence to hide under. I have sent an email to the Indonesian Embassy to say I do not agree with Abbott’s actions against the Indonesian President. I will send emails to the appropriate government whenever Abbott is trashing Australia overseas. Does anyone else have ideas what can be done to stop this madman totally trashing Australia at home and overseas?
There is a quote attributed to Einstein that says that the world will not be destroyed by bad people, it will be destroyed by those who stand and watch. My protest may well come to nothing but I will not stand and watch while this lovely country is trashed by the likes of Abbott.