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The cartoon below has been reprinted here with the kind permission of the cartoonist and copyright owner, Kevin KAL Kallaugher whose work may be viewed at www.kaltoons.com
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good cartoon speaks volumes. The cartoon characterises the undemocratic idiocy of the Bush Administration and in so doing characterises the obsequious Howard Administration vis-à-vis the
War 2003. Iraq
Never the less, for those of us less talented, the following written words will have to suffice.
the 1st May 2003, CBS News reported GWB’s “ Accomplished”, declaration. Two weeks later, the Federal Parliamentary Hansard quoted Prime Minister John Howard’s response. The excerpt, which complements the cartoon above quite nicely, can be found at the following address. Refer to page 14418. Mission
The entire Ministerial Statement (dated 14th May 2003) is worth reading but some choice selections follow, viz.
: Mr Howard: "The House will recall that on 18 March this year it resolved to support the government’s decisions to commit Australian Defence Force personnel to the international coalition to disarm Iraq . The coalition undertook to enforce Iraq ’s compliance with its obligations under successive resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, with a view to restoring stability and security to that area of the Iraq Middle East…….”
“….. I again take the opportunity of reaffirming the correctness of the government’s assessment in pre-deploying our forces, and I record the bitter opposition of the Australian Labor Party when that decision was taken.”
“Not only was the military operation completed quickly and successfully but it is also worth recording that all of the doomsday predictions, particularly the many that came from those who sit opposite, were not realised. The oilwells were not set on fire; there were not millions of refugees; the dams on the
Tigrisand Euphratesrivers were not breached to bring on catastrophic flooding; and there was no long, drawn out, bloody, Stalingradstyle street-to-street fighting in . For all of this we must be immensely grateful, but it is a reminder of the hysteria and the doomsday predictions that often accompany operations of this kind. And, just as many of the predictions about a Western Front style holocaust that were made in 1991 when the land war commenced were proved wrong, so the predictions on this occasion have been proved wrong.” Baghdad
On 27 June 2003, the following message in red type, came from PM Howard's office in response to my emailed questions to Mr Howard, as to whether or not he would consider instituting referenda processes to make Australia more democratic:-
"Dear Mr Bailey
Thank you for your email of
5 June 2003.
In response to your questions - No: the existing constitutional arrangements
well in peace and war since Federation. Australia
Principal Private Secretary"
Extract from a privately distributed RUGC edition dated
26 July 2007, (prior to the election that the Howard Government lost), viz:-
If John Howard & Co seriously believe that the Vietnam War and the Iraq War 2003 have served
well, then they are seriously deluded war mongers and continue the tradition of being corrupt lackeys of successive US Administrations. Australian media demonstrate that they are not willing or able to seriously campaign for democratic change to the persistently undemocratic political status quo. If Australian media cannot bring themselves to campaign for binding referenda processes to be written into the Australian Constitution to resolve (a) whether or not Australia should be committed to any mooted war and (b) mandate uncertainty on major controversial issues, then clear evidence of extreme right wing bias, ubiquitous brainwashing by omission in particular and the tyranny of editorial corruption prevails today. It is time that the people of Australia rebelled en masse against mutually self-serving bipartisan declarations of support for "The right of government to govern", regardless of whether or not a mandate exists. Mr Rudd OL has been tarred with the same brush. What better time for mass protests than in the lead up to the Federal Election? Australia
Please feel free to distribute this email and attachments freely to all and sundry interested parties. Happy Birthday John.
26 July 2007
To locate the actual Reform Undemocratic Government Campaign 2020
submission, go to the following site and insert Submission ID 7545. Due to the 500 word limitation imposed on each submission topic, the reference material had to be supplied separately. For convenience each reference chapter has been hot-linked at the index. Summit
The following document is the essence of
RUGC's 2020 Summit Submission Reference
RUGC’s 2020 Summit Submission Reference
PO Box119 Collaroy Beach NSW 2097
Ó Copyright 2008Jim Bailey
13th April 2008
2nd R 18th Apr 08
3rd R 25th Apr 08
“IF YOU CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT,
THEN YOU CHANGE THE COUNTRY”? WOULD THAT
BE TRUE OR FALSE - BOTH OR NEITHER, IF QUALIFIED?
IF TRUE THEN THE DIFFERENCES WOULD HAVE TO BE AMPLIFIED BY POLLIE SPUN PRETENCES, TO HAVING MAJOR DIFFERENCES!
IF FALSE, THEN BOTH MAJOR PARTIES SUBSCRIBE TO UNDEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE BETWEEN ELECTIONS IN
THE NAME OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR “THE RIGHT OF GOVERNMENTS TO GOVERN” UNDEMOCRATICALLY.
ACROSS THE OZ POLITICAL AEONS, NOTHING MUCH HAS CHANGED, AS THOUGH MOST VIRTUOUS, REGARDLESS OF
WHICH PARTY HAS HELD POWER? CORRECT? YEP.
THE RUDD GOVERNMENT HAS AN HISTORICAL
OPPORTUNITYTO ACTUALLY CHANGE THAT PERCEPTION,
WITH ACTUAL DEMOCRATIC CHANGE, OR TO RENEGE ON THE PROMISE OF “NEW LEADERSHIP” (WHICH IS AKIN TO THE COMMONWEALTH BANK PROMISING TO BE “DETERMINED TO BE DIFFERENT”). THUS, THE RUDD GOVERNMENT ACQUIESCES
TO MORE OF THE SAME UNDEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT,
DERIVED FROM INTERESTS VESTED IN TYRANNY.
POLLIES OF BOTH MAJOR PARTIES RAGE AWAY ABOUT EACH OTHER’S INCOMPETENCE. SADLY, BOTH PERSIST WITH BEING CORRECT. BOTH REFUSE TO OFFER
THE OBVIOUS AUSTRALIA
FIX FOR GROTESQUE POLITICAL & ECONOMIC INEFFICIENCIES DERIVED FROM PERSISTENT UNDEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT. THE ONLY FIX WOULD BE TO GIVE THE PEOPLE SPECIFIC VOTES FIRST & FOREMOST (a) ON EVERY MOOTED WAR, & (b) ON MAJOR CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION. SO WHERE ARE
THE POLLIES WHO SUPPOSEDLY
RESPECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE?
HE! HE! HE! HO! HO! HO! HA! HA! HA!
WE WOULD BE JOKES, IF NOT
FOR THE GIGANTIC HOAX
“IF YOU CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT, THEN YOU CHANGE THE COUNTRY”! WOULD THAT PROPOSITION BE TRUE OR FALSE?
WHERE IS NO-TRASH OZ POLITICS TODAY?
IF YOU CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT, YOU DON’T GET MORE DEMOCRACY. YOU GET MORE OF THE SAME TYRANNY.
IS THE RUDD GOVERNMENT DESTINED TO REPEAT HOWARD & CO’S UNDEMOCRATIC MISTAKES?
CLEARLY, HOWARD IGNORED GOOD ADVICE & PREFERRED TO LOSE THE ELECTION THAN TO OFFER DEMOCRATIC CHANGE.
PROPOSITIONS FOR MR RUDD’S 2020
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER?
INEPT AND INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENTS AND OPPOSITIONS?
ACTUAL DEMOCRACY BY MEANS OF SPECIFIC VOTES OF THE PEOPLE?
DIRECT DEMOCRACY BY MEANS OF CITIZEN INITIATED REFERENDA.
“NEW LEADERSHIP” VIA THE MEDIUM OF SPECIFIC VOTES OF THE PEOPLE ONLINE.
OPTIONAL SPECIFIC VOTES OF THE PEOPLE ONLINE.
FAST FOOD VENUES & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
IMPROVING RECYCLING STATISTICS
ILLEGAL RUBBISH DUMPING
USE & DISPOSAL OF SINGLE USE SHOPPING BAGS
WHY NO TASMANIAN
GUNN’S TASMANIAN PULP MILL? HUH? BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS KNEW BEST WHAT WAS BEST FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE? REFERENDUM ON
UTILISATION OF STORM-WATER RUNOFF THAT USUALLY GOES TO WASTE.
DEVOLVE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT TO THE NORTH OF
REFORM OF POLITICIAN’S REMUNERATION, IN LINE WITH COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS.
REFORM OF “NEW-SUPER-POLLIES” REMUNERATION, IN LINE WITH COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS.
REFORM OF “OLD-SUPER-POLLIES” REMUNERATION, IN LINE WITH COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS.
RAISING THE SUPERANNUATION GUARANTEE CHARGE (SGC) TO 15% p.a. FOR ALL WORKERS.
BANK FEES AND BANK CHARGES’ REFORM:
IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTUAL COMPETITION IN THE BANKING SYSTEM?
OBLIGING ALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO OPERATE ON A UNIFORM CALENDAR FOR THE BENEFIT OF CONSUMERS?
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY FIX PROPOSITION
TAX CUTS PROPOSITION
REFORM WEALTHY PRIVATE SCHOOLS’ FUNDING!
AN EDUCATION REVOLUTION DERIVED FROM HAVING BETTER PAID PUBLIC PRIMARY TEACHERS?
RETURN THE ABC TO ITS ROLE AS AN EDUCATOR AND UPHOLDER OF EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS.
SCHOOL BUSES AND ROAD SAFETY.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HEMP PRODUCTION IN