Using Australia as a Pawn
Stephen Fitzgerald

Updated 7th July 2021

 

The Punch Line: The Government sold us out - Join the dots

 

Australia being beaten with a big trade stick, by China, is not about requesting an investigation into the Wuhan corona-virus. That's a standard authoritarian diversionary tactic to avoid exposing the truth, from both China and Australia. We are being kicked for backing the U.S. and, interfering with China controlling massive gas fields in the South China Sea. It's bigger than trade between Australia and China! It's about the energy engine that will power China into the future, ahead of renewable's, and they will fight to the death to protect that. China is sending a message to the world to stay out of their business and, I think for Australia, that may be prudent but, make up your own mind as you start to realise that our government is using the opportunity to justify the largest military spend in Australian peace-time history. 

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News Flash

7th July 2021

China pulls no punches as Australian Associated Press explains the situation and warns Australia of new trade strikes. Also on the case is The Guardian explaining why China is trying to cut Australia out of the herd and lays the blame squarely in Scott Morrisons lap.

 

With the blessing of Scott Morrison and at the behest of the U.S., Australia is being used as a pawn by Big Oil and the associated U.S. war machine (arms manufacturers) in both the Middle East and now the South China Sea at Australian taxpayers expense and, threatens Australian trade, our economy, our ongoing prosperity as a nation and our security! Negotiations on how to divide the spoils of war, from oil and gas, comes after a protracted conflict of death and destruction with no holds barred.

 

With conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East as the horrendous and telling examples. Israel and Palestine are also exploding in the fight for control of oil and gas fields under Palestinian control in Gaza in the never ending fight for control of energy. To elaborate further you can add to that Palestinian oil & gas wealth under Israel's control and, Oil and natural gas resources in occupied Palestine. With the full support of Scott Morrison, are these ongoing wars about; terrorism, religious ideology or control of oil and gas? Oil and gas that will destroy the climate if we burn it all.

Step back and add it up: Trump attacks China - Morrison backs Trump - China attacks Australia? You don’t need to be a genius to work it out. Solution: Get rid of Trump and shut-up Morrison. Australia's military involvement is not about protecting shipping or territorial waters and, the first thing to suffer, in any conflict, is the truth. Once again, being dragged into the South China Sea conflict is about control of oil and natural gas on behalf of Trump representing the global superpower called "Big Oil". You can add to that the US/China/Venezuela oil stoush grinding away in the background to further inflame U.S./China relations. That's just half the issue. The other half is justifying massive military expenditure to syphon off a countries wealth. That country being Australia!

As a sovereign nation, and with diplomacy, we do not need to alienate key trading partners while maintaining security alliances. This is bigger than Scott Morrison's ego and bigger than him wanting to play dangerous games by sucking up to the big boys. As much as Scott Morrison is trying to dodge responsibility, the damage to Australia will land squarely on his head but, we the citizens, will be forced to wear the economic fallout rippling across the country.

 

Not just the economic fallout from our loss of trade but also the added financial cost of the "drums of war" footing being promoted by the Australian Morrison government. Cold war with China equals armament and military expenditure. Excluding the Eastern Block, follow the big money from every Australian's pocket to the worlds largest arms manufacturers

What's at stake for Australia in terms of trade

Australia's reliance on China: Out of all the countries in the West, Australia is the most dependent on China. According to the latest available figures, Australia imports more goods and services from China than any other country, with China accounting for 18% of Aussie imports. It imports 595 categories of goods from China, including 167 that are vital for Australia's national infrastructure.

Australia's exports to China: China is an even more crucial export partner with the country representing nearly a third (32.7%) of Australia's exports. In total these exports are worth $89.2 billion p.a. and account for a sizable chunk of the nation's GDP. The country's top exports to China are iron ores and concentrates, followed by coal, natural gas, gold, beef, wine and seafood.

China's tariffs on Aussie imports: Australia, like the US, has been embroiled in trade-related disagreements with China. After the Australian government along with the U.S. started posturing in the South China Sea, China responded by slapping tariffs of 80% on Aussie barley exports, a decision that is set to cost Australia's economy as much as $500 million a year from that alone. Unlike many other Western countries, Australia has a large trade surplus with China, exporting far more to China than it imports, and this presents a huge challenge economically.

Australia's National Sovereignty

Morrison strikes at China after phone call from Trump and Australia can't hold high hopes for US trade supportAustralia-China trade stoush puts exports, and more, at risk and Defiant Scott Morrison insists Australia did nothing wrong. No, that’s right, Australia did nothing wrong! Scott Morrison did everything wrong by sucking up to Donald Trump and posturing in the South China Sea to create a conflict and, once again, justify massive military expenditure. The key driver of the conflict and the reason for Australian involvement.

 

So much then for Scott Morrison defending and protecting Australia’s national sovereignty: "Sovereignty being the full right and power of a governing body over itself, without any interference from outside sources or bodies". That includes China, the U.S., Big Oil and weapons manufacturers.

On one hand Scott Morrison is vowing to defend Australian sovereignty and on the other hand he is bowing down to Mad King Donald Trump and his backers and threatening tens of billions of dollars in Australian trade when we can least afford it. In the words of Noam Chomsky: The presidency, the White House, is in the hands of a sociopathic megalomaniac who's interested in nothing but his own power, electoral prospects - doesn't care what happens to the country, the world. Rings a bell doesn't it...

 

I fear that also includes what is happening in Australia. America is not the problem, we love America. Corporate installed politicians are the problem. Donald Trump and his enablers are the problem. Scott Morrison and his enablers are the problem!

What's at stake for Australia in terms of our national wealth being plundered

THE PUNCH LINE: The Government Sold Us Out

The premeditated government attack on China will cost Australian's 10's of billions of dollars in trade with just one purpose in mind: To justify $270 billion in military expenditure that will cost every man, woman and child in Australia $10,000 per head. (At $270,000 per dwelling, that's enough to build 1 million homes and eliminate Australia's housing and unemployment crisis.) The world is winding back its spending on weapons while we are increasing our spending? (It's called blatant and massive national theft). This complements a story about the homelessness crisis. So, a question; what sort of people are we electing to office, people who look after war mongering, profit driven, foreign corporations at the expense of their most needy citizens. (It's called social division and oppression).

It's a double hit by a government who cares about nothing but looking after themselves, their cronies and their big business backers, and screw the rest of us. Add to the list; selling us out to the fossil fuel industry. With $600 million in tax payer funded gas infrastructure and $10 billion in fossil fuel subsidies. (That's enough to build 3500 wind turbines and power 5 million Australian homes with clean renewable energy.) On top of that, with our mineral resources, the mostly foreign corporations get more in subsidies than they pay in royaltiesAs Morrison’s lies cover up a lack of substance or interest in governing.

 

"This leads to just one staggering conclusion; Australia is being wilfully plundered... Our wealth is being stolen and the government holds us in contempt. It's like a feeding frenzy of sharks devouring the nation with Scott Morrison pouring in the burley. The country is run by lying thieving criminals, with Scott Morrison himself hypocritically hiding behind the veil of the church to attract votes and do evil. It doesn't get any more dark hearted and may explain his smug arrogant look, his pot belly slouch, his incessant lying and his hands in his pockets as unavoidable body language for hiding the truth."

 

"The sad thing is our own collective ignorance and selfishness. We have been sufficiently brain washed by right-wing media, or bribed, to vote for a government that cares only about money, power and control, and nothing about Australian citizens, our nation, our planet, our future."

So what do we do? As the PM continues to hit out at China and leaves WA Premier McGowan scratching his head. Add to the massive trade loss massive taxes with the EU poised to impose a $20 billion border tax on Australian imports to compensate for Morrison's protection of the fossil fuel industry. Can we sue the Morrison government?  Probably not but, we can certainly expose the truth.

We now turn the page to Morrison's handling of the pandemic which reinforces his contempt for the Australian people and exposes him for what he is. Have we ever been led by a worse prime minister than this smirking vacuum? Scott Morrison refuses to accept responsibility for the failure of the vaccination rollout and its result: half the country in lockdown and once again headed for recession. It confirms what's been clear for a long time - a self centred, self opinionated, egotistical, arrogant, narcissistic, lying front man is wholly unsuited to the job of prime minister.

What's stopping us cutting Co2 emissions and working with the rest of the world

Question: Basically, what's stopping us cutting fossil fuel emissions and taking affirmative action on climate change?

Answer: In a nut shell, it's the war mongering fossil fuel industry and the corrupted politicians in their pockets.

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As a close to home example: 

 

The fossil fuel industry’s cosiness with governments will lead to a perpetuation of that great lie ‘clean coal’ with its next sister great lie ‘clean hydrogen’. Santos is about to kick off one of the most polluting projects in the world. It is an atrocious project. Located 300km north of Darwin, the Barossa to Darwin project is a CO2 emissions factory generating 5.4 million tonnes of CO2 pa with LNG as the commercial by-product generating an additional 3.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses pa. Santos has handed over $1.8 million in donations to the Coalition in the last 20 years.

 

Go to the informative ABC article:  The Remaining Carbon Budget  (We are running out of time)

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