The question Australians should be asking is: why are they so fearful?
Ghosts are tumbling out of Canberra’s cupboards and their howls can be heard echoing through some prominent media outlets.
More than happy to influence Australia’s law making process over expensive meals behind closed doors, top-shelf lobbyists are understandably feeling jittery about our ‘new paradigm’ Government. Thanks to those pesky Independents and Greens, present governing will not lend itself so keenly to the good-ol’-style, vested interest driven decision making process that so suits industries.
The verging on hysterical reactions from some corners—namely Big Coal and other mining giants through their mouthpiece, The Australian— indicate where the key fault lines in our democracy lie. The thought of decision makers considering policies that aim to factor in the true worth of the countless invaluable services provided free by our environment clearly will not serve the balance sheets of the many transnational corporations we host. When massive profits can only be generated with resort to ecologically destructive practices, clearly there is a problem with the business model in question.
AFTER establishing their credentials as economic dunces, the Greens, contrary to their own propaganda, are increasingly emerging as environmental dunces over the core issue they claim as central to their platform — man-made climate change…
Surely when assaults become so vicious they risk alienating even the perpetrator’s own followers. As this MediaWatch story Gunning for the Greens demonstrates, The Australian’s attacks are oozing out of the Opinion section and spilling right through its so called news content: http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s3010433.htm
Surely there is an inherent contradiction in a strategy vilifying the Greens for promoting (for a long time actually) the progressive policies that increasing numbers of Australian voters want. By and large Australians want to protect and preserve their natural assets for present and future generations. And, besides Big Coal and other major polluters, who would not want Australia to be a leader in 21st century appropriate renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies which will generate many thousands of new jobs in local, more secure and sustainable economies?