Australia applying the global third degree

Australie, the land of royal ANZAC glory,
the richest people at the richest time in history.
The best minds, the best plans, the best ABC.
Are we now deluded and far too cheery?

Our war partner’s America, we never leaves its side,
in billion dollar wars that never fail in pride,
Even when deep failure comes along for the ride,
at least we can always say how hard we tried.

We’ll spend money on bombing raids, anywhere day or night,
who cares on which side we fight, our might is always right,
We buy expensive fighter planes, that kill by financial fright,
And buy a few more submarines, to make noises out of sight.

Our wars continue without any sense of security,
maybe thats because of our fabulous credulity.
If the PM wants to shirt front a Russian to show his rage,
it only means he wants to be on the domestic front page.

Our land of hard working migrants, across the suburbs spread,
now fears more asylum seekers, fears them with dread.
Those economic migrants who once came because they hoped,
are now locked up on tropical islands, lost, lonely and moped.

The Minerals Council of Australia,
To help get their profit take away clear,
A thousand bucks from each Australian rob,
From every man, women, child and dog.

Ruled by Global Tax Haven and Finance,
Stuck in the economic growth spiral trance,
Politicians from foreign money dictation
Get to write all mining legislation

The Council has made its greatest plan,
To shovel out all of its coal as quickly as it can.
No matter how much lower goes the coal price,
It can still buy global warming more than twice.

They cancelled our little carbon tax,
and chased out climate science with an axe,
Their advisors on wind and solar are drooling,
because they actually believe in global cooling.

Our coal is the finest in the world, so very clean.
Our carbon emissions can be ignored, and never seen.
Our mining mates handle all of the money stream,
While the globe warms up from our coal wet dream.

Spending on environment, or renewable energy,
needs to be stopped, especially if making money,
Trying to save a species, or anything remotely green,
is Australian economic heresy, like communist extreme,

Without these foreign minding parasites,
Australia might be a real paradise,
Safe from Political Mining Insects,
Cockroaches, Spiders and awful Ticks.

We need our water, we need our land,
we don’t want it all turned to sand.
We don’t need more big holes in the ground,
with more people and less food to go around.

Australie, the land of royal ANZAC glory,
the richest people at the richest time in history.
The best minds, the best plans, the best ABC.
Is it just the beer, or are we far too cheery?

We tell the rest of globe, go fuck off you all,
She’ll be right, mate, we are having our own ball,
While we keep busy making the latest terrorist alert,
from Australia, Canada and USA,  our fossil fuels really hurt.

Australia, you are fooled by men who betray you,
and the media let them do it, with their mon-eyed crew,
Ask not what destroying nature can do for your wealth
when nature’s health has been so very good for your self.


Privatising your World

Right now , there are numerous groups in NSW and Sydney, that are aghast as to how the state government of NSW is sacrificing the ecosystems of the watersheds that supply Sydney’s drinking water.

Sydney has its famous harbour, and the city, its satellites and suburban sprawl fill a large basin.  To the west lies the Blue Mountains of the Great Dividing Range, unimpressive in height, but rather awkward to have found routes across. To the south and west are rivers and dams, which drain from upland plateaus. The swampy nature of those ecosystems helps to hold and filter the coastal rainfalls, and keep a score of dams filled, to supply water needs to the nearby coastal areas stretching from Sydney to Wollongong.

Sydney Water Catchment

This beneficial geological and ecological arrangements allow gravity to deliver plentiful clean water to the city of Sydney at low cost. The Upper Nepean Part of the system was started on 125 years ago, starting with two weirs on the Upper Nepean Rivers. Tunnels, canals and aqueducts deliver water to a large reservoir at Prospect in Sydney’s West. I live near pipe head, and great bicycle pathway goes along the original lower canal from Prospect Reservoir, now replaced in function by a tunnel.

Now in defiance of advice of own agencies, and defiance of common sense, and the heritage and investment of over a century, the NSW government approved underground coal mining under the protected water catchment areas. This has produced land subsidence, cracking in the rock strata, drainage of the watershed swamps, and consequent irreversible loss of these important ecosystem services.  The group Rivers SOS :  has been trying to raise awareness of this for a long time. The coal mining idiots have even managed to crack one of the dam walls.

It is up to diverse environmental and community groups in Sydney to put a halt to this absolute madness.

Water is becoming the most valued commodity in the world, and will be even more so, once fossil fuel age scarcity, and global warming has overwhelmed global civilisation. The destruction to watershed ecosystems for a city is the equivalent of having partial heart and lung removal surgery on an individual. Subsequent vital capacity is permanently diminished.

What do our politicians think with? Water supply is the latest industry to be a vehicle for investors to make lots of money. Water corporations have grown from a tendency of governments to privatise water services.  The idea is to generate large profits for private individuals, which corrupts absolutely.  NSW has already seen what the scent of large money flows does to politicians and crony investment friends. Australian Water Holdings and ICAC :

Supply price rises, job cuts, maintenance cuts, and water quality problems are the modus operandi of major global water corporations that want to be blessed by owning the Sydneys Water Infrastructure, the investment of over a Century. Profits would then go to overseas tax dodge havens, instead to the revenue of the NSW government.

Similarly the coal mining lobby has a huge influence on government decisions. Coal mining approvals are given according to political influence, and projects with shoddy environmental impact statements get approved.

At least one politician, with a large web of influence, has managed to benefit from time in government on both Coal and Water Deals. That is the self – serving Mr Eddy Obeid. Three coal licenses were acquired cheaply.

Mr Obeid also and a secret stake in Australian Water Holdings.

These particular deals were aided by elected members of parliament in trusted positions.They were found out because the perpetrators had been playing the game so long they had become greedy and sloppy. Public privatisation processes are a legal means of achieving the same ends. To these ends, the Australian Federal Government is proposing that one off bonuses taxpayer money be given to State Governments, as an incentive to sell off income earning assets. This is plain, unadulterated and institutionalised corruption.

The incentives are expected to be spent on infrastructure projects, such as new roads and rail, which would benefit large projects such as foreign owned mines. This is part of a general plan, amongst the likes of G20 nations, and WTO corporate aims, to boost global trade and international corporate profits, at the expense of national governments and environmental problems. According to economic ideology, all benefit from “competitive advantage”.  The larger system effects lead to unhealthy economic growth, faster global warming, and more income inequality, and the despoilment of natural ecosystems.

States under pressure to privatise energy networks :

Economists caution government on privatisation: