Thrashes Bush-ite Coalition: But What Next?
Dr Gideon Polya
voted in the 2007 Federal Elections on Saturday November 24, 2007. The
result was a Labor party thrashing of the incumbent Bush-ite Coalition
Government under the “Little Bush” John Howard, who is likely
to lose his seat.
opponents, the Major Parties, were the incumbent, Bush-ite, Liberal
Party-National Party Coalition Government versus the timid, “me-too-but”,
unprincipled, poll-driven Labor Party Opposition. On the side-lines
were Minor Parties, most notably the highly principled, pro-Planet,
Pro-Humanity, pro-Peace Australian Greens and the Australian Democrats.
Labor has gained Government with a possible majority of 24 seats in
the House of Representatives. The Australian Greens got an excellent
vote of the order of 10%, are expected to make significant gains in
the Senate and made a major contribution to Labor’s victory through
its “preference voting” as explained below.
voting system involves compulsory voting and there is a system of “preferential
voting” – if your #1 choice fails to get 50% of the vote,
your #2 preference is counted. Realistically, only the extreme right-wing
Bush-ite Coalition or right-wing Labor could form the New Government.
However Australia’s preferential voting system allowed people
with a fine conscience about the Environment, the Planet, Peace, Planet
and Human Rights to vote #1 Green and give their #2 preference to Labor
( cowardly and unprincipled but vastly better than the war criminal,
climate criminal Bush-ite Coalition). When a Green candidate failed
to get a majority in an electorate their votes were transferred to the
#2 preference, who was typically the Labor Candidate.
anti-greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, anti-racism Australians could thus
“have their cake and eat it too” – their #1 preference
vote for the Greens and #2 for Labor effectively meant a #1 vote for
has been a crushing victory for the Australian Labor Party led by Kevin
Rudd (see the reports in the leading Australian newspaper, The Age,
) . The key features of the election victory are as follows: Labor
had a national swing of 5.7%; Labor will have a likely majority of 24
seats; ousted Prime Minister, staunch Bush ally John Howard, is trailing
badly in the vote count for his OWN seat of Bennelong and may indeed
lose his seat to former Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) journalist
Maxine McKew; for the first time Labor now holds government in every
state, territory AND at Commonwealth level; and for the first time a
woman, Julia Gillard, will be Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.
there was a roughly 10% vote for the Australian Greens (indeed many
Labor candidates won because of Green preferences) and there may be
much greater Green representation in the Australian Senate. However
for the next 6 months the Senate will still be “hostile”
to the new Labor Government. And, unfortunately, the very ethical and
humanitarian Australian Democrats were demolished in this election.
deserves full praise for dispatching the horrible Coalition monster,
for his political acumen involved in uniting the Labor Party, and for
steering a very careful, conservative, “me-too-but” path
to this great victory.
despite huge Australian opposition to war, greenhouse gas pollution
and racism, it must be realized in the cold, hard, post-election light
that the following dreadful realities will obtain under Labor, certainly
for the short-term and variously for the long-term.
voted for the suspension of the 1975 Racial Discimination Act in relation
to Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory (annual death rate
2.4% as compared to 2.5% for Australian sheep). Northern Territory Indigenous
Australians will continue to die at roughly the same rate as SHEEP and
be denied the right to buy, see, read, transport or consume all kinds
of things available to Other Australians. Their land has been compulsorily
seized and residents can be kicked out of home and community without
recourse to the courts. Indigenous infants will continue to die at over
3 times the rate of White infants. Indigenous Australians, and most
appallingly Indigenous Australian CHILDREN, will continue to be denied
basic services taken for granted by White Australians. About 9,000 Indigenous
Australians will probably continue to die avoidably each year under
Labor as under the racist Bush-ite Coalition.
will "negotiate with the US" before withdrawing from Occupied
Iraq (post-invasion excess deaths 1.5-2.0 million; post-invasion under-5
infant deaths 0.6 million; 4 million refugees) i.e. our active complicity
in the Iraqi Holocaust, the Iraqi Genocide will continue (see “Iraq:
promised to INCREASE troops to Occupied Afghanistan (post-invasion excess
deaths 3-6 million; post-invasion under-5 infant deaths 2.2 million;
3.7 million refugees) (see "State Terrorism": http://mwcnews.net/content/view/18122/42/
) i.e. our complicity in the Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide will
supports the Tasmanian Tamar Pulp Mill and massive destruction of Tasmanian
supports taxpayer funding of the child-abusing brainwashing of children
in religious schools (Biblical literalism, anti-Science creationism,
homophobia, opposition to safe sex, opposition to life-saving stem cell
supports imprisonment of non-European refugees in the Indian Ocean island
concentration camps (albeit not on Pacific Ocean islands);
is committed to selling uranium to nuclear terrorism states (the US
(and thence Apartheid Israel), UK, Russia, China, and France) and to
supporting US nuclear terrorism (Australia has a key role in US nuclear
terrorism-related spying, supplying, communications, bases and port
is committed to coal exports (Australia is the world's #1 coal exporter)
and its goal is a grossly insufficient 60% reduction in greenhouse gases
(GHGs) by 2050 (Australia is one of the world's worst annual per capita
GHG emitters) (see “SUMMARY of the Summary for Policymakers of
the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4)”:
will continue with egregious Anti-terrorism Laws that allow for imprisonment
and interrogation without charge; imprisonment for 5 years for anyone
publicly protesting such actions; and 15 years to possible life imprisonment
as punishment, for example, to a Palestinian Australian who gives alms
(zakkat) to a hospital in the Gaza Concentration Camp.
will continue to allow Racist Zionist (RZ) terrorists and war criminals
to come and go from Australia as they please and the financial support
for war crimes by Apartheid Israel in gross violation of International
law. Australia will continue to support Racist Zionist crimes against
Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese, including such dual citizenship
Australians or relatives of Australian citizens.
will not uphold International Law in relation to gross violation by
Australians of the Geneva, Rights of the Child and Genocide Conventions
e.g. UNICEF (see: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html
) estimates that 0.5 million under-5 year old infants die each year
in the Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories, that’s ONE EVERY
MINUTE, 90% avoidable and largely due to deliberate, sustained, INTENTIONAL
refusal of US Alliance Governments (including the Australian Government)
to provide life-sustaining food and medical requisites unequivocally
demanded of an Occupier “to the fullest extent of the means available
to it” by Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative
to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm
- like the Bush-ite Mainstream media and politicians in Australia and
elsewhere in the US Alliance - is committed to entrenched LYING BY OMISSION
e.g. in the Election campaign both Labor and the Bush-ite Coalition
followed the British John Clease (Basil Fawlty) “Fawlty Towers”
injunction "don't mention the war". The highest estimate of
post-invasion Iraqi deaths quoted by Rudd (to the best of my knowledge)
is “61,000” - as compared to the horrendous reality of 1.5-2
million post-invasion violent and non-violent excess Iraqi deaths (see
"Iraq: Genocide": http://mwcnews.net/content/view/17066/42/
Kevin Rudd deserves full praise for trouncing the awful, Bush-ite neo-cons
in the Australian Federal Election. However as the dozen items above
show, there is much to do in Australia whose reputation and rights have
been trashed by the Bush-ite Coalition. Unless decent folk around the
world INSIST under threat of Sanctions and Boycotts, I fear that most
of these items will not even be discussed in Australia, let alone addressed
by the new Rudd Labor Government.
Gideon Polya published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific
career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical
Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
New York & London, 2003). He has just published “Body Count.
Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne,
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