Abbottville is the logical conclusion of a disastrous policy framework first inaugurated in 1983 by Hawke and Keating. For thirty years, this policy framework has led to the marketisation and pricing of nearly all social activities. Abbott’s agenda is merely a sharp extension of policies pursued to a lesser or greater degree by both Coalition and ALP governments.
If you think that is extreme – this is piece that just keeps giving.
In contrast to weak resistance in Anglo-American countries, European and Latin American countries have witnessed an escalation of desperate forms of public resistance to austerity measures (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks), thus placing governments on notice that there is a limit to their toleration of austerity. Is this the future that awaits Australia?
Incitement to violence? Much?
Then there are the sell-outs.
How also to understand well-intentioned people like Tim Costello, Paris Aristotle or Robert Manne, who undermine their long moral commitment to the poor or asylum seekers by now advocating naïve and immoral policies? Does Costello think a broadened GST will restore foreign aid cuts and that a regressive tax is OK because, as he stated, poor people don’t eat much fresh food? What of Paris Aristotle and Robert Manne, who legitimised the offshore hellholes on Manus Island and Nauru, even though they oppose Scott Morrison’s harsh methods?
Wow. Just wow. What is there to say?
This was published by The Guardian – lefty to be sure, but they used to make some pretence at being mainstream.