If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere

The New York Times is a rather influential publication.  It has a circulation greater than the total population of Australia.

Now Spartacus is not a regular New York Times reader, but he does like to read Bret Stephensopinion column.

Bret Stephens was recently in Australia to give a speach to the Lowy Institute and took the opportunity to write a bit about his visit to Australia.  The following paragraph caught the eye:

Australia’s scandal of the year concerns two Chinese-born property developers, both allegedly connected to the Chinese Communist party, who funneled more than $6 million dollars to Australian politicians of various parties. Senator Sam Dastyari, a rising star in the Australian Labor Party, was accused last year of mouthing the pro-Beijing line on the South China Sea dispute for fear of losing a six-figure donation.

There you go Senator Sam.  Your name in lights.  Your’s and the Labor Party’s.

It’s a good thing that the US is not a key defense and security ally of Australia.  Oh wait.

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari in the Senate marking the start of the 45th Parliament at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

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13 Responses to If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere

  1. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Hey, China is the rising power, and this makes America tremble at night. America knows it will no longer be king of the castle. Better get used to being second fiddle.

  2. Jo Smyth

    Every time I see little Sam, it’s a complete mystery to me how anybody takes him seriously. It must all come down to his connections.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    The New York Times is a rather influential publication.

    Yes. Parrots increasingly appreciate its pages.

    he does like to read Bret Stephens‘ opinion column.

    Even parrots don’t appreciate that particular page.

    NYTimes ‘Conservative’ Columnist Bret Stephens: Repeal the Second Amendment (yesterday)

    In this case it seems the word ‘conservative’ is being used in the same way that the ABC is described as ‘balanced’.

    You do like to read strange stuff Spartacus. On the other hand I hope the parrots make an exception for the column about Our Sam. He needs a decoration or two from an exotic foreign source.

  4. Myrddin Seren

    …who funneled more than $6 million dollars to Australian politicians of various parties.

    No self-respecting corruptocrat in Asia, Africa, the ME, South America or the Pacific would sell their country out for less than a seven figure amount.

    $6 mill buys the loyalty of vast swathes the various Parliaments, who are all compromised now. The Chinese Government cannot believe their luck that Australian politicians can be bought in wholesale lots for the contents of the petty cash tin.

    It is debatable, but on the basis of low-balling even their treason, the Australian Political Class is arguably the most inept in the world.

  5. Rufus

    Isn’t little Sam in breech of section 44 of the constitution? It sounds as though he is/was under the influence of a foreign power. Shouldn’t this be brought before the high court?

  6. Rufus:

    Isn’t little Sam in breech of section 44 of the constitution? It sounds as though he is/was under the influence of a foreign power. Shouldn’t this be brought before the high court?

    “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason.”
    …aaaand there’s your answer.

  7. Howard Priory

    Pedantry, I know, but Spartacus has either grossly underestimated the population of Australia, or – I concede this is more likely – completely misread data on the circulation of the New York Times. Circulation figures for May 2017 are: 571,500 Daily: 1,087,500 Sunday: and 2,200,000 Digital-only.

  8. miltonf

    I thought the NYT would have gone pop if it wasn’t for the Mexican millionaire guy. Like Bezos and the WaPo. Had never heard of Brett Stephens till Murdoch rags started publishing his Trump bashing sludge.

  9. rickw

    Isn’t little Sam in breech of section 44 of the constitution? It sounds as though he is/was under the influence of a foreign power. Shouldn’t this be brought before the high court?

    Should be charged, tried, and if found guilty, shot at dawn or hung from his neck until dead, his choice.

  10. Nerblnob

    Bret Stephens would have been a standard lefty just ten or even five years ago.

    He gets classed as “conservative” now because he expressed some scepticism about climate change orthodoxy.

    In Australia that means EXTREME FAR RIGHT WING NAZI.

    This is handy for leftist publications to claim balance, like when they quote The Economist.

    It also shows how much public discourse has dumbed down and moved to the left in recent times.

  11. cynical1

    Why did you illustrate the story with a pic of Mr Bean?

  12. kurt

    Dastyari is the slimiest politician in Australia. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d already sold his mother to the Chinese.

    Btw. Sorry to be a grammar nazi but I couldn’t let the egregious misuse of a comma in “Your’s and the Labor…” pass.

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