Paul Haw-Haw

Everybody knows you never go full Evatt

The Chinese Communist Party’s most outspoken adviser, Paul Keating, is in the news again for doing what he nowadays seems to do best: trashing the West for Beijing. Ignoring the crimes of the world’s biggest prison state, the China Development Bank consigliere has dismissed the United States as yesterday’s superpower and again attacked Australian intelligence agencies. Interestingly, his speech on Monday at the Australian Strategic Forum (transcript) attracted none of the “foreign influence” concerns the Attorney-General’s department exhibited in relation to the CPAC gathering addressed by Tony Abbott in August. In addition to scarifying intelligence officials for being on guard against escalating Chinese espionage, Mr Keating charged them (without any evidence) of making spy-thriller information “drops” to reporters. He also accused the Morrison government and “do-gooder journalists” of a conspiracy to calumniate China in the eyes of the public. “The media has been up to its ears in it,” he claimed. And still they applaud.

You don’t have to be a national security fusspot to see such words – from a former prime minister, no less – as both treacherous and unhinged. Ridiculing the incumbent government; criticising a free press for its interest in Chinese subversion; accusing ASIO and allied agencies of wilfully corrupting foreign policy out of malice. This demonology is a temperamental amalgam of H.V. Evatt on Molotov, Lionel Murphy on spooks and Gough Whitlam on Mao. Dr Evatt predominates in the mix. Mr Keating Potemkinises a totalitarian state, bolsters its mythical unstoppable-force supremacism and limits Australia to forelock-tugging. Ironically, the latter was one of Mr Keating’s favourite insults in the 1980s when he mocked the Liberal Party’s fealty to Britain – despite Sir Robert Menzies having inaugurated the “Asia pivot” when Mr Keating was still in short pants.

Machiavelli for thee but not for me

A closer reading of the Keating speech reveals the flaws we’ve come to expect from the Bankstown boy-turned Talleyrand. This, for example, is what happens when an autodidact wanders into a conference without Don Watson: “I think it is true to say the US remains the most ideological major society on earth.” Translation: Americans still believe in freedom. He continues: “On the other hand, China’s historical view is not rooted in ideological aspiration, universal or otherwise.” On the contrary: China’s worldview certainly is rooted. For 70 years Chinese communists have acted pursuant to a colonising and depraved ideology. Entirely absent from Mr Keating’s remarks is any moral architecture to international affairs in the age of China’s rise. That, to him, is a feature rather than a bug because the true theme of his speech is that China now has a right to exercise ruthless realpolitic but the rest of the world no longer does. America and the democracies have no objectively certain moral standing above a tyrannical rogue state that kills its own citizens.

Damning the President with high praise

Many who read reports of his speech were probably surprised by Mr Keating’s high praise for Donald Trump but the thing is, it wasn’t praise for sagacity but for an imaginary capitulation. The President, you see, has “no appetite for a military skirmish with China.” This symbolises for Mr Keating that the US has given up on Pax Americana and reverted to the Founding Fathers’ isolationist foreign policy. It is not only disingenuous to imply any recent President has contemplated a hot war with China, it is fatuous to claim Trump’s triangulation of anti-Russian and war-mongering zealots in the Democratic Party and State Department represents the end of any global order. Isolationism was put aside for Wilsonian idealism earlier in the twentieth century, by anti-communist hawks and then neo-cons in the later century and Bushian fin de siècle.

The point is US foreign policy evolves to meet challenges and many of these will continue to be what Donald Rumsfeld called “unknown unknowns.” Sinophiles should put their pom-poms away in the attic trunk along with those old VHS tapes of Japan-ascending classics, Black Rain and Rising Sun. One of the biggest unknown unknowns is which party wins the White House (and why) in the course of the next 1oo years. Which brings us to the most contemptible cowardice in Mr Keating’s vision. “And let’s not get too starry-eyed about so-called democracies,” he says. “God help us if we are limited or slated to deal only with democracies.” No, Mr Keating. God help us if we are doomed to deal only with police states like China. On that subject, David Crowe notes that “Mr Keating made no reference to Xinjiang or Hong Kong in his speech.” A wannabe hyperpower whose spokesmen are this amoral doesn’t have an uncomplicatedly bright future.

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43 Responses to Paul Haw-Haw

  1. Lee

    The Chinese Communist Party’s most outspoken adviser, Paul Keating, is in the news again for doing what he nowadays seems to do best: trashing the West for Beijing. Ignoring the crimes of the world’s biggest prison state, the China Development Bank consigliere has dismissed the United States as yesterday’s superpower and again attacked Australian intelligence agencies. Interestingly, his speech on Monday at the Australian Strategic Forum (transcript) attracted none of the “foreign influence” concerns the Attorney-General’s department exhibited in relation to the CPAC gathering addressed by Tony Abbott in August.

    Is the Attorney-General’s department stuffed with left-wingers?

  2. stackja

    Xi pulling strings?
    HK creating a problem for Xi.
    PK not as smart as the average bear.

  3. notafan

    Someone has to pay for that clock collection.

  4. JC

    Shouldn’t this former PM have stated at the outset of the speech that he is being paid by an arm of the Chinese regime? Then people would judge his haw hwing is context of a possibility of a massive conflict of interest.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    The words gallows , rope ,noose drop ,come to mind ,that what we used to do to traitors , hang a few ,the rest will get the message,to think this grub led the workers party after he stabbed Hawke in the back in good socialist fashion ,then actually beat the gangrene socialist Hewson who had infiltrated the left wing liberals to lose the election to his alp comrades .

  6. Infidel Tiger

    He leased his daughter to Epstein and sold his soul to the Chicoms.

    What an awful human being he is.

  7. Bill

    Dear Lee, a considerable number of the AG dept are lefty lawyers, after all they have mostly been graduates of our “ institutions of higher learning” since the early 1970s. Therefore entirely imbued with the great comrade EGWhitlam’s ethics. As an ex aps incumbent over largely the last five decades, I can assure you that most of what passes for legal officers in any department in the feds are generally lefty twats

  8. You have to admit that the Chinese are very adept at picking their patsies.

  9. Grateful

    Good read, thanks currencylad

  10. RobK

    Great post.
    The challenge for democracy is to protect its virtues and , well, capitalise them. I think this is the path Trump is trying to tread. The last thing we need is a Universal totalitarian State. Competition is a good thing.

  11. Jock

    The stench of appeasement is with this one!

  12. jupes

    Interestingly, his speech on Monday at the Australian Strategic Forum (transcript) attracted none of the “foreign influence” concerns the Attorney-General’s department exhibited in relation to the CPAC gathering addressed by Tony Abbott in August.

    How is all that going by the way? Have they charged Andrew Cooper yet? Have they sacked anyone?

    Or has the Attorney General just abdicated all responsibility and left it to the bureaucrats to run amok? Just like they are at the ABC.

  13. jupes

    Seriously, how can you possibly order Tony Abbott to register as a foreign agent and let Keating’s treachery pass?

  14. Would like to be Governor of Australia or Hong Kong or do you just want more clocks?

  15. Roger

    Seriously, how can you possibly order Tony Abbott to register as a foreign agent and let Keating’s treachery pass?

    I would expect that Keating has registered his employment by a Chinese entity.

    But it would be nice to hqave it confirmed.

    Over to you, Christian Porter.

  16. iamok

    There’s only one word to describe PK but I am not going to print it here.

  17. mareeS

    First thing to be said to Keating and China: Who gives a flying duck?

    Apart from needing iron ore and,coal, China now needs pork, beef, poultry due to African Swine Fever which has wiped out 40+% of its protein stock. They had better start playing nice to us, Canada, USA and South America for their protein requirements. Bean curd won’t suffice the Chinese palate over 3-5yrs.

  18. miltonf

    Seriously, how can you possibly order Tony Abbott to register as a foreign agent and let Keating’s treachery pass?

    It’s the Canberra way.

  19. Dr Fred Lenin

    Before they put the noose around their necks ,cover their heads in an Aldi bag ,empty of course bit of symbolism there not to subtle for the punters .

  20. Behind Enemy Lines

    Nicely done, C.L. You’ve certainly pinned a tail on this particular donkey.

    Senior ALP people (politicians and public servants) have been aligning themselves with China for many years now. It’s as if they exist solely to betray their own country in favour of overseas communists, while enriching each other on the public teat though various corrupt schemes.

    We missed a big opportunity to deal with them in 1989. We must never miss a chance like that again.

  21. Davey Boy

    For some context, Holger Czukay released his version of the Chinese National Anthem (see previous post) in response to a “cultural guide” issued by the Chicoms in 1984:

    “The party leadership in Beijing has issued a new cultural guide dedicated to the youth of Red China. With the booklet “How to recognize decadent music” the officials react to the increasing interest of young Chinese in Western music. Because on the black markets bands with rock ‘n’ roll and disco music are sought-after goods. The guardians of revolutionary culture, caring for the good of youth, warn against the “sirens of the West” because “rock music leads to dependence on alcohol, drugs, violence and homosexuality”. “The music of an Elvis Presley,” says the cultural guide, “is only the expression of a confused, blind arousal”. The book concludes with the earnest warning that rock ‘n’ roll is endangering health and recommends red Chinese works such as the revolutionary song “Fecal Collectors Descend From the Mountain” for healing.”

  22. Pyrmonter

    @ Lee

    Is the Attorney-General’s department stuffed with left-wingers?

    In short, yes. Lawyers have been moving to the left since the 1970s, and those of a free market orientation tend to gravitate to fields – commercial, litigation etc – that don’t see them hired by AGs.

    Oh, and the Australian Government Solicitor (their in-house lawyers) are based in the Lionel Murphy Building. That they can have a building named after the greatest disgrace to sit on the High Court says something.

  23. Mother Lode

    Never understood all the fuss about Keating. Often touted as a formidable debater I always thought he used his caustic tongue to avoid any engagement of ideas, and enough people would guffaw along that the chance to nut out what was at the time an issue.

    I wonder how many opportunities were lost to us from that.

    Funny thing was that he was abusive to the press as well, kicking them accross the room with cruel word, yet they would come scampering back wagging their tails madly and desperately trying to ingratiate themselves.

  24. Mother Lode

    what was at the time an issue was missed.

  25. C.L.

    He treated everyone that way.
    Five minutes after he lost the election, his wife left.

    He told John Howard he was going to “crucify” him on one occasion.

  26. Iain Russell

    The only thing this gongfei zougou (Comm Party running dog) is fit for is [now now … CL].

  27. Iain Russell

    Comm criminal running dog – apologies.

  28. Shane

    from Nicholai Hubble, the editor of Strategic Intelligence Australia, with this evocative heading
    ”Losing the Mandate of Heaven” [ & giving PK, a new middle name /avatar]

    ”…And Paul ‘Chamberlain’ Keating will be rather embarrassed about this Guardian headline: ‘Paul Keating lambasts Australia’s security agencies and “pious” media for anti-China rhetoric’.

    …….. But what’s going on in China has me deeply uncomfortable. Perhaps for the first time, a distant geopolitical event makes me feel sick because of what’s going on.

    Organ harvesting, concentration camps, torture, and religious persecution were supposed to be gone. Or so outrageous that we did something about them. Not that I approve of the latter — violent intervention tends to make the violence worse.

    But nobody seems to care about what’s going on in China. Despite how much we know. Getting even with the Chinese over the trade war and intellectual property theft holds more headlines than what the Chinese do to their own citizens.

    I read an article somewhere which pointed out, ‘If you want to know whether you would’ve opposed the Nazis, the holocaust or other historical atrocities, well here’s your chance. What are you doing about China?’

    The answer for most of us is of course nothing. Which certainly puts the events in the lead up to the Second World War into perspective, I think.

    But enough politicking, let’s dig into the financial and economic implications of China’s internal struggles. It’s not like we’re talking about millions of people being taken away to concentration camps for their beliefs and heritage, where they are killed for their organs, tortured, and ‘re-educated’…

    Australia is more economically exposed to China than almost any nation. Chinese demand is the foundation of our prosperity. The housing bubble is inflated with Chinese money. The resource boom was created by Chinese demand. Australia’s higher education system is raking in money from Chinese students. And so on…”
    We might just unwittingly be on the edge of a precipice on one of those dark and stormy nights without a moon or flashlight.

  29. NuThink

    Allan Sherman understood the totalitarians and politicians very well.

    https://youtu.be/w9tnOWAillk

    “Peter and the Commissar” is a musical comedy album by Allan Sherman, with Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra with 5 guest jazz musicians. It was recorded live on July 22, 1964. Originally released on RCA Red Seal, the album later saw its CD debut on Collectors’ Choice Music in 2004. Wikipedia
    Artist: Allan Sherman
    Release date: 1964
    Genre: Pop

  30. NuThink

    It’s not like we’re talking about millions of people being taken away to concentration camps for their beliefs and heritage, where they are killed for their organs, tortured, and ‘re-educated’…

    The chief cop of Interpol also went missing.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/meng-hongwei-interpol-china-bribery-president-missing-tianjing-a8907931.html

  31. Boambee John

    CL

    Lord Haw Haw is too kind.

    Vidkun Quisling is more appropriate. Does anyone doubt that PK would accept the governership of the new south seas Chinese province?

  32. Des Deskperson

    I myself am not aware of any other Australian public figure of Keating’s, err, eminence eulogising, of his own volition as a private citizen under no official diplomatic obligation, a mass-murderer, the way Keating slobbered over his ‘Pak” Suharto after the bastard – Suharto – shuffled off to Jahannam

  33. Mother Lode

    Does anyone doubt that PK would accept the governership of the new south seas Chinese province?

    He already has the shrunken and bleaching from lingering beyond his years look that Emperor Palpatine had in Star Wars.

  34. Billy

    P J K’s wife left him after he got the Khyber.
    Was she just a “walking out” wife?

  35. Up The Workers!

    When I was growing up, municipal Health Inspectors were forever prosecuting local Chinese restauranteurs for filling their home-made dim sims with delicacies such as Aussie tabbies, Aussie toms and other stray Aussie moggies. You could generally tell whether your dim sim was adequately steamed or fried by listening for a “Miaow” after you pricked it with a fork or poked it with a chop-stick.

    You don’t hear of that sort of thing going on these days.

    Nowadays, if you put a fork into a dim sim, you are likely to get a lengthy political haranguing from the likes of Chinese Paul Cheating; Chinless Chinese-Bob the A.L.P.’s Unroadworthy Carr, or the A.L.P.’s Dim Sam Dastyari.

    If only any of them were as vocal in Australia’s interests, as they are in the interests of the anti-Democratic violent Chinese Communist Party tyrants.

  36. He told John Howard he was going to “crucify” him on one occasion.

    John Howard did like wearing a crown of thorns though.

  37. Iampeter

    The Chinese Communist Party’s most outspoken adviser, Paul Keating, is in the news again for doing what he nowadays seems to do best: trashing the West for Beijing.

    I can only imagine what you’re position on Trump must be, given that he promised his friend Xi silence on Hong Kong and views the murderous dictator of China as a “good man” in a “tough business.”

    No greater a sinophile, or dictator-phile, than our very own immigrant slaying, Saviour of Western Civilization, El Presidente Trump.

  38. Up The Workers!

    “Crim, grub, box-head, liar, lice, stupid foul-mouthed grub, dessicated coconut, slithering mangy maggot, unrepresentative swill, boudoir bandicoot, scumbag of dog’s vomit, sleazebag of pig-swill, in-and-out-of-a-cat’s-arse, like a dog returning to its vomit…” to use just some of his choice Parliamentary A.L.P.-Speaker-approved language.

    And now a new title to add to the collection: “Lord Haw Haw”, the Chinese doormat and apologist.

    And to think that Juliar had to buy her own replacement plastic post-nominals with $100 million of taxpayers cash she grabbed as she flew out the back-door of Parliament House with the imprint of the A.L.P. Caucus boot as fresh on one buttock as her Slater & Gordon Partners’ boot had once been on the other.

  39. JC

    And we’re off with the second sneer of the day from plodex bobbsey.

  40. notafan

    Keating dumped his wife at a dinner party
    Very shortenesque

  41. The Sheriff

    Why has Hedley Thomas and The Australian suddenly started spouting CCP propaganda vilifying the HK democracy movement?

  42. David Tanner

    Has it occurred to anyone that perhaps Paul Keating is acting as an “agent provocateur” in order to wake up the Left tp China’s excesses.

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