I’m reminded of the lyrics of 99 red balloons
Call out the troops now in a hurry
This is what we’ve waited for
This is it, boys, this is war
The President is on the line
Can conscription be far behind? We’ll be needing brave Australian boys to recapture our resources from those evil greedy unAustralian mining conglomerates. To go down the pits if necessary to do the mining ourselves.
Does that sound a bit over the top?
Looks like Wayne Swan has had a brain explosion.
WAYNE Swan is preparing to escalate his pitched battle with the mining industry over the resource super-profits tax, obtaining a special exemption under national emergency powers to waive the government’s own advertising rules for a campaign against the miners.
The exemption granted this week to the Treasurer by Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig will allow the government to rush out an advertising campaign to counter a mining industry blitz against the new 40 per cent super profits tax.
It will free the campaign from constraints under the guidelines prohibiting campaigns run for party political purposes and releasing materials that “directly attack or scorn the views, policies or actions of other such as the policies and opinions of opposition parties or groups”.
As Cabinet Secretary Senator Ludwig can exempt a campaign from compliance with the guidelines on the basis of a national emergency, extreme urgency or other compelling reasons.
Katherine Murphy at The Age is appalled.
I’m a bit slow on the uptake. Even though I’ve been covering the story all week, I hadn’t quite grasped that the resources tax stoush had reached the status of national emergency.
But apparently it has.
Events are such that the Rudd Government has decided to suspend its own flimsy guidelines for policing taxpayer funded advertising in order to get $38.5 million worth of ads praising its tax reforms on the air. Pronto.
Like tomorrow. And the day after. The new tax ads start tomorrow. Newspapers first. TV to come.
Yes, this morning, Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig had the honourable task of telling us that the government had decided to clear any hurdle between them and a big expensive ad campaign to counter the sound and fury from the resources industry.
These ads have not been cleared by the independent committee now charged with ensuring government ads contain necessary information rather than thinly disguised partisan propaganda.
They have been cleared by the government. No one else.
I hope you all find them interesting and informative given you are paying for them.
The worst insult is this
The trend of decision-making on this issue is all bad, not quite as bad as John Howard, but getting there.
I think this means the government are going to try to brazen it out.