Treasurer Swan Taps Disdain for Mega Wealthy Elites

2 03 2012

Treasurer Wayne Swan

Pounced on by a Pollie

You know that something is up when a politician starts mouthing off about a particular issue. Chances are that he or she has had a deep and meaningful with a spouse, a colleague or . . . more likely these days the back-room researchers that have alerted them to a blip on the radar. It’s when the blip starts to look like an angle, a foothold or some kind of leverage to prise open the soft heads and hard hearts (or is it the other way round?) of the voting public then heaven help that blip, because it is about to be pounced on by a pollie.

God love ’em. Let’s read between the lines of Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan’s latest pronouncement

Australia’s economic success is at risk from a tiny minority of wealthy business people who are using their money and influence to ”poison” the political and economic debate with arguments that benefit their self-interest but hurt the community, the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has said.

In an essay for The Monthly magazine likely to stir controversy, Mr Swan names business people Gina Rinehart, Andrew Forrest and Clive Palmer as examples of the self-interested ”0.1 per cent” against whom he rails. (Sydney Morning Herald Friday March 02 2012)

Quite right too Mr Swan, apparently you have read the mood corectly. People are getting sick of Mega-Wealthy bullies. Dr Q is not against wealth, excellence or free enterprise but here’s the thing. In a world where a good number of hundreds of millions of people can’t get the basics like fresh water, food, shelter etc. Where large numbers of our own indigenous peoples don’t get even a basic level of education and mostly lack opportunities to progress into the professions . . .in this kind of world it shouldn’t take a great deal of imagination to find something creative and productive to do in terms of positive outcomes. But paying for the atrocious Lord Monckton to come out here to spread his misinformation and climate change denial lies really isn’t one of those things. Nor is attempting to control the media and public opinion by buying up a slice of a large daily metropolitan newspaper. Remember Superman? You may have awakened a giant Gina . . .a superhero and protector of the people. In any case you have been pounced on by a pollie.

Meanwhile Mr Swan seems to have been watching the THRIVE Movie and listening to the message from the Occupy movement. It’s in the language – the talk of Wealthy Elites and the 0.1% Once it gets to this stage you know something’s bubbling up to the surface. It might be time for you Mega Wealthy elites to start making large donations to Greenpeace. It could help your case in the not too distant future. But don’t take my word for it just keep reading the Sydney Morning Herald and watch this space. You have been pounced on by a pollie.

Mining Magnate buys major stake in Fairfax Media

4 02 2012

Something Fishy Going on in Shadowland - If you see something say something

It Seems the THRIVE MOVIE is right about controlling elites

The following is copied from

Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has just bought a major stake in Fairfax media — in a bid that could turn The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald into mouthpieces for climate denial to protect her mining interests. But together we can foil her plan.

Rinehart has already bought Channel Ten’s agenda — and Australia’s ownership restrictions need urgent reform to end her latest assault on Fairfax. The media inquiry that Avaaz members helped win is just weeks away from reporting, and provides the government with the crucial chance to act. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is supportive of stronger ownership limits — but he needs a community outcry to get the whole government on board.

Sign the petition to Minister Conroy now to ensure a mogul-free Australian media. When the petition reaches 50,000 signatures, we’ll spectacularly deliver the massive message in Canberra:

Gina Rinehart is Australia’s richest person, and she’s poised to buy political influence. Her campaign against the mining tax lead directly to the sacking of former PM Kevin Rudd — just a taste of the power she could wield through total media control. This is a woman who wants to use nuclear bombs to blast even larger open-cut mines, supports WA seceding from Australia, and bankrolls climate change denial.

Rinehart now owns almost 15% of Fairfax, and past actions suggest her plan is to use this control to push her extreme views. She has already made her mark at Channel Ten — with 10% ownership of the TV network, she’s quickly installed herself on the board and was reportedly behind the divisive Andrew Bolt being given his own show. As Murdoch’s only newspaper competition, loosing Fairfax to another extremist media mogul would be a huge blow to Australian democracy.

To stop media moguls and clean up our media, we desperately need stronger ownership limits, a ‘fit and proper person’ test for use of public airwaves, and a strong and independent media regulator. We’ve already succeeded in establishing the inquiry and pushing it to make strong recommendations — but only our pressure can ensure the government listens to the people instead of the moguls. Let’s give Minister Conroy the support he needs to put a stop to damaging media moguls — sign the petition now:

Avaaz members around the world have played a key role in reeling in Murdoch’s damaging media empire, stopping his massive BSkyB takeover bid in the UK and ending his attempted $223 million robbery of the Australia Network from the ABC. Now, we have the chance to institute protections to end media moguls for good.

With hope,

Emma, Ben, Paul, Dalia, Rich and the whole Avaaz team.


Gina Rinehart: The Iron Lady (Good Weekend):

Mining in a new vein (Sydney Morning Herald):

Mines over media: Rinehart’s new influence (ABC):

Gina Rinehart could set Fairfax agenda (Crikey):

Video: Lord Monckton reveals plan to ‘capture’ Australian media:

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