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1 November 2000.
AUSTRALIAN  SPIN

- A FILTH OF POLITICIANS -

Back in 1975 when Australia recognized the Indonesian annexation of East Timor, a deal was done with Suharto on the oil that was in water that was closer to E. Timor than it was to Australia.  It was explained to the Australian public that the oil was on "our" continental shelf, so even if it was closer to Timor, it was right that the bounty should be split 50/50.  According to recent newspaper reports, this amounted to some tens of millions of dollars a year.

Apparently the "continental shelf" argument cuts no slack with UN lawyers, and the Australian government has been forced into a humiliating retreat.  At first John Howard attempted to retain the bribe.  The Australian government is now exposed as being more of a criminal than Suharto.  In most countries, the person who obtains the bribe is the criminal.

AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS ACCEPTED A BRIBE FOR BLOOD.

I do not need to explain what news of this bribe has done to Australia's credibility in Indonesia.

The amount of the bribe is of course pin money.  For instance, it does not even pay one fifth of the public money that our federal (not counting state & local) parliamentary politicians spend annually on their telephones and cars.

Their reluctance to forego the bribe has shown our government for what it is - corrupt.

Following is a list of some of the recent, more reprehensible acts of our politicians.

  1. The "John Laws' Law" (otherwise known as The Jury Act)
  2. The "military can shoot Australians" Law.
  3. The "stop public criticism Laws" (otherwise known as the Defamation Laws.)
  4. The Christmas Eve (1997?) pay grab (NSW).
  5. The "travel" & "tea money/accommodation" rorts (1999?).
  6. The "New Tax System" Laws (1999).
  7. The "Parliamentarian's Republic" Fiasco.
  8. The Olympics rort (1995 - 2000).
  9. The (alleged) sexual assault in the NSW parliament house.
  10. Taking "blood money" bribes.
All the above except numbers 5 & 9 were committed collectively.  The list could be much longer.  On the other hand, we can be proud of: Our political system is broken.  It is time for the introduction of some form of direct intervention capability by the people into the process of government.  The Swiss & many US states have it, so why can't we have it in Australia?

Australians need the power to intervene in government when politicians misbehave.

The title of this piece is the answer to the question "what is the collective noun for politicians?"
 

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