I am incensed at the government of the nation they dare to call Australia. Ever since the Senate changed hands we now live in a parliamentary dictatorship, ruled by a government hell-bent on selling out to business. This Horse (400) should have been a commemoration, instead it will have to be an incineration.
Barnaby Joyce, a name that will forever be etched on the minds of Australians as the man who sold Telstra. The other faceless and heartless drones of the Senate who voted in favour of the sale of the telco will never have the same fame as this one man who given the opportunity failed the people of his state of Queensland but more importantly failed the nation.
What did the man himself have to say about this? This was his repsponse to the ABC this morning:
"I feel about 65 per cent happy. You know you do the very best deal you can knowing the alternative to that is you get nothing. The real judgement will be in 18 months time. You've always got, you know, a feeling in the back of your head there could be problems in the future. On the balance of the information I've got and what I've got to lose, I think we're making the right decision and that's about it."
65% happy? Only 65% happy? I'm sorry sir but you've just STOLEN the nations phone system from under them and you're only 65% happy. I'm glad you're somewhat happy because I can tell you that the approval rating for this as given by the Morgan-Gallop poll published in today's Sydney Morning Herald was only 4%. 4% of voters are happy with this, far less than you're 65% happiness.
Stephen Conroy a Labor senator probably summed it up the best this morning with this comment:
"We will see rising prices, we will see falling levels of service. That's the reality of today's bill, that's the reality that many hundreds of thousand of Australians will now face."
This is the reality which 96% of unhappy Australians will be forced to live with. Foreign interest will now own the telco and no input will be allowed by the government - it's abrogation of responsibility at it's most insidious and corrupt. It's so nice to know that in a so called "democracy" that 96% of people disagree with something yet it comes down to 37 people to decide the fate for 21 million. Democracy my butt!
The Govenor-General is the last person in this ordeal, it is he who formally enacts a bill into law once it's been passed by giving it Royal Assent as the Queen's representative. Only problem is that NO bill that has ever been passed by the Senate has ever been turned down in Australia and the last time that Royal Assent wasn't given was back in 1808 by Queen Anne.
People of Australia, last night your government told you to get stuffed; just to make it worse they stole from you as well.