The Guardian • Issue #2091

The Chinese Peoples Consultative Conference and the Australian media

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14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Beijing, March 2024.

14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Beijing, March 2024. Photo: Xinhua/Li He

Many Australians seem to accept without question the  bias of the Australian media. A very subtle form of brainwashing goes on every day.

The first thing we hear in reporting on the proceedings of the Peoples Conference is the use of the term “rubber stamp.” The discussion about the economy of China and all other things about the political processes in China are framed so as to continue the subterfuge and maintain the ignorance of the Australian people. This is part of the fraud being pushed to convince Australians that it is okay to spend excessive amounts on preparing for a conflict with China.

The reality of China is very different to the autocratic image that these pundits portray.

China has eliminated absolute poverty and has made huge strides on the environment. Over a billion Chinese people have a life that their parents and grandparents could only dream of.

The legacy of a people’s China is the result of the Chinese people reaching an historic step forward to a multi-party democratic system that is part of the development of socialism in China. The Chinese people are making their own history.

This Consultative Conference is a huge step forward in the development of China. Since embracing the opening up, the Communist Party of China has led the Chinese people towards clear goals. The current goals of high quality production which takes in the environmental costs will be an achievement for a developed socialist country.

The Chinese have been able to grab hold of the globalisation of the world economy and link their destiny with this deepening process. The introduction of the technological revolution has gone along with overcoming the negative features of the industrial revolution, and a drive to capture and harness urbanisation and to reduce its negative effects.

The creation of a social welfare system has increased the involvement of the people in creating their own destiny. All of this is possible because China has a socialist system led with a people’s democracy.

An honest comparison with Australia would reveal that we have a growing crisis of homelessness. Workers with jobs and young families are forced to rough it. In Brisbane, Musgrave Park is the site of a homeless camp for those who are victims of the Reserve Bank’s efforts to create unemployment and homelessness. I am sure such camps exist in all cities. Thousands live in single rooms or have returned to parental homes. This is the progress made by our capitalist system.

The parties that try to reform capital find themselves tied to the state monopoly system that has dictated failure on necessary reforms to deal with climate change.

War-making policies are extending inflation, and our government is heavily involved in worsening the security and safety of our citizens through promoting war industries.

When our Australian media call China “autocratic,” what can they say when the density of democratic organisations such as trade unions in Australia is as low as 12.5 per cent overall. In China the unions have grown in membership to around 47 per cent and are still growing.

Two of the topics discussed at the People’s Conference are legislation to protect workers from unpaid overtime, and the introduction of right to disconnect from the workplace, a law that was such a problem for the employing class here.

Mass media bigotry now extends to stopping a real discussion of these issues. Our biased news outlets call dissenters “cheerleaders” or “puppets.”

The best thing that could happen is for more Australians to see for themselves the reality that is modern China.

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