The Guardian • Issue #2100


  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2100

As promised last week Dingo will begin each Bytes with one of the targets of US wars of aggression and intervention beginning from the end of WW2. Last week was the intervention in China 1945-49 this week Italy 1947-48. Using every trick in the book, the US interfered in the Italian elections to prevent the Communist Party from coming to power. This perversion of democracy was done in the name of “saving democracy” in Italy. For the next few decades, the CIA, along with US corporations, continued to intervene in Italian elections, pouring in hundreds of millions of dollars and using psychological warfare to block the communist spectre that was haunting them.

Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King’s release of the government’s Future Gas Strategy reprises Scott Morrison’s failed “gas-fired recovery,” with a focus on promoting gas expansions that will blow Australia’s climate targets, says climate action group Lock the Gate.

Lock the Gate stated that the Strategy would lead to a renewed push to open new, polluting gas fields in our national food bowl on the Liverpool Plains, in the mighty Pilliga forest near Narrabri, in northwest NSW and in cultural and ecological jewels like the Kimberley in Western Australia and the Roper Gulf region in the Northern Territory.

Carmel Flint, National Coordinator with Lock the Gate said, “The Future Gas Strategy promotes a reckless plan to open up new industrial gas basins that will damage land, water and communities.

“It is Scott Morrison’s failed and terribly ill-considered ‘gas-fired recovery’ all over again, and it is as wrong now as it was then.

“This strategy is a capitulation to the gas lobby at the expense of manufacturers, workers and households struggling with the cost of living, who will all pay more for energy because of it.

“The gas industry has mercilessly price-gouged Australians, with gas prices more than tripling in the last 10 years, driving up energy prices more broadly and destroying manufacturing.

“Treasurer Jim Chalmer’s plan for a Future Made in Australia will be a Fossil Fuel Disaster Made in Australia if this strategy is allowed to proceed.

“It is solar, not gas, that is key to a renewables transition in Australia, and doubling down on gas will impede that transition severely and undoubtedly blow our climate targets.

“We’re calling on the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen to repudiate this failed Morrison-era plan,” Flint said. (See Anna Pha’s article “Gas Strategy: path to oblivion” in Guardian #2099.)

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: The Big Miners. The nation state of Australia has been transformed into a mine quarry hosting a growing foreign military occupation. There is no contradiction in that juxtaposition; the boards and major shareholders of the transnational mining companies are the real rulers of Australia. The US and Australian military are here to protect mining profits. And the militarist element of the ruling class wants a war with China. A travelling show led by reactionary Fox News shock jock Tucker Carlson and mining billionaire Clive Palmer is conducting a series of Australian Freedom Conferences in cities around the country in June, sponsored by Minerology Australia, a company owned by Palmer.

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