The Guardian • Issue #2105

  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2105

This week’s US imperialist intervention is Germany 1950s: The CIA orchestrated a wide-ranging campaign of sabotage, terrorism, and psychological warfare against the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). This was one of the factors which led to the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

Last week Dingo noted the contemptuous rejection by the Climate Council of the federal opposition decision to abandon Australia’s 2030 climate targets. Now Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action (BSCA) have also spoken out in response to Dutton’s statements that the Federal Liberal Party would dump Australia’s interim emissions reduction targets. The organisation, founded and led by bushfire survivors, has labelled the move reckless and devastating.

“Here we are watching communities face climate-fuelled disasters roll around again and again, with insurance costs rising and homes in some regions becoming uninsurable, yet the Opposition leader is prepared to delay climate action until the 2040s. To say our members are distraught is an understatement,” said Serena Joyner, Chief Executive Officer of BSCA.

Joyner said what’s particularly hard to understand is how the Coalition can justify the ever-growing expense of worsening climate disasters. The bushfires of 2019-2020 and the 2022 Northern Rivers floods each cost insurers more than $4 billion, and the cost to farmers of the Black Summer fires was $5 billion. Nearly 60 per cent of all local government areas were disaster-declared in 2022 and councils everywhere have been unable to keep up with repairs to local infrastructure.

“And insurance costs are just beginning when accounting for the personal financial and emotional costs to people and communities across the country from more frequent and destructive fires and floods. There’s only so much we can take. Does Peter Dutton expect our regions to just give up and move to the city?

“Scientists tell us if we delay urgent climate action we guarantee that global temperatures will keep rising. That would condemn Australia to face summers like Black Summer on a regular basis, if not worse. It is beyond belief that the Opposition leader thinks that is an acceptable future for this country.”

PARASITE OF THE WEEK: Albanese and his government. Under state monopoly capitalism, the government is a committee for managing capital and industrial resources for their corporate masters, first and foremost suppression of the labour force. When its overriding focus becomes military – the armed forces and the military industrial complex – the primary beneficiaries are the arms manufacturers.

Which brings us to the Albanese government and its quisling role in AUKUS. To subjugate the entire world the US has to conquer both Russia and China. That is the real objective of AUKUS, the “pivot to the Indo-Pacific” and the “war against terrorism” before it. It is the real aim of the war against Afghanistan and Iraq and all the bases that the US is constructing with the complicity of a whole string of governments which have treacherously bent the knee before US power and money. It is these objectives to which the Australian government willingly and enthusiastically subscribes. It does not have to be bought. It welcomes the unlimited war plans of the criminal US administration.

Such is the class allegiance of the Albanese government.

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