by Allan Essery
Part 1 - Agenda 21 again
Awareness of the environment and concern for its delicate balance are indeed sensible endeavours. Concern, however, arose during a 1992 United Nation's conference to discuss future environmentally friendly development. From that conference an action agenda was revealed for an innocuously sounding aim of ''Sustainable Development''. That agenda was known as Agenda 21 and not as innocuous as it sounded.
Agenda 21 was promoted as a non-binding and voluntarily implemented action plan, and so the lie began. It was also called the brainchild of a group of powerful elitists known as the Club of Rome. Their aim was world domination brought about using the United Nations and its agencies to create a World Government together with a World Bank and a Security Force to ensure implementation of its aims.
Similarities between the BBC and Auntie appear obvious. “They’re joined at the bloody hip,” as Toby writes. GC.Ed.@L.
In this other world there is a publicly funded TV and radio broadcasting organisation - let’s for argument’s sake call it the ABC – which gets more than $1 billion a year from the taxpayers and which has a public commitment to the highest ethical standards of journalism – a commitment to truth, balance, impartiality and all of that.
This ABC has long prided itself on being above politics; in fact it has made a point of publishing and promoting its journalism code of ethics and stresses that all journalist employees must pay heed to it. Presumably, the journalists employed by this ABC are also members of the reporters’ trade union, the Media Alliance, which also has its own lofty code of ethics.
Now it is only four months or so to an election in this parallel universe and a conservative government headed by a Prime Minister – who for want of a better name is called Tony Abbott – is desperately hanging on in the face of overwhelming opinion polls which shows it is headed for electoral oblivion. An aggressive, hard-hitting Opposition headed by – again for want of a better name – Julia Gillard is so far ahead in the polls that the likely outcome almost defies gravity.
Welcome to Kafka's Australia, where rights are guaranteed, but preferably forgotten. So we maintain that we respect due process and human rights, even if it's clear we don't always like them very much. We have been doing this for ages. ''Screening out'' has been around for the best part of a decade; long enough for the department to call it a ''long-standing policy over successive governments''.
If you contribute comments to opinion pieces and editorials in the Sydney Morning Herald or The Age, it doesn’t take long to work out that their ‘Moderators’ work outside their own rules to assign comments that they deem inappropriate to the rubbish bin. God forbid you should criticize one of their leftist journalists, regardless of what tripe they dish up in the belief that they are being fair, honest and balanced.
They also disregard their own rules when it suits them to publish comment that is so obviously a breach of those rules, but so obviously supportive of their leftist agenda. This in my opinion constitutes a form or unreasonable and inconsistent censorship and removes your freedom of speech.
There is a little club of regulars, and very much left-leaning contributors, who can be found in the comments sections every day, all day. They take over the comments sections and prattle on to each other with, in the main, pure drivel that has little to do with the subject at hand. They are rude, offensive and intolerant of anyone from outside their little clique who dares to have something to say. These people, who are all pro-Labor, are given the freedom to say what they like, but try and serve it back to them and you will be rejected.
'In richest-woman-in-the-world Gina Rinehart's twisted moral universe, workers in Australia need to work harder for less to compete with African mine workers (including an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 child miners in West Africa who slave for $2 a day. She says that's what competition in the “global market” dictates.'
BHP Billiton has added to the wave of closures in the coal mining sector, shutting a central Queensland mine due to low prices and high costs. The announcement came as fellow coal miner Xstrata announced it was slashing around 600 jobs across the country.