The only population Labor cares about is its own
Over Easter, the then Prime Minister quietly upgraded one of his Mandarins. It was the second time in as many weeks that a Mandarin has been invited into the bunker to receive new instructions.
This time it was the NSW Right Faction which scored a prize. The part-time Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke, has been asked to come up with a cunning plan to have a cunning plan, and was even given a new moniker to go with the job. Mr Burke, who has always aspired to have his Who’s Who subscription waivered because of Who he was, is now to be know as: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, Minister ‘Sustainable’ for Population.
Three days into the job, the Prime Minister’s first actual policy announcement was to add the word ‘Sustainable’ to the Population Minister’s title. It really does sum up the way Labor is driven by spin.
The Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population is a man steeped in the gore of NSW Labor’s bloody civil wars and was a key player in Mr Rudd’s downfall. Mr Burke is a man who owes his political existence (as does the new Prime Minister) to such worthies as the numbers men of the NSW Right, namely Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi and Mark Arbib. As a former Young Labor National President the Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population is a made man of the NSW Right.
Mr Burke counts as his mentor, Johnno Johnson, a giant of the NSW Labor Right, who was once heard to say;
‘Its not what you know, or who you know, its what you know about who you know, and who you let know about what you know, that matters in politics.’
The new Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population, must have taken this pearl of wisdom to heart. It is the only justification Labor could have had for giving Tony Burke the job of shaping the very fabric of our Nation’s soul.
It is not as if Tony Burke has been any better or any worse than any of the other Labor Ministers when it comes to actually delivering value for money projects, or delivering them at all. He obviously believes passionately, as do all of his Ministerial colleagues, that the ability to order a review to give the impression that you are doing something is standard operating procedure within the Labor Party.
The parallels between the way NSW has been governed under Labor and what Labor is doing Federally, are there for all to see. Having stuffed up NSW, many of the rats are now fleeing this calamitous ship and the Minister for ‘Sustainable Population does make a good example of the other refugee crisis which is currently engulfing Canberra.
Mr Burke is himself a political refugee who has sought and was granted asylum in Canberra. As a Labor Member of the NSW Upper House, he must have been a part of stuff that would make even the toughest nut want to breakdown and flee. Although events of the past week show Mr Burke has not forgotten his political roots and has again been at the forefront of the backstabbing, infighting and mates rates which is the hallmark of the NSW Labor Government.
The Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population was not alone in seeking to immigrate to Canberra. The population explosion of ex-NSW Labor Members, staffers, and party luminaries are now infesting every Ministerial office in the country.
To date the new Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population has been sprouting absolute garbage.
He would have you believe that the reason he can’t give population targets is because he doesn’t “see how any modelling would be capable of providing that level of precision”, because “to be able to give a precise (population) projection for 2050 forwards would mean being able to accurately predict every cycle in the national and international economy”.
Yet this is the same Minister who believes that computer generated models are so accurate in predicting weather patterns and increases in ocean levels over the next hundred years, mocks and castigates anyone who questions the models assumptions.
The Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population also makes the preposterous claim that “to be able to coordinate that (where new migrants are sent) for the first time is a new area and something that government of either side of politics hasn’t previously attempted to do”.
Anyone with a skerrick of knowledge of Australian history would be able to tell our new Minister for ‘Sustainable’ Population, that is exactly what occurred shortly after the war when the ‘populate or perish’ immigration policy which is the largely still in place today came into being.
It is no secret that Australian Governments have previously sent migrants to where the work was, and one project which was made possible by this policy was the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme.
The Minister for Population has experience when it comes to reviews and has already been responsible for drawing up a few. One review into Australia’s Quarantine and Bio-security services was completed over eighteen months ago and nothing has happened since the reviews landed on his desk.
The $1,728,067 Quarantine and Biosecurity review received by the Minister on the 28th September, 2008 stated; ‘It is impossible to escape the conclusion that the agencies are significantly under-resourced, putting Australia’s economy, people and environment at significant risk.’
Our clean, safe, disease free status is not something we should ever take for granted, yet that is exactly what this Minister has been doing.
Given the lack of action on over 160 reviews ordered by the Labor Party, the Prime Minister’s plan to have the Minister for Population come up with a cunning Population Plan will never amount to more than a media headline.
At both a State and Federal level, Labor has never shown any qualms about using your hard earned cash to pay for another media stunt.