Australia's government yesterday declared that it will stage a "repeal day" next week, a day of Parliamentary proceedings largely given over to sweeping aside legislation said to be obsolete, idle, and/or superseded by newer laws. The exercise is largely political: the government got to put some big numbers in its press releases …
Are they still carrying on about that? There were technology and commercial imperatives to shut that network down - but it goes along the general special pleadings of the political classes of rural Australia: capitialise profit and socialise loss.
No, that's rather the point. No-one gives a toss about AMPS, and hasn't any time this century. But the government is repealing the law anyway, because they want to cite a large number of "regulations" repealed. ("More than 9500". The rider they don't add is, "of which maybe one-tenth might actually have some effect on something somewhere.")
Another thing being abolished is the body that oversees charities and non-profits, and checks that they're spending money on things that are vaguely charitable/non-profit-making. So no prizes for guessing how Tony Abbott plans to finance his next campaign.
Given the kind of regulations that Abbott dislikes (anything that protects people or stands between us and the unbridled greed of the US) it's probably a good thing that so many of the repeals are pointless.
Let's see if he can't destroy the public health system while he's at it. We had a choice last election - it wasn't a stellar choice - but at least we could have voted to protect those things that make us a social democracy. Sure the ALP would have largely been a lame duck due to infighting and lack of Senate majority but at least that meant they couldn't have screwed things up too much.
At times I see in Tony Abbott some sycophantic junior school boy desperate to impress the older kids, like the kid in formulaic teen flicks who alienates all his friends trying to win the approval of the cool kids, when all the time they are just using him.
That got away from me, sorry.
On a slightly related note
Anyone notice that Tasmania's premier (or as he apparently prefers to thi k of himself 'Premier Elect') is practically wetting himself in anticipation of the talks with the logging industry to 'get our logging i dustry back on track' as he now feels that the repeal of Green Protection legislation gives him carte blanche to cut down every fucking tree in Tassie?
Australia, you voted for these bastards, so you deserve everything they have in store for you.
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