Gimme my vote back, you bastards
Thursday October 25th 2007, 7:10 am

oops, wrong salute, Morrie

I made a very grave mistake in the last NSW state elections. I voted Green, but preferenced Labor.

NSW Labor is proving itself to be the closest thing to an authoritarian regime we’ve got in Australia. Former NSW Premier Bob Carr legislated to allow drug sniffer dogs to search people on public transport, on the footpath in certain suburbs and in pubs and clubs- without a warrant or so much as any reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing whatsoever.

Present NSW Premier Morris Iemma introduced laws regarding hydroponic cultivation of cannabis, based in myths propagated by zero-tolerance anti-drugs activists instead of any sort of medical or scientific evidence.

Iemma has also legislated to build a multi-billion-dollar desalination plant for Sydney, one which will supply only a very small fraction of Sydney’s water needs and which will use as much electric power as a town the size of Parramatta. Not one cent has been spent on researching recycling of Sydney’s stormwater, which at present is simply discharged into the sea. Iemma is on record as saying that the desal plant is ‘beyond public debate,’ despite a significant recovery of the storage levels of Sydney’s reservoirs. What the people of NSW think about the desal plant is fully irrelevant to NSW Labor.

On top of that, NSW Labor’s chief prick, Michael Costa, is presently sneaking around looking for buyers to privatise NSW’s electricity generation facilities, potentially from the People’s Republic of China. When caught out by NSW Greens senator John Kaye, check out how Costa ponderously stonewalled the query. On the ‘net, we call this sort of behaviour ‘trolling‘… and it’s usually a fairly reliable way to get kicked out of any reasonable discussion forum.

Now… NSW Police are to be given powers by Iemma to tap phones and internet communications- without warrants or any judicial oversight at all. Isn’t this the very same abuse of power which has got the Bushies in the poo? Well, it is, actually… but Australians have not got a Bill of Rights on which to base any sort of defence. Australian governments can violate their citizens, at will and with impunity.

At the risk of Godwinning myself- sieg fucking heil, Mr Iemma. So much for Labor being any sort of a party which might actually represent the voters who elected them.

The solution? Vote Green. Call talkback radio. Blog about it. Raise hell.

Governments which do what they want, without any concern whatsoever for the voters who elected them, should not stand.


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