Monday, 19 September 2016

Do you see what I see? #auspol

Five very wealthy Aussies have all shown a late & sudden interest in meat & dairy, particularly dairy. The timing of this raises my eyebrows for several reasons. The first is our trade minister around this time was negotiating trade deals TPP & Chafta. The five wealthy Aussies are Brett Blundy, Gerry Harvey, Andrew Forrest , Gina Rinehart & Kerry Stokes. Many of these successful people have seemingly unfettered access to politicians. Some or all of them are major contributors to the Liberal Party. Are they privy to information that most of us are not? Or is this just coincidental?
It comes as no surprise to me that this sector according to farmers has been neglected. Seems to be a pattern of government to neglect areas that are targets of donors. Things like roads, ports & transport are ill-equipped to meet the expected spike in demand that will come with free trade. By allowing this to occur the government has ensured farmers were under pressure. Putting lower values on what are valuable assets. In the same way, governments trash assets prior to privatisation. What of the ripped of farmers?
Now if one person aged between 55 & 77 had a sudden interest in farming that would be strange. For all five to have the same calling at around the same time is far less likely to be coincidental.
Then we get to the trade minister who did the deal. Andrew Robb after doing the deals resigns from politics & lands himself a lucrative deal . Alarm bells are going off in my head. Is there a relationship between Andrew Robb and the wealthy five Aussies? Yes, there is with at least one. Is there a relationship between the firm that hired Mr. Robb  and the wealthy five? Not ruling it out or confirming it. There are enough red flags pardon the pun to warrant investigation.
Then there is the issue of a minister taking a role that he is not meant to be able to take for 18 months after resigning from a ministry. Which everybody in and around Australian politics seems hellbent on ignoring.