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LNP set to ban cash to allow forfeiture of bank accounts when economy crashes

from CEC, Melbourne

The fight against “bail-in” is on! The Morrison government has released for consultation a new law that bans cash transactions over $10,000. The pretext for this law is to crack down on money laundering and tax evasion in the “black economy”. This is a shameless lie! The formal recommendation to ban cash comes from “big four” global accounting firm KPMG, which is an accomplice of the world’s biggest money launderers and tax evaders. The real purpose for the cash ban is to trap Australians in the banking system, so they cannot escape negative interest rates or having their bank deposits “bailed in”.

Scott Morrison first announced this measure in the 2018 budget, originally to come into force this month, but now scheduled for January 2020. It was recommended in the October 2017 Black Economy Taskforce Report by Michael Andrew AO (who died last month), a former chief of global accounting giant KPMG. The report revealed that the strategy is to: “Move people and businesses out of cash and into the banking system, which makes economic activity more visible, auditable and efficient.” (Emphasis added.) It gives the game away by noting that it may benefit “financial stability and the effectiveness of monetary policy”—code for policies like bail-in and negative interest rates. To achieve this it recommended: “Moving to a near cash free economy. A $10,000 economy-wide cash limit should be introduced.” But $10,000 is just the beginning: in June 2018, just after Morrison announced it, KPMG was already lobbying Treasury to lower the limit to $5,000 or even $2,000.

Deception and stealth

When Morrison released the exposure draft of his bail-in law in 2017, he did so on a Friday afternoon when there would be no media attention. Only a sharp-eyed CEC staffer spotted it and recognised it as bail-in, enabling the CEC to mobilise a massive nationwide campaign against it which continues to this day. The government is being equally sneaky with this law. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg quietly released the exposure draft of the legislation, called the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019, last Friday afternoon, 26 July, and has allowed only two weeks for public comment.

The exposure draft of the bill has two notable features:

  1. It bans ALL cash transactions over $10,000, enforced with a penalty of two years jail;
  2. Division 2 is blank, containing only the words “To be inserted”.

What is the government hiding by releasing an incomplete draft, on a Friday afternoon, and allowing only two weeks for public consultation?

The deception doesn’t end there. In its explanation of the law, the government has sought to make it palatable by emphasising that there will be exemptions to the cash ban, including depositing and withdrawing cash in banks, and, curiously, most consumer-to-consumer transactions, such as for a second-hand car. However, the exemptions are not in the legislation. They are in a separate regulatory instrument to be issued by the Minister after the legislation is passed. This means that they are not permanent, but that in the future, the Minister will be able to scrap the exemptions without requiring new legislation. This is the “salami tactic”: first pass the law in a form that is politically palatable, and then slice off key changes. In a bail-in scenario, for instance, under the current regulation people fearing bail-in may withdraw all of their money from the bank, but the Minister will be able to issue a new regulation that suddenly stops people from withdrawing more than $10,000.

Not about money laundering

This law is emphatically not about controlling money laundering and the black economy. The vast majority of money laundering and tax evasion is done by banks and corporations, not individuals. And who helps banks and corporations do it? The big four global accounting firms, including KPMG, whose boss Michael Andrew recommended this cash ban! The big four literally write the tax laws that enable corporations to evade tax, and dominate the offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands that exist for tax evasion and money laundering. When Michael Andrew was the global boss of KPMG—the only Australian ever to lead the worldwide operations of a big four firm—two of KPMG’s biggest clients, British banks HSBC and Standard Chartered, were caught in 2012 by US authorities in massive money laundering operations. In other words, KPMG assisted its clients to launder money, but is using money laundering as the excuse to take away the rights of Australians to use cash!

The real reason: bail-in and negative interest rates

Money laundering and tax evasion are nothing new, that they would suddenly require this “solution”. What is new is the plunge in the public’s confidence in the banks, especially since the global financial crisis. But instead of properly reforming the banks to restore the public’s confidence, through policies such as Glass-Steagall, which separates normal banking from the financial gambling that causes crises, authorities around the world have resorted to insane and in fact criminal measures that further destroy confidence in the banks.

The two most egregious measures are the criminal bail-in policy and the insane move to negative interest rates; bail-in steals deposits to prop up failing banks, while negative interest rates force customers to pay to keep their money in the bank. Both are coming to Australia. Morrison snuck his bail-in law through the Senate in February 2018 with only eight senators present in the chamber and no recorded vote. The Reserve Bank of Australia has aggressively slashed interest rates to 1 per cent, and in the banking crisis that is brewing right now they will feel compelled to follow countries like Japan and Switzerland down past zero and into negative territory, as the International Monetary Fund is recommending.

Both bail-in and negative interest rates destroy confidence in the security of bank deposits, which motivates people to take their money out of the bank and hold it in cash. This is the experience in Japan and Europe. So like some European countries, Australia is banning cash to force people to use the banking system so they cannot escape these policies, under threat of two years jail.

Fascism is the use of state power to benefit private corporations; by definition, this is a fascist assault on the freedom of Australians to use cash and not private banks. The CEC is calling on all concerned Australians to demand the government scrap this law and reform the banking system instead!

What you can do

The government has allowed only two weeks for submissions, in order to avoid scrutiny. Don’t let them get away with it! We have until 12 August to swamp Treasury with letters and emails, demanding they drop this law. Write an email or letter today to the Treasury: state your objection to any law that removes your right to use cash, and demand the government restore confidence in the banking system by properly reforming the system, not by trapping people in the system so they can’t escape policies like bail-in.

Email: blackeconomy@treasury.gov.au with the subject line:
Submission: Exposure Draft—Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019

Address written submissions to:
Manager
Black Economy Division
Langton Cres
Parkes ACT 2600

Flood victims unable to access flood disaster grants in NW Qld

Natural disaster funding a ‘con’

by Jim O’Toole Townsville bureau

The Federal Government’s aid package for grazing property owners is a terrible confidence trick still being played on survivors of the horrendous floods in North Western Queensland.

More than 600,000 head of cattle were estimated to have been lost in the February, 2019 deluge.

Shane Stone was chosen by the Federal Government to sell its dodgy flood compensation scheme. The Federal Government is playing a terrible trick on NW Qld flood victims where more than 600,000 cattle perished in February floods

Prior to the federal election held on May 18, 2019 the government appointed former Northern Territory Chief Minister Shane Stone to sell their Clayton’s recovery package which involves a so-called $400,000 grant.

This week the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority has placed advertisements in regional newspapers offering these grants of $400,000 for restocking lost livestock, replanting lost or damaged crops repairing or replacing damaged or lost on-farm infrastructure.

A meeting of affected landowners held in Winton in April was told the $400,000 federal grant was available to individual graziers who had matching funds.

In other words if a family farmer had $400,000 in his bank account, the grant was available.

It was pointed out at the meeting by a flood victim that the entire North Western region had been in a seven year drought before the ‘Great Flood’ event.

“How would any of us have $400,000 in the bank after feeding stock for so long?” the grazier asked.

Mr Stone was at great pains to explain the ‘grant’ was just that; no repayments were required provided there were matching funds.

The lasting legacy of the flood has already seen an exodus of generational farmers from the area with predictions of more to leave.

They are unable to continue on their properties, some held for more than 100 years, because they simply have given up hope.

The national cattle herd numbers are seriously depleted due to ongoing drought in all eastern states.

Suitable replacement cattle are not available for restocking.

Governments have deployed counsellors and financial advisors to the area trying to stem widespread bouts of personal depression and giving financial advice to stressed farmers in an effort to extract them from this economic maelstrom.

Alan Jones says Adani wants railway line coal freight to prop up its mine

This week’s two best stories came from 2GB. Alan Jones completely exposes the Adani coal mine and its Indian owners who cannot get finance for the project in India. Jones says the economics simply do not stack up and is greatly concerned about the amount of water the mine will use. It should be noted coal mines use lots of fresh water in the coal wash plant, cleaning coal of foreign matter before it is trucked off site.

Jones says the mine is unsustainable at its present, planned 27 million tonnes output. Its government permit allows for 60 million tonnes to be mined.

He says Adani wants the government to fund the railway line which Adani will own and charge all others to carry their coal to port. This is the only way the mine can show a profit.

Alan Jones slams Adani decision

Senator Jim Molan, Senator for NSW Liberal Party of Australia was too honest and smart for the Liberals or Nationals.

Retired Major General Jim Molan was a liberal senator in the last parliament. He was doing a great job and was one of the best and brightest Liberal performers in years. He served under Malcolm Turnbull as PM. He was far too honest for the Liberals and Nationals especially when he exposed Australia had only 19 days or less fuel supply at any given time, useless in times of emergency.

This got right up the collective Liberal hierarchical noses who retaliated by placing him in the unwinnable fourth spot on the senate ticket. He ran a vote below the line campaign and according to ABC election guru Anthony Green got 115,000 votes as an individual, the highest in Australian history.

Molan should replace Arthur Sinodonis when he is bought off by the party, vacates the senate and relegated to the position of Ambassador in Washington.

https://www.2gb.com/jim-molan-makes-political-history/

 

 

Labor wants to get rid of Anglo Saxon farmers and replace them with Chinese tenants

by Andrew Mackinnon

Thanks a lot for reminding me of the machinations of the Labor Party. Since I share your contempt for the Labor Party and since this website posts comments made in good faith without censoring them like the mainstream media, it’s my great pleasure to share my perspective on your comment.

The Labor Party is enthusiastic about progressive income taxation when a flat rate of 20% on all income above the tax free threshold is what would be fair. Who wants to work more than one day out of five to support the needs of the nation via taxation? It’s not necessary.

(What is the purpose of progressive income taxation? It’s to maximise income taxation revenue. Why? The official reason is so that the money can be given to those with less via old age pensions and unemployment benefits (ie. Newstart). However, this can’t be the real reason because the old age pension in Australia is barely adequate and Newstart allowance is much less than adequate. So, what’s the real reason? It’s to fund government spending that funnels super profits to the private entities that the government pays to deliver its projects. An example is $50 billion to French entities for submarines. A huge percentage of that figure is gratuitous super profit – money for nothing. That super profit is paid for out of the income taxes of Australian citizens.

If the government doesn’t have enough income tax revenue to fund largesse like this, it doesn’t let that stop it from pursuing this scam that transfers wealth out of the public purse to private entities. It borrows money by issuing government bonds in order to fund its spending on projects so that the private entities delivering the project can receive their super profits and thereby increases this transfer of wealth. Now, taxpayers are not only on the hook for repaying the cost of the project out of future income taxes to the bondholders who lent the money to the government, they’re on the hook for paying the bondholders a yield of something like 5% per annum on the money that the bondholders have lent to the government. The government’s enthusiasm for increasing debt by issuing bonds is deliberate. Wealthy entities are keen to earn a guaranteed 5% yield on their wealth by lending to the government and the government is keen to make it happen by borrowing (for projects that transfer super profits to the private entities delivering the projects) because the government has been hijacked by traitors who are committed to making this transfer of wealth from the public to the private purse happen.

I know that the Liberal Party is famous for this financially traitorous behaviour and that the Liberal Party is responsible for the example above of $50 billion for submarines, however, the Labor Party does this also. The same principle applies.)

The Labor Party introduced capital gains tax in the 1980s which should be abolished. Capital gains tax is in direct opposition to property rights. If somebody saves up some money and then invests it in shares (or anything for that matter), they quite obviously don’t have full property rights to it because if they later sell it for more than they paid for it, the government wants a cut of the gain via capital gains tax. If they had full property rights to it, they could sell it and keep the full amount they receive for it without paying any capital gains tax.

The Labor Party introduced compulsory superannuation in the 1990s, which has resulted in a significant percentage (eg. 9.5/109.5 x 100% = 8.7%) of citizens income being compulsorily confiscated week after week after week. Employers don’t pay employees superannuation as a gift. Employees earn it via their work. The fact that employees endure this loss of what is their property – income that they’ve worked for, is more evidence of the Labor Party’s animosity and hostility towards property rights. Such hostility towards property rights is one of the ten planks of communism. Property rights is a biblical concept and is a foundation stone of western societies.

Regarding taking over private land like farming land, I have negligible expertise regarding agriculture, however my guess is that Labor’s enthusiasm for “vegetation management” laws is all about its animosity towards Anglo-Saxon farmers. My guess is that it’s not that Labor isn’t interested in agriculture. I think the problem for Australia is that Labor is hostile towards farmers of Anglo-Saxon ancestry – likewise the Liberal Party. My guess is that it intends to drive Anglo-Saxon farmers out of business via vegetation management laws so that it can obtain their land and then sell the land to China so that the Chinese can farm it. Why China? Because that’s who the Australian government has been selling a lot of land to. Why China? Because communism in China was establish by Jews – it’s not common knowledge, just like communism in Russia was established by Jews – also not common knowledge. With the United States and Australia both similarly under the thumb of Jewish rule, who has their manufacturing, land and who knows what else been sold out to? China.

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Jihadists bomb Christian school kids in Syria

Shorten said he will allow another 50,000 Muslims into Australia if he is elected. Remember the Muslim vote controls 15 federal electorates across Sydney and Melbourne. The Liberals are nearly as corrupt on immigration

Breitbart News

by Thomas D Williams

The Islamists who launched the missiles belong to the terror group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which was previously affiliated with the al Qaeda, reported Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Jihadists bombed the Syria Christian village of Al-Sekelbiya (Suqaylabiyah) Sunday, killing at least four children during a catechism lesson along with their teacher and leaving another six children injured, according to local media.

The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reported that four catechism students between the ages of six and ten years — Jessica, Bashar, Angy, and Suheir — died in the missile attack, which targeted the catechetical school of Al-Sekelbiya.

Other reports have placed the number of children who died at five.

Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf, parish priest of the Latin church of Knaye, in Idlib, said that “rebels bombed the Christian city of Al-Sekelbiya. They hit the catechetical center killing 5 children and their catechist.”

“The situation is precarious because of the clashes between the regular army and the rebels,” said Father Jallouf. “That is why many have had to leave their homes and have come with us. They live under the trees with the earth for their bed and the sky as their blanket.”

“Many people die because of this dirty war. We hope that this massacre ends soon,” the priest said.

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Liberal Frank Beveridge supports Labor’s nationwide land clearing ban

from Jim O’Toole

Farmers in Bob Katter’s Kennedy electorate have been warned the Liberal candidate in the upcoming election has agreed with Labor’s intention of halting all land clearing in Australia.

Liberal Frank Beveridge, along with a Labor hopeful, at a candidates forum held in Mareeba two weeks ago said he was “100 per cent behind” Labor’s harsh clearing laws.

LNP candidate for Kennedy Frank Beveridge supports Labor’s proposed national clearing ban which will bring agricultural production to a halt within a few years

Some members of the audience expressed astonishment at hearing a Liberal candidate support clearing laws which had brought the state to a standstill and mercilessly prosecuted farmers through the courts for knocking down a tree or shrub in their paddocks.

Mareeba is a large farming and grazing district to the west of Cairns which has supported Bob Katter for decades as a true representative of rural Queenslanders who has consistently opposed Labor’s stringent vegetation management laws.

Katter said the Labor Party and now it seemed the Liberals had no interest in the rural sector and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad would like to see it closed down forcing farmers out of business.

Meanwhile Lakeland farmers after a meeting with government representatives have reported that the State Government plans to further penalise farmers by charging them licence fees to cultivate their fallowed paddocks.

Whatever happened to freehold rights which the duopoly has trashed?

State Leader of Katters Australian Party Robbie Katter said the next election would see Labor lose its majority by KAP getting at least three more members elected.

He said his team would be in a powerful position to clean up the ALP and LNP mess by reversing draconian legislation.

Poland climatefest locked Australia into Paris Climate Accord

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor

An interesting bulletin concerning December’s climate conference in Poland

noted that “…Australia sent 46 bureaucrats agreeing to shut down the remnants

of domestic industry…”

I am sure people will be thrilled with that as official, but largely unannounced,

government “policy” (the bureaucrats won’t make the undertaking unless told to

by their governmental superiors).

We already know that many of our industries have been off-shored, but the use

of the word remnants is particularly galling given that governments and

candidates always waffle the jobs, jobs, jobs mantra at election time whilst in full

knowledge of  the fact that sufficient numbers of apprentices, managers, etc, have

never been trained, supposedly necessitating the importing of foreigners to do these tasks.

So we  know, then, who the jobs are for, for for!

Australia sent 46 climate changing bureaucrats to play God with the weather, which most people (except ALP politicians)know is always changing. This lot committed Australia to the dreadful Paris Climate Accord which the UN has cleverly designed to transfer whatever wealth we have left to them!

If this is not government dropping the ball, then “agreeing to shut down the remnants

of Australian industry” is an even worse insult and evidence, seemingly, that government

is not at all interested in creating opportunities for Australians.

Yes, NDIS jobs may have been moved to Geelong, but they are just pants-shiner jobs that

have been moved from somewhere else, and do not represent future export income

related to merchandise other countries might buy off us.

These jobs do not represent anything related to the usual catch-all phrase “Sustainable.”

And if “shutting down the remnants of Australian industry” is the future, then what, actually,

is the Future?

Gary Oraniuk

Geelong

Australia for sale? Already sold!

KAP Leader and Federal  Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slammed the Government on foreign ownership in Parliament yesterday asking if there will be a new regime to stop selling Australia, or is it business as usual, Australia for sale?

Tensions mounted as Mr Katter listed the major foreign owned or run companies, stating that free trade  means jobs exported, cheap labour imported.

Katter says there is not much left of Australia to sell. The LNP/ALP duopoly has already sold it. Will the last Aussie leaving switch off the solar/wind lights?

“The biggest farm in Australia ‘Van Diemen’s dairys’  is 0wned by China, the 2nd biggest ‘Cubbie’ owned by China, the biggest grain farms ‘Nicoletti’ owned by China, biggest farming aggregation ‘Kidmans’ controlled by China, the biggest of all, ‘Ord stage 2 & 3’ owned by China, Australia’s most strategic port, Darwin owned by China, Taxi Hire industry Uber  foreign owned, the car manufacturing, glass, textiles, petrol, whitegoods – all gone overseas,” Mr Katter said.

“What has free trade done for us? It gave away the entire coal seam gas reserves of this nation; $23 billion a year was given away. We gave it away for six cents a gigajoule and we bought it back for $16 a gigajoule. In fact, it is cheaper to buy Australian gas in Tokyo and bring it back to Australia than to actually buy it in Australia. That was a magnificent free-trade deal.

“We freed up the wool industry–oh, what a magical achievement; it is now costing the nation $16 billion a year. Ethanol: ‘Oh, we must have a level playing field; we must have a free market.’ So while Brazil produces ethanol and provides a $4 billion cross subsidy to its sugar industry, we’re ‘free trading’, so we import $23 billion worth of petrol every year instead of producing one litre of petrol of our own, which, of course, we could do tomorrow with ethanol.

“Oh, and we wiped out the entire manufacturing industry of Australia. The car industry alone was $25 million a year. Just in coal seam gas, wool, ethanol and motor vehicles, we have lost $40, $50, $60, $70 billion in just five items.

“Do we have a new regime that won’t continue to sell off Australia, or is it business as usual – Australia for sale?” Mr Katter said.

Commonwealth mortgaged your assets to cover their debt

Letter to the editor

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a lawfully binding Treaty, so it does not directly create legal obligations for countries to provide these universally agreed human rights to their inhabitants or citizens and at the time of this universal Declaration some governments, including the government of the Commonwealth of Australia were already taking advantage of the ignorance of our parents and they were already securitising one of the declared human rights and trespassing on our parents personal property before and when they were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 10 December 1948.

 Australia has ratified almost all of the major international human rights instruments and it declares that human rights are universal – to be enjoyed by all people, no matter who they are or where they live EXCEPT those human beings who live or are born to the land in Australia as the Government is going to get the beneficial use of your universally accepted human right to the “security of person” in Article 3 as we have been doing that since 1934.

 Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration was the first time that countries agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights but with the help of the Roman Civil administrative law that commenced in Australia after 1934, when the government of the Commonwealth of Australia signed up a juristic person and legal entity, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA registered as an American company with the United States and Securities and Exchange Commission, to be bound by the statutory provisions of the Securities Act 1933 US and the Securities and Exchange Act 1934, we were then allegedly able to abandon this particular inalienable human right, our equitable share of the wealth in the land we were born to that provides for the “security of our person” of which the governments were already securitising and using and investing these securities and getting the beneficial use of as collateral for the debts of the government’s commercial entity, the COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA and State commercial entities that were registered in a foreign jurisdiction, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the securities and our financial assets were deposited in the Federal Reserve System without our knowledge or consent.

G J Tudehope

Cairns

 

Clap hands for yet another LNP/ALP free trade deal this time destroying $1.75B sugar

Dairy, citrus, potato, pineapple, prawn, fishing industries, motor vehicles, pulp, paper, fibre, fuel, plastics and more finished, now sugar

HINCHINBROOK MP Nick Dametto has urged the Federal Government to stand up for Australian cane farmers after India’s decision to dump millions of tonnes of subsidised sugar on the world market.

The Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) MP, whose electorate is home to a sugar industry worth more than $300 million a year, said India’s actions were a kick in the guts for local cane farmers.

“This is a disgraceful decision by India at a time when our producers are already dealing with a poor world sugar price below the cost of production,” he said.

“It is not a level playing field when India’s sugar industry is getting the equivalent of an $850 million government assistance package, including help to export their product,” he said.

Mr Dametto’s call for action was backed up by KAP leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter who was also furious at the situation.

The Australian sugar industry in about to collapse. It employs 16,000 and total revenue is $1.75billion. Of a national 4100 farms many growers will have to exit the industry. The free trade policies of the ALP/LNP duopoly have sounded the death knell for yet another primary industry.

“Our country will not survive continuing to be what economist Trevor Sykes called the “only virgin in the brothel,” Mr Katter said.

“Most of my last speeches in Parliament have been what I’ve hoped are fierce attacks upon the hypocrisy of free trade; upon our industry representative organisations particularly in agriculture.

All we’ve got out of these bodies in Canberra is a clapping of hands for every free trade deal.

“What country on earth free trades?”

Mr Katter also cast doubt on the willingness of industrial countries like China or India to be transparent when it came to playing by the rules on free trade.

“Does anyone seriously believe that China or India free trade?” he said.

“The damage done by deregulation has been colossal. The damage was done by national Liberal governments. The National Competition Policy was forced upon the states by the Federal Government. I know this because I was then in that Federal Government and this was one of the major reasons I left.

“Before deregulation, the sugar producer was receiving $473 a tonne and the price to the consumer was $1040 a tonne (104c per/kg). A mark-up of around 100 per cent.

The “current price” to the producer is $317 per tonne and the price on the shelf is $1750 per tonne ($1.75 per/kg). That’s nearly a 600 per cent mark up.

“The supermarket chains have said “thank you, we love you Mr Government. You have enabled us now to charge the consumers a 600 per cent mark-up instead of a 100 percent mark-up”.

“American farmers get paid for sugar around $600 a tonne, French farmers’ $700 tonne, Thailand farmers around $450 a tonne, and Australian farmers, $317 a tonne. We have the most poorly paid sugar farmers in the world and that is the outcome of government free-market policies.

Mr Katter said free trade had ravaged multiple agricultural industries in Australia, pointing to the US Free Trade Agreement as an example.

“The American free trade deal was about dairy, beef and sugar. The value to dairying was quoted as one free ice-cream a week for each farmer. The cattle industry has always had a fairly good deal on access and the sugar industry was wiped like a dirty rag. It got nothing.

“Mark Vaile, the then National Party Minister for Trade, said before a negotiations started, “There would be no deal unless sugar was included”. To call anyone in the National Party a liar is not really correct, they are actually jokes. They are not the beer in the bottle; they’re the label that tells you how good the beer is.

“When Tony Abbott rose to his feet to congratulate Andrew Robb on securing the free trade deal with China, all the Liberals and their flunkies – the Nationals – stood up and gave a standing ovation. I said to the MP next door to me, “Abbott just wrote his own death warrant”.

“A couple of months later, he was gone.

“What they don’t tell you on beef, is yes, you can get beef into the US free of tariffs (around two per cent), but the USA beef subsidy is around 30 per cent. Under the Free Trade Agreement, it stays.

“The subsidy in India on ‘fertiliser alone’ was, when I last looked, $2.3 billion a year. The Indians believe in cheap food for their people, and quite rightly so. The ALP and LNP believe in free trade – yeah, for the supermarket giants.

“But clearly not in cheap food for the people.”

Hello Rupert, bye-bye Malcolm

Source: The New Daily – by Bruce Guthrie

News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Anyone who doubts Rupert Murdoch’s role in the political chaos that has played out in recent days has never worked for him at a senior level.

Murdoch’s annual visits to Australia invariably trigger seismic events both in and outside News Corp, the company he’s presided over for decades.

So is it any surprise that Malcolm Turnbull has lost his job less than a fortnight after Murdoch arrived here? Of course it isn’t.

Murdoch flew in on August 10 and set about doing what he always does: he attended the annual News Awards, which fete the company’s best and brightest journalists, conducted one-on-ones with his editors and then signed off on the inevitable promotions, demotions and executions of the company’s most senior staff.

(I once endured all three on one of his visits – surviving a relatively benign one-on-one with Murdoch, accepting a News Award and then getting sacked, all in a matter of days.)

For good measure Murdoch also attended the 75th birthday of the Institute of Public Affairs on Monday night and was interviewed on stage with former Liberal PM, John Howard, by one of the media tycoon’s preferred columnists, Janet Albrechtsen.

Throughout all this he would have been forming a view that Turnbull’s time was up – in fact, he probably arrived with that view – and then imparted that message to his editors.

He wouldn’t have had to tell his columnists or his TV commentators because they arrived at that view months ago and have been preaching it ad nauseum. Foremost here have been Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine and Peta Credlin.

They have been aided by an army of Sydney shock jocks, notably Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and Paul Murray.

In the end it took just 11 days after Murdoch’s arrival to bring about a party room spill. It played out less than 24 hours after that IPA appearance.

While much of Tuesday’s party room drama was driven by Tony Abbott and his ultra-conservative cohorts, there were plenty of willing executioners within News Corp, its various arms and Sydney’s blowhard broadcasters.

Turnbull alluded to these internal and external agents of regime change at his extraordinary press conference on Thursday afternoon in Canberra.

“A minority in the party room, supported by others outside the parliament, have sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership,” he said.

He avoided specifics, but it was clear who he was referring to.

Channel Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann had made the same point on Thursday morning, telling Today viewers hours before the Turnbull press conference that “everyone from the PM down has pointed out to me that they believe there has been a campaign waged against them”.

Uhlmann went on: “We are talking about The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, tabloid newspapers around the country, 2GB in Sydney led by Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, and Sky News in particular with its evening line-up, are waging a war against the prime minister of Australia.”

He’s right, of course.

Predictably, the News Corp backlash was swift, with various operatives condemning Uhlmann’s comments as “disgusting” and “outrageous”. They should get out more often.

Journalists traditionally tread a fine line in leadership contests, forced to sift through leaks, whispers and background conversations when reporting a fast-moving story. On this occasion though, too many appeared to cross it. And most of those work for News Corp or its entities.

Their willingness to insert themselves into the story was a long, long way from traditional journalism’s demands of objectivity, fairness, balance and a genuine search for truth. I fear it won’t be a one-off either.

The front pages of the company’s tabloids were also firmly against Turnbull, the Herald Sun branding him “Dead Mal Walking” and the Courier-Mail welcoming candidate Dutton with “The Pete Is On”.

The choir was pretty clearly singing from the same song sheet. This is not entirely unexpected. As many have observed on this and other continents, Rupert has form in this regard.

Time and again it’s been shown that he likes to meddle in the politics of the countries his outlets operate in. Just last month The Washington Post reported that he talks with US President Donald Trump every day.

This week’s events and Murdoch’s role in them were another reminder that recent law changes have created media monsters that even prime ministers have reason to fear.

Turnbull has now paid with his job because on some level he failed Murdoch and his minions. The simplest explanation is he was perceived as just too liberal.

The real beneficiary of all this is Bill Shorten. But he shouldn’t dwell on his good fortune for too long.

That’s because the treatment of Turnbull by News Corp inevitably throws up this question: If Murdoch and Co will go to such lengths to oust a Liberal leader, what will they do to keep Labor from power?

Bruce Guthrie is co-founder of The New Daily and a former editor-in-chief of News Corp’s Melbourne newspaper, the Herald Sun.

US Deep State ensures Russia keeps its bogeyman status

by Alex Bruce

War has always been about theft of kind or another. Traditionally, it’s meant conquering and usurping territory and resources. In modern times, it has also come to mean the business of war; where military contractors and government entities take enormous allocations from annual defense budgets. The targets today are not just the traditional state enemies but also include the Taxpayer, the object of total surveillance and media mind control, who must not rock the boat over being divested of hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

As everybody knows, the US spends more than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, the UK, Japan and Germany combined, with an annual budget of $611 billion versus the others’ combined total of $595 billion in 2016. This does not include the US’ Black Budget, which according to the Snowden leaks totaled $52 billion in 2012.

Woe betide anybody who threatens this massive racket, whose profits are only surpassed (more than doubled, in fact) by the financial industry.

“I am not your enemy”
Russia President Vladimir Putin re-elected with 75 per cent of the popular vote defies the underground US government, ‘Deep State’ moves to get rid of him. Russia has to be continually demonised by the Deep State and its left media to maintain a bogeyman image.

For over two centuries, Russia has been branded the enemy of the West. This Boogey Man status remains, even though Russia’s population growth peaked in 1991 and its economy is ranked #12, after Brazil, Canada and South Korea. Russia does not represent anything like the geopolitical threat posed by China, by unfathomable orders of magnitude. The Russkie Boogey Man exists solely for the business purposes of the Military-Industrial Complex.

“The Great Game” was a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the nineteenth century between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over control of Central Asia and India. It continues to this day, with the ongoing US invasion Afghanistan (the longest war in US history) and in the abiding Russophobia propounded by the DC Establishment, with its accusations of “Russian hacking” and “Russian collusion” in the 2016 Presidential Election.

“The Great Game” was reignited in the UK front over the past week, with the rapidly escalating Skirpal poisoning case, which has now seen 23 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain and Russia’s expulsion in kind of 23 UK diplomats and with the UK and the now US voicing concerns about “Russian cyber reprisals” against its financial and infrastructure targets.

Kim Dotcom, the Finnish-German-Kiwi Internet impresario gets this. It’s not every day that we get to see him speak. He joined Black Pilled 10 hours ago to drop some truth:

“The Deep State is a business. It’s a business operation, okay? The Russia Department of the Deep State is a significant percentage of their business. Imagine if, all of a sudden, relations with Russia were friendly and we were at peace and we were cooperating and everything was happy? That means that this large department has to shut down or has to significantly be reduced in its numbers, which ultimately means a significant budget cut for the Deep State and obviously, they don’t want this.

“It was not Russia that hacked the DNC. It was their very own conduct, that an individual was so unhappy with it, thought it was so unfair and dishonest and unethical that that person decided, ‘I want the truth to be known.’ This is how we get the truth. It’s people on the inside, like Snowden seeing what’s happening, how our rights are being undermined, how the processes are being perverted to achieve an outcome that is predetermined, that some powerful people have made in a boardroom and are now pushing down our throats…

“It is sad that Hillary Clinton is still seen by quite a large number of people in the US as a clean operator. She is a complete fraud, a criminal scum, and I’m really happy, even though it’s really a tiny, tiny, tiny role that I played but I’m really happy that I was a part of stopping her from becoming President.”

Running Time: 11 mins

https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/kim-dotcom-the-deep-state-wikileaks-and-seth-rich/

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