Hi everyone, I want to acknowledge the accuracy of the SOTT teams comments in this podcast in relation to the latest Australian 2007 national election. Kevin Rudd, a Labor (supposedly Left leaning party) politician, is taking over from John Howard, a Liberal (right wing party) politcian as Prime Minister of Australia.
Rudd campaigned on having an exit strategy for Australian troops in Iraq. He would stand up to the Bush administration and get our troops out of Iraq. This scored points for the Rudd campaign. Now we find that Australia is going to not only "stay the course" in Afghanistan but increase our involvement. Nice one Kev! All we are doing is pulling troops from Iraq to put them into Afghanistan. Australia is also instrumental in pressuring other countries for more assistance in Afghanistan. Meet the new Australian boss!
In Rudd's acceptance speech one of the first things out of his mouth was to say something to the effect that I have just got off the phone to President Bush and reaffirmed our commitment to the Australia/United States alliance. The government might have changed but it is business as usual. Same as the old Australian boss!
The one thing that is given a lot less coverage is senior members of the government from Rudd down pledging full support for Israel. This is not usually in mainstream media or not given huge exposure but is significant in media such as the Australian Jewish News newspaper. Meet the real Australian boss!
Apparently our draconian "illegal refugee" detention centres our going to be closed with the new government or is in the process of. I don't know what we can replace them with but maybe a militarised police force with tasers is a good place to start?
Basically this latest Australian election just gave the illusion of choice. Just as the SOTT team said about the US congress and senate elections.