Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Possibilities for Australia

We’ve had our snout up Uncle Sam’s bum for 65 years
"On sunny days at Bondi beach cheerfulness abounds: toddlers delirious with buckets and spades, jocks tossing balls, Japanese tourists flinging off shoes, board riders slicing the foam. Our prime minister, Kevin Rudd, is highly educated, hardworking and smart, a bit of a goody-goody and no friend of edgy art. His government’s policies seem to have shielded Australia from the worst of the financial meltdown. Rudd speaks fluent Mandarin and never sleeps. When he flies to New York his first lunch date is with Rupert Murdoch, whose neocon tentacles grip the West by the balls. Our sole national newspaper, the Australian, a filtered version of Fox News, proclaims on the masthead that it’s “the heart of the nation,” though it reads like the soul of Murdoch. Israel can do no wrong, terror stalks our doorstep, refugees are poised to invade! Never mind that many are fleeing the wars we backed and that more will arrive as the sea levels rise."

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