Well, since they’re going to control the Australian Senate starting next July, it’s probably best to have a look at their policies. Being an expat Aussie living in South Korea with mainly American friends, perhaps it’s a good idea to start with their global economic policies.
They sound nice and fluffy, but are essentially cryptically worded. But bing’s here to help with some handy translations… translations and/or commentary will be in bold.
The Australian Greens will:
11. support mechanisms to promote sustainable international trade.
That means less trade, which means fewer jobs, yet higher taxes to pay for carbon offsets and ripoffs and other hot air scams that won’t do anything to help the environment but will do plenty to make us all poorer and lower our standard of living.
12. remove Australia from existing bilateral Free Trade Agreements, where possible.
Same as above.
13. enter into multilateral trade agreements, except where a bilateral trade agreement favours a developing country.
With the final goal being a one-world communist government.* Follow it to its logical conclusion. But in the meantime, give all our hard-earned money to others who haven’t yet been taught and/or refuse to learn how to make it themselves.
14. use multilateral international trade agreements and membership of multilateral finance organisations to promote human rights and environmental sustainability.
Same as above.
15. at the international level, support the implementation of a currency transaction tax (Tobin Tax) to discourage global currency speculation and to provide an independent tax base for international institutions.
Communist governments dictate the market as opposed to having free markets. Being at the international level, again, this would have to be a one-world communist government. Oh the joy of the whole world being as well off as North Korea!
16. provide incentives for developing countries to pursue economic development strategies that encourage self-reliance and prioritise the sustainable production of goods and services from local sources.
I don’t know what “incentives” they mean, but the rest of us are trying to spread democracy and capitalism. Sure, these institutions did not make the wealthy countries (i.e. the kings, queens, the privilaged, the elite) wealthy in the first place, but once democracy and capitalism were implemented, they created the middle class, the common, free, and wealthy as well… sometimes more so. China as a nation may be wealthy, similar as the British Empire was, and with arguably similar oppressive institutions in place, but most of it’s people aren’t and will never be unless they do what we did. The habitation of Australia is a prime exemplar of that. We gained freedom. Look at what we can do. And look at the gap beween rich and poor in Europe a few centuries ago and the gaps, amplified by sheer reason of population, in China now. The Greens, in fact, all big government, wishes to control that freedom, for our own good, apparently.
And as for “self reliance”, North Korea has that policy. It’s called Juche. Worked out great. You can check it out on the North Korean official homepage (sorry, I can’t link to it from South Korea).
17. prohibit the trade in goods that have been produced through the exploitation of children and other vulnerable people.
Through the exploitation of children, sure, but what exactly do they mean by “vulnerable” people? If it were a Greens government, that would be anyone in Australia with a job. If their talking about sweatshops in Asia etc., then they might have half a point. For example, many Americans are calling for more manufacturing to be reinstated in the US. Australia would do well to have more secondary industry, too. But it’s a a half-cocked measure on the Greens part, because if they had their way, everyone would be vulnerable and thus ALL trade would be prohibited. Then we could all get back to hunting feral cats with spears and sitting round campfires. Effectively, that measure makes no sense as you can’t have a one-world communist government and live like cave dwellers at the same time. Their logic crumbles further.
18. ensure that Australian companies operating internationally comply with international human rights, labour and environmental standards.
They already do. But the Greens want to employ much tougher so-called environmental standards (you really need a link for that???) so it’s bye-bye to the big Aussie companies and the trade and jobs they generate.
19. seek the creation of a UN sanctioned regulatory environment to govern the operation of transnational companies, tax havens and flags of convenience.
One-world Commie government again.
20. use Australia’s involvement in international trade fora to advance the needs of developing countries.
Again, give away all our hard-earned money and give it to people who haven’t learned and/or won’t learn how to make it themselves. You know, what do you think would happen if we gave a few billion to, say, Somalia? Who would get the money and what would they buy? Answer, war lords and AK-47s. The Greens are dreaming if they think otherwise. Sad but true.
21. use multilateral international trade agreements and membership of multilateral finance organisations to seek the cancellation of the debts of least-developed countries and the removal of punitive loan conditionality imposed on poor countries.
One-world Commie government yet again. No-one will appreciate the value of hard-earned money but it won’t matter because we’ll all be working harder for virtually none, anyway.
22. support abolition of, unless radical reform can democratise, the IMF, World Bank and WTO.
The same IMF that helped, for example, rich South Korea get out of the Asian financial crisis pretty quickly. It must be noted that South Korea helped themselves, too. We won’t need the WTO because international trade would be stifled, regardless. And just how would you “democratise” such international organisations? Can you imagine six billion people voting for just a few elected officials? Nasty. No thanks. It wouldn’t work. And if by some miracle it did once, how would anyone be able to muster up the resources to be an effective opposition opponent at the next election??? So again, follow the logic, what do we end up with? That’s right.
23. resist the development of international trade regimes that seek to extend the concentration of control over intellectual property.
No use being rewarded for your hard work. No, it’s for everyone. History has shown that this always results in mediocrity.
24. establish mechanisms to prevent the debt crisis from recurring, such as introducing the potential for penalties for surplus as well as debtor nations.
Potential penalties for surplus??? Am I reading this right? Quite frankly, any Green who tells you he or she isn’t a communist is lying or at best, totally deluded. The only way money crises could NEVER occur is if nobody had any money. And what then? Yep, thus we come full circle to the general eco feeling the Greens and their ilk like to promote.