Christopher in a comment recently wrote, “…how we can break down the controlling wall and bring our interface with MP’s and journalists out into the light of public scrutiny… at some point this must incorporate “on the record” questioning, petitioning with argument and submitting documents and information in front of a camera with a group in attendance.”
We could start by communicating (and praise) some Australian politicians that speak the right “language”. For example:
John Alexander, Australian Liberal MP
Alexander (a former professional tennis player and commentator) has described cracking the property market in Sydney or Melbourne “as hard as beating Federer“, and that “imprisoned tenant serfs” are funding the growing wealth of investor “lords”.
“It’s a situation leading us to fewer people owning more properties where the landlord will – actually you can drop the ‘land’ off their titles and they will just become ‘lords’ – and those who have failed to be successful buying a home are imprisoned as tenant serfs funding the gaining of greater and greater properties by the lords.”
Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia
In a release on his website entitled, Trans Pacific Partnership: Wrong Way Go Back, (25 May 2015) Xenaphon states:
“A number of cross-party MPs will launch a cross-party working group on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), following serious concerns from independent experts that the TPP will severely impact consumers and affect Australia’s sovereignty, including:
- Loss of sovereignty of our governments and courts, if Investor State Dispute Resolution (ISDS) clauses were included. ISDS allows foreign companies to sue governments in off-shore tribunals and findings are not subject to appeal.
- Rising prices of medicines, because of the insistence by the US of “evergreening” clauses that allow drug companies gain further patents for minor variations to drugs that provide no additional benefits.
- Draconian copyright provisions that would criminalise even minor breaches of US copyright law and lead to increased prices for IT products.
- Secrecy of negotiations means the Australian Parliament and people have not had a fair go in assessing the TPP and have had to rely on leaks of details from the drawn out negotiation.”
And on the TPP, yesterday morning The Age had the article about how “The Productivity Commission appears to have tried to convince the government not to put Australia’s head into a noose via the TPP.”