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strange happenings in Tasmania « Previous | |Next »
March 22, 2006

I've been watching the Tasmanian election with an interested eye, given the LIb-Lab versus Greens opposition scenario. Labor’s success in retaining its majority does not change that political dynamic; one that indicates the long term transformation in Tasmanian politics.

What is most interesting is who is supporting the de facto Lib-Lab corporatist machine. No, not big industry--Gunns and the front group, “Tasmanians for a Better Future” , who were campaigning from the start,with a multimedia campaign advocating stable, majority government. Support from the Big End of town is to be expected in a corporate state. No I mean the conservative Christians or the "religious right" of Australia who are outright theocrats---ie., the Exclusive Brethren.

Consider the passage below, which is contained in todays Daily Crikey. Crikey says that Trevor Christian and Roger Unwin, two members of the Exclusive Brethren, have defended their actions in letters to Tasmanian newspapers. This is what Christian and Unwin say about their anti-Green campaign:

...our campaign was not initiated, controlled, funded or publicly endorsed by the congregation in any way. We believe government to be of God and for this reason we respect it; consequently, although our conscience precludes us from voting, it equally creates a responsibility to testify to persons in government and the community to uphold right Christian principles on which our nation is founded.

Note the theocratic 'We believe government to be of God and for this reason we respect it'. So the state ALP, which is an obsessively anti-Green and deeply conservative party, is now comfortable with God and Gunns as its motto--- a pathway of dumping liberalism and supporting theocracy.

My my. Makes you pause drinking the coffee latte for a moment, doesn't it?

In confronting the people power of environmentalism the Lib-Lab alliance has certainly moved a long way to the right: embracing corporatism plus theocracy. The religious tradition of the old National Civic Council is alive and well in Tasmania in a new form. What was once held to a historical political relic is in the process of revitalization.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:32 AM | | Comments (0)
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