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Australia is an Extreme Pro-Growth Dictatorship


There is no democratic process of governance of the social and environmental impacts of economic growth in Australia. This article argues that Australia is effectively a dictatorship that is driving its population into poverty.

Definitions of Dictatorship:

  • A country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator
  • Absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control

Definitions of Poverty:

  • The state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Synonyms: privation, neediness, destitution, indigence, pauperism, penury. Antonyms: riches, wealth, plenty.
  • Deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil. Synonyms: thinness, poorness, insufficiency.
  • Scantiness; insufficiency: Their efforts to stamp out disease were hampered by a poverty of medical supplies. Synonyms: meagerness, inadequacy, sparseness, shortage, paucity, dearth. Antonyms: abundance, surfeit, sufficiency, bounty, glut.
  • If population growth is the primary driver of the social, environmental and economic outcomes of a country, including extreme GDP growth, then "absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control" over the rate of population growth is the act of a dictator.

    This is analogous to a tin pot dictator whose regime rapes and pillages, depositing the proceeds in a Swiss bank account while the population of the country live in poverty in a degraded environment. In this analogy the Swiss bank account is the accumulated assets of the super-rich, the degraded environment is there for all to see, and the poverty is not just measured in dollar terms. In this context the government orchestrates rape of the environment and the people because its operatives choose to believe the assumptions fed to them by Economists - who call everything they cannot understand irrelevant "externalities".

    Whilst most politicians may not be direct recipients of the booty (apart from paid employment and defined benefit pensions); they are responsible.

    Isn't it bizarre that a tin pot dictatorship like Australia is run based on a simple, numerical measurement called GDP Growth, whose real consequences neither economists nor politicians seek to understand? Naturally the super rich might encourage government to achieve a threshold value of GDP value each year. But so-called eminent economists have no right to claim strategic advisory authority over something they admit is riddled with assumptions that they do not understand!

    In fact; growth in GDP appears to be directly correlated with growth in most measurable forms of poverty.

    All the major political parties have stated policies supporting Australia's extreme rates of population growth - which is the primary driver of GDP growth. Consecutive Prime Ministers of Australia have been, and continue to be, the dictators of population growth; by stealth, without consensus; and at their absolute discretion.

    A Charter for a Free Press in Australia

    "The Australian Press Council agreed on the following Charter in 2003 and encouraged other organisations (including the ABC) to adopt it.

    Freedom of opinion and expression is an inalienable right of a free people. Australia is committed to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 19 of the Declaration provides: "Everyone has the right of freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".

    In a truly democratic society open debate, discussion, criticism and dissent are central to the process of generating informed and considered choices. These processes are crucial to the formation of values and priorities and help in assessing and finding solutions to social, economic and political problems.

    A free press is a symbol of a free people. The people of Australia have a right to freedom of information and access to differing opinions and declare that the following principles are basic to an unfettered flow of news and views both within Australia and across the nation's borders.........."

    (Refer to http://candobetter.net/?q=node/3613 for proof of the ABC's undemocratic failure in this area.)

    Australia is an Extreme Pro-Growth Dictatorship where the rate of GDP growth is not merely "assisted" by legitimate tweaking of interest rates or legitimate adjustment of policy settings. In Australia, GDP growth is deemed, by successive autocratic regimes, to be an end in itself that can be achieved by ongoing dispossession of the people of Australia; in exactly the same way that the dispossession of the Aborigines commenced in 1788.

    “ Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state ”
    Noam Chomsky

    Isn't it time for Australia to recognise that this longstanding process is undemocratic - and take the necessary steps?