Friday, November 22, 2019

China and Honkers

Hong Kong seems to be destroyed. I find it so distressing. They are a bit like us. Bad HK government. Can't say China bad yet but wait and watch.

It is funny how we use a Japanese word to refer about how we are kowtowing to China. In a very interesting piece about Chinese influence in Australia which I highly recommend you read, I picked up this:

Australia has many fine laws that are being flouted through lack of political will. As we’ve learnt in the past few years, major businesses and famous chefs have for years been systematically underpaying their workers and getting away with it because the Fair Work Commission wasn’t enforcing the law. Misconduct by the major banks was rampant because federal agencies lacked the staff and the will to investigate. Newly built apartment blocks are uninhabitable because state governments have failed to enforce their building codes.

(Just add to the last, putting flammable cladding on the exterior of buildings)

It is a characteristic of Australia today that governments, state and federal, are failing as functional entities. They have allowed vital laws to lapse through inexcusable neglect. They snap into action only when the media expose a vacuum where there is supposed to be an operational core.
The state, as an entity charged with conducting the rule of law, has been hollowed out. The people live under the assumption that their taxes, their elected representatives and their public servants are protecting them as the law guarantees. But in industry after industry, this has been exposed as a hoax.
Just to reiterate, The people live under the assumption that their taxes, their elected representatives and their public servants are protecting them as the law guarantees.
Indeed this is the case and our governments, from local, state and federal are a disgrace and have thoroughly neglected their duties.

14 comments:

  1. Indeed. Even the EPA which is supposed to monitor air pollution levels from the mines (aka quarries) and power stations has been under resourced so much that it's irrelevant. The readings here in the hunter valley have risen greatly without controls or accountability. But nothing can stand in the way of jobs and growth or their cherished surplus for the governments both state and federal.

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    1. Great work Cheryl. I didn't know that. Love ya.

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  2. It's a frightening situation Andrew. Is there ONE politician that actually follows through with election promises!

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    1. If there is Grace, it would be a rare beast.

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    2. They start out with good intentions then get undermined by their parties who only want to block whatever the other party wants to do because they themselves were blocked and on it goes.....

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    3. So true River.

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  3. Andrew, I'm mystified. What's the Japanese word?

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    1. Marcellous, you could have saved me the bother of checking, which admittedly I should have done in the first place, and said kowtow is a Chinese word.

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  4. We've got the same situation in my province Andrew, scandalous corruption by government, no oversight, commission hired to investigate, they get off scotfree. It's honestly like they test the waters and see what they can get away with and plunder on when they do.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, while I few get caught out, what they make makes it worth the risk for them.

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  5. Lack of political will is where the rot starts to set in.

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    1. I agree Haddock, or to rephrase, the fish rots from the head first.

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  6. I may print that out if I have enough ink and make several copies and put them in the voting boxes at the next elections for a few years. See what happens eh?
    It's all such a disgrace, we pay them big $$ via taxes and levies to look after us and all we get is infighting amongst themselves and higher taxes with shoddier constructions, whether it be housing or roads or any other infrastructure.

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    1. River, we live in a first world country of great riches, yet all this shite happens.

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