Outrageously, the Liberal National Party alway claim to be the best money managers. They may be the best money managers for those at the top of the financial tree and for big business but for the nation? – NOT AT ALL.
We have seen this government waste $millions on off-shore detention of asylum seekers. We have seen them give $50 million to Cambodia to resettle just 2 asylum-seekers, one of whom then went home anyway. Apart from being inhumane and even downright cruel; apart from being in contravention of our international obligations; apart from being indefensibly cruel, these actions have wasted $$$millions of public funding that could have resettled those unfortunates AND provided for additional services generally in Australia.
We have just seen this LNP government give $1 BILLION dollars to get the Adani mine project of the ground. None of the big four Australian banks would have a bar of it as neither would any credible international bank. Yet Malcolm Turnbull and his part of scoundrels have had the gall to ignore all the signs of doubt of these major financial institutions and risk a $billion of public money. Not only will this project be environmentally disastrous but it runs counter to the advice of both environmental and financial expertise.
Now Barnaby Joyce has decided to relocate the Pesticides Authority away from Canberra and put it in his own electorate. If this isn’t pork barrelling then I don’t know what is. It is also another example of the flagrant misuse of public funds. Quite apart from the costs of the move itself, the Department is now considering large pay rises just to prevent losing staff.
“Good money managers” – I think not. Just because most of the Party and certainly the ministry are well-heeled and wealthy is not evidence of business or financial nouse. It is evidence of privilege and, in some cases, gross misuse of public funds and even fraud.
However, what’s worse, of course, than the waste of public funds is the almost total lack of consideration or caring for the citizens of this nation or for the environment and future welfare of our country and, indeed, the World.
With another inconsiderate, bigoted and incomprehensibly stupid “leader” about to take over in the United States of America and given our political sycophancy to the US, it is very hard not to be alarmed about what is before us in 2017 and onwards.