Reckless Labor stokes mining civil war to unseat Morrison

Labor knows well the power of mining. The Rudd Government was rolled when it tried to tax it. Now Labor is seeking to mobilise the same power to its own service, and that of Beijing.

A few weeks ago, the leader of the opposition, Anthony Albanese blew a loud dog whistle to Australian mining. Actually, it was a not so very well disguised high pitch screech from Albanese:

“Scott Morrison has no long-term strategy to deal with a changing China that is pressing its interests more assertively, while finding areas of potential co-operation, including on trade, that are in both our countries’ interests,” he will say. “Mr Morrison is making the grave error of prioritising his domestic political interests over Australia’s national interests.”

Since then, the Labor whistle has been passed to WA premier Mark McGowan which has continued to stoke miners to anger and action against the Morrison Government. Last week McGowan campaigned for Beijing:

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has said he “doesn’t understand” why Prime Minister Scott Morrison would warn China over trade risks when Australia has so much to benefit from the relationship.

Then yesterday he came completely into the open:

Speaking at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference on Tuesday, Mr McGowan told about 1700 delegates that West Australian exports “carry the country”.

“We’ve always put a lot of effort into maintaining cordial and successful relationships with our investment and trading partners, whether it’s the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Korea – or China,” he said.

“As a country, we can and should have a good relationship with our largest trading partner, China.”

…“The LNG industry, that exports to China and knows there are many international competitors, would understand that better than most.

“The federal talk of conflict, of trade retaliation can and must stop.”

McGowan is a state premier and should put a sock in it on foreign affairs. He does not speak for Australia, neither the elected Australian Government, nor the public, which is fully on board with trade diversification away from China:

The Australian national interest is served by the swiftest possible exit from any and all Chinese relationships. The CCP is a toxic autocracy that has attempted to pervert the Australian democracy, is openly planning to invade neighboring democracies, has unleashed a global plague, spits on and insults Australians every day, conducts genocide like shelling peas, and plans to occupy the global structures of liberalism to turn them to its own evil ends.

Don’t take my word for it. Ask younger Labor figures that haven’t been marinated in Chinese bribes, junkets and propaganda for twenty years like the current crop of leaders:

…in a column for the upcoming edition of the Labor-aligned John Curtin Research Centre’s flagship publication The Tocsin, Misha Zelinsky, the assistant national secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, warns while it makes political sense to blame the Liberals for “mishandling” a critical bilateral relationship, it may be counterproductive to winning government.

He said while the Coalition had sought trade opportunities with China under both prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, it was Malcolm Turnbull and then Scott Morrison who made the harder calls with bipartisan support from Labor.

The government’s stance culminated in a list of 14 grievances released by the Chinese Community Party as it sought to blame Australia for the collapse in bilateral relations.

“Assessing China’s list of issues with Australia should give pause to those who think there’s a way to return to the cosy old Howard formula,” Mr Zelinsky writes. “Those who somehow believe the challenge in the relationship is ‘tonal’ must answer: What would you give up from that list?”

But Mr Zelinsky said Australians expected their politicians to be honest with them about these challenges.

“Public polling shows Aussies to be well ahead of the political class when it comes to assessing the risks posed by an assertive CCP – they want a rational, clear-eyed debate about how we handle this global challenge,” he writes. “As national security comes roaring back into the political arena as a ‘ready for governing’ test, Labor ignores their concerns at its peril.”

On it goes with several other young Labor figures chiming in.

The fact is, Australian LNG can go elsewhere than China no worries at all. It is fungible. Just as most of the boycotted Australian goods already have.

More to the point, Labor leaders are conducting what appears to be a coordinated electoral campaign to rally mining to the cause of rolling the Morrison Government in favour of itself and its CCP mates.

This is not good business. It is treason and the path it leads down ends in civil war.

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  1. I’ve never previously heard any Labor nor young Labor nor Affiliated Labor make any sense re CCP & Australia’s relationship with a CCP run China.
    Hats off to Zelinsky, I’m very impressed there is someone in ALP/ALP affiliates who makes sense on CCP China.

    • “…makes sense on CCP China” Perhaps Zelinsky has also worked out ScoMo’s back is covered by the Murdoch press on China.

  2. haroldusMEMBER

    This is not good business. It is treason and the path it leads down ends in civil war.

    Tell ya who does look like going down the path of civil war champion, France.

  3. ”The fact is, Australian LNG can go elsewhere than China no worries at all. It is fungible. Just as most of the boycotted Australian goods already have.”
    Yes it is fungible but, you seem to forget cities in China are enduring blackouts and grey-outs because of what they did to Aus coal, yet nothing has happened to their government. What do you think will happen to ScoMo when businesses go to the wall because the world’s biggest customer wont buy from us? It is easy to say the word “fungible” but, it isn’t so easy if you’re the one trying to find new customers (which also includes live seafood exporters, wine sellers etc) or you happen to work for one of the affected businesses and have a mortgage. If you really believe China must be countered, all those people that are impacted need to know you are in their corner and that you have their backs. When we see the value of extending a helping hand for those that take a hit for us all, we might just have a better chance of moving the prevailing dialogue beyond “Screw China and if you’re impacted HTFU.”
    As for polling, like I said here (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2021/06/suicidal-albo-backs-china/#comment-4125127) , it’s a fickle thing. You can win an election by making one issue “front of mind” on polling day but, put people out of work and watch those voting intentions change. Something the CCP need not concern themselves with to the same extent but, that is something you need to think about if you’re ScoMo.

    ”Don’t take my word for it. Ask younger Labor figures that haven’t been marinated in Chinese bribes, junkets and propaganda for twenty years like the current crop of leaders:”
    Goodness, talk about spinning this the way you want. Yes both sides are playing to a domestic political audience but, the fact you are getting this from those within Labor illustrates there is little difference between the two electoral contenders on this issue. To emphasize the relevant part of the quote you provided:
    ”….warns while it makes political sense to blame the Liberals for “mishandling” a critical bilateral relationship, it may be counterproductive to winning government.”
    If you have proof of the “marination” of individuals in the current ALP David, I’d love to see it. While Sam Dastyari (Which the ABC helped expose – bless them) may have provided the LNP with an opportunity to grandstand on this issue, since he was shamed from office (eventually) I see no objective evidence Labor has been “marinated” more at all. https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/12/10/chinese-donations-australia/

    • Mate – that is just Labour bias… everyone can see the difference between the two Parties. Clear as daylight.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      “but, it isn’t so easy if you’re the one trying to find new customers”

      Well for 30 years no one has given 2 fks about workers wanting to find decent jobs and wage rises that keep up with house price inflation?

      Whats the difference now?

      • No difference. I know both sides (LP and LNP) of politics abandoned workers for the free trade doctrine and its beneficiaries long ago but, they still want to win government. The amount they spend on polling is proof they care about how we vote. So the theatre is all about crafting a narrative they think will resonate. Grubby game indeed which we needn’t engage in here.

    • Alex, even if u think Labor is doing this for domestic politics, which is mad in and of itself, then it doesn’t change my argument at all that it is reckless beyond belief.

  4. Inevitable I suppose. What I find remarkable, is its Labour pushing the big business and a quasi alliance with a totalitarian regime. Its senior Labour politicians who have been overwhelmingly on boards of think tanks and CCP corporates, it has been Labour minor politicians who have been overwhelmingly on the take. It was Labour politicians who were the most silent on HK.

    Its this massive dichotomy between woke Labour values, liberalising social mores, and yet its undying drive for societal control. Its the uncomfortable belief (unsaid) that we are better controlled by an educated elite than by democratic plebs. I am trying to think of an historical analogy, its not even close to Communism as such, and its not national socialism (because they are suspicious of the State). Its something very different, almost alien.

    How can you claim to represent the people, when big business, foreign interests and progressive politics begin supreme. Every bit of MB tells you these traits are the basis of the Liberal Party, but here we are! Despite its own (and obvious) Labour bias, the only person in the entire Labour movement remotely close to mainstream thought that MB could quote (and I betcha they looked hard), is a relative unknown from granted a relatively big union (and he just sabotaged his own career).

    Has anyone asked why Mark Latham left the Labour Party? Universally recognised as a genuinely smart guy… born and bred Labour. There are a number of uncomfortable questions MB has to ask of itself. Seriously!!!

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      “Its the uncomfortable belief (unsaid) that we are better controlled by an educated elite than by democratic plebs.”

      Then lets call them out for being the Right wingers that they are instead of engaging in this ridiculous and confusing game of calling them “Lefties”
      If its not directed and controlled by the working class then its not fking left you dummies!

    • Labor hasn’t been Labor since the DLP split. Ever since then it’s been commies, hence why it is so cozy with the Chicoms and was so cozy with the Soviets.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Communism!?,…pffft!

        It’s plutocracy and corporate dollars that rule today.
        Including in Russia and China you moron.
        Everything’s about the money.
        There is no ideology in politics anymore.
        It’s all the same economics
        It’s all the same money.
        The same money used to purchase our politicians on the so-called left and the right.
        When thats the case and in combination with the concentration of wealth and decision making.
        They are all Right wing!
        https://youtu.be/yQsceZ9skQI

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      Its this massive dichotomy between woke Labour values, liberalising social mores, and yet its undying drive for societal control. Its the uncomfortable belief (unsaid) that we are better controlled by an educated elite than by democratic plebs. I am trying to think of an historical analogy, its not even close to Communism as such, and its not national socialism (because they are suspicious of the State). Its something very different, almost alien.

      It’s mostly in your head (Rich Uncle Rupert is surely proud).

      Despite its own (and obvious) Labour bias, the only person in the entire Labour movement remotely close to mainstream thought that MB could quote (and I betcha they looked hard), is a relative unknown from granted a relatively big union (and he just sabotaged his own career).

      Wait, what ? You think MB is biased towards Labor ? O.o

      Has anyone asked why Mark Latham left the Labour Party? Universally recognised as a genuinely smart guy…

      LOL. Yeah, the bloke who was just the other day inadvertently condoning war crimes committed against Australian troops in a vapid attack on the boogeyman“left” is a dead-set genius.

      Biff left the Labor party because he knows he really belongs with Katter and Hanson where he can punch down unhindered on anyone who is different and vulnerable while virtue-signalling nationalism.

  5. MathiasMEMBER

    These politicians get paid a lot of money. You’d think they where educated and focused on ‘Running the Country’ and not continuously trying to snipe yet even more cash.

    • Anders Andersen

      yes, paid a lot and they wan’t to maintain that! So reelection first, agenda second.

  6. Ronin8317MEMBER

    Western Australia have a huge budget surplus courtesy of selling dirt to China. McGowan is merely talking his book..

  7. McGowan is setting himself up for a post politics career. Just look at how many politicians are sitting on boards or have plum advisory roles. If you are not pro business, your post politics career opportunities are very limited.

    • Yep, the ALP always seems to be stoking a war in the eyes of some: either a “class warfare” or, now, a “civil war”.
      Luckily, the LNP is fantastic! They really do care about us.

  8. Never ceases to amaze me how seemingly smart people like McGowen can’t see the CCP has a policy maybe even before Xi came to power, to gain influence by all means, especially via political, academic & business channels, only we didn’t realise as we were being a good little running dog but once we finally began to realise and pushed back we were the problem. The CCP won’t change unless we once again become their little lap dog.

  9. rob barrattMEMBER

    You’re all forgetting the wisdom of Richo: “Whatever it takes”. The House Price God must be sated. Nothing else matters.
    Productivity? Never seen more than 1 in 10 road workers doing anything.
    National Security? Would you want to be serving on one of our “Lame Duck” class submarines? Coffins. I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up with 4 funnels and a bull bar for catching icebergs.
    We were spoilt for too long.

    • rob barrattMEMBER

      What is missing is LEADERSHIP. There isn’t a spark of it on the horizon. The LNP and the ALP are indistinguishable.
      Life is competitive. Unless you are productive/competitive, the other guy or gal will end up making and selling the goods.
      Hawke and Keating knew this. The current “Labor” party? Rudderless (Well, not having Rudd is a step forward I suppose). They’ve tried joining the Greens. Not a lot of good if you want a job market. Mistake.
      No one has the guts to take on the corrupt union corporations who screwed the car industry.
      What then? Just keep your heads down and both lobby for more mass Immigration? Yes, that will solve everything, unless of course you want enough roads, schools, hospitals, water and sewerage systems. You get those when you can make and sell something that’s not a house.

      • it was the idealogical Abbottt led LNP that screwed the car indusry, partly because it was a onionised work force.

  10. I hope Mr Zelinsky rises to the leadership of the ALP within…oh…the next couple of weeks. All the ancient dead wood at the top really stinks.

    Not that Scummo, Angus et al are any less repugnant. Sh1t on all sides of politics, it’s just the flavour that changes from one side to the other.

  11. The FNG.MEMBER

    “Public polling shows Aussies to be well ahead of the political class when it comes to assessing the risks posed by an assertive CCP”
    But the Aussie voting public must be so childish and the country so reliant on “confidence” to keep the entire population/house price ponzi from sinking that the pollies have not been able to bring up the fact that Australia has had cancer for years (our relationship with the CCP) instead choosing to pretend that we dont…

    https://youtu.be/gwFvNYSCmhM

  12. haha. contra-indicator is screaming red.

    Just for the record, there will never be a civil war in Australia.
    With property market 4 times the GDP of the country, civil war is not going to happen.

    Sometimes, when somethings becomes too big to fail, it genuinely becomes too big to fail.