14th November, 2018
Fight terrorism in all its forms
The modern wave of Islamist terrorism again struck Australia
with the frenzied knife attack on Melbourne's Bourke
Street on 9 November. In response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison
lectured Muslim leaders to be more proactive in detecting
and reporting extremist activity in their community. Controversial
Senator Fraser Anning repeated his call for a plebiscite
for Australians to vote on whether we want Muslim immigrants
like the assailant, or European immigrants like his
victim Sisto Malaspina.
Articles include the following:
- Banks tell Royal Commission: Don't you change us—or else!
- Banks and their pollies up to usual tricks with financial advice 'reforms'
- Gas pipelines should be public utilities, not private monopolies
- Anti-China hawks in a flap over Victoria's Belt and Road agreement
- Midterm elections set the stage for 2020 battle
- China lays plans for inclusive cooperation at trade expo
- Will Modi override bankers in favour of the people?
- Asia Times reports refutation of China 'debt-trap'
- Are we sleepwalkers? What have we learned from how World War I broke out?
- Crown's MI5 set to 'investigate' far-Right extremists
- May the Guns of August, this time, remain silent
- ALMANAC: Little Round Top: Fighting for a higher cause
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16th November, 2018
Gas pipelines should be public utilities, not private monopolies
The following release is from an article by Richard Bardon printed in the 14 November Australian Alert Service.
When the Morrison government on 7 November flagged its intention to veto the takeover of gas pipeline operator APA Group by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s company CK Asset Holdings Ltd (CK Group), it made the right call for the wrong reason. Certainly the sale would have resulted in “an undue concentration of foreign ownership … in our most significant gas transmission business”, as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated in a media release—though it is difficult to imagine that a British or US company would have faced the same opposition as a nominally Chinese one (in fact CK Group is headquartered in the Cayman Islands, a British offshore tax haven). But given that gas pipelines are a) natural monopolies and b) vital to the national economy, they ought not be controlled by any private interest, foreign or domestic—let alone by a price-gouging, tax dodging outfit such as APA. A government serious about Australia’s national security—or, for that matter, about reducing the cost of energy—would put all such critical infrastructure under the control of public authorities obligated to the Common Good, not private corporations that profit by ripping off Australian businesses and households.
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