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Using the COVID19 Crisis for Bad 29/5/20

Some years ago, my attention was drawn to a 2007 book, ‘The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism’ by the Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein.

The idea was that if a coastal community was blown away, say by a Tsunami with a loss of owners, records etc, some coastal land could be grabbed in the resulting confusion.
Now we have the Berejeklian State Government approving logging in forests left after the fires. They have also approved Peabody, a US company that pays no tax on $12 billion in revenue, long wall mining under Woronora Dam, Sydney’s catchment area, just after a bad drought, and with proposals to try to increase Warragamba’s wall height to give us more water security.
The Federal Government has stopped Parliament till August, and it wants a bill through for $130 billion of aid, principally to business, but tacked on to it are changes to the Fair Work Act that the Union wants discussed. No time! Hurry up and pass the bill with the few parliamentarians left!
Other stuff too- read on below- we don’t want to waste a good crisis do we?

Arthur Chesterfield-Evans

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