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How Murdoch ‘ruperters’ operate 21

November 15, 2019 - 19:00 -- Admin

Murdoch ‘ruperter’
Greg Brown has been a subject of essays in this series a couple of times1,2.
In this one3, he is helped by the unlucky Olivia Caisley while he
acts as stenographer for Barnaby Joyce in one of the latter’s foaming-at-the-mouth
rants against the Greens. This makes a change from Joyce claiming Labor is the
source of almost every ill, I suppose. Joyce has maintained that the bushfires
are all the fault of the Greens in stating that: “The problems we have got have
been created by the Greens. We haven’t had the capacity to easily access [hazard]
reduction burns because of all the paperwork that is part of green policy. We
don’t have access to dams because they have been decommissioned on national
parks because of green policy. We have trees that have fallen over vehicles [?]
and block roads, so people cannot either get access to fight a fire or to get
away from fires. And we can’t knock over trees because of Greens policy.”3
 In this rambling drivel, Joyce seems to
forget that the Coalition have been in government federally since 2013 and
since 2011 in New South Wales. If Joyce means that local councils have been
taken over by Greens, then he seems to think they have much more power than the
numbers indicate. In late 2016, there were 128 local government areas in NSW4,
and of those, only 5 have sitting mayors who are members of the Greens, and the
Greens have 58 councillors scattered around only 32 of those local government
areas5. Given that each of those 128 local government areas have
something of the order of 10 or more councillors, it seems Joyce believes that those
58 out of over 1280 wield an inordinate amount of power.

Wondering why Greg
Brown didn’t pull Joyce up on such a laughable rant, is to misunderstand the
raison d’être of the Murdoch media. It is not a news
organisation which reports fair and balanced news, but to make sure that
democratic principles are trampled under foot and, in so doing, to attempt to make
sure the Coalition is re-elected at every election. To this end, letting
buffoons like Joyce get away with lies such as this one is a small price to pay,
despite the fact that it may not be in the long term interest of Murdoch’s
media business, especially when the revolution comes.

Joyce also whined
about the Greens attempting to score political points by saying the government’s
inaction on climate change had contributed to the fires that have killed three
people. Two of those dead were denigrated by Joyce as probably being ‘Greens
voters’6. Joyce continued ranting in the Brown piece: “There is
nothing we have done in the Australian parliament that has brought about the
absolute devastation to many people’s lives”. This is debatable as the repeal
of the ‘Carbon tax’ has led to the decline in Australia’s emissions being turned
around such that since 2015 emissions have been climbing and, given the current
trajectory, there is absolutely no chance that we will meet our Paris climate
accord target7. It is also laughable that Joyce should complain
about someone trying to politicise climate change, given that when the
Coalition was in opposition, they politicised it by dumping Malcolm Turnbull
and replacing him with the climate change denier Tony Abbott.

Joyce is flailing
around for someone to blame, now that the climate change chickens are coming
home to roost. It has been the Greens over the last couple of days, and before
that, the dead. It will be someone else tomorrow. All this flailing around is
aided and abetted by Greg Brown, the recidivist ‘ruperter’.


  3. Brown, G & Caisley, O., 2019. Greens policies
    increasing bushfire threat, Barnaby Joyce says. The Australian, November 11.