West Papua – A Short History

West Papua History

 

In 1949, Sukarno led Indonesia to independence from the Dutch, but West Papua remained under Dutch rule. After a while the Indonesians began threatening to take over West Papua from the Dutch. The Australians wanted the two halves of the Island of Papua reunited. (A very sensible idea, that would have avoided much future suffering) but John F. Kennedy would have none of it, so in 1963, The U.S. brokered an agreement with President Sukarno, where by the U.N. would run the province till it was handed over to Indonesia on the condition Indonesia organized a ‘Vote of Free Choice’ (some call a vote of no choice) within 7 years. None of the local Melanesian people were consulted, so they started their own independence movement, the O.P.M. – Organisasi Papua Merdeka (Papuan Freedom Organization) with the words

“We do not want modern life! We refuse any kinds of development: religious groups, aid agencies, and governmental organizations just Leave Us Alone!”

In 1965 the leftist Sukarno, was overthrown by the authoritarian dictator Suharto. Every member of the Communist Party of Indonesia they could find, was rounded up and murdered. One of the worst crimes against humanity of the 20th century.

In 1969 the Indonesians conducted the so called ‘act of free choice’:

It was run by the infamous TNI – Tentara National Indonesi ( the Indonesian Army, a law unto itself) The U.N. stipulated that every local Melanesian adult could vote,( over 900,000 people) but the T.N.I. hand picked 1000 village chiefs, whom they convinced, via threats and bribery, to throw in their lot with Indonesia. The vote was unanimous, quite an unusual outcome for a free democratic vote.

In July 1971 the Melanesian people of West Papua declared their independence, but unfortunately no one was listening, or almost no one. The Peoples Republic of West Papua is recognized by one country, Vanuatu. Very soon after, the Freeport mine began operation in the province, the largest and most profitable gold mine in the world. This mine remains the largest obstacle to independence for the people of West Papua.

 

Meanwhile, in 1975 there was a revolution in Portugal. In an act of gross irresponsibility, the Portuguese unburdened themselves of their remaining colonial assets, including Timor L’este. The Indonesians moved into the vacuum, snuffing out a brief flowering of freedom for the Timorese. It would be 25 years before they once more regained their sovereignty, due largely to the efforts of one man: Jose Ramos Horta, the Timorese ambassador to the U.N. who devoted his considerable diplomatic skills to putting the Tiny country on the map.

But West Papua is not Timor L’este. It was not administered by a European Colonial power for 500 years. It is not, and does not want to become, part of the modern world. An admirable ideal, but one that makes it very difficult to get heard in the clamour of the rat race. As the last of the unadulterated indigenous peoples of the world become swamped by the metastasizing cancer of Consumerism, keeping up the unique way of life of the people of West Papua becomes ever more precious, for them and for all of humanity.

 

Ben Laycock 2016

The Neoliberal Doctrine

The term neoliberal was invented in 1938 at the height of the Keynesian ascendancy, but was not adopted worldwide until the 1980s, championed by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

The neoliberal doctrine goes like this:

Competition is the basis for all human interaction.

Margaret Thatcher sums this up neatly with the famous quote:

“There is no such thing as society, only the individual.”

There is a natural hierarchy of winners and losers.

Winners are rewarded with a monopoly, losers with bankruptcy.

The basic unit is the consumer who is free to exercise their right to choose.

$1 = 1 vote in the consumer democracy.

All social problems can be dealt with by applying the laws of Supply Demand.

Every individual is given an opportunity to accumulate wealth, no matter what handicaps they begin with.

Those that fall by the wayside have only themselves to blame.

It works like this:

Install white ants at the centre of State power whose job is to cut taxes, thus starving the state of the ability to adequately fund the functions of the State, rendering them dysfunctional and ripe for take over by the corporate sector, whilst building resentment against the state itself at the same time. Neat hey?

Here in Australia, while the Liberal Party aggressively pursues the Neoliberal agenda, the Labor Party reluctantly follows in its footsteps:

A freeze on new taxes, trade liberalization, privatization of infrastructure, education, health etc,.

At the same time Labor doggedly clings to the good old tried and true Keynseyan doctrine:

Promote economic growth by stimulating consumer demand.

A simple doctrine from a bygone era before Climate Change, rescource depletion, pollution and mass extinctions reared their ugly heads.

The Libs prefer to stimulate growth by giving tax breaks to Corporations in the vain hope they will reinvest it rather than salt it away in offshore tax havens.

The Greens on the other hand don’t seem to be so keen on Keynes or Neoliberalism, as they are both a direct threat to the environment and social justice, but they are very cagy about exactly what they would replace them with if they were in power.

 

 

The Land of the Fair Go

Bad News!

The Liberals will win this election.

No Federal Government has been chucked out of office after one turn since The Great Depression

This is the land of the Fair Go. After you have had a fair go, you give the other mob a go. This is called Democracy.

The Libs will win this election because it will be decided by people who do not care about politics, people motivated by pure self interest, who will vote for whomever has the most to offer them personally. This is called ‘The U-Jack Society – “Fuck you Jack, I’m alright”.

The Libs will win this election because, despite Oz being THE richest country on earth ( and daylight comes second) most people are worried about the economy, and voters consistently rate the Libs as being more competent with money, as they are very adept at accumulating it.

We live in a Neoliberal paradigm – Winner takes all!

If you are a winner you vote Liberal as they will safeguard your money from the marauding hoards. You don’t have to worry about education or health because your kids go to private school and have private health insurance.

If you are a loser you vote Labor because they will pay for your kids education and keep you alive in your old age.

However, there are some winners who vote Green because of their compassionate policy towards losers.

 

Disclaimer: I have bet a large sum of money on The Libs based on this assumption. Of course I would be overjoyed to lose it all, but I would be even happier to back a winner. Losers suck!

Strider Cam

Cam Walker spends most of his time running. He is run off his feet running campaigns at Friends of the Earth, running around Victoria helping angry people get organized: People in Anglsea who are sick of smog from the coal fired aluminium smelter at their doorstep, that is now closed, tick that off the ‘things-to-do’ list, well done team, running around Gippsland helping farmers oppose fracking. There is now a moratorium on fracking right across Victoria, tick that off the ‘things-to-do’ list, well done team.
In his peripatetic wanderings, his ceaseless circumnavigation of Gippsland, one fine day Cam found himself in Mafra addressing a hall packed to the rafters with angry farmers and loggers. A scene that whisked him back to his misspent youth some 30 years ago, when, upon arriving in this very same town to stir up trouble and ferment unrest, as is his want, he was chassed down the street and given a kicking by an angry mob, possibly the very same loggers and farmers who were now cheering him on.
Change is in the air. People who have never protested about anything in their whole lives are suddenly defending their land with a passion, threatening to blockade the roads with tractors and build walls of flaming hay bales. Loggers are standing shoulder to shoulder with ferals. Potato farmers are joining the Greens for Crist’s sake. Immovable rocks are getting up and jumping the fence.
Something is afoot. Humble people from all walks of life are taking great strides on the long march to a glorious new world. (sorry, got a bit carried away there) And who, you may ask, has cobbled together this unlikely coalition of disparate segments of society, and set them marching as one on the long walk to freedom? Who is it we see striding forward at the vanguard of this nascent movement? Why, Cam Walker of course, doing what he has done all his life, doing what he does best, leading the way. That’s why we call him Strider.
It just so happens that on his travels he will be passing through Castlemaine this weekend, and he has graciously offered to hang around for a while and tell us all about his various, nefarious shenanigans.
Cam will be talking at the Local Lives – Global Matters conference on Saturday 17th October at 2 o’clock at the Phee Broadway Theatre
He will be free to sign autographs after the performance.

Ben Laycock 2015

Shooters party policy

Shooters

 

Opposes

 

Action on Climate Change because it doesn’t exist

More marine parks & National Parks

Vehemently opposes any form of gun control what-so-ever

(Our guns are needed to defend ourselves from the Government when they come to take our guns away)

 

Supports

 

Small business over big business

More competition and control of duopolies (Coles & Woolworths) & quadropolies (the 4 big banks)

More defence spending

More live cattle exports

More land clearing

More dams, irrigation & agriculture

More controlled burning

More firewood harvesting

More logging of old growth forests

More grazing in National Parks

More harvesting of feral animals

More severe treatment of refugees

More oil, uranium & coal, especially brown coal

Less investment in alternative energy

Less foreign investment in land

Less foreign aid

 

Equates animal liberation with terrorism

Disclaimer: this data has been gleaned from the A.J.P. website

(not entirely verbatim – be especially suspicious of sections in parenthesis, except this one)sh

Sex party policy

Sex

 

Warning! This party has jumped into bed with the Rock & Roll Party,

Forming an unholy alliance with unpredictable consequences.

 

Support:

Freedom of Expression. No censorship of artists.

Abolishion of the Monarchy (The Queen to be executed by guillotine – Tickets available on Ticket Master, broadcast live on Youtube)

 

24 hour Public Transport

Recognition that blackfellas exist outside the prison system

Bill of Rights

Abolition of the states (including the United States- eradicating a duplication of oppression)

A secular state – banish all references to Christianity from the constitution

More privacy – less surveillance

More compassionate justice:

Shorter Sentences (ideally less than 1 line or 12 words max – no long words either)

A less punitive approach to justice –

Less mandatory sentencing – (let the judges do their job!)

Re-introduce suspended sentences – (give the poor bloody miscreants a second chance for Christ’s sake!)

Voluntary Euthanasia (especially for politicians. In fact let’s talk about involuntary euthanasia for certain politicians)

Professional sex workers on the beat – reject the nordic model, which criminalizes clients (AND forces sex workers to stand around semi-naked in below freezing temperatures.)

Churches (and other Pedophile Support Groups) paying their fair share of tax.

(No More Religious Bludgers!)

A bill of rights

More transparency in government

Immediate action on climate change to restore a safe climate

Reducing emissions to almost zero

A special court for domestic violence

A woman’s right to choose abortion

I.V.F. access and adoption rights for gay people

Same sex marraige

A holistic, community, prevention based approach to health

Dedicated sexual health clinics

Stem cell research

Strengthening privacy laws

 

 

Relevent Quote:

Religion is like a penis. It’s fine to have one, it’s good to be proud of it, but don’t go waving it around in public, and don’t shove it down our children’s throats.

Disclaimer: this data has been gleaned from the A.J.P. website

(not entirely verbatim – be especially suspicious of sections in parenthesis, except this one)

Rise up Oz

Rise Up Australia

Contrary to popular misconceptions this is not a clarion call for mass insurrection

 

Opposes:

 

Multiculturalism- Those from non anglo-saxon cultures should be required to abandon their wicked ways and adopt Ozy culcha (whatever that may be)

They will however, be allowed to maintain their ethic background as that would be difficult, if not impossible to eradicate without retrospective legislation.

Sharia Law becoming the law of the land,(do not fear, this is not imminent)

Foreign ownership of Australia

Interference by such bodies as the I.M.F., W.T.O. U.N. W.W.F. and other such acronyms, who coerce us into abiding by accepted international norms of civilized behavior.

Prostitution, Pornography & Pot

Gamboling

Abortion -The Party vehemently supports the rights of the unborn from the moment of conception (2 cells)over the rights of a pregnant woman.

(This position places the party slightly to the right of Ghengis Khan, who as you are no doubt aware, was in favor of abortion under certain circumstances: namely, when the woman was not impregnated him. Luckily, at that time; circa1234, this constituted quite a small proportion Mongolian women)

Tax (except Tobin Tax – see below)

Monopolies, Duopolies, (Coles & Woolies) Quadropolies (The big bad banks)

The free market – We should impose tariffs on goods produced by unfair working conditions, especially wages far below our own, like $2 a day.

( This could be greatly enhanced by fostering strong trade unions in those countries)

Religious Vilification Act – This act inhibits free speech, (especialy the freedom to freely vilify Muslims)

Same Sex Marriage – (surprise, surprise)

Voluntary Euthanasia

The establishment of all religious states except the Jewish State of Israel

and the Christian State of Australia

Environment: Ban abortions so God does not punish us with bushfires

(This somewhat tenuous link implies that The Almighty himself practices collective punishment – the idea that we one should punish many for the ‘sins’ of the few – not unlike punishing asylum seekers to stop people smuggling.)

 

Support:

 

More houses for everyone. Release more land

Decentralization

Tobin Tax– this would raise revenue from the billions of electronic financial transactions that take place every day

 

Climate Change

 

No policy required to tackle a non-existent problem

Quote from website:

“The idea of man-made climate change is a quasi religious hypothesis unproven by objective scientific facts”

(not to be confused with the concept of God)

 

 

Disclaimer: This data has been gleaned from the Rise Up website

(not entirely verbatim – be especially suspicious of sections in parenthesis)

 

 

 

People power policy

People Power

 

Balance the Budget ( weather by increasing taxes or cutting spending is not clear)

Support:

THE reduction of illicit drug use by suggestion and coercion ( Good luck – if you have any effect what so ever please notify the rest of the world)

Voucher s for all students so they can go to private schools on government hand outs

Small bisness – less corporate subsidies

Localism – devolution of authority Community Insurance

Less subsidies to fossil fuel producers

Less prisons – shorter sentences – more help for recidivists – remove the mentally ill from goals ( the mentally ill and the mentally challenged make up a significant proportion of the prison population and the State Parliament)

Less ‘silos’ in quasi-government organisations, (quangos) especially the Wheat Board

Less Public Liability Litigation, reducing the control that insurance companies wield over our daily lives

Tackling the housing crisis by releasing more land for public housing and reducing the minimum size limit for housing blocks in the country ( Yes, for us people who live here that means those annoying neighbors just got a lot closer. On the other hand, we can subdivide, make killing and go further out and repeat the process, providing the keeps up the demand for land by importing 200,000 imigrants every year)

More solar power

More bounties on feral animals ( and Fundamentalist Christians)

More support for Dads and grandparents in family disputes

Small government – Largese to go directly to comunites and families.

Temporary Protection Visas for refugees – Send them home to their fate after their little holiday, or tow them back to Indonesia and abandon them.

 

Oppose:

Corporate and union donations to political parties.

(For donations to individuals see below)

Government funding for political parties( presumably because this favors the poor and downtrodden who would otherwise have difficulty matching the contributions of the filthy rich. We need look no further than the U.S.A. to see the results of this policy)

Off shore processing of refugees and cattle

 

Warning – This is just a rough framework. In the unlikely event of The Party being elected, members will be free to do whatever takes their fancy (This, of course, could be interpreted as an open and very public invitation to indulge in corruption. Or to put it another way. Lobbyists are encouraged to pressure individual members rather than the Party as a whole)

 

Conclusion:

A rather vague and wishy-washy party whose fundamental goal is that everyone should be nice to each other. Free hugs all round. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: this data has been gleaned from the A.J.P. website

(not entirely verbatim – be especially suspicious of sections in parenthesis, except this one)

 

Palmer Promotion Party

Palmer United Person Party 

(Also kown as the P.P.P.- The Palmer Promotion Party)

 

It should be noted before we forensically scrutinize the policies of this particular party in any great detail, that they have not yet divulged any actual policies what-so-ever. However, the astute political analyst should be able to glean the general thrust of Clive’s personal take on life by reading his prodigious utterances on everything that he comes across.

Clive supports:

Refugees:

Surprisingly, Professor Palmer, of all people, appears to have THE most enlightened policy on refugees of all the major parties, closely followed by The Greens, with everyone else trailing way back in the field.

Clive says,” Let all the refugees fly in by airoplane, process then quickly and give them jobs in my coal mine. (A simple solution for simple people. Hey Proffesor Palmer, haven’t you forgotten there are over 20 million refugees. Just how many coal mines do you have?)

 

 

Abolition of Paid Lobbyists – (let the politicians lobby for themselves)

Defederalise the distribution of Government largesse. – Let the areas that produce the wealth retain the wealth. ( This is a very effective method of stopping all those dirty poor people taking money from the filthy rich.)

 

Live Cattle Exports

More funding for Private Schools – especially mine; ?

 

 

More ethanol in petrol ( Promts one to poner, does Proffesor Palmer own an Ethanol producing factory?)

Less taxes for the rich – More taxes for the poor (Rational: The rich re-invest their money in the economy while the poor waist all their money on food and rent)

Re-introduction of the Fringe Benefit Tax so executives can go out to lunch with their mates once again without the burden of paying for it. This will decrees the dangerous lack of social interaction for a group of isolated, alienated, lonely misfits who would otherwise eat their cucumber sandwiches alone in at their desks.

Breaking News – J.Bjelke Peterson (John not Jo fewh!) now second in command, after the untimely departure of Senator Lambie due to ‘unreconcilable breakdown’ and unresolved issues around inflatable egos.

Disclaimer: this data has been gleaned from the A.J.P. website

(not entirely verbatim – be especially suspicious of sections in parenthesis, except this one)

Liberal Party policy

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Liberal Party

( Big L liberals, not small l liberals, actually Big C conservatives)

 

Promises

More money for everything (especially goals)

More everything for everyone

Lower taxes

More services

To do all the things we forgot to to do this time

“A week is a long time in politics, but 4 years seems to whizz by in no time”

– Dennis the Menace

Not to break any promises, especially the promises we broke last time

 “Cross my heart and hope to die – l swear on my puppy’s grave” – Denis the Menace

 

Local content targets for major infrastructure project (Alas, though their targets are big, their aim is poor)

More jobs than the Labor Party promises, to replace a small portion of the jobs lost over the last 4 years

More Police, transit police, prison guards, security guards, attack dogs, surveillance, etc., etc.

To get tough on crime:

         Harsher sentences

More mandatory sentences

          More prevention (We will lock up the miscreants BEFORE they commit the crime)

         Less parole

         10 year minimum for a ‘coward punch’ (exemption for sitting M.P.s)

More public transport than the Labor Party promises

To build more hospitals and schools than we did this time(not very difficult)

To build more goals than we did this time (quite difficult)

Not to finish building Castlemaine Secondary College (as this was a Labor idea in the first place and will only make them look good)

To decrease the cost of ambulance cover (by under paying Ambos)

Cut work cover premiums (and entitlements)

Cut payroll tax (by cutting pay)

Sell all our profitable assets (to our mates)

Taller skyscrapers (taller than the Labor Party’s)

More high density housing in Labor strongholds

More goals in Labor strongholds

Less high density housing in leafy eastern suburbs

More, bigger, longer, taller, wider bridges, canals, light houses, piers, phone towers, stadiums, golf courses, race tracks, goals and anything we can think of.

More roads, bigger roads, better roads, wider roads, longer roads

More, bigger, better, longer, darker tunnels

Less potholes 

 

Environment –Recurrent funding for ghost Landcare groups

(can be recycled indefinitely – very green)

 

Climate Change, what climate change?

 

 

 

This  data has been extracted from the Liberal party website (not entirelly verbatim – be especially suspicious of sections in parenthesis)