Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Costello, Howard's Disciple


WAR CRIMINALS, JOHN HOWARD AND PETER Costello lost their vision for Australia from the time they were elected and embarked on a vision for the neo-Liberals.

The Un-Australian Newspaper: Lamenting that the symbols of Australia at the moment are fraying, the Liberal Party's heir-apparent Pastor Peter [$Money, $Money, $Money], and the Hills songs argued that the magic and myth has been stripped from vice-regal office -- just weeks after Tasmanian governor Richard Butler was ousted.

The Un-Australian: A committed Christian, [?] lamented the decline of religion and marriage in Australia, claiming family breakdown was a contributing factor to poverty. Offering an alternative vision in areas where John Howard has faced some of his strongest criticism, Mr Costello predicted the public would become more accepting of higher levels of immigration. "As the population of Australia ages, as we have skill shortages, that Australia is going to have to have a larger skilled immigration program," he said.

[In other words we'll use them when it suits us and we'll lock them up when they get in the way. Very Christian? Just like throwing them to the lions......]

Mr Costello vowed to speak out widely outside his portfolio after Mr Howard decided last year to stay on as Liberal leader -- a decision that deeply upset the Treasurer.

[True? Howard is the Devil and Costello claims to be a Christian, is that like 'good cop' - 'bad cop'?]

Commenting on the Howard Government's immigration policy, Mr Costello said he looked forward to a future where there were no children in detention centres. "and I think that has to be the aim of the policy". The ultimate aim, I think, should be for no children in detention, and I think I am right in saying there are very few at the moment."

[Does that mean he is going to start rescuing the children thrown over-board? Or just let out some of the kids that could swim? Very few children in detention, Pastor Peter, that is if you're not one of them I guess?]

There are now 86 children held in detention centres and alternative programs in the community in Australia and offshore.

Labor has vowed to release all children from detention if elected. Predicting that Australia would eventually become a republic, Mr Costello said vice-regal appointees were left at the "mercy of the media".

[But actually if you're not a neo-Liberal then that's where you're also kept 'at the mercy of John Howard's corporate puppets'.]

Costello: "You'd have to think, if you were a prominent Australian and you were approached to do the job, you'd have to think very seriously about it these days, I would think," he said.

[But who'd work for the Devil anyway? Peter Costello!]

Costello: "A lot of the magic and myth has been stripped away from that office, and I think it's much harder for governors and governors-general to maintain any kind of vice-regal status that they need. "You're more or less at the mercy of "political factors"."

[Do you add that to the 'mercy of the media' or do you subtract it? I wasn't good at maths Pastor Pete.]

The Treasurer was one of the few senior Howard Government figures to publicly back the republic during the 1999 referendum. "We will become a republic, and I think that the symbols of Australia at the moment are fraying.

[No Pastor Peter the word is 'frying'. How would you like your election? Medium, rare or well done? Or don't you get cooked? Perhaps you're just an innocent bystander with Christian faith whose caught up in Howard's racist war machine?]

Costello: "But if you want to renew those symbols but have a Westminster system, I don't think you would support a directly elected president."

The Un-Australian Newspaper: Mr Costello's forthright remarks were seized on by Mark Latham last night, and senior Labor figures predicted they would revive Liberal leadership tensions. "Peter Costello is putting his own social agenda because he will never get any of these things from John Howard," the Opposition Leader told The Un- Australian.

"Mr Costello has repudiated the Prime Minister and endorsed a significant part of Labor's platform for the coming election, and I welcome his support."

However, the Prime Minister's office last night played down suggestions of a split in the Government's leadership, pointing out the Coalition was already pursuing alternative detention models for children.

[Well they say better late than never but I suppose if you have left children locked up until a couple of months prior the election then you've shown your true colours. What you see is what you get with Howard regardless of Costello's Christian faith?]

The Un-Australian Newspaper: His remarks on the decline of vice-regal office follows the furore over Mr Butler's $650,000 payout after he was asked by the Premier to resign and the resignation last year of governor-general Peter Hollingworth. "You just have to look at what's happened to a few governors and governors-general recently to know it's a very hard office to fill now," Mr Costello said. "You're expected to be vice-regal without any of the mythology that once surrounded the office. The press, of course, are only too willing to investigate all of your pecadillos and there's no vice-regal shield of protection anymore."

[Actually there is no shield for anyone who is not a neo -Liberal is there Pastor Peter? Perhaps if you're a christian neo-Liberal!]

The Un-Australian Newspaper: Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement John Warhurst said Mr Costello's comments reflected a greater demand for vice-regal accountability. "The republican debate shows that we are stuck between a discredited monarchy and a republic to come and it's a place that Australia should not stay in for long," he said.

[Actually we're stuck between the Devil and living in fear!]

Warhurst: "People these days are more interested in who holds these appointments and what they stand for. There's a general desire to democratise these roles."

[RICHARD'S BUTLER: Actually the people I know these days are more interested in civil and democratic rights, human rights, and a fair go and I don't think Richard Butler got one and neither did those children locked up in detention all 86 at the moment. And if you live in Iraq well.....What the neo-liberals are trying to convince the voters of is that at least one of them is decent but it won't wash with the Australian people because we know they're all in a different boat.]


By The Un-Australian and Just Us 24 August 04

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel?

Well praise the Lord the light is Hell bent here on Peter Costello, treasurer of the Howard Government who now has his own "flock" of onward Christian Soldiers.


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Here is a new project
1. Do you believe it is right to imprison innocent children?
2. Do you believe it is right to imprison innocent women?
3. Do you believe it is right to imprison innocent people?