Dec 15, 2017

Rundle: Chinese influence is hardly the biggest threat to our democracy

Foreign capital is not the problem; the structure of our politics is, a semi-democratic system at best, cloaked by a detached parliamentary system.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


All of them, as well as my good self, spent every waking moment of those days trying to think of a way of saving Sam.

Thus speaketh Richo in the Oz, on the occasion of Dasher’s demise — a reminder, once again, that you don’t always want the Sage of the Inn of Celestial Happiness BYO coming to your public defence. Richo reels off a list of the New South Wales Labor Right great and good rushing to Sam’s side during these fraught days, reminding us afresh the degree to which Dastyari was a beneficiary of the very process he denounced years ago: the control of the ALP by tight cabals, often family-interconnected. In Dastyari’s corner, Richardson reminds us, was “Peter Barron” his father-in-law and a player in the Wran and Hawke governments.

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17 thoughts on “Rundle: Chinese influence is hardly the biggest threat to our democracy

  1. Aussie4real

    It truly bothers me that there is so much politicking going on within the major parties, between the different factions and the power brokers that democracy is basically forgotten about and the general public sit in the stalls confused and misinformed. We need a breath of fresh air throughout and an inspirational ( don’t laugh) leader on both sides that can press the refresh button and bring the Australian people back into the discussions!!

    1. GF50

      Thanks Guy, I am with you, shine a light on the sorry state of the remnants of Australian Democracy. ” Richo,s Chinese Restaurant”!! If any one has deserved removal from the Labor Party he is THE one! For all the disservice to ALP and the Australian public at large, for self- aggrandisement and enrichment.
      The public/ ALP(generally) think Eddie Obeid, the cross party corrupter, was/is a grub! A little history lesson is in order.
      Richo is still touted as a spokesperson for Labor by the MSM. Not now not, ever in my ledger. Not surprising Dasty came undone and became such an easy mark for the LNPCoalition MSM, when under Richo influence/tuition This of course does not explain the lack of cognitive function within the ALP, although it is almost impossible to get cut-through in our appalling ABC/MSM and the allowance by lack of reporting for the LNP to use Australian Govt Agencies as their personal dirt file collectors/compilers/look over there distractions.

  2. AR

    The still zinging in my eyes “it should be possible to walk and chow mein at the same time” – I guess that’s why grundle gets the big buck$.
    British capital once exerted its baleful influence on our politics for generations and then the Hegemon ..err, hegemonised, as hegemons are wont to do.
    As long as world trade is denoted in U$ dollars, when China will soon be the largest economy in the world, that won’t create any friction.

  3. zut alors

    The media aura & gravitas afforded to Richo has always been a mystery to me, I often feel like the only person on the continent who fails to grasp it.

    The party infighting (in all political camps) is now beyond tiresome, no wonder the public rate MPs as either semi-useless or as grubs.

    1. Lee Tinson

      You aren’t the only one.

  4. klewso

    Our body politick is too much like that of a faded addicted harlot – too easily bought/sold.

  5. rhwombat

    You can get anything you want, at Richardson’s Restaurant…(with apologies to Arlo and the Huntingdon’s Association).

    1. AR

      Dirty Deeds done Dirt Cheap.

      1. zut alors

        The song could’ve been dedicated to him but the timing is off.

  6. (the other) HR Nicholls

    Richo: a more deserving candidate to be ravaged by cancer you will not find, considering he’s had the same effect on the body politic in this country for years.

    1. GF50

      Thanks for voicing my thoughts in that regard. I would just like to suggest the time frame of his malignancy on the body politic is closer to 5 decades than years.

  7. Woopwoop

    No fan of Richo, no fan of grovelling to the US.
    But at last they (in theory anyway) uphold the principle of free speech, and don’t try to shut down opposition the way the Chinese do.

  8. Moving to Paraguay

    Yes Guy. Scandals we don’t hear. MP overheard promoting closer ties with the US. Australian University takes money to establish centre promoting US culture? ALP leaders are obsessed in the US Civil War. A nation binges on US fantasies. All the way…

  9. Richard

    Again, all this talk about China and the implications that the Yellow Peril Is raising its head again and again, no mention of that lobby that takes pretty much every one of our public servants to see how easy it is to warehouse people out of sight, if all you have to do is get them to accept that it is for the (imagined) global good. I speak of course of the lobby of gods only from the ME that we are moderated for mentioning … Ssshhhhhhh..

  10. Richard

    I see comments about Israel and Zionist influence are being edited out.
    So much for alt media.

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