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The great Aussie sellout

The Trans Pacific Partnership was signed in NZ today by our Trade Minister Andrew Robb (an apt name given what is predicted to happen).

Just one part of this means that international agricultural company Monsanto (they of genetically-modified crops) now is closer to controlling pretty much all world food production.

The laws associated with the agreement say companies do not have to declare if their ingredients are G-M. The negative effects of the TPP are well documented, yet is still got through.

The “Monsanto provision” included in the bill requires that U.S. negotiators fight for rules in trade agreements that eliminate so-called “barriers” to markets, such as the labelling of GMOs. Biotechnology companies consider that such information is unnecessary for the consumers and would have a deterrent effect on their profits. This may cut across countries’ sovreignty in that they will not be able to legislate against possibly harmful organisms.

Fortunately, it still has to be approved by Parliament. Meantime, here’s some info on “the dirtiest deal you’ve never heard of”.


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Kick in the arse for Abbott

Yep, 61-39 is a close vote in anyone’s maths. For Prime Minister Abbott it signals the backbenchers should not be ignored. Abbott can start by ceasing to listen to his advisers, notably chief of staff Credlin.

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Barnett splashes cash to staff – The West Australian

Now here’s some real bullshit. Barnett splashes cash to staff – The West Australian

Just as WA Premier Colin Barnett announces austerity measures across the public service, right down to stationery, he give political staffers (advisors) hefty pay rises.

In one instance, chief media advisor Dix Marshall jumps $84,00 to $245,000.

As far as I’m aware, all she does is swear at people.

All so hypercritical from someone who really is seen as ‘the emperor”.

Oh yes, what was Dixie’s advice on the media storm that ensued? “Say nothing”. Brilliant advice for $245,000.

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