Own­ing our fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

AUS­TRALIA in the year 2100: The wa­ters have risen, the fi­nances have crashed, the banks and multi­na­tion­als have gained con­trol. A meet­ing has con­cluded. The share­hold­ers in Aus­tralia, rep­re­sent­ing the US, UK and China, have de­cided what to do with Aus­tralia.

Out­side, the work­ing poor are held back by the con­trol force, the multi­na­tional “new” po­lice who by com­mer­cial de­cree main­tain pri­vate or­der for the own­ers of Aus­tralia, in riot gear. They use deadly am­mu­ni­tion, as it has been found to be more ef­fi­cient than rub­ber bul­lets which cause in­juries re­duc­ing ca­pac­ity to work, which dis­tract work­ers from their du­ties; it is more ef­fi­cient to kill dis­si­dents and train new, com­pli­ant op­er­a­tors.

From be­hind a bul­let­proof screen the spokesper­son com­mences: “The board has de­cided that, to meet the cur­rent dis­as­ter, the Aus­tralian dol­lar will be low­ered 10 per cent, the GST will in­crease 10 per cent, the work­ing day will be ex­tended one hour and the wage paid will be re­duced 10 per cent, in­ter­est rates on loans will also in­crease 10 per cent. The hold­ing of phys­i­cal money, pre­cious met­als or the hoard­ing of food shall re­main illegal, to main­tain good or­der. Food al­lowance will be re­duced 10 per cent for one month from to­day.

“As a re­sult of raids on our pro­duce dur­ing trans­port to our ships, we have suf­fered losses. These losses will be re­cov­ered from the com­mu­nity. The cor­po­ra­tion will not tol­er­ate such ac­tion. We have de­cided that the death penalty for fail­ure to register and be chipped, and fail­ure to buy a li­cence to work, will now be ex­tended to in­clude at­tacks on our trans­ports, and dam­ag­ing our sur­veil­lance equip­ment.

“We have taken ad­vice from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, and thank them for their in­put. We have de­cided that an elec­tion will be per­mit­ted in 2105. If you wish to nom­i­nate, please sub­mit your name to the cor­po­ra­tion for vet­ting.

“We note that the pol­lu­tion caused by flood­ing of for­mer ur­ban ar­eas is caus­ing con­tam­i­na­tion, and have di­rected that our ac­cess points will be on land we re­sume, as out­laid in the map to be dis­played on our web­site, and the cur­rent land, in­clud­ing the ur­ban ar­eas, be re­turned to Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment con­trol for re­me­dial works. We do this with the cau­tion that these ar­eas are now un­safe for en­try and must be sec­tioned off. We ex­pect that the ar­eas will re­turn to a thing of beauty within 100 years, and cease to be a source of con­tam­i­na­tion within 250 years.

“The cor­po­ra­tion mem­bers thank you for your hos­pi­tal­ity and hard work.”

Welcome to to­tal­i­tar­ian Aus­tralia – the world our gumby lead­ers are head­ing us to­wards; ide­o­log­i­cally blink­ered and tempted by the money, and the need to show THEY were the fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble ones, no mat­ter what it costs US.

Welcome to the new world or­der, where cor­po­ra­tions con­trol our land, our com­pa­nies and our fi­nances.

CHRIS EASTAUGHFFE,

Wood­stock.

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