The Diplomat, “a diplomat” and other things
Long time ago I saw in a library a magazine The Diplomat. I looked through it, borrowed it, read it and recalled the time when Kevin Rudd was struggling through the Queensland labor party back room lantana and was pining to get elected into the federal parliament. For that purpose he used to have a stand at the Cannon Hill flea market, which I relatively regularly visited with the painter Pavel Forman. Rudd was not selling fleas, books or out of warranty T-shirts, but himself. He was trying to enter into a discussion with any passersby, mainly on the topic of the proposed extension of the Brisbane Airport. He was fighting against that atrocity with all his might and money of his wife, this struggle he crowned by the approval of the extension, when he was the Prime Minister. Well, not he, he just ordered the bald singer Garrett, the minister for the environment, obviously for strong ecological reasons, that extension, which Howard’s government of ecovandals did not approve, be approved. (Leftipedia denies this)
I wanted to debate with Rudd other things than aircraft landing patterns, but I noticed that certain two passersby do not pass at all, but to the contrary. They were permanently stationed nearby, casually like and when some real passing by voter asked Rudd something uncomfortable, one or the other responded, aggressively and sometimes insultingly, instead of Rudd. He just apologetically smiled; not me, the diplomat. Friendly questions answered himself. (Pavel Forman, in the paranoia stakes, is my direct opposite, confirmed it) Those two muscular tattooed minders were not too articulate, but loud and about the politics knew the important part – what ALP does, does well. Waterside Workers Federation organizers, I guess.
It occurred to me then, that Rudd takes his career very seriously, if even at this stage he invests in his protection. At that time I did not know that his wife Theresa Rein was a multi millionairess, (today 60 million nett) who got rich quickly (within 20 years) and miraculously from her labour agency Ingeus, which supplied work force to the Queensland Wayne Goss government and also to the Federal government. One of the directors of her company is the former chief of the federal public service. Undoubtedly a competent woman and I would not be game to even repeat those rumors that her original capital originated in China. Obviously, our ASIO investigated the matter satisfactorily.
From reading of the first, i.e. for me the first issue of The Diplomat I had an impression that Therese bought it for Kevin as a Christmas present. Tenor – Australia is badly off, it needs a leader or at least a minister for foreign affairs experienced in diplomacy, otherwise China would stop buying our coal, iron ore and everything else. A catastrophe in the offing. Surprisingly, there was also an article on this very topic, written by Kevin Rudd, our former diplomat in China. A lot happened since. Kevin became the Prime Minister and by some miracle, despite all his diplomatic efforts, so far nobody declared war on Australia.
By the way, his alleged knowledge of Mandarin, so praised by the media during the election campaign, is not so hot. I cannot judge myself, but a Chinese friend of mine said, after listening to him, that it is likely that he had some lessons. According to his official biography he had many of them and successfully studied it all at the Australian National University. Of course, at ANU one can successfully study all sorts of things. The communist Chinese praised his Mandarin until he did not give them what they wanted (Rio Tinto or whole mining industry, some such trifle) and then allegedly let it be known that his school Chinese is unintelligible. Kevin was a low level official in diplomatic service for seven years, mostly in Sweden and then even for a while in China. At mature age of thirty years he abandoned diplomacy for bureaucracy and served Queensland ALP Premier Wayne Goss as Director General of the Office of Cabinet. One might venture a guess that as the most powerful Queensland bureaucrat he had no conflict of interest with Ms. Rein, supplying government with labour. That is much about our “diplomat”.
Nevertheless, a magazine, sold at newsstands, cannot be entirely one sided and occasionally one can find something interesting, mainly in disagreements between different socialist factions. I used to borrow it in order to became acquainted with thinking of the non sympathetic kind. (I usually read the whole spectrum, which today practically means from the left to the extreme left.) The second issue of the last year, i.e. 2009 I got only now and I just glanced through it and put it down. Later I realised that there is a number of articles on subjects I had written previously, eg. illnesses in the world. They had Global disease factor, I wrote Quarantine for cats. I learned that on top of tuberculosis, dysentery, malaria and AIDS we ought to also consider polio, which is rapidly spreading in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India a Nigeria, our migrant supplying countries. Perhaps we do not have to worry because Great Britain, Germany and of course Gates promised one billion dollars. It is well known that once Gates is in front of the TV cameras he promises something, the problem is never heard of again.
Malaise and migration go hand in hand. I wrote Migraine of Migration, and a few years later Peter Cusron was asking in Migration blues, “are Asia-Pacific governments aware of the security implications of large-scale migration?” Are they? Australia hardly. The article has maps with arrows and UN statistics. These are always interesting, though not always credible. More than 2.1 million so called asylum seekers left Afghanistan (see “polio” above) in 2007, now the number is likely to be higher. According to the CIA total population of Afghanistan in 2007 was 28 million, so with some luck and extrapolation within fourteen years there would be left just a few US Marines. By the way CIA World Factbook mentions rampant rabies, but I cannot believe that. Where are dogs and foxes? Could it be that the proud Mohammedan patriots, who forbid dogs by their religion, bite each other?
The author mentions various problems, such as terrorism, prostitution, drugs and contagious diseases, but at all cost he has to be politically correct. Migration MUST be correct and so he writes about economic benefits – substantial inflow of capital and a source of cheap labour. Benefits? Depends to whom. A table shows a flow of money from migrants to their maternal or step-maternal countries in 2007. India leads with US$ 26.5 billion (though in the text it is 36.5), closely followed, perhaps not surprisingly, by China. Those are, of course the official money. The unofficial transfers, of approximately same volume, are called in Chinese fei ch’ien (flying money) and in Arabic hawalas. In English it is probably called tax evasion.
It could be that those left/pseudo intellectual magazines are just muddled. So I started looking for something about that beneficial cheap labour in quality publications for ordinary folk, for example in City South News, which is thrown on my lawn free of charge. Beside the heading Glad to be an Aussie there is a smiling face of Sudanese immigrant Butrus. In the last ten years he apparently worked in Sudan as a carpenter (thus in the immigration category “skilled labour”) and now, after three years of residence in Australia he applied for a carpentry training in TAFE. [ Alas, I also did not rush to work. It was only the third day after my arrival in Brisbane that I started work as a welder in General Motors Holden. I may have some excuse in that I arrived on Friday and on weekends GMH was closed] Of course, first of all Butrus will have to became an Australian citizen and thus obtain a passport. He is 42 years old, married, with five sons between two and eighteen years. The authoress of the article is happy that as a true Aussie Butrus drives one ton ute, watches his sons’ sports on weekends, and that after three years of hard study he does not need an interpreter for his visits to Centrelink.