…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Its (I’m not game enough to write ‘her’ so as not to be accused of ‘misogyny’ in the new definition of that word by its sisters at Macquarie Dictionary) popularity is now so high that its admirers are composing and performing songs about it.
While you are listening to the song, think about the public money which disappeared since Federal Labor came to power. Is it conceivable that it was not all just wasted, but some diverted to perhaps less “young and naive” slush fund? Modus operandi has been established a long time ago and the principals’ integrity or lack thereof… But it would seem inconceivable – politicians dishonest? Politicians stealing? Then again, there are precedents, even on Fog of Chaos’ NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST):
13th December, 1918 :The Australian Governor General today dismissed the Minister for Trade and Customs, Jens Jensen, on the advice of the Acting prime Minister. The unprecedented sacking followed Mr Jensen’s refusal to resign over findings of the Royal Commission on the administration of the Defence and Navy Departments. The Royal Commission exonerated Mr Jensen, but found that purchases made under his Ministry were unsatisfactory.
The Commission also examined payments made to Senator Long, from Tasmania, by the vendors of a wireless station bought for the Navy under Mr Jensen’s Ministry.
17th December, 1947 :The Tasmanian Premier, Robert Cosgrove, has resigned after a Royal Commission decided that he had a case to answer on charges that he had been paid sums of money for a Labor Party fund he controlled, allegedly in return for favours sought by transport and racing interests.
And not yet history:
1st November, 2012: New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption opened of a five-month inquiry into some of the most senior cabinet ministers in the former Labor state government. It will focus not only on allegations concerning former Treasurer Mr Eric Roozendaal’s purchase in 2007 but also accusations that coal licences worth millions of dollars were issued corruptly.