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12 November 2018

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Guess no matter what baubles were on display if you looked on the back of them you would see ‘Made In China’.

If the items contain iron they would most likely be part of Oz exports of over 44 million tonnes shipped from Australia or about 85% of all its iron ore exports last year.

Australian politician shams a bus ride but was not aboard on the low roads.

PNG's APEC visiting leaders are unlikely to be aboard lowly unarmoured masquerade roadsters.

Amassing ride, amazing hide.

Gravely remiss and near panic do not do justice to the reality.

It has been hard to bear the culpable stupidity and ignorance of DFAT and other bureaucrats and and a succession of political clowns, culminating in the current lot, over 40 years.

While I partially agree with your comments, Paul, you cannot really blame the punters in this case.

The political class (which is now an identifiable group, not merely an abstract construct) have encouraged the punters to behave in the manner you describe because it suits their political interests to do so.

Basically, the less people pay attention the more room politicians have for manoeuvre in their endless power games. Distraction, dissembling, deflection and dog whistling are the name of the game.

This partially explains why a group malcontents with the LNP could think that they would get away with engineering a coup against our most recently politically assassinated PM.

For all that, there may still be enough of us paying attention to make a difference but the next few electoral cycles will tell the story I guess.

Sorry Chris. The real damn fools have been the voters who turned their backs on reality and immersed themselves in football, beer, mobile phone technology and anything that didn't require constructive thought about what was going on to our near north.

Our politicians have refused to engage in anything like an intelligent discussion about what people want and have obfuscated the truth to the extent no one now knows what is fake news, Hyperbole or serious facts.

When the time comes that those who willingly turned a blind eye because it was the easiest start howling 'why didn't someone do something?'

At least this blog will be able to point to years of continual reports and information about how the situation was developing.

Small satisfaction that will be of course.

Shades of Venezuela.

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