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27 April 2019


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Lindsay F Bond

Who was the larger-than-life chap who headed an “all-party coalition government” and is celebrated for that memorable oration (speech), yet in the face of almost overwhelming adversity?

The date was 4 June 1940, a bare 79 years ago. On that “finest hour”, his words marked a milestone which resulted in the uplifting of national determination.


What a contrast then of latter (more recent) years pre-eminence, they who head a single party governance which would have memory erased of event(s), at and about but particularly 4 June 1989.

That date astonishingly was only 30 years ago. Days later, Australia’s then prime minister Bob Hawke gave a speech inspired by the optimism, vision, idealism and courage of the youth of the nation of that single party governance.

But of overwhelming infliction dealt upon their youthful expression of dissent, Bob Hawke let humanity radiate compassion of Australians for the “unarmed civilian” youth…the youth of which nation?


Whether of torches, of tanks, of technology, of trade, of tender (monetary) or of time, tread carefully. Time, for instance, is not only events of milestone and mutuality, but of mutation and entropy (pinisim). So time…triumph and trust, or tediousness and tears, or ‘tekeweim’ and ‘tasol’?

William Dunlop

Corney. Ah La Kung Fu. What's yours is mine and what's mine my own, the O'Neill philosophy.

Corney Korokan Alone

Two well-known ideas at play here.

A diplomacy/business development model built around:

1. Structural Adjustment Policy(SAP).

This is and has been viewed the world over as a flawed scheme that "saps" oxygen from vital organs of state (education, health and social care).

SAP, or whatever the new animal it has attempted to camouflage itself into has been documented to deny any state control over subsides on basic essentials like food and transport. Any questioning and reaction is natural in such approaches.

2. Grant or Loan Arrangements with long term repayment schedules with little nose sniffing into the recipient state's policy formulation space.

Loans and/or grants with reportedly five year grace periods to a state in a "pandabearlious spirit" without meddling in her internal policy considerations ...and equally spiced with competitive interest rates is exactly what's been pointing swinging the pendulum towards the direction it is.

Is that a surprise or cause for alarm?

This is basic humanity and common sense at play.

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