I’m part-way through Paul Barry’s biography of Kerry Packer, called “The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer”, and I’ve been struck by a couple of passages.
In the 1930s Packer’s grandfather, R.C. Packer (the man who started the newspaper empire) wrote in his newspaper “Smith’s Weekly”:
“The free spirit of Australians will not long tolerate a Soviet with its bullies and parasites.
Week by week, the Communist misrule of New South Wales flings more men into unemployment and plies fresh burdens on the productive power of the people.
The manhood of the nation is in revolt against these evils. They cannot be tolerated … Liberty-loving Australians will kick to perdition the attempted tyranny of Lang.”
At the time, Packer was railing against Jack Lang, the New South Wales Premier, who was installed as leader of the NSW Labor Party by the Australian Worker’s Union. Yep, that’d be the same AWU that installed Ju-liar Gil-tard and is currently wrapped up with her in allegations of fraud so massive they could bring down the Federal Government. The words Packer wrote back then apply equally today. Unpopular, over-reaching and pandering ALP governments have been swept from power in almost every single state and territory, and Australians are champing at the bit for an opportunity to show the federal ALP exactly what they think of their 1950s Soviet-style class warfare.
Interestingly, Lang later called for a Commission of Inquiry into the media (really, he wanted to target and destroy the Packers). The parallels with today’s Labor Party are kind of eery.
A quick skim through the first couple of chapters of the book, which focus on Kerry Packer’s father and grandfather, reveal that the Australian Labor Party has, at least since the 1920s, been (a) a criminal gang controlled by the Australian Workers Union, and (b) a gang that thinks nothing of engaging in bribery, bullying, corruption and class warfare to get its grubby paws on power.
Thanks in no small part to Frank Packer (Kerry’s father), the Australian Labor Party was kept out of office from 1949 to 1973. If Australia really is “the lucky country”, it will be thanks in large part to the Australian Labor Party that it will be kept out of office from 2012 until at least 2112.
Call an election Ju-Liar. It’s time for your performance review. :gunner