|Geoffrey Watson at ICAC hearing|
It turns out that mining companies (among others) have been buying favours.
At the same time as ICAC is sitting citizens are protesting on the farms against the mining companies and trying to prevent them destroying farmland and forests. Over 120 people have been arrested at the Leard Forest site (see blogpost of April 3rd), among them local farmers, doctors and others who have come to support them.
|Go Knitting Nannas!|
The Federal Government is enmeshed in the corruption as well as the State Government. The Federal Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has already had to stand aside and there is an increasing feeling that the stench goes right to the top. The Government is paying spies to track what the population is saying on social media and intimidate them. As I blogged previously, government employees are particularly in the firing line.
When you have corrupt governments licensing corrupting mining companies and citizens being arrested for trying to protect the land that the corrupt politicians have sold off, it is time to change how we are governed.
I read that an increasing number of people are dying trying to protect their land: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists. It makes me wonder how far corporate criminals and the people in their pay are willing to go in Australia.