Left, Right and Centre: What Do We Need An Army For Anyway? (05/05/09)

10May09

It’s Episode 10! Left, Right and Centre hits double digits with a special birthday celebration. By which I mean we did nothing at all. Well, we had a custard tart just before the show. That’s practically a celebration.

Podcast the show, by visiting studentradio.wordpress.com/podcasts. Or download this weeks show directly here.

This week, political polymaths Timothy, Mateo, Casey and Christopher jabbered about:

An action plan on Internet Pollution.

The Internet Pollution cause is gathering steam, and we need your help. Send a letter to your local politician on the issue. Need some ideas? Visit iprs.wordpress.com (website still under construction), where you can download a proforma letter. And send us your campaign ideas, slogans, bumper stickers etc.

Get behind the cause for a future internet we can be proud of.

The Emissions Trading Scheme

The government says it will delay the commencement of its proposed Emissions Trading Scheme by 12 months, to mid-2011. The top target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction has been increased from 15 to 25%, however is still conditional on international agreement. What does this mean? In terms of getting the legislation through, we say not much. Still not acceptable to the Greens, or the Liberal Party. The Government has essentially been called hypocritical by Senator Steve Fielding, and Nick Xenophon calls the scheme “fundamentally flawed”.

On the prospects of this leading to a double dissolution, Greens Senator Bob Brown thinks the chances are increasing rapidly. Is this just the government positioning itself for a double dissolution? Who knows. Probably the Labor Party.

Force 2030: The Defence White Paper

‘Twas released by the government, outlining their approach to strategic planning over the next two decades, and calling for large purchases by the Defence Forces, including 12 submarines, 3 Air Warfare Destroyers, 7 Chinook Helicopters, and 100 fighter aircraft. The paper also says that globalisation and trade will act against major conflict between nations, but that it would be premature to say that major war has had its day. It also states that: “The enduring reality of our strategic outlook is that Australia will most likely remain, by virtue of our geostrategic location, a secure country over the period to 2030.”

What does the panel think of all this? Varying opinions. Some people say that this is all fair enough, we need to defend ourselves after all (or something to that effect). Others say that:”The enduring reality of our strategic outlook is that Australia will most likely remain, by virtue of our geostrategic location, a secure country over the period to 2030.” So we don’t need an army then! Disband it! Don’t waste money on fightin’, when we could be doing better things. Like not fightin’.

Rapid Fire News

Maybe Mike Rann should consider this guy as a recruit, instead of importing police officers from England?

Maybe Mike Rann should consider this guy as a recruit, instead of importing police officers from England?

These little ditties were played:

  • Rock and Roll, from Led Zeppelin. Not just Rock, or just Roll. Both.
  • Ten Women, from Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band. Which ten women exactly, it is unclear.
  • Work Experience Boy, from Man Bites God. Man has yet to report on exactly how God tastes.
  • Redline, from Pimpin’ Horus. It’s unlikely that they are actually the Egyptian god of the sky’s pimp.
  • Now We Can See, from The Thermals, as we slipped on our thermal socks and closed the book on another show.

Visit iprs.wordpress.com and send a letter to your local politician. The movement needs you.

No More! Goodnight! That’s all!

~ The Left, Right and Centre Family.

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