Australian Prime Minister Rudd met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono today in Jakarta in a taxpayer funded fiasco that could be described as a meeting of the lame ducks.
Rudd as most know is a recycled Prime Minister and the last ditch effort by the Australian Labor Party to avoid annihilation at this years Australian Election after three years of the most dysfunctional government in Australia’s post war history. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is an ex-general whose somewhat “interesting” military history was overlooked as he was elected as the people’s champion. Unfortunately the best that could be said about his presidency is a massive opportunity for much needed reform has gone missing.
Obviously two key issues on the agenda was the resumption of beef imports and asylum seekers to Australia. Both issues of major concern to the Australian Electorate and both issues due to the sheer incompetence of the Rudd Labor Government. In a jaw dropping display of foreign affairs ignorance (wilful or otherwise) Rudd described a proposal by President SBY to hold a forum on the Asylum Seeker issue “a bold initiative”. A three day Bali tourist could have told Rudd that the SBY government is more commonly known as NATO (No Action Talk Only).
Religious Intolerance, Military and Police Abuses of Power, Increased Corruption and Thuggery are daily occurrences as the SBY Government holds daily impotent “talks”. The cringing beggary by Rudd for the resumption of the live cattle trade is equally hard to stomach. Make no mistake, the torture and abuse of these animals was a blight on both Australia and Indonesia, however the inept handling of the issue by the Labor government was unforgivable. To pretend now that Indonesia has cleaned up it’s act is a sick joke. In yet another twilight zone moment, Rudd went on to say “Indonesia has some of the best feedlots and abattoir practices in the world” A statement that is simply and provable abject nonsense. K.Rudd must know this or he is fool, a liar or both?
Anyone with any doubt about Indonesia’s commitment to ethical treatment of animals only has to visit the houses of filth and death more commonly called the Jakarta and Surabaya Zoos. Or for a real stomach turning experience wait and watch the orgy of blood and pain as every street has a fool with a blunt knife pretending to be a butcher for a yearly religious festival. The streets literally run with blood and the pitiful cries of badly slaughtered animals fills the air.
Never the less, rest assured the one thing Indonesian politicians are good at, is smelling easy money. Indonesia knows full well Rudd needs a nice headline from this trip. The only question is how many millions Rudd is willing to throw at Indonesia to achieve it.
Speaking of morons who have no idea about Indonesia. Who was the complete twit writing the article in The Australian Business pages praising an Indonesian Wealth Management Company recommending a long view on Bumi Shares.
- Rudd in Indonesia for bilateral talks (australiantimes.co.uk)
- Kevin Rudd, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono discuss asylum seekers, cattle trade during Indonesia talks (abc.net.au)
- Indonesia, Australia agree on multilateral meeting on asylum-seekers (vancouverdesi.com)
- PM’s Jakarta cattle talks ‘critical’ (bigpondnews.com)